Seems to be a good date to start the thread, as the year's half over now and I wanted a "clean break" with the thread on the Boston board. For those of you who've never been on the Boston board, this thread will be used for all sports-related discussion, be it pro, semi-pro, or college (as I often post about BC's teams)...perhaps you can even brag about your local high school football team here. Anyway, I wish we had better news to start the thread with, but the Red Sox lost a frustrating game last night. The Sox had chances all night, and while they cashed in early for 4 runs, Beckett couldn't hold the lead in only going 5 innings in a 5-4 loss to the Texas Rangers @ Fenway. It has seemed the lineup can't get anything done w/ RISP recently, and even "Big Papi" and Manny haven't been able to hit like we're accustomed to. On the bright side, OF Jacoby Ellsbury got a hit in his major league debut.