The Baseball Desert

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Ball-scratchin' baseball

For someone like me, who has a tendency to "wax poetic and lyrical about "the beautiful game"", Beth's post on yesterday's Red Sox game is a timely reminder that the game is not played in A. Bartlett Giamatti's "Green Fields of the Mind" but on a real baseball diamond:
[...] for people who want to see nasty, sweaty, snarling, chaw-spittin', ball-scratchin' baseball every once in a while, tonight's game was an instant Redneck Classic.
It reminded me of a chapter from one of Thomas Boswell's books which, if I remember correctly, is entitled "It Wasn't Pretty But It Sure Was Fun".

The Yankees maintained their 6 1/2 game lead in the AL East with a 5-4 win over the Indians. Baseball Desert favourite Coco Crisp made a fantastic catch to rob Kenny Lofton of his 2,000th career hit. It was one of those vicious line drives that looks sure to fall in safe, but Crisp dived to his right and made a great back-handed catch. It wasn't enough to keep the Indians in the game, but it was a priceless play, if only because it shut Michael Kay up for a second: "Aaaaaand there it is....Noooo, what a play by Crisp!"