Turns out that going to a CMJ show tonight (full report manana) was arguably the best thing I could have done for my sanity as the seemingly hapless BoSox lost to the Spankees once again, by the paltry score of 3-1. The few innings I watched found Pedro Martinez to be in relatively fine form, and any time your starter only gives up 3 runs in seven innings against the Yankees, said starter isn't your problem. A team with an offense as explosive as that of Boston is completely capable of putting up enough runs to get him a win. But for some inexplicable reason, John Lieber, arguably the ugliest starting pitcher in the AL East, shut them down once again, not unlike when he took a no-hitter into the 8th inning a few weeks ago.
So yeah, Boston has been sucking. Word to Johnny Damon - 0 for 8 in the series? You've always looked like Jesus, now its time to actually make like him and rise again. Your team will not win if their leadoff hitter refuses to get on base.
And yet I'm not worried. Like most Mets and BoSox fans in their mid-20's, I'm old enough to remember Game 3 of the '86 World Series. The Mets went into Fenway down 2 games to none, and Sox starter Oil Can Boyd never made it out of the first inning. We all know how that series ended, and I can't say I was too disappointed with the outcome. My first love has always been, and will always be, the Mets, but unless the Amazin's find themselves matched up with Boston in a future World Series, I'll continue to root for the Sox as well. All in a days' work for a Yankee Hater.
My prediction is thus - Kevin Brown is no longer the big game pitcher that he thinks he is, and the Sox's offense is absolutely due. Brown won't make it out of the third inning, punch the wall with his pitching hand this time, screw over his team, and renew his soon to be eternal status as the Yankee that Yankee fans love to hate; the biggest primadonna on a team already loaded with them.