The Plot Thickens
Many Red Sox fans fear that if Pedro Martinez leaves the Red Sox at the end of this season, he'll be wearing pinstripes at the beginning of next season.
If so, a lot of New Yorkers will be awfully unhappy.
According to a Sports Illustrated poll of New York sports fans, which will be announced in this week's edition, Martinez is the biggest "Enemy Of The State" of New York. He earned 21 percent of the total vote.
Strangely, Yankee owner George Steinbrenner -- who's been popping up on the "Enemy" list in many of the state-by-state polls conducted by SI over the last year -- was second with 19 percent. Ex-Giants and Jets coach Bill Parcells was third, with 8 percent.
The Red Sox were named the most hated opponent by New Yorkers, earning 43 percent of the vote. The Miami Dolphins were second at 22 percent. --(Projo)
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
In a strange sense, the Red Sox of 2004 have become the New York Yankees of 2003.
The Yankees were riddled with injuries early last year, striking down such All-Stars as shortstop Derek Jeter (in the first game), closer Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams, with Jason Giambi hobbled all year by an assortment of woes. But New York won with pitching.
This Sox team began this year without Garciaparra and Nixon. Reliever Scott Williamson was placed on the DL last week. Now Mueller is on the shelf. Boston is winning with pitching, boasting the second-best record in the majors. --(McAdam)