What a homestand. The Red Sox reeled off a perfect 9-0 stretch at home before embarking on this 10-game road trip that will take us up to the All-Star break.

The Sox arrived in Florida with the best batting average of any Major League team in June. It was the second consecutive month the Sox led the game in hitting, a remarkable stat for a team that started the season with pitching and defense as strengths.

It’ll be tough to forget this homestand. The Sox played errorless ball, on the way to a major league record run of games without a miscue. They pounded the ball, outscoring opponents, 73-29. They got strong performances from their starters, and two more walkoff hits from Senior Clutch, David Ortiz.

We also saw Pedro cheered on Tuesday, then crushed on Wednesday.

Pedro lasted all of three innings Wednesday night, getting slammed around by the hottest team in baseball.

It was Pedro’s shortest outing as a member of the Mets. You know you’ve had a bad night when Darren Oliver was your team’s best pitcher of the night.

On Thursday, we watched one of the best games of the season, the first Fenway matchup of 200-game winners since Luis Tiant and Jim Palmer went at it in 1978. Curt Schilling and Tom Glavine did not disappoint; Schilling getting the win after nine tense innings.

The game was in doubt until Coco Crisp made the catch of the season.

“That’s the best catch I’ve ever seen while I was on the mound,” said Mike Timlin, a veteran of 15 big league seasons.

Hard to argue, considering what was on the line.

There’s plenty to be excited about if you’re a Red Sox fan. The team is 25-8 when Schilling or Josh Beckett pitches, giving credence to the belief that these co-aces make the Sox a contender.

And Jon Lester has given them a number four starter. The lefty wasn’t at his best in his last start against the Mets, but he showed great courage in getting out of bases-loaded jams in the fourth and fifth to pick up his third win. He’ll try to get to 4-0 when he starts this afternoon.

The homestand also gave us a chance to salute Boston’s baseball past. The Sox honored members of the 1986 team before welcoming home a guy who dominated the sport for seven years.

Now, it’s time to once again focus on the present, and a short-term future that looks awfully bright for Red Sox Nation.

Lewiston native Tom Caron is a studio host on Red Sox telecasts for NESN.


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