Yankees v. Red Sox finally lives up to its billing
As the baseball world hopes quietly for Barry Bonds to get hit by a trolley car, the man who will eventually overtake his career home run record shines on baseball's biggest (regular season) stage.
This is how they were supposed to look. It seemed like the baseball gods realized how unfair they had been to the boys in Pinstripes, and how overly generous the Red Sox had been treated. We came to find that Hideki Okajima was not a head jerking cyborg, but a regular Asian pitcher who gets figured out after 3 months like the rest of them. Even Papsmear got touched for a game winner at the hands of ARod. The pitching was shotty, and the offense was unstoppable. Bobby Abreu, Robinson Cano, and Melky Cabrera were the large contributors that they were expected to be, and the bullpen was just good enough to pull out two of three.
Now don't get me wrong, the Yanks were far from perfect. Scott Proctor was horrific, Derek Jeter took the weekend off, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez looked like George Bell and Jose Canseco in RBI Baseball. We also found out that Roger Clemens has a groin problem (probably caused by Susyn Waldman being attached to it). This means the return of Matt DeSalvo to the team, the 2007 version of Sam Militello, to get pummeled by the White Sox. The job now is to pick up a couple of games, and hold down the fort until Clemens and Hughes are up and running.
Sorry, Boston. This summer won't be easy.