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Friday, October 29, 2004

Sept. 10 M's-Sox Pictures 

As promised, here are the pictures we took at the September 10 Mariners game against the World Champion Boston Red Sox (heretofore called WCBRS). Pete, Pete's girlfriend Leah, Leah's dad Andy, and I got seats in the first row behind the visitors' dugout from Leah's grandmother, who is a charter season ticket holder. It wasn't much of a game, but from those seats any game is absolutely awesome. In the last couple of years I've been spoiled, seeing the Angels, White Sox, Twins, and WCBRS from those seats.

WCBRS have been, hands down, the most interesting team to see from that close vantage point. Just about everyone on the WCBRS is a character, and their stars aren't afraid to interact with the fans. For example, during the Hat Trick on the scoreboard, Pedro Martinez was following along, and when the ball trick was finished, held up his fingers to indicate his answer. He got it right, and when I yelled "Alright, Pedro! Way to go, buddy!" Pedro turned around and gave me the Fonzie "Heyyyyyy!" expression. Just hilarious. Pete's got a better Pedro story from the game the night before which I'll allow him to tell.

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Pedro, fresh from his evening nap (in the seventh inning)

Curt Schilling was WCBRS's starter that night, and if you aren't convinced that he's a great pitcher, you should see him from the dugout seats. They'll make a believer out of you.

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Suture Man was kind enough to pose for this picture with me.

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A close-up of my t-shirt that night.

Manny Ramirez hit two homers for WCBRS, and if you aren't convinced that he's a great hitter, you should see him from the dugout seats. They'll make a believer out of you. He hit a grand slam on a 3-0 pitch. Everyone in the stadium except Bob Melvin knew it was going to happen. I even said to our group before the pitch, "This is how grand slams happen."

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Manny Ramirez, taking the leisurely route to home plate following his grand slam.

For some reason, our buddy Daryl has a bit of a man-crush on Doug Mientkiewicz. Daryl is from Minnesota, but that only begins to explain it.

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Pete, moments before biting Doug Mientkiewicz's head clean off.

And now, some pictures for which I really don't have any stories:

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Pete, Leah, and a disinterested bystander.

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What would Johnny Damon do?

Ah, that was a good day at the old ballpark. I definitely agree that this year's WCBRS were an especially interesting and fun team to see up close. The TV movie they make based on this season won't do them justice (though it'll probably at least be better than Paul Sorvino's tragic turn as Joe Torre in "Curveball's Allong the Way").

That's just another reason it sucked to be a Cubs fan this year. Our players were a bunch of freaking crybabies! Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox were exactly the kind of team I wished I could have been rooting for (run by stat-heads, bunch of crazy characters), and they ended up winning it all! Damn it.

For those who are interested, here's the Pedro Martinez story from the night before these pictures were taken.

Pedro comes out of the clubhouse in the sixth inning looking pretty much like he does in the picture we took of him. Immediately, some drunk guy sitting a few seats away from us starts heckling him. The heckles weren't particularly clever. "Hey Pedro, nice hair!" was about as close as he came to a knockout blow. They were all about his hair, and he didn't even think to sing a few bars of the "Soul Glow" song.

Anyway, after a couple minutes of this, Pedro turns around and starts ranting at this guy. He yells, "MY hair? Look at your personal appearance, man! It's an embarrassment!" Then he pointed at Bronson Arojo and said, "Bronson says you're the ugliest guy he ever seen!"

Then Curt Schilling joined in and started insulting the heckler, who at this point was stunned into silence.

That's why they won it all! Because they pulled together and worked as a team, whether it was on the field of play or in the dugout, humiliating hecklers.
Bear in mind, also, that Bronson Arroyo looks like that guy standing outside the small-town convenience store that knows where to score meth. So for Arroyo to call the guy out was particularly damning.
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