Rays 2, Red Sox 4.
Watched from the 5th. Highlights:
– Beckett, looking a bit more like his old self.
– The broadcasters scanning the Tampa Bay crowd during a pitcher switch at score of Boston 4, Tampa 2, showing very sober and depressed looking Rays fans, and one yawner.
– Varitek’s homerun. Yes, the come back score was nice, but it was nice to see that Varitek, whose offense has falls the past two years, be able to clutch.
– Bradford’s underhand pitch still throws me off. Especially when he was pitching Ortiz’s intentional walk.
– As much as it stung, I had to admire the calculated risk the Rays made to walk Ortiz and hope for a double play out of Youk in the 8th. Because I still thought that was a risky bet.
– Upton’s ungraceful foul.
– Youk’s catching the final out.
– I watched without sound. The audio was getting chopped up.
– After a game like this, one has to wonder if the World Series would be this exciting. ALCS does it again.
– The core 2007 WS team may still be around, but it’s not the same team.
– Some of those 1-2-3 innings flew by in a flash. This multi-tasker has
been busted for missing out a lot. But, I caught the last two scoring
runs, so I don’t feel so bad 🙂
– I’m still amazed everytime I watch Masterson pitch. Remember, this kid was in the double As just this spring.
– I don’t think I can watch in the Rays’ stadium. Those cow bells will drive me crazy. I get irate enough just dealing with my coworker’s whistling as it is.
– Series count: Boston 3, Tampa 3. This is beginning to look like a regular pattern.
Finally, unrelated, but just as important:
I voted in the 2008 Presidential Election. You should as well.
MLB had some planning behind the scheduling of game times. When games run long in an already long-run game, spectators are unlikely to say “Oh, damn. I have lunch plans for folks. I need to go, even though they just scored the tying run in the 8th.”
Yep. That’s exactly what happened.
No technical glitches this time around. Just sleeping in on a lazy Sunday morning. And having the unfortunately lunch plans with a very otherwise sweet local family in an excellent restaurant. OK, so the fact that we were treated to the lunch made it all the sweeter.
In a way, it was nice. Nice to walk away bummed that we couldn’t stick around the exciting, nerve-wrecking ending of a tied game. But walk away know the Sox still had a chance. Not having to live in the misery to knowing about a loss.
Observations, from the 3rd through the 8th.
– Wow. Homerun slug fest. Both pitchers clearly struggling.
– I worry about Beckett sometimes. What happened to the ace we had last year? Every now and then, I see a flash of his original brilliance in a pitch here and there and a strike out or two. But he has become so much more hit-able.
– Funniest moment: Ellsbury’s bunt foul… that knocked off his helmet and dignity. Someone needs to play that to him every now and then to make him squirm. I’d do something like that to a coworker if I had the ammo.
– Most enjoyable: Youk’s apparent relief when his blown at-bat opportunity was justified by enabling Pedroia to run home on a wild pitch.
So, series is now at Tampa Bay 1, Red Sox 1.
Tampa Bay has been persistent and stubborn. Characteristics I can appreciate and respect as a Red Sox fan. May the best team win. I just hope it’s Red Sox.
I started the morning off at the verge of throwing a temper tantrum.
ESPN wasn’t broadcasting anything. Dad had logged onto slingbox, but was using his tiny laptop screen and hovering over it himself. My Internet was being hogged by him. I couldn’t assemble the right cables to plug his laptop into the tv. Mum was being overly placating. And this was one of the few times I actually have time to watch a full game. If I had access.
After calling up the front desk in desperation to ask them to call the cable company, I continued sulking until I was surprised about 20 minutes later to see the game suddenly pop up on my formerly blank screen.
Highlights, from the 6th:
– Most gasp inducing moment: watching Drew be beaned very close under his head by a wild pitch.
– Most pleasing moment: Youk’s long hit to get the second rbi.
– Most disappointing moment: Having bases loaded, and left stranded.
– Most unbelievable: Dice-K’s endurance in this start.
– Masterson has improved immensely from his spring training performances.
– This is the first time I’ve seen Papelbon pitch in a long time. I’m still boggled out of my mind how low his pay is in comparison to the other pitchers.
– Tampa Bay demonstrated a lot of composure and perseverance for a young team.
My star of the day: In spite of myself, I concded that it is Dice-K.
Red Sox 2, Tampa Bay 0.