Apparently, there’s actually something worse than seeing the Yanks lose to the Bosox…. waiting to see the Yanks lose to the Bosox. You can almost expect that a game between the only two teams that matter in baseball [no offense] will last beyond the usual 3 hours [sometimes way beyond.] However, the two teams are usually playing during those long hours. Instead, after 7ish innings of play, the rain came down and the tarp, imprinted with the logo for a “Bob’s Stores” [apparently couldn’t fit anymore advertisement around the stadium], was rolled out… just as the Yanks had two on and A-Rod at the plate. The rain could’ve been a curse or a blessing. It would either spoil it for Papelbon, who would have to warm up again [and again, as it turns out] or it would shutter the momentum that was built by the Yanks with two outs in the 8th. After waiting two hours to see which it would be, the result was… strike one, two, three. I’ll give credit where credit is due and say that Papelbon’s performance was mindbottling [look it up] considering he warmed up… sat… warmed up again… sat again… warmed up a third time and then had to face A-Rod and then Giambi, Posada and Cano. However, I won’t hold back on complaining about the Yankee offense. It’s been pretty clear that the Yanks have been more aggressive so far this season, even more so, it seems, in big situations, but the only problem with that is… they’re not getting hits.
Fact of Baseball: Swinging at the first pitch is only acceptable if:
a) it is a good pitch to hit & b) you get the hit.
Granted, it’s still the beginning of the year and the Yanks are without the Capt’n, but… c’mon. The pitching has not been horrible. The offense needs to live up to it’s name… Alright, I’m done complaining now… until tomorrow.
Speaking of the pitching, the starter, Moose, went 5 and 2 thirds allowing four to score. Mussina cruised until the fourth when Manny woke up and let one fly. After that he let more runs score off the bat of Manny again in the 6th but overall did not do horrible. Bruney relieved him and didn’t give up a run, pitching until the 8th when the O’Neill number bearer came in to impressively get three quick outs.
All in all this game was… what do they call it? Oh yeah, miserable. Hughes on the mound tomorrow, pitching for his first time at Fenway. It used to be easy to say to the Yankee starting pitcher, “Keep the runs to a minimal and the offense will do the rest,” but now… ehh, not so sure. Hughes: “I know you’re a former Sox fan but please… shut the lights out.”
A Yankee pitcher lets the Red Sox score, what happens?
Yankee fans boo the Yankee pitcher.
A Red Sox pitcher lets the Yankees score, what happens?
Red Sox fans chant “Yankees Suckk.”