You didn’t need Nostradamus-level prognosticatory ability to see that injuries would likely be a central theme in the unfolding Yanks-Sox story of 2006, but even the most pessimistic oracles probably could not have imagined that they would be so central a part of the narrative in, um, May. As it is, the Sox are still without their replacement for Damon in center, and Boomer is confounding batters with his mouth alone. The Yankees surely have it worse. Those nursing injuries include: Matsui, Sheff, Damon, (that is, the outfield), Bernie, Crosby, Reese, Thompson (the backup outfield), Posada, Giambi, Chacon, Pavano (always), Sturtze….it just goes on, and we haven’t even mentioned the Big Unit. Anyway, both teams are treading water right about now. Schilling, who’s on the hill tonight for Boston, began the season in most impressive fashion, but many in RSN wonder what toll a 133-pitch outing has taken on his arm. The Yanks throw Chien-Ming Wang, who’s been brilliant in his last couple of starts. Hopefully it’ll be a good show, despite the countless millions in sidelined talent. Either way, this is your thread for comment….let’s see if we can break the record.
PS: Question for the series: If Derek Jeter gets hit 2,000 at Fenway (he’s 5 short going into tonight), will the Boston faithful give him a congratulatory cheer. I hope we get the chance to find out. And if it does happen, I’m guessing he will get his ovation. You heard it here first.