A room with a view
For six years I’ve been coming to the Rogers Centre — formerly known as SkyDome — and have failed in my attempt to get a hotel room with the view of the playing field.
That all changed today when I checked in and the woman at the front desk said, "Mr. Browne, we’ve upgraded you to a room with a view of the field."
You’ll see the view of what the field looks like from my room right here.
So I’m staying in right-center field, about five levels above the playing field. I had an excellent view at 2 p.m. today of Julian Tavarez throwing a simulated game and could even hear the crack of the bat when I opened my window. I resisted the temptation to watch the game from my room, though I would have had a tremendous view of Dice-K warming up the in the bullpen.
Ah well, I ended up venturing over to the park for some more Dice-K madness. What can you say? He pitched fine, except for that momentary lapse of control in the fourth inning. The Red Sox aren’t locked in at the plate yet, except, seemingly when Beckett pitches. If Matsuzaka keeps giving up three runs or less, he’s going to win a lot of games this year.
Nothing earth-shattering before the game. In a show of faith by Francona, Coco batted second tonight despite his .111 average. He wound up getting two hits. Just wondering, but would batting second on a permanent basis revive Coco? He’s a fastball hitter and he’d see a ton of fastballs hitting in front of Papi and Manny. Just food for thought.
I think I’ll venture back to my hotel room now and watch 24 from last night and see what my idol Jack Bauer is up to. Later,