The New York Yankees have had a long AL East road trip so far and in Baltimore, it took more twists and turns then your favorite theme park roller coaster. New York was able to salvage a split from the Orioles with some solid offensive performances on Friday and Sunday. However, it was the ending to Saturday’s game that has Yankees’ fans buzzing still. Mark Teixeira was called out on the final play of the game by umpire Jerry Meals when he was clearly safe on his head first slide at first base. Then, manager Joe Girardi got in a little argument with NY Post columnist Joel Sherman in his office. Now, the scene shifts to Fenway where the Red Sox are hosting an even bigger soap opera.
The Yankees will play the Boston Red Sox in a three-game series at Fenway Park starting tonight. Boston has been reeling, losing eleven of their last twelve games. They have had their rash of injuries, including their star designated hitter David Ortiz. Without Will Middlebrooks, who has been sidelined over a month with a broken wrist, Boston has not shown much offense and much fight in their games.
The last time the Yankees faced the Red Sox, it was back when Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Adrian Gonzalez were still on the team. Since then, the Red Sox made the mega deal shipping all three of them to Los Angeles for James Loney and a bunch of prospects. Plus, they continue to host the soap opera called ‘As Bobby V Goes’ when he tells a reporter he would punch him in the mouth on WEEI Radio. Yes, they are a mess, but maybe a series with the Yankees brings the fire back in them.
For this show, I talked with my good friend Derek Stykalo from BosoxInjection.com about the soap opera that is the Red Sox as well as who are some candidates to potentially replace Valentine as the head coach next year. We also go over the pitching matchups as well as discuss how the re-injury of Mark Teixeira’s hamstring could hurt the Yankees going forward.
Also, since today is 9/11, always keep those people who gave their lives to save others in your thoughts and prayers!