Scott Proctor has incurred the wrath of everybody in Boston. Even the usually mild-mannered man who owns the Red Sox.
“Proctor’s intent was clear and disturbing,” John Henry said in an e-mail to the Boston Globe last night.
Proctor denied any intent, but pitchers never admit to it. Whether he was trying to dust Youkilis or not, he did and was ejected. That’s the second ejection in a month and MLB could come down hard on him. You can expect Proctor to be suspended and it could be as many as 10 games.
I generally agree with the idea that Boston’s hitters are far too comfortable against the Yankees. But throwing one head high is not the way to make a point.
Meanwhile, the generally-held perception in Boston is that Roger Clemens is ducking the Yankees. Never mind that the Yankees had Wang, Mussina and Pettitte lined up to pitch. Some of the stuff you hear on what passes for sports-talk radio here is comical.
As for Alex Rodriguez, all you need to know about how he is regarded here is that when he flipped a ball into the crowd last night, they threw it back. There were also dozens of fans in the crowd wearing blonde wigs. I saw a guy out on Yawkey Way dressed in drag and carrying a stripper pole. He had a sign that said, “I’m with A-Rod.”
Today’s Journal News has this account of the game.
The Yankees notes have information on A-Rod, Jason Giambi, Bernie Williams, Roger Clemens and others.