I don’t care if it’s David Ortiz vs. Cody Ransom, Jim Rice vs. Reggie Jackson, spring training vs. regular season, Julio Lugo piling up more restraining orders than Bernie Williams, or just me eating more hot wings than my cousin Nardo from the Bronx. Anytime we beat New York, I’m a happy guy.

I’m even happier to see Scenic Lowell get a home run in his spring debut. Not exactly the harbinger of an MVP season, but far, far better than the scenario I’d imagined, which included Mikey doubled over after trying to leg out a first inning grounder and landing on the 475-day DL.

Still a staggering 23 days until the regular season opens. I don’t know about you, but this wait’s seemed like years to me, people.

In the meantime, if you need us, we’ll be here. And here.

Oh, and thanks to our pal Jen for supplying the photo–and the middle finger.