By Joe Christensen
I know the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry can be nauseating for baseball fans with no connections to the East Coast. But I have to say it: Last night offered one of the best games I’ve ever seen. I found the Dice-K matchups with the Yankee hitters absolutely riveting. The four consecutive home runs by Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek were both mind-boggling and historic.
At the end, it came down to A-Rod against Papelbon, just like you knew it would, and the Red Sox held on for a sweep. It was pretty cool, too, that with all those big stars on the field, one of the most important plays was made by Boston’s little second baseman, Dustin Pedroia. My wife’s an Arizona State grad, who also worked for the Sun Devils’ baseball program, so we got a kick out of watching Pedroia, the former ASU star, coming through on a big night. Old friend Gordon Edes has more in today’s Boston Globe.