I was optimistic earlier today, but not THIS optimistic! A team record seven home runs!?! Victor Zambrano hitting a 2 RBI triple? What in the name of Butch Huskey is going on here? Apparently Willie Randolph must have had a good conversation with his hitters, asking them to approach every inning like it was the 8th or 9th. I can even forgive Jose Reyes's error (which should have been 2 errors with his throw to Zambrano covering first) when he hits two home runs and makes a sterling play to end the 6th. I was so glad that I decided at the last minute to not go for a jog and just listen to the game.
And yes, I said listen. Even though I am not a shut-out Time Warmer customer, I wanted to see how the Red Sox game was going because I have Bronson Arroyo on my fantasy team, so I put WFAN on the tuner and watched the Sox without the sound. And I'm so glad, because there's no way Fran Healy could come up with quotes like this:
"This one is heading to Camden!" --Howie Rose describing Mike Piazza's home run in the 3rd.
"They are taking batting practice against Vincente Padilla." --Rose in the 3rd.
"I'm Mark Scott, and welcome back to Home Run Derby." --Rose heading into the bottom of the 4th, referring to the host of the '60s televised baseball show.