If the Yankees had been defeated last night, it would have been the worst loss of the season, without a doubt. But fortunately, that disastrous scenario was averted.
I'm rewatching the game right now, getting ready to bask again. Here are some more thoughts on the game:
* Dice-K is noticably thinner this year, but he's still terrible. Five runs in the first inning? Please. And given how well Tim Wakefield - the guy he replaced in the rotation - did in relief against the Yankees, no wonder Sox fans are grumbling.
* Phil Hughes had his first shaky start of the year, but still would have won the game if it weren't for the Yankee bullpen (more on that in a sec.)
* The New York Post's Kevin Kernan had a nice story on Javier Vazquez. Given the game situation he came into last night - runners on first and third with two out and Kevin Youkilis at the plate, it could have been another memorably ugly relief outing for him. But he got Youk out - and got the win! Kernan's piece details how much Yankee teammates are rooting for Vazquez, with many players happy for Javy!
* What's this about David Ortiz's career being over? He still can hit them out against the Yankees!
* Why did Joe Girardi leave Chan Ho Park in after the first home run to Kevin Youkilis (and I was yelling Fack Youk over that one!), only to have him give up a second homer to Victor Martinez (which, incidentally, was his second homer of the night.)
* Run prevention, eh? I swear, Manny Ramirez fielded against the Yankees better than the Sox's current outfield does!
* I've got a feeling that there's going to be a beanball - or two - thrown tonight, especially with Josh Beckett pitching.
What do you think? Tell us about it!