Everyone recovered from last night’s four-hour special? It would be nice to see a Red Sox-Yankees game come in at under three hours.
All the pre-game buzz was on the Yankees. GM Brian Cashman was swarmed by the rabid New York media. Is Joe Torre’s job on the line? What kind of shakeup to the Yankees need to straighten things out? Cashman gave all the standard answers in his usual classy fashion.
Then the game starts and Karstens gets nailed on the leg on the very first pitch of the game. When it rains, it pours.
Fortunately it’s not raining in New York today. Wake’s knuckler is dancing, but in the words of Yankees announce John Sterling if that was in fact his inning of play-by-play, "Jorgie juiced one."
2-0 Yankees in the fifth as of this posting.
Interesting stuff regarding Dice-K last night. John Farrell and Tito both mentioned that he’s being too cautious when he has a lead, which is resulting on all the walks. They’re urging him to let it fly, and trust his electric stuff. Dice-K is a very cerebral pitcher. He’s still figuring all this out.
Thursday against the Mariners should give a pretty good read into his learning curve. We’ll see what Ichiro has in store for him this time after Dice handled him pretty well at Fenway.