Until the seventh inning that is exactly what it felt like. Then, the journey ended in exciting fashion. The Yankees scored five runs to take the lead against Boston and never looked back. The icing on the cake came one inning later, when rookie catcher Gary Sanchez hit his first Major League home run.
Sanchez went 4-5 with one RBI and two runs scored. It was the best game of his short MLB career, one that many in the know believe will go down as stellar.
So, we are seeing the beginning of one Yankees career while, at the same time, witnessing the end of another, that one being Alex Rodriguez's. While Sanchez staked his claim last night, A-Rod swung the bat like a lamb, amidst boos from the Fenway faithful. They will get their last chance to party at his expense tonight (assuming he doesn't hook up with another team), before, hopefully, being tormented by the Kraken (Sanchez) for years to come.
One of Sanchez's Scranton-Wilkes Barre teammates is expected to replace A-Rod on the roster after his Friday night farewell. My guess is that it will either be Aaron Judge or Tyler Austin. In any case, we will probably see both of these youngsters this season, before or after September first. After that, the flood gates should open. We'll get a good look at all the kids,several of whom will be competing for jobs in spring training next year.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the Yankees won the game 9-4 last night. But, I guess you already knew that, didn't you? Their record is now 57-56, Incidentally, that is the exact same record their crosstown rivals, the New York Mets have. Who'd have thought that, going into the season, this would be the case? After all, the Mets were supposed to be an NL powerhouse by now, the darlings of the city. Another reason why you have to actually play the games.