Scott Garceau: Click, O’s What a Night!
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I’d like to think it was an early Father’s Day gift for us couch potatoes. It was a night of sports drama and extreme channel changing at my house. Click, return, click, repeat, again and again with such precision. Round 1 of the US Open was played until the edge of night. Tiger was among those still firing at the famed wicker baskets at Merion when darkness forced the golfers to mark their balls a call it a day. Click!
Over on channel 776 an afternoon baseball game in Oakland caught my interest. The Yankees and A’s afternoon game turned into a late night marathon. Click! On channel 845 the Orioles and Red Sox were starting a must see TV game. Two of the top teams in the East, the opener of a 4-game series. How would the rookie Kevin Gausman fare against those big, bad Boston bats?
Return, click, click, In the middle of all this on channel 210 LeBron and the Heat trying to get off the deck, game 4 of the NBA championship series. Could the Spurs deliver a crushing blow and take a 3-1 lead, wouldn’t miss that. Return!
US Open, O’s-Sox, Yankees-A’s, LeBron-Duncan. Split screen, click, return, click. With the Open closed the focus was channel 845, click. An early Orioles lead but hold on, the Yankees are in the 16th inning, 17th, 18th. Click, click, return, click, click. After 5 hours and 35 minutes a broken bat base hit by Nate Freiman beat Mariano Rivera and the Yankees. The A’s 11th straight win at home and 21st win in their last 26 games. The Yankees lose, The Yankees lose!!!! Click.
Back at Camden Yards another marathon. The Red Sox have tied the game at 4, extra innings for the O’s. Click. In San Antonio the Heat’s big 3 look like a big 3, but the Spurs are trading baskets with Miami and we’re tied at the half. Click. The Orioles bullpen is sensational, from the 8th through the 13th inning they pitch 6 innings of no-hit ball. Pitching change, click! Dwayne Wade’s knee must be feeling better. Wade looks like Wade tonight. Return!
The Deputy did it!! 4 hours and 35 minutes after the first pitch Chris Davis duck-snorts one into short left field for a walk-off winner. O’s win 5-4 in 13 innings. Davis leads the league in homers and shaving cream pies to the face. The 2nd place Orioles have won 3 of 4 from Boston this year. Beautiful, return!!
The Heat own the 4th quarter, the championship series is tied at 2 games each. It’s now a best of 3 series with 2 of the 3 in Miami. No west coast baseball games tonight? Damn! Have to watch the US Open I DVR’d, and SportsCenter I may have missed something. Click, return, click, click. Happy Fathers Day.