Sometimes, you look forward to games because of the pitching match-up. Sometimes, you look forward to the game because someone is approaching a record. Sometimes, you look forward to a game because there's bad blood between the teams and something might happen. Tonight, I’m looking forward to this game because I’m pretty sure the final score is going to resemble an Arena League Football game, and I love offensive fireworks.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a pitcher’s duel just as much as the next guy. In fact, there’s nothing I love more than seeing a pitcher dominate a real lineup, but that doesn’t mean I’m one of the baseball “purists” who turns his nose up at an offensive explosion. I’m a Yankee fan, therefore, an American League baseball fan. Hence, I like runs being scored. I’m not going to apologize for it. I don’t think there’s anything noble in watching a feeble pitcher whiff three times per game. I don’t get amazed when a pitcher actually gets a hit. National League baseball is inferior, if you ask me.
The two things the National League has going for it are (1) Coors Field and (2) Citizen’s Bank Park. The band box and/or the insane altitude park provide enough of a boost to NL ball as to make it watchable, at least when real baseball isn’t being televised. When you take the most prodigious HR hitter in the game, a red hot offense, and send them a mile high into the Rockies to play an equally hot Colorado team, well, that’s a formula for entertainment.
Mike Mussina’s knuckle-curve is going to be flat tonight. Josh Fogg is going to serve up a couple of gopher balls. Both bull pens are going to be heavily involved in this game, and I’m looking forward to every last pitch.
The Yanks are 8 games back of Boston after Curt Schilling’s piss-poor showing yesterday in Atlanta, meaning while the spectacle of 500–foot home runs is appealing, the wins are what matter. The Yanks need to come out of Coors with a series win, and I think their bats will get the job done.
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