Questions for the Red Sox

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

How will former New York Yankees lefty David Wells be received in the Bronx this season?

Initially he'll get cheered by the bleacher creatures, who might even chant his name. Wells was 68-28 in his four seasons with the Yankees and went 7-2 in the post-season, winning a World Series.

No one loved the Yankees experience -- from buying Babe Ruth's hat and wearing it on the mound to living like Babe Ruth -- more than Wells.

However, when he shows with the stylized B on his cap signifying the Boston Red Sox, Yanks fans will take it to mean B ... as in boo.

And Wells didn't help himself much yesterday leading into his first visiting trip into Yankee Stadium since 2001 when he was with the Chicago White Sox. But Chicago might as well be Peoria. Boston ... the World Series champion Boston Red Sox is another matter.

"I know what to expect and what's in store, I've seen it before," said Wells. "It's a hate-hate relationship and vice versa when New York comes into Boston."

Manager Terry Francona said Wells was not signed to be the ace.

"He has made 30 or more starts eight out of the last nine years, that's a very important number," Francona said. "He doesn't beat himself and the bigger the stage, the more he rises to the occasion."

Wells zinged the Yanks management from top to bottom, saying general manager Brian Cashman refused to take him up on his offer to return "but the Boss (George Steinbrenner) is looking to go with youth. And then they turn around and sign Randy Johnson."

And Wells knocked manager Joe Torre, who celebrated by ordering a case of champagne when the Roger Clemens-Wells deal was completed in the spring of 1999.

"I never had a good relationship with Joe," Wells said.


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