Monday, October 14, 2013

Day 197: Does It Get Any Better Than This, New England Sports Fans?

Am I the only one whose heart rate just returned to normal after those two finishes on Sunday? I think my heart was racing from about 4:30pm until the end of that amazing Red Sox game. Has there ever been a more exciting one-two punch with last second wins for both the Patriots and Sox in one day? If so, I don't think it has happened in my life time. Wow... just wow.

First, the football game between the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints had shitshow written all over it. While their records were very similar, the Patriots were still struggling with injuries and seemed to be losing more guys than they were getting back. And we know all about Drew Brees's high-flying offensive attacks. I'm not going to lie, I was pretty nervous.

The Brady - Brees showdown was one of the most exciting games I've seen the Patriots play so far this season. The Pats scored early and headed into the locker rooms at the half with a 17-7 lead. But Brees came back in the second half scoring 20 points and with less than two minutes to go in the game, the Saints had a slim 27-23 lead.

Tom Brady is accustomed to these type of pressure situations and appeared cool as a cucumber as he marched his team 70 yards down the field with no time outs and the clock ticking down fast. And with just :05 left in the game, he connected with Kenbrell Thompkins in the corner of the end zone for the winning touchdown. I'm pretty sure I scared the crap out of my dogs with my sudden outburst of screaming when the score occurred. 

Radio announcer for 98.5 the Sports Hub, color analyst Scott Zolak could possibly have had the best reaction EVER to the amazing play: UNICORNS! SHOW PONIES! WHERE'S THE BEEF? Listen here for the audio...

As if that ending wasn't enough excitement for my Sunday evening, the Red Sox had to get into the mix. It's no secret, game two was a must-win situation for the Sox. They could not go to Detroit down two games to none. But it was not going to be an easy feat as they would have to get by AL best Max Scherzer and his freaky eyeballs. Like the night before, the Sox were held hitless through over half of the game. But unlike the night before, when the bats came alive... the bats came alive.

Detroit had what seemed like an insurmountable lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning, especially given what both their starters and relievers have been able to do against this lineup. All it took was for Scherzer to be pulled from the game and the Sox took advantage of three different pitchers to load the bases on a double, a walk and a single.

Then the Tigers brought in the fourth pitcher of the inning, closer Joaquin Benoit, to face David Ortiz. Ortiz had never homered against Benoit... until Sunday night. Big Papi took the first pitch fastball into the Red Sox bullpen for the game tying grand slam that also took Tiger right fielder Torii Hunter ass over teakettle over the fence, landing on his head.

Red Sox radio announcer, Dave O'Brien's reaction was great... but not as awesome as Zolak's earlier Patriots' call... THIS GAME IS TIED! THIS GAME IS TIED! DAVID ORTIZ! DAVID ORTIZ! DAVID ORTIZ!

But it didn't end here. The Sox still needed a run to win after Koji Uehara put down the Tigers in order in the top of the ninth. Jonny Gomes led off the inning by legging out an infield single and took second on an errant throw. He then moved to third on a wild pitch. Jarrod Saltalamacchia then punched a 3-1 fastball through the left side of the infield for the walk-off single and a spectacularly amazing win for the Red Sox.

So now we head to the Motor City for game three on Tuesday night. John Lackey matches up with Justin Verlander—the Tigers' rotation just never gets any easier, does it? Game time is 4pm. Oh how I love this game!!

1 comment:

  1. Great post and I think one could say in both games the other coaches/managers mad a key mistake that handed victory to our teams Just happy we took advantage of their bunglings in both games.