Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Too early for all the drama

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The Red Sox went into the bottom of the ninth last night with the score tied 1-1. The Orioles pitcher loaded the bases without getting one out and I thought I was going to see the Red Sox win by the O’s giving up a walk-off double play. Instead, Orioles pitcher Wynn Pelzer hit Yamaico Navarro on the left hand to give the Red Sox a game-winning HBP. (Many thought Navarro was hit in the head because that’s where the ball was going but he deflected it when he put up his hand. Quick thinking, Yamaico!)

The reaction of the crowd was amusing (well, amusing once we realized Navarro was okay).  Silent, stunned and then folks just got up and started to leave when Navarro got up and the Orioles left the field.  “Did we win?  Should we celebrate winning when one of our guys got hit in the process?”  If my Twitter and Facebook feeds are any indication most people at the park thought he got hit in the head for a longer period of time than those of us watching on television.  Must have been scary to see him go down so quickly.  Very happy that all he’s dealing with this morning is a bruised left hand.

At 1:05pm today, the MLB Network is airing the Red Sox @ Tampa Bay game.  I get confused with these games.  It isn’t going to be on NESN so does that mean we in the NESN market will get to watch it on the MLB Network?  (I tweeted this question – if I get an answer before I finish writing this entry, I’ll share it!)

Lot’s of “drama” for this game.  Carl Crawford will be playing against his old team.  Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon will, presumably, be playing together against their old team.  Will there be booing?  Will there be cheering?  Will there be hugs???

These are the questions we need answers to.  (Well, that and the whole “Will we be able to watch the game” thing.)

A month from today is the Sunday of opening weekend at Fenway.  Yanks are in town for an ESPN 8pm game.  A month sounds like it’s so far away.

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March 10, 2011 - Posted by | 2011 | ,

6 Comments »

  1. And less than a month away, the Sox will be in Texas at Opening Day with me!!!

    Comment by Tex19 | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  2. I didn’t know until I read the paper this morning that he wasn’t hit in the head. I saw his helmet fly off and as he leaned back the umpire blocked the view. I never noticed him shaking his wrist or any indication it was his hand and not his head. The crowd was very into the game and noisy until Navarro hit the ground and then no one felt like celebrating a win.

    Comment by Brenken | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  3. Good call mentioning how it seemed like it got hit in the head at first — I definitely thought so too for a good while. And it WAS a weird feeling at the end, because #1, the game didn’t mean anything, so it’s actually a WORSE outcome if they had to sacrifice Yamaico’s health for that walkoff HBP, #2 walkoff HBPs, especially violent ones, are total Cognitive Dissonance City in general. It was a weird one. Today should be just as bizarre if the old faces show up.

    Comment by beth | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  4. *Seemed like HE got hit in the head at first

    Comment by beth | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  5. I can see where his physical reaction of stunned pain, and the way he fell while trying not to use or move his hand, would also have made it look like he’d taken the pitch off the helmet. I wondered if they would make him go to first for the run to count.

    When I first get to the minor league complex every spring, there’s always a part of me that wishes ALL the players would get their names tattooed on their forearms…

    Comment by KellyO | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  6. I was relieved when I heard Navarro was back playing in today’s game. I guess it *was* just a bruise.

    I believe Felix Doubront has “Doubront” tattooed on his arm the same way. And yes, it would be much easier for us fans if they all did!

    Comment by Kristen | March 10, 2011 | Reply


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