Tough act to follow
Can anyone remember the last time they saw an April baseball game — Red Sox-Yankees or otherwise– with quite the drama as last night? There were about 19 storylines by the time the night was over.
If last night was an ALCS game, we’d be hearing about it for years. More sheer dominance from A-Rod. Gritty comeback by the Red Sox. Then the ninth inning — Holy Okajima!
It really was a fun night to be here. Pettitte seemed fired up to be part of Sox-Yankees again. He definitely pitched like he was. Schilling was real good for a guy who gave up five runs. It’s just that he couldn’t stop A-Rod. Then again, who can?
Down 6-2 in the eighth, nobody could have seen that comeback coming. Not the way the Boston bats have been going lately. Ortiz and Manny started the inning by getting on base, but then J.D. was retired, and the slumping lower part of the order was coming up.
Lowell comes up with an important knock through the whole and into left. Then Varitek with a very big hit, his second clutch hit of the night. And Coco — who among you predicted he was about to blast a triple into the RF corner? It will be interesting to see if there’s any carryover for Coco and ‘Tek, since both guys were struggling so much.
How many times can the Sox come back against Rivera? Is it just me, or are you still surprised every time they do? I know I am. Rivera is that good.
Beckett vs. Karstens today. Pedroia is on the bench today. Tito is obviously trying to protect the rookie’s confidence.