I didn’t see it, but by all accounts the Red Sox did a great job with their celebration of Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary.
You can read and see clips of the event here on Boston.com.
Here are other notables.
This is what Bobby Valentine was saddled with: a GM who didn’t want him; a dysfunctional, enabled and highly paid group of players; a starting rotation with questions from positions 3-5; a bad bullpen; injuries; and black holes in the starting lineup.
Valentine was expected to cause controversy and the expectation was so intense that when he said something seemingly innocuous (and by insider accounts, true) about Kevin Youkilis it was treated as if he’d said Ted Williams was overrated.
What do the masses want Valentine to do?
What can he do?
A firestarter might be needed.
Under no circumstances do I think Ivan Nova was throwing at Youkilis when he hit him with a pitch in the bottom of the 6th, but in the situation the Red Sox are in, intent doesn’t matter.
They need a spark and with Alex Rodriguez batting second in the top of the 7th, it was the perfect setting to retaliate.
“You hit my third baseman? I hit your third baseman.”
If it starts a fight, so much the better. The Red Sox need something to bring them together and maybe a brawl is it.
Joe Girardi wants you and everyone else to know how smart he is.
In theory I suppose I understand why Girardi decided to begin the bottom of the 9th inning with a sidearming waiver wire pickup Cody Eppley.
The Yankees had a 4-run lead and the conventional wisdom is not to use your closer when it’s not a save situation.
In spite of it being—in the grand scheme of things—a relatively meaningless game in April, in reality, it wasn’t.
On a day where the Red Sox and their fans were still in bliss at the celebration, why give them the opening to stage a comeback? How galvanizing would it have been had the Red Sox rallied—against the Yankees no less!!!—on such a day? All the acrimony within the organization would’ve been replaced with the joy of a huge win against their hated rivals and possibly save the Red Sox spiraling season.
It was a needless and self-indulgent risk.
For a smart man, a good manager and baseball man Girardi does some notoriously idiotic things in what appear to be repeated attempts to show how smart he is.
I’m the “don’t mess around” guy and can’t stand overthinking and overmanging. I thought we were past the “save situation” nonsense especially with teams like the Yankees who have intentionally shunned conventional baseball orthodoxy in favor of objectivity.
Keep your boot on their throats; don’t open the door; hold them down and keep them down. The best way to do that is with Rivera.
What’s Rivera there for?
Girardi’s overmanaging has gotten the Yankees in trouble before and he could conceivably have done it again yesterday. It wasn’t just unnecessary. It was stupid.