I’ve gone to dozens of Red Sox games the past couple of seasons, yet somehow sitting atop the Green Monster has managed to elude me – until last night. It’s one of those experiences I feel like any Red Sox fan wants to have, yet it often gets put off because let’s face it – there are seats a heck of a lot closer to the action.
I must say that I really dug the view from up there – it’s such a short porch in left field that although you’re high up, you actually feel much closer than I expected to the action. It’s not as crowded, you’ve got a bar and concessions to yourself, and it’s very much the experience I imagined it would be. The only real negative that I saw was that your view of balls hit deep to left and center field are somewhat obstructed depending on where you’re sitting – and it’s definitely only a matter of time until some drunk Bostonian in the front row reaches a little to far over the rail in an effort to snag a souvenir and tumbles the 37 feet to the ground.
While the view from atop the Monster is nice, what I was seeing on the field last night was maddening once again. Any 2-1 loss to the Orioles is no fun, but once again Josh Beckett pitched a great game and this time didn’t even get a no-decision; instead he took the loss and moved to 4-6 on the season. I wrote extensively last year about how Beckett’s 13-7 season with a 2.89 ERA last year conservatively could have been 20-3 if the man had gotten even average run support. Last night the trend continued, with Beckett pitching 8 inning, allowing only 5 hits, 2 runs, and no walks in a loss.
This has to be maddening for Beckett, who has been nothing short of a stud in his last several outings (stick that in your pipe and smoke in Gammons) yet hasn’t seen his record reflect how he’s been pitching. We all know that Beckett has lost the support of the majority of Red Sox fans, but he needs at least some support from his team. David Ortiz tried late in the game, eventually having the bat taken out of his hands by a third base umpire making the worst strikeout call I’ve ever seen on an obviously checked swing. Daniel Nava pinch-hit and was the last chance the Red Sox had – he promptly watched two strikes go by right down the middle, then swung at a curveball in the dirt and missed by a foot. Game over.
Score some runs for Beckett you bastards. And if you have a chance to, check out the Monster seats. They’re pretty cool.