Click the above to see my brief appearance on ESPNews, wish I had something better to say!
Well last night was pretty much an utter disaster for the Red Sox as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays smoked the Sox 10-3 in what ultimately will be the deciding game in the AL East race. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by ESPN during the day to give an "in game update" on ESPNews and...well...lets just say the circumstances I was facing weren't very favorable! As I was on hold waiting for David Amber to cue me in the score was at 6-2, and I was just trying to think of a way to sound optimistic, which honestly, wasn't too easy. You can view a ghetto video take of it above, hopefully next time it doesn't have to be so brief :-)
As far as the game went it looked like the only person who actually cared or showed up to play was Big Papi (OK Jacoby too) as the entire rest of the team looked F-L-A-T. The Sox basically have to make up 3 games out of 10 to win the East due to them losing any tiebreaker that could occur with the Devil Rays. The off day today seems more of a necessity then anything, and any and all momentum the Sox did have going into this series currently seems to now be at a standstill.
The Red Sox have to leave this game behind them, and maybe they should just concede the East over to the Devil Rays now. We'll clinch the Wild Card in a matter of days, and everything should now be designed to get players ready and healthy for what's going to be a very difficult ALDS against the Angels.
Either way, this game will always be remembered by me as the "ESPN Game". As I was waiting for the call the outlook grew to become more and more dim, and the pages of notes in front of me became about as useful as a helicopter with an ejection seat. The humor was there for sure, but it was a worst case scenario for my "ESPN Debut". My verdict for now is that Bill Simmons job is safe :-)
Hopefully the Sox can end this season healthy and ready, today seems best reserved for some wound licking. All I'll say is Jason Bay, Mike Lowell, and J.D. Drew sure would have looked nice in the lineup last night...