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forever baseball

Posted in Uncategorized by Pete on April 18, 2008

OK, despite living in western Alaska, faaaaaar from where it is supposed to work, we have XM radio here and it works great (for those of you into such things I get a BER rate of 0.0 or 0.1 on every channel – that means crystal clear digital sound). So I use it almost exclusively for listening to baseball, mostly the M’s. But tonight I noticed the only game still going was the Padres vs Rockies in the 13th inning, at 0-0, an oddity in today’s offensive environment. So I turned it on (instead of working on my paper on memory loss related to normal aging), and now hours later it is 1-1 in the 22nd (!!!!!!) inning! Right when I turned it on the padres were up with noone out and the first guy hit a double but was thrown out at 3rd base by 20 feet. ohhhhh bad baserunning. Especially when a pitcher who was pinch-hitting (!!) lined a 2 out single that would have scored the run.

On to the 14th, where the Rockies got a single and then 3 walks to force in a run. The last walk was with 2 outs and after a great at bat with lots of foul balls. Then the padres loaded them up too, got a 2-out single to tie it but the guy on 2nd was too slow to score and they didn’t have anyone on the bench or a pinch runner would have been in for him so they would have scored. The next batter, a rookie without a hit yet in his MLB career, went to a 3-1 count and then took a pitch that was ruled a strike but made the announcers howl with frustration. Then he grounded out, so on it went. As I’ve been typing this post, the rockies scored a run in the top of the 22nd off of 2 padre errors. Now San Diego is up trying to tie the game or its over.

This is the longest game in the history of both franchises. Surprisingly the fans are still there and pretty vocal, at 1:15 AM PST. “Let’s go Padres!” First Padre batter just got hit by a pitch so the tying run is aboard. I’m not sure if the announcers want the padres to score or not. : – )  Quite a game.

UPDATE – Padres also got a walk but failed to score in the bottom of the 22nd, so that’s it.  Time to write that paper.

PS – to see a map of all XM users and where they’re located (I’m on the Alaska image to the left of the “U” in “United States” – you can’t miss it), try this link:  http://ward.xmfan.com/viewtopic.php?t=54863

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