April 20, 2007


Red Sox overcome 2 more homers by A-Rod (Jimmy Golen, April 20, 2007, AP)

Alex Rodriguez hit two more homers, but Coco Crisp tied the game with a two-run triple and then scored the winning run on Alex Cora's blooper during a five-run eighth inning Friday night in the Boston Red Sox's 7-6, comeback victory over the New York Yankees.

Crisp was already in the highlights after toppling into the Boston bullpen in pursuit of Rodriguez's second homer of the game, a three-run shot in the fifth that gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead. Rodriguez went 3-for-5 and joined Mike Schmidt, who hit 12 homers in the first 15 games in 1976, as the fastest to reach a dozen in baseball history. [...]

Rodriguez, who has hit safely in all 15 games this year, also leads the majors with 30 RBIs and 65 total bases.

...imagine if Jeter, Torre and the fans had gotten their way and Arod were gone?

Red Sox honor Auerbach with green (Alex McPhillips, 4/20/07, MLB.com)

No, it wasn't that time of the year. As Friday's unseasonably seasonal weather pushed a reluctant sunny day on Boston, and the Red Sox wore their signature St. Patrick's Day green jerseys a month later than usual, fans witnessed a different kind of Yankees opener.

That was because the team was honoring legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach, who died last year at the age of 89. Last week's originally scheduled celebration, which was to feature Bill Russell, Jim Loscutoff and Frank Ramsey, among others, was postponed because of wind and rain.

This time, the Red Sox managed to unfurl 16 championship banners from the top of the Green Monster -- from '57, '59, '60, '61, '62, '63, '64, '65, '66, '68, '69, '74, '76, '81, '84 and '86 -- and keep them there through the first pitch, a one-hopper down the middle by NBA Hall of Famer Bob Cousy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2007 11:42 PM

This one really was a game of inches. Okajima was always within inches of blowing the save, and Rivera within inches of getting it. The Evil Empire went down, and all's right with the world.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at April 21, 2007 8:47 AM

Those jerseys, in conjuction with the red caps and undershirts and other red equipment, were perhaps the ugliest uniforms since the Astros got rid of their rainbows or the Mariners dumped the trident M. A colorblind Rush Street St.Paddy's day nightmare.

And Damnyankee fans only care about how well Mr. October does, not about the great year Mr April might be having.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 21, 2007 11:38 AM