First Pitch – 7:10 PM
Notes: At 4PM today the first game to feature an upheld protest in 28 years will be resumed in Chicago. As you may already know the Cubs/Giants game was originally called due to a failing by the grounds crew to properly lay down the tarp. By all accounts the Cubs were originally willing to have the game suspended rather than called in their favor.
I was at a game in Miami in 1993 with a similar situation. A typical torrential Miami downpour lasted about 15 minutes. In the course of laying down the tarp one of the grounds crew guys fell under the tarp and they did not notice until they were done and there was a lump that was not the pitcher’s mound in the middle of the tarp. They removed the tarp and the 15 minute rain caused a 3 ½ hour rain delay but the game was resumed.
Minor League Pitchers;
Pawtucket – Henry Owens (Lehigh Valley – PHI)
Portland – Eduardo Rodriguez (Harrisburg – WAS)
Salem – Simon Mercedes (Winston-Salem – CHA)
Greenville – Ty Buttrey (Charleston – NYA)
Lowell – Jeffry Fernandez (Connecticut – DET)
Early fireworks had the good Sox up 7-5 after three. Things settled down after that and Boston held on for the win. Manny Ramirez homered and drove in five while Jason Varitek added two homers. Despite scoring ten runs in each game the Sox got little from David Ortiz who went 0 for 5 in back to back games for the second time in his career. He would not do so again until May of 2013.
In Boston the producers of the US adaptation of Nick Hornby’s “Fever Pitch” looked for “lifers, diehard fans in the box seats” for four speaking roles in the film. Because I know you want to know I was in the stands when they filmed the scene that involved Drew Barrymore running across the field to Jimmy Fallon.
Come chat before, during and after the game about baseball, chick flicks and whatever apples your pie.