1 Game Down, 161 Games To Go…

 

We’re off to the races…

 

 

It was Game 1 of 162 tonight as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox kicked off the 2010 season on a warm night at Fenway Park.  After a cold and rainy day in Northern California, I turned on the TV to ESPN and was surprised to see it was 67 degrees at game time.  I had not checked out the weather forecast, and had expected to see a game played in the 30′s or 40′s.  It sounds like the warm weather will stay through the duration of the three game series.  Hopefully, the Yankees can keep things hot at Fenway (well, maybe not tonight but there’s still two games to play)…

 

 

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The night got off to a great start for new Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson.  In the bottom half of the first inning, he recorded the first out of the Yankees season by catching a fly out by Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury.  Then, in the top of the 2nd inning, after Jorge Posada had hit a liner off the foul pole in right for a home run, Curtis hit the first ‘no doubt about it’ home run of the season to put New York up 2-0, his first official at-bat as a Yankee.

 

 

Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson gets congratulated by Nick Swisher after homering in the second inning in Boston.   (AP)

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Speaking of impressive beginnings, not-so-new Yankee but new left fielder Brett Gardner showed why the team has shown faith in him.  After reaching base in the fourth, Gardner advanced to third and later scored on a double steal.  His speed on base is a difference maker so if he can continue to hit, this could be the beginning of a great season.  Not bad for the shortest guy on the team.  Long live short guys!  ;)

 

 

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On the downside, the short guy didn’t look so good in the 5th inning when his throw home was way off line, allowing two rather than just one runner to advance into scoring position.  Fortunately, no damage was done aside from the run that scored during the errant throw.  Still, Gardner is going to have to work on his play in left and adjust to the angles. 

 

Neither starting pitcher figured into the outcome of the game.  Josh Beckett was chased early (in the 5th), but CC Sabathia met the same fate the next inning.  Clearly, neither has the stamina they will have in August.  But bullpen to bullpen, I like the Yankees chances.  Last year at this time, there were few reliable arms in the pen outside of the great Mariano Rivera.  It took several months until Joe Girardi was able to make some moves that gelled.  This year, the pen is a strength from top to bottom.  Boston’s pen does scare me if Daniel Bard realizes his potential, but until then, the Yankees have a chance against the Boston relievers. 

 

Tonight was not meant to be for the Yankees bullpen as the Red Sox rallied for the 9-7 victory.  The primary culprits were Chan Ho Park and David Robertson, although Jorge Posada figured into the equation with what should have been a passed ball.  Still, I think the Yankees bullpen will be a strength over the course of the season.  Joba Chamberlain gave up a run, but I fully expect him to thrive in the 8th inning role and grab it permanently over the course of the next month or so.  As the ESPN announcers related, Joba throws with a sense of urgency in a relief role, and that was missing during his time as a starter.  Chamberlain-to-Rivera should be a good combo in later games.   I loved Rivera-to-Wettleland, so hopefully, Chamberlain-to-Rivera can become equally as good if not better.

 

I know, Julia is ahead 1-0 with the advantage in our latest wager.   Congratulations to her for the Game 1 victory.  On the bright side, we still have 161 more games before anything is decided. 

 

 

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Hats off to Dustin Pedroia for his play in tonight’s Red Sox victory.  I admit that he has the heart of a lion, and Boston is very fortunate to have such a great second baseman.

 

 

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Boone Logan found out it’s not good to be the 25th man, when he was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to today’s game to make room for outfielder Marcus Thames. 

 

Leading up to the Opener, I heard constant reminders of Aaron Boone’s home run to win the 2003 American League Championship Series against the Red Sox.  Boston got its revenge a year later, but Boone will forever be defined by that home run.  Actually that’s rather silly in mind given that he spent over six years in Cincinnati as a Red, compared to a couple of months in 2003 as a Yankee.  He also played with the Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.  Given that Boston did win the following year, I don’t think Boone’s home run will stand the test of time like Bucky Dent’s 1978 home run.  Nevertheless, it continues to be the hit people talk about when his name comes up.  

 

 

Aaron Boone's pennant-winning home run in the 11th inning of the 2003 ALCS lifts the Yankees into the World Series ...

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In a trade that surprised me, the Washington Redskins acquired quarterback Donovan McNabb from the Philadelphia Eagles.  You never expect a team to trade with a bitter division rival and that’s exactly what transpired today.  Now, the Eagles will face McNabb twice a year.  The Eagles did not get the first round pick they were seeking, but did secure a second round pick in this year’s draft and either a third or fourth round pick next year.  I thought that McNabb would have fit well with the Minnesota Vikings since they play a similar scheme to the Eagles, but perhaps the Vikings’ lack of interest is a sign that Brett Favre will return this summer. 

 

 

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I hope everyone had a very happy and enjoyable Easter!

 

 

–Scott

 

 

4 Comments

Scott, you are certainly right that it is interesting that Boone is most defined by his Yankee HR, but that is not so different from how Dave Roberts is perceived, either–he played only a couple months with us, yet he’ll never have to pay for a meal in New England again! ;)
As the Redskins are my second team, I was very intrigued by the McNabb trade to the ‘Skins. McNabb and the ‘Skins were rarely, if ever, mentioned in the same trade sentence, after all. Yeah, I was quite surprised at that news, and I am not so sure that he’ll be able to stay upright any better than the previous QBs. We’ll see.
On to Game 2! Take care, Scott!

Hey Scott – did you know that a game was played last night at Fenway? ;-) And it did not disappoint! 1-0 has a nice ring to it! But you are so right – it is just one game – the season will be long. Neither of our starting pitchers were on last night. I look forward to many exciting games to come!

I too am surprised at the McNabb trade. It would be like the Red Sox trading Beckett to the Yankees – the move makes no sense. Curious….

Hope you had a great Easter! And are you ready for Game #2? GO RED SOX! ;-)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

I would add Marte to the list of culprits. Yes, there was a passed ball, but Marte was all over the place and did not inspire confidence. I, too, was excited that Granderson hit a homer in his first official at bat as a Yankee. What a thrill – for him and for us!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Hope you had a Happy Easter too!! As for the McNabb trade, yeah, that shocked me too. The game was amazing, a lot of power hitters doing their thing last night. Marte was not a strong point for the Yankees at all. Oh well. Off to game 2!!
-Holly
http://irishsoxkid19.mlblogs.com

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