“I like Boston. I like the ambience of the place. The history. That’s crazy to be hated there. I’m usually the nice guy. Or at least I thought I was. But it means I’m doing something good. I’ll go with it. … It means I’m doing something good for the team. So I’d enjoy that. I hope that I keep doing it.”—Dan Johnson.
He deserves it after Friday’s little home run trot and yesterday’s acting show.
I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t in on this too last night when I was at the game, haha. Also, during the last two outs (I don’t know if you could hear on the TV) but we all started chanting “Go home Boston!”
Honestly, it was the loudest, most awesome game I have been to all year. The crowd, while we may not have sold out, was as loud as a sold out game.
“I think it’s just a coincidence that I’ve come up in those situations against this team, and it’s great to be able to succeed. I’d like to think I could do it against any team, but it just so happens to be that I’ve been up against the Red Sox that I’ve done it.”—Johnson, on his home runs in both 2008 and tonight. Francona’s response? “I don’t care who hits it. It hurts either way.”
“I know what they’re coming with, and they’re coming with a lot to prove; everybody saying they’re out of fit, they’re too far back. It’s the Red Sox. You can’t ever count them out. There’s guys putting up career years like (3B Adrian) Beltre and Big Papi (David Ortiz) is having a resurrection. So they’re still dangerous. You can’t count those guys out until that 162nd game, or when it says you’ve clinched and you’ve got that x or y by your name that you relax. But right now, no shot.”—Garza, who starts on Saturday, on the Red Sox.