The night of October 16th for me was a wild one indeed. The first 22 1/2 hours are not important. My night got wacky around 10:30. These are all estimated times but the events are real:
10:30: I tell my parents, "I'm going to bed, this game looks to be over." My dad in his cheeky British accent says "I'd say so!" My mom, who is NOT English, still has some trauma from 2004 and decided to stay up until its over.
10:35: As I talk to my sister at night I mention how awesome it is that the Rays are going to be in the World Series and how awesome it is that Boston is going to go home, just like old times.
10:50: I go to bed telling my sister "GO RAYS!!!! WOO!! BOSTON SUCKS!" In my typical Yankee fan fashion.
10:55: Brush teeth with glee.
10:58: Set up my clothing attire for Friday. Jeans, socks, underwear, a long sleave shirt, and a shirt that says "There's no crying in baseball, unless your a Red Sox fan."
11:00 straight up: On my ipod touch I write as my new status on Facebook, "THE RAYS! THE RAYS! THE RAYS! TOMORROW IS GOING TO BE SWEET! BEST DAY SINCE SUPER BOWL 42! LOOK FOR MY ANTI BOSTON SHIRT TOMORROW AT SCHOOL!"
11:01: I put the ESPN.com gamecast on my touch and see that the Red Sox have cut it to 7-1. "No big deal," I think. Still 7-1.
11:03-11:05: Long pause in action leads me to think "Ortiz probably crushed one and the gameday guy is celebrating."
11:06: I think to myself "Ok, its still a big hill to climb. Just watch the bottom of the 8th and see if the Red Sox can make it closer and if they do you'll continue to watch."
11:06-11:30: NOT watching Rays/Red Sox...try the hilarious Dora the Explorer edited Halloween episode on youtube. Seriously, if you haven't seen it it may be the funniest video on youtube. To be able to hear Dora say "I'm wearing my halloween costume right now! I'm a DICK." is the best thing to ever happen to youtube!
11:30: I go back to the game. Still thinking the Rays got a good chance to clinch tonight. Three runs or so. Then at that exact second: JD Drew makes it 7-6..."Oh hell, they're going to win the damn game!"
11:37: Kotsay doubles to center, and I could just tell in my head "Coco is going to get a hit...I know it."
11:44: Nine pitches later...7-7.
11:55: Carlos Pena grounds into double play, and you knew the Sox were just going to win at this point. No doubt.
12:00: Make it an even six hours of sleep I'm going to get tonight.
12:15: Kevin Youklis reaches on error and goes to second...then they walk Bay...even then I'm thinking..."Why walk Bay? What has he done?"
12:18: JD DREW! RED SOX WIN!!! RAYS LOSE! SO ANGRY I CAN'T BLOODY SEE!!!
12:19:...and to facebook I go...
12:20: The various statuses by my friends who are Red Sox fans:
"the Rays should know better than to chill champagne in the fifth when they're playing the Red Sox!!!"
"did not believe they would win....but is f--king estatic that he was proven wrong"
"ANOTHER SOX WALKOFF!!!!!!!!!"
"stunned, shocked, and still believes. GO RED SOX!"
"I dont believe what i just saw- Red Sox f--king did it again."
12:21: ...and then my status:
"Brian is so pissed off about the Red Sox that I can't sleep."
12:22: Knowing that today was going to be the worst day at school ever I turned on the light and got out a good book. The Princeton Review of Colleges! With the mood I was in I crossed off "Boston University, Boston College, Umass, Emerson, Harvard, MIT, and Northeastern."
12:23-12:50: Still reading, still very angry. Watch another edited episode on youtube. This time it was a Sponge Bob one. The one where Spongebob and Patrick go camping, but according to this episode "Spongebob and Patrick F--K REALLY HARD." All that stuff is comic relief!
12:50-6:20: FINALLY SOME SLEEP! Even then I had a dream about the brutal day that school was going to be tomorrow...one of my friends who is a Red Sox fan was there and when he saw me the eyes popped out of his head.
6:20-3:09: Turns out the day wasnt too bad...nobody really came up to me and trash talked. I guess its the fact the Yankees were so bad this year! Its not like they came back from seven runs to beat the Yanks (like in that terrible movie Fever Pitch I think that happens).
I've also accepted it and I shouldnt let it become a big thing. Hey, its not like they won the series this way. They still have to win two games. Josh Beckett has been horrible all postseason but he can come through and pull it all together at any time.
But damn, what a whacky night that night of October 16, 2008 was.
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