If there's one thing on which Yanks and Sox fans agree, it's that Ramiro Mendoza is and has always been a New York Yankee. Bombers loyalists remember him as a reliable long-relief man who was especially superb in the post-season. Indeed, it was a sad day when he left the Bronx. Many Yanks fans were in a state of shock. Did he not love the city? After all, in the words of YF, you either love the city or leave it. What was worse was that he went north to Boston, the city from which everyone seems to want to leave (As New York City resident SF says, "Leave it or leave it."), and the home of those damn Red Sox. But, we underestimated Mendoza. El Brujo works in mysterious ways, kind of like God, but more accurately, like a spy in a Graham Greene novel. Turns out, the Boss and Ramiro had set into action an ingenious plan to undermine their hated rivals. Mendoza had to be on the Yankees payroll in 2003. How else explain his 6.75 ERA and his overall craptastic un-Mendoza like performance? His deliberate suckitude was key in holding back the up-start Sox from winning the crown that year.
His mission completed in Boston, Ramiro returned to pinstripes in 2005, a season which was cut short by injury. He's back today though, ready to revisit the scene of his brilliant crime. In the unlikely event that Randy Johnson has a bad start, El Brujo will be waiting in the wings to calm things down. Meanwhile, the Sox counter with Matt Clement, who, depending on the pitch, could be the most brilliant or the worst pitcher you'll ever see. This should be a wild one. Have at it!