“Hey, she gave me VD!” ~ Babe Ruth
Coming off a 6-4 homestand the first place New York Yankees opened a home stand against the last place Boston Red Sox. I’ll say that again. The first place Yankees opened up a homestand against the last place Red Sox. I like saying that. Last place Red Sox. It rolls trippingly off the tongue.
The Yankees started Masahiro Tanaka (pictured here)
(8-4 3.84) while making his major league debut for the Red Sox was Henry Owens (0-1 5.40).
The Yankees scored first. In the bottom of the first Chris Young singled and Alex Rodriguez walked. moving Young to second. Mark Teixeira then singled home Young. 1-0 Yankees after one.
Boston took the lead in the top of the fifth. Mike Napoli led off with a double. Alejandro de Aza then singled. Blake Swihart singled and went to second on the throw as Napoli scored. Jackie Bradley Jr., hit a sacrifice fly scoring de Aza. 2-1 Boston after 4 1/2.
In the bottom of the sixth Chris Young led off with a single and moved to third when Alex Rodriguez doubled. Teixeira then singled home Young. Brian McCann then doubled home Rodriguez and Teixeira moved to third. Texiera then scored when Carlos Beltran grounded out. 4-2 Yankees after six.
In the top of the seventh Boston scored a run when Pablo Sandoval hit a monster home run that landed behind me in the bleachers. That hasn’t happened since the old stadium and in the old stadium the bleachers were much closer to the field than in the House Built for the Rich of New York City. 4-3 Yankees after 6 1/2.
And then God, the giver of all good things except for Kat Dennings
who is a tool of the Devil even though I love her so, gave us the bottom of the seventh.
The Yankees sent 13 people to the plate and scored nine runs. I won’t even bother trying to recount the scoring in that inning. Much like my college years, the bottom of the seventh is a jumbled memory, punctuated by confusion, frequent intakes of beer, trips to the bathroom and taserings by security.
Notes on the game:
The first pitch was thrown out by a one-legged Iraq war veteran who threw a perfect curve ball for a strike. Yankee GM Brian Cashman immediately signed him to a long-term deal. He will replaced the injured Pineda in the starting rotation.
It’s not enough to crush Boston. We must destroy their will to live. Much like IDAK from Lost in Space,
they must be crushed, killed and destroyed. Last night was an effective start to destroying their will to live.
Best heckle of the game:
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Recommended reading material:
“My life as an overrated fat steroid cheat” by David Ortiz. Okay, so there is no book like that. But there should be.
D.D. of New Jersey writes, “I hate Canadians!”
Well who doesn’t? They are evil people.
D.D. of New Jersey also writes, “And I hate people from Delaware too.”
No argument here. They should all die in drone strikes.
D.D. of New Jersey also writes, “And I hate Hispanics too!”
Now that’s just racist!
A.P. of Poughkeepsie writes, “More pictures of Kat Dennings, please.”
You realize she is a tool of the Devil, don’t you? But if you insist. Here you go.
No, I aint gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more
Well, I wake up in the morning
Fold my hands and pray for rain
I got a head full of ideas
That are drivin’ me insane
It’s a shame the way she makes me scrub the floor
I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more.