Baseball: Providence, Torre, and the Sox

Advocates of maintaining a baseball field in Providence's Armory District -- the historic base of baseball in Providence -- plan to agitate this evening at 6:30, at the park-turned-dog walk. Good luck to them. I like dogs, but Rhode Island's capital needs more ball fields, not less.

N4N is quite pumped for the formal start of his softball season tonight. Collyer Field needs better maintenance, but at least it's not being turned into a dog park.

Meanwhile, like any self-respecting Sox fan, I have a palpable dislike for the Yankees. This does not mean, however, failure to recognize the talents and qualities of my arch-rival. It's hard not to respect as worthy an opponent as Mo Rivera, one of the greater closers in the game, for example, or a classy guy like Joe Torre.

It's not Torre's fault that the New Yorkers have been exposed, at least for now, as a very unbalanced squad, but I believe his days with the Yankees are numbered. Whether a change will do anything to help the Bombers' sorry pitching is a whole other question.

The Sox, meanwhile, have been a revelation in April, thanks largely to how moving Papelbon back to the 'pen put a few other things in place. The team might not equal the run production of the 2003-2004 squads, but between solid-to-excellent starters, a good bench, and outstanding starting pitching and relievers, this team, barring injuries, has the stuff to go all the way. As N4N predicted would be the case, Josh Beckett is enjoying what could be his best year yet.

Can someone explain the deal, though, with Matsuzaka and his repeated trouble in the fourth inning?

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