September 12, 2010
I raced through my trip report so fast I completely forgot a couple stories that were worth telling from my trip.
In game 1, we had seats on the monster. Part of the allure of that is you have a chance at a ball whenever a RH hitter is up. Also, if you want you can get the players shagging in left and center to possibly throw a ball up to you. Well, there's good and bad to that. There are some people over the age of 16 that like to collect BP balls for some reason. I've read about it before but never actually seen it go down.
During BP in game 1 there was the gentleman about 40-50 years old hounding Tampa players for balls. It's really not that hard if you know anything about a player to get them to toss you a ball. Well, this guy obviously does this every time he sits up there which a blind guess is about 5 times a year since he had a whole routine down. He would talk about something in the players past first to get their attention then he would ask for a ball. In this BP session he received 3 balls from 3 different players. Then after he would give a fake look around acting like he was trying to find a child to give it to and set it on the ledge next to his seat.
I mean really, what are you collecting BP balls for? Do you give them to children in the park to play catch with? Have a shrine devoted to BP balls? What could you possibly collect them for? I have no idea and really don't want to know since the answer will probably be depressing the majority of the time.
The other story is from game 2. The great part about having nice seats in Fenway is you have nice seats in Fenway. The bad part is you're around people that watch about 10 games a year on average. So these 2 kids were keeping score in front of us and BJ Upton reached on a sacrifice bunt in the 4th with runners on 1st and 2nd when Matsusaka decided to try and get the out at 3rd. Well these 2 kids wee keeping score in front of us and asking each other how to score that. My friend politely said it's a sacrifice bunt and a fielders choice.
So the Mom of one of the two children pops in with "no way, how could that be?" I then explain that it's a sacrifice bunt because he was bunting and that it's a FC since the pitcher went to third. She responds with "How can it be a sacrifice if he was safe?" in a rather arrogant tone. I explained that since his intention was to sacrifice that's how it works and it would've only been a hit if he beat out a throw to first. I would've like to say "Because I've seen this play about 15 times before, I've kept score before, and I watch 160 games a year." But I'm neither that mean or confrontational. But yeah there are a lot of uninformed baseball fans with money.
The sad part about it is I think it was awesome that the kids were keeping score as it just helps you to learn the game so much quicker. However it makes no sense as to why the mom would say anything especially in a rude tone when we were just trying to help. Obviously neither of these incidents affected the trip at all, I just don't get the actions of people sometimes.
Clem: [talking to fire extinguisher] You're talking to me all wrong... It's the wrong tone. You do it again and I'll stab you in the face with a soldering iron. Hey, tell me, does your mother sew? BOOM. Get her to sew that!