Our long winning streak against the Boston media came to an end this morning as we were beaten 14-7 at Fenway Park. It was our first loss since 2001.
We were up 4-0 after knocking around Tony Massarotti of the Herald in the first inning. But our pitching and defense didn’t hold up. Tyler Kepner of the Times hung in until the bottom of the third when assorted defensive mistakes did us in.
Then, believe it or not, we nearly had a brawl with the Boston media. New York reliever Bob Klapisch accidentally hit Boston Spanish radio broadcaster Uri Berenguer in the helmet with a pitch.
Berenguer took Kevin Youkilis-like exception to the pitch and tempers flared on both sides. Boston manager Carl Beane, the Fenway Park PA announcer, had to be held back from attacking a few of our guys. Beane manages the game wearing an entire Red Sox uniform. I kid you not.
I will say this about the New York media, we don’t back down when the benches clear. We were more riled up than the Yankees were on Friday night. I wish I were kidding, but I’m not. We were a few seconds away from a full-out scrap.
The game finished without further incident. In our defense, much like the Yankees, we were missing several key players. But that’s no excuse. I was no help, striking out twice.
GM Ken Davidoff of Newsday promised to, “pursue every avenue to improve the team. I will do my due diligence. I’ll have a lot of sleepless nights, I promise you.”
There was plenty of fun, however. My sister Karen and my brother-in-law Dave were in the stands along with my niece, Leah. They were able to walk around the field before the game and Dave and I played catch in the shadow of The Green Monster. Karen took a bunch of photos.
(The photo was taken from inside The Green Monster by my sister. I’m standing on the warning track)