Whether you want to refer to today’s first game of a three game interleague series between the Rockies and the Yankees as the “Battle of the Pinstripes”, the “Bronx Bombers versus the Blake St Bombers” (I use that term lightly) and though not as big as the rap war between Biggie and Tupac, a battle between East Coast versus West Coast (ok so we’re not exactly on the West Coast), one thing is for sure, this is going to be a very interesting series for both teams. Both teams are two of the hottest teams in the league over the last 2 weeks. Pitching and hitting has put both teams in a different direction than they were headed in previously. The Yanks are gaining ground and putting a scare in the Boston faithful and the Rockies are putting a bit of a scare in themselves and the media with how well they’ve been playing as of late. The Yankees have won 11 of their last 12 and the Rox have won their last 5 series in a row, 7 of their last 8.
I went on a walk through downtown last evening and to my surprise I didnt see too many Yankees fans out, maybe they were being incognito and not wanting bring attention to themselves, which we know is not like any New Yorker. In this series there will be so many that will call themselves “Yankees fans” simply because some of them had a 3 hour layover at LaGuardia or JFK thinking somehow that qualifies. Nevermind the fact that some of them probably cant find The Bronx on a New York City subway map. Oh and I am sorry to report, there was no sighting of A-Rod with any strange blond last evening while I was out, but I’ll keep looking.
The pitching matchup tonight is Mike Mussina (3-3, 5.17) against Josh Fogg(2-5, 4.95) both winning their last starts and with either pitcher this year you dont know which one will show up. The Rox have the slight advantage at the plate simply because the Yankess will not have the DH to fall back on despite the Yankees having A-Rod (.315, 27, 73) who is the only Yankee with double digits in homeruns and more than 50 RBI’s. The Rox combat that with Matt Holliday (.363, 12, 53) and Brad Hawpe (.298, 12, 47) and clearly have the advantage on the basepaths with Willy Taveras and Kazuo Matsui in the 1 and 2 spots. Unfortunately for Rockies fans they wont have Jason Giambi to kick around who’s on the DL and there will probably not be a Johnny Damon sighting except maybe only in pre-game warmups.
The Rockies didnt have many fans on their last roadtrip (if any) when they went to Beantown, but whether they know it or not, over the next 3 days their fan base has just increased by 15 million as the entire New England United States will become Rockies fans hoping for a sweep of the Yankees. We’ll just have to wait and see.