I started watching that game before I left my apartment this afternoon to do laundry at my parents' house. I had time to go over there, do three complete loads of laundry, pick up my friend Tim, drive with my friend Tim to get supper, bring said supper back to his house and eat it, hang around at his house figuring I'd get the score update later (he's not really a baseball fan), take my leave of him and head home after realizing the game was still actually being played, come home, put the laundry away, and sit back down on my couch in front of the game just in time to see Tadahito Iguchi's single to left to score Alex Cintron and win the game for the Other Sox in the bottom of the 19th freakin' inning.
I don't really know whether or not I prefer a loss like this, after much valiant effort and several turning points to the game, or if I'd rather there had been someone on base for Jermaine Dye in the bottom of the ninth. Is it better to let Rudy Seanez take the loss in an inning a full game later than see Schilling, whose efforts were brilliant in regulation, be the one who was beaten--or to see Jonathan Papelbon take the loss, leaving a probably dismissable but sure-to-be-scrutinized question mark hanging over his head going into the All-Star break?
In reality, the Red Sox have won two out of a three-game series, nothing to sneeze at coming off a worrying stretch against Tampa Bay. But technically speaking, they have split a four-game series against the ChiSox--and that's more how it feels at this point. That's the biggest problem with these long, drawn-out games.
Luckily for those of us whose nerves were frayed by today's contest, as well as David Ortiz, who has been commenting on his fatigue of late, it's now baseball's summer vacation, and time for a few days of baseball-related TV so packed, I might have to keep track of it on my Outlook calendar. Shows I'm looking forward to:
The Remys, Jerry Remy's midseason awards and evaluation, 7 pm on NESN.
All-Star Game Home Run Derby, 8 pm ET on ESPN.
Baseball's Secret Formula, a show about how sabermetrics helped the Red Sox win the World Series, 9 pm on The Science Channel.
Sox in 2 All-Star Break Marathon, starting at 2pm ET on NESN. It's still not too late to vote.
2006 All-Star Game, 8 pm ET on ESPN.
Watch Faith Rewarded. Again.
Spaceman, a Baseball Odyssey, a documentary about Bill Lee, 8 pm ET on NESN.
The Red Sox begin a four-game set against Oakland, 7:05 pm on NESN.
It's not a weekly Dennis Eckersley vehicle, and we still wait for Killin' Stuff with Trot and Timlin, but definitely thoughtful of NESN to keep Soxaholics from sliding into total withdrawal this week.
Theo will apparently be conducting a chat on Boston.com tomorrow at noon ET. Inconveniently, I will be at work, but I don't know how you get into that chat, anyway. Meanwhile, I'm sure I, like most of the other Sox bloggers, will probably be posting a mid-season evaluation of some sort before Thursday.
For openers, I'll just state the obvious (but worth repeating anyway): nothing's ever perfect, but there may be lots to look forward to this summer. No matter what, it won't be long before we're wondering where August went.