Seriously, I thought only Yankees-Red Sox games lasted longer than most doubleheaders. But tonight’s contest was destined to be a marathon when it became clear that both Kazmir and Beckett couldn’t hold onto a lead.
This game had it all, including seven homers. And thanks to the crack reporting by the crew at TBS, it also had more than I ever wanted to know about Terry Francona’s addiction to…
At the start of the game, Francona had a bucket of 72 wads of double bubble gum. And again, thanks to TBS, we got to watch him chew and then spit out every one of them. The guy’s teeth must be totally rotted out.
Back to baseball, the winning pitcher was the Rays’ rookie, David Price.
He’s their version of Joba Chamberlain, I guess, and he certainly got the joba done tonight.
As for the last man standing? Or, should I say, sliding?
That would be another Rays’ rookie, Fernando Perez, their version of Brett Gardner. He scored on Upton’s shallow fly ball to Drew to win the game and proved that the Yankees need to get younger and speedier if they want to compete in this division. Maybe Cashman should have his people out there scouting track stars. Couldn’t hurt.