Weather has an interesting way of changing one’s mood. Sometimes that effect won’t be felt for months.
May 2nd, 2006 was the day after Johnny Damon returned to Fenway Park for the first time since abandoning his Red Sox uniform. Rain interrupted what would have been the second game of that two-game series, a game that would have seen Shawn Chacon face Lenny DiNardo. (edit: Sox would have pitched Beckett; DiNardo was bumped a day by the rain). A game that would have had the Yankees scrambling for a split after Aaron Small lost the day before on a home run by David Ortiz off of Mike Myers, giving Mike Timlin and Boston the win.
That soggy Tuesday necessitated the unusual circumstance of a five-game series played over four days. Having finished three of those five games, that long-past rainfall and its recent consequence has contributed to a wide range of reactions from baseball fans. Fans who do not like New York or Boston probably wish this series would just get out of the way, but those types of baseball fans are not likely to be in present company.
Depending on your perspective, this series to this point may be exciting or disappointing, encouraging or disgusting, perhaps some combination of all or none of these. The one certain thing is that it is continuing, and today may prove to hold the best opportunity for each of these teams to showcase truly good baseball as the aces take the mound.
Moose vs. Schill. Comment away.