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Home » April 2007 Game CommentsApril 2007 » Nought


Game 10: April 14, 2007
Angels 0 L: Hector Carrasco (0-1) 6-6, 3 game losing streak
1-1-1 series record
WinRed Sox 8 W: Curt Schilling (2-1) 6-4, 2 game winning streak
1-1-0 series record
Highlights: Schilling baffled the Angels offense for eight solid innings with a line of 4 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts. Carrasco made his first start for the Angels; Carrasco’s first career start was with the Red Sox on October 1, 2000. Both third baseman made tremendous plays: Mike Lowell in the third on Jose Molina’s screamer and Maicer Izturis in the fifth robbed Jason Varitek of extra bases.

Fox, Fox, all the same
McCarver do some other game
If you don’t, we’ll still smile
Bemused by your lack of guile

I logged on to MLB.TV to relive the wonder that is Tim McCarver only to discover that the archived online highlights of the game have someone else doing the voice over. I’m certain that humanity will be eliminated by an intelligent species residing elsewhere in the universe because a broadcast by McCarver will have made its way to their corner of creation and they simply could not allow such inanity to exist.

The old coot just can’t let a broadcast go by without chiding the Red Sox and their fans. McCarver called the crowd at Fenway “studious,” but Dick Stockton did point out that they were probably subdued because they trying to keep warm.

Ah, yes, those tormented, bedraggled Red Sox fans, already admitting defeat in the first inning. They bah-humbugged the bases loaded in the second inning and threw up their arms in despair as their team came up fruitless. They barely roused themselves in the third inning as the first runs of the game scored thanks to Gary Matthews, Jr.’s error; they knew those two runs were ill-earned and would be futile.

The run by Dustin Pedroia in the fourth also came because of an Angel’s miscue rather than by any dint of effort by the home team. David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez did have those consecutive RBI singles in the sixth, but you really would expect such sluggers to stroke extra base hits in such situations.

So, there was the three-run dinger into the batter’s eye seats by Ortiz in the eighth, but that was probably aided by the wind.

My opinion on Fox presentations are elegantly summarized by two fans they gave screen time. J.D. Drew snagged the last out of the top of the eighth and gave the ball to a guy right near Pesky’s Pole. The recipient reveled, standing tall, arms outstretched with beer in one hand and ball in the other, right in the face of his friend. His ball-less friend pointedly gave him the finger.

Oh, those studious Fenway fans.

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