I did not watch last night’s game, and I don’t mind

The Red Sox never forget
Constructing a roster the Yankee way

Five straight losses is tough to handle, especially when you run a Yankees site and have to do a recap afterward. I took to all sorts of activities — MLB 09 The Show, sports trivia — to get over the emotional torment of the losses before writing them up. After yet another heartbreaking loss on Thursday night, I knew I needed a night off. Thankfully, I had dinner plans with a few friends (mussels, beer, pom fritte). We set out to the restaurant right before the first pitch, and didn’t return until the bottom of the ninth.

Some friends felt sympathy for me not having seen the game. “Oh, man, you had to deal with those losses and didn’t even get to see the redemption?” No, I didn’t. But I didn’t mind. After five straight losses, all in particularly gruesome fashion, missing an excellent win didn’t bother me one little bit. I didn’t sit around for the highs and lows, didn’t see any poor at bats, any failings to score with RISP…anything negative at all. It was mostly a baseball-free night (well, except when I started checking my BlackBerry in the 7th inning).

So I missed CC’s big game. Big whoop. I still have MLB.tv and can relive the glory this afternoon while waiting for the night game. While A-Rod‘s homer was probably tantalizing to see live, I saw it enough on replay, and understand the implications well enough, that I’m only marginally worse off as a baseball fan for not having seen it. While missing the good parts I also missed the bad parts, and that’s a good thing.

It’s almost like when you have a week where you sleep three or four hours a night. Friday you’re in this zombie-like state, wanting nothing other than the end of the work day to come. Go to bed early, sleep until noon, and it feels like the batteries are recharged. By going out during the game and sharing good times with friends (and also incredibly good food and beer), I was able to forget about the lows of the past week. That we got home for the bottom of the ninth was even sweeter. This was a group of six Yankees fans, two of whom had been to all four Rays/Sox losses (and with whom I saw Saturday’s loss). We all could have used the break.

Last night’s victory was sweet — so sweet that I’m going to watch it on replay. Many Yanks fans watched the game with joy, but I’m fine having missed it. There are plenty more to see, all hopefully less painful than those we saw over the past week.

The Red Sox never forget
Constructing a roster the Yankee way
  • Mike HC

    Everyone can use a night off, especially you guys, who are really plugged into the team. Even if I don’t watch a game, I still hope I miss a dominant performance, because the flip side would be that the Yanks put together another stinker, and nobody wants that.

  • Spaceman.Spiff

    Maybe the Yankees won yesterday because you didn’t watch! It’s up to you to not watch the rest of the season so the Yankees can go 147-15.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

    as long as u fast-forward thru Tex’s at bats, i think you will highly enjoy yourself

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY
  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Maybe you shouldn’t watch tonite, because, obviously, YOU’RE A FRICKIN JINX Pawlikowski!!!

  • http://www.livevideo.com/RBIRadio Joey H

    Totally feel your agony Joe. Now go watch the God damned game!

  • Matt

    What exactly is pom fritte?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY
    • Mike HC

      It is only one of the best druken night foods to eat on the planet … it is like a European version of the french fry.

      • V

        Pommes frite = original french fries.

        Best meal in the universe:

        Filet mignon au poivre with pommes frites and a bottle of Amarone.

        :drool:

  • steve (different one)

    admit it, everyone here thought they would lose by one run after Swisher got picked off 3rd….

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Nope.

      Confidence Level = 10

    • Accent Shallow

      Not the way CC was pitching.

    • steve (different one)

      i just mean in the “what new and hilariously different” way can the Yankees find to lose tonight type of way?!

      it would have been a fitting end to the week, that’s all i am saying.

    • thurdonpaul

      i was a little concerned that might come back to haunt us

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Joseph, you have murdered baseball history.

    Sincerely,
    Jayson Stark

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

    May I just say that MLB.tv condensed game is the greatest innovation in the history of broadcast sports?

  • LiveFromNY

    I’m watching Game 4 of the 1998 WS on YES.

    My Mo Girardi, Mo, Andy, Jeter all look so young. It’s amazing.

    I will never get tired of the 98 season.

    • thurdonpaul

      the 98 season was incredible

  • Mike Pop

    Plenty of games left to see this season and postseason!

    Mets fans are funny though, saying how the Yankees won’t make the playoffs because of one bad week of baseball. Just funny. The beginning of the season, the Sox were pathetic. They went on a nice run and now look like a great team again. Yanks – just go on a 7 game win streak or something. Shut all these people up.

  • Yanqui

    Nothing wrong with Kwak, but there are many better Belgian ales.

    Last night’s game was a rare instance where I watched it again when YES re-broadcast it this morning. I think that was a taste of the CC that we will see many more times this season. Now, if we can bring the waiting for Teixeira to be Teixeira to a close, we would be somewhere.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Yeah, there was a whole page full of other Belgian beers, many of which I wanted. They were like $13 a bottle, though, and since it wasn’t on my dime I wasn’t going to take advantage of my friends’ generosity.