Mariners 3, Red Sox 2

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Thanks to Chris Morse being out of town and not being able to use his season tickets, I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon of Independence Day at Fenway Park watching some baseball with Harvey Jones, who managed to get to Boston from New York as soon as I mentioned that I had a spare ticket. As an added bonus, today was the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth” speech. To honor Gehrig and ALS, we were treated to a (somewhat awkward) reading of the speech by Curt Schilling.
Unfortunately for the Red Sox, their luck was not as good as mine. While they jumped ahead quickly in the second off a two run blast by Captain VariTeX, the Mariners quickly chipped their way to a tie by the fifth inning. And tied the game remained, through the 7th inning stretch and the 8th inning rendition of “Sweet Caroline.”
But then Saito came in to pitch for the Sox in the top of the ninth and loaded up the bases on walks with only one out. Chris Woodward hit a Texas Leaguer to right for an RBI and, well, quite frankly, Saito is lucky he only gave up one run that whole inning. Despite a pinch hitting appearance by Big Papi that got the crowd going, the Red Sox went down 1-2-3 in the 9th… and we left with “Que Sera Sera” as our entrance music instead of “Dirty Water.”
But it was the 4th of July and there was baseball… not even a Red Sox loss could spoil this day.

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