Yes, baseball is a long season. Yes, the Red Sox are the reigning world champions. But in the wake of last night’s affair at Fenway Park, it’s hard not to hear Larry Lucchino’s words echoing throughout the Back Bay this morning.
“They are still, this year at least, relying heavily on their inimitable old-fashioned Yankees style of high-priced, long-term free agents," Lucchino said during spring training. “And I can’t say that I wish them well, but I think that we’ve taken a different approach.”
Now there’s an understatement.
For those keeping score, premium Yankees acquisitions Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann went a combined 7-for-14 in last night’s 9-3 Yankees victory with four runs scored, five RBI, two doubles, a triple, a home run and a walk. Meanwhile, Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs over 7.1 innings while striking out seven and failing to issue a walk, furthering the payout on offseason Yankees investments totaling more than $400 million.
Meanwhile, reclamation project Grady Sizemore – the man who might have been Beltran and who cost the Red Sox relatively nothing– went 0-for-4 and is now batting .213.
So what do you think, Red Sox fans? Are the Yankees still stupid for spending all that money? Or is it far too early for the Yankees to start gloating?