Back in New York
My headline for this blog was going to be Back in the Bronx, but my fine colleague Bryan Hoch over at Yankees.com came up with it first. Oh well, I’ll give it to the rookie this time. But next time, I want some veteran respect. And only because he had a very long weekend in Detroit. Bryan was in Detroit covering a 16-0 Yankees loss last night while I was comfortably resting at my hotel in Times Square, which had a fine view from the window by the way. Bryan had a 4:15 a.m. wakeup call this morning from his hotel in Detroit. I rolled out of bed at, oh, around 11:30.
It’s too bad this series didn’t take place eight days ago when the standings were at four games. The atmosphere would have been positively electric. As it is, the atmosphere isn’t so bad. After all, it’s Red Sox-Yankees. It’s Dice-K and Pettitte.
The first interesting thing that happened tonight was Dice-K belting A-Rod on the back with a heater. Remember back in April when Dice-K hit A-Rod the first time he ever faced him and then tipped his cap as to A-Rod as an olive branch? That is commonplace in Japan, but not in MLB. There was no cap tip from Matsuzaka this time, who is obviously blending in more each passing week.
Great quote by Joe Torre before the game when asked about David Ortiz, who isn’t hitting nearly as many home runs this year as he has in the past.
"He still scares the [insert appropriate word here] out of me. He’s a special talent; I like him a lot as a person. I don’t like him facing my pitchers with the game in the balance. I don’t think that, because he’s hit fewer home runs that he scares you any less."
Torre flat-out brings it. I really hope he’s back as Yankees manager next season. There is no more quotable skipper in the game, except for well, maybe Ozzie Guillen. I’m still cracked up by what Ozzie said after Friday’s Sox-Sox doubleheader.
"Twelve hours of my life I wasted and I’m never going to get it back,"
said Guillen. "Tough day for everyone. I think
that’s one of the reasons they’re in first place and we’re in last
place. They hit better than we did, they pitched better than we did."
The Red Sox are keeping it a mystery who will pitch on Saturday, but all signs point to Clay Buchholz. If it was going to be Tavarez, they’d just announce that already. Right?
Lester, who pitched well for Portland Monday night, makes his return to the rotation on Sunday against the Orioles.