Aug 7, 2009

Live-Blogging* the Rivalry

Tonight Gia is feeling a little ill, so I am gonna sit here in front of the computer and the TV watching the first game of the Boson/New York four-game series at the Stadium in the Bronx. Let's see how this goes, shall we?

7:11 PM EST (Top of the 1st) - Here we go. Joba Chamberlain pitching for the Yankees against a stacked lineup for Boston tonight. Kevin Youkilis in left field? Only for a big series like this. Fucking Dustin Pedroia! That little rat fink seems to constantly be on base for the Sawx. But Joba settles down and after walking Victor Martinez, he gets Youk and Big Papi to fly out. Phew! No score.

7:26 PM EST (Bottom of the 1st) - John Smoltz is pitching for the Sawx. I don't think I'll ever get used to that. I'll be back and forth for a little while here. Cooking vegetable risotto in the kitchen as I type this and it requires attention. What's in the risotto, you say? Some red peppers, baby carrots, onions, green chilis and lemon round out the mix. Be right back! No score.

7:36 PM EST (Top of the 2nd) - Crap! Leadoff double to JD Drew. Guy's having a shit season so of course he is gonna step it up against the Yankees. Now Lowell works a walk. C'mon Joba! Bruce Willis is at the game. Yawn. Joba slows down so much with runners on base. Painful to watch. But he rallies to get a fly out and two strikeouts to escape the jam.  He needs to stop letting these guys on base, though.  No score.

7:47 PM EST (Bottom of the 2nd) - Having a few ice-cold Red Stripes to go along with the game tonight.  Didn't think about the "Red" problem until right now.  Damn.  OK, this will be my last Red Stripe of the evening.  Yanks need to start smacking this old man around.  How old is Smoltz? 53?  Seems like he has been around forever.  Posada mans up and dinks a hit to the opposite field.  Gotta start somewhere.  Let's see what Swisher can do with men on 1st and 2nd.  He was swinging the bat well on the recent road trip.   There's a base hit, but Jorge is thrown out at the plate!  He didn't even try to slide, just walked into the fucking tag!!! I really don't understand that play at all.  There's a mental error from someone who should know better.  No score.

7:59 PM EST (Top of the 3rd) - I'm still fuming over Posada jogging it in to home plate. Cost the Yankees at least one run there.  Mother fucker!  And there goes Pedroia with a home run to right field.  Wonderful.  I have a feeling I'm gonna regret this live-blogging post. Red Sox 1, Yankees 0.

INTERLUDE - Gia is up and about and we are gonna watch an episode of Friday Night Lights.  She is impossible to watch a Yankees/Red Sox game with.  So I'm not even gonna try.  Be back soon.

8:59 PM EST (Bottom of the 4th)  - OK, I'm back for a few minutes, and a lot has happened in the last hour.  Yanks are leading 6-3 and they have runners on 1st and 3rd with two outs.   Smoltz is out of the game after giving up 6 earned runs and both teams are pouring on the offense.  And look at that!  Jorge Posada making up for his baserunning gaffe earlier in the game with a 3-run homer!  Yankes up by 6 runs now.  Woo!  That finishes Smoltz' line for the evening.  3.1 innings with 7 ER on 9 hits and 4 walks.  Old man looks done to me.  Boston finally gets out of the inning.  Yankees 9, Red Sawx 3.

INTERLUDE pt II - Gia is a bit superstitious, me too.  So we are gonna watch another episode of Friday Night Lights and come back in an hour or so.  Fingers crossed! 

9:55 PM EST (Bottom of the 6th) - Our strategy of not watching the game is working.  Yanks are up 11-4 and they look like they are cruising.  Not one to mess with a good thing, we are gonna keep with our winning strategy, so...

INTERLUDE pt III - back to Friday Night Lights.  Back in an hour.

10:58 PM EST (Top of the 9th) -  OK, I really never went anywhere.  Sure, we watched a few episodes of our current favorite TV show.  But I was right here. "Watching" the game on the CBS Sports website.  It was kinda fun, actually.  Sorta like listening to the game on the radio, but with graphics.  I'm superstitious, yeah...but this game was too much fun and too important for me to ignore.  The Yankees are up 13-6 and they are one strike away from beating the Sox for the first time this year.  They really needed this game, and it puts Boston in a serious hole.  3 and 1/2 games back in the standings.  Hopefully this game set the tone for the rest of the series this weekend.

11:01 PM EST  - There it is.  Game over.  Final score 13-6.  Huge sigh of relief.  I'm going to bed!

*OK...I wasn't even really "live-blogging" the game.  I just was writing shit down here in the Blogger Editor while watching the game and Friday Night Lights.  Sue me.


Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Lamest post ever? Yeah...lamest post ever.


Water Logged Canine said...

Woo Hoo! Glad to be back Earl! This post was rather irresponsible...I mean, all this talk of the NY Jankees, but no mention of how the Dillon Panthers fared. What's the haps?

Barlinnie said...

Ahhh.. beer and baseball, oh how the other half live!

Avitable said...

You see - this is what Twitter is for!

hello haha narf said...

i am totally superstitious when it comes to sports, too. in nothing else, though. weird.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Even a blind squirrel can find a nut in the woods once in a while...

In the end good always triumphs over evil.

Verdant Earl said...

WLC - the Panthers games are the backstory to Season 2, but a couple of wins...a couple of loses. You know.

Jimmy - I think baseball would get into your soul.

Avitable - So I could bore you all with fifteen mini-posts instead of one large post? No thanks.

Becky - It's weird isn't it? I remember one post-season, 1999 I think where I watched an entire ALCS with a blanket over my head peering out of a little viewhole I made. Just because it worked in the first game. We are nuts! ;)

Candy - Let's see, 26 World Series rings for the Yankees and 7 for the Sox. So evil did triumph some of the time.

7 times.

That's not really fair as a lot of it happened before our time. How about since we were born as we are the same age? That would be 6 titles for the Yankees (1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000) and 2 for the Sucks (2004 and 2007).

Evil triumphed twice there. Hmmm. ;)

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Earlsie, you know I love you but, blah, blah, blah.

Let's get outta the stone age here.

sybil law said...

Mmmm... I love Red Stripe! :)

Verdant Earl said...

Candy - 2000 was the stone age? ;)

Sybil - it works. :)

Ookami Snow said...

Why is the baseball bat wearing a patriotic top hat?

Verdant Earl said...

Ookami - because the Yankees are America's Team, son!

Michelle said...

Did this game already happen?

Verdant Earl said...

Michelle - you call yourself a New Yorker. For shame! ;)