Riding that train

Rob Bradford
August 26, 2008 - 5:36 am

I sit here next to FOBF Ian Browne of MLB.com, on a train bound for New York. I like to call it the WEEI Express. (Branding, baby, branding!) While I venture back into blogdom at 50-something mph, Young Browne is watching the cinematic classic "Smart People." I graded it out to a B- mostly due to a really bad ending. Once the Milk Duds are gone the movie has to leave that taste in your mouth, and this one dumped a bad one on my buds. In case you didn't know, as secure as I am in my analysis of the aforementioned cinematic classic (in case you didn't know, I call every movie a cinematic classic just because I can), I am equally as secure in my hypothesis that this upcoming series will define two teams' seasons. For the Yankees, it is a last gasp. It is their chance to escape the reality that is their current plight. Since New York left Boston on July 27 it has the fifth-worst team ERA (5.52), with the team going 12-14. The Red Sox aren't much better, although despite totaling a 5.00 ERA they have held steady at 14-10 as a team. Seemingly not good times. But with two wins comes a bit of momentum followed by some pinstriped hope. It could happen, a notion that is buoyed by the Yankees current three-game win streak. That's an 180-degree lack of good times for the Red Sox, whose warts will be like a white t-shirt in a black-light-laden haunted house with some good old Steinbrenner sassiness. (You can call them Yankees wins if you want, but I like Steinbrenner sassiness.) This is where I want to bring up Ivan Rodriguez. The catcher has a .217 batting average in his 16 games since coming to the Yankees at the expense of Kyle Farnsworth, while catching a staff that has, as was just brought to light, been pretty bad since his arrival. Coincidence. Let's try and put that on our to-do list. I do know that while David Ortiz was shocked at the prospect of the Yankees' ability to pull off such a maneuver, others in the clubhouse were skeptical that this was a wise decision for the Yanks. Pudge's defensive intentions have been questioned by more than just the Red Sox, and if he's not hitting better than Jose Molina the deal just has no chance of working. Of course Farnsworth hasn't exactly contributed to the argument that the Yanks pulled the wrong switch, giving up eight runs and 14 hits in 9.1 innings. Remember, coming into the last Sox-Yankees tilt Farnsworth hadn't surrendered a hit in 10 straight appearances. Maybe New York should get kudos for selling high. They will also reap the benefits of two draft picks when Pudge bolts town. So, basically, what I'm saying is the trade stunk for both teams, but it is fun to remember the hub-bub it caused throughout the Sox clubhouse at a time New York was steaming the Red Sox' windows. Wanted to keep you up to date on the Blog Army: Alex Speier points out the Rays might be getting a little cocky, scheduling a "We Are Kings" concert for the end of August. Gary from Chapel Hill comes your way with a special Red Sox-Yankees Nuggetpalooza. Late Night Links ... better than Red Bull.