I started watching the Yankee game while at Carpool last night for a happy hour in celebration of Jesseca’s 30th birthday. When I left there sometime around 9 PM, the score was 2-1 Red Sox. When I got home sometime around 10 PM, the score was 5-2 Red Sox. It was the 6th inning and already the game was three hours long. But the time the game got to the 8th inning the score was 7-2 Red Sox and I was considering giving up watching.
I’m glad I didn’t.
In the top of the 8th, the Yankees scored 6 runs, a couple of those runs off of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was brought in to stop the bleeding. The Yanks came out of the inning with an 8-7 lead and with Mariano Rivera closing the game for them, that was the final score. The Yanks beat the Red Sox in Boston and closed to within 4-1/2 games of them for the division. You should have heard me whooting and hollering during that 8th inning. It was so much fun!
Incidentally, the 9-inning game lasted 4 hours 43 minutes–two minutes shy of the record for a nine inning game, set by the the Yankees and Red Sox last year. I didn’t get to bed until after midnight.