Why Baseball is like nothing else

It dawned on me during Game 5, as I recounted what I was going through at the time, as well as the experience I had on Sunday.

As a fan, there is no sport better than baseball.

I sat there in my friend’s refinished basement, the two of us on either end of a couch, going through tense moment after tense moment. Sox are down by one run…chest tightens. Tek homers to tie it…can breathe a little better. Manny homers in a big spot…jubilation.

Along comes the last 6 outs. With every windup; with every pitch…you stop breathing. There is a mini-release of tension when the opposing player gets a strike…makes an out…only to have it build up again when the next batter comes to the plate. And so it goes, over and over again until no outs remain and your team has completed one HELLUVA comeback.

What other sport elicits anything CLOSE to this?

I can’t wait to have these feelings again Wednesday night, under the lights of Yankee Stadium. Not sure if I’ll be able to get to a computer until Friday, so enjoy. Look to Sunday’s post if you want to get a hold of me, that sends a message to my phone.

The day after, or the day before?

Well, that was something else, wasn’t it?

I wake up this morning to see reports of ‘Miggy’ being angry and upset. And I’d be lying to you if I told you this didn’t make me laugh out loud:

“Derek Lowe is going to be paid back for that sign,” Tejada screamed hysterically through the clubhouse, shouting expletives. “My kid is in the stands. He’s going to pay.”

Oakland general manager Billy Beane escorted the crying Tejada away.

There is no crying in baseball, Miggy. Don’t take out your frustration on the celebration of the guy that just came up absolutely huge for his team. Especially when it could be considered your fault that the A’s aren’t facing the Yankees tomorrow.

Now that the exhuberation of the win is out of the way, it’s going to be a tough series in NY. Hopefully they can take 1 of the first 2 here, and then have a strong showing at home. While the Yanks cruised past the Twins, they never had to use their middle relief, which is probably their biggest weakness.

I’m still kind of dazed here…maybe I’ll have more to add later.

Got ’em right where we want ’em

Gotta love the swing in 21 hours or so.

Don’t want to go TOO overboard, though. Those were a couple tight ones that were pulled out in the end. However, one has to like Pedro on full rest vs. Zito on 3 days. And a reeling A’s club.

I was there today…and all I can say is ‘Wow’. That’s the first baseball playoff game I’ve ever attended. And what a way to lose my cherry.

I have added incentive to root for Pedro tomorrow (as if a Sox fan needs any MORE incentive). In the event of a Sox/Yanks ALCS, I will definitely attend 3, and most likely attend 4 of the first 4 games.

For those in the Boston area, I hear that Fenway will be open tomorrow night for fans to watch the game in the park on the big screen. Haven’t seen details, but I’m sure you can find them.

And for a team snickering about Todd Walker’s bulletin board quotes, I find this funny:

“I think we have the better team,” said A’s starter Tim Hudson, who left after just one inning because of a strained muscle in his side. “We have the best left-hander in the league going tomorrow.”

But Boston has perhaps the best right-hander.

“It’s all right,” Hudson said, “I’ll take Barry Zito over Pedro Martinez any day.”

OVER?

D-Day: War’s over, man. Wormer dropped the big one.

Bluto: What? Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

Otter: Germans?

Boon: Forget it, he’s rolling.

Bluto: And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the going gets tough . . . the tough get going. Who’s with me? Let’s Go! Come on! AAAAEEEEEGGGHHHH!!

Otter: Bluto’s right. Psychotic, but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons. But that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.

Bluto: And we’re just the guys to do it.

EDIT: I just discovered that there is a spin on this exact same scene over at House that Dewey Built. And I’m sure that we aren’t the only two Sox fans who conjured up the Animal House “Let’s Get ‘Em” speech..

All Quiet on the Western Front

At least with the Sox bats, that is. One bad inning by Wakes, and unlike so many other times in 2003, the Sox are not able to get back in it. Yesterday is completely on the shoulders of the offense. Sure, Manny’s misplay probably allowed an extra run to score. Absolutely, Walker’s ill-advised throw gave the A’s 2 runs. But the A’s didn’t need all 5 of those runs. They only needed 2.

On a somewhat related note, in the middle of the dreadful 2nd inning, the doom-and-gloom tendancies of Sox Nation reared its ugly head in the game chat. So much so that I just left and watched the game in peace.

That kind of attitude makes me sick to my stomach. Down 5 runs with 7 more at-bats, and people are planning tee times and off-season roster moves. Yes, I realize some of it is getting caught up in the emotion of the game…but why start whining and complaining with so much game left? Why not watch the game and hope that the Sox offense can break out and do what they have the potential to do?

Anyway, let’s hope that those who are at the park tomorrow are more supportive than that. Not to mention the fact that I’m hoping these tickets I have for Sunday’s game are worth more than the paper they are printed on.

Now that THAT’S out of the way…

We hope, right?

The pen rears its ugly head early. I suppose I’d rather they do that in the FIRST game with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th than a CLINCHING game. But the series is young. There may or may not be more of the same.

While in no way does it defend his performance, I thought perhaps Kim was being squeezed a tad…especially on the batter that walked. However, I also thought Bradford was squeezed as well. Maybe the ump has a tough time with the sidearmers. Or maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me in the middle of the night.

And once again, I HATE the ‘walking the bases loaded’ move.

I can’t believe I went to bed about 5 hours ago…and here I am at work, having gotten myself and a 2.5 year old ready and dropped off at daycare. I’m sure I’m not the only bleary eyed person at work today.

You know what always amazes me? I went to bed at about 3 AM. When I arose at 6, my newspaper was on the back porch. It gets delivered sometime before 5. And the full game story, with color pictures included, was in there. Somebody had to bust ass at the Courant last night.

Speaking of the Courant…there was a 2 page ‘Thank You’ taken out by the Sox this week. It ran in the Boston papers and in the Providence Journal. Why no love for the CT fans, Sox? Come on, now! (Thank you to bostondirtdogs.com for scanning the paper)

Let’s get ’em this afternoon…PSF.com sponsor Wakes vs. Zito.

What; no Robert Palmer?

So on my way to work this morning, my toddler decided she didn’t wan’t to listen to ESPN radio. And I had no tapes. So I flipped over to FM and hit ‘seek’ until she heard a song she liked. I had gone all the way through the dial, and was back at the beginning when she said ‘Stop! I like this song!”. It was “Fulsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash. So we listened..and as the song wound down…the next one was “Lawyers, Guns and Money” by Warren Zevon. “I like this, too!”, she declared. For the next 30 minutes, the station alternated between Johnny Cash and Warren Zevon. When I finally got out of my car to go into work, the macabre marathon was still playing.

Speaking of macabre…how many of you watched that Yankee game yesterday? Boy, did they look poor. Bad defense, no hitting…it was ugly. When Santana didn’t come out for the fifth, I fully expected the Yanks to capitalize and take the game going away. But they didn’t. I would be shocked if we saw more of the same tomorrow…I’d expect a team like the Yankees to be fired up about redeeming themselves.

The only other game I watched was the Cubs/Braves. Braves really clamped down at times…seemed like the Cubs constantly had runners in scoring position. Pretty neat that Wood came through to help his own cause.

Well, rest up, Red Sox Nation. It’s gonna be a late one tonight.