And it was indeed a gorgeous, if ultimately not historic, day...
(Front to back: Rocky Cherry, Billy Traber, T.J. Large)
Oddly enough, despite seeing Michael Bowden pitch at the minor league complex, in games in Spring Training, in side sessions at McCoy, and for real at Fenway, I'd never seen him pitch in a minor leage game (aside from Futures at Fenway). So I was thrilled that it finally lined up where I was going and he pitched!
"THIS IS NOT WHERE MY STUFF SHOULD BE. IT IS TOUCHING OTHER PEOPLE'S STUFF."
"NOW IT IS WHERE IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE."
(Always be careful around the starting pitcher.)
(Yes, I not infrequently get multiple tickets at McCoy so I can choose which side to shoot from!)
Chris Carter runs in.
(Uh oh. This doesn't look like it'll end badly, does it?)
T.J. Large, out where you can see him, now!
(He pitched well.)
Bates with the grounder... will it get the first run home?
Yes! Somewhere in that cloud of dirt and chalk dust Paul McAnulty crosses the plate!
That's as far as I got in skipping around editing, but Javier Lopez was terrific (maybe he read the Tony Mazz column about how the Sox might be missing him?) and then poor Fernando Cabrera snared the save but lost the team no-hitter. No worries; they broke the losing streak!
And after the game: Fans Run the Bases, Now With Nuns!
Sox with some advice: stretch!
And then... RUN!
(Sister Mary Ellsbury was clearly the speed of the field!)
Tonight, either more updates, or I'll have to come up with a really, really good excuse...!