Not only do the Red Sox get swept in the Bronx, but they come home to find out that their hottest pitcher can’t go because of a bad back. It’s too bad. Tim Wakefield has been unhittable lately and it would have been one of the feel-good stories of the season to see him get 20 wins.
Also, no Manny. We all know this team can’t go where they want to go unless Manny is in the lineup and raking. He underwent an MRI today.Red Sox Nation will hold its collective breath until that test comes back.
Has September 1 ever come at a better time for the Sox? Ellsbury, Lester, Buchholz and who knows who else will be here shortly.
The games in New York were great theater, as always. I must say that the baseball purist in me absolutely loved taking in those great pitching matchups. Love or hate Roger Clemens, it’s astounding still watching him get it done at age 45. And Schilling had his A game going yesterday.
As for the Chamberlain thing, how does anyone honestly know what happened? Watching it live, I did not think the kid had any intent of trying to hit Youkilis in the head. I think the kid was jacked up and wild. Let’s face it, adrenaline rises to another level in these games.
The Red Sox were pretty cold when asked about it after the game. My personal thought? They are trying to get in the kid’s head. He just might be the difference-maker in this rivalry right now, so the Red Sox are trying to get in his head and let them know that perhaps retribution might be in store.
September 14 at Fenway is going to be must-see TV for sure.
All for now. I’ll be back at Fenway on Sunday and laying low the next two days.