I started watching the Yankee game while at Carpool last night for a happy hour in celebration of Jesseca’s 30th birthday. When I left there sometime around 9 PM, the score was 2-1 Red Sox. When I got home sometime around 10 PM, the score was 5-2 Red Sox. It was the 6th inning and already the game was three hours long. But the time the game got to the 8th inning the score was 7-2 Red Sox and I was considering giving up watching.
I’m glad I didn’t.
In the top of the 8th, the Yankees scored 6 runs, a couple of those runs off of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was brought in to stop the bleeding. The Yanks came out of the inning with an 8-7 lead and with Mariano Rivera closing the game for them, that was the final score. The Yanks beat the Red Sox in Boston and closed to within 4-1/2 games of them for the division. You should have heard me whooting and hollering during that 8th inning. It was so much fun!
Incidentally, the 9-inning game lasted 4 hours 43 minutes–two minutes shy of the record for a nine inning game, set by the the Yankees and Red Sox last year. I didn’t get to bed until after midnight.
That was some 7th inning the Yanks ended up having last night. I flipped on the radio and listened to part of it and after they’d went up 4-2 I figured they’d win the game. I had no idea that they’d score 8 in the inning and that A-Rod would hit 2 HR in the same inning. They are now 6 back of the Red Sox and 3 ahead in the wild card.
Just into the office. We have a softball practice at lunch today in preparation for the playoffs on Saturday. Otherwise, I’m spending my day on application design work and requirements documentation. I have no meetings today! (But I have 5 hours worth of meetings tomorrow, including meetings from 11 AM – 3 PM straight.)
Update: Turns out the Yanks scored 8 runs in the 7th inning. I’ve modified the subject line of this entry appropriately.
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Well, the Yankees/Red Sox game is not on TV tonight, but once the sun went down here, I was able to clearly pick up 880 AM in New York so I can listen to the game!
I was able to catch part of last night’s game and watch them win their 8th game in a row and finally win themselves into a winning record. Hopefully they can keep it up.
I got a pretty good night’s sleep last night and I was up at about 7:30 this morning, and spent some time browsing online. In noticed that Tangent Online recently reviewed issue #4 of Intergalactic Medicine Show, touching briefly on each story in the issue. (In fact, the magazine has reviewed all of the first 4 issues of IGMS.)
Jen’s train looks like it will be arriving 5 minutes early; she’s scheduled to get in at 10:15. We plan on heading to Georgetown for brunch, and then up to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor later this afternoon. (And we have dinner reservations at Ruth’s Chris up in the Inner Harbor; I am craving their steak!)
I’m about 500 pages through In Joy Still Felt. I probably won’t quite finish it by the 30th, but it will be close. I’m taking a break from it today in order to catch up on magazines. I’m trying to read through the magazines that I receive as close to the day that I receive them as I can. I have two on which to go through today, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN and mental_floss. Rather than lug my big book downtown with me, I’m taking the magazines and see how much I can get through.
It’s overcast right now, but it should be comfortable today, with highs reaching near 70 degrees. I noted that on Tuesday, the highs here in the Metro, D.C. area will hit 91 degrees! (And less than a month earlier, it was still freezing and snowing!)
Yanks dropped their 7th in a row, giving them the dubious honor of having the 2nd worst record in all of baseball (Kansas City is still the worse, but perhaps not for long). I love my Yankees, but I am simply not as emotionally attached this year because I can’t afford to invest the time watching every game as I did last year. Still, I have every confidence that they will turn things around and sports writers will be talking about their incredible comeback after such an abysmal start to the season.
Do you really think any friend or family member would fail to inform me of such an event, knowing that I was not going to be able to stay up to watch the game? Doug was the first to text me and all his text said was, “Wow, back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs,” which left me guessing as to who might have hit them, although I suspected it was not the Yankees.
But as if you needed further proof of how awesome my experience on Saturday was, I was (and am) still on a high from it and the home runs and even the Red Sox sweep did not bother me in the least (although, I’ll admit that if it were closer to the post season, it might have).
I hope that people will finally shutup about A-Rod’s performance now that he has his 10th homerun in 20 days and his 2nd walk-off homerun this season. (And there are still 10 days left in April.)
Even The Post is giving A-Rod good press. (Which is more than they are doing for the likes of Alec Baldwin. (Be sure to listen to the voicemail message he left for his daughter which has gotten him into some hot water.)
I watched portions of the Yankees game today, but since I was reading, I didn’t watch the whole thing. I checked the score late in the game and saw that the Orioles were winning 7-6 in the bottom of the 9th inning with 2 outs, bases loaded and A-Rod up to the plate, so I turned the TV on just in time see A-Rod, on a 1-2 pitch, take a ball deep, into the black seats in center field for a walk off grand slam home run, and his second home run of the game. Yankees win 10-7. It looked to me like A-Rod had tears in his eyes when he crossed the plate. It was awesome!
I got home from work and pulled the lawn mower out of the garage for the first time this year. The lawn was in pretty bad shape–meaning the grass was pretty tall, especially in the back. It took about an hour, but I got it all mowed. There’s something about a freshly mowed lawn that reminds me of a brand new haircut. It just looks good!
I then settled down to watch the opening day Yankees game, which I had TiVo’d earlier today. I went through the whole day not looking at the scores. And then, going up to the parking lot at the metro station, I saw another Yankee fan who said to me that A-Rod had just hit a homerun. So I knew that about 3 hours into the game, A-Rod hit one out. Actually, I’m glad I TiVo’d it because I was able to watch a 3 hour game in about 90 minutes. The Yanks won 9-5. Good game. I say “MOwing” them down because, even though it wasn’t a save situation, Mariano Rivera was brought in for the 9th and struck out all three batters he faced. How’s that for a season debut.
(And to make matters even better, the Red Sox are losing to Kansas City 6-1 in the 8th!)
POST SCRIPT: I didn’t wear gloves when mowing the lawn as I usually do and I’ve got a big-ass blister on the middle of my right hand. That’s going to make the chest press tomorrow a little uncomfortable.
I got the renewal for me and Dad’s Orioles season tickets for 2007 and the price of the tickets did not go up! Instead of 3 Yankee games next year, there are two; there are two games with Boston as well.