Lindor Kipnis Perez Home Runs Sketch

Game 90 // Third Inning, Cleveland // Playoff Baseball in the ‘Land

TOP OF THE THIRD: INDIANS 1 – (1) 2 RED SOX

 

How long has it been…

Since this Indians team knocked off the Boston Braves for a World Series win…

Since Vic Wertz flew out at 420-plus feet, in the deep center field of the Polo Grounds…

Since they lost it to the Braves, since they lost it to the Marlins… Continue reading “Game 90 // Third Inning, Cleveland // Playoff Baseball in the ‘Land”

Cain Kansas City Red Sox Home Run

Game 81 // Sixth Inning, Boston // The Royal Fenway Rally

TOP OF THE SIXTH: ROYALS 10 (2) – 4 RED SOX

 

The Royals, the royal, the kingly and queenly lineage of Mr. Tenenbaum, Real Madrid, RC Cola, the top poker flush of all, the Casino and the with-cheese—an e on the tail.

And Kansas City. The American Royal rodeo show. The heartland. The boys in blue, taking the field since ’69, running out before the fanatics, as the best attraction for miles, the show where there is no other, the thing to see and cheer and love and bemoan, the two-time champs, the defending champs, the George Brett, the Bo Jackson, the Hal McRae, the … …. [two-plus decades of joyless void]… … the Eric Hosmer, the Salvador Perez, the Lorenzo Cain. Continue reading “Game 81 // Sixth Inning, Boston // The Royal Fenway Rally”

July Fenway Sox Boston Inning

Game 64 // Third Inning, Boston // Great Fenway in July

Sketch by Henry Gustavson


BOTTOM OF THE THIRD: RED SOX 8 (3) – 0 GIANTS

 

Look at Matt Cain on the mound, readying his next pitch, holding up a yellowed glove in front of his mouth like the beak of a strange orange bird. Stirrups. Elastic. Uniforms from the early ‘80s. Not the Orioles in town, but the Giants—a rare interleague trip to Fenway Park, the two teams sharing half the World Series wins this past decade, teams with no history of big-time matchups.

Look at Xander Bogaerts strolling to the plate, “Who’s been chilly with the bat,” per the Sox’ TV crew, his metal cleats digging into the dirt. Continue reading “Game 64 // Third Inning, Boston // Great Fenway in July”

Game 24 // Fifth Inning, Boston // Rivalry, Renewed

TOP OF THE FIFTH: RED SOX 4 – (3) 6 YANKEES

 

Some time ago, something roared, or attacked, or boiled over into madness. It battled, it made miracles, it embodied good vs. evil and was in every way historic. It put New York behind navy pinstripes and Boston in red and white, with Stephen King and Billy Crystal awaiting either rapture or apocalypse, awaiting the final judgment between empire and curse. Mariano against Manny, Pedro against Jeter. Continue reading “Game 24 // Fifth Inning, Boston // Rivalry, Renewed”

Game 17 // Fifth Inning, Houston // Colby to the Rescue

Bottom of the Fifth: ASTROS 5 1 – 1 RED SOX

 

These new uniforms look fantastic. The open-air sunshine into Minute Maid park looks fantastic. Never seen it like this. The full house of fans looks fan-tastic. And Colby Rasmus, what a fantastic man. He’s like a suped-up, cleaned-up, in-shape version of those cavemen from the old Geico ad campaign (and Continue reading “Game 17 // Fifth Inning, Houston // Colby to the Rescue”

Game 15 // Fourth Inning, Boston // The Price Is Wrong

TOP OF THE FOURTH: RAYS 8 2 – 5 RED SOX

 

David Price on the mound today against his former team, wagging his yellow mouth-guard out between his teeth and cheeks, getting the first out of the 4th inning with a 5-2 lead. He’s got Continue reading “Game 15 // Fourth Inning, Boston // The Price Is Wrong”