Since a lot of famous sports writers have given a shot of posting their thoughts throughout an entire game I figured it was about time I did the same. So, for better or worse, here's what it's like being me, and watching a Red Sox game.
I was late to start posting in the first inning, pre-game pizza ordering took precedence. Clement looked solid though, Scheff striking out always make me feel good inside.
7:18 – YOOUUUUKKKK!!!
7:19 :Loretta is the man. He totally wins the “Bill Mueller Quite Stud” award this year. His aggressiveness may hurt us later though…
7:22 Papi K’s looking not so hot, starting to feel like Loretta’s aggressiveness may strand more runners for the Sox.
7:24 Manny ROCKS one out off the Big Mullet. Homeboy is just locked in right now. When Manny gets locked in you feel like you’re playing MVP Baseball on the easiest setting, things just look that…well, easy. If only Mark Loretta stayed put. 2-0 Sox.
7:27 – V-Tek walks. Seeing Randy struggle has an extra feeling of satisfaction. I remember how cocky a lot of Yankee fans were after they got him last year. It’s looking like the money spent on him, Pavano, and Wright may have been a little too steep.
7:28 – Lowell flies out to left, puts decent charge on ball though.
7:30 – YYYYOOOOUUUKKKK. Our defense is dirty naughty nasty fresh this year. These certainly aren’t your father’s Red Sox.
7:36 – As pizza guy’s here Clement gets hit on the leg with a drive-up the middle by Bernie. Matt seriously has some polarity issues…he seems fine though. This is not a good sign though.
7:43 – Terrance Long puts in a decent at bat for a walk, bases are now full, and I know have my worry face on…
7:46 – With a 2-2 count Clement hits the ever dangerous Kelly Stinent…still haven’t touched the pizza. 2-1 Sox.
7:48 – Melky Bartanamus hits a ball past Youk. I no longer have an appetite. 3-2 Yanks.
7:50 – RBI double by Jeter…&$*@!!! You just know Johnson’s going to be confident, and the Sox bats will be impatient. Typical Matt Clement start, I feel like it’s Game 1 of the 2005 ALDS. 4-2 Yanks.
7:51- The Scheff allows me to eat pizza, almost 20 min. after the fact.
7:55 – The Big Unit’s K zone looks REAL big…
8:00 – Gonzo just stole?!? Wow…good call.
8:01 – YYYYYYOOOOOOOUUUUUUKKKKKKK goes deep!!! That was a much better call. 4-4 Sox.
8:02 – Marky Mark gets another hit, I want the Unit out of the game by the 4th.The final score of this game may very well be 45 – 38.
8:08 – A-Rod K’s then whines, nothing shocking here.
8:10 – Great bid by Gonzo to turn the double play, our defense is very nice this year. Of course they get a hit the next at bat. Murphy’s Law in full effect.
8:13 – YYYOOOOUUUUKKKK stops a grounder down the line, Clement gets out of jam.
8:17 – Manny ropes a double to the base of the wall, he’s 7/10 in the series now. It’s getting hot in here…
8:19 – Opposite field hit by V-Tek Boom, Manny wants nothing to do with D.Hale and runs right through him for the go ahead run. Manny is being Manny and Rem Dawg is FREAKING out about this. I love it. That’s an RBI for me in Fantasy, and a 5-4 Sox lead.
8:21 – “Randy… Randy… Randy…” chants have started after Mike “I’m the starting third baseman in the 2006 All-Star Game” Lowell gets another base hit. This is wonderful.
8:23 – Fenway roars after Wily Mo lines one in the Yankee dugout, then he proceeds to strikeout. One down.
8:25 - The Sox starting Dustin Mohr is an obvious sign they’re trying to trade him…
8:32 – Great at bat for Dr.Gonzo goes for naught but he makes Randy throw more pitches. This all took place as my roommate Mandy sold her stereo to someone from Craigslist. Never a dull moment here on Beacon St.
8:41 – Watching Sheffield bat is basically the most terrifying thing ever. You’re not too sure if he’s going knock the ball over the Citgo sign or if his arms are going to fly off with his violent swing, as he starts bleeding everywhere a la Monty Python.
8:44 – Full count, this at bat seems huge for some reason.
8:45 – Walk, dammitt, now we have to deal with steroid a-hole #2.
8:46 – YYYYYOOOOOOUUUUUKKKKK ends another inning. I’m running to the fridge for a Harpoon Summer Ale now.
8:52 – Randy semi-cruises 1,2,3 through the top half of our order. I feel like we should be up by more then 1 run right now.
8:54 – The Pepsi commercial with the bubble gum techno music and dancing Jimmy Fallon and Parker Posie may be my least favorite thing ever. I feel homicidal while watching.
8:57 – Back-to-Back base hits given up by Clement with no out. A-Rod slides into third with no play even close to try and look like he’s trying hard.
8:59 - Back-to-Back-to-Back hits now. Bernie ties it up at 5-5. Clement is making me invent new swear words in my head right now. Freddy Kruger is up in our bullpen.
9:00 - Back-to-Back-to-Back-to-Back hits allowed by Matt “Why was my start skipped back in NY” Clement. Why isn’t Tito sprinting out there!?!? 6-5 MFY.
9:04 – After V-Tek stopped about 3 balls from being wild one finally gets away. WHY IS CLEMENT STILL PITCHING?!?
9:05 - Wow, strike three looking, and Tito FINALLY comes out to get Matt. Lots of capital letters the past few sentences, this can’t be good. Almost need another Harpoon.
9:07 – Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the Julian Tavarez show...this should be good. I like a battle of the bullpens but can’t help the feeling of impending doom.
9:09 – Base hit up the middle by Melky Cabrera, 8-5 Yanks. Getting another Harpoon…NOW.
9:16 – Good 9 pitch at bat by Manny for a walk. We need Cap Tek to come up here. C’Mon, Base hit baby…
9:18 – Pop-Up by Jason. Read my last post on Tek.
9:23 – Ug. Lead-off walk with nothing to show, this is starting to look like a frustrating night.
9:29 – What looked like a double play ball goes through Mike Lowell as he’s charged with a rare error, I feel like I should have watched American Idol. Julian looks OK though and I think we can still get out of this inning without any damage.
9:33 – Strike three to Bernie Baseball leaving runners stranded on 1st and 3rd. I feel a momentum shift, this could be the Harpoon talking though.
9:36 – Trot’s back in!!!
9:37 – Trot grounds out!!!
9:39 – Gonzo grounds out!!!
9:41 – YYYYOOOOUUUKKKK gets a base hit. I love this guy.
9:42 – Going to get another Harpoon.
9:50 – Rudy Seanez strikes out Jeter to end the inning as Remy was doing everything in his power to talk Jeter into a single. My thoughts are veering towards the irrational now.
9:54 – Mike Myers comes in to face Papi yet again. Getting really sick of this match up already. Especially after he strikes out Ortiz. I say it’s about even in their personal battle now. Scott Proctor’s coming in now, as the Red Sox have 8 outs to get 3 runs. Sigh. It’s starting to look like Monday was the good game for me to go to.
9:57 – Oops he did it again. I feel like I should be wearing a flame retardant suit as I type this, Manny is HOT as he cranks a solo blast. 8-6 Yanks.
9:58 – Weak grounder by Varitek after two pitches, my patience with him is over. This has got to end.
10:00 – As ten o’clock strikes I begin to feel myself enter “Nervous Late Innings Sox/Yankees Game” mode, a mode my girlfriend, Jeannine, isn’t too big of a fan of. She should be home by 10:30, and I’ve been by myself since about the top of the 4th which I’m sure is a good thing. .
10:06 – Double play by Giambi as he hits into the shift. Derek likey.
10:09 - Rudy Seanez gets A-Rod to pop-out. Hell of a job tonight by Rudy in 2 strong innings of relief. The Sox need to get at least a run here to close the gap, Mariano is after all, Mariano, and almost automatic.
10:12 – Wily Mo gets another infield hit, as the Sox get the lead-off man on. This is good. May have gotten lucky here, but we’ll take it.
10:14 – Trot pops-up!!! $%&#!!!!
10:15 – Gonzo baby! Another hit by our embattled 9th hitter as Wily Mo goes to third. Things are getting interesting.
10:17 – Willie Harris snags second and takes away the double play. Am very anxious right now…Jeannine is home, this has to be a good sign.
10:18 – YOOOUUUUKKKK strikes out. Heart sinks into chest a few
10:22 - WOW. Farnsworth unravels and almost hits Loretta twice then throws a wild pitch that Wily Mo somehow doesn’t come home on. Bases loaded, David Ortiz up, my heart is erratic.
10:26 – Strike three looking, this game is over. How do you NOT go down swinging there?!? I’m grabbing my last Harpoon.
10:29 – Great, Keith Foulke’s in…
10:32 – 1,2,3 for Foulke as he pitches well. I feel pretty negative right now, I hope Fenway isn’t feeling the same, 2-runs is more then doable. Hopefully Manny, Lowell, and V-Tek can get something going.
10:36 – Manny ducks out of the way after nearly getting drilled by Mariano.
10:38 – Manny pops out to center, two outs left.
10:38 – Jason doesn’t swing at the first pitch (but does at the second).
10:40 – Varitek grounds out to Cano, but at least gets it to a full-count tonight. Finger is hovering over the TV power button.
10:41 – Jeter guns down Lowell, TV off.