Baseball Before Bedtime: Boy With a Coin

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Here's what happened in baseball while you walked to a town that all of us burn:

Red Sox 1, Twins 0: Yes, Boston won the game on Manny Ramirez' eighth inning RBI single up the middle but Minnesota won something far more important: the hearts and minds of a national viewing audience. We were treated to some fantastic pitching by Scott Baker and some amazing defensive plays by right fielder Denard Span and center fielder-slash-Mets castoff Carlos Gomez. True, they were not Wizard Cat-worthy, but it's nice to see a team keep their pitcher happy with some delightful glovework. Daisuke Matsuzaka got the hard-luck no-decision despite his season high 7 and 1/3 shutout innings tallied.

Pirates 10, Astros 7: Nate McLouth and Ryan Doumit continued their assault on the airspace above PNC Park. Their ding-dongs off Royals castoff Runelvys Hernandez powered Pittsburgh to a tidy win over hapless Houston. The Pirates' 10 runs in the first four innings were more runs than they scored all weekend in a sweep at the hands of the mighty Brewers. Ed Wade's super-awesome offseason acquisition Hernandez allowed all 10 runs in 4 innings of work, raising his ERA to a tidy 10.29.

Mets 10, Phillies 7 9: Super-awesome All Star reliever Billy Wagner actually saved a game, despite allowing the first two runners to reach via a double and a walk. Okay I shouldn't write these recaps before the game ends. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and down 0-2 in the count, pinch hitter Pedro Feliz grounded a single up the middle that scored Shane Victorino; Eric Bruntlett scored on Carlos Beltran's throwing error. Wagner got Jayson Werth to fly out to end the game though. After being down 10-1, the Phillies scored the final eight runs of the game but fell just short, prompting me to ask: "HOW DO YOU LIVE LIKE THIS, PHILLIES FANS?"

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Alcohol, heart medication, and decades of lowered expectations and pessimism.

I'm confused. What do I do now, root for the Brewers?

Yes, Brewers fans lead better lives anyway.

If CC can be rented for the rest of the season I suppose I could as well, as long as it's a NL team. Do I get to slide into a giant mug of beer?

Didn't you guys have a couple of home games in Milwaukee last year? Plus, Major League was filmed in Milwaukee and Bob Uecker played Harry Doyle so you guys are pretty much brethren. I say go for it.

bc twins,

The games we played in Milwaukee certainly opened the door for this temporary rooting interest. Have to admit I was really impressed when that happened. No advance notice or promotion but the stadium filled up as the game went on, pretty cool fans in that town.

Yeah my Brother lives in Milwaukee and went to two of the games. He said he wished there was that kind of atmosphere at Brewers' games

How do I live like this?

I don't know. I woke up this morning just as miserable and confused as you, Rob.

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