Thanksgiving Dinner Consisted of… classic baseball games?

Even though baseball season is over, helps the baseball fans who are suffering withdrawal, cope with the offseason. Today, they showed Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS, a classic game. curt-schilling-bloody-sock.jpg

It was the bloody sock game, where Curt persevered through seven amazing innings; 


it was the game where A-Rod knocked the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove, and then claimed that he didn’t do it; and it was the game where Mark Bellhorn hit a controversial three run homer. The umps had to confer twice, once when Mark Bellhorn hit the home run because it was originally ruled a ground-rule double, but replays showed that it bounced off a fan. They conferred again after A-Rod knocked the ball out of Arroyo’s glove, and replays once again clearly showed that A-Rod was guilty. As Arroyo said when he was asked to comment about the situation: “It was desperate measures, during desperate times”. If these calls hadn’t been overturned, the entire series could’ve been completely different. But that’s the beauty of baseball right? I wish I had, that would’ve been a great game to watch. 

It was after Thanksgiving dessert, which consisted of apple pie or chocolate cake, and we were just looking through the TV Guide for something to watch. My dad and I were absolutely thrilled when we found out that Sun Sports was broadcasting a Tampa Bay Rays Encore game. It was the game from April 27, 2008, a Red Sox vs Rays game. It was Josh Beckett vs James Shields, one of the best match-ups in the game. You guys might remember this game if you saw the highlight of Beckett’s error on a pick-off attempt, and seeing the ball roll slowly into right field, and then JD Drew’s throwing error. Both errors combined to allow Jason Bartlett to score from first base. Mike Lowell was on the DL, although I don’t exactly remember why, and JD Drew was healthy because he was playing in right field. The way that you could really tell, that it was young in the season was that a) the Orioles were in first place, and b) Manny Ramirez was still on the Red Sox. They skipped through innings, which was kind of annoying, but it was just so cool to watch Pedroia bat and think, wow, that’s the future AL MVP right there, and he doesn’t even know it yet. And to see Jason Varitek behind the plate and be thinking, Theo’s got to re-sign him, no matter what. I didn’t even look up the score of the game, because that would’ve ruined the beauty of baseball a little. The Sox ended up getting swept but it didn’t matter. It didn’t even matter that it wasn’t a huge playoff game, the fact of the matter was, it was baseball, and that’s all that matters. 
Wednesday night, I had watched the Ken Burns baseball movies, 1970-1994 edition, and it was absolutely incredible to watch. Game 6 of the 1975 World Series… Carlton Fisk’s home run. It was so beautiful. And of course, Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. I hadn’t seen “the play” in a really long time. But it was absolutely heart breaking. God do I feel bad for Bill Buckner, but to be honest, it probably would’ve taken me a long time to forgive him, I wasn’t even alive during that time period, so I don’t know how it felt live. Red Sox agony is tough, as Burns put it. Cubs agony is never even getting there, but Red Sox agony is getting so close, but seeing it slip out of your hands. 
Thanksgiving was great here in South Florida, we drove up to see my grandparents in Stuart, FL and we had a huge dinner. We didn’t even have turkey ironically enough, we had a great pot roast, and some apple pie or chocolate cake for dessert. In a way, my thanksgiving dinner consisted of some classic, heart breaking, baseball games as well. 
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, filled with plenty of food, and plenty of things to be thankful for. 


  1. juliasrants

    Hey Elizabeth – glad you had a great day! It is always great to watch replays of great games. The Museum of Science in Boston recently had an exhibit on the Science of Baseball and they had Curt’s bloody sock on display. Now there’s a guy who gave his all for his team!


  2. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Elizabeth …

    Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving Day — “Family”, “Thanksgiving Dinner”, and “Baseball” !!! … It’s a beautiful thing to watch Baseball in the winter … Just like you and your father watched a replay of the the April 27, 2008, Red Sox vs. Rays game, I also had the pleasure of watching a “Yankees Classic” game on the Yankees “Yes” Network, on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving … The game shown on “Yes” was a replay of the Yankees Opening Day, 1996 — K.C. Royals vs. Yankees — April 9, 1996 … There were many interesting things about his game that made it fun to watch, such as: The only player I even recognized, or even remember playing for the Royals was centerfielder, Johnny Damon … On the Yankees, Wade Boggs, was the lead off batter, playing third base for the Bombers [so that’s the Boston Red Sox / New York Yankees connection in this game] … This was the first game at Yankee Stadium for new Yankees manager, Joe Torre; and, the Yankees starting catcher was Joe Girardi … Rookie, Derek Jeter, was the starting shortstop for the Yanks, batting 9th in the lineup, that, also, featured, Bernie Williams in CF; Paul O’Neill in RF; and, Tino Martinez at first … And, the Yankees starting pither was, Andy Pettitte, playing in his second year as a Yankee … Home Plate Umpire, Derryl Cousins, umped the whole game in a short sleeve shirt, on this cold, April day in the Bronx, which may not seem like a big deal, except, of course, of the fact, that it was “SNOWING” throughout this whole game !!! … Well, it started out just as flurries, then by the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings it really started coming down as SNOW … But, the game was played without any delays, and the final score was: Yankees 7, Royals 3 … And, of course, that was in the beginning of a great Yankees season that ended with the Yankees winning the 1996 World Championship !!! … Ah, yes, “Baseball in the Winter”… It made a great Thanksgiving, 2008, even more perfect !!! … Nice Post, Elizabeth !!! … Have a great day !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

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