Here I am, better later than never. Let’s hope the Yankees won’t get a chance to say the same.
A Sox-Yanks season series is usually like water – it seeks its own level. At the beginning of each season, I’m happy with 10-8 against the Pinstripers. Now, here we are with the Sox up, seven games to none. What keeps me from being positively giddy is that a perfect head-to-head matchup bequeaths . . . only a one-game lead? This is going to be a helluva tight summah.
Well, let’s enjoy the good stuff while it’s here. Sox Space thinks Boston is playing better, harder, smarter than NY, but a collision this fall is inevitable. Surviving Grady has C-M Wang off the mound early enough last night to catch his favorite TV shows. Red Sox Monster is thankful the Yankee Captain did his part to counter the production of the bats around him last night. Hey, be sure to catch all three of these blogsters chatting up Felger on The Baseball Show this Saturday (Comcast SportsNet, 9:55 AM, re-airing 12:55 PM).
Clearing The Bases praises Dustin Pedroia’s hustle that kept the tying run from reaching third in last night’s ninth inning. Toeing The Rubber can’t get enough curtain calls against the Yankees, particularly those brought on by Big Papi. Ortiz’s recent seven-game hitting streak and two-run HR was not considered among El Guapo’s Ghost‘s DH scenarios. YFSF has found two other players who have had drop-offs as precipitous as Big Papi’s, and it didn’t have far to look.
Trolling the Yankee blogs is always part of the fun any time the Sox beat the Yanks. Fack Youk laments the two-run bomb by the Fackin’ Youkstah, but he’s hoping to regain a share of first after tonight. Subway Squawkers‘ Lisa says so much for the A.J. Burnett-Sox-Killer card. Bronx Banter has Burnett and Wang pitching like there’s ball-repelling magnets under home plate. Confessions Of A She-Fan is mad and not gonna take any talk of the Sox bullpen being superior to New York’s.
Hey, it’s not as effective as that repelling magnet or burying a tee shirt in cement, but Fenway West has Yankee Fan attempting to subvert Fenway Park’s mojo with a little tampering of his own. Fighting Words cautions us not to judge a book by its cover, even one as shallow as Johnny Damon.
Fenway Pastoral is through with Dennis Eckersley as Remy’s DH, and that was before Eck’s half-inning debate over whether Manny Delcarmen was throwing at Jeter on Tuesday night. A Red Sox Fan From Pinstripe Country muses that Orsillo scooped Eck on MDC’s intent. Mazz has the very discriminating Kevin Youkilis slowing down this series by looking at 52 pitches in the last two games. Hopefully, Mrs. Youk does the grocery shopping back home. Boston Sports Blog reports on the movement to make Seger’s Night Moves Youk’s new intro song.
With mandatory mini-camp upon us, can fall be far behind? The Patriot Act can’t wait to see the new and returning faces. It is What It Is has Bill Belichick more focused on the Buffalo Bills than on last week’s comments by NYJ HC Rex Ryan.
First And Ten From Foxboro has Vince Wilfork not wanting free agency. NESN’s New England Patriots blog tries to frame the parameters of Wilfork’s next deal. Thanks For Playing says that if Bianca Wilfork gets her way, Vince will be taking the highway out of NE.
Pats Pulpit finds yet another opportunity to explore his man-crush on Wes Welker with a look at changes in the receiving corps. One aspiring new receiver is Julian Edelman, whom Patriots Daily projects as the next fan fav. Reiss’s Pieces asks to see Shawn Springs’ book on T.O. and is summarily rejected. Nice try, Mike.
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