Let’s get the lousy part of game 3 out of the way first. What should have been a great baseball game was hurt by a number of people who should be fined and suspended for their poor displays. A look at the “goats”
Pedro- It is bad enough that he felt the need to hit someone because he wasn’t pitching well, but to throw the ball BEHIND someone’s head is gutless. Pointing to his head to let the Yankees know where the next beanball would be is completely beyond the call of the game. Pedro has made a lot of noise about respect and people respecting him. He lost any respect I had for him on Saturday.
Garcia- Ok, I would imagine you are pretty rattled when a Pedro fastball goes behind your head, but take your “revenge” and move on. You took out Walker at second, shut up and go back to the dugout.
Ramirez- I think Harold Reynolds of ESPN was dead on, he didn’t want to hit against Clemens. He was looking for a reason to go off and took it on a pitch that could hardly be called inside. This set off the whole shooting match.
Zimmer- I appreciate his passion, but he should know better at his age than storming out of the dugout and trying to get into it with Pedro.
Nelson and the Groundskeeper. Still not sure what happened, but why did it have to? Not sure why a Groundskeeper would cheer for the Red Sox in the Yankee bullpen and not sure why Nelson couldn’t have just let security handle this.
Enough of the bad, now let’s look at some of the “heroes” in an ugly games.
MLB Secuirty- A great idea shutting the beer sales off in Fenway during the Fourth Inning. The last thing that crowd needed was more alcohol to fuel their anger.
The Umpires. Glad to see them use some discretion in a big game and not eject people. It would have been a shame for a playoff game to be decided because of players thrown out of the game.
Clemens- Can’t believe I can say this, but he actually kept his cool.
Ortiz, Pettite, Jeter, Nomar and countless others. The heartening thing when you look at the videotape from Saturday is the number of guys who DIDN’t get involved. Nice to see the cooler heads prevail.
Ok, enough of the junk, a few notes on the series. Is it me of is Jason Varitek giving away location on high pitches by standing up? I can’t believe that hitters aren’t keying on this one.
While the conventional wisdom says the rainout favors Boston, since they will get to pitch Wakefield, I disagree. I think the rainout will favor the Yankees since Mariano can go 2 innings tonight, they won game 3 and instead of Burkett going tonight they will have to pitch him in a possible game 6.
Nick Johnson’s diving catch in the 9th inning and Trot Nixon’s leaping catch in the 5th were two great defensive plays.
Lastly, according to ESPN, the payroll of Yankees currently on the roster (or DL) is $137,760,000. The Red Sox is $104,377,000. A gap to be sure, but nowhere near the 180 million dollar figure commonly used.