Bruce Chen, LH Tanyon Sturtze, RH (6-5, 3.54) (2-1, 3.43) 2B B Roberts SS D Jeter 3B M Mora 2B R Cano SS M Tejada RF G Sheffield 1B R Palmeiro 3B A Rodriguez DH S Sosa DH B Williams RF J Gibbons LF H Matsui CF L Matos C J Posada LF L Bigbie 1B J Giambi C S Fasano CF T Womack
Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind" -- that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests.
Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution. But from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist.
And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared, in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!" We're going to live on! We're going to survive!
Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!
Game time is 1:05 on CSN, ESPN and YES. Happy Independence Day.