The big winner in all this could figure to be the Yankees, who will host a tired Tampa Bay squad for a three-game set starting Friday.
Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, tripled, drove in two runs and made a sliding catch in his return to Fenway Park, helping the New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka beat the Boston Red Sox 9-3 on Tuesday night.
Johnny Damon was beloved in Boston. Then, seemingly overnight, he became in the eyes of the Red Sox’s faithful a modern day Judas.
Masahiro Tanaka is well aware of what awaits in his first start Tuesday night at Fenway Park: the Green Monster and Boston’s fanatical fans.
Ted Williams never did it. Not Carl Yastrzemski. Not Carlton Fisk. Not even Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling, who ended The Curse nearly a decade ago.
Weather permitting, the World Series is set to start Wednesday night at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox hosting the St. Louis Cardinals.
“A great ceremony. Great,” the Yankees closer said. “Well done. Humbling. At the same time, I definitely appreciate what the Red Sox organization did. I will never forget it.”
The Yankees lost their second straight after a three-game winning streak and fell 2 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the AL’s second wild-card spot.
The Red Sox invited fans to be seated by 7:30 p.m. for the tribute, adding that some tickets are still available. The game is scheduled to start at 8:05 p.m.
While it may not be realistic to visit every single stadium in the country, one solution is to select a few stadiums whose legacies are forever etched in time and featured some of the biggest cultural icons in the history of American sports.
If the Yankees take two-of-three or better, it could be a head start to a strong second half. The Red Sox may feel good about the first half of their season, but reality is about to hit them in the face.
In the wake of the unspeakable Boston Marathon bombings, the Yankees paid tribute to the city of Boston when they hosted the Diamondbacks in the Bronx Tuesday night.
Maybe it’s too soon this second, but by tomorrow we will clamor for sports, for the soothing transaction of a three-pointer, the staccato squeak of sneakers, the crisp crack of a bat meeting a ball.
Baseball is holding its annual Jackie Robinson Day on the 66th anniversary of his breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
It’s hard to believe that it has been over a quarter of a century since the 1986 Mets captured an entire city with a World Championship, but I was thinking a lot about that season this week.