“That moment, when you first lay eyes on that field — The Monster, the triangle, the scoreboard, the light tower Big Mac bashed, the left-field grass where Ted (Williams) once roamed — it all defines to me why baseball is such a magical game”

We’re going to the World Series! We’re going to the World Series! Shane Victorino hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 7th which put the Sox ahead 5-2, and that’s all they needed. Shane was amazing running the bases. He was like a little kid on Christmas morning who got the present he really wanted. My friends and I were in touch by phone, and Rod, my brother-in-law, and I were iPad buddies. Now we wait until Wednesday for the first of the Series.

I was awakened early this morning. Okay, at eight, which I know isn’t really all that early, but I went to bed late. The Sox game didn’t end until 11:30 or so, and I was too pumped for bed so I stayed up until close to 2:30. Well, anyway, what woke me up was Fern being sick. She started on the down comforter, which I didn’t hear, then she turned to the floor from the bed. That’s what I heard. The bed is high. She continued in the hall. I dragged myself out of bed and cleaned up the mess. That started laundry day. I folded the clothes which had been sitting in the dryer for a week then washed the down comforter. It’s now in the dryer with a few tennis balls to fluff the down. I can hear the banging noise up here. I had no excuse so I started the rest of the laundry. I already hate today.

There is, however, a redeeming factor about the day. Syfy is showing movies about creatures gone amok. Right now flesh-eating locusts are meeting their doom; however, they did manage to dine al-fresco at a carnival. It was a tough time to be on a ride. Next up is the movie Bats: Human Harvest. I doubt you need any clarification about the plot. Genetically enhanced wasps will be a bit later. That one makes me wonder. I can’t imagine the value of wasps being genetically enhanced.

The day is sunny and bright with a blue sky. It’s still pretty warm, but that will change by Wednesday when the temperatures will drop possibly as low as the 30’s. It will time to turn on the heat.

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25 Comments on ““That moment, when you first lay eyes on that field — The Monster, the triangle, the scoreboard, the light tower Big Mac bashed, the left-field grass where Ted (Williams) once roamed — it all defines to me why baseball is such a magical game””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Going to the World Series and very well deserved. Best team won

  2. olof1 Says:

    I’m glad they go to the World Series 🙂
    But does that mean teams from all over the world will attend? Something back in my head says it isn’t so.

    Rainy, windy and cold here today so I’ve been watching dvd’s all day. Had the fire in the stove burning for too long so I fear it will be too hot to sleep tonight, I might have to open a window for an hour or so before going to bed.

    I guess they genetically enhanced those bees to make them collect more honey but that it somehow changed their mentality as well. Nast those genetically enhanced bees 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It was a really exciting series with two games won by grand slams. It doesn’t get much better than that!

      Funny you should ask about the rest of the world. One column in the paper today disputed it being called the World Series as it is only for two American Teams.

      I haven’t the heat on so the house is pleasant though I suspect it will be cool when the sun goes down. That’s what happens this time of year: the house gets cold, and the sun isn’t warm enough to heat it up in the morning. That sometimes means the heat for a little while.

      They are wasps,not bees, so I have no idea their purpose.

  3. Bob Says:

    Two grand slam home runs in two playoff games to win, what an exciting night! Max Scherzer pitched an incredible game. As one of the commenters said, he is pitching all over the strike zone. Two very evenly matched teams and unfortunately only one gets to go to the World Series.

    I have to consider carefully which team I am going to root for in the Series. I am a life long National League fan who thinks the DH is the worst rule change in history. Interestingly enough the NLCS produced more runs with the pitchers hitting that the ALCS. The Cards were one of my favorite teams as a kid after the Dodgers left Brooklyn. However, the Cards did steal the World Series from the Rangers a couple of years ago and I really like the Red Sox. A tough choice for a guy who is not living in the Red Sox nation 🙂

    Another beautiful day here in North Texas with clear skies and temperatures in the mid 70s.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      That was an amazing series. Two games were won by a score of 1-0.

      The number of hits in the ACLS had little to do with the DH rule. The hitters just weren’t hitting. Look at Fielder, Ortiz and Cabrera as examples. In Game 5 Fielder had 1 hit and raised his post-season average to .211. Even Jim Leyland said the same about the hitting of both teams in a press conference.

      You’re right-my favorite is easy, but Red Sox Nation is everywhere. I saw so many Sox fans when I went to Cleveland for a game and to Denver for two others. Baltimore is always filled with Sox Nation.

      Go with your heart!!

      That weather sounds lovely.

  4. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Congrats on going to the Series, Kat!

  5. Birgit Says:

    Congratulations Red Sox!
    I’ve just looked up “World Series” and more on wikipedia. Who would ever have thought that I’m trying to understand baseball? Not me, I think I have to blame KTCC 😉
    If the world isn’t taken over by destructive creatures by Wednesday, Good luck!
    Laundry day too, because I refuse to use a dryer and -same weather- no rain and pretty warm until Wednesday.
    I hope Fern will get better soon.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Thanks! I think it should be thanking KTTC, not blaming.

      I love all those syfy creatures. They are always huge and enjoy eating people. They take a simple creature and make it horrible and deadly. If I were a kid, that would be the stuff of nightmares.

      Laundry is done!

      Fern seems fine now. Cats throw up a lot.

  6. Clare stevens Says:

    Must be cat throw-up day today – had to clean up at two different client houses today. Hope Fern’s felling better.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Clare. She seems fine right now sleeping on the living room couch. I suppose I should thank her for getting me to do my laundry.

  7. Beto Says:

    I think Ted Williams was great but one guy personifies Red Sox in my opinion, Carl Yastrzemski. I remember a post season game they needed to win and he was out sick with the flu. I held my transistor AM radio in in my hands and wandered around my street, chasing the signal and praying “Yaz” would get well and save them. Indeed he got up from his sick bed and went to Fenway, went in as a pinch hitter and hit a home run.
    What grand drama.

    • katry Says:

      Beto,
      Yaz was definitely an amazing baseball player. He was a private man. This year when they honored him a with a statue was wonderful. It was a long time in coming. I remember the Yaz song after the Impossible Dream season and who could forget Yaz bread!

    • Bob Says:

      There are many great hitters in the history of the game but Ted Williams was better than any of them. He was the last man to hit .400 in a season, he hit 521 home runs including his last at bat in his career in 1960. He also had the highest an on base percentage of .482 in the history of the game. He served as a fighter pilot in the marines from 1943 to 1947 and in Korea in 1952 and 1953. Imagine what his life time statistics would have been had he been playing for the Red Sox instead of serving his country. He is the greatest hitter in the history of the game.

      Yes, Yaz, Mantle, Musial and others were great ball players, but the Splendid Splinter, or Teddy Ballgame was the greatest player at the plate of all time.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I totally agree with you. He had the most natural swing of any ballplayer before or since. I remember when the All-Star game was at Fenway and Ted was there. He came out in a golf cart. All those All-Star players crowded around him. They wanted to see and talk to Ted Williams. It was remarkable.

  8. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Yay Sox. I saw a post on FB around 11:30 last night shouting about Victorino’s grand slam so I figured that was all it was going to take. I’m glad I was not wrong. I won’t watch the series but I will pay attention.

    It’s sunny and warm up here today though walking around with the dog I found the wind was a bit chill in the shade.
    I picked the last of the tomatoes. The little green balls and new flowers still on the plants will probably not ripen.
    There are a lot of leaves on the ground but the maple is still holding on to most of its leaves so I’m not raking anything yet.

    You’re ahead of me on laundry. I got it into the laundry bag but it is still next to the bathroom door which is very far from the laundry. Maybe tomorrow.

    Enjoy the rest of this lovely day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I will be glued to the set for the Series, but I wouldn’t have been had it been the Tigers. I would have checked in but not watch the whole game.

      I was out on the deck filling feeders, and it got chilly. I have one cucumber I have to pick, nothing else left.

      I had pine needles all over the lawn but they got cleared yesterday. Gracie and I watched from the front door. It will get done a couple more times.

      If it weren’t for Fern, my laundry would still be by the cellar door. Now I feel accomplished!

      Have a great night!!

  9. Cuidado Says:

    I came by in the evening instead of the morning thinking of you since the win. There are lots of Red Sox fans on the Island too with it’s strong ties to the Boston States. Yeah!!!! for the Red Sox and their fans. Best of luck in the series. I’ll probably be by in the morning too out of habit.

    • katry Says:

      Cuidado,
      I yelled so loudly at the grand slam both cats went running but it didn’t phase Gracie a bit. She stayed asleep on the couch. We are all so excited!!

      Go Sox!

  10. sprite Says:

    I thought of you during the game, much of which we watched at a bar/restaurant in Great Barrington. Quite an enjoyable win.

    • katry Says:

      sprite,
      The fun of being with fans at a bar does beat being home. Here I yell by myself then pick up the phone and call friends. The bar is uproarious cheering for with and good plays. There is a lot of fun in that.


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