Red Sox Stomp The Bumbling Bullpenless Yankees Right Into The Ground....Literally!
For the Yankees, this game was a horror show, especially the 7th inning, the inning that showed the whole country just how bad the Yankees really are, in the field and in their bullpen. Their losing record is no surprise, not after seeing that. Players out of place, missed fly balls, dual errors by Jeter, one leading to an injury, and a bullpen that would be more suited to a Single A club. And that was all in one inning, an inning that probably seemed 3 days long for the team on the field. For a Red Sox fan like me, it was about 35 minutes of great entertainment. Oscar worthy and Emmy winning. And then knowing that the 8th and 9th would be taken care of by the Darkman, Hideki Okajima, and Paps, well, that was just icing on the cake. Sweet and delicious. Every last bite!
The offensive star of the game was Mikey Lowell, who has 45 RBI, tied with AROD. He was everywhere in this game. He made the plays, he had 3 hits and he was a warrior in the truest sense of the word on the basepaths. He said this about his aggressive and winning ways on the basepaths....
" Even when it was suggested to Lowell that his hit on Cano might open up a can of worms, he simply said, “What’s the retaliation? They’re going to hit me for playing the game hard? I’ll take that as a good reward.”
Peter right here, and he was the star of the game, a game in which every Sox player but the one with the streak had a base hit. But Youkilis, unselfish player that he is, took 3 walks. Now that's a class act and an All Star to be first baseman, at the plate AND in the field. And Joe Torre, the Yankee skipper, had this to say.....
"You give any club extra outs and it is dangerous. You give this club extra outs and it's suicide."
Peter here, still smiling. And the Sox showed, at least yesterday, why they have the best record in baseball. No, Schill was not good, at least not after the 5th inning. Either was the rapidly aging, even more so than Schill, Mike Mussina. But every other facet of their game was on display, and when compared to their opponent, well, there IS no comparison. CASE CLOSED.
Tonight it's ESPN time, with the always tough Andy Pettitte ready to face our "golden guy," Josh "Baseball" Beckett. If this was an afternoon game, there'd be no weather problems. But there's a wall of water streaming up the east coast, just into southern New Jersey as I type these words to you. Three inches plus of rain is not out of the question. The Yankees would probably like to tuck their tails between their legs and skulk off to Chicago. I hope that gametime arrives dry, but I have my doubts. "If it becomes at all doubtful," using the exact words that the Titanic's captain uttered before he went to his cabin for his aborted night's sleep, I'll be back with a link you can click on for the best radar view of the upcoming approaching storminess. Until then, bring on dem bums!
Click on the title of this post for more delightful Yanks/Sox stuff, courtesy of the Hartford Courant's Jeff Jacobs. When he writes Red Sox, it is MUST reading for all of us! His wonderful commentary is all about Mike Lowell, OUR Mike Lowell, another All Star infielder on this team we love to love. The Boston Red Sox. Thanks Jeff!!