What? You didn’t really think I was going to write about the crapfest down in Tampa, did you?
Tonight, I attended a game between the Rockland Boulders and the New Jersey Jackals at Provident Bank Park in Ramapo, NY.
The Boulders are the team John Flaherty partly owns and they play in the Can Am League. I’ve been to three games now and all three have been victories.
Going into the bottom of the eighth it looked like my mini-streak was in jeopardy with the Boulders down a run and with time running out. Well, wouldn’t you know it, in the bottom of the eighth Orlando Mercado hit a game-tying home run into the left field bleachers.
They had life!
The game went into extras but only lasted one additional frame. After Phillip Cuadrado tripled to open the bottom of the tenth, Matt Nandin hit the game-winning hit – a safety squeeze – that scored Cuadrado and the Boulders won 2-1.
Apparently this isn’t the first time Nandin has been the hero this season and it’s not the first time I’ve seen the Boulders walk-off. In fact, they walked-off the first game I attended, last season. Earlier this season, I saw them defeat the Worcester Tornadoes and Jose Canseco. So I’m now 3-0 at Provident Bank Park and I think the Boulders should reward me with either a job or free tickets.
Oh I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Angel Berroa plays the Jackals. Yes, that Angel Berroa.
Okay, fine. I’ll briefly talk about the “game” in “Tropicana Field.” I used quotes for both because the game wasn’t really game it was a shitshow and Tropicana Field isn’t a real ballpark.
From what I was seeing on Twitter, it was ugly. Oh and Sean Rodriguez needs to be taken care of Nancy Kerrigan style. What a pain in the ass.*
All I have to say is these guys better get their act tomorrow. They don’t need to be shipping up to Boston on a three-game losing streak.
*That was sarcasm, I don’t really think someone should bash him in the knee with a tire iron…or do I?