Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Empire Of Blights: Red Sox Pummelled, 9-3

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
As correctly predicted by our FenwayNation Poll, there were far more boos than cheers when renegade Jacoby Ellsbury stepped to the plate for the first time in pinstriped laundry. Three pitches later, he rifled a ball off the center field wall for a triple. So much for the effectiveness of booing. Ellsbury and fellow Bronx newcomer Masahiro Tanaka combined to completely outclass your Carmine Hose in an ugly contest at Fenway Park last night. The stands were littered with fans of The Pinstriped Posers, and they had a lot to cheer about. Jon Lester was horrific at the worst possible time—laying meatballs over the plate to even the most anemic Yankee hitters. Only back-to-back solo shots by David Ortiz (a laser just over the sign in dead center) and Mike Napoli broke the spell in the 9-3 loss.