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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Baby Likes Baseball ... 

... either that or the baby is tired of hearing me say "No-mah."

Last night, instead of reading through a paper-towel tube to the baby, I recapped how the BoSox beat San Diego and that Pedro Martínez pitched eight scoreless innings giving up just two hits (not to mention Keith Foulke's fine job in the ninth). This brought about some good kicking, especially when I mentioned Johnny Damon's RBI double (the only score of the night) and that Jason Varitek stole a base.

However, that was just the appetizer. The baby really started kicking when I said that Trot Nixion started his rehab assignment with the Saratoga Red Sox, getting an RBI single at his first at bat. Although the SaraSox split the doubleheader against the Fort Meyers Miracle, Trot went 2 for 3 in the first game with a double and a run scored in addition to his first-inning RBI. (Trot stayed on the bench for the second game.)

The biggest kick of all, however, came when I said that Nomar Garciaparra was the lead-off batter for the PawSox that night. I hadn't seen any scores at that point so I didn't have to dim the baby's enthusiasm by reporting that the PawSox lost to the Louisville Bats, but repeatedly saying "No-mah" really got some excitement going. It looks like No-mah is going to stay with the PawSox for at least one more game, which will give him a chance to bring those hitting stats up (so far he's hit .278 at Pawtucket).

This baby is so going to be ready for the World Series.

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