Washington State is not a bastion of pro sports-obsession like you'll find in other regions of the country. Sure the Seahawks and Mariners have their rabid fan base here like any other teams do, but it's not the same level as say... Wisconsin and their Green Bay Packers. Even so, being a Boston fan when the Red Sox are playing the Mariners is not always easy... especially when you're west of the Cascades or, heaven help you, in Seattle proper.
Fortunately I was wearing my Red Sox cap and Saltalamacchia jersey in Eastern Washington while driving my car through no-man's-land during last night's game.
I had been following the events at Fenway with increasing disappointment right up until I left Spokane at the bottom of the 4th inning. As I headed out into the Columbia Basin, this is what Siri had to say...
Well, yikes. Somehow Seattle managed to score five runs. Which was all my fault because I stopped watching to go home. I knew I should have stayed and kept cheering Boston on.
Oh well. Two wins outta three ain't bad, I suppose.
I didn't give the game another thought during the 3-1/2 hour drive, and had forgotten about it by the time I got home.
UNTIL 1am WHEN I WAS LIKE ZOMG! I WONDER IF BOSTON WAS ABLE TO RALLY?
And... boom goes the dynamite.
Six runs in the bottom of the ninth to win it.
Cannot wait to read the always high-larious commentary over at Lookout Landing on this one.
In other awesome Red Sox news, Saltalamacchia is finally recognized by Siri as an actual player now...
Used to be when you tried to ask Siri about Saltalamacchia she would bitch about not knowing who "Sulka LaMacchia" was or ask if you wanted to Google "Salt La Macchiato" or something like that.
Good to know that even an iPhone can learn something new.
Especially something as important as this.
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Lookout Landing used to be the only Non-Yankees team-centric baseball site that I would regularly read. But, as Jeff Sullivan moved on, so have I. He now writes for Fangraphs and guest-posts over at USS Mariner. I think he might be the best baseball writer out there right now. Between he and Dave Cameron, Seattle has some rich baseball writing talent.
PS – Eff the Red Sox. Eff them in the ass. I have Felix Hernandez in my fantasy league and I went to bed with the game at 7-1 in the 8th assured of a victory. Fifth game this year that the King has given up 1 run or less and wound up with a no decision. This one really hurt though. Especially with Robby Thompson making that silly error of pointing to the bullpen with his left hand instead of his right and having to bring in Ollie Perez to face Victorino and Pedroia. Did NOT work out well. Blerg…
Don’t you love how he doesn’t even have to be on a game’s roster to rack up another win for Boston? His mere presence on the team is enough! He’s THAT good.
Despite my love affair with the Boston Red Sox, I still like to keep up with the home team. Lookout Landing keeps hitting my radar because the writers are just so damn funny. Guess I need to add Fangraphs and USS Mariner to my reading list… thanks!
Fangraphs is great because they write about every team/player/whatever. Both Sullivan and Cameron write for them most every day.
I should give the new guys at Lookout Landing another shot. They are funny. Well, with that team, I guess you need a good sense of humor. 🙂
I found Lookout Landing a couple of years ago because it’s on SBN with Over the Monster (which I started reading in 2008 or 2009). It was a lot of fun, so I’ve been reading ever since. The problem I have with sports blogs is that I honestly don’t have time to keep up with the entire league. Over the Monster and Lookout League are focused reading, which is exactly what I am looking for.