And the winner is…
The Yankees fan! Um, that would be ME! Sorry, Julia, but there had to be a winner and it may as well as be me. 😉 Seriously, it was a hard-fought series. After seeing the starters blown out in two successive games, it was a bit surprising to see a pitcher’s duel between the teams #3 starters (John Lackey and Andy Pettitte). Lackey definitely proved he was a great pickup by Boston, and Andy showed that he still has it.
The Yankees’ 3-1 win over Boston tonight was admittedly a surprise. I know the Yankees had the streak on the line (16 consecutive wins after being tied in the 7th inning), but Fenway Park has been the House of Horrors over the years. Too often, the highlight reel shows some Red Sox player with a walk-off homer and I was fearful of more of the same tonight. I know that the Jonathan Papelbon we saw tonight will not be the Paps we’ll see the rest of the year. But I am fortunate the Yankees were able to capitalize against the great Red Sox closer. There’s probably not going to be too many games where Paps is pulled for another reliever.
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The acquisition of Curtis Granderson looks very good right now. Against the Yankees’ most bitter rival in the most hostile environment, Grandy came up huge.
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His solo home run in the 10th inning put the Yankees up 2-1 and after an insurance run was scored, the game was left to the very capable hands of the great Mariano Rivera. I was a bit concerned with Boston’s order in the bottom of the 10th (Ellsbury, Pedroia and Martinez), but Mo did what he always does. Just another day at the office, and the Yankees had the series win.
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So, Julia, there is a book on its way to you. Given that I do not know the actual delivery date (sorry, I opted for the free shipping option at Amazon.com!), I will extend the deadline for the book report from your birthday to May 15th. If you can get the book report completed sooner, that’s fine, but the actual due date is not until May 15th.
This was an incredibly intense series. I can’t say that I enjoy such intensity for the first three games of the season. At least the outcome was favorable, but I am glad the Yankees do not see the Red Sox again until next month (a three game set in Boston…again?…on May 7th through May 9th). Give me the Angels. Give me the Rays. Give me anybody but the Red Sox in the month of freakin’ April! I know, it didn’t rhyme, but let’s get some homers under our belt before we start punching it out with the Sox.
When I say the Yankees are better than the Red Sox, it is not just my humble opinion. It is a fact backed up by Forbes Magazine. According to them, the Yankees are worth $1.6 billion, while the next franchise (the Red Sox) are valued at “only” $870 million. So, there it is. The Yankees are almost twice as great as the Red Sox! Hey Julia, I’m just sayin’… 😉
The Boston series told me that:
· Curtis Granderson is a gamer.
· Joba Chamberlain is the 8th inning set-up guy.
· Mariano Rivera could punch out hitters in his grave.
· Andy Pettitte is going to make this a season to remember.
· Nick Johnson is addicted to getting on base.
· Nick Swisher gets it done.
· Robinson Cano has raised the level of his game.
· Mark Teixeira is still a slow starter.
I am sure there’s more but so far I like the makeup of the 2010 Yankees. I am still concerned that we lost the clutch hit capability that Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui provided, but all things considered, Granderson is a great neutralizer to those losses. You don’t have to hit 30 home runs. You don’t have to hit .300. You don’t have to knock in 100 RBI’s. You just have to get the hit to beat Boston. It’s a simple formula. J
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Okay, this has absolutely nothing to do with baseball or the New York Yankees. Nevertheless, I came across the clip and it was too good not to share. The Ross Sisters of the 1940’s were incredible. It takes about 60 seconds before this really gets going, but their moves are amazing and almost unbelievable. So, this is a tribute to the greatness of the Ross Sisters! Enjoy! J