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Friday, May 28, 2004

Still a Half Game Up 

Well, last night did not go the way it was supposed to. Yesterday, I was complaining about trying to follow a game using MBL's Gameday webcast thingie; trying to follow just the changes on the scoreboard is worse.

My in-laws got into town yesterday and R---, my father-in-law, wanted to go to a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The O's were playing the Hated Yankees, so we went ready to root, root, root for the home team.

Traffic leaving D.C. was terrible, but we made it to Baltimore, found a parking space, and got to our seats in time shortly after Ponson threw out the first pitch. The bad thing was that, as I could see on the scoreboard at the back of right field, the A's had already started to pick apart Arroyo.

The O's game started off pretty good. We were in the left-field club seats, which gave us a pretty good view of the field. However, it also seemed to be where a fair number of Hated Yankees fans were sitting. We had O's fans directly behind and ahead of us, but the Yankees fans made themselves increasingly known as the night progressed.

The O's had a great 3rd inning, putting the first three runs of the game up on the board, but the 5th was a nightmare that just kept getting worse with Yankee run after Yankee run.

During the bottom of the 7th, when the A's were up 12-2, and the Yankees up 13-3, we decided to call it a night. After walking around a little bit to give R--- the chance to look at the ballpark, we headed home.

Despite the way the games in Baltimore and Boston ended, the Red Sox are still at the top of the division, a half game ahead of the Hated Yankees. No team's going to win every game, so no big deal. Bring on Seattle. And Tampa Bay can be plucky at times, so let's see what happens.

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