Three items of note:
- Hideki Okajima is now tied with Jonathan Papelbon and Tony Fossas for the second-longest scoreless-game streak in Red Sox history, with 18. Ugueth Urbina has 20.
- Through 40 games, the 2002 Red Sox started one game better, at 29-11. They had a two-game lead on the Yankees, then went 64-58 the rest of the way while the Yanks went 74-43. If the 2007 Sox and Yanks mirror their 2002 counterparts, the Sox will lose the division by three games. On the flip side, this is tied for the Sox’ third-best start through the first quarter of the season, behind 1946 and 2002. The only other time in history the Red Sox had a .700 winning percentage after 40 games? 1904. In 1904 and 1946, of course, the Sox won the AL pennant.
- Jason Giambi is now, officially, an admitted steroid user. Or, more accurately, an admitted "stuff" user. That makes two MVP awards that I think should be handed to the second-place finishers. That would be Frank Thomas for Giambi’s 2000 award, and Mike Greenwell for Jose Canseco’s 1988 trophy.
I apologize for the seeming inactivity of the last week or so. You’d think with five of us, we’d always have someone posting. But we’ve somehow entered a stretch where all five have been incredibly busy. Plus, it’s a bit more difficult to maintain the enrgy of a rivalry-centered blog when one side of the rivalry is in the toilet. The same thing happened last fall, as well.
So, if no one else posts today, consider this your daylong thread to palaver about these topics or any others going on in Yankee and Red Sox nations.