Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

I'll smack it right off your head

Really?????  (Photo taken in 2008 and lifted from JeffC5000 on Flickr)

Really????? (Photo taken in 2008 and lifted from JeffC5000 on Flickr)

So guess who slept through almost the entire game last night?  :waves hand:

I did stay up long enough to see the score change from 1-0 A’s to 2-1 Sox…and then I gave in to the force that was sleep trying to work its way into my evening but I’ll embarrassingly admit that I fell asleep thinking that Daisuke was going to give up the lead at some point.  Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I awoke to find the final score was the same as it had been when I fell asleep.  The Sox took on a team on a hot streak (five consecutive wins before last night) and beat them by one run…this makes me happy.

I don’t mind missing most of the game but because I did, I was left with one unanswered question:  Did that kid behind home plate wear that stupid foam cowboy hat through the entire game?

I’ll go out on a limb and guess that the seats behind home plate in Oakland, as they are everywhere else, are pretty damned expensive.  So I’m an Oakland fan, or even a Boston one, and I save my pennies until I can afford a couple of seats behind the catcher.  I’m living the dream!  I’m going to be seen on local tv or even national tv if one of the pitchers does something fantastic! Hey, Dallas Braden threw a perfect game, why not Ben Sheets, right?  So I settle into my seats, giddy with excitement and full of cheap beer, and I sit behind some doofus wearing a giant, foam cowboy hat.  Are you kidding me?  I watched the game through the fourth inning and hat dude (kid?  Please tell me it was a kid!) was there the whole time.  Did he make it through the entire game without someone getting him to take it off?  The only thing Fenway Park has that is close to this is those stupid balloon hats.  If you wear this in front of me, I promise you will either take it off or lose it.  (I’ve taken to bringing a pin with me to games in the event a beach ball hits my lap.  This pin would work wonderfully on balloons.)

No one wants to look like this.

No one wants to look like this.

Unless you’re in Texas, wearing a cowboy hat at a baseball game is like bringing a penguin to a pig roast.  It just makes no sense.  Making that cowboy hat a GIANT FOAM one just ups your obnoxiousness to an even higher level.

I’m not against fun at a baseball game nor am I against headgear that will help block out the sun.  What I am against is doing or wearing things to not only try and make yourself stand out in the crowd (I am not watching a baseball game to look at YOU) but doing or wearing things that make the baseball game less enjoyable to ME.  So cut the crap.

Did anyone make it all nine innings?  Was that eyesore behind the plate for the entire game?

No live chat tonight or next Tuesday but tomorrow I’m considering an actual live blog given I don’t think many folks would be around for a chat since the game is in the afternoon and I could use the live blogging practice.  We’ll see how that goes.

The good news for folks who struggle with the West Coast games is that Tim Wakefield is on the mound tonight.  The game could very well be finished before 1am ET!!!


July 20, 2010 - Posted by | 2010 | , , ,


  1. Cyn, I was so happy to be watching Daisuke NOT walk the ballpark last night that I confess I was oblivious to the astonishing Foam Chapeau behind home plate, so cannot report whether the fashion miscreant was still brazenly sporting his eyesore/viewblocker by the ninth. But that sure was a sweet professional victory to kick off this challenging stretch of jet-lag road games. My contribution was once again to don my Daisuke-In-Japanese T-shirt despite the fact that it is so tight on me that breathing becomes an ongoing challenge. My theory is, Sox are toughing it out–I’m toughing it out :-).

    Comment by Elaine Apthorp | July 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. What?

    A pin?

    Are you not an owner of one official autographed Mike Timlin Fenway beach ball?

    A pin?

    I don’t know about the kid, but if you turn that foam hat upside down, it will hold a whole lot of cheap beer…

    Oh, stay awake and live chat tonight. I do not want to do this all by myself!

    Comment by Tru | July 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. Even in Texas, those who wear cowboy hats to baseball games are usually girls and the hats are the fashionable cute ones so they’re not high up so no one can see around them.
    I didnt see the game so i didnt catch the bozo

    Comment by Tex19 | July 20, 2010 | Reply

  4. You lasted longer than I did last night. Last thing I saw before hitting Blanket St. was Coco (I do miss him. Yes, I am in the minority), make a catch in the 1st.

    Comment by Kat | July 20, 2010 | Reply

  5. I miss Coco too! I still have a brown Coco tee shirt with the number 10 on it.

    Comment by Noni | July 21, 2010 | Reply

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