Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Red/White Sox Gallery: Youk, Ellsbury, & Crawford Back In Action At Fenway
Youk emerges from the dugout in his return to Fenway as a White Sock. More on this later....
A great win. All-around good feelings at Fenway. If you went, you left happy. Yet I get in the car on the way home, and the first thing I hear is a caller saying "I was at the game tonight. This team is unlikeable, let me tell you why." (His reason was that the White Sox stood along the dugout for the national anthem, while the Red Sox "played grab-ass" and "just don't get it.") If that's what you took from this electric night at Fenway, you should go kill yourself because you're already fucking dead. At least in this case even the host couldn't believe someone would say this, but remember, the screener could have hung up on the guy--but at WEEI they're under orders to put that call on first! If they're not paying the person to say it in the first place. (Nice touch using not only the "unlikeable" buzzword, but the "they don't come out for the anthem" bullshit that that pantload PeteAbe came up with last September to stir shit.) Anyway, I immediately turned off that station and listened to music the whole way home. I had not turned on Boston sports radio since last weekend's big protest--I always figure I'll put in on only on my way to and from games, but those three minutes I heard tonight might make me reconsider even that. Moving on!
And here's the moment when Kevin is announced in the starting lineup.
Youk announced as he comes up to hit in the first. It was really fun--everybody was just lovin' Youk all night.
So it was 1-1 after 1, but then no runs were scored until the 8th. During Sweet Caroline, I noticed they turned the music down for not only the "oh oh oh" (or "ba ba ba" if you're in that camp--most people don't realize there is a camp other than their own) and the "so good so good so good," but for the words "sweet Caroline," too. It made for an extra good sing-along, and the crowd was amazing after that. I kept getting this great feeling, like, "summer is here" or something. At this point I had gone around to the third base deck, as I'd been relegated to looking over people's shoulders on the Monster, and I started snapping pics of everybody who came up/got on base. I felt like a magic moment was inevitable. Everybody seemed to know it. Add a pitcher who can't throw strikes, and you've got a recipe for extreme likeability. After two walks, Adrian stepped up....
Some of these pics are smaller than they should be. Turns out it's because after 8 years on Blogging, I've finally reached my photo limit--1024 MB! I guess I have to do something about this....
Jere, nice blog as usual. I was hoping to see you tomorrow at the game, but I'm glad you got a ball. I'm looking forward to seeing Youk again. BTW, i haven't really listened to WEEI since 04, when they gave up on the Sox before the all star break
In that last picture, how about the half dozen or so fans that are bored silly and don't even bother watching?
Is there a specific group you mean? I'm looking at the bigger version and I don't see too many who aren't watching--though this is only a half-second after contact; in the next of the rapid-fire shots, everybody's head is turned toward the ball. There's one woman with what appears to be a medical issue. Bottom right, hand on head. She never moves. Then over toward the left in the front, there's a girl with sunglasses whose head is in the wrong direction, but again, she snaps to attention in the next shot. And one girl kind of behind her who may be texting. Man does that piss me off, but that's a society issue not a Fenway issue. But I hate it when I'm at a game and I look around and most people are looking at a screen. "What my stupid friends are 'up to' right now is VITAL to my life as I'm out at a baseball game." So fucking stupid. Phone companies are the worst pushers in Earth's history. Nobody needs this shit. They do it because they have it.
Oh, and I'll give you a guessing game. In the shot taken after that last one, two people stand up before anyone else. Guess which two!
Mike--glad you're on board with the anti-WEEI sentiment. Good luck snagging tonight, I will not be there for this one.
- Name: Jere
- Location: Rhode Island, United States