New stadium, same old rivalry
On Monday evening, Red Sox slugger
Ortiz may have felt out of place in the new digs, but within hours he and his teammates would look right at home in beating the Yankees 6-4 [
After four games between the ancient rivals this season, this much is already clear: the matchups are as compelling and dramatic as ever, but the results have been completely one-sided and may very well stay that way. For the second time in three years, the Red Sox have taken the first four games of the season series with the Yankees, grabbing an early advantage in the standings and sending a message that they have the upper hand in the rivalry.
To be sure, there is danger in reading too much into one game, or even four, but Monday's game provided further evidence first seen in Boston more than a week ago that the Red Sox, moreso than the Yankees, are better positioned for success over the long haul. There was the deep and balanced offense that applied constant pressure to the Yankees by putting multiple men on base eight times in the game, something the Yankees, still missing
Such an impressive performance was heightened when placed in stark contrast to the struggles of his mound counterpart,
By contrast, Lester struck out the side in the first tinning and struck out six men the first time through the order. He silenced not only the Yankees bats but what remained of the announced crowd of 46,426 that had to endure a 2 hour, 17 minute rain delay. Those fans were full of their usual, shall we say, spirit, before the game, when they pelted Lester with venom in the bullpen, but were muted by the weather and by Lester's brilliance. "They were typically loud New York fans," he said afterward. "That's not something you look forward to by any means, but I'd rather have it that way than have them sitting on their hands eating a hot dog."
Boston center fielder
Those same fans greeted Ellsbury's arrival at the plate for the first pitch at 9:22 p.m. with the usual chorus of boos, the first of many signs that although the building was different, everything else about this rivalry would be exactly the same as it has always been. There was the usual amount of intensity and controversy with a dash of bad blood mixed in for good measure. In the fourth inning, Yankees manager
Afterward, Francona sat in his office and looked at a piece of paper sitting on his desk. He crumpled it up and threw it at Red Sox general manager