Like a cheap detective novel in which all the obvious clues have been revealed and the last chapter of which is far too predictable, the season finale between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees ended in an inevitable and, for Sox fans, maddeningly sorrowful way as the Yankees trounced Boston from the get go and walked away laughing with both a 14-2 win and the AL East division title.
Wednesday night’s final chapter in Yankee Stadium was neither lyric nor heroic. There was no struggle, no passion, no pride. Boston was simply lashed to the mast of the Yankee ship of state and relentlessly pounded.
Pounding poster child Daisuke Matsuzaka, in what is sure to be his last appearance ever in a Red Sox uniform, lasted just 2 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on two home runs by Curtis Granderson in the bottom of the second and Robinson Cano in the bottom of the third. Matsuzaka threw just 43 pitches, barely enough to break a sweat.
Pitching coach Randy Niemann and manager Bobby Valentine (see the poll on Bosox Injection and weigh in on the Bobby V firing watch) wore a trench from the Red Sox dugout to the mound as a parade of six sacrificial bullpen lambs were offered up, many of which were not able to stop the bleeding. The beat down started early and it happened often.
Granderson and Cano packed all the offensive punch the Yankees would need, combining for three home runs, six hits and a gaudy 10 RBI. Yankee starter Hiroki Kuroda pitched a crisp seven complete innings while holding Boston to just two runs.
This is one for the history books kids. Your Boston Red Sox finished dead last in the the AL East, 24 games out of first place, 74 percentage points below .500. When the Sox won it all in 2004 and 2007 I didn’t feel like going to work the next day because I stayed up nearly the whole night and partied like it was 1999. Today I won’t feel like going to work either but for an entirely different reason. Good bye Bobby V.
When the walls come tumblin’ down
When the walls come crumblin’ crumblin’
When the walls come tumblin’ tumblin’ down
- Crumblin’ Down, John Mellencamp