Tim Wakefield. The man of the hour.
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Quote of the day: "Wakefield made it seem as if the Yankees were swatting at flies instead of baseballs." mlb.com's Ian Browne
One by one, the Bronx Bombers were introduced to the sellout crowd, and one by one, each player with "New York" across his chest was being booed.
Jaret Wright? Boo. Randy Johnson? Boooo. Heck, even Andy Phillips got booed.
Then came the most bizarre moment of the day. Mariano Rivera's name was called, and as the closer stepped out of the dugout, the crowd broke into a standing ovation.
Rivera, who blew two saves against the Red Sox in last October's ALCS, then blew two more last week at Yankee Stadium, laughed at the applause, tipping his hat to the crowd. [mlb.com]
Final score? 8-1 BOSTON RED SOX. A fitting conclusion to a glorious day. Don't cry too much, boys.
it couldn't have hurt to have fellow champs throwing out the first pitch
Boston Red Sox in 2005!