Float like a butterfly
Muhammad Ali will be in the house tonight as the Yankees get set to try and snap their 0-8 goose-egg against the Red Sox.
The Yankees are preparing to pay tribute to Ali, who had one of his most memorable fights at the original Yankee Stadium on September 28, 1976, when he defeated Ken Norton in a 15-round decision to retain the Heavyweight title (seen at right).
Ali will be on hand along with Joseph Cinque, president of the American
Academy of Hospitality Sciences, to present Yankee Stadium and Yankees
managing general partner/co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner with the
academy’s “Six Star Diamond Award,” for excellence in hospitality.
What an appropriate way to kick off this series between the two American League East heavyweights. Here are the pitching matchups vs. Boston:
• Thursday: Yankees (Joba Chamberlain, 7-2, 3.58) vs. Red Sox (John Smoltz ,2-4, 7.12 ERA), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Yankees (A.J. Burnett, 10-5, 3.89) vs. Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 13-4, 3.27), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Yankees (CC Sabathia, 11-7, 3.95) vs. Red Sox (Clay Buchholz, 1-1, 6.05), 4:10 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 9-6, 4.35) vs. Red Sox (Jon Lester, 9-7, 3.79), 8:05 p.m. ET