Alerted by SG just a moment ago, I hurriedly shut off City of Champions and put 'er on NESN.
Alex Gonzalez was on first base before the Sox struck out to end the inning. Commercial.
When the broadcast returns, the sun is pouring down over City of Palms Park. The Pirates are winning 3-0 and the lion-maned Bronson Arroyo is conducting a press conference after his 1.2 innings of work.
Abe Alvarez is out under that blinding sun now. "Am I disappointed at all?" Bronson laughs. "It's the first outing, man. You come out, give up about a hundred runs, go and get a good night's sleep and come back and do it again tomorrow."
Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy are calling the game, teasing each other.
"How long would it take you to get ready?" Orsillo asks.
"Eh, one day, you know," Remy jokes.
"Yeah, you could hit in December," laughs Orsillo. "Roll out of bed, and you were ready."
They laugh together.
The atmosphere is sleepy--remining me more of the sounds of a golf tournament than Fenway at the height of July.
The new-look Youkilis is on first base. Alvarez gives up a single.
It's all so slow and sweet. Just so sweet.
P.S. I hope you are watching this too, because there is no way in hell I can even describe the exchange Don and Rem-Dawg just had about Dick Button and Olympic figure skating.
P.P.S. A couple more notes from the game:
Craig Hansen's appearance made me really wonder about statistics. He got out of the inning ok, but not before not only loading the bases (which I know will be recorded in the stats) but also not before the two outs he got before getting into hot water made contact of some sort and were thrown out in the field. I wonder how that shows up in the stats--I know it does, but exactly how does defense get accounted for?
It also made me think maybe we should back up off Hansen a little bit. Kid was pitching in college last year--he's the only player in Red Sox history ever to go to the major league level in the same year he was drafted. Makes me worry about a little whiplash. But we know how I get about the boys sometimes.
Also, just briefly, they showed footage of a Schilling pitch against BC yesterday on the NESN broadcast, and I don't know if it was the camera angle, or the context against a thoroughly flummoxed college hitter or the sound effect, but WOW. The ball EXPLODED in the catcher's glove; it sounded like a shotgun blast. The hitter swung, you could tell, as hard as he possibly could, but that ball was by him as if it'd been fired from a pistol. Just that one pitch was amazing to see.