Ended up watching most of the Friday night game at a bar with about 30 other people that were in town for the weekend for Saturday’s game; that was a good one.
I was extremely confident that they would get Saturday’s game in; what was shocking to me is that they actually started on time. Cold night for an August game, but excellent results.
Since I was pretty much off the grid from early Friday afternoon, I had no idea until Sunday morning that I would be seeing Paul Byrd match up against Halladay rather than Jon Lester. I was obviously disappointed to learn that; but I guess it worked out, eh?
Here is a shot from my seat yesterday. I noticed one big change, though…the lower seats that were redone in the offseason look like they have way more legroom. They did this at the expense of the narrow walkway around the park…now it’s even narrower. So if I’m not mistaken, the only seats that haven’t been touched with the new owners are the crappy old blue ones…wonder if it will be at all possible to improve on them? I especially loved my aisle seat where I had to stand up 1,000 times so people could get out.
In Oakland’s visit to Boston in July, Mr. Garciaparra approached the plate for the first time as a visiting player. The crowd roared, first for seconds, then minutes. Stunned, Mr. Garciaparra backed away from the plate and did a slow 360, taking time to acknowledge fans in every section of the ballpark. For those watching, it seemed a very real possibility that he might not be able to maintain his composure. “He was about as choked up as you can be on a baseball field,” said A’s third baseman Adam Kennedy. It was, Mr. Garciaparra said, one of the greatest moments of his career.
I’m still very glad he got that reaction, and I’m even happier to see that he got some joy out of it.
I’m headed to 2 of the 3 games this weekend…my first trip to Fenway in 2009. I can’t remember the last time my first trip was this late in the season…although things don’t look good for Saturday with this hurricane bearing down on the Northeast.
After travelling to Baltimore last weekend and witnessing the domination of the O’s, it was easy to come away feeling good about the Sox. 1/2 game back, swinging the bats well…at least ONE good starting performance…and here we sit one week later with the rug pulled out from under us.
The bright side, if there is indeed one, is that during this losing streak, a few of these games could have easily went either way. Also, we don’t have to ever see Smoltz pitch in a Sox uniform again.
In reality, we learned something we didn’t think possible after the first couple series with the Yankees. They are a far better team than the Red Sox in 2009. Not a single hole in their lineup, great 1-2-3 punch at the top of their rotation, and their bullpen is coming together nicely. And the Sox are moving in the opposite direction…the revolving door of suck that has been the SS position since 2005 continues to spin…Jason Bay has come back to earth in a BIG way…Ortiz has been not so good since the distraction of being named on that list…and after the first 2 starters, everything else is a crapshoot. Oh; and they got rid of one of their better bullpen arms for another bat.
I’m a Theo fan, but it is becoming painfully obvious that while he excels at the draft and player development…he’s had way more misses than hits when it comes to player acquisition.
So after what I’ve seen this weekend, I’m going to go right ahead and declare 2009 the battle for the wildcard for the Sox. And unless something dramatic happens in the next couple of months, I’m not too confident regarding the playoffs; even if they DO make it.