Road Trip Journal: Days 2 and 3

We're halfway through our trip and here's our latest update. It's been raining, but it hasn't dampened the excitement from seeing baseball's best rivalry.

Days 2 and 3 have been filled with fun, relaxation, and unfortunately, inclement weather. Our quest for seven sporting events in eight days was ended by the weather.....or so we thought. When we woke up Sunday morning, the skies were gray and the rain was pouring down. But we learned later that day that the game went on through the rain. Oh well, we'll have to settle for six games in eight days.

Sunday was full of relaxation and a little more college football. We watched the Virginia Tech Hokies clobber the LSU Tigers and got in some video games. Monday, we hopped in the car and made the three hour trip to the Bronx. After the car ride, we were pretty excited for the game and our first trip to Yankee Stadium.

We donned our Red Sox gear and had a slight fear for our lives, but the Yankee fans were kind to us (mostly out of pity because the Red Sox were 7.5 games back coming into the series). It was another rainy day on the east coast, while you people back west were enjoying the sun. There was a 90 minute rain delay, but the good guys came out on top 8-4, led by Nomar Garciaparra, who had three RBI along with his 999th, 1000th, and 1001th career hits. He made a couple of key defensive plays as well. The Red Sox overcame the usual awful defensive mistake (Shea Hillenbrand's first inning error that led to two unearned runs)to shave a game off the Yankees AL East lead and a half game off the idle Angels Wild Card lead.

After the game, we headed to our Manhattan headquarters to watch the USC-Auburn game. USC was clearly the better team, but couldn't make a tackle in the first half. They showed their offense could be quite good this year if Carson Palmer doesn't make too many mistakes (it's the same thing every year). The defense has plenty of room for improvement, but as promised in my pregame prediction, Troy Polamalu was all over the place. The Trojan defense could be very good if the young players are quick learners.

Check back tomorrow for an update on the Red Sox-Yankees game two. It was supposed to be Pedro Martinez versus Roger Clemens, but Pedro is apparently injured and will miss the start. Oh well.

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