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Game 27: May 4, 2005
Red Sox (15-12), 4
Tigers (12-14), 3
W: Tim Wakefield (3-1)
H: Mike Timlin (6)
S: Keith Foulke (6)
L: Kyle Farnsworth (1-1)

There’s a new Bob’s Stores commercial with Tim Wakefield throwing to a regular guy who thinks he’s all ready to catch a knuckleball because he “went to fantasy camp for 5 weeks.” In short order he gets plunked in the head by Wakefield’s pitch. I have to admit I’ve entertained the thought of doing a fantasy camp, it might be terribly awkward for me. I’m five foot nothing, female, and fairly uncoordinated. The camp described in this article was composed of “130 middle-aged men, average age 46.” Camp director Ken Nigro stated that, “There is no golf or tennis or anything like that. Wooden bats, doubleheaders every day. Don’t bring your girlfriends, wife, or cousins to the field. This is baseball.” If I went, I’d be breaking down barriers while breaking open my piggy bank. Who’s with me?

Nothing like winning these games against subpar teams that we’re supposed to beat. Especially those one-run games that are so frustrating to lose. Last season the club was 16-18 in these games, and so far this season they are 4-5. These “minor” wins early in the season make a difference in the race for the pennant. (Yes, I’m thinking that far ahead.)

I haven’t been mentioning Johnny Damon much despite his 3 for 5 performance and .371 BA. Sure, he’s been a bit over-exposed, but he has been an exceptional leadoff hitter, perhaps the best in the league. It’s also good to see Mark Bellhorn and Kevin Youkilis back in the infield, both being productive in the 8 and 9-holes, respectively, and both going 2 for 3.

Consecutive series wins are possible with a win in Thursday’s day game. I hope I’ll be able to surreptitiously listen during work.

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