Matt Vasgersian gets a lot of shit for being an unabashed Yankees homer when he's calling Sunday Night Baseball. Turns out, when the Yankees aren't involved in the slightest, I fuckin' love this guy. He started talking about the seven catchers in playoff history to hit walk off bombs and I'm sitting on my couch wondering what kind of announce voodoo he's sprinkling on this game. Two seconds later Vazquez goes bridge over the Monster and I'm getting in my car to drive to Fenway to smooch Matty V right on the lips because that's what he deserves. Unbelievable series of events that the haters and the losers, of which there are many, are going to try and taint with their wild conspiracies because of a textbook ground rule double in the top of the 13th.
I don't know how the umps were supposed to call this any different? Like yeah if Renfroe fields this ball and then guns it off the Dunkin Donuts sign yeah that shouldn't be allowed. That ball had a mind of its own. It wanted no parts of being fielded cleanly. It spent all of its life dreaming of being an extra inning home run and Kevin Kiermaier couldn't deliver. Sad. Ken Rosenthal even broke in at the bottom of the inning to read the rules of baseball straight out of the rulebook and silence the neigh sayers and detractors. Plus, once you factor in the fact that Mike Zunino was always going to strike out for the third out the most the Rays were going to get is a single run from this exchange. Because the Red Sox are such an honest and true franchise they didn't want to just push the one required run across the plate to win this game. They left no doubt, scoring double that amount, stating once and for all that no matter what the Rays did they were never going to win this game. It was not meant to be. That's not me talking, that's directly from the baseball gods.
And what's a real shame is this one correctly called play is going to overshadow an all time gutsy performance from Nick Pivetta. The Victoria, British Columbia, Canada native went on there - on short rest - - ON CANADIAN THANKSGIVING NO LESS - - and shoved his dick and balls down the Rays' throats for four shutout innings. A mere three days after throwing 4.2 innings of relief in Game 1 of this series.
2-1 series lead heading into Marathon Monday. No need to make this complicated, no need to take any more flights to Tampa this season, end it now and don't give them any more life. My heart cannot handle any more Randy Arozareña nor Wander Franco postseason at bats.