The Red Sox stepped all over the Yankees again today, 6-4. This one featured a rain delay to sustain the misery for Yankee fans. Alex Rodriguez got to Josh Beckett in the first, lashing a two-run double into the left field corner, but grounded out as the go-ahead run with the bases loaded in the seventh. He didn't have much help around him either as the Yanks only got six hits.
They couldn't hold a 3-0 lead. Kevin Youkilis tied it in the third when he hit a long fly ball to left field. Johnny Damon tracked the ball and jumped up to catch it as he reached the wall. The ball popped out of his glove and momentarily rested on top of wall. Then, like one of those miracle putts that find a way to fall (Caddyshack), the ball dropped off the wall and landed next to Damon on the ground. The tying run scored and Youkilis was on third with a triple. Damon left the game. Two innings later, Mike Lowell cranked a three-run jack, enough to do the Yankees in. Even an umpire's gift in the ninth didn't help much.
I think the Yankees are upset, I think they are mad, just like the Sox were upset and mad after being swept by Tampa. It's just that the Sox are a better overall team than the Yankees. Ten years ago, the Yankees always seemed to take advantage of other teams' mistakes. Now, the Yankees are the other team. And the Sox are the defending World Champs. Boston has been a brilliant reaction to the most recent Yankee Dynasty--they built a sleeker, more efficient version of the Yankees.
My cousins came over this afternoon. We made these killer ribs in the oven from a Cook's Illustrated recipe--Lapsang Souchong black tea is used for smoke. They brought over a black-eyed peas salad and I made a cous cous salad. It was all simply delicious. So at least the food, and the company, was good.