April 8, 2011
Ahh. Good times. Look at that scorecard. Look at that team. The Red Sox were stacked, and we were on top of the world. The Yankees were in town, and the Sox were ready to show them what they could do. It seems like so long ago.
But, on that day everything was good. It was Opening Day. The new acquisitions were on the field, and ready to flex their muscle. What a year it was going to be. It didn’t matter that the Yankees jumped to an early lead. The Sox got one right back. So what if the Yanks added another run. This was going to be a new Red Sox team. You want to dare take a 3-1 lead? We’ll just score five runs on you to settle things. Look at that relentless second inning. Five runs on six singles and a walk. Are you kidding me? Take that Phil Hughes! The Yanks were able to chip away, and even tie the game. But, the Sox simply turned it back on and put it away. Impressive.
The hero of the game? Let’s give it to the little guy. Dustin Pedroia went 3-5 on the day, driving in three runs while scoring two of his own. It was even more impressive considering that he was batting right behind the goat of the game. Unfortunately, Carl Crawford showed the beginning of his struggles when he went 0-5 on the day. It was the start of a spiral he never got out of.
So, the Yankees gave it a shot by beating up on John Lackey. (Another harbinger of things to come.) But, the 2011 Red Sox were simply too talented. They were tireless in their attack, and hit their way to a victory.
And the scorecard shows how it happened.