Saturday, May 8, 2010
Playing Pinball in Boston
That's 26-6 in 2 games in the little green pinball machine off Kenmore Square. It's times like this weekend that I love Fenway Park.
Mark Teixeira hit 3 home runs. Three "Teix Messages," as John Sterling would say. The first broke a 3-3 tie in the 4th, and despite a long rain delay in the 5th, the Yanks never looked back. The last was a towering drive. Literally: It hit a light tower on top of the Green Monster. Fenway has Pesky's Pole, now it has Teixeira's Tower.
CC Sabathia didn't have his best stuff, but nobody on the Red Sox staff had good stuff. They got stuffed. (Appropriate, since they're a bunch of turkeys.)
I actually considered going up to Boston today, knowing full well I had about a 1,000-to-1 chance of getting inside Fenway. But I kept checking the online weather report for Boston, and, like they say in medical dramas, I gotta be honest with you, it didn't look good. I was right, as it poured in the middle of the game and at the end.
Well, the Yankees have been raining runs on the Roid Sox, who are now back under .500. And with the Oakland Athletics beating the Tampa Bay Rays today, the Yankees are now just half a game out of first place, even in the loss column.
Did the Mets have back-to-back walkoff homers against the San Francisco Giants over the same two days? It was hard to notice.
Especially since the second-best catcher in New York is not Rod Barajas, it's Francisco Cervelli. He had a really good game, but when somebody else hits 3 homers, who notices? Face it, Chris Chambliss homered in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, but Reggie Jackson hit 3. Fortunately, Chris had his moment that will never be forgotten the year before.
Robinson Cano appears to be okay. Whew. And Joe Girardi says Jorge Posada will DH tomorrow night, as ESPN does the Sunday night thing with Yanks-Sox, and will catch again on Monday. Fine with me.
I wanted 2 out of 3 against the Sox, at least, and I've got it, no matter what happens tomorrow night. I'd still love a sweep, though.