Monday, October 21, 2013

My Playoff Record

As a kid, the playoffs in general were a rare bird. And actually going to a playoff game was unthinkable. Then I got to be in my 20s, and during Dick Dynasty I'd hear my Yankee-fan friends all talking about going to "Game 2" and shit, like it was just another game. Those bastids played so many playoff rounds in those years it was sickening. Finally in '04 I got the 10-game plan which offered a guaranteed playoff game whenever the team made it in. From there, I got way more savvy about tickets, and between my super-savviness and the one guaranteed game per year, I've ended up seeing some pretty sweet post-season action. And here it is, in a cojon conch:

2004 ALCS Game 3: Yankees 19, Red Sox 8. You know all about that one. No photos, but I mentioned the game in this post (in which I make some mistakes: "Charles" Drinkwater? And it wasn't Avalon we heard, it was that street drummer who used to sit on Lansdowne after every Sox game). Anyway, my plan always gives me ALDS, but if that game isn't played because we win the series before it happens, we get ALCS. That's what happened here, and we had "home game 2," which turned out to be home game one, or ALCS Game 3, because of a rain-out. In other words, I should have been at the Dave Roberts game.

In 2005, I would have been at Game 4 of the ALDS, but we lost in 3.

In 2006, no playoffs for us.

2007 ALDS Game 2: Red Sox 6, Angles 3. Manny hits a walk-off dong, and we all watch Joba swatting flies on the scoreboard. My photos here.

2007 ALCS Game 7: Red Sox 11, Indians 2. I called the ticket office that morning and got a great single bleacher seat. The Pedroia dong was huge. I get to see the Sox celebrate an AL pennant. My pics from the game here.

2008 ALDS Game 3: Angels 5, Red Sox 4 (12). Our only loss of that series. My limited photo gallery here.

2008 ALCS Game 4: Rays 13, Red Sox 4. Sox blown out to go down 3-1 in the series, but we had lots of fun after moving to the good seats. Pics here. ("The tray!")

2008 ALCS Game 5: Red Sox 8, Rays 7. THE COMEBACK. One of the best games I've ever seen. My photos here.

I would have gone to Game 7 of that year's World Series, but much like Aunt Baby, we'd never make it.

2009 ALDS Game 3: Angels 7, Red Sox 6. We were on the verge of staying alive, but it turned out to be a sweep, as well as the last Red Sox playoff game until this year. A few pics of the crappiness here.

And then of course there's 2013:

2013 ALDS, Game 1: Red Sox 12, Rays 2. It just happened, you remember....

2013 ALCS, Game 2: Red Sox 6, Tigers 5. Yet another candidate for "best game I've ever seen." The Papi grand slam--I'll never forget it. Relive the last week-ness of it all!

Okay, let's tally it up... 5 wins, 4 losses. Woohoo! That's LWWLLWLWW. 65 runs for us (more than 7 per game!), 63 for our opponents (7 per game, he said anti-climactically).

Next up, this year's World Series. I assume I'll just update this post from now to eternity. If I remember.

Comments:
Have you liked the "historic" Sox logo fox is using? So is the AP in my newspaper today.
 
I didn't notice--when have they used it?
 
They showed an ad for the WS Sunday during a football game. They got the StL logo right, but it's 15 years old, so maybe we only have to wait 10 more years.
 
2013 WS, Game 1: Win!!!
 

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