The Yankees are in the midst of making history against their longtime nemesis the Boston Red Sox…for all the wrong reasons. New York dropped it’s eighth straight game of the season to the AL East leading Red Sox Thursday night at Fenway, the third time they’ve been swept at the hands of Boston in 2009 in as many chances.
Some interesting facts regarding the historic streak:
- The last time the Red Sox won its first eight meetings against New York occurred in 1912, a year in which Boston would go on to win a championship.
- Boston has now swept three series in one season against the Yankees for the first time since 1974, a span of over three decades.
- Boston, going back to last September 28th, have now made it nine consecutive victories at the expense of New York (eight wins shy of the club record seventeen straight wins).
The aftermath of the latest Red Sox victory brought a lot of frustration, accusations, bad blood, and a few choice words to the surface. It seems the two clubs are getting back to classic Yankee/Red Sox interactions.
Joe Girardi clearly doesn’t yet understand how to manage in the city of New York. Aside from the results against his club’s arch rival the Boston Red Sox on the field, Girardi continues to take steps backwards off the diamond. Following the finale of the recent three game series in Boston, Joe Girardi proceeded to cause a stir in the media as he accused Red Sox starter Brad Penny of intentionally placing a fastball directly between the numbers of star slugger Alex Rodriguez. The bean-ball generated an instant mutual team warning from the home plate umpire (who had been spoken to by league officials prior to the game regarding a potential retaliation to Jason Bay being plunked).
Instead of taking the proper approach like Red Sox manager Terry Francona who dismissed the hit by pitch, Girardi decided to stir the pot a little bit saying, “I thought it was on purpose. That is all part of baseball.” Way to be mature about the situation Joe. Why on earth would Penny put Alex Rodriguez on base with such a potent lineup behind him during such a close battle for the division lead during a tie ball game? More importantly, Joe seems to completely dismiss the fact that through the first seven games of this season series nine Boston hitters had been drilled by Yankee pitchers (compared to the two Yankees hit)…including Jason Bay twice, a man who has tortured New York pitching all year. Did Jason Bay or Terry Francona ever whine in the media after those bean-balls? No. [Read more...]
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