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“Absolutely,” [Red Sox president Larry] Lucchino said when asked if he’s still amped. “We want to win, we want home-field advantage. And by the way, if we were playing them in a Tiddlywinks match, or a checkers game, we’d get amped up. At least I would.”
“Every time we play them it’s important,” said Boston’s scheduled starter for the series finale, Jon Lester. “Every game, from here on out, is important. We’re not going to think it any differently between the Yankees or Baltimore or anywhere else. We’ve just got to keep playing good baseball.”
At the same time, Sox players also acknowledged Monday that the series isn’t as dire as it perhaps could be.
“Both [teams] are in the playoffs, that’s the main thing,” Lester said when asked if he preferred a division title to the Wild Card. “It’s just getting in the playoffs, and making sure you get hot at the right time, and ride it out as long as you can.”
“Both teams are in a pretty good position to make the playoffs,” said Adrian Gonzalez. “I guess the importance is who wins the division and who wins the Wild Card. It doesn’t [matter how we get into the playoffs], but it’s always great for the fans to beat up on the Yanks. Just trying to win a series for the fans.”
These are the days I miss Heineken Hank chiming in…
In any event, the games should be interesting – they always are up in Fenway.
It’s just too bad that A-Rod will probably miss these games. When he’s in the mix, that usually adds to the flavor of these events.
Me? I just want to see the Yankees play better against Boston – than they have, so far, this season. Is that too much to ask for?