Friday, July 11, 2008

Close, But Nose Cigar

So the S0x lose, thanks in small part to one of the worst umpire calls of all-time. But the Yank5 lose, and the Devs lose, too.

While H3idi was doing a crowd spot, a woman behind her turned to her friend and planted a big ki55 on her mouth. Since I was at my parents' house, with the modern-day TV and its rewinding feature, I was able to capture it for you:
Don and Jerry said nothing afterwards, though their "bocce balls" comments only made it funnier. (Especially if you saw the movie Splash.)

And I also captured something from the Yank33 game. Much funnier. My parents make a cameo in this one:

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Nice Off-Night

Yanks lose; Devil Rays--on their way back toward .500--lose. We're 1.5 out, Yanks 6.5 out.

You know where I'd like to be, if only for a minute? In the house of the guy who called a radio station and said, "if this team gets to be four and a half, five and a half out, IT'S OVAH!"

Hey, if any of you get WGN, they're showing Family Ties, ALF, and Cosby every weeknight.

Sox Demolish Twins Gallery (Part Two)

Where were we? Oh right, Manny and Lugo had just done a special handshake performance, and now they pick up their stuff and hit their positions as the game begins. Click all to enlargemarge.

As you can see, I'm still in the seat I grabbed in the front row of the Monster Seats, the furthest one over, next to the foul pole. My real ticket was a $30 standing room--the seat I took costs well over a hundred bucks. And guess what? Nobody came! I sat here the whole game. Above, and below, Manny reacts to fans, players, etc., etc.

Josh Beckett delivers the first pitch of the game. He'd give up three in the first, but we'd show Renaldo our toolbox in a big way, baby.

Josh in the windup.

I actually got shade up there--from the foul pole itself. Here's the bottom of the screen part of the pole. Notice it doesn't come all the way down to the top of The Wall. Yes, I had to reach my camera out over the fence to get shots like this.

Looking down at the same spot.

Notice the left side of the pole is a pipe. So, to the right of the pipe you have the screen, then the solid part of the pole.

Lugo makes a tag.

The Minnesota Twins.

Moss fields a ball by the other foul pole.

The pirate flag was flying, as opposed to being on the inside of that window.

Denard Span in center.

The Sox about to hit in the first. Dustin and Jacoby.

Ellsbury swings.

Lowell about to wail away.

Jason, is this really necessary?

Again, it was really hot. I had the shade of the pole and even some breezes, but being on the field must've been tough. Here, some Twins have wet towels on their heads.

Doesn't this picture look like a Little Leaguer getting some stuff for his coach?

Manny on second.

This ball appears to be about to hit Jacoby in the head, but it's actually going to the first baseman.

Another shot of the solid part of the bottom of the pole.

Controversial play number one. A dude reaches out over the Monster and touches a ball hit by Manny. It was way down the other end from where I was sitting, so we didn't know what happened at the time. But when the ump conferred with a security guy, I figured there was fan interference, as opposed to a left/right of the yellow line deal.

Looking over toward the area where the controversy happened. It's cool how the Wall actually curves in places--or at least the top of it does.

Manny leaves his glove, hat, and glasses in the grass as he heads for the Monster during a pitching change. We were wearing those ridiculous stars 'n' stripes hats.

I notice all the fans along the side wall laughing and snapping pics at Manny, out of my view, inside The Wall. I later found out he was making a phone call.

And he runs back out, barely in time for the next pitch.

Now Manny, after doing his usual, making motions toward the other team, daring them to run on him, has just thrown a guy out at third. I love it. Every time he does something great in the field, I think of the talk show callers who literally say things like, "it's an insult to call him a baseball player. He's a hitter, but nothing more." Those people aren't watching, or if they are, are racist.

The moon is top-center in this pic if you look closely.

I loved this view of the shadows of the fans along the side wall. Had I realized the rest of the shadows were there (the Twins' standing along their dugout at top right), I would've gotten those in the shot, too. I had some really good people sitting around me. First, there was this dude who brought his Minnesotan friend with him. The guy was quizzing his buddy on the all-time home run leader for each letter of the alphabet. By the time he got to "J," I started chiming in. I got a lot of them. You know how I love trivia. Then he went back to his original seat, and sent some teenage girl down to the seat next to me. I helped her navigate her boyfriend to a parking spot via her cell phone. Finally, at the very end, two older dudes sat next to me. One said he'd never come back to Fenway, but when they put seats on the Monster, he said he'd go back if he could sit there. Those guys were fun to talk to. In the eighth, we rooted for the Red Sox to reach 20 runs. We settled for 20+ hits, in the 18-5 rout.

The other controversial play was when Span dove and clearly trapped a ball in center field. The ump made the out call. They threw the ball in and had an easy triple play. Fortunately, the umps gathered, and changed the call to the correct one. The Twins' manager, Ron Goldenshower, who played in "my day," got pissed. Here's the exact moment of ejection. After that, we blew the game wide open.

Old friend and CT native Craig Breslow pitches for the Twins.

Jeff Bailey came in for Manny late in the game.

Kevin Cash came in for 'tek, and hit a dong. Besides Cash and Bailey, no other starters came out, despite a 13-run lead.

Youk adds a dong, and as you can see on the scoreboard, it's now 18-5. I love runs. When we score them. We're two back, soon to be five up.

Sox Bash Twins Gallery (Part One)

A new "Flugo" shot for a new year. Click these to enlarge.

On my way to Fenway from the BU lot, I noticed they were re-doing the field at the stadium that used to be Braves Field, home of the Boston Braves. I wonder if they dug up any old Braves stuff...

So I bought my allotted four Monster Seats in the pre-season--two singles and a doobler, all standing room. This was my first Monster game of '08, and it turned out to be a good one. The first thing I did was get a shot of the ladder, looking down toward Fenway's Martian-esque soil. I don't know how I hadn't thought of this shot in past years. (Notice the top rung is not living up to its name.)

Looking along the top of The Wall toward left.

And toward center.

Looking toward home plate. It was a really hot day, and my hope was that some people might not show, or at least go down to shade, leaving me with an actual seat.

Looking out beyind left field, to the Citgo Sign.

The seats hover way out over Lansdowne, making it appear that I'm in mid-air over the middle of the street.

2007 World Champs.

Looking through one of the Monster's light towers toward center field.

Another one looking along the top.

Baker, who pitched the other night, running right below me, 37 feet down.

The Sox didn't take BP on the field, since it was a day game after a night game, but the Twins hit. A few balls reached the Monster Seats, but none near me. But as seems to be the new tradition at games I go to, I get to see just the Sox pitchers in right field stretching. Here are Manny Delcarmen and Craig Hansen practicing their pitching with a hat as home plate. Another common occurrence is me discovering Kelly of Sitting Still in my photographs, taking (better) pics of her own. She's always easy to spot. She's in this one...

A stairway up to the Monster Seats actually goes behind the outer brick wall of Fenway. So here's a shot of the field from technically outside the park.

From that stairway, you can get really close to the new, robotic, shaky, centered, high, not-as-cool center field camera.

And further down the stairs, you get this weird view of all the rafters, with the bottom of the bleachers above you.

After Twins BP, I headed out to do one big loop of the park, which you can only do completely if you have a Monster Seat ticket. So here I am in the center field bleachers for the straight-away shot. (I was also there to see if I could get a ball a Twin hit into the batter's eye. It went in one of the slots, and despite their best efforts, nobody found it. I failed, too, unfortunately. I know it's in there. If you go Friday night, get there early, and maybe they will have just taken the "eye" off, and you can--eh, forget it.

Behind first base, by the medical aid area, they had a misty-fan thing. Like I said, it was effin' hot.

Now I'm all the way around, almost to the Monster Seats again. Here's the Monster itself.

Some of the blue plastic seats in uncovered section 33, with green metal armrests.

Now Beckett's doing his usual, but this time I've got the part of the foul pole that's on the wall in the foreground.

The previous night's hero, Brandon Moss, and today's starter and winner, Josh Beckett.

The Monster's reflection in the alcohol-free zone sign.

Up on the Monster again. Here's Fisk Pole.

Looking down at the crowd from the Monster.

The signatures on Fisk Pole.

The pole, and the lights with the Coke sign in front of them.

Manny Ramirez.

Looking through the foul pole.

Another hovering Lugo shot.

Lookin' up yet again.

It was some kind of day where people gave up their seats for soldiers, so these people were in front of the wall, and they did the ol' flag unfurling.

Looking toward foul territory at section 33--you can again see the top of the original Fenway brick wall.

And the military types leave.

Lugo and Manny do a crazy handshake as the Sox take the field. So that's it for now. Part two will be shots taken during the game.

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