I almost forgot that when your team wins the World Series, you’re the World Champions and you get the perks of having the Opening Day game and being call the World Champions until the end of the season. Nine years is a long time, you can really forget some of the elite nuances after that much time.
Of course, for ratings sake, the game was played in Boston. In a nonsensical situation, the Yankees-Red Sox season series starts and ends in Boston. My theory is that ESPN is headquartered in Red Sox Nation and they sent a representative of their organization to sleep with the MLB scheduling computer so their Sox could get the bookend home field advantage of the season series. It never ceases to amaze me that between the financial, technological and old-fashion-logical resources that Major League Baseball has at its disposal, the scheduling of these games is always as ill-conceived as the McDonald’s breakfast schedule.
Nevertheless, the intense Yankees-Red Sox rivalry kicked off baseball season in the truly dramatic fashion that gets fans psyched for the next, hopefully, more than six months. Although the Yankees didn’t prevail, this team went 0-8 in as many of the first games against Boston last year, before going on to get back into the season series and, more importantly, get their game together in time and shape to win the World Series. So losing to Boston to start the season is fine. Plus, it is one out of 162 games. This is what I’m telling my Boston friends for the next forty-eight hours.
The Yankees Triumphant Trio started their 16th Season together. Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera are working together once again. Perhaps it will be a sweet sixteen, we’ll have to watch and see.
Originally published on April 7th in Citizen News (Sherman, New Fairfield Edition)