It could be argued that Red Sox vs. Yankees has no off-season, but I think I'm going to take the high road on this one regardless of who wins, since it is, after all, March 22, and either way the Sox have the upper hand since their B squad started off vs. the Yankees A team. Also let it be noted that it is currently the bottom of the seventh and the score is tied at three, so I'm not just covering my ass with that statement either.
Anyway. Regardless of the outcome of the exhibition game, I was proud of Jonathan tonight. It was noted from early on by Remy and Orsillo (themselves in mid-season form already with the giggles) that Papelbon didn't seem to have his best stuff, and any other rookie starter without his best stuff against the Yankees' full-fledged starting lineup, March 22 or no, probably would have soiled himself. But Jonathan stuck it out, gutting out five innings that weren't exactly sterling, but also quite respectable. And hey--that's more than I can say for Timlin's inning of work, which saw the return of "Whiplash".
As always, I enjoyed Jonathan immensely. Which probably means he'll get traded tomorrow, not that I'm bitter or anything.
Another highlight: Manny showing up as Number 95.
P.S. WOTS just earned a warning with a deliberate and completely unnecessary beaning. Klassy!