Monday, October 7, 2013

My sports watching dilemma live diary

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.


  1. Ha! Good stuff. Can't wait to see the Sox end this tomorrow.

  2. Thanks for reading! Yeah, that one hurt, I'd like to see something great from Peavy tomorrow.

  3. My night was exactly like that only sub "folding laundry" or "clean kitchen" for celtics related material and "pretzels" for "burrito".

  4. sweet. My burrito was awesome. Everything else, not so good...


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