It seems appropriate that the Yankees and Red Sox enter tonight’s showdown tied for first. After all, these teams have played seventy-one games over the past three years and the Red Sox have won 36 and the Yankees 35.
The Yankees are playing well as of late, beating Toronto 4-1 on Sunday. Mike Mussina pitched six innings of one-run ball to complete one his best months as a Yankee. Mussina is 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA and is averaging almost a strikeout an inning. It remains to be seen if the 37-year old can keep this up, but right now he is the only reliable starter in the rotation.
An interesting part of tonight’s game will be the reception given to Johnny Damon. Damon was chief of “the idiots” when he was a Red Sox, but now he is a clean-shaven Yankee. He comes in with seven hits in his last 13 at bats and two home runs. Will the fans cheer him for his accomplishments in Boston or boo him for the uniform he is currently wearing?