What if everything conceivable didn’t go wrong, no matter what preceded the game, once these two teams took the field at Fenway Park?
The Yankees were en route to losing their run-of-the-mill fourth straight stinker to the Red Sox at Fenway Friday night, already done in by a Phil Nevin send so stupid it must’ve come from another planet where Gio Urshela is Usain Bolt.
We assumed that, if and when this 4-3 deficit held, we would be going to sleep stewing, but ultimately bored more than furious. And then Zack Britton got hurt, yet again, and screamed from the mound as he delivered a dirt ball.
You like watching things that don’t seem fair whatsoever? Well, enjoy this video of Britton — who only recently returned from an elbow injury suffered in the spring — yelping in pain with a lower half injury before departing.
Probably the hamstring? Probably.
Yankees reliever Zack Britton hurt his hamstring late in Friday night’s loss.
We were perfectly content with a somewhat embarrassing loss featuring poor defense, bad decisions and Domingo German. We really were.
Of course, when the sixth inning began, things took an emasculating turn that never stopped.
Garrett Whitlock, who the Yankees lost in the Rule 5 draft thanks to their own incompetence, shut them down for two innings. So did Adam Ottavino, someone they traded for free just to save money.
Then Britton entered and fell to the grass, injured in an entirely new way than the issue that sent him to the IL months ago — and echoing Luis Severino’s devastating injury during his rehab start, which we advised should be the end of any and all hope this season.
We’ll watch out for a Britton update, sure, but we tell you what: it’s unlikely to be a promising one! Just kiss your old rings from the ’90s for old time’s sake. 2021’s not going to be the year we turn things around on the Red Sox after all, it seems. Danged luxury tax. Comes back to bite you 100 times out of 100.