What has the world come to when the Sox are in NY for a long holiday weekend tilt with the Yanks and the story is the Tampa Bay Devil Rays have the best record in baseball? Honestly, I haven’t been paying much attention, but here’s what I know:

  • Last night with the Sox up 4-1 in the 7th, I thought, “at least the Sox will win one of these three.” Tampa then plated 6 on the way to a 7-6 sweep win.
  • The Sox deep pitching should win them another Division, and take them far in the playoffs. It remains to be seen what they do before the trade deadline. They could use bullpen help, but the health of the Big Papi will determine priorities.
  • The Yanks are old and tired. Even Alex Rodriguez in his prime is tired, but apparently his fatigue is from staying out late at Madonna’s place.
  • Manny Ramirez threw a sixty-something Travel Secretary to the ground after the guy couldn’t score 16 tix on short notice. The fact this act of violence doesn’t get this jerk suspended is a reflection of our win at all cost society and is a disgrace.
  • Letting Johnny Damon sign with the Pinstripes was a good move.
  • Yankee youngsters Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano need to step up. Both are below .250.
  • My pal Dave is all worked up over his Cubbies, but I think we know how that will turn out.
  • The other “Boss” in NY/NJ, George Steinbrenner plans to attend the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. He’s always been a favorite pi?ata for Sox fans, but under his leadership, the Yanks won 6 World Championships and became the most valuable sports franchise on the planet.

Thirty three years ago tonight, I got my cheekbone broken blocking home plate. Dude was out.