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    Thumbs up Yankees-Red Sox The battle continues!

    The season begins.....and the saga continues! A welcome to Randy....and a welcome back to Tino!

    NEW YORK (AP) - The tallest Yankee ever began the big task of
    putting the Boston Red Sox back in their place.
    Randy Johnson shut down Boston in his New York debut, dominating
    his new team's old rival. He outpitched David Wells, got help from
    Hideki Matsui and a rejuvenated Jason Giambi and led the Yankees
    over the World Series champions 9-2 Sunday night in the major
    league opener.
    "It was pretty excited to go out there," said Johnson, who
    remembered how fans cheered him when he walked out to the bullpen
    to warm up.
    Already, there were bad omens for the Red Sox: Matsui leaped in
    left to rob Kevin Millar of a two-run homer in the third, Giambi
    stretched to reel in two bad throws by shortstop Derek Jeter, Alex
    Rodriguez made a diving stop at third on Edgar Renteria, and Tino
    Martinez made a backhand dive at first to prevent an extra-base hit
    by Johnny Damon.
    By the time Matsui hit a two-run homer off Matt Mantei for a 8-1
    lead in the eighth, it was almost piling on.
    "We're not disappointed," Damon said. "We accept the fact
    that we really weren't that good tonight, We'll get better."
    With Boston taking the field as champions for the first time in
    86 years, the Red Sox returned to the scene of their improbable
    triumph staring directly at the 6-foot-10 Big Unit, brought to the
    Bronx to help the Yankees win their first title since 2000.
    Giambi, back at first base following injury, illness and a
    reported admission of steroid use, received a pair of standing
    ovations from the sellout crowd of 54,818 and went 1-for-2 with a
    single and two hit-by-pitches.
    "I had a calm feeling because I knew I did everything I could
    to get to this point," he said. "They respect a guy who worked
    hard to get back to where he was."
    Gary Sheffield, back from offseason shoulder surgery, hit a
    go-ahead single in a three-run third inning against Wells, and
    Martinez received two huge ovations in his first game in pinstripes
    since 2001.
    "Who wouldn't like this?" he said.
    Since New York moved within three outs of sweeping the Red Sox
    in the AL championship series last October, the Red Sox had won
    eight straight, becoming the first major league team to overcome a
    3-0 postseason deficit, then blowing out St. Louis in the World
    Series.
    But following an offseason of joy in New England, the Red Sox
    started with a thud, pitching poorly, making a pair of errors and
    losing their fifth straight season opener. New York had 15 hits off
    Wells and six relievers.
    "It's the first game we won since Game 3," Yankees manager Joe
    Torre said. "It was a long winter waiting to get on the field
    again."
    The usual swells and celebrities were on hand to watch the
    Yankees extend their winning streak in home openers to eight. A
    sign in left field expressed the hope of New York fans -
    "1918-2004-2090" - referring to the years of Boston's last two
    Series titles and projected date of its next.
    "The crowd was ready," Damon said.
    Johnson was a model of quiet focus hours before the game,
    putting on a black undershirt, then a gray sweat shirt before
    sitting in front of his new locker near Torre's office and looking
    ahead, gathering his thoughts.
    Hitting Johnson is, well, a tall order - the New Yorker's
    playful front-page cartoon of him on the mound cut off at the neck.
    He opened with a 93 mph pitch to Damon, and struck out Renteria
    and Manny Ramirez looking in the first, the latter on a smoking 97
    mph heater. He got in trouble in the second, when Matsui grabbed
    Millar's fly ball and Jay Payton singled in the season's first run.
    Johnson and Red Sox manager Terry Francona called Matsui's catch
    the turning point.
    "They don't play much basketball in Japan," Jeter said
    playfully. "I didn't know he could jump that high."
    Bernie Williams' sacrifice fly tied the score in the bottom
    half, and New York took a 4-1 lead in the third on Sheffield's
    double, Matsui's RBI single and a bases-loaded balk by Wells, who
    stepped back to start his windup and then stopped.
    Rodriguez, vilified by Boston during the offseason and spring
    training, added a run-scoring single in the sixth off Blaine Neal
    and scored on Ruben Sierra's double.
    Johnson allowed the one run and five hits in six innings and
    struck out six. Tanyon Sturtze and Tom Gordon followed with one hit
    relief.
    Wells, who pitched a perfect game for New York in 1998 and
    helped the Yankees win the World Series that year, was starting in
    place of Curt Schilling, his bloody sock in the Hall of Fame and
    the ankle it surrounded still recovering from surgery that followed
    the title.
    Signed to fill the gap created by the departures of Pedro
    Martinez and Matt Clement, Wells made a shaky debut, allowing four
    runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings. With the temperature 43 degrees,
    he had trouble gripping the ball.
    Fans gave him the loudest boos.
    "Out in the bullpen, they rode me pretty good," Wells said.
    "That's all right."
    It was a night of milestones - the first night opener at Yankee
    Stadium, the first time the Red Sox played as defending champions
    since 1919, when they opened with a 10-0 win over New York at the
    Polo Grounds behind a Babe Ruth home run.
    Johnson made his 13th opening-day start, tying Roger Clemens for
    the lead among active pitchers.
    New York, with the first $200 million payroll in baseball
    history, had a former All-Star in every spot in its starting
    lineup, the first time that happened in the major leagues since the
    Yankees did it on July, 24, 2003, according to the Elias Sports
    Bureau. In all, it added up to 53 All-Star appearances.
    Notes: Flags were at half-staff and a moment of silence was
    observed one day after the death of Pope John Paul II, who
    celebrated mass at Yankee Stadium in 1979.

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    Thats 1 for the GOOD GUY'S.
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    Originally posted by E40FDNYL35
    Thats 1 for the GOOD GUY'S.
    One loss, that is!
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    Originally posted by CaptainGonzo


    One loss, that is!
    Gonzo, what the hell are you talking about?

    Did you read the score wrong? The Yankees won! That's one win for the good guys.


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    Originally posted by Res343cue


    Gonzo, what the hell are you talking about?

    Did you read the score wrong? The Yankees won! That's one win for the good guys.

    As Yoda would say...

    Depends on the Force which side you are on....
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    I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR....BASEBALL..
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    LOL

    The EVIL EMPIRE struck back.
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    Let's not pour any champagne yet, still 161 more to go. But with the age of the Yankees players, they'd better watch out they might break a hip or something. Never know, it is a long season and Baltimore could be a dark horse.
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    YANKEES !! YANKEES !!


    Hey Boston the bambino let one slide last year but the curse is back !!

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    If you are one to believe in curses, then you also know that once a curse is broken it can never appear again. Ever! Or should I say, evahhh.

    As for last night's game, IT MEANS NOTHING! It was more like a Spring training game. The only thing similar in this game to last October's ALCS was the cool weathahhh.

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    Originally posted by BFDNJFF
    YANKEES !! YANKEES !!


    Hey Boston the bambino let one slide last year but the curse is back !!
    The curse of the Great Yankee Collapse of 2004!
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    That's right. Everytime that announcer says " Thaaaaaaa Yankees win, Thaaaaaa Yankees win!, The Boston Red Sox fans are saying, "Thaaaaaaa Yankees suck, Thaaaaaaa Yankees Suck!-------- Beside----I have asked in several different threads for the Yankees fans to discuss THE GREAT COLLAPSE OF 2004 or even just talk about A-Rod, but nobody seems to "step up to the plate"(yes, pun intended!) and talk about anything!

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    Originally posted by CaptainGonzo


    The curse of the Great Yankee Collapse of 2004!
    AMEN Brother!!! We just letting ya Yakees think you got the season down.
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    Question Numbers speak louder than words

    World Series Team Titles
    New York Yankees 26
    St.Louis Cardinals 9
    Boston Red Sox 6
    Cincinnati Reds 5
    Los Angeles Dodgers 5
    New York Giants 5
    Philadelphia A's 5
    Pittsburgh Pirates 5
    Detroit Tigers 4
    Oakland A's 4
    Baltimore Orioles 3
    Chicago Cubs 2
    Chicago White Sox 2
    Cleveland Indians 2
    Team Titles
    Florida Marlins 2
    Minnesota Twins 2
    New York Mets 2
    Toronto Blue Jays 2
    Anaheim Angels 1
    Arizona Diamondbacks 1
    Atlanta Braves 1
    Boston Braves 1
    Brooklyn Dodgers 1
    Kansas City Royals 1
    Milwaukee Braves 1
    Philadelphia Phillies 1
    Washington Senators 1
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    When did the Washington Senators win a world series title?

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    QUOTE: Numbers speak louder than words


    Actually, in this case, $$$ speaks louder than words.

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    Originally posted by RESERVE172
    That's right. Everytime that announcer says " Thaaaaaaa Yankees win, Thaaaaaa Yankees win!, The Boston Red Sox fans are saying, "Thaaaaaaa Yankees suck, Thaaaaaaa Yankees Suck!-------- Beside----I have asked in several different threads for the Yankees fans to discuss THE GREAT COLLAPSE OF 2004 or even just talk about A-Rod, but nobody seems to "step up to the plate"(yes, pun intended!) and talk about anything!
    Here's my take on the great collapse.

    In the bottom of the ninth, Game 4, it was the pefect place to try to squeeze Crosby across- 1 out, man on first and third, fast runer on third, left handed batter, third baseman not holding runner on.

    They didn't, and Sierra struck out. Sox won the game in the 12th (I think).

    From that point on, the Yankees were clearly beaten by a better, more motivated team with better and more consistent pitching.

    There is no mysticism here, there is no magic, there are no complicated explanations. The Yankees got beat. Period.

    As far as A-Rod, what do you want to talk about? Please make sure you come in here with facts and not typical Red Sox hysterical hate.

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    When did the Washington Senators win a world series title?






    1924: Washington AL defeats New York NL (1), 4 games to 3.


    Walter Johnson, making his first World Series appearance toward the end of his storied career, lost his two starts. Washington battled back to force a game seven, giving Johnson a chance to redeem himself when he came on in relief in that game. Johnson held on to get the win and to give Washington its only World Series win. The franchise would not win another World Series until 1987, by which time it had been playing in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) for over a quarter-century.





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    Cool. Thanks.

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    Originally posted by RESERVE172
    Actually, in this case, $$$ speaks louder than words.
    Maybe other owners should invest more in the free agent market?

    Seems to me...if you bring in the talent, it brings in the fans...and fans provide the cash...which goes back to paying the talent...which brings in the fans....and on and on.

    And......You might win a few games along the way. George invests in the team. And it pays back big time.
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    George----I was only mimicking the Yankees announcer with what your typical, young Red Sox fan might say. I can honestly say that even though I admit to being a Red Sox fan, I have never taken part of a "Yankees suck" chant.

    Actually, I remember feeling embarassed when that chant broke out at Boston's City Hall Plaza, two years ago, during the Patriot's victory parade. Just as with the car fires and vandalism that followed the Red Sox victory last season, most of the chanting is done by the college student population in Boston and not the main fan base.

    I am not filled with what you call, "typical Red Sox hysterical hate". I enjoy watching the competition between these two teams and believe it is by far the best rivalry in all of sports.

    I respect most of the Yankees, especially Joe Torre and Derek Jeter. I appreciate their professionalism and what they bring to the game. I do not, however, respect A-Rod (or anyone who supports him)and the type of player he is. His performance, with the infamous hand slap in the playoffs, was unprofessional and desperate. He showed his true colors and it was atypical of Yankees baseball.

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    A-Rod career:

    .305 BA, .381 OBP, .573 SP, 381 HR, 1097 RBI
    Hall of Fame numbers

    The "hand slap" was a play that almost any other player would have attempted in the same situation; including Manny, Johnny and Big Dave. It was wrong. The proper call was made and the game resumed.

    What else has A-Rod done that has upset you? He is dveoted to the game and ssays so? I don't agree with it either, but this guy makes abuot a kabillion dollars per game and is at least serious enough to earn his money. As we have seen with Junior, it could be over tomorrow. He works hard at the game. His teammates respect him.

    He certainly deserves alot of credit for enduring through last year. Change of teams, change of positon, change of city, etc. Yet, he had an All-star calibre season: .286 BA, .375 OBP, .512 SP, 36 HR, 106 RBI.

    You have less respect for him than a scumbag like Barry Bonds? You have got to be kidding.

    You have less respect for him than the classless, prideless thing you call a baseball team up there? They spent the winter calling out A-Rod, almost trying to ensure that there was controversy when the season started. Let's review all the negative crap that the Yankees had to say during the winter after the Sox won the series:
    Although the Red Sox may have a talented team, they will not win the Series this year, will be fortunate if they make the playoffs and will be lucky if they win the season series with the Yankees. The Yankees usually floow the example of their Captain and exhibit class. They look good, they act like a team and they don't play in the dirt like the Red Sox.

    PS: Does anyone else think that Manny looks like Venus Williams with the beads?

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    PS: Does anyone else think that Manny looks like Venus Williams with the beads?
    OMG i just spit coffee on my computer when i read that !!!

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    PS: Does anyone else think that Manny looks like Venus Williams with the beads?
    I don't know who that sounds worse for Manny or Venus?

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    I watched the season opener and the Yankees indeed look like they have a lineup that will be tough to beat.

    I was very glad to see(and hear) the reception given to Tino Martinez. Tino is one of the classiest guys in the game and it was great to see the ovation he got from the NY fans. I had the pleasure of seeing Tino play many times during his Triple A days with the Calgary Cannons. He was first class even at a young age.

    I would rather see him as the starting first baseman than Giambi. The Yankee fans may be able to forgive him for using steroids but I am not as forgiving. I wonder if Barry Bonds fessed up and admitted to steroid use if the NY fans would be as forgiving.

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