Last night was a complex night of television watching… and it led to all things my wife questioning my devotion to the Red Sox.
I got home yesterday evening and my kids were with the sitter. I went to the gym where the Red Sox were playing the Yankees. After Monday night’s debacle, I was kind of numb. Yeah it was Red Sox – Yankees… but as I said before, it was clear that this year the rivalry was kind of limp because the Yankees were so much better.
But while on the treadmill in my practically empty gym, I put one TV on the Red Sox/Yankees game and one on the Celtics/Magic game.
The Sox were wet from the rain and looked limp on the field. Beckett was getting smacked around AGAIN, Sabathia was pitching his way out of any jam he got in and frankly the Sox were entering a level of apathy that even Hanley Ramirez would say “Hey! Let’s pick it up!”
Meanwhile, the Celtics were playing inspired basketball.
The Celtics, who could have treated Game 2 as a Mulligan, came out blazing. They had the Magic on their heels and while they weren’t blowing them out of the building, it was clear that they wanted to head back to Boston up 2-0.
I had one team playing with the heart of a champion… and the other played with all the intensity of Frank Sinatra in The Cannonball Run 2.
So yeah, I focused on the Celtics.
And when the Celtics won and wifey came home…
it was American Idol time.
Now granted, without Siobhan nor Big Mike, it has lost some of its luster.
But my girl Crystal Bowersox is still in the running plus it is getting down to the wire.
I checked the Sox score. It was now tied 5-5.
Nope! Not doing it! You aren’t going to make me a sucker on back to back nights!
Wifey and I watched the hot guy be boring, Crystal not change the genders of “Maybe I’m Amazed” and that boring Lee guy continue to be boring but for some reason everyone loved him.
I checked my phone.
The Sox had won, 7-5.
I look over at wifey.
SULLY: The Red Sox won. They came back from a 5-1 hole against the Yankees.
WIFEY: You weren’t watching it?
SULLY: No, not after last night.
WIFEY: You aren’t a real fan!
SULLY: What are you talking about? Who follows the team like me?
WIFEY: You quit on them. If you were a real fan, you’d be watching them.
SULLY: After last night? They sh*t the bed!
WIFEY: It’s a new night! NEW SHEETS!
I sat back, realizing that as usual I wasn’t going to win an argument with my wife.
WIFEY: (Muttering.) Sully Baseball… PAH!
I can’t argue with Pah!
Let’s update the Tally.
DODGED A BULLET GAMES – 15
April 4 – 9-7 win against Yankees (On Opening Night, the Red Sox overcome a 5-1 Yankee lead with a game tying HR by Pedroia and a go ahead passed ball.)
April 10 – 8-3 win against Kansas City (Beckett out pitches Zack Greinke and nearly gets decapitated by a line drive.)
April 14 – 6-3 win in Minnesota. (Okajima gets Morneau to pop up with the bases loaded in the 7th and Papelbon wiggled out of a 9th inning jam.)
April 20 – 7-6 win against Texas. (Darnell McDonald introduces himself to Boston with an 8th inning game tying homer and a walk off hit in the 9th.)
April 21 – 8-7 win against Texas. (The Red Sox were down 4-0 early only to win it on Youk’s 2 out 11th inning double.)
April 23 – 4-3 win against Baltimore. (The Sox blow a 3-0 lead but win it on Adrian Beltre’s bases loaded walk.)
April 24 – 7-6 win against Baltimore. (The Red Sox score 6 in the 7th and hold off a late Baltimore comeback attempt.)
April 26 – 13-12 win at Toronto. (The Sox blow an early 5-0 lead but hang on for dear life in a slugfest.)
April 27 – 2-1 win at Toronto. (Buchholz holds the Jays down for 8 but it takes a bases loaded walk in the 8th to go ahead.)
April 28 – 2-0 win at Toronto. (Daniel Bard wiggles out of trouble in the 8th to help Lester shut down the Blue Jays and finish the sweep.)
May 4 – 5-1 win against the Angels. (Juan Rivera misplays Jeremy Hermedia’s 2 out flyball into a 3 run game winning double)
May 5 – 3-1 win against the Angels. (Papi and Beltre homer and the Sox hang on despite squandering many potential rallies.)
May 6 – 11-6 win against the Angels. (Dice-K puts the Red Sox in a 4-0 hole before they even bat. The Sox bats respond.)
May 10 – 7-6 win against the Blue Jays. (Sox blow an early 2-0 lead, take advantage of some errors and hang on.)
May 18 – 7-5 win in New York. (Sox climb back from a 5-1 hole. A day after hitting a walk off homer, Marcus Thames drops a fly ball to start the winning rally for the Sox.)
TEETH GRINDER GAMES – 12
– 6-4 loss against the Yankees. (Scutaro’s error leads to the winning run.)April 7
– 3-1 loss against the Yankees. (Sox leave the winning run on in the 9th only to lose on Granderson’s 10th inning homer)April 9
– 4-3 loss in Kansas City. (Bard coughs up the lead, denying Wakefield a win.)April 17
– 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. (The Sox can’t score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the 11th… lost it in the 12th.)April 17
– 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay. (The Red Sox comeback falls a run short, leaving two on in the 8th)April 25
– 7-6 loss to Baltimore. (The Sox blow a 4-1 lead, leave the winning run on second in the 9th, let up 3 in the 10th and could only score 2 in the bottom of the 10th)April 30
– 5-4 loss in Baltimore. (Tejada ties the game with a 2 out 8th inning homer and wins it with a bloop in the 10th)May 1
– 12-9 loss in Baltimore. (Dice-K and Wakes get pounded, wasting 2 homers from Ortiz and an early 4-1 lead.)May 2
– 3-2 loss in Baltimore. (Varitek is thrown at home trying to score with 2 outs in the 8th. Sox get swept in the 10th.May 12
– 3-2 loss against the Blue Jays. (The Sox rally in the 9th comes up a run short and Kevin Gregg gets an ugly save.)May 15
– 7-6 loss in Detroit. (The Sox blow a 6-1 lead and lose it on a 2 out bases loaded walk in the 12th.)May 17
– 11-9 loss in New York. (The Sox come all the way back from a 5-0 first inning hole to take a 9-7 lead in the 9th… but Papelbon lets up a 2 run game tying shot to A-Rod and a 2 run walk off shot to Marcus Thames.)
Doesn’t it seem like they’ve had more heartbreakers this year?
Evidently they haven’t
OK, bring on the Twins… I’ll be watching.