Red Sox Nation: Where parents make their children cry.
This here is what we call a trap series. There’s only one way for the Yankees to come out looking rosy, and that’s if they win all three games against the Red Sox. If they win the series but lose one game, well then they’re the choke artists that couldn’t beat the oh-and-whatever Red Sox and allowed them to get their season back on track. If they happen to lose the series but still win a game, well sheesh, then they’re really letting them back in the race (the April race, mind you). Get swept? Break out the pitchforks and boards with nails in them.
Thankfully, I’m pretty sure we’re all smarter than that. The Red Sox will win a game at some point and there’s a pretty good chance it’ll happen this weekend, and who cares? It’s one game. My focus is on the Yankees; just win the series like they’ve done in the first two. That’s the goal, win series. The pursuit of that goal starts today. Here’s your starting lineup…
Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robbie Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Russell Martin, C
Phil Hughes, SP
It’s a 2pm ET start today, which is completely weird for a Friday, even if it is Boston’s home opener. Anyway, YES will have the game, so enjoy.
Chat!: It’s Friday but there’s a day game, so let’s combine the regular chat in with the game thread and make it a game chat. We can talk about whatever, but I’ll occasionally chime in with thoughts and observations and updates from the game. The chat is after the jump for space reasons and will begin at 1:45pm ET.