Friday, August 18, 2006

The Greatest Rivalry Resumes

Nothing puts a hop in your step on a Friday morning like knowing that we're just over an hour away from the first pitch of a four day, five game series between the Red Sox and the Yankees. What I wouldn't give to be at Fenway for this set.

The Sox begin the day a game and a half behind the Yanks in the AL East; they also trail the ChiSox by two and half for the wild card lead. It's going to be tough to win that race, since they also have to leapfrog the Minnesota Twins, but a series win will go a long way towards reestablishing ground against the Yankees in the East. If they can somehow win four of five, they'll be in great shape. This is the last time these two teams meet at Fenway (they have a four game set in the Bronx next month), so it's especially important that they don't lose ground. This series also begins a brutal stretch that seems them start a nine-game west coast swing on Tuesday, followed by home sets with the Jays and ChiSox, and doesn't end until a home series with the Royals, and their next day off on September 7th.

I won't make any bold predictions about who will win, but I will say that I think the Sox have to win 4 of 5 to have a shot at their division, and 3 of 5 to keep pace in the wild card. I think our boys can do it.

Go Red Sox!

10 Comments:

At 3:46 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Fuck, we have to win. How many of the games are on tv, btw? Or am I going to have to go to Schanks again?

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger Alex said...

I watched the one this morning on Sportsnet East, which is also showing Monday's game. No one is showing tonight's game, then Fox has the game tomorrow, though it might only be on the Eastern channels, and everyone gets the Sunday game, since it's the ESPN night game.

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger Alex said...

BTW, I don't think I'll be able to handle it if we lose to Sidney fuckin' Ponson tonight. If they can't beat him, there's no hope for the rest of the season, let alone this series.

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Damn I miss Diamond Surfing.

 
At 7:34 PM, Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

Fuck, I came home and started watching the game...and the Yanks pound home five. I'm all set to shut down and go find a lady when I realize that it's Ponson for the Yanks. 5-4 Yanks, Manny on second as I write this.

 
At 7:36 PM, Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

5-5...I think Ponson has allowed something like 115 doubles so far.

 
At 8:57 PM, Blogger J.R. Hippe said...

I'm a Mets' fan, but c'mon Red Sox! NYM is celebrating the 20th anniversary of 1986 this weekend and would love for them to have a chance to recreate that postseason in October. =}

P.S. YankeesSuck.com

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger Alex said...

Gah. It's going to be tough to come back after getting swept in the doubleheader yesterday. And Beckett looks shaky so far. Thankfully he had ARod to bail him out of his first inning jam by grounding into a double play.

 
At 1:49 PM, Blogger Alex said...

I feel the season slipping away...

But from the great news column, how awesome is it to see Peter Gammons back on his feet, and at Fenway today?

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Fuck.

 

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