The Baseball Desert

Monday, April 09, 2007


This is why he's back in the 'pen. So that seven solid innings from Schiling and two homers from Papi don't get flushed down the toilet by a rash of Texas Rangers who had no business occupying all three bases in the eighth inning.

I'm not one for quoting ESPN's broadcast team on a regular basis, but Jon Miller said it pretty well: "That's no three-run-lead, starting-the-ninth-inning-with-the-bases-empty save. That is a big league save." One out in the eighth, tying and go-ahead runs on base. 15 pitches, 3 strikeouts and 2 flyouts later, we had ourselves the first jump-up-off-the-sofa moment of the season, and the game was in the bag.

Now we have yet another off-day before what is possibly the best day of the whole season: Opening Day at Fenway Park. The family has been warned (and bribed with the promise of Domino's Pizza and Ben & Jerry's ice-cream): at 8pm CET tomorrow, the TV is mine, and this little piece of the Paris suburbs will have an 02215 zip code.

Obsessive Anal-Retentive Game Counter: 6