I apologize for the lack of posts, I’ve been travelling for the past week. And normally, this should be of no interest to my loyal Dirty Watah readers (thanks Mom!) but it was for my yearly pilgrimage back to Fenway.
Kim and I took a little detour into the heart of MFY country first. We were there for the weekend, and managed to be in NY for only one of the three games (the one where the Sox beat the snot out of the MFY). I haven’t been in NY during baseball season in awhile, but I forgot exactly how little Manhattan cares about their $200M payroll. Wandering around Manhattan I could count the number of MFY hats I saw using both hands and feet, and 2/3 of those hats were the flat-brim-still-with-the-New-Era-sticker on them variety. In other words the “I wear this to look cool, but couldn’t name two members of the MFY rotation” crowd. I’ve been to Europe and China in the past two years and I saw a higher ratio of MFY hats to heads there than in Manhattan.
We arrived in Boston last Sunday just in time for first pitch. Or, just in time for Beckett to give up a home run to Jeter. If Beckett doesn’t fix his “mechanical” problems (I put it in quotes since I hope it’s mechanical and not really an injury), even if the Sox do make the playoffs it’s gonna be a quick exit. My real question during that game is, wtf is wrong with Damon and Swisher?
You’re on national TV you idiots! You couldn’t just come up with a handshake? Who knows, maybe their handshake would be worse. Maybe they’d make a circle with the thumb and index finger on their left hand, then push their right hand through it and high-five.
So Kim, Kim’s family and I went to one of the White Sox games. No, not the one where Jacoby broke the single-season steals record. And not the one where we all got to welcome walkoff-HR-machine Big Papi back to Fenway. Not even the one where Nick GREEEEEEN pitched (although Kim was there later in the week). We saw the one where Buchholz looked awful, but Jose Contreras was even worse and allowed six unearned runs in a single inning. But a win is a win, and after seeing the Sox lose three times this season, twice in the 12th inning, I was happy to see any victory by the Sox in person.
Speaking of welcoming people back, how about a big ovation for Paul Byrd. Remember when our pitching staff was “too deep”? Now we’re bringing in pitchers who were throwing BP for their son’s 12 year old Little League team earlier in the season. Maybe it was good practice for him though, since the 12-year olds may bat better than the Blue Jays. What else can explain his six inning, no run performance on Sunday?
Anyways, it’s good to be home, and hopefully post again regularly. And maybe if we’re lucky I can welcome back another trip to the post season soon with the real Josh Beckett. Oh, and here are some more pictures I took at Fenway: