Johnson shackled Boston for six innings, allowing one run. Said Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon, "His slider was pretty nasty. I couldn't pick up the rotation on it.
"Everyone is glad the first game is behind us. Hopefully we can relax a little bit. There was so much hype on us as defending champions coming to Yankee Stadium."
The Red Sox played a ragged opener behind a ragged pitcher, floppy-shirted Yankees expatriate David Wells, who in less than five innings gave up 10 hits and four runs, hit Giambi twice with pitches, balked home a run and was booed off the mound by his former faithful fans. "Funny how one season changes things," Wells said. "In a Padres uniform last year I get cheered [in New York]. In a Boston uniform I get booed. Out in the bullpen [warming up] they rode me pretty good. It is what it is."
It is the start of something new, full of all the possibilities that define Opening Day, and then some. From Day One, it looks like nothing we've seen before. ?