I never thought I’d live to see the day where I covered a Red Sox-Yankees series that felt so utterly meaningless. My buddy Mark Feinsand and I have sat side by side here in the third row of the Yankee Stadium press box the last five years and covered such high-drama, meaningful games with so much intensity.
Today? Nothing. Just a game that might as well be played in a Spring Training outpost such as Tampa or Fort Myers.
It shows you how lucky we’ve been to be a part of what we were a part of from 2003-05. From the Cowboy Up madness to when Aaron Boone Cowboyed them right down of ’03, to the greatest comeback in sports history of ’04 to what essentially amounted to a tie for the division title last year, we’ve seen some pretty cool stuff.
Now? The big story is how many boos David Ortiz gets for some unfortunate remarks about derek Jeter that he already apologized for. And there’s also Papi assaulting Jimmie Foxx’s team record of 50 homers. He still needs two to tie.
As for Papelbon announcing that he’s all but certain to return to the rotation next year, I love it. Throw Papelbon out there with Schilling and Beckett and Wakefield and perhaps another big-time addition this winter, and he just might become the ace of a pretty fearsome staff. We’ll see.
Who will close next year? Hansen isn’t ready, so they’re going to have to find someone.
Well, five innings are in the books. Only another 22 left over the next two days.
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