• April 14th @ The Rays

    Posted by on April 14th, 2008 · Comments (4)

    The first six and a half innings of this contest, for a Yankees fan, were a dream. Ian Kennedy was cruising along. The Yankees bats were looking good. Tampa trailed New York by a score of 7-2. It looked like a cakewalk Yankees victory.

    Me and my T.V. were just chilling out, and enjoying it all – or, so, I thought. Then came the bottom of the seventh….

    Jason Bartlett smacks one off Kennedy, literally. “Noooooooo!” I scream at the T.V.

    Billy Traber comes in and allows some hits and runs. But, it’s still 7-4 in favor of New York. Then, Brian Bruney comes in and allows a two-run homer to B.J. Upton. It’s now a one-run game. “Oh, please, no!” I plead to the T.V.

    Next, Bruney allows another homer to Evan Longoria. Again, I scream out to the T.V. “Nooooooooooo!” It’s a tie game, at seven.

    We need a hero – and here comes Robinson Cano. Boom! A pinch-hit homer in the Yankees’ eighth to give New York the lead again, 8-7. “Sweeeeeeeet! I say out-loud, wondering if the T.V. wants me to shut-up at this point.

    But, we’re still not done. Joe Girardi allows Brian Bruney to come out for the eighth. My T.V. should have expected it by now…and I let out another “Nooooooooo!

    Jason Bartlett just misses one off Bruney. “Ugh!” is all I can muster – not even caring if my T.V. cares or not at this point.

    Here comes Mo to nail it down…done. It’s a “W.” There’s just one missing piece….

    There it is: Ian Kennedy, in the YES post-game saying that he’s fine, that he’ll probably be somewhat sore, but, the ball from Bartlett’s bat did not cause serious injury. “Whew! That’s a relief!,” I think to myself…knowing by now that the T.V. really doesn’t care about this like I do.

    Fine, T.V. – be that way. The blog cares. The blog gets it. Don’tcha blog?

    Comments on April 14th @ The Rays

    1. mehmattski
      April 15th, 2008 | 1:05 am

      I just wanted to say that this is my favorite post on WasWatching in some time. I really can’t explain it, but the combination of emotional fandom, and the fact that I missed today’s game, made me smile as I read it. I’ve been critical before, Steve, but tonight- Thanks!

    2. festus
      April 15th, 2008 | 1:24 am

      If not the blog itself, at least the comments care. We feel your pain.

    3. MJ
      April 15th, 2008 | 8:52 am

      It’s funny, my experience was more or less the same. I was enjoying the game, we’re cruising along, then I get a bit drowsy after dinner, snooze a bit, and wake up to see the Yanks only up 7-6. The first thing I said upon waking up was “WTF!!!!!!!” before getting back into an upright position on the couch.

      But all’s well that ends well and Cano and Mo saved our hides tonight.

    4. Pete
      April 15th, 2008 | 10:56 am

      Same here – thought it was going to be a laugher and I could relax & just enjoy IPK’s performance. It sure got out of control in a hurry, didn’t it?

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