BOSTON - APRIL 04: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees is removed from the game against the Boston Red Sox on Opening Night at Fenway Park on April 4, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The game lasted three hours and 46 minutes. There were 16 runs scored and 24 base hits. Welcome to the 2010 baseball season. Welcome to another all-nighter between the Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway Park!
When the Bronx Bombers led 5-1 after four innings, it meant nothing. After all, this is the greatest rivalry in sports; this where no lead is safe; this is the baseball cathedral where "Teddy Ballgame," "Yaz", "Rocket" and Pedro --turned the game into an art form for so many years.
Starting pitcher C-C Sabathia couldn't stand prosperity last night.
And the Yankees bullpen which included poor outings from Chan Ho Park, Damaso Marte and Joba Chamberlain -- couldn't bail him out.
And the Yankees were sloppy too. Brett Gardner made an awful throw from left field. Nick Swisher mis-played Kevin Youkillis' crucial triple to right. And Jorge Posada mis-handled a pitch that turned into the game- winning run.
The Yankees lost their 108th season opener, 9-7. It was a game they deserved to lose.
But let's not get crazy. One game does not make a season. And these two rivals will ratchet it up again on Tuesday. And they'll meet another 17 times this year -- and could play a crucial series the final weekend of the season, right back here at Fenway.
At least order has been restored to the sports universe. Baseball is back. The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is very much alive. And the ancient corridors of Fenway Park are once again filled with smoke as the smell of burnt sausage, peppers and onions -- permeates the air. I'll take one loaded, please!