Good morning from the Vince Carter International Airport here in Toronto. We are here for an awfully early flight back home.
It is standard practice for the beat writers to take a few days off after a road trip. But with the Red Sox in town, most of us will be at the Stadium this afternoon. These next four days will reveal a lot about the Yankees, I think. Whether they care to admit it or not — and they don’t — losing every game against Boston so far this season has to eat at their pride a little.
Derek Jeter gave us the standard rap about every game being important. But when I asked him whether the Stadium would sound differently tonight, he smiled. “Oh yeah, the fans will tell you this is a big game,” he said. “You can feel it.”
To me, there is nothing better than Yankees-Red Sox games in the heat of the pennant race. Millions of people hang on every pitch, either at home or watching on television. Call me parochial, but I don’t think the level of emotion exists in other rivalries.
Anyway, they’re calling the flight. Keep tabs on the blog today, we’re going to hit this series hard all weekend.