Tonight is the first of the final three games the Boston Red Sox will play at Yankee Stadium. Here are some links n things...
First off, Steve Lombardi breaks down the pitching match-ups at Was Watching.
"When they tear down a ballpark like that, obviously the history that's going on in New York, you miss it," Mike Timlin said. "It's one of the first major ballparks that I ever played in, when I was coming up with the Blue Jays. You step back, you feel the history, you know what has happened in Yankee Stadium. Yeah, you'll miss it." (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe)
Jeff Horrigan, writing in the Boston Herald, and Anthony McCarron, writing in the New York Daily News, look at the Yankee-Sox rivalry in the Bronx.
It has become an enervating task, to get oneself up for another Yankee-Red Sox game, outside this site the vitriol will once again elevate to a point that I no longer find comfortable or commensurate with these regular season games. This may sound crazy, but it would almost be nicer if our teams were in fourth and fifth place, fighting for nothing, and we all could watch the games for the sport of it, rid ourselves of the overlying tension of the rivalry and the zero-sum nature of the results.
Over at the Times, Richard Sandomir tackles the high price of new sporting stadiums while Jack Curry profiles Jason Bay. Man, it sure will be odd to see the Sox in the Bronx without Manny. Bay is a fine player. Perhaps the Red Sox are a happier team without Ramirez. Still, it won't be the same.