Top 5 Games of Last Week (7/28/14 – 8/3/14)
The latest evidence that soccer hasn’t “arrived” in America? The Green Bay Packers Family night at Lambeau cost more than most MLS games this week, coming in at a whopping $21 per ticket. Yeesh.
#5. Los Angeles Galaxy at Seattle Sounders FC
While some MLS teams barely have two pennies to rub together, a Galaxy-Sounders match provides a reliable surge in pricing. At an average cost of $84.28 per ticket, it was behind only Red Sox-Yankees and (cringes thinking of the Paul George injury) the USA Basketball Men’s Showcase. That’s because the match-up features former and current USMNT stars Landon Donovan vs. Clint Dempsey. The game, it turns out, was underwhelming, with L.A. winning 3-0 in a dominant win. Still, it’s the two most exciting stars MLS has to offer, and so we keep watching.
#4. Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
Down 4-1 in the 9th inning, you knew the Marlins weren’t going to quit. In the midst of their impressive six game winning streak, they’d proven time and again that they knew how to frustrate closers. They weren’t intimidated. This game was no different – they scored once and then a second time to cut the Nationals’ lead to 4-3. Closer Drew Storen was visibly sweating, and for good reason; he hadn’t recorded a save since August 2013. To his credit, he didn’t blink. Storen had let the Marlins back in with two runs, but he shut the door when it mattered most. This is your clear bang-for-your-buck game of the week at just $37.86 per ticket.
#3. New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
I got to see this game in person, and man, it was a good one. Arguably sport’s biggest rivalry, it featured everything you’d hope for. A rookie pitcher going up against a legend, the new regime vs. the old. Big Papi. Number 2. Consistent scoring down to the wire. In the end, the Red Sox won, 4-3, but not before Red Sox pitcher Anthony Ranaudo got his first out in MLB – against Jeter, no less. And not before Jeter had his revenge, swinging for the fences and passing them, crushing a home-run over the Green Monster. And not before Dustin Pedroia showed off a flashy glove and flashier bat. And you better believe Number 34 left his mark. Alas, it wasn’t to be Cespedes first day; he’d have that Sunday.
#2. Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals
Ah, division games. Teams always save something extra for them. John Lackey’s impressive debut for the Cardinals looked to be in jeopardy, thanks to fantastic pitching from the Brewers’ Matt Garza, who kept the Cardinals offense quiet for six innings. After an injury to Garza in the seventh though, the Cardinals stormed back, scoring three to go up 3-2 in the seventh and win the game. Now just up one game, the Brewers once again have the Cardinals breathing down their necks. It’ll make for an exciting August and September.
#1. New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
If you haven’t been following, this has been a great series. On Sunday, Jeter and the Yankees finished up the three game series with an impressive come-from-behind win. At different points throughout the game, the Red Sox led 3-0, 5-3, and 7-4, but the Yankees wouldn’t quit. Brett Gardner, especially. The Yankees speedster had three hits and one game-winning homer in the ninth inning to give the Yankees the win. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Pedroia nailed a 3-2 pitch jussssst foul, and the Yankees took home the ‘W.’