Heading into the first of 18 games against the Boston Red Sox, not many would have predicted that Ivan Nova would be the perfect guy to start the series opener. Once again, Ivan Nova proved everybody wrong. He threw 6 solid innings of 2 run baseball, and led the Yankees to their most gratifying win thus far. The Yankees defeated the rival Red Sox fairly handily, by a score of 6-2. It’s good to get the first win against the Sox this early in the season, so we don’t have to hear about how the Yankees “Can’t beat the Sox”.
SuperNova: As stated earlier, Nova pitched well. He gave up 7 hits, but walked none, and did a great job of attacking the strike zone. He goes to 3-0 on the season, and has been by far the best Yankee starter so far. After being sent down last summer, Nova has not lost a game. Yes, NONE.
Fenway Kind: After the impressive pre-game ceremonies for the 100th anniversary, the dimensions proved kind to the Yankee hitters. They hit 5 homeruns, the most in a single game by the team this year. 2 for Eric Chavez, and 1 for A-Rod, Nick Swisher, and Russel Martin. Over the years, the Yankees have abused the green monster, and have a very high runs-per-game average at Fenway.
How It Feels: Beating the Red Sox is like nothing else. Yankees fans cannot deny how much we need the Red Sox. We hate them, but what would we do without them? We would have no rival, nobody to hate, to compete against. For myself, I am always extremely nervous. I would be lieing if I said I wasn’t scared. When we lose, nothing hurts more. But when we win, words cannot describe how happy I am.
Look Ahead: In game two of the three game set, the Yankees send unsteady Freddy to the mound. The offense will once again need to pick up their starting pitcher.