Can that count as TWO teeth grinders?

I may not have any teeth left.

I was at work today and I saw the Sox were up 4 before the Indians even came to bat… and up 5-0 after 2 with Jon Lester on the mound.
I relaxed. It was just what this Red Sox fan ordered. A simple win. I had to drive home from the Fox lot to Pasadena which is a b*tch of a drive and the Celtics and Lakers were on. I didn’t want to have to worry about the Sox.
Then it was 5-3… then 6-5. By the time I was stuck in traffic the Sox were behind and unable to get a hit.
Teeth grinding. You kidding me? The Sox win the first two games, have Buchholz and Lester ready to go and you can’t hold a 5-0 lead?
I had called Jon Lester a Cy Young front runner. By the time I was on the 110, I would have more faith if Willie Tyler and Lester were pitching.
So now I am disgusted… With the Celtics at half time and me in traffic, I hear the Sox feebly being shutdown by Kerry Wood in the 9th. With 2 strikes and 2 outs J. D. Drew gets plunked. Then Adrian Beltre homers.
Sox lead! I hear the Red Sox get 2 outs in the 9th as I pull into my garage in South Pasadena. HUZZAH! The Sox did it! They pulled off the come from behind win.
I spend the rest of the night with a spring in my step knowing the Sox won. And then wifey and I went our favorite sushi joint and I watched the last quarter of the Celtics game.
When THAT game was over, I just happened to check the baseball scores on my phone.
8-7 Indians. Bard gets the loss.
I almost threw up my sushi.
I don’t even know how they lost and I don’t want to know. I saw a bunch of rowdy Laker fans get quiet and angry and nothing will take away from my joy about that.
Let’s update the tally.

DODGED A BULLET GAMES – 20

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.)
May 25 – 2-0 win in Tampa. (Big Papi supplies all the offense as Papelbon wiggles out of a 9th inning jam.)
May 29 – 1-0 win against Kansas City. (Zack Greinke holds the Sox to one run, but they make it stick)
June 1 – 9-4 win against Oakland. (Lackey puts the Sox in a 4-0 hole but Victor Martinez goes 5-5 and the Sox score 9 runs late.)
June 2 – 6-4 win against Oakland. (Dice-K puts the Sox in a 3-0 hole before they come to bat, but come back thanks to Papi’s homer.)
June 8 – 3-2 win at Cleveland. (With Papelbon unavailable, Okajima, Ramirez and Bard hang on to make a winner out of Wakefield.)
TEETH GRINDER GAMES – 18

April 6 – 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.)
May 21 – 5-1 loss in Philadelphia. (Big Papi’s bid for a game tying 9th inning grand slam is caught at the warning track.)
May 274-3 loss to Kansas City. (Dice-K walks the go ahead run in and lets another score on a wild pitch as the Royals no name bullpen shut down the Hot Sox.)
May 28 – 12-5 loss to Kansas City. (Sox blow a 3-0 first inning lead to be blown out in Fenway.)
June 3 – 9-8 loss to Oakland. (Sox lose a slugfest where two Boston runners are thrown out at home.)

June 6 – 4-3 loss in Baltimore. (Sox rally to tie the game in the 9th only to lose it on a small ball rally in the 11th.)

June 10 – 8-7 loss in Cleveland. (Sox blow an early 5-0 lead and then after rallying in the 9th to take the lead coughed it up with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th)

Down to +2.

Thank goodness for the Celtics

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Victor Martinez gave me a heart attack… and tested my parenting skills


When I drove home to South Pasadena tonight, I was listening to the Red Sox on my beloved XM Radio. And it was clear that this was going to be yet another “dead from the neck up” night for the Red Sox offense.

Kevin Millwood was all but begging the Red Sox to get a big hit off of him… and they wouldn’t oblige.

And Jon Lester who let up an early homer was going to be a tough luck loser.

So I came home and had dinner with my wife, my kids and my wife’s friend was is staying over with HER two kids.

So now there are 4 kids in our home… one 9 year old, my two 4 year olds and a 1 year old.

We have dinner, take a walk… and check my phone and the Red Sox are still losing in the 9th. I am preparing my Sully Baseball entry in my head where I talk about how this is gut check time.

We get home and the kids are getting antsy and clearly need a bath, get their PJs on and have stories… and all of those are MY jobs.

The kids play with their toys for a minute as I see the Red Sox are rallying, so I flip on MLB.tv in time to see a mind bogglingly confusing play.

Literally I clicked on the view and I saw the Rangers left fielder jumping up. I couldn’t see if he caught it or not. The scoreboard said 4-3 Rangers and there were two Red Sox players rounding third.

Wow… maybe the Red Sox were going to take the lead. Who was the skinny Red Sox player rounding third?

Please tell me Ellsbury.
Or at least Green.

I heard the announcer say Buchholz.

Buchholz? CLAY Buchholz? Does he even know how to run the bases?

Evidently not!

He was smoked at the plate.

Still confused by what the hell was going on (did the guy catch it? Why were there two guys rounding third? Why in the name of Dave Roberts was Clay Buchholz running?) I saw the score was now 4-4.

I guess someone scored earlier… yeah it is too bad to see the go ahead run shot down but at least the score was tied… RIGHT?

Nope.
Some dope at the Rangers TV network jumped the gun and gave the Sox the score.

So now I didn’t even know what the score was.

It was still 4-3 Rangers… the Red Sox 1 out from losing and falling behind in the Wild Card race and two strikes quickly on Victor Martinez.

And I heard my wife saying “Shirts off pants off… time for baths.” So I was in full “Come on Victor… get me a big hit so I can give my kids a bath!”
So naturally he kept fouling off pitch… 
After pitch…
And I could see I had to turn the game off at any second to give my kids a bath.
I started thinking “Oh please misbehave!” A quick “I’m NOT talking a bath” could sneak an extra few minutes here.
Finally my children were marching up the stairs naked to their bath and Martinez fouled one more off.
There was no avoiding it… but I couldn’t think “Oh just make an out and end this game.”
Karmically I couldn’t root for a loss just so I can give my kids a guilt free bath.
Finally V-Mart (what an awful nickname) delivered a 2 run double down the line… giving me hope for the Red Sox… keeping the Sox in the playoff hunt… and most importantly allowing me to give my kids a good solid bath.

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