This is disturbing. From Pedro Martinez after the game last night (in Dan Shaughnessy's Boston.com column today):
"What can I say? I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy," said a frustrated Pedro after manager Terry Francona left him in too long in the eighth inning (sound like anyone you remember?). "I can't find a way to beat them at this point. You just have to give them credit and say, `Hey, you guys beat me, not my team.' I wish they would [expletive] disappear and never come back. I'd like to face any other team right now. To pitch a good game, make good pitches and still can't beat them. It's frustrating."
This was a night when the Sox were unofficially eliminated in the AL East (they trail by 5 1/2 games with nine to play), and it marked the latest in a series of disappointments for Martinez against the Yankees. Losing for the third straight game for the first time since 1998, he blew a 3-2 lead, then blew a 4-3 lead in the eighth. It was the 1918th regular-season game between these teams and the Red Sox are now 11-19 (including postseason) in games Martinez starts against the Bombers.
"How many times am I going to have a lead and let it go?" he asked. "It's all me. It's all me. You work so hard and you continue to lose and give it up. It's stupid. It's frustrating."
What does this mean? What does he mean? What the hell is going on here?
I won't pretend to try to analyze this or make any sense of this. I hope Pedro can at some future date. Looks really bad right now.
Re: other concessions.
B.Y. Kim -- after hearing on the radio that the players did not want him in the clubhouse, why is he here? Could be Theo's dumbest move. And he sucked, so, if they were bringing him up to "showcase" him, that was a good idea, right?
Terry Francoma -- must have been overseas last year during the ALCS. What the hell was he (not) thinking last night? Groundhog Day at Fenway.
Kevin Millar -- shut up.
And just to piss some people off, "Go, Nomar!"
Dan Shaughnessy -- needs a voodoo priestess to get him over the 1918 thing. He actually keeps track of how many games the Yankees and Sox have played and works it into a column? Must be another curse book on the way.