I should be depressed after the PawSox got swept in a doubleheader at Syracuse on Friday night, losing each game by a 4-1 score.
Ironically, that was also the final in their only previous meeting this year back on April 29th. Ready for some ugly stats? Pawtucket is batting .188 (15-for-80) vs. the ‘Cuse with 13 singles and 2 doubles. The Chiefs have a 1.17 ERA (3 ER in 23 IP) vs. the PawSox this season.
But a tough night at the ballpark isn’t going to get me down after being the beneficiary of some incredibly good luck.
On Friday morning I was driving to a golf course when I heard a sound that led me to believe I had a flat tire, so I pulled off at the first exit and stopped at a gas station. Sure enough, one of my tires was flat as a pancake so I went to the cashier to get four quarters in order to inflate it.
As I drove down the highway to the nearest discount tire store, I noticed what appeared to be an explosion of paper coming out of the back of my car. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what it was. None of my windows was open and I hadn’t seen anything on the road that I might have hit.
When I got to a tire shop I realized what it was – the contents of my wallet! Apparently after getting change for a dollar in order to use the air pump at the gas station, I set my wallet on the roof of my car.
I trudged back to my car figuring I was going to have to go back to one of Syracuse’s busiest highways and search for my wallet and its contents, but when I glanced at the roof IT WAS STILL THERE. Somehow the combination of cheap leather and the previous night’s rain had created the ultimate adhesive. I lost all of my cash and a few relatively insignificant items, but all of the critical stuff like my driver’s license and credit cards were still there.
Incredible right? Still, I don’t think I’ll ever test the wallet-on-roof trick again.
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After the doubleheader last night, Hyder and I joined some friends at the “Change of Pace” for the world’s finest chicken wings. Good stuff, but I’m oozing grease from every pore.
While we were there, we caught the incredible finish to the Yankees/Mets game as the Yanks won when Luis Castillo dropped an A-Rod pop-up that should have been the final out of the game.
It led the New York Post to coin a new term on its back page cover today:
The headline on the cover of the New York Daily News is “Amazin’ Disgrace.”
I love the daily headlines on the covers of the New York City tabloids. Here is my all-time favorite.
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In John Smoltz’s first start with Pawtucket, I didn’t think his stuff looked as good as his stats when he allowed 1 run on 1 hit in 6 IP.
On Friday night in Syracuse, it was the other way around as Smoltz allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in 6 IP but displayed exceptional command (70 pitches, 56 strikes) and got more swings and misses. His splitter had Syracuse batters flailing for much of the night.
Two of the runs were the direct result of a misplayed ball in the outfield, and Smoltz allowed a solo homer when he was experimenting with his changeup by throwing several in a row to Kory Casto. I seriously doubt he would do that in a major league game.
His slider still isn’t sharp and most of Smoltz’s fastballs came in at 89 mph on the stadium radar gun. It’s going to be very interesting to see what the Red Sox do next.
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We’re looking forward to having a busload of PawSox fans in attendance tonight at Alliance Bank Stadium and tomorrow afternoon in Cooperstown. Michael Bowden takes the mound for the PawSox tonight and is looking for his first win since May 11th.
I hope you’ll join us for the radio call, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45. And don’t forget “PawSox Insider” on Saturday afternoon at 2:00.
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