It's 6:07 pm, and the Red Sox vs Rays ALDS Game 3 is about to start. However, at 7:30 tonight the Celtics kick off the preseason at the Garden. I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but I've got tickets for the C's (included as part of my season tix), and I think I have to go. It's day one of the Brad Stevens era, and as a semi-serious Celtics writer/reporter I don't feel right missing it. Maybe the Sox can jump on Tampa early and make this a non-issue.
6:21 - Boston got a run in the top of the first, but it could have been more.
6:37 - Was hoping this game would move along quickly so I could see as much as possible, but the 1st inning took half an hour. 1-0 Red Sox.
6:53 - Great line drive double play by Napoli and a sliding catch from Nava keep it 1-0 through two. Going to try to watch one more inning...
7:07 - 1 out in the bottom of the 3rd, starting the DVR and heading to the Garden.
7:32 - I'm in my seat three minutes before tip-off. TD Garden is about 30% full.
7:53 - The PA system tries to get fans fired up by playing the background beat for a "Lets go Cel-tics!" chant, but it's about twice as loud as it should be because there is nobody here.
8:17 - On the big screen it's displayed that the Red Sox are up 3-0, most crowd noise of the night so far.
8:31 - I can sort of see the baseball game on a TV in a luxury box not that far from my seat. It appears Longoria just hit a 3 run bomb to tie the game.
8:40 - Celtics trail Toronto 53-48 at halftime. They look like a team with a bunch of mediocre players who don't know their roles yet, which is exactly what they are.
8:50 - From a TV down below in the concession area I watch Middlebrooks strike out looking on a pitch he's not happy with to end the top of the 6th.
8:56 - Buchholz gets the Rays 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, headed back to my seat.
9:08 - Take a look at my phone to find out it's the middle of the 7th, the game is 3 hours old.
9:30 - My DVR just stopped recording, even with the built in extra half hour. Oh well.
9:54 - Celtics lose 97-89. There's approximately 74 people still in their seats for the finish. I'm exaggerating, but only slightly. Looks like I'm actually going to make it home before the Sox game ends.
10:12 - I'm back at my apartment for the top of the 9th. Stopped to grab a burrito on the way and missed the Rays taking a 4-3 lead. I guess that's a good thing.
10:14 - Middlebrooks lead off walk. Too bad they already used up Quintin Berry.
10:17 - Ellsbury bloops in a single, just yelled at my TV.
10:18 - Victorino bunts them over.
10:19 - Very surprised they're not walking Pedroia with 2nd and 3rd, 1 out.
10:21 - Tie game.
10:30 - Crap.