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McAdam: Improbable win over deGrom could give Red Sox a reason to believe

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Maybe it will takes weeks -- months, even -- before we're able to discern just how much the Red Sox' 1-0 win over the New York Mets Wednesday meant.

Maybe, if the Red Sox embark on some mid-season spiral and are busy spending the second half of the season playing out the proverbial string, it won't have meant much at all other than a nice win against the game's best pitcher a month into the season. No more, no less.

This is baseball, after all, where it's not just dangerous but downright irresponsible to put too much emphasis on one game out of 162. Baseball, where every week, you can watch the worst team in the league knock off the best and think nothing of it. Happens all the time.

But maybe, if the Red Sox make the 2021 season a worthwhile endeavor, if they hang around long enough until late in the season to play consequential games in September, we can look back on that night in late April, when they stared down Jacob deGrom, the game's single most dominant pitching force, and won. Maybe we'll remember this as the night the Red Sox unofficially announced themselves as a team with which to be reckoned.

That's to be determined later, when we can take a longer look at the year and ascribe Wednesday's victory as something which portended where the rest of the season was headed. Or maybe, the significance will fade, and it will become just one entertaining victory in an otherwise unremarkable season. Those happen all the time, too.

In the here and now, however, what transpired at Citi Field - a 1-0 squeaker that had the feel of fall -- was something to behold.

It featured, in no particular order:

  • A 28-year-old starter with all of 23 career victories to his credit, out-pitching The Best Pitcher on the Planet.
  • A grand total of six hits by the two teams combined, to say nothing of 30 strikeouts.
  • A game-winning hit, producing the game's only run, eerily forecast by the winning manager  only hours before.