About halfway into the 2,600-word reaction I had in December to C.J. Wilson’s decision to sign with the Angels was this:
When the red-gloved Wilson faces Texas, I will put everything I have into hoping the Rangers rip him a new one, just as if he were Jered Weaver or Chris Carpenter or Matt Moore or Charlie Furbush. And even if I hope Wilson’s team loses every time he pitches – not because he’s pitching but because of who he’s pitching for – I’m good if he leaves with a 2-0 lead in the eighth every time out, having fanned 11 and walked two and scattered three (unlucky) base hits, only to see the Los Angeles bullpen cough it up.
New York 6, Los Angeles 5 fit the bill just about perfectly last night.
And then Texas and Seattle nearly followed the same script, brutally.
But the Rangers held on, capping off an outstanding night of baseball after an All-Star Break that seems to last irritatingly longer every year.
Tonight: Yu vs. King, many hours after Jerome Williams returns from the disabled list to face Freddy Garcia in Yankee Stadium.
Today might not turn out to be as awesome a day of baseball as yesterday was, but it might, and I close the door on this report, packed with fewer words than I dumped last night on Twitter, with an intense appeal to this Great Game to continue, for yet another time in this extraordinary season, to go ahead and Bring It.