The Thrill of Victory
As we wait for Mark Kotsay to try and navigate the airport and the New York traffic to make it to Yankee Stadium in time for tonight’s game — do you think he will get the Doug Mirabelli police escort? — I just wanted to share the Boston media’s thrilling 9-7 victory over our New York counterparts today. The game — the last ever media game at Yankee Stadium — was a comeback special and lasted eight innings.
Down 7-1 to New York, the Boston bats rallied furiously. Trailing 7-4 entering our final at-bat, we came up with five runs. The winning run came home when a gimpy Jeff Goldberg of the Hartford Courant — torn left meniscus and thoroughly messed up ACL — somehow made a mad dash to score on a wild pitch.
Great rally. Without question, the MVP of the game was Katz Nagao, the Japanese right-hander who throws everything but the kitchen sink. Katz came out of the bullpen to fire four shutout innings to earn the win. And he added a ground-rule double for good measure.
One of the best parts of the game was that Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record and ESPN.com could be there. Klapisch, who has played semi-pro ball for years, recently had a terrible injury in one of his leagues.
In the words of Klapisch’s recent column, “the ball sliced open my cornea, completely detached my retina, ruptured
several areas of the eye socket and broke nearly every bone on the
right side of my face.”
Slowly but surely, Bob is gaining back vision in the eye and even spoke of playing in next year’s media game. Apologies to your doctor, Bob, if you didn’t want me to put that on my blog!! Anyway, I don’t doubt that he will be back on the field.
Back to this year’s game, Uri Berenguer, the Red Sox’s spanish broadcaster, had a terrific game, belting two hits and playing solid defense at second base. And our third star had to be Goldberg, just fighting his way down that last 90 feet. Great stuff!
I’m looking forward to the game at Fenway on Sept. 26.
Amazing how when you win you don’t think of individual stats. This is the first time in this blog I’ve mentioned my 0-for-2 performance, which included a strikeout against Tyler Kepner of the NY Times — I took a good cut on the first pitch but fouled it straight back and another foul back on the second pitch before whiffing on the deuce — and a groundout to second base against my MLB.com counterpart Bryan Hoch.
The play of the day was made by Jack Curry of the NY Times, who dove into the third base stands Derek Jeter style to make a great catch. Of course, Jack made the play from third instead of short, but he was still mighty impressive.
All in all, just a great day. And once again, kudos go out to our catcher Mike Petraglia, who is the glue to our team. Though I’ve only been playing in these games since 2004, Petraglia — who is a multi-media force for both MLB.com and WEEI.com — has caught every Boston-New York media game since 1995.
Anyway, a great time was had by all.