So, after just over two weeks of play, the Red Sox have baseball's best record at 11-4, which means that after tonight's game, the season will be 10% over. Now, while that's clearly a lot better than being 4-11 (or 7-7 like a certain team to the southwest), it doesn't really mean much at this stage. It's not unlike being sent to Hollywood on American Idol; it's a good first step, but there's still plenty of work left. (The Royals, on the other hand, did not make it past Simon, Randy, and Paula. Maybe they too can end up w/ a cameo on Arrested Development.)
It's been a good start, and while the Sox haven't faced a real tough schedule to this point, it's come with encouraging signs that Curt Schilling seems to be healthy, that Keith Foulke is at least partially restored, and that Mike Lowell is not dead. Best of all, though, is that it has come despite Manny Ramirez hitting like Hanley Ramirez (who, ironically, is hitting like Manny Ramirez). Hopefully Manny coming around can make up for the fact that we are going to have to start playing some better teams than the D-Rays and Orioles. We'll see what happens after tonight when the Red Sox play their next six games at Toronto and Cleveland.
Oh, and there's this (not baseball) courtesy of Reuters.