When I woke up this morning after a short night of sleep and drove to Fenway Park for the annual privilege of playing in the Boston-New York media game, I never dreamed that our team would get 0 runs, 5 hits and 10 errors. That is a linescore from ****.
Yes, we lost, 15-0; The NY squad had 11 hits and three errors to go with their 15-spot. This was a bad day from the start. We were down 7-0 before we took an at-bat. And yes, i made one of our 10 errors, fielding a ball super cleanly at second base and then airmailing the throw to first, Chuck Knoblauch style.
From a personal standpoint, the day wasn’t all bad. I finally broke my 0-fer in media games (this was my fifth career game) by raking a single up the middle. I flew to center in my other at-bat. It is a good feeling to get a basehit at Fenway, it was long overdue. And i want to give a shoutout to my boy Mark Feinsand from Yankees.com, who got a serious rope of his own, right up the middle.
The Boston team has a score to settle when we go to the Bronx on June 7 for our rematch.
Before that day comes, I want to say that the NY team has some real good players. Jack Curry of the NY Times can rake and is a terrific third baseman. Anthony McCaron of the NY Daily News has a deadly bat. Tyler Kepner also of the NY Times, though not overpowering, has terrific control and threw a five-hit shutout over eight innings today. That is impressive stuff. Tom Verducci of SI fame is also one of their better players, a slick shortstop and a good hitter, but he wasn’t even there today. Good thing for us.
As for our team, our catcher Mike Petraglia should be commended. He had to endure all 15 runs behind the plate. Mike is a good catcher, he always plays hard. Now, we just have to give him some pitching and defense in NY and I think the bats will come around.