So the Big Bad Steinbrenner Bus rolls back into Beantown this weekend for a 3-game series. Hurrah. 4-hour baseball games and endless video montages... just what I fucking wanted. HOW DID YOU KNOW BUD SELIG
Ahem. While it's been a distinct paradigm shift (and, frankly, a welcome relief) NOT actually feeling threatened by the pinstripers for the majority of the season thus far, this series has actually garnered some significance since the Break, as Boston and the Tampa Bay "Ok, guys, we get it, you're a serious baseball team who won't be underestimated so can you please get back in the gat damn basement where you belong kthxbai" Rays are currently deadlocked in first and New York is only 3 games back thanks to a 6(!)-game win streak. GROSS. (Actually, not a single team in the AL East is currently under the .500 mark... except Baltimore. Wah-wahhh.) So the fires of competition have been rekindled juuust in time to have Boston fans foaming at the mouth for this classic confrontation. HOW CONVENIENT.
Oh, and the big news, of course: Big Papi will be back in the lineup tonight. YAY!
Let's lookee the matchups, shall we?
FRIDAY (7:05 pm) --
SATURDAY (3:55 pm) --
FRIDAY (8:05 pm) -- PFFT HAHAHA. The Yanks' rotation is such a goddamn mess they don't even have a pitcher announced. Oh please, oh please let it be Sidney Ponson. PLEASE. We're sending out Jon Lester (8-3, 3.20). This one's on ESPN, so, like, again with the ear-gouging and all that.
It's the Evil Empire vs. the Red Sox Nation! Either way, everybody's
Please check out GHABB,Y!'s post below, incidentally... it's hilarious (and a lot more entertaining than the pregame crap on NESN).