Here's what happened in baseball while making this dream come into play:
Reds 4, Brewers 3: Eric Gagne blew another save for Milwaukee but hey, I'm sure he's got a valid excuse and/or note from his therapist. I mean, it was the fourth day in a row that he's been used by Ned Yost, so his arm was probably super-tired. Either way, he was handed a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the tenth in Cincinnati and gave up two solo ding-dongs. One of the taters was hit by Redleg third basemen Edwin Encarnacion who had let the Brew Crew go ahead in the top of the tenth by booting an easy grounder. Whoopsie doodle! Superstar Ken Griffey Jr notched the game-winning single for Dusty and the boys. By the by, this contest was knotted at one after nine innings thanks in part to Milwaukee hurler Yovani Gallardo and his recently rebuilt left knee; Gallardo went eight strong and allowed but four hits.
Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3: After leaving a "Dear John" letter in Frank Thomas' locker, J.P. Ricciardi found himself suddenly without a power bat in his lineup. Would J.P. have second thoughts about the breakup? Would he reconsider, and stand outside Frank's bedroom with a boombox blaring "In Your Eyes" above his head? I don't think any of this is possible because J.P. has found his new Big Hurt, and his name is David Eckstein. Little Scrappy Doo hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to lead the Jays over the once-again-struggling Detroit Tigers. Forget this "Rod Barajas as DH" nonsense...are you kidding me, Toronto? Really? Rod Barajas? Put in Eckstein!
Giants 8, Cardinals 2: BREAK UP THE CODDAMN GIANTS! Seriously, they just took 2 of 3 from St. Louis and have moved a half a game ahead of the Dodgers into fourth place in the NL West. Rookie sensation John Bowker collected his third homer, all coming off Cardinal pitching while the worst cleanup hitter ever ever ever Bengie Molina hit three doubles and drove in three gentlemen. San Fran pitcher Jonathan Sanchez did his best Steve Trachsel impersonation, throwing over 100 pitches in just five innings but still picking up the victory. Cardinal starter Braden Looper got taken for a loop...bwa ha ha bad pun. Seriously though, he got hit very hard.
Red Sox 6, Rangers 5: I was driving home from Delaware yesterday and I asked my girlfriend to check the scores of the Yankees and Red Sox games; New York was ahead of Baltimore 2-0 and Boston was behind the Texas 5-0. Finally! One for the good guys this weekend. The Yanks would avoid a sweep and the Sox would have to settle for just two wins over the lowly Rangers. IT WAS NOT TO BE. Hey, thanks Rangers' bullpen! Wes Littleton and C.J. Wilson, you just made my shitlist. The two combined to allow five hits and four runs in just one and two-thirds innings, com-PLETE-ly blowing the game for starter Kevin Millwood and my own personal era of good feelings. At least the Yankees pulled out the win and nobody got hurt...oh shit.
SITE NEWS: This series ends today with the annual Patriots Day morning-time game, so Camp Tiger Claw will liveglog it. First pitch at 11AM...be here!