Tonight we'll be attending our first ever opening day (night, more accurately) game at the Fens. We grabbed our tickets and who should be staring at us but…Adrian Beltre? Seriously? He's the guy the Sox chose to represent the Olde Towne Team on this first game of a fresh, new season? Not that we aren't excited about this coming year, and we have some reasonable (if not super-high) hopes for our third-sacker, but we might have been a bit more excited had our cost of admission been emblazoned with someone with more than zero games in a Sox uniform.
In any case, welcome to the club, Adrian, and welcome back YFSF readers.
Use this as tonight's gamer!
316 replies on “Hope Springs: Yanks-Sox Gamer I”
Seems like most “experts” are picking the Sox to win it all again this year, just like last year…
It’s very strange that not only are the “experts” giving the Champs no love, but we get to open AND close the season in BAH-sten??? What gives???
Tyler Kepner in the Times picked the Rays and the Rockies for the Series, with the Sox not even making the dance…
I was watching the MLB network show and they all picked the Sox to win the AL, except Leiter…
It will make it that much sweeter when the Yankees celebrate another division title on the Sox turf. As usual it’s easy to pick the $170 million “underdogs”.
The big thing no one’s talking about? The Sox catching. If Martinez struggles behind the dish, what do the Sox do? Play Varitek?
Cliff over at Bronx Banter also nicely highlights the differences in bullpens. Given the injury histories of most of the Sox starters, they’ll need to lean on their pen. But it doesn’t seem that deep. I was hoping they’d trade Lowell, but if they don’t he’ll be the DH, especially in the Fenway bandbox.
As for the Yanks, I worry about Posada but Montero is a very nice backup plan! After that, the Joba treatment still burns, and it will all season as they rely on Mitre for spot starts, but he will anchor the bullpen especially if they let him throw two innings at a time.
Question for SFs: Why the heck isn’t Drew the cleanup hitter? That seems like a huge oversight especially because they could stack Youkilis-Drew-Martinez.
holy shit it’s baseball season again!!!! not sure i’m ready to have the old pastime sucking up all of my free time, but what can we do. it’s the life we choose.
enjoy the game, sf. but be happy about those seats. in the upper deck, they’re looking at scutaro.
Lets Go Yankees!!! Great to have the game back….
Be prepared for a kinder, gentler krueg this season…now that all is right with the universe again.
Do a lot of SFs come around here for gamers?
Not towards the end of last season… ;)
Thanks Kreug…all the counselling I got just was ruined..:)
I am really confused as to why this game is in Fenway…really f-cking confused…
Hey, you never know Rob…whole new year! Everyone is picking the Sox to raise another banner so we’ll see!!! :)
I’m BOO-ING all these Sox trainers and towel boys!!!! ;)
I would have thought Yankee stadium also. Ring ceremony, good way to start the season. Is there something happening in NY this weekend preventing it?
I looked at the picks yesterday, some picked the Yanks and Sox, smattering of Rays in there and a bunch seem to think that this may be the Phillies.
Who knows, Butler in the NCAA championship, perhaps the Pirates raise up?
Pirates vs Royals WS!!!
THE GAME IS ON YES???? SOLID!!! I thought I was going to have to put up with the Boston-loving ESPN crew…whew.
Spoke too soon…LAME!!!! I’m really about over ESPN…
speaking of lame, I have to listen through mlb.com – and the audio feed just cut out. Anyone else listening – is it working?
if you’re already sick of kay, raise your hand!
and only 162 games to go.
missing coney over here.
I don’t mind Michael Kay…
Wouldn’t Granderson be a better leadoff option than Jeter?
Sweet, the 5 year old said “Screw the Yankees”. It was funny but something seems very wrong about this game in Boston.
Scutaro cleanly plays the first pitch grounder and throws Jeet out.
No Rob. Jeter is God and no matter where he hits, it’s the right spot…you know that. ;)
“Wouldn’t Granderson be a better leadoff option than Jeter?”
No. Compare their career OBPs.
Agreed Paulie Walnuts…ridiculous. Vast New England conspiracy me thinks???
:)….point taken Krueg.
10 more feet Nick and you had a double…
Johnson takes it deep. But so far it looks like the Yankees will have a team batting average of 0 this year. Just doing the math.
7 pitches to retire the side. Nice effort.
1-2-3 for Beckett…lame. Although, I expect the Sox to win the first 8 matchups with us anyway so…
GOD WE F-CKING SUCK!!!! COME ON YANKEES!!!
..for old times sake. ;)
Francona the best manager in Sox history??? SF’s??? Thoughts???
Cameron looks fat. I remember him being much more lithe.
GREAT GRAB GRANDERSON!!!!
Already with the Yankees suck. Geez.
Granderson look good with the high socks.
hmm…Pedroia chases a high fastball. How odd that happened.
K for CC…sexy.
(i was messing around Paulie!!)
McNabb to the Skins??? Wow.
Paul…it was Krueg’s game last year. Was not considered a game thread without 75 Yankees suck posts.
Negative reinforcement guided us to the promised land I might add…
This year? POSITIVE reinforcement will be the play.
I was talking about the Fenway chant. But I suppose when they ask a 5-year-old to say “Screw the Yankees” then it’s to be expected.
1-2-3 for CC…
Fine line between positive and negative reinforcement.
Well, a fireworks-less 1st inning of the season, but pumped that baseball is underway! Go Sox!
PS Good luck krueg with the positive reinforcement, but I found your fake screaming post the most enjoyable to read
nick johnson just stubbed his toe in the dugout and will be out for 2 months.
Shocked the Eagles traded McNabb in the division.
Beckett lucky that Youk scoopd that ball. Horrible throw.
Thanks Clark but I just think that being positive is the way to go this year…we’ll see how long it lasts! ;)
I think krueg’s extraordinary RJP (reverse-jinx percentage) last year played a huge role in the Yankees success. So a kinder gentler krueg does not bode well for the Yankees …
And yes, Terry Francona, best manager in Red Sox history!
Come on Hip Hip…we need a HIT BABY!!!! Joshy is looking WAY to comfortable!!! HIP HIP…BASE HIT!!!!
HIP HIP…HR!!!!! OFF THE PESKY POLE!!!!!
1-0 good guys…
HIP HIP JORGE!!!!!
Damn…first HR of the year.
64oz Meatball from Beckett.
You cannot claim credit for that Krueg
Granderson’s first Yankee AB…come on CURTIS!!!!
Hip hip Jorge!
Meatballs from Beckett not a good sign from him. That’s his Kryptonite.
Ain’t he Grand!
sweet jay-sus….BP has started.
BACK-TO-BACK JACKS!!!!! WELCOME TO THE YANKEES CURTIS!!!!
I believe I am the Yankees f-cking MUSE!!!! :)
GRANDY!!!!!!!!!! WELCOME TO THE STRIPES.
and that one was no cheapie. man.
I’ll give krueg credit for that one.. haha.. =)
Anyone have Sterling’s lame Granderson call?
Belly to belly!
swish. line single. nice. bottom of the order doing it for the yanks.
Granderson is going to be fun to watch this year. I’m calling 40-40.
oh look, first official mound visit of 2010
a dandy from grandy?
Come on Gardy…you CAN hit at a major league level!!!
single…I have power of the glow.
Defense doesn’t do much good when you hit over it.
Jeter double…be the ball Danny.
and “gritty” gardner pokes one to left. roll on, yanks
Um, Gardner was safe.
big rip on 1-1 from the captain.
then 6-4fc. but not bad.
Gardy ALMOST beat it out…good inning.
2-0 good guys!!!
You guys all rooting against Duke tomorrow I would imagine?
krueg = Duke fan
I don’t dislike Duke, but I may root for Butler for the little guy scenario.
Doesn’t really matter to me who wins.
Double for Youk…CC was sitting for awhile.
Why did Youkilis only play 136 games last year? Was he hurt? Or did they really rest him that much.
Papi vs CC…Round 1
Ooof, Westmoreland does not look good. That sucks for the kid.
Papi time….start the season right.
Youk had one injury that I remember. Wrist I believe from getting hit.
1 out…nice comeback CC. Need a big K here! Or some kind of DP actually, that would rule…
Papi’s bat looks slooooooow.
Nice catch Curtis…manufactured run. Lame.
Bad guys get on the board…2-1
Beltre with a sac to score Youk
Wow, so nice to have a real CF again. Awesome.
Why is Drew batting 7th?
Agreed Paulie…nice indeed.
I think to space the lefties out in the lineup
K #2 for CC…not bad so far…
struggling through it.
Hey gang – another year, another Yankee championship? :o)
SF must be loving it at the game – looks like a perfect night. Nice to see Curtis get off on the good foot and Gardner start well after a rough Spring…
Why not bat Drew 5th and put Ortiz at 7th? Drew is better across the board – AVG, OBP, and SLG.
I look like more of an athlete than Nick Johnson.
And that’s really saying something.
gonna enjoy a season of that.
Mr. OBP walks…way to start the inning…come on Teix
And Stick with the .500 OBP…
He looks like the dad from the Adamms family, crossed with Chunk from the Goonies!
Nick walks…Tex time…
I’m not sure why Paul. Makes sense to me, maybe they know something….
Beckett starting to pour gas on himself.
Well, at least he fought back in the count, made Josh throw a couple more pitches….
COME ON AROD!!!
Defense bails Beckett out.
finally got the feed here. I get to see A-Rod hit into a dp. Heard from walein that Grandy’s shot was a bomb. Cool.
Grandy’s shot was a laser to straight away CF.
Ball 4??? Really??? Umps are in mid-season form I see…that couldn’t have been more down the middle.
Is there any possible chance that Scutaro replicates a .380 OBP?
HEADS UP PLAY AROD!!!! DP!!!!
A give back for Gardner being safe.
Drew’s career AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS:
.283 / .392 / .504 / .896
.282 / .377 / .545 / .922
And that’s with an epically poor couple of months for Ortiz last year. SFs will know better than I, but I imagine the Sox don’t think last year is indicative of Ortiz falling of the cliff of his career. If he looks horrible for weeks maybe he no longer has the leeway he once did, but I’m not sure it’s so clear cut that Drew should be hitting in his spot.
Poor call–he was back
Cameron looked safe…
bang bang play
IH dropping the knowledge!!!
Makeup for the junk ball 4 and gardy being safe too…
You can’t be serious. Ortiz is clearly not the same hitter. He hasn’t been since 2007.
AROD playin’ some D-FENSE!!!! No damage…
Let’s do this Cano!!!
Definitely made a difference last year that Manny was not behind Ortiz. But at times the bat looked horribly slow or that he was overmatched by pitchers he should have hit off of.
If he starts slow, the cannibals are going to circle.
There’s also the fact that there’s a southpaw on the mound. If they’re not so dumb as to trade him, I expect Lowell will start getting the starts soon enough.
ET TU DRE????? ET TU???? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
“You can’t be serious”
Only as serious as the Sox management I guess.
Sweet Cano! Let’s make this leadoff stuff work!!!
Cano with the lead off double…
HIP HIP…advance the runner…sweet. Come on Curtis!!!!
“Only as serious as the Sox management I guess.”
They’ll learn soon enough, especially against souothpaws.
Ortiz against LHP?
Game within the game: A horsefly the size of a Volkswagon Bug has somehow gotten into the house and is buzzing around my bedroom as i watch the game. I’ve turned off all but one light and periodically take massive swipes with a rolled up t-shirt, but so far he’s got the best of me…
Walked Swishalicious to pitch to Brett…come on Gardner, make ’em pay for his insolence!!!
right down the pipe…
A dink-single would be huge Brett…
Triple would be better…. :)
Good AB Gardy – drive the 3-1!!
that would have loaded the bases…
Something to keep in mind also is that shift that every team plays against him. I wonder what some of the other lefties who get the shift stats would look like if they did not play that?
Making him work for it…
Big night for Gardy already! Beckett almost at 70 pitches…
GREAT JOB GARDNER!!!! 3-1 with the RBI single…that’s what I’m talking about!!!
If it’s the shift then it’s working! Ortiz is turned into a light-hitting middle infielder against lefties. Geez, if only the Sox had a good veteran RH bat on the bench…
CAPTAIN CLUTCH!!!!! 4-1!!!
Seriously, Scott Schoenweis? Really?
COME ON CHUNK!!!! ;)
DOUBLE STEAL BABY!!!! 5-1!!! Victor has a worse arm than Varitek!!!
I love it. I love it. Exploit the catcher.
And the catching trouble already showing itself. Could be a long season for the Sox…
Nice double steal done there.
Should have been aware of Gardner’s speed.
Gardner’s steal of home is best play of 2010.
Chunk K’s to stop the bleeding…
Damn, so far so good!!!
year off to a hell of a start.
What a terrible throw from Victor Martinez. That looked like it was ticketed to RF if Scutaro didn’t pick it off.
CC is ATHLETIC BABY!!!! 1 out…
I don’t like seeing my 2B’s left hand so close to the much larger gentleman’s right foot, jeez
That was a pretty good grab by the 15th best 1st baseman in MLB by the way, huh???
ARod picks another one…2 outs.
QUICK 1-2-3 inning for CC…beautiful.
The Mon-stah is calling ARod!!!!
Hit it right at him…
Cano laced that one. He has been smacking the ball in these first few ABs. nice play off the carom by Drew.
Send Cano. I don’t care. Send eveyrone (except maybe NJ, Posada, and Teix…)
Should be Backett’s last inning….
Beckett out…Granderson with another chance for a RBI against a LEFTY…
Whatever else happens, it feels great to see beckett walk off before the end of the 5th.
I haven’t seen Shoenweiss in a while – he looks like the unabomber. And we get to see if Curtis’s work vs. lefties is paying off early…
Well, there you have it…
uhhhh, yeah. not a great looking AB there.
Even CC’s glove is extra-wide.
A-Rod meanders under his first pop-up of the year.
Nice change-ups there.
K #3 for CC…
This thread is getting pretty lonely krueg…
2-out rally. Come on CC…
And Brett Gardner makes a horrible throw. That turns a single into a major hit. Need CC to step up
That was a BIG K…nice job Brett you moron. You got lucky.
Great breaking ball to get out of it.
I’m still here homeboy…first game plus Easter equals a small crowd. I, for one, am a heathen so Easter means nothing to me so I’m here!!!!
great way to get out of it.
Captain Clutch is still awesome…2 out single.
COME ON CHUNK!!!!
CC running out of gas?
DP would rule…
Danger Will Robinson…Danger!!!
Youk with clutch hit…three bagger to pull within one.
um…Youk is not fast enough to come home on that wild pitch.
Just like early last season…get a big lead, blow it and lose. Meh. I knew it was too good to be true. I really don’t understand why he’s kept CC in this long? Am I wrong?
Not to mention we wasted a leadoff walk and double in back to back innings…error by Gardner and here we are, about to blow a 4 run lead.
Big at bat for Papi here.
Seems like both pitchers were in the game longer than they possibly should have, especially it being the first game of the season.
Decent first game for CC I guess…I blame Joe for leaving him in that long.
Comeback complete! Great job Yankees…not.
Seem like both managers mis-managed their SPs tonight.
Both took a long time to pull the hook on them, especially with the weird was that the schedule is starting off this year. They could have gone to the BP a lot earlier and still have some days off to recover.
That’s why he’s on the ticket!
I really was hoping this game would be over in under 5 hours so I could watch “The Pacific” tonight…
This game is strangely like last year…maybe that’s a GOOD omen?
God that was f-cking horrible…
You are talking foolish Krueg….
No Sox Yanks game ever ends in under 5 hours.
Unless it is stopped by rain and then they drag the decision out so it takes 5 hours.
I had to step out for some housework and I come back to a tie game. ugh. Guess it wouldn’t be Yanks-Sox if there wasn’t late-game drama. Come on Teix.
Another leadoff man on. Let’s go A-Rod!
AROD IS CLUTCH AND CLUTCH IS EVERYTHING!!! (feels nice to type that…)
Crushed that ball. They must get at least two runs out of this inning!
worked hard to tie it back up…
meatsicle on a couple of pitches digs a hole again for us.
I know Rob, I know…silly me. The Pacific is pretty awesome so I’m staying up to watch it anyway…
No-look-a-jima coming in.
Here is Cano’s chance…hitting with RISP!!!! Turn the page on that BS!!!
RBI for Cano…6-5. Hip Hip…RBI???
Pedroia coulda gotten Teix at home.
This is the sside form which Posada’s neck has been bothering himg…
buh bye tie game
7-5. Outstanding. That was awesome…Curtis Time!!!
Didn’t hurt much there I guess. Right back up the middle. Great to jump right back on top after the Sox tied it up. Come on Curtis – imagine he’s throwing with his right arm!
Are we going to see Joba vs. Youkilis tonight?
BB – awesome.
Good eye Curtis…1st and 2nd, Swishalicious time…
granderson has a 1.000 obp against lefties this season. great work by kevin long!
I hope so IH…little chin music to get the season going???? ;)
Actually Nick, Curtis k’ed vs. Schoeneweiss with men on earlier in the game…
And a GDP – horrible Swish.
That really sucked…but we got the lead back thankfully. Let’s see where this one ends up boys???
Don’t know krueg – but as long as he follows whatever he does with a fist-pump he’ll ensure at least another couple years of Sox-fan-hatred of him.
I love Aerosmith regardless of their unfortunate place of birth… ;)
Steven looks pretty beat though…
You know, Aerosmith, are they that good? Really? I don’t hate them, but they’re sort of an irrelevant group in the grand scheme of things.
Chan Ho Park. This will be interesting. And there is Jobalicious loosening up…
wait, Joba wasn’t traded?!
i’m happy my feed just went down.
Sat: NCAA Final Four
Sun: Yanks-Sox Season opener
Mon: NCAA Championship
Thur-Sun: Tiger returns to Augusta
My productivity for the week should flatline around 12 noon tomorrow.
And Park let’s leadoff man on. Trouble
3 straight pitches. Nice comeback. let’s turn the DP!
Pedroia hit’s a moon shot to tie it. nice debut Chan-Ho
Oof. The guy can’t go the other way and CHoP throws him something letter high inside.
That looked like a perfect strike.
chan ho park: signing of the century
Cano makes it interesting but gets the second out nonetheless.
Park-Youkilis – I don’t feel good abou tthis/…and there it goes. Double. See you later Park. Thanks.
I saw Chan Ho SUCK…eh, eh???…come in so I went to make my lunch for tomorrow and lo and behold, tie game…glad I missed it. Heard Mrs. Krueg swearing so I figured as much…
How many leads can we blow in one game I wonder?
Great job Chan Ho SUCK…bullpen looking f-cking stellar so far. Christ.
Marte-Ortiz. Please be the Ortiz of ’09…
Aerosmith is far from irrelevant Nick…come on dude. I don’t love them or anything but they’re one of the best US rock bands of all-time…
Marte isn’t good until the playoffs so this should be the Sox taking the lead finally now…
Wild pitch. lovely. Our bullpen seems to have rolled into Boston on prozac.
Here we go…nice Marte…chuck it to the backstop. Here’s where he gets Papi off on the right foot for the season…
Unreal. I’m out fellas, not getting this pissed the first game of the season….
Nice job fellas. That pitch wasn’t where it was supposed to be, but Jorge should have had it.
Just got done putting the girls to bed after coming back home, listening to the game on XM the whole way.
The Red Sox offense would like you to know that it is still pretty good.
The Red Sox pitching-and-defense, on the other hand, would like to keep things interesting.
Joba-Beltre. Was having lots more fun when the yanks were winning…
Nice timing Paul
Ortiz should not be batting fifth. Does even the most ardent Drew hater think he should be batting behind David Ortiz and Adrian Beltre? I mean, really, Tito.
Radio just said Youkilis’ three XBH in the opener is the first time for a Sox since Fisk in ’73. Not sure if that was only for openers against the Yankees or not.
Joba does his thing. Nice to see someone come out of the pen looking fresh.
My timing would have been better if I hadn’t been bringing in bags while Pedroia was hitting the game-tying home run. :-P
Gardner against Bard the flamethrower
Raise your hand if you’re surprised a Red Sox-Yankees game is going past 11:30 p.m. Eastern. Anyone?
again, to me the game is the side story. the main one is gardner’s steal of home. legendary stuff. won’t forget it ever.
Game setting up for A-Rod vs. Papel-pucker drama
Someone should tell Sox fans to change that chant over to “World Champs suck, World Champs suck…”
And up comes the tech-support guy batting second
I know, I haven’t seen a steal of home on the back end of a delayed double steal since at least last September. :-)
No one readjusts his crotch as well – or as blatantly – as Mark Teixeira.
Nick Johnson has just announced this will be his last season on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”.
bleh. Keep it within one and hope against hope that papelbon replays his last official outing.
That’s awesome Nick. Very good call.
Granderson Kd vs Schoenweiss so his OBP cannot be 1.000
I was afraid that Charlie Steinberg’s return to Boston signified something horrible, and these “touches” added to the game today make me think the worst has indeed happened.
Neil Diamond and Steven Tyler. Very very hip in Fenway.
Hey – what are you doing SF?? Still at the game I assume?!? You’re catching a fun one. For SFs at least.
.500 obp is Bondsian.
My mom and I made it to the sixth inning. Such is parenthood and grandparenthood and an early morning drive to NYC.
Pics and postmortem tomorrow. One quick thing: Sunday night openers should never be allowed again.
.500 obp is Bondsian.
But not Youklidian.
Creed is currently playing a live show for Papelbon in the bullpen
Sorry to hear that SF. I could live with Sunday night openers if they started at 7pm. But yeah – opening day should be – you know – during DAYtime.
Beltre: 1 for 3, 2 RBI
Cameron: 2 for 3, 1 BB
Scutaro: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI
Theo is a GENIUS!!!1111!!!!1!!!
So I hate to raise this here, but has A-Rod finally talked to the authorities? I could get an audience with the Pope faster than the Feds seem to be able to get in the room with him. And Fenway does the wave. Hip x 2.
I heard somewhere, maybe XM yesterday?, that he did. My level of caring is somewhere around the velocity of Manny Delcarmen’s fastball these days, but I did hear that in passing…
This game has slowed to a crawl. And Joba walks him. 1 out, 2 on.
Hmm – I had heard he talked to MLB officials but not the Feds, but maybe you’re right. Anyway – back to this painful sight…
GameDay is saying Joba’s fastball is around 93. Seems low for Bullpen Joba, doesn’t it?
Cameron seems to ave left his base-running instincts in Milwaukee.
Oh, I didn’t pay enough attention to differentiate.
I fear the A-Rod/Papelbon matchup. Time for more Pedroia heroics to ease my troubled mind.
But it doesn’t matter because Swisher has inherited Johnny Damon’s arm
CAMERON with the speeeed!!!!! HUGE run with A-Rod leading off the ninth!
That probably took the fistpump out of Joba’s repertoire for the night. But you never know…
I find that there is no denying the fistpump if the fistpump insists on emerging.
Who’s on deck?
Kevin Youkilis will bat if Martinez reaches.
That fake-move never ever ever ever ever ever works.
Well, here’s Papelbon’s first save opportunity since the awfulness in October. Not gonna lie: I’m a little nervous.
I was looking forward to Joba-Youkilis with bases loaded, but just as well…A-Rod/Cano/Posada…
And there’s the pucker.
A-Rod taking all the way.
Whew. ARod retired on a grounder.
Well, there go A-Rod and cano pretty fast. jorge trying to keep hope alive.
Well, Granderson is the tying run. That’s exciting.
flicker note completely dead just yet. Granderson looking to “earn his stripes”, “become a true yankee”, “become a man”, “stamp his passport”. Or whatever.
2-year old suddenly wakes up crying. I know how she feels. gotta go. congrats SFs.
Red Sox: 1
WORLD CHAMPION Yankees: 0
Since driving in runs in tie games in consecutive PAs against Papelbon in 2007, A-Rod has struck out three times in five PAs, walked in one, singled in a run (with the Yankees already up by three), and now grounded out.
Yet all I remember are those two plate appearances in 2007.
Ballgame!! A thrillah!
not a good job by the yanks pitching, especially against that weak sox line-up.
oh well, tomorrow is another day.
Every season I get excited for Opening Day, only to be reminded that the Yankees don’t start playing until June…wake me up then. NHL playoffs start in a week and a half anyway.
Watched most of the game but somehow missed the steal of home, dang it. Great game with which to kick off a season.
Mrs. Gerbil noticed that some ESPN2 chromamonkeyer spelled the vaunted Sox closer’s name “Paperbon” in the graphic when he came in.
She asked, “Isn’t his name Papelbon?”
“Perhaps, but at ESPN they are professionals,” I replied.
Paperbon.. heh.. so proud to be married to a Tigers fan that knows the name of the Boston closer, so hopeful of the portend of that mistype.
The steal of home was a delayed steal and in person it really was not much more than just an awful play by Victor Martinez (and a heads-up play by Gardner). It wasn’t really all that exciting, it felt like a bad little league play (from a Sox fan standpoint). When the play started I started saying “don’t throw it!”…
Martinez looked simply confused.
It wasn’t quite Jackie Robinson.
Great game all around, since I’m choosing to selectively ignore the horrible VMart-throwing-with-Gardner-on-third gaff. Sox in first place; here’s hoping it stays that way. It’s great to have baseball back.