Fantastical Meetings, Fantastic Games

My sources got back to me today about our pitching staff’s little competition. According to Melissa, the Indians are the ones that introduced us to the game. 

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My fantastical imagination wandered during my French class, and it took me to my meeting with the Red Sox starting rotation. 
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Apparently, there was still some bad blood between the Red Sox and Indians, neither of them got over the 2007 ALCS. In 2007, the mentality was: ‘If you can be good, I can get better’; in 2009, the mentality has shifted to: ‘If you can be bad, I can be worse”
I wasn’t aware of the rules though. It was only a game between Dice-K, Penny, and Beckett. Jon Lester was disqualified because he started the game too early, this was supposed to start AFTER the first start of the season. Tim Wakefield was automatically disqualified because of the knuckleball, and Justin Masterson is still not allowed to play because of his age. 
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“I wanted to motivate the offense,” Daisuke Matsuzaka said through his translator. “It was pretty quiet, so I thought that I could simply destroy the three run lead, and put us in a two run deficit,” he confessed. 
I turned to Brad Penny, who had a guilty look on his face. “I got jealous,” he began as he shook his head. “I’m the new guy here. Dice-K gave up those five runs, and I guess I just took it overboard. I didn’t even let the offense score to begin with… I just… wanted to impress them,”
“I *&^%$#@ hate Cleveland! I beat CC twice and I still didn’t get the !@#$%^& Cy Young! What the hell do they expect me to do–” Josh Beckett was cut off. 
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“I wanted to play! They wouldn’t let me!” Justin Masterson interrupted. “I was a rookie LAST year–”
Beckett glared at Masterson, and I could tell that Masterson was thankful that it wasn’t Jonathan Papelbon who was staring at him. “Anyway, these guys gave up five or more runs in their outing, and I knew that I could give Baltimore eight runs, but I only &^%*$#@ got four… !@#$^%&%&*&$^%^^&&*&…..” 
The Red Sox realized that this game was dangerous though, so they stopped playing it. Dice-K is now on the 15-Day DL with a fatigued shoulder. They tried to add an amendment to the rules that would disqualify pitchers who had pitched in the World Baseball Classic, but something changed. 
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In Sunday’s game, Jon Lester went seven innings and struck out nine– which made Josh Beckett a bit uneasy. In his Opening Day start, he had gone seven innings with ten strikeouts, but nine was just too close. Lester has motivated Beckett to do even better. 
It was great to see Lester get back into his “vintage” form, as Ian Browne called it in his article. I wasn’t worried, I was merely… frustrated. 
11 am start. On a Monday. Where was I at 11 am Monday? I had just gotten out of Chemistry, and most of you know how I feel about chemistry: badly, to say the least. By the middle of fifth period, I couldn’t take it anymore. I marched with haste to the library. 
I probably had some sort of look of determination on my face because when I came out of the library, my friend reported the score: 3-1 (at that time)
I whirled around… I needed to know more. 
“How? How’s Masterson? What about Jacoby? What about–”
“Masterson is doing OK, Jacoby and Dustin both got hits, and I think Big Papi too,”
I sighed with relief, said ‘thank you’ and marched right into the library to watch the boxscore refresh every 30 seconds. 
This lasted throughout the next period too. I was unable to watch for the next two, but after I got out of my last class, Life Skills, I marched straight over to my friends and demanded an iPhone. 
“Whoever has an iPhone, give it to me now,”
No questions asked, I got one, and read the recap aloud, despite protests from my friends. Besides Masterson’s… masterful… start, I was happy to see that Big Papi had partially broken out of his slump. I say partially only because in my book, home runs are the only remedy for slumps. And last season, in his terrible beginning-of-the-season drought, he had a few hits the night before, and the next night? Grand slam. Oh yeah, and we slammed the O’s. Just like our offense is supposed to. 
Tonight’s game may be canceled postponed delayed, but we all know that my chemistry test won’t be. Though, I do wish it would be cancelled, postponed, or delayed. 

16 Comments

GO RED SOX!!! AND GO ELIZABETH IN CHEMISTRY! lol!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I love your fantastical mind, Elizabeth. Very creative. Maybe it’s time for you to write a novel! Good luck on the chem test.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Let’s say if your chem test is postponed does that mean it’ll be made up as a doubleheader. haha jk. Back to your allegheny river question it’s really nothing like San Fran at all. You get boats floating by out there but the waters very dirty and unsanitary so u don’t see many people getting too close. Plus it’s about a 475 foot shot out there. It’s rare that a ball actually reaches the water. Looks like a beatdown of the twins right now. But raindrops keep falling on their heads.

http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

Homeruns the only way to get out of a slump! Shenanigans I say. Anything from a bloop to a triple is getting out of a slump! You homerun people and your long ball ideas…
Tom
http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com

If you “accidentally” blow up the chemistry lab I bet the test will be canceled, postponed or delayed. And thanks… I love to read non-fiction prose. Nice work!
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Clever post. I feel the same way about slumps when it comes to the sluggers. The likes of Ortiz and Hafner weren’t destined for line drive singles, but mammoth shots into the bleachers.

Jason
http://jmays.mlblogs.com

Lol. I love that I can check the boxscores in my phone. I commute to work so there I am checking on the train, on the bus or while I am waiting for either one of them. How did we manage before/
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

3 runs allowed in the last three games = GAME OVER.
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Two big East division series this weekend: Red Sox-Yanks and Phillies-Marlins. You should go see the World Champs play!
-Mark
http://philliesperspective.mlblogs.com

I think we all have those daydreams from time to time :O) I know the voices in my head never take a break….ha!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Heya Elizabeth, this is a really cool and creative post :-) I want an iPhone toooooo.Ashhttp://ashleymarshall.mlblogs.com

Sorry I haven’t been around the blogosphere lately. Check out my twitter to find out why!

Bob, http://twitter.com/boston_sports

Elizabeth, I am beginning to think you and Dave (davecgs on Brownie Points) should trade notes on the stories the two of you write! ;) GO SOX!

I’m sorry my pitchers started such a bad trend. I’m sure they didn’t mean it. Or maybe they did. Maybe they are still upset about 2007 too and they realized they could get the Red Sox to fail by failing themselves. I’ll have to check. I’ll get back to you.
Melissa
http://clemsongirlbaseball.mlblogs.com

Elizabeth- This. Was. Great. A fantastical mind is the only kind of mind to have.
Emily
http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

Haha, that’s great! I loved your “meeting” with the rotation. You definitely showed the different personalites of the players. I sure hope the Red Sox can keep playing well!
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

That’s a game I wouldn’t mind the Sox playing tomorrow.
http://newmexicanyanksfan.mlblogs.com

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