Despite the way the Red Sox game eventually unfolded last night, I was really glad that the game was played. I said to a few friends last night that I would rather have seen the Red Sox not win than see the game get rained out. Fortunately the heavy rains the East is getting held off on Boston until nearly midnight and they got the game in.
Here's why I wanted to get the game in last night. There would have been an eerie parallel to 1978 if it had been postponed. Back in June 1978, the Sox and Yankees had a three-game series at Fenway. The Red Sox blasted a hurting Yankee team in the first two games, but the third game was rained out. It was made up on what was an off-day, September 7, the first of the four-game disaster at Fenway that year. (On the original schedule, it was just a three-game series.) On the schedule now, there is a three-game series between the two clubs starting September 14, with an off-day the day before (like in 1978). It was too close for comfort for me, and the media types would have made a big deal over it. And besides, I don't want to give the Yankees anything to try to hang their hats on for September. The Sox lost last night? Not happy about it, but so be it.
Also remember this: the Red Sox have played the Yankees 12 times so far this season, going 7-5 against them. They have 6 more games against New York, a series in late August at New York and three at Fenway in September. How many times have the Sox played the Tampa Bay Devil Rays so far this season? None. They play them 19 times in 2007, and the first meeting isn't until July 3.
I also got a great email from my friend Adam in Maine after last night's lousy Red Sox loss at Fenway, so I thought I'd share it with you. It really made me laugh out loud.
The Red Sox lead over the Yankees in the AL East this morning is, courtesy of Mark Bellhorn and the late Nelson De La Rosa: