I know what was happening in many a livingroom in the Empire State yesterday afternoon. The Yankee faithful had looked at the two starting pitchers and-after conveniently ignoring the fact that Burnett had been bombed in his previous two outings at Fenway-mentally put the game in their "W" column. After all, surely salary alone dictated what the outcome was going to be. What is league minimum compared to $82 million? So, after having prepared themselves for another joyous afternoon of watching Blackwater-er, the NY Yankees-shellack Red Sox pitching, Blackwater-er, Yankee-fans were stunned to find out every Sox pitcher isn't named Penny or Smoltz. One of them is named Junichi Tawaza, who is obviously destined to be this year's Johnny Podres.
Yes, I exaggerate, I know, and I certainly don't expect that type of performance every outing-but wasn't it great to see that $82 million shoved down the Yankees' throat by a guy who got to Boston two weeks ago and doesn't yet speak enough English to order off a McDonald's menu? Didn't it feel great to see ARod jump away from a pitch that dipped back across the plate for a called strike? Or ending Derek Jeter's much-ballyhooed eight-game hitting streak? (Eight games? BFD. Only in New York is an eight game hitting streak cause for a coronation.) The only disappointment of the day was Bard giving up that long ball to Swisher-I was reeeeaaalllly rooting for a shutout. But if that's the worst thing I have to complain about-at least for today-I guess I really ought to shut up.
Tim Wakefield comes back on Wednesday, if nothing else sparing us another episode of Tales from the Brad Penny Crypt. Is it coincidence that Wake going down coincided with the Sox slide from first? *I* don't think so. As you may recall, same thing happened in 2006, (when Wake was found to have broken ribs if memory serves) and the Sox ultimately wound up in third place. C'mon, Tim, and be our little goodluck charm, hey-hey-hey!
Mucho media drool over the pitching match up tonight, Beckett vs Sabathia on ESPN. Beckett sucked last time out, so let's hope he's pissed off enough about it ot throw a no-hitter.