Yep. That's Manny, inside the Monster, apparently talking on a cell phone during a pitching change today. Let's just hope it's not HIS phone, 'cause I'm pretty sure Tito doesn't want his left fielder running around the outfield with his Blackberry in his back pocket.
After watching today's game however, nothing would surprise me. Took the kids to play Putt Putt and when I got home it was the 4th inning and the Sox were winning 4-3. I thought I'd missed out on all the fun by that point, but man, I couldn't have been more wrong.
Up 6-5 in the bottom of the 7th with 2 men on, Tek sent a sinking shot into CF that the Ump initially ruled a catch, even though replays showed that without a doubt it was trapped. (Which brings up instant replay in baseball, which is a post all by itself. Still not sure how I feel about it, but if the Umpires had blown this, rest assured I'd be railing like a madman on the side of the tech geeks until I was blue in the face.) After an Ump huddle, the correct call was made, Ron Gardenhire lost his ever loving mind, and the Sox were on their way to scoring 7 runs in the 7th, 5 more in the 8th, and sweeping the Twins out of Fenway to the tune of 18-5.
Some days you sit down and watch your team flail away at the ball like drunks swinging at a Joe Girardi pinata; other days? Well, that's what days like today are for. 23 hits, 18 runs, Ellsbury cranking out 4 hits in one game, and Sean Casey doing the best David Ortiz impression this side of JD Drew in the month of June. Josh Beckett goes to 9-5, the MFY's beat the Rays, and all of a sudden we're 2 games out of first place.
With a few breaks here and there, the Orioles being the Orioles, and hoping Joe Maddon responds to that Craig's List add I placed in Tampa this week (That's all I'm saying about that. The Fed's read this stuff you know; I can't incriminate myself any further. Let's just say if he buys it, we won't need to worry about the Rays again. EVER.) and the Sox will be sitting a game up in 1st place come the All-Star break next week.
To top off the day, I got to read "Dad, Jackie, and Me" to Rakes at story time tonight.
Getting to tell your first born son about Jackie Robinson?
Not the worse way to end the day.