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Notes From Section 57, Row E, Seat 17, Yankee Stadium

4:25 PM -- When I lucked into my ticket to Yankee Stadium Tuesday night, courtesy of my sister, the imagination ran wild. But there's no way anybody could have foreseen a game that would deliver a Curt Schilling gem delivered with a sutured tendon, A-Rod girlie-slapping Bronson Arroyo, and a nail-biting appearance by Keith Foulke (well, okay, you could have imagined the last one).

And to all those statistical geniuses who said Game 7 was an impossibility: Yes, truth is stranger than fiction. The statistics are now reduced to a coin flip. I'll take that bet.

What's with the Irish tenor singing "God Bless America"? I wish I could have heard him in a different venue. It was like watching the Tosca Strings warm up the crowd at pro wrestling match. Also, not to be too picky, but did the trembling tenor mangle the lyrics?

More observations from hostile territory in the bleachers: The smirky guy wearing a Tom Brady jersey and a Boston Red Sox cap was pretty courageous to stand up on the benches and taunt the crowd. But it was also stuipid -- that's what gives the bleacher snapperheads a bad name.

Catcall of the evening: After Johnny Damon caught a routine fly ball in center field, a bleacher creature belched: "[Expletive] you, you Jesus freak."

How charming! I assume he was referring to Damon's long-flowing locks, rather than a second coming in Game 7?

— R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading

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DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 1:10:01 AM
re: Notes From Section 57, Row E, Seat 17, Yankee Stadium Glad you had a nice time, Scott. And glad you kept a lower profile in enemy territory.

I knew it was a good game when the riot cops started lining the stadium's infield walls.

ph
Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 1:10:00 AM
re: Notes From Section 57, Row E, Seat 17, Yankee Stadium He never touched the bag? Hilarious. I think A-Rod has lost a few points in his baseball legacy and probably even his Yankees fan base.

At the time the play seemed like a bad dream rewound. Until the umps got wise, it seemed like it was "all happening again" to the Red Sox. And it happened at 1st base, of all places!
Scott Clavenna 12/5/2012 | 1:10:00 AM
re: Notes From Section 57, Row E, Seat 17, Yankee Stadium What you probably couldn't see from your seats was how A-rod was actually out three ways:

1) running outside the basepath to avoid a tag
2) interference
3) never touching the bag

His little league move was a surprise, his little pout a bigger surprise.

We can take him.

Go Sox!

From Arlington, Mass....Clavenna
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 1:10:00 AM
re: Notes From Section 57, Row E, Seat 17, Yankee Stadium The best thing A-Rod ever did for the Texas Rangers was leave town.

Go Sox.

ph
Scott Clavenna 12/5/2012 | 1:09:51 AM
re: Notes From Section 57, Row E, Seat 17, Yankee Stadium Case Closed.

See you this weekend.


Clavenna
jggveth 12/5/2012 | 1:09:50 AM
re: Notes From Section 57, Row E, Seat 17, Yankee Stadium
Guys, watch out. A-Fraud (aka Slappy Bluelips)may stop advertising on your site. Haven't you learned anything from your coverage of Lucent?
CoolLightGeek 12/5/2012 | 1:09:48 AM
re: Notes From Section 57, Row E, Seat 17, Yankee Stadium Neutral on LU and shameless bias toward the Sox:
You could become my favorite journalist!

CLG
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 1:09:46 AM
re: Notes From Section 57, Row E, Seat 17, Yankee Stadium In today's NYPost: "This is obviously crushing for us," Rodriguez said. "I don't have words for the disappointment."

I have the words: glorious, sweet, good times, etc.

ph
Scott Clavenna 12/5/2012 | 1:09:46 AM
re: Notes From Section 57, Row E, Seat 17, Yankee Stadium Got up early, put on my Schilling jersey and headed down to Fenway, just to get a whiff of history, if any was left on the air. Had to watch the game from home in the burbs last night, so felt a little removed from the epicenter of joy when the clock struck Yankee doom at midnight.

Crawling traffic, people milling around in sweatshirts and hats, pale and chilled, heading into the souvenir shop for some truly uninspired AL Champions T-Shirts (Why pay the $20 now for that lame shirt when only a week from now you can buy the real collector's item??). Pizza under heat lamps, and it's not even 9 AM. A line formed outside the ticket office, but word is tickets go on sale at 3 pm, by telephone only, so what these people are freezing under these gray skies for is beyond me.

I was pushing my daughter around in her stroller. At 17 months, she's not quite grasping the significance, but even so, she's a trooper and loves a crowd, so happy to be along. A film crew sees me; guy with a microphone elbows camera guy, gestures towards us, and they start walking backwards, filming us making our way down the sidewalk by the opening to the underground garage where players park.

Sure enough, they stop me for an interview. No logo on his mic or the camera so I have no idea where this might land, but it was a fun interview, with lots of softballs:

Logoless Correspondent Guy: So I take it from your jersey, you're a Sox fan?

Clavenna: Yeah, I'd say so.

LCG: So, is the curse over?

Clavenna: Hell Yes!!

LCG: Is beating the Yankees enough or do you have the win the World Series?

Clavenna: All the way, man. We have the momentum, we have heroes, and if not now, when??

LCG: How do you think this makes the people of New England feel?

Clavenna: Amazing. Words hardly do it justice. First we get the Patriots in the Super Bowl, now it's the Sox turn. It's fantastic. We've been waiting forever for this.

LCG: Well, I was really asking how this made the PEOPLE feel here, beyond sports?

Clavenna: Um, alright, I guess you'd say we've been in the shadow of the Yankees for too long, and now that's over, behind us, so it's great. Really.

LCG: (still not quite satisfied): I guess what I'm trying to get at is all these people in New England, everywhere around here, how does a win like this change things?

Clavenna (struggling): Uh, well, you know, our whole sense of self worth, it's been restored. We're huge. Big as New York.

LCG: (satisfied): Perfect! So let me leave you with two words - Bill Buckner....

Clavenna (amazed, outraged, nearly sloshing coffee onto daughter's head): No Way Man!!!! Not this year!!! Not these guys!!! (LGC laughing, turning away, looking for someone else to interview) Bring on Clemens!!

Flipped the cell and called my friend, and, unable to shake twenty years of following the sox, starting bitching about Francona putting Pedro in last night when Lowe obviously had gas left in the tank.


Clavenna

Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 1:09:43 AM
re: Notes From Section 57, Row E, Seat 17, Yankee Stadium Hey, good one Scott!

And what do you expect from those TV reporters? I mean they're worse than Web journalists.

The sports chatter was eerily quiet in NYC today but there were a lot of Mets fans celebrating in the Square Diner down the street. In fact, it seemed like Mets fans were almost as excited as BoSox fans.

--SCott
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