Who would’ve thought? A shaky Schilling, a strong Pettitte, a four-run lead for the vaunted New York bullpen — all leading to an exhilerating Sox win capped by clutch hits from Coco Crisp and Alex Cora off Mariano Rivera. We’ve said it before; we’ll say it again. When the Sox and Yanks play, anything can happen.
What else did we learn?
- One should not criticize the quality of an opponent’s opponent unless one is willing to take the crap when the opponent hits two home runs off your ace pitcher (or when the opponent takes out your ace closer before slamming the door in the ninth).
- That game was probably still not competitive enough for Bob Ryan to consider this a real rivalry.
- Even if he goes 0 for the rest of the season, Coco Crisp shouldn’t ever be booed at Fenway. He plays the game exactly right, and he risked everything — including reinjury — to keep Rodriguez from hitting that second home run. It was more than gratifying to see his reaction after breaking through with the game-tying triple.
- Jason Varitek (3 for 4, HR, 3 RBI) might not be so well done after all. Maybe more medium-well. We noticed a certain Tek-hating commenter was awfully quiet last night.
- ESPN’s "analysis" of Alex Rodriguez the past two seasons has been some of the most specious, hypocritical, two-faced horsecrap to be broadcast on TV since the Monica Lewinsky scandal. From wondering aloud whether he was turning nto Chuck Knoblauch to hailing him as the reincarnation of Babe Ruth, it’s been the type of lurching, hysterical, hyperventilating fanboyism you’d expect from the New York Post, not the alleged "Worldwide Leader in Sports."
A serious question for YFs: Whose performance was worse last night — Mariano Rivera’s or Joe Torre’s?