The Yankees beat the Red Sox 9-6 tonight to take the series, but the big story, of course, was Ryan Dempster’s plunking (after a few tries) of A-Rod in the first inning, the ump issuing a warning to both teams without ejecting Dempster and Joe’s fury and subsequent tossing. Is there a person on the planet, other than John Farrell, who thought that was fair? By the end of the game, four Yankees would get hit by pitches versus zero Sox. I would have hated to see CC retaliate and be forced to leave the game, despite his erratic performance, and ultimately the payback came in the form of A-Rod’s homer, Gardner’s triple and the “W.” Still, just another weird chapter in the rivalry. What Dempster did by anointing himself sheriff was to create Yankees solidarity behind A-Rod and fire up the enemy. Not a good move.
Girardi was still mad in his press conference. “You don’t take the law into your own hands. You’re gonna skip the judicial system? That’s ‘My Cousin Vinny.'” I guess Joe’s a movie fan.
It was all crazy, but then drama is what this season is now about.
Not insignificant was the injury to Nunez. How bad is his hamstring strain? Who knows, but it can’t be positive. Cano seemed to be okay after getting hit in the foot, but we’ll see.
If Dave Robertson is our closer in the future, I’ll have to take meds for high blood pressure. He does keep things interesting.
CC? I’ve given up wondering what’s wrong with him. I’ve gotten used to watching with my hands over my eyes when he pitches.
Very glad there’s a day off now. This one took a lot out of me.
Programming note: Joe Tacopina will be on the “Today” show tomorrow morning. Now that should be entertaining.