No, I’m not talking A-Rod’s accelerated bat head, or his "24/7 accessibility" to a man who wrote a book entitled SCORE for Life (not that there’s, well, you know the punch line). No, no. I’m talking about my reactions as we watched the red-hot Sox put yet another hurtin’ on the
Columbus Clippers New York Yankees. For the record, the Sox can lose the next two games in this series and still be in first place when they face the Devil Rays. Also for the record, I in no way think that’s going to happen, considering tonight’s pitching matchup.
What can we take away from this thrilling/gut-wrenching (depending on your perspective) game?
— Papi = Clutch.
— A-Rod = Monstrous 2-run homer down by eight runs in the ninth, or: Not Clutch (see right).
— Rick Sutcliffe = More painful than Terrance Long.
— Terrance Long = More painful than allowing four hits to Willie Harris and Alex Cora, but just barely.
— Cora made a major pitch — offensively and defensively — for A-Gon’s job, and I think he should have it.
— Keith Foulke 2006 = Uh oh.
Ever since we first heard reports that Foulke’s knees weere starting to bother him, the early effectiveness he showed has consistently eroded into last night, which was a carbon copy of the Keith Foulke we DLed twice in 2005. At the beginning of the ninth, we were up eight runs. At the end, Jonathan Papelbon was warming. ‘Nuf Ced.
But really, Sox fans obviously have less to be concerned about than Yankees fans at this point. For all the ridiculousness the ESPN announcers kept spouting before the game about the Yankees’ "heart" because they’ve not gone 0-4 since half the team whent on the DL (2-2 is soo much better), you’d have thought that fielding a AAA lineup from 6-9 was A-OK, and that Wang was going to pick right up where Catfish Hunter left off. Neither of those is the case.
I’ll reiterate what I said before: The Yankees will rebound. The Red Sox just need to keep doing what they did last night, and make sure they’re far enough ahead in July or August or whenever to withstand the charge. They’re far more equipped this year to do that than they were last season.
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