I have spent much of my baseball life around Bobby Valentine. He is as good a baseball man as I’ve ever known, and I think he is the man who could lead the Boston Red Sox out of the wilderness.
Whatever the Red Sox have left will be focused on beating the Yankees. And while Boston’s hitters may not scare anyone, New York can look to their own lineup for that sensation.
It’s almost impossible to hate the Red Sox when they’re this bad. Almost. Stomp them now, before they get good again, which will eventually happen. Eventually.
Even if neither New York team reaches its goals, their fans can rejoice in the fates of their foes: archrivals Boston and Philadelphia, who are a combined 30 games out of first place.
A Dodgers-Yankees World Series has not been seen since Tommy Lasorda led the 1981 Dodgers to a six-game victory over the Yankees.
“I’m really disappointed that my name was even brought up in that,” Mets catcher Kelly Shoppach said Sunday. “I wasn’t behind any texts.”
Sure, the Yankees have given back some of their comfortable lead. Still, only Washington and Cincinnati have better records than New York.
As the inventor of the sport — just ask him, he’ll tell you — Bobby Valentine sees all and knows all. Always has. But this time, he’s probably seeing it wrong.
New York has stayed largely, as they say in the movie business, on book. The script has played out as predicted. And now, frankly, we’re bored.
Before Sunday night’s win, Valentine weighed the chances of one team in Yankee Stadium missing the playoffs. And he wasn’t talking about the Red Sox.
The Red Sox struggles have made life easier this season for the New York Yankees, but they have not made life better.
The Red Sox don’t mesh together anymore, and when they face the better teams in baseball — such as the rival Yankees — they simply don’t have enough to compete.
Is it too early to panic Yankee fans? Steve Silverman believes the Yankees’ powerful lineup will carry them during the summer.
There’s too much talent on the diamond and in the dugout for me to put a post mortem on the Boston Red Sox. I tried it last year, when they started 0-5, then Boston stampeded to the top of the AL East, before their surreal September.
Neil Keefe shares his thoughts in a live chat as the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is renewed for the first time in 2012.