There aren’t many 15 inning games over the course of a season, never mind 15 inning games that last almost six hours and involve both the Yankees and the Red Sox. But there was one Friday night, and like every Friday night game the Yankees have had for the last few years I was there.
I walked into the Stadium on Friday about 6:30, expecting to get home at about 11-11:30 like I normally do (yes, even though Yankees/Red Sox games are notoriously long I was optimistic). Instead I got home at 1:30 after sitting through the equivalent of one and a half games.
There’s no need to go into a detailed game summary here, but I do want to say that A.J. Burnett was fantastic as was Josh Beckett and the bullpens for both teams did an excellent job. It was all about hanging on and completely wearing out the other team. And the Yankees were able to get to a pitcher they could truly hit before the Red Sox.
Tazawa, as a starter, could probably have pitched 6-7 innings and after Damon’s botched bunt attempts (seriously terrible), me and the people around me had moved onto trying to figure out who would pitch next. Sergio Mitre? Who’s throw day is it? I had zoomed into the bullpen with my camera to check it out and found it was at that point completely devoid of pitchers.
But then Alex Rodriguez with one swing of his bat tied Harmon Killebrew on the all time home runs list and sent us home. Which made us happy and grateful, though the man who sits next to me on Fridays was worried about how angry his wife would be at his late arrival.
There was a lot that happened between then (like runners not reaching third base and JD Drew making catches he really should not be able to!), but by the time you get to the 12th inning dementia (for fans at least, I can’t speak to how the commentator teams or players were doing). Some people left early and those people got booed as badly as David Ortiz. Hopefully they got home and saw the game still going and felt badly.
Finally, for those who are wondering here is a summary of the general mental states of the Stadium during the game by inning:
- Bottom of the 9th – How exciting, this game might go into extra innings and now the Yankees can only win on a walk off.
- Bottom of the 10th – Still excited! The Yankees are putting runners on…and now Derek Jeter is 0-5 and there is no God.
- Bottom of the 11th – Nooooo Teix don’t hit it to dead center.
- Bottom of the 12th – Pop-ups are not pleasing. Oh no I think that’s Bruney warming up. Please be good Bruney.
- Bottom of the 13th – Jeter and Damon are now both 0-6, that’s bordering on Corey Patterson-esque and this game will never end. I miss my family and I’m hungry.
- Bottom of the 14th – Ramiro Pena pinch running is the most exciting thing in the universe!!! What the…JD DREW SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT CATCH.
- Bottom of the 15th – Those sure were some terrible bunt attempts, Johnny. Oh well, who’s available to pitch next—A-ROD!