It finally seemed like the Red Sox were going to get their 2012 campaign against their arch-rivals going in the second game of the first series of the season.
The Red Sox were in a bad way going into this game with their players not taking kindly to a loud-mouth manager and a poor start. To add to that, it was the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park and the Yankees had just smacked five homers the day before.
New York was about to allow its rivals to gain some kind of momentum and blow them out of the water. Boston's 9-0 lead looked insurmountable.
And then the sixth inning came. And then the seventh and the eighth. Before they knew it, the Yanks were in the lead and completely demoralizing a team that was already in trouble.
Talk about kicking them when they're down. The Bombers did that to the Sox and then some.
A chorus of boos followed Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and had to put some semblance of a grin on the collective faces of Yankee fans. This cringe-tastic moment was more evidence of a team and fan base in turmoil.
Funny how on the weekend when they're celebrating the history of their ballpark, the Red Sox collapse against the Yankees was one of the most memorable (positive or negative) games in Fenway Park's history.
Normally you'd feel bad for a team that looks so bad, but this is the Red Sox and as a Yankee fan, that thought process doesn't exist.
If the Yanks can leave Boston with a sweep, they will be able to put the Sox in their rear-view mirror and into further misery as they spiral into what is looking like an inevitably poor season.
The Yanks and Red Sox are going in completely different directions with the Bombers going in the right one and the Sox going in the wrong one. Such a prospect couldn't be better for the Yanks hopes of winning the American League East.