Game 46 // Seventh Inning, St. Pete // Starlin Light, Starlin Bright

TOP OF THE SEVENTH: YANKEES 2 (0) – 1 RAYS

 

Jake Odorizzi is throwing a no-hitter. Six innings on the books. His last name appears to be Rougned Odor’s rap name. Drizzy. Weezy. Odorizzi.

The cowbells are at full clang inside the Trop, locked in tight battle with a strong New York contingent, chanting Continue reading “Game 46 // Seventh Inning, St. Pete // Starlin Light, Starlin Bright”

Game 45 // Ninth Inning, Kansas City // Royals Rally, Rally, Rally, Rally

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: WHITE SOX 7 – (1) 8 ROYALS

 

A tale of two images. Heaven flipped into hell. A win into a loss. Agony. The innocence of childhood sports fandom gone. Disbelief. Hawk Harrelson in the White Sox’ TV booth near tears. Likely punching a hole in the press-box wall. Screaming. Vomiting. Exasperated. A minutes-long bleep of censored profanity. To channel my college professors, what the Greeks called peripeteia: a sudden turn of events or unexpected reversal of circumstances. Continue reading “Game 45 // Ninth Inning, Kansas City // Royals Rally, Rally, Rally, Rally”

Game 44 // Ninth Inning, New York // Granderson at the Bat

 // Sketch contributor: Henry Gustavson

 

TOP OF THE NINTH: METS 5 – (1) 4 DODGERS

 

The ghosts of the 1986 Mets are alive and well tonight at Shea Stadium Citi Field, with a big home run from what looks to be Darryl Strawberry, and Dwight Gooden on the mound to close things out.

The digits 1 9 8 6 are printed in blue and orange on the infield grass, ahead of both dugouts, Continue reading “Game 44 // Ninth Inning, New York // Granderson at the Bat”

Game 43 // Fifth Inning, Pittsburgh // Home of the Freese

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH: PIRATES 5 (1) – 4 DIAMONDBACKS

 

Roses are red, Pirates are yellow, what the hell color are the Diamondbacks wearing?

They’ve got black lettering, charcoal gray fabric, and a black snakeskin pattern around the ankles that blends with black cleats as if they’ve been Continue reading “Game 43 // Fifth Inning, Pittsburgh // Home of the Freese”

Game 42 // Third Inning, Chicago // Homecoming, Juan Uribe

TOP OF THE THIRD: INDIANS 3 (0) – 1 WHITE SOX

 

A statue of a leaping, striving, stretching shortstop careening into the annals of World Series history, White Sox glory—the iconic first out of a trophy-winning ninth inning in Houston.

Reanimated, shaking off the bronze coating, scrubbing off the rust, stepping out of the championship pavilion and back into the batter’s box Continue reading “Game 42 // Third Inning, Chicago // Homecoming, Juan Uribe”

Game 41 // Ninth Inning, San Francisco // Pence to Kemp, Glitch in the Outfield

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: GIANTS 1 (0) – 0 PADRES

 

Johnny Cueto has just pitched a career-best game. He’s in the dugout, hat off, arms on the padded green railing, an orange and black skull cap stretched over his long dreadlocks, awaiting the slim chance of a win to be added to his season record. It’s nothing-nothing, a stalemate of a game, and Continue reading “Game 41 // Ninth Inning, San Francisco // Pence to Kemp, Glitch in the Outfield”

Game 40 // Eleventh Inning, San Diego // Padres Walk, Walk, Walk It Off

BOTTOM OF THE ELEVENTH: PADRES 3 (2) – 2 DODGERS

 

It’s a late night out on the west coast, in the far southwest corner of California, with the fans chanting “Beat L-A!! Beat L-A!!” and the game tied up in the bottom of the 11th inning. There’s a rust-colored tuft of mullet protruding from the blue cap of Dodger pitcher Chin-hui Tsao, coming in for just his second mound appearance of the season.

A week ago, he was in AAA-ball. Two years ago he was running a beef-noodle soup restaurant in Hualien City, Taiwan. Continue reading “Game 40 // Eleventh Inning, San Diego // Padres Walk, Walk, Walk It Off”

Game 39 // Eighth Inning, St. Louis // Quadruple to Hazelbaker

TOP OF THE EIGHTH: DIAMONDBACKS 9 (4) – 2 CARDINALS

 

I check the MLB Gameday feed and see this in the 8th inning: Single to center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. Below that: Single to center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. Again: Single to center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. And for the coup de grâce, the quadruple-stacked burger of cardinal meat, there’s a fourth update: Single to center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.

Has this happened before? It must be approaching some kind of Continue reading “Game 39 // Eighth Inning, St. Louis // Quadruple to Hazelbaker”

Game 38 // Fourth Inning, St. Louis // Cardinals Top the Rockies

TOP OF THE FOURTH: CARDINALS 4 – (2) 6 ROCKIES

 

It’s an odd combination of color at Busch Stadium, with the deep purple of Colorado at the plate and the bright red of St. Louis on the mound—on the cap, the glove, the shoes, the belt, the two small birds stitched into the chest of every jersey. Continue reading “Game 38 // Fourth Inning, St. Louis // Cardinals Top the Rockies”