Monday, October 6, 2008



Beckett, making his 1st start since the loss against the Indians that I went to with Tony and Gamma, had a shaky outing, giving up 2 home runs to Mike Napoli and getting a no decision in the loss which went to Javiar Lopez who gave up a double a sac bunt and a hit scoring Napoli in the top of the 12th. The Sox left the bases loaded and runners in scoring position in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th inning. I watched the 1st 5 innings at McGillicudy's and then came home to listen to the end at home on the snugli couch.


I listened to this game complelety at home on the radio. It was very exciting, Lester pitching strong, few hits by either team, then in the 5th the Sox score 2 on hits by Varitek, Ellsbury and Pedroia. Lester is lights out but comes out after the 7th and Okijima gets the 2 outs and gives up a walk before he is lifted for Masterson to face Guerrero. Masterson gets ahead 0-2 but ends up walking him and then a wild pitch to Hunter puts men on 2nd and 3rd. Hunter rips a base hit to right and 2 runs score. Fenway is as silent as a tomb. Especially after the Sox go 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 8th. YTop ninth, the Angels lead off with a double, I start to get ready for a loss and the thoughts that maybe this is not our year, too many injuries, a shaky bullpen...Pinch runner comes in, he's bunted to third. One out. Manny Delcarmen is pitching. The angels go for the aqueeze play but the better misses the bunt and Tek chases the runner back to third and gets him out with a diving tag. Fenway explodes. On the next pitch the batter grounds out to 1st. The crowd roar is deafening. On one play the momentum has shifted 180 degrees.

Bottom of the 9th: Drew strikes out, Bay follows with a double. Kotsay lines the 1st pitch down the 1st base line, a sure base hit but Texiera makes a sensational play. Joe Castiglione is goping on about how the Sox were inches from a win when Lowrie smacks the 1st pitch he sees in the hole between 1st and 2nd and under the diving 2nd baseman for a base hit. Bay rounds third, the throw comes home. Bay dives for the plate. He's SAFE. The Red Sox win the game 3-2, the Red Sox take the series 3-1 CAN U BELIEVE IT????? Ant the best thing about play-off wins on the radio??? Joe Castiglione takes the mic into the locker room celebration describing what he sees and interviewing practically every player amidst the champagne showers. He even talks to Theo and the Owners. Sweeeeet! I'm up to 12:20am listening to all the descriptions of the celebration. The Rays advanced today as well so it's off to Tampa for a Friday night opener of the ALCS! Broadcaster Dave O'Brien is done for the year as he now moves over to ESPN International to do the Championship Series and World Series for overseas TV.

Jed Lowrie left bases loaded in Game 3 when a hit would've won the game, tonight he did not hesitate and knocked in the winning run boosting the Red Sox to the ALCS!