By Jamie Rieger
Saturday evening, I was able to settle in and watch the Boston Red Sox/Anaheim Angels game, with it being pretty much being a typical game. Red Sox were getting the odd hit and were even able to drive in a few runs in the seventh inning.
I liked the pitching, the outfield was making some spectacular catches, and they were producing at the plate, so maybe the Sox had a shot of winning this one.
What I hadn’t anticipated was the bats would shut down for both teams and a pitching duel started; of course this happened with the score knotted and the game went into extra innings.
By the 13th inning, there was absolutely nothing happening offensively by either team. The next inning though, Dustin Pedroia was able to steal two bases in one shot and it seemed like the momentum was about to shift. I know mine did. The night was getting late and my momentum shifted from the computer chair the couch.
Thinking this game was about to go into the history books with a W for the Red Sox, I slowly started drifting off to sleep, but managed to keep my eyes open until the 17th or 18th inning. That was it. Lights out.
It wasn’t until morning when I learned the game went a full 19 innings, with the Sox losing. Man, I’m glad I didn’t stay awake to watch the whole game!
Strangely enough, the Toronto Blue Jays had the same sort of game on Sunday afternoon, going 19 innings against the Detroit Tigers. I happened to catch the tail end of that one, and watched Bautista work his magic on the Tigers’ pitcher by blasted a strong singe and drove in the winning run. At least the Jays won.
That would have been a long game to sit through too, but at least that one was a day game and not like the Sox game the night before that ended just as the sun was about to come up for the morning.