Everyone had a lot of fun laughing at Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta last Friday when, during introductions ahead of the Red Sox home opener, he fell flat on his face.
During the ensuing three game series, it was the Red Sox doing the faceplanting.
Edward Mujica put on the goat horns in game one when he surrendered four runs to the Brewers in the ninth inning, sending Boston spiraling to a 6-2 defeat on the night of their ring ceremony.
A night that began with the Sox accepting their championship bling ended with them being harshly reminded that 2013 is over.
Would Saturday see the Red Sox bouncing back from their post-party hangover to remind everyone why they were the best team at the end of 2013? Not really.
Game 2 went into extra innings tied at 6-6. Again, the Boston bullpen came up short. Milwaukee put up a run in the top of the 11th, and Francisco Rodriguez shut the door in the bottom of the frame for his second save of the series and the year.
That left the Red Sox just hoping to salvage their dignity, but the Brewers weren’t yet ready to lie down.
Sunday afternoon in game 3, it was the Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo doing the slamming. He shut down Boston’s bats for 6 2/3, and the Brewers’ pen silenced them the rest of the way.
Three home games against the supposedly middle-of-the-road Brewers, three losses for the defending champions.
The Red Sox feel like the college team that schedules a patsy for homecoming and gets their bell rung. Stumblin’ Wily Peralta and the rest of the Brewers can walk away from historic Fenway with their heads held high.
Those Boston bats? A little cold right now. But at least they have those shiny rings to look at.