Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Manny had a good day and a bad day. A pair of homers and a pair of errors. Schilling continued to struggle somewhat and barely went 5. Quality mop up work by Halama and Timlin and not so good work by Mantei and Neal. Every Red Sox hitter got a hit.
The Man of the Game is a tough decision. Manny would get it if he didn't make 2 errors. He went 2 for 2 with 2 HRs, walked twice, scored thrice, and knocked in 5. Outfield errors though are supposed to be rare. No pitcher had a really great outing. No other hitter had a huge day except for Shea Hillenbrand. He went 4 for 4 and fortunately for us, he didn't have very many people on base in front of him. Also, he didn't have too many big hits coming after him, he only scored once. There were 2 double plays grounded into by batters after him.
The Yankees were called out by Steinbrenner and seemed to respond. Well, that's gonna be Georgie Porgie's conclusion. I'm sure it had nothing to do with facing Tampa Bay and Rob Bell who had a career low 4.46 ERA last season.
I've tried avoiding getting into this story too much because some other sites are obsessing over it. It is a pretty weird punishment. Chris House, the guy who brushed Gary Sheffield, who has season tickets in the RF Box seats will have his tickets revoked for the rest of the 2005 season. However, he is getting reimbursed for the tickets being revoked. He can also reapply in 2006. That isn't much of a punishment. The guy who spilled beer on Sheffield has been banned from buying tickets this season (pretty much like everyone else in Boston).
I have no problem with House being tossed. You shouldn't interfere with the field of play. But I also think the Red Sox should ban him permanantly. I also think the Red Sox should revoke season tickets and ticket purchasing rights from EVERY fan that reaches over the wall into the field of play in the middle of a play. I also think the Red Sox should build a 2 or 3 foot chain link barrier over the wall to seperate fans from players and the ball.
Bronson Arroyo will face Blue Jay's ace Roy Halladay tonight at Fenway in the final game of the two game set. The Sox then go to Balto for two (who the hell made this schedule with back to back 2 game series?).
Nothing on the Boston Marathon because few people care about the Marathon as an actual sporting event.