Monday, August 8, 2011

Was This A Dream?

by Ric Glaub, FN Int'l. Editor

August 8, 2011-Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Sunday night’s (Monday morning’s game to me, given my time zone half way across the world), was a mostly slow and boring game. Just imagine listening to Joe Castiglione for four hours, beginning at 5:30 a.m. In some societies this is considered as something near torture. There are recordings of people who have undergone this, pleading, “put me out of my misery, shoot me, shoot me!”

Or maybe I just made that last part up. You decide.

Personally, I think he did the game at home while he was watching reruns of The Brady Bunch.

At any rate, as much as Joe tried to keep the game in snooze mode, it continued to creep on, and jolted me from near slumber when the Sox tied it up. I was actually excited and awake when Reddick won the game. I can’t wait for the day that I tour the New Fenway Park and see the Josh Reddick and Dave Roberts statues next to each other. There are actually people who don’t think this will happen. Can you imagine?

The really important thing is that I had a bet going with my friend Scott, who is a died-in-the-wool Yankees fan, but otherwise a fairly good guy. In advance of the current series, we had agreed there would not be a sweep, but I had posited that the Yankees would take two of the games. I messaged him today to apologize about being wrong. He responded with the sort of invective that could only come from a native New Yorker.

This game was interesting in a number of ways. Yankees manager Girardi sent in Phil Hughes in relief, for instance. Hughes was scheduled to start Tuesday. So who are they going to start now, Don Zimmer? - no wait they can’t, he’s on the big time DL.

Whatever, the one thing that’s true is that the Yankees just won’t go away. Like the old Timex watches, they just keep on ticking.