A ninth inning phone call
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Seattle made a call to the bullpen.
I made one to my dad.
DAD: Jesse? (He sounds half-asleep)
JESSE: Sorry. Were you up?
DAD: Yeah, I'm up. (Sure you were)
JESSE: Are you aware of what's happening?
DAD: No, what's going on?
JESSE: Do you have the Red Sox game on?
DAD: Weren't they losing 7-1? (He sounds confused)
JESSE: Not anymore. Check the score.
(I hear him fumble for the remote)
DAD: They're making a comeback?
JESSE: I'll say. It's 7-6.
DAD: Are you sure? The TV says 7-3.
JESSE: That can't be right. I'm following it on the Internet and it says 7-6. Maybe you're on delay.
DAD: That would be quite a delay.
JESSE: Well, who's up right now?
DAD: Looks like ... number two, that's Ellsbury. Ellsbury's up.
JESSE: Watch. He's going to walk.
DAD: You're right. That was ball four. It looks like Seattle's making a pitching change.
JESSE: You're definitely behind. Did you press pause at any point? (My dad is good at many things. DirecTV is not one of them.)
DAD: Wait, let me check.
JESSE: You gotta tell me what's happening. MLB Network is showing the Pirates/Cardinals game so I'm not seeing any of this. (Fios doesn't carry NESN. On a related note, Fios is evil.)
DAD: I guess I must have paused it. Fast-forwarding now.
JESSE: Is it live yet?
DAD: Almost there ... okay it's live. Whoa. You're right. It's 7-6 with nobody out. (Told ya)
JESSE: This is crazy. It was 7-2 to start the inning.
DAD: That's strike three. Ortiz is out. Still runners on first and second.
JESSE: Okay, who's up?
DAD: It looks like ... is that Napoli or Gomes? I can't tell anyone apart because they all have beards. (Fair point)
JESSE: Let me check ...
DAD: No wait, that's Gomes.
JESSE: Yeah, it is Gomes. Speaking of Gomes, did you see that double play he made last night?
DAD: I don't think so. What inning was it in?
JESSE: The 15th.
DAD: Then I definitely didn't see it. (My dad's rule of thumb: if the game goes longer than 11 innings, I'm Tivo-ing the rest of it)
JESSE: He made a diving catch in left field and then ran all the way to second for the double play.
DAD: Really? I've never seen anybody do that before.
JESSE: Me neither. What's the count?
DAD: It's 2-2 now. Here's the pitch. Oh, that was a close one.
JESSE: Was it a ball?
DAD: Barely. The Amica Pitch Zone said it was a little high.
JESSE: Or as Jerry Remy calls it, "the Amiker Pitch Zone." (God bless him)
DAD: Gomes just hit it ...
JESSE: Where did it go? What happened?
DAD: Single up the middle. Victorino rounding third and ... he scores!
JESSE: Wow. Was it a close play?
DAD: No, they cut off the throw.
JESSE: I like your call. You were like Joe Castiglione for a second.
DAD: I did my best.
JESSE: I think Drew's up next.
DAD: That's not great.
JESSE: He had the game-winning hit last night.
DAD: I guess he's been doing a little better lately.
JESSE: This actually messes up my fantasy team. I have Felix Hernandez and now he's not gonna get the win. (Story of my life)
DAD: First pitch is a ball.
JESSE: This better not go into extra innings. I don't think the bullpen can handle two nights in a row like this. (Koji Uehara's right arm WILL fall off this season. I'm sure of it.)
DAD: I know. Can you imagine if you were one of the fans who left when it was 7-1? (Flashback to Game 6 of the NBA Finals: aren't Heat fans adorable?)
JESSE: Can you imagine if I hadn't called you?
DAD: I'd still be asleep.
JESSE: So you WERE asleep?
DAD: Maybe a little bit. (Finally, he admits it)
JESSE: What's the count?
DAD: That's about to be ... ball four. Bases loaded.
JESSE: Wow. This is insane.
DAD: Nava's up next.
JESSE: I can't believe MLB Network isn't showing this. The Cardinals are up 13-0 and they're still showing that game. That's just mind-boggling to me.
DAD: Yeah, that doesn't make any sense. Did they show it last night when it went into extra innings?
JESSE: No! It was in the 15th inning and they were still showing Yankees/Dodgers. I don't understand MLB Network. (Seriously, MLB Network. You need to step up your game.)
DAD: Crowd's really getting excited now.
JESSE: Did most of them stay?
DAD: Yeah, it looks like there's still a lot of people there.
JESSE: You know what's funny?
JESSE: The only out this inning was made by Ortiz. Who would have thought that? (Not this guy)
DAD: I didn't even think of that. That's kind of ironic. So now all we need is a sac fly.
JESSE: Just don't hit into a double play.
DAD: Here it is. Center field, deep ... game over!
JESSE: Are you kidding me? Was it a home run?
DAD: Off the wall. Center fielder didn't even try for it.
JESSE: This is unbelievable! A six-run ninth inning comeback.
DAD: You should see this. They're chasing Nava around the bases.
JESSE: We have to have the most walk-offs in the league.
DAD: Oh definitely.
JESSE: Although, Texas had three in a row earlier this week.
DAD: I saw that. Beltre hit one of them.
JESSE: They were all home runs too.
DAD: Now they're interviewing Nava.
JESSE: Oh, of course. Now MLB Network is switching to the game.
DAD: You see the Nava hit?
JESSE: They're showing it right now. Wow, he crushed that.
DAD: Did Tampa Bay play tonight?
JESSE: Nope. Now we're in first by a full game.
DAD: Wow. What a game.
JESSE: Thanks for broadcasting it for me.
DAD: How did I do?
JESSE: Not bad. You're not quite on Don Orsillo's level yet but you'll get there.
DAD: I'm sure I will.
JESSE: Me too.