While I won’t be able to stay online and type away during a live chat today, I’m still pleased that we get a noon baseball game! Â (I’m fine but my left arm needs rest that joining in a live chat would not provide.)
Jason Varitek had what is hopefully not his last truly successful game of the season. Â He caught two runners trying to steal and hit his first home run since a year ago. Â Even had they not won, that made the night fun, but there’s no denying the win (their first this year against the Indians) was damn fun.
I was pleased that Josh Beckett addressed something that kept getting mentioned on NESN (and Twitter via all the beat writers): Â the fact he’d never won a game in Cleveland:
The win was his first in four regular-season starts here, so when one reporter slipped up and forgot about that postseason victory and asked him about his first-ever win here, Beckett was ready.
â€œI think I won here in the playoffs â€” itâ€™s not my first win at Progressive Field,â€ he said. Another reporter clarified it as his first â€œnon-October winâ€ here.
Beckettâ€™s reached for a bottle of his top-shelf sarcasm.
â€œThose are bigger anyway, arenâ€™t they?â€ he said.
It might be a small distinction to the people who cover the games, but I kept yelling it at the television (and computer) every time I heard or read it last night. (Also, at the time it was Jacobs Field…nipicky, I know.) Â That win was so huge for the team it’s tough to forget.
It isn’t often we get to enjoy a noon baseball game so I’m excited to be able to watch a baseball game in the afternoon and not have to flip between it and the hockey game tonight. Â (Yes, I’ve been watching the hockey playoffs, at least somewhat. Â I’ve probably managed 2, 2 1/2 periods a game. Â I definitely want the Bruins to win, I just wish I actually enjoyed the game more. Â I still have a lot of issues with the violent nature of the game and the fans but for now I’ll just hope they end this tonight with a win.)