There were millions of "f-bombs" dropped in 2012 by Red Sox fans - both at Fenway Park and whenever they watched the team implode on NESN.
Friday night, NESN viewers were treated to several "f-bombs" from the Red Sox, for a change, after Koji Uehara exited Boston's game at Toronto following his dominant performance against the Blue Jays in the sixth inning.
In addition to a chorus of cheers and back-pats for Uehara, a very pumped-up and excited Jonny Gomes was seen and heard yelling "f--k yeah!" during a replay of Uehara's exit that was broadcast on NESN at the top of seventh.
Just call it the "Curse of Uehara."
It was definitely a "curse" of a different sort, and it was refreshing to hear.
It's also much more catchy than "162 Chances to Restore the Faith."
Ah, just picture six-year-old Jimmy in Andover watching with his family: "See, ma, the Red Sox sound just like dad when you guys shut the door for cuddle time."
Uehara came in in relief of starter Felix Doubront, who gave up a leadoff double that was misplayed by Jackie Bradley Jr. Manager John Farrell was greeted by a sea of boos and several pieces of trash by the wonderfully civilized Toronto crowd (they must have bused 'em in from Montreal and Vancouver) when he brought in Uehara, who promptly struck out the first two batters he faced before giving up an inning-ending fly ball to deep center.
According to the Google translator, Uehara means "nothing but strikes" in Japanese.
After his brief outing, Uehara needed just nine pitches to get his three outs, Uehara sprinted off the field and was greeted warmly by his teammates, who were as psyched as he was.
These guys might actually care this time.
Upon returning to the top of the telecast in top of the seventh, NESN replayed the clip of Uehara running into the dugout and being congratulated by his teammates - complete with audio. Gomes was seen yelling "f--k yeah!" briefly as Uehara worked his way across the dugout. The "f-bomb" was heard at least two more times during the replay, but it wasn't possible to see who was saying it then.
Unfortunately for the Red Sox, Junichi Tazawa came in to pitch the seventh and gave up a game-tying home run to start the inning.
Following the replay, NESN announcers Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo rolled with it, with Remy deadpanning: "That's like me and you when we finish a good game."
Even NESN studio host Tom Caron had some fun with it.
The excitement and enthusiasm in the Red Sox dugout was a welcomed change from last season's morgue. Gomes was one of the new players this season lauded for having the ability to help change the chemistry in the clubhouse. He was definitely fired up for his teammate Friday.
The dugout was also much louder than the silenced Rogers Centre throng of 48,325 after Joel Hanrahan got Edwin Encarnacion on a grounder to save Boston's 6-4 victory. The Red Sox even pulled off a double steal. Is this 2013 or 1913?
Opening Day is Monday at Fenway Park. The Red Sox (3-1) are guaranteed to be at least .500 when they come home, a huge reversal from the start of the horror show that was 2012.
The wild reaction of Uehara, Gomes and the rest of the Red Sox Friday was another.
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