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Rocky Mountain Fly

The Red Sox still have the best record in the American League even though they lost to the Rockies. If only they could have won it for this little girl, who wore her little Red Sox dictator cap, player tee, beard, everything. She may have gone home disappointed, but she had the opportunity to witness the majesty of John Lackey batting. He didn’t notch a hit but he made contact multiple times. Dennis Eckersley would say he was styling at the plate. Unfortunately Lackey didn’t have his party cheese; he surrendered three gopher balls Mike Timlin had a total of seven career plate appearances with no hits or walks and four strikeouts. He wasn’t as chatty as Eckersley or Derek Lowe but made succinct observations. “That bat didn’t die a hero’s death,” he said as the splinters of David Ortiz’s shattered bat ground out in the fourth were carried through the dugout. At first I thought the Rockies had a subtle outline of their namesake mountain range on their hats. Then I realized that Tyler Chatwood’s hat has sweat stains. In Soviet Russia scoreboard watches you. Game 158: September 24, 2013 Boston Red Sox95-63 3 L: John Lackey (10-13) 2B:...

Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation Extravaganza

Or as Dustin Pedroia calls it, “laser show.” Ramon Ramirez took a head-clearing stroll through the forests of center field in the first inning. He must have known the bullpen would be in for a busy evening after witnessing Daisuke Matsuzaka’s laborious first inning in which he faced eight batters but still allowed just two runs. The Red Sox starter lasted only five innings mainly because of his strenuous first frame. Manny Delcarmen took the mound in the sixth with his team leading 6-2 and proceeded to load the bases and fail to get an out. Hideki Okajima allowed all three of Delcarmen’s runners score; the third run charged to his teammate’s tab came when he failed to cover first quickly enough on Miguel Olivo’s grounder to David Ortiz. What should have been the third out became a bases-loading single. With the score 6-5 Ian Stewart golfed a single to shallow center to plate two runners for the lead. The visiting lineup took their pent-up frustration from the previous two games out on the Rockies relief corps, scoring three runs in the seventh for the lead. Pedroia hit his second homer in the eighth for a pair of insurance runs,...

Late Arrivals

I watched what I could of the United States’ final group round match against Algeria. When Landon Donovan fired the winning goal to the back of the net I let out an involuntary whoop. I thought I contained myself; I couldn’t tell how loud I was because I had my earbuds firmly ensconced. Two people came running to my cube wondering if I was okay. “The US just scored a goal!” I exclaimed, my voice shaking with excitement and relief. “They’re going to the knockout round!” I am by no means a soccer maven, although I do know the word “soccer” originated in England and is an abbreviation of “association football,” described as such to differentiate it from “rugby football,” which is also called “rugger.” But I knew more than those particular people I alarmed, so I ended up having to explain as best I could why America would advance but that their opponent was not yet determined. Today two different people, both who sit about 50 feet away from me, said they heard “somebody” yell when the United States went ahead. I sheepishly admitted it was me. Later that evening I yelled for a different reason. Jonathan Papelbon blew...

Rocky Mountain Slight

Dustin Pedroia looked for the security guard that denied him entrance to Coors Field during the 2007 World Series but couldn’t find him. Unfortunately, the Red Sox second baseman also couldn’t find his laser gun: he went 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout. Jhoulys Chacin pitched as if he were teammate Ubaldo Jimenez, shutting out Boston’s hot lineup for 6⅔ innings to the tune of 4 hits, 5 walks, and 5 strikeouts. The Red Sox had a chance to score in the third with Mike Cameron’s leadoff single but the center fielder was caught stealing. After Cameron’s wasted out Josh Reddick singled, Jon Lester sac bunted, and Marco Scutaro and Pedroia got free passes. The Rockies nearly squandered their scoring chance in the fifth. Chris Nelson singled (his first major league hit) and Clint Barmes walked but Chacin struck out on three bunt attempts. Lester induced a fly out to right for the second out and all he had to do was face the slumping Todd Helton for the final out. Helton is a shadow of his former self but managed to line the ball to Reddick for a run. Ryan Spilborghs returned the favor in the bottom of...


World Series Game 4: October 28, 2007 Red Sox 4 W: Jon Lester (1-0)H: Manny Delcarmen (1)H: Mike Timlin (2)H: Hideki Okajima (4)S: Jonathan Papelbon (4) ALDS: 3-0ALCS: 4-3World Series: 4-0 Rockies 3 L: Aaron Cook (0-1) NLDS: 3-0NLCS: 4-0World Series: 0-4 Highlights: As much as I mocked them, the Rockies and their fans should be given credit. The club made a historic run to get into the postseason. Their fans came along for the ride when it became apparent the squad was something special, but perhaps for some of them watching this series will more than temporarily displace the Broncos in their hearts. This could be their 1967. But this is our 2007. I wish I were the dancing Jonathan Papelbon sign. Somehow that masterwork made its way West and jounced joyously in the stands as the Boston Red Sox won their seventh World Series championship. If I were that sign swaying high above the crowd, I could at least see the on-field celebrations unfold. Because of my height the typical view for me is peoples’ shoulders and elbows. If I were the dancing Papelbon sign I’d stand at attention as Trisha Yearwood sang the anthem. I would...

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World Series Game 3: October 27, 2007 Red Sox 10 W: Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1)H: Mike Timlin (1)H: Hideki Okajima (3)S: Jonathan Papelbon (3) ALDS: 3-0ALCS: 4-3World Series: 3-0 Rockies 5 L: Josh Fogg (0-1) NLDS: 3-0NLCS: 4-0World Series: 0-3 Highlights: While watching the game I replaced the Rockies fans’ “Tulo” chant with “Lugo,” and I didn’t even need a Jumbotron to tell me when to do so. Not only did Lugo go 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs but he played a stellar game at short. In the fifth Colorado had the makings of a rally with men on first and second and one out. Lugo ranged to his right on Kazuo Matsui’s ground ball and snagged it in between hops, using his momentum towards third to shovel the ball to Mike Lowell to erase the lead runner. With two runs plated and more threatening, Lugo elevated on pinch hitter Jeff Baker’s line drive to end the inning and preserve the lead. So far this series there has been a drubbing and a duel. Last night’s tilt became a nail-biter before devolving into another rout. The Rockies may not have delivered the highest quality of competition but at...


World Series Game 2: October 25, 2007 Rockies 1 L: Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1) NLDS: 3-0NLCS: 4-0World Series: 0-2 Red Sox 2 W: Curt Schilling (3-0)H: Hideki Okajima (2)S: Jonathan Papelbon (2) ALDS: 3-0ALCS: 4-3World Series: 2-0 Highlights: The Terry Francona Special Postseason Limited Edition Action Figure with Quick Hook Action™ is a wonder to behold. In a regular season game Francona would have pressed his luck with his favored veteran pitcher and who knows what would have happened after Matt Holliday’s one-out single and Todd Helton’s eight-pitch base on balls. Instead, Schilling was pulled with two men on in the sixth and Okajima pitched to the next seven Rockies hitters flawlessly. Papelbon tallied his second multi-inning playoff save, striking out two and picking off Holliday while doing so. Matt Holliday, the NL MVP candidate, smoked a liner so close to Jonathan Papelbon that it took all the closer’s dancing prowess to avoid the imprint of stitches on his torso. Dustin Pedroia doggedly tracked down the grounder and rolled his wrist while tumbling near the outer lip of the outfield dirt. The second baseman came up with the ball too late; Julio Lugo’s voice above the din told his fellow...


World Series Game 1: October 24, 2007 Rockies 1 L: Jeff Francis (2-1) NLDS: 3-0NLCS: 4-0World Series: 0-1 Red Sox 13 W: Josh Beckett (4-0) ALDS: 3-0ALCS: 4-3World Series: 1-0 Highlights: Carl Yastrzemski throwing out the ceremonial pitch along with his 1967 teammates summoned the specter of that well-fought World Series. The warrior nonpareil from that year belonged to the enemy camp. I have only heard stories of Bob Gibson and his postseason dominance. Until I looked up his numbers I almost didn’t believe them, but those remarkable nine starts happened: seven complete games, one 10-inning tilt, and one eight-inning loss. Ninety-two strikeouts, 16 bases on balls, two World Series MVP awards. Gibson has six starts with a game score of 75 or more. Beckett has four, two each from 2003 and 2007. Last night Beckett’s game score was “only” 69 and the Rockies had many hard outs that fortuitously fell into defenders’ gloves. But the seven-inning, nine-strikeout win further solidified Beckett’s big game reputation, chiseling his name into a prestigious monument to playoff pitching excellence. This time, the chiefest combatant plays for the Red Sox. Watching Dustin Pedroia launch a leadoff longball into the Monster seats in the...

Rocky Mountain Sigh

Shocking photographic proof that the Red Sox can beat the Rockies below. The images that follow may be disturbing for some audiences. Click on the picture for a larger version. Sound booth employee poised for best moment to unleash “Rocky Mountain High.” Something new: playing Supertramp’s “Goodbye Stranger” during visiting team’s pitching changes. “Where is that damn “COL” sign from 2002? Did one of you guys use it to make colon jokes again?” Manny deep in repose. Oh noes teh yankeez r comin One way to paint the corners. Or should I have gone with “the easy way to tag home”? Office worker unchained: conservative striped shirt underneath, wacky tie-dye on top. Picking the daisies. Touching the sky. Local boys Chris Iannetta and Josh Fogg enjoy Fenway. Hugs and hand pounds in the dugout. The butterfly emerges. Mike Lowell warns Terry Francona of the perils of the hidden ball trick. Bruce Froemming will retire at the end of this season. He didn’t get hit by a foul ball that evening. “Come on, DeMarlo. I can totally steal home.” Jonathan Papelbon in full stride. It really did happen. Sadly, just once....


Game 64: June 13, 2007 Rockies 12 W: Josh Fogg (2-5) 33-33, 1 game winning streak6-11-4 series record Red Sox 2 L: Curt Schilling (6-3) 41-23, 1 game losing streak15-5-2 series record Highlights: Mike Lowell atoned for his run-scoring error in the second (his 12th of the season) with his 12th homer of the season in the bottom of the same inning. The only other Red Sox run came with three consecutive singles by Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, and Manny Ramirez in the third. Well, that was a brief stint for Dustin Pedroia leading off. Using his numbers against Josh Fogg (5-11 with two home runs), Terry Francona started Alex Cora at second instead of the rookie and had the utility man batting eighth. Julio Lugo remained in the nine-hole but Coco Crisp led off, meaning the lineup’s poorest producers were back-to-back. Fogg was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on December 13, 1976. When I went to Tuesday’s game I noticed he and Chris Iannetta, who was born in Providence, were soaking in Fenway’s atmosphere. For Fogg it seemed that playing in his birth state inspired him to transcend his 1-5 record and 5.06 ERA. By the time Fogg left...


Game 63: June 12, 2007 Rockies 1 L: Aaron Cook (4-3) 31-33, 1 game losing streak6-11-4 series record Red Sox 2 W: Tim Wakefield (6-7)S: Jonathan Papelbon (15) 41-22, 1 game winning streak15-5-2 series record Highlights: Terry Francona constructed a reasonable lineup at last. Now that the team is back in town, did Theo Epstein hover over Francona’s shoulder as the field manager arranged the local nine on the chart? Because having Dustin Pedroia (.314 BA, .395 OBP, .436 slugging) and Kevin Youkilis (.335, .421, .524) in front of David Ortiz instead of Julio Lugo (.215, .274, .322) and Coco Crisp (.225, .281, .300) is a fine sight to see in person. Thanks to some last minute internetting, I got one ticket in section 29 for last night’s game. I know that grandstand seats are a mixed bag, but I felt so fortunate to snag admittance to the opening game of this interleague series I didn’t quibble or scour FenwayData to see if I purchased one of those obstructed view seats that aren’t labeled as such by the powers that be. I was there early enough to scope out row 10 from sections  28 through 31. I was pleasantly...


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