When the MLB schedule makers set this one up, they were probably figuring a full line up of Yankee stars and a rejuvenated Red Sox team under new leadership anxious to get their season off to a good start. Maybe it’s because the games were in the Bronx, where the home team was manhandled 7-4 Wednesday night after an 8-2 beating two nights before, but the games were a little boring.
Nobody hates to lose like Yankees fans, especially to the despised Red Sox, but even they looked complacent. They seemed almost resigned to the fact their beloved Bombers could be seven or eight games out of first place by the time they get back to full strength. The stadium was near empty at the completion of Monday night’s loss and that’s not a good sign.
The Yankees not having their crowd behind them is the equivalent to another starter on the injured reserve list. The Yankees are missing four major players to early season injuries. Three of their projected starting pitchers are ailing at the onset and now Hiroki Kuroda, Wednesday night’s starter and number two arm on the team takes a ball off his pitching hand in frigid 35 degree New York weather.
Boston starter Clay Buchholtz had quieted the stadium by allowing only six hits and one run, a solo shot by Yankee fill-in Travis Hafner. The place was mostly evacuated when Vernon Wells touched Alfredo Aceves for a three run homer in the bottom of the eighth. Two years ago, every seat would have still been filled, even though it was a bitter cold night, and that home run would have signified hope.
Let’s just hope for baseball’s sake that the Yankees get to full strength soon. It doesn’t seem right to have to let this rivalry fall to the wayside of irrelevance just yet.