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The Yanks are good. The Red Sox are better.

October 10, 2018 - 9:43 am
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The Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-3 last night to win the series and that means that there’s only one thing to do now.

 

What an absolutely intimidating hype track. How amped are you just hearing that?

Game 4 last night in New York: facing elimination and the possibility the Red Sox would celebrate in their house. Again. So the Yankees pulled out all the stops. They had Bucky Dent throwing out the first pitch. They had a starting pitcher in CC Sabathia who definitely knew when the game started. And they had the stadium rocking. They had all of that! And none of it mattered. Not because the Yankees aren’t good. They are and anyone who tries to say otherwise is a moron. You don’t suck your way into 100 regular season wins.

So they’re good. Really good. But The Red Sox are better.

And while Aaron Boone might be a good first year manager, but Alex Cora is just better.  Give me a minute so we can talk about how much better. Who else is putting Brock Holt into the lineup in Game 3, then watching him hit for the cycle, and then replacing him in the lineup for Game 4. And then watching his replacement, Ian Kinsler come up big with a RBI Double.

In this series, the Red Sox were clutch, the Yankees were not. The Red Sox were the masters of the two-out hit, the Yankees were not. Alex Cora was not afraid to make a move with his starter and Aaron Boone was. Because for the second straight game, Boone left his starter in too long. CC is a warhorse. He’s a legend. He’s just shy of 3,000 strikeouts and 250 wins, but much as he wanted it last night, he just didn’t have it. And Boone waited too long for confirmation.

Cora, on the other hand, worked his bullpen to perfection, including bringing in Chris Sale in the eighth. That’s the thing. Not all of these moves were obvious. Some of them could backfire in a huge way. If Ian Kinsler doesn’t have an RBI double and a run scored, you know Sox fans are lighting up Cora for taking out Holt. And if Sale doesn’t throw a dominant eighth and gets into trouble because he’s not used to coming out of the pen, then Cora’s getting lit up for that. 

Not by his players, though. They would never light him up. They love this guy and they speak the truth about him. 

Check out what Rick Porcello told Jeff Passan after the game: “For somebody who’s managing in his first year, it sure doesn’t feel like it. He seems like he’s been doing this for a long, long time. What we feel in this clubhouse is how much he really, truly, genuinely cares about us.” He continued praising him, but ended with this: “We may be ballplayers and maybe not the most educated people in the world, but you sense those sort of things, who’s leading the helm, and I can’t say enough good things about him. I’m so grateful to be here, to be playing for him. It’s not bull [expletive]. It’s not anything other than I love the fact that I’m playing for Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox right now.”

That’s why Cora’s moves pay off. That’s why Chris Sale told Cora that he wanted to come out of the pen last night, even though the last time he did it, it was a disaster. But it worked last night. 

Instead, it was the most obvious move that actually put the Red Sox in the most trouble. They turned to closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth and he nearly puked all over the infield. The seven-time all-star came in with a 4-1 lead and immediately walked Aaron Judge on four pitches. Then allowed a single to Didi Gregorious. Now the huge offseason acquisition Giancarlo Stanton comes to the plate with a chance to tie the game with one swing and strikes out.

Go yard there, against the Red Sox, in the bottom of the ninth, and you’re a legend for life. You’ll never buy another drink in New York, but Stanton didn’t. He could’ve gone legend, but he went to the bench. 

And it felt like momentum was swinging back to Kimbrel. But Kimbrel wanted no part of it. He seemed bound and determined to blow this save any way possible, because he promptly walked Luke Voit to load the bases and then hit Neil Walker to drive in a run. Got to give Kimbrel this – the guy found new and different ways of crapping his pants at the worst possible time.

Then came Gary Sanchez, another guy who could use some redemption, but could not capitalize. 

Just missed that. Fraction of an inch in a different direction on contact, Sanchez leaves the park last night and is Monument Park this morning. 

But he just missed it, setting up the final out, that went to instant replay, but it wasn’t needed honselty. He was out. My only wish was that Angel Hernandez had been at first base for that final call instead of behind the plate. That would’ve been truly poetic. Almost as poetic as the Red Sox clubhouse bumping “New York, New York” as they pop champagne in…New York, New York. That’s the best troll job I’ve seen in a long time. I’ll say it again, the Yanks are good, the Sox are better. A lot better, team, better manager, better organization. They’re just better. And they proved it again, in your house Yankee fan.