Not a bad little game to attend – not at all.
I got to the Stadium around 5:45 pm-ish. Hey, it’s Sox-Yanks – you know it’s going to be crowded. That’s one thing I don’t get – actually, I mean I’m surprised that more don’t get it. You have to allow time to get to these games. Sitting in the Stadium, early in the game (during the 1st and 2nd innings), and seeing so many empty seats, it’s sad.
The Yankees draw 40,000 on a bad night. If it’s a big game, like the Red Sox, you know there’s going to be a ton of traffic, etc. So, get there early. Those of us there on time will appreciate not having you walking in during the beginning of the game – and causing us to have to crane our necks to see pitches while we’re already in our seats.
Speaking of seats, mine are in Section 15 of the Loge – right in front of one of those private suites. Guess who was at the game tonight? Darryl Strawberry stuck his head out of the window to wave to the fans. Funny, I thought he was now a Mets minor league instructor.
I have to give Wang credit tonight. Early on, he threw so many pitches in the 1st and 2nd innings, I thought “He’ll be lucky to go five today.” And, yet, he was able to get seven innings done in this contest. And, he came in high and tight once to Manny – which the crowd loved.
The crowd tonight had some good reactions to specific items in the game: Phillips’ great play in the 3rd, Posada’s double in the 4th (which looked like it might go out), Bernie’s homer in the 5th, Phillips making another play in the 7th, Giambi’s walk in the 7th, and A-Rod’s whiff in the 7th.
But, the biggest reaction had to be on the play that Melky Cabrera made on Manny Ramirez in the 8th.
You know, superstars post the sexy numbers – but, play-makers win games. Melky Cabrera is a play-maker. I’m so glad that he’s on this team. So many play-makers from the recent ring-run are gone. And, it’s good to see more come along.
I also enjoyed the hit that the NYC cop put on the jerk in the yellow shirt who ran on to the field in the 6th inning. That was an “LT”-like sack. He dropped that guy like a bad habit.
By the way, if you saw a guy at the game tonight in the stands going through garbage looking for plastic red caps to Coke bottles, that was my friend Jeff. He was thrilled that he was able to get 22 of them for some contest that he’s doing on-line. I rode him pretty good about being silly on this – especially since he’s 48-years-old. Now, the joke will be on me if he wins something from this thing.
But, it won’t beat the joke that we saw leaving the Stadium.
We were stuck on the ramps in the Stadium, and they’re just crawling, because they’re packed. But, it’s cool – because everyone’s chanting “Let’s-Go Yan-kees” and “Bos-ton Sucks” and stuff like that.
And, just then, a girl in front of me grabs another girl that she’s with and kisses her on the mouth – and she’s holding the other girl’s head so that she can’t break the kiss. I say to Jeff “Dude, did you just see that?” and he says “No, I was reaching for that empty Coke bottle on the floor.” And, then, the guy next to me says “No problem. I took a picture on my cell phone” and he shows us the picture.
Turns out that the two girls, the guy with the cell phone, and another guy (there) all work together. And, they wanted to set up the one girl (the kiss-ee) who probably had a few beers at the game.
The girl who got kissed ended up talking with Jeff for a while – since the crowd was moving so slow. It was a pretty funny conversation.
And, just for good measure, later on, the “other” girl grabbed her friend again and locked lips with her – as the cell phone guy snapped another picture.
Can you just imagine how much fun these four are going to have at work tomorrow?