I Really Love Blowouts (When the Yankees Win)

I realize we were essentially playing the Pawtucket Red Sox tonight, given the rain delays. No Ortiz. No Drew. No Pedroia. No Manny. (Oops. He’s driving in all those runs for the Dodgers now. Too bad.) Not even Lowell and Youkilis after they left the party early. And, of course, we were facing mostly a succession of rookie pitchers (plus Timlin).

BUT STILL. We won 19-8 because our scrubs were better than their scrubs. Ransom, Gardner, Moeller, even Betemit played great.
And let’s hear it for Abreu, who got his 100th RBI, and Cano, who seems to have found religion (or at least his swing).
What does it all mean? Nothing. But it was fun knocking the Sox out of contention for the division title. The Rays owe us one. Actually, I can’t imagine a scenario when it isn’t fun to beat the Red Sox, which is exactly how their fans feel about the Yankees.
Speaking of fans, maybe somebody can answer this one for me. Who is that blond guy who sits behind home plate at Fenway FOR EVERY SINGLE GAME? Like, for years. He’s sort of an everyman-looking version of Robert Redford. He never has any friends with him, as far as I can tell. He just sits there with his arms folded across his chest, very serious. Does anyone know if he’s part of the organization or is he just a guy with big bucks?
That’s it from me. I’m off to watch a tape of the debate. I wonder if it’ll be a blowout too.


  1. Greg

    I hit “submit” too quickly. Usually the person to his left is his guest. Sometimes it is a local Sports Radio / Sports TV personality, sometimes it is just a friend or family member. I’m not sure if he has only 2 seats, or 4. Plus, I believe he has a luxury box.

  2. Jane Heller

    Wow, Greg. I’m impressed! So the guy who owns an automotive glass company gets the best seats in the house. Pretty nice. You even know who comes with him to the games. Awesome. Last year when I was at Fenway for my book stuff, my best friend from high school got us seats right near Mr. Drinkwater (that’s really his name?) and I almost walked over and said, “So who are you anyway?” Now you’ve solved the mystery. What I loved about sitting in that high-priced section was the Legal Seafood guy coming around with “hot chowda.”

    By the way, you’re up very late on the east coast!

  3. Kylie

    I’m pre-ordering your book, so don’t worry about that. I wouldn’t pass up a book about baseball no matter what team it’s about, and I totally respect and adore your devotion, so it’s a must-read. I’m a writer myself… sorta.
    I love scrubs. I remember Cody Ransom–he played for the ‘Stros last year. He’s not half bad. Seems like a nice guy. And thank you for winning–I wanted nothing more than for the Rays to garner the official AL East title because that just sounds so much better than the Wild Card. Not that I wouldn’t have taken the Wild Card for my own team.
    Oh, I’ve started rambling.
    Kylie — http://kylie.mlblogs.com

  4. Greg

    Haha, yes. It is always late to bed, early to rise for me. Anyway, that 19-8 score looks familiar to me…Hmmm.

    That really is the guy’s name. Dennis Drinkwater. He must have indian ancestry in his background. Haha.

    I haven’t sold chowdahhh, but this is a good time of year to sell it.

    No rain so far this morning. Hopefully it stays that way.


  5. Jane Heller

    Thanks, Kylie. That’s one sale for the book! Now if all 55,000 people who were at Yankee Stadium last Sunday buy it, plus fans of other teams like you, it’ll be a bestseller and I can spend the rest of my life going to baseball games. Talk about a dream come true. In the meantime, my mother lives in Westchester County, NY, and there’s a Borders in her town. She’s a riot. When the manager isn’t looking, she goes in and moves my novels from the back of the store to the front tables. Cracks me up. Hopefully she won’t have to do that with the Yankees book.

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