What a great game last night!
I unfortunately, was unable to stay awake past the bottom of the 5th. So imagine my surprise to see the game go 15 innings – with JD Drew winning as MVP. How’s that for a Cinderella Man comeback story, eh? Last year, most of us in Red Sox Nation (including myself) was (ahem) “unimpressed” with the injury riddled Drew. And now look at him. Good for him! I’m not too proud to say that I certainly will eat my words on my thoughts on him from last season – and again, goes to show how sometimes we the fans just can’t jump to conclusions about a player.
That’s not to say that I’m not hoping to see Jed Lowrie stay at SS. But I digress…
Now I’ve gotta say – sorry to anyone from NY who reads this blog, I certainly don’t mean to offend, but – how’s about a big ol’ WTF to the Yankee’s fans and NY media who were classless all day yesterday and booing the players last night at the game? Truly, this whole issue with Jonathan Papelbon was so out of proportion. Clearly he didn’t expect to not have Mariano close. Is that truly all that there was for the media to run with? I’m sorry, but here’s a little newsflash for ya’ll – it’s us the fans who have issues with the rivalry of the teams, not so much the players themselves. They’re all kind of “friends” to a certain extent. (With the exception of course, of maybe some who genuinely don’t care for one another. It happens…) Especially when they’re playing on the same team! And might I just remind you once again – that it was Red Sox player JD Drew who helped make it possible for the AL to win?
So dear Yankees fans, my suggestion is this. Think about whether losing Hidecki Matsui (whom I really love, it’s lousy that he’s injured again) means that your ball club is desperate enough to want to see Barry Bonds play in a Yankees uniform. Is there really worth the money to rent an aging jail bound baseball player for a short term in a last ditch effort to try to win another championship?
I don’t hate the Yankees. There’s many players on the club that I really enjoy watching. Some, not so much. (Like, Jason “I take so much steroids that it isnt’ sweat coming out of my pores it’s serum residue” Giambi. Somebody, please tell that man to shave.) And a good rivalry is always fun. But when it gets to a point of where people are fighting in the streets over which team is better, or a player gets threats of harm to them – then I think the fanbase is a little out of control. I’m not saying Red Sox Nation isn’t guilty of stupid things either. I think everyone needs to get a grip and realize that it’s really just a game. And have fun with it…! It’s not your paycheck that’s affected by wins or losses.
Now, it’s time to look forward to the second half of the season. And anything is possible….