New York Yankess: Looking Back at the Red Sox Series (The Retaliation Edition)

Bernadette PasleyContributor IJune 10, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09:  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees is pulled from the game in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox on June 9, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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I'm calling this recap "the retaliation edition" because, if you're a Yankee fan, that was the only good part of the series.

Until last night, David Ortiz had never been hit by a pitch thrown by a Yankee. CC Sabathia changed all that when he threw a ball right at Big Papi's leg. Yankees Universe knew it was coming because both Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez had been hit by Josh Beckett earlier in the game, but also because Sabathia was on the mound.

The big fella can always be counted on to protect his teammates.

So, what about the rest of the series?

Forgettable, just like the last time the Red Sox were here.

The Yankees are now 1-8 against Boston so far this season. If you're an optimist, you'll fondly remember 2009 when the Yankees were something like 0-8 against the Red Sox at the start of the season before evening up their record and going on to win the World Series.

If it could be done once it can be done again, right?

Not necessarily. That 2009 team was a great team. All the pieces fit into a neat little package that gave Yankee fans thrills every time they opened it. 

The 2011 package has holes in it. More and more holes get poked into it everyday, it seems, the latest one being Joba Chamberlain's elbow injury. The Yankees have some work to do if they're going to follow the success of the 2009 model.  Hard work, and it won't be easy. In fact, it could get worse before it gets better.

Hang in there, Yankees Universe.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians are in town now for a four-game series. Cleveland has come back to earth a little. Perhaps the Yankees are catching them at the right time. Let's hope so.