Doug "Rosebud" Mirabelli saves the day 

Well, maybe not. But once the Red Sox got him from San Diego last night for Josh Bard, he hopped a plane this morning, flew cross-country, landed at Boston's Logan International Airport, caught a ride with Boston police to Fenway during rush hour traffic (!), put on his Sox uniform in the car, and arrived at the ballpark 10 minutes before game time to catch for Tim Wakefield against the Yankees.

Mirabelli's line for the game: 0-for-4, no passed balls, 1-for-1 throwing out base-stealers, and a whole bunch of times where he pounced on loose knuckleballs like they were live grenades (something Bard never learned to do). Plus possibly the largest ovation in history for a backup catcher. Things like this are why I miss Boston.

Wakefield's line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K.

Johnny Damon goes 0-for-4, receives a mixture of applause and boos for his first appearance, then gets booed mercilessly for the rest of the game. I don't fault him personally for signing with the Yankees, as they were clearly the best fit for him on the field. There's still no reason he shouldn't be booed though.

Damon and Derek Jeter lose a ball in shallow center field when the wind knocks it down prematurely. Later on, with the Sox playing an overshift defense against Jason Giambi, Jeter tries to take third on a groundout to right, turns back, and gets nailed at second for the inning-ending DP.

Joe Torre completely blows it in the bottom of the 8th when, with the score tied, one out, and two runners on, he brings in Tanyon Sturtze instead of Mariano Rivera. Sturtze promptly gives up a RBI single to Mark Loretta. Mike Myers then comes in to some modest cheers and serves up a 3-run HR to David Ortiz.

Jon Papelbon comes in with a 4-run lead and annihilates A-Rod, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada in order. Normally you want to limit a new relief pitcher's exposure to the other team, but this'll give the Yankees something to think about for later.

Life is good.

If you're not a Red Sox fan, you might think that I'm petty, spiteful and vindictive. You would be right.


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