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    Friday, July 25, 2008

    Showdown at the Fens - Red Sox v. Yankees

    I was trying to think how I would hype this series if I was doing the introductions for Fox Sports, because I know they’ll have some extravagant package complete with the Pedro Martinez/Don Zimmer throwdown, the Varitek/A-Rod fight and probably for good measure they’ll throw in the Aaron Boone home-run, just to be pricks. So, how would I open the series? Probably something like this.

    “It’s the battle for #2. The most storied rivalry in sports history writes a new chapter on this July night at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox, winners of two championships in the last four years. The New York Yankees, winless in October since signing A-Rod. This time it’s for all the marbles, (ok, well not even close to all the marbles, they are battling for second place, but you get my drift.) With the return of Big Papi the Boston Red Sox look to hang the Yankees out to dry and build on their three game lead in the East while putting the Devil Rays in their rear view mirror. It’s America’s pastime at it’s best, Fox Sports presents Yankees baseb…errr…Major League Baseball on Fox.”

    Sidebar here: You gotta kind of feel bad for the Rays. I know I know, they are tied with the Red Sox for 1st in the AL East, why are wee feeling bad for them? It’s simple really, nobody cares. Nobody. Not you, not me, not ESPN, nobody cares. They are playing games this weekend too and not one person cares. I’ll feel better about them when they are solidly in third or fourth place, you know, after this weekend.

    Speaking of this weekend, I am boldly predicting a sweep. I know the Red Sox have been faltering a bit coming out of the All-Star Break and the Yankees have been red hot, winning six in a row, but let me lay out the facts for a Boston sweep.

    1.) Big Papi is back. The crowd is gonna be hyped and he’s been tearing the cover off the ball in his rehab starts, talk about an emotional lift. I think he goes, 6-9 this weekend with 2 HR and 7 RBI’s. (Now it’s in writing I am screwed)

    2.) Home Sweet Home. The Sox are back at Friendly Fenway after a loooooooong west coast road trip. I am not even talking about the length of time, I am just talking about the exhaustion they must be feeling after some grueling games with the Angels and it takes quite a lot out of you to sweep any team.

    3.) It’s the Yankees…please, like we aren’t going to be amped for this series? If we sweep, the Yankees are 6 games behind us and we’re ready to really start the second half of the season. Terry Francona is rocking back and forth in the dugout at Fenway ready for the game to start and I can assume right now that Tek is eating his Cocoa Crispies with his pads on ready to go.

    The series breaks down like this:

    Friday: 7:05p on NESN
    Saturday: 3:55p on FOX
    Sunday: 8:05p on ESPN

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    Blogger Peter N said...

    No hype needed, not this weekend. Enjoy everything...I will. Peter

    July 25, 2008 at 12:18 PM  
    Blogger Jessica said...

    Pedro/Zimmer was the day I got married! My wedding guests will never forgive me... lol

    July 25, 2008 at 9:50 PM  
    Anonymous Boston Knucklehead said...

    That first pic is one of the best things i've ever seen come out of Pedro. It was only self defense

    July 26, 2008 at 9:24 AM  

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