A View from Section 139

There are many americans who enjoy the game and root for only one team. The other 29 teams do not matter to them. In most cases they could not name a player on another team. I really enjoy watching baseball and I love to watch all the teams play. With each game there is a chance you will see something new. That is what makes the game great.   One never knows when the players you heckle on the other team becomes the guy you root for when  comes over to your team.

 It is the start of the weekend and so many games to watch. However, my goodness, is it necessary for everyone outside of
Boston and
New York to be forced to see the 3-game series on national television for the entire weekend?

  • ESPN’s Friday Night Baseball with the Baseball Tonight studio crew calling the game. (The worst play-by-play I have heard in a long time, I mean, it wasn’t really play-by-play. Just three men enjoying the game and pretending that they were working. Thanks Dusty for trying to provide us with some analysis).
  • On Saturday, FOX Sports Game of the Week. By the way, your local teams will be “blacked-out” on television as well as on MLB.TV. That’s right, at least last year; we had a few weeks to enjoy the games on Saturdays before FOX’s national monopoly coverage took effect. Not so this year, I mean, why wait, let’s flex our muscles “right off the bat”! I have always enjoyed going to the Saturday afternoon 1:05 pm games. By 4 pm, we are leaving the ballpark and getting on with your life. However, in 2007, someone somewhere decided that since they had the power, they would force some teams to start their games at 6:30 pm instead.
  • To cap off our wonderful weekend of Sports, ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. More Yankees- Red Sox.

OK so Friday’s game was interesting. The Yankees were up 6-2 heading to the bottom of the 8th inning. A-Rod already the hero, (2hr, 2B). The Yankees were already planning how to celebrate their game1 win. But wait, here comes “Sand Man” in the bottom of the 8th to get 5 outs. No problem, big lead, Mr. Automatic, put up that “W.”Then… shades of last Sunday in
Oakland! Yankees leading the Athletics 4-2, two out, two on, we look at the scoreboard – Magic Marco, “Mr. Clutch”- walking towards the plate. “Did I see that right, Avg. . . 050. That is not even an average, better if it was .000. On top of that, he is 1-20 coming to the plate…I thought for sure, no hope, Yankees once again trounce the A’s.It gets even better, Marco – 0-2, hits a screaming line drive…foul! OK, so Marco has one more shot to at least get a hit. I thought next pitch for sure, he’s gone, and all the fans go home with another disappointing loss. For sure, there is no way that Marco can avoid Mariano’s signature pitch –  ” The Cutter”. With all the confidence in the world, Mariano steps up to the rubber and unleashes his pitch….. And then it happened before we knew what was going on. In the blink of an eye, game over….. Off the left field foul pole, 3-run shot, everyone in the Coliseum on their feet, screaming like maniacs in disbelief. The A’s defeat the Yankees 5-4 and Mariano walks off the mound shaking his head in disbelief. “What just happened here?” Sandman that will be recorded in the box scores as a “blown save.” You don’t see too many of those beside his name.So back to Friday’s game and Mariano has a chance to redeem himself. What better place to do it than at Fenway. Crowd on their feet, clapping and cheering, it doesn’t get any better than this….But, it was not to be, at least not this time…….5 runs in the bottom of the 8 and the Red Sox come from behind to win the game. Oops, another blown save in back-to-back starts. If he was shocked in
Oakland, then he was really stunned at Fenway. I am sure he had whiplash spinning around to watch the balls race to the outfield to score some more runs.Now all the excuses will come, “He hasn’t pitched in a number of days”,  “his arm was not fresh.” “He was asked to get 5 outs”, “he was scared by the Ugly Green Uniforms of the Red Sox”. What was that anyway? OK, so it was in honor of Red Auerbach,

Fenway
Park, whatever. The team just looked like a bunch of Leprechauns. But you know what, they got the win and that is all that matters.To add insult to injury, every time I turn the TV on to watch the sports highlights, I see A-Rod’s homer going over the fence and CoCo Crisp falling into the bullpen from all different camera angles. Enough already. Just to think there are 18 more such encounters before we get to October.At this point nobody cared that the
Oakland A’s had just scored 16 runs off
Texas in the first meeting with an old friend, Ron Washington. But I do have to admit, that I can’t help but watch the Yankees- Red Sox games. You never know what you might miss. To think I rooted for the Yankees when I lived in
New York. Once I moved West, I was “healed” from the curse of the Yankees at McAfee Coliseum, by the laying on of hands. Just when I thought I have enough Yankees-Red Sox for the month of April, the two teams will meet again next weekend, this time in the
Bronx. I am sure that Mariano will be looking to redeem himself in front of his home crowd. I am sure he will be OK; it is a long, long way to go before October. Who knows, he may not have to wait until next weekend! There are still 2 more chances to record his first Save of 2007, before we all go back to work on Monday. See ya later! 

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