It’s that time of the year again. Our beloved Boston Red Sox have taken the field once again and this year they started it all out in the Bronx against that Evil Empire. Now Yankees fans, you’ve been warned because this is Boneyard Sports NEW ENGLAND and you’ve just entered Red Sox Nation.
Now, I realize many people around Boston don’t consider baseball season to begin until the Bruins and the Celtics finish playing. However, die hard Sox fans, like myself, consider the season to begin with the first meeting with those Yanks. This year we were lucky enough to have that game be the season opener. The last time the Bo Sox faced the Bronx Bombers in the season opener was back in 201o. Incidently, that was also the last time the Red Sox won their first game of the season.
This time was no different. In fact…
Yes, the Sox definitely gave the Yankees a kick in the balls. Make that two kicks in the balls after a 7-4 win on Wednesday. This is the first time the Sox won their first two since 1999 and their first time taking their first two against the Yankees since 1971. ’It’s the first time since 1995 that the Red Sox have scored 7 or more in each of their first two games. And just to toss a little salt in the wound, it marks the first time since 1919 that the Sox have put up 7 or more in their home opener, on the road since 1919. Ouch.
To put this all into perspective, the last time our Boston Red Sox started the season 2-0 Bill Clinton was President, Cher was sitting at the top of the billboard charts and My Space was introduced to the world a few weeks AFTER. Those Bo Sox went all the way to the ALCS.
Obviously, the next question is, what does it all mean. Jerry Remy says we could be witnessing the first undefeated Red sox season in history. Wouldn’t that be nice? The reality of the situation is it doesn’t really mean a thing at all. My pessimistic side says that the Sox will start out great and blow it come the second half of the season like they usually do when they have an incredible start to the season. I don’t want to be that guy though. So let’s look at the positives here. This team is young and has a lot of talent that is still yet to come into their own. If this youth movement can grow throughout the season the Sox could be serious contenders. John Lester looked great in his first outing and could be well on his way to being the ace that he wants to be for Boston this year. Buchholz looked almost as good on Wednesday night after going 2-7 against the Yankees with a 7.19 ERA in nine previous starts. For the first time in as long as I can remember we saw Yankee stadium emptying out during a Sox/Yankees game long before it was actually over.
On the other side of things, this Yankees team is very much so beat up and injury ridden. Is that an excuse? Maybe. Personally, I think it’s something else we don’t need to look that much into. It’s only two games. C.C. Sabathia has been notoriously bad to start the season recently but when he comes around he’s lights out. I still expect at least 18 wins from him this season. A-Rod, Jeter, Granderson, & Teixeira weren’t in the lineup. Look at the additions to this team this year. There is no doubt in my mind that once they’re at 100% we’re going to see a different Yankees team take the field against the Sox.
So, I guess the moral of this all is that our Boston Red Sox looked great to start the season and the Yankees looked like hot garbage but what does it really all mean? There is a lot of baseball to play. A lot. We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of this season so to call this Sox team the greatest or incredible or unbeatable is more than a little bit premature. To call this Yankees team losers or horrible is the same. Talk to me in September.
However, it is always good to start out on a streak. Especially when that streak is against the Evil Empire in the Bronx. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve seen me post about the Yankees sucking, but that’s not new territory for me. I’m that guy. So the Yankees still suck in my book and Go Sox!! Game 3 is on now.