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AUTUMN APPROACHING

Posted By Alex Belth On August 25, 2003 @ 1:11 pm In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

The Ron Guidry [1] festivites on Saturday afternoon were overshadowed by the announcement that Bobby Bonds [2] had passed away [3]. Bob Shepard, the voice of the Yankees, addressed the crowd immediately before the anthem played. The crowd gasped. Shepard listed Bonds’ accomplishments [4] and then asked for a moment of silence. When he said that Bonds was only 57 there was another, deeper gasp from the crowd.

The Orioles then went out and handled [5] the Yankees, behind a strong, complete-game performance from Rodrigo Lopez. The breaking ball was working and Lopez K’d 10 Bombers. Mike Mussina wasn’t awful, and he trailed 3-2 going into the ninth before the O’s scored four runs and put the game out of reach.

The Sox beat the Mariners in extra innings, surviving a blown save from B. Y. Kim.

On Sunday—which was even more beautiful than Saturday—the Yankees rebounded behind a stellar outing from Jose Contreras [6]. There was a chill in the air that reminded me that fall is just around the corner. While the Yankee brass [7] is crowing about the triumphant return of their soporific Cuban [8], I’ll wait and see how he does in Boston this Friday before getting too excited.

The Red Sox beat the Mariners [9] for the third straight day too. The A’s crushed Toronto [10], and Tim Hudson looked just fine. Oakland and Boston are tied for the wildcard while the Sox trail the Yanks by five (six in the loss column).

Pedro Martinez [11] will pitch this afternoon as the Sox go for the sweep.


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URLs in this post:

[1] Ron Guidry: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/111611p-100828c.html

[2] Bobby Bonds: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/story/111583p-100803c.html

[3] passed away: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/25/sports/baseball/25berkow.html

[4] Bonds’ accomplishments: http://www.baseballbeat.blogspot.com/2003_08_01_baseballbeat_archive.html#106178241005793959

[5] handled: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/story/111618p-100834c.html

[6] Jose Contreras: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/25/sports/baseball/25yankees.html

[7] Yankee brass: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/111862p-101025c.html

[8] soporific Cuban: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/111864p-101031c.html

[9] Red Sox beat the Mariners: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2003/08/25/lowe_keeps_sox_on_a_high/

[10] A’s crushed Toronto: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=230824114

[11] Pedro Martinez: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2003/08/25/martinez_angered_by_doubters/

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