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I usually don’t write about non Yankee things nor do I tend to write about the stupid drama that surrounds the game. Every year I write one article about how bad ESPN is and every year one person is such a big baby that I have to open my mouth and piss a bunch of people off.
I am a fan of baseball. I may not like the Red Sox, being a Yankees fan, but I respect all aspects of the game and its traditions. The Red Sox are about to celebrate 100 years in Fenway park, which is a huge deal, and Terry Francona will not participate because “ the wounds are to fresh”
Last season while manager of the Red Sox, the Globe printed an article that shed him in a bad light. It blamed his divorce as reason for his losing control of the club and accused him of having a problem with pain medication.
Lets make the assumption that none of this is true and he was falsely portrayed. The Red Sox still had a collapse that cost them the playoffs and was the reason that he was not offered a new contract. Regardless of what he thinks of the Boston media the Red Sox ownership, he was still a huge part of the teams success and brought them a championship which no other manager had been able to do since 1918.
The Red Sox have invited all of the living former managers to participate in this celebration and I’m certain that all of them love the Fans of Boston enough to participate. Oh, except Francona who decided that the wounds were to fresh and he wasn’t ready to swallow his pride so as not to ruin an event that was 100 years in the making.
Grow up Terry! I never liked the Red Sox but I used to respect you. Up until the point where you decided to disappoint a million+ Fans that simply want to say thank you for being a part of a great organization.
The last two games the Yankees have been looking more like the Yankees of old with some good pitching timely hitting and a little bit of luck. Monday night the Yankees picked up their first victory behind a gritty pitching performance behind Ivan Nova. Nova struggled this spring and I personally was a little worried he was going to go out there and fall flat on his face. My fears were unjustified when he went out there and pitched seven innings of two run ball striking out seven along the way. He wasnt great giving up ten hits, but they were scattered and the Yankee offence gave all the help he needed in this 6-2 victory.
Last night was a bit of a different story as the starting pitching was less than spectacular. Freddy Garcia tied a Yankee record throwing five wild pitches and only lasted 4 innings giving up 4 runs three of them earned. This would be all that the birds would get as the Yankees bull pen went into shut down mode only allowing 2 hits giving the Yankees a opurtunity to rally and after the Orioles intentionally walked Granderson in the twelfth Ibanez earned his stripes with a ground rule double that turned out to be the game winner. Mariano Rivera came in and nailed it down in the bottom of the twelfth for his first save of the season as the Yankees 5-4 win improved their record to 2-3.
Tonight CC Sabathia will try to forget about a somewhat shaky opening day as he will hopefully put the bombers in position for their first sweep of the season as well. Sabathia is 16-2 against the Orioles with an ERA of 2.74 and Robinson Cano has a .456 bating average in his last 32 appearances at Camden yards with 10 HR. All good signs for the Yankees. Like I said before, they are going to be fine.