Tonight we met friends for dinner in Rockridge, and I walked there from work. Along the way I took full advantage of the At Bat app to listen to the Yankees-Red Sox game from Fenway Park. As I write this I've just finished listening to the Dodgers-Phillies game at Dodger Stadium. It's baseball coast to coast.
East Coast: The story at Fenway tonight was Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda's ejection for using pine tar in the second inning. It was brutally cold in Boston tonight, and after a tough first inning Pineda used the tar to get a better grip. But he was obvious about it; there was a big pile of goop on his neck. And that's cheating anyway, even if it's subtle.
By the time I tuned in Pineda was gone and I kept hearing about him. A search of the sports wires on my phone revealed the truth of what happened, including a surreal inspection of Pineda that revealed the tar. I did hear live about a ground rule double, which occured when a ball momentarily got lost in a gap in the Fenway stands. According to the Yankees announcers (a refreshing combination of man and woman, not just two dudes) this strange gap in the Fenway stands has existed for years. Not many games offer a combination of pine tar and ground rule doubles, so I was a happy listener (and reader). The Sox won 5-1.
West Coast: The Dodgers game seemed much more routine, at least by the eighth innings. No pine tar, I don't think, and in time tuned in no ground rule doubles. The Dodgers pulled away from the Phillies late in the game, leading to a win of 5-2. It was fun to hear the crowd roar in Chavez Ravine. And so ended another evening at the ballpark.