Boston, MA – Today was day two of the 100 anniversary of the storied Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox. Fenway is one of the Stadiums that host baseball’s (and possibly professional sports) biggest rivalry. The yearly battle between Boston and arch rivals the New York Yankees.
This game turned out to be another one for the record books. The Yankees, who were down by 9 runs heading into the fifth inning exploded all over Boston and came back to a 15-9 victory.
Nick Swisher, who drilled the go-ahed run for the Yankees, had this to say,
“To be able to come back and pull that win off, that’s a big win for us. That’s a huge momentum shift for us. This team, we never give up.”
Swisher also added his fifth career grand slam to the game (and first one in a Yankee uniform). Combined with Mark Teixeira the pair had 12 RBI’s.
The Yankees tied their own record for largest deficit to come back from for a win. This is a feat the Yankees and only the Yankees have done 5 times.
Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said,
“When you’re down, 9-0, after five innings, I know we have a great offense, but you don’t see a comeback at any level very often in professional baseball. I think it just shows you the type of lineup that we have.”
Mark Teixeira said to reporters after the game,
“We’ve got guys that don’t give away at-bats. We take every at-bat seriously, whether it’s the first inning or the seventh inning, up nine or down nine. We don’t want to just give away at-bats and go through the motions. Tonight, we just got on a little roll. That was a lot of fun. Some games, you get blown out. When you play 162 games a year, you’re going to get blown out sometimes. But we still said, ‘Hey, let’s stay in it. We’ve got a few innings left. You never know.'”
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine watched from the dugout stunned at what was happening. Turning to Alfredo Aceves in the eighth inning all he needed was six outs. He didn’t get them.
Valentine, who is no stranger to losing big games against the Yankees said,
“It all happened pretty quickly, and it’s all kind of confusing right now,”