It must have been a strange Sunday of conflicting emotions and tested convictions if you are both a Catholic and a Yankee fan.
On the one hand, none other than the freakin’ Pope himself held Mass from second base before a crowd of nearly 60,000 people at Yankee Stadium. That in itself is an interesting paradox considering some of the class acts that have worked in the Stadium over the years.
On the other hand, the Yankees used their newfound divine favor to dispatch the Orioles 7-1 (like you need any help from above to do that, anyway), but Alex Rodriguez went down with a strained quad and had to leave the game early. A-Rod is day-to-day with what looks like a minor injury. Rest easy, New York.
Since God is (or at least was) clearly on the side of the Boston Red Sox, at least in Curt Schilling’s whacked mind, I got to thinking. Which team in the most over-hyped rivalry in sports has more divine favor now?
If God helped Curt Schilling lead the Red Sox to a World Series in 2004, is it possible this whole Pontif-in-the-Stadium thing was just a power play by the Yankees to even up things in terms of divine intervention?
Yes, it’s ridiculous. But given all the jersey-burying, Red Sox Nation-versus-Yankee-Universe bullshit, would you really even be surprised? Didn’t think so.
Just something totally irrational and illogical to think about on this fine Monday.