little trick I’ve discovered, which works more often than you might expect.
at a Red Sox game and the team is losing — the offense is anemic, say, and/or the
pitching is mediocre — simply move. Get up from your seat and relocate to
another part of the park. (If standing-room is the best you can do, big deal;
consider it taking one for the team.)
It’s a stratagem
that’s paid off for me more than once in the past — most recently last night.
the middle of the seventh, with the score frozen at 4-1, the sole offensive
production having come from Pedroia’s homer in the first, my buddy Ben and I
departed our sopping wet bleacher seats and headed into the bowels of Fenway.
Our plan was to grab a standing-room spot along the third baseline. But as
luck would have it, some box-seat swells had vacated the premises — we duly
took our place not far behind home plate. As it happened, this would prove an advantageous
vantage point for what was about to unfold.
said about the yuppie couple in front of us, who arrived at their seats at the top of the eighth and proceeded to sip
wine — red for him, white for her — and poke away at their Blackberries while
generally ignoring the on-field goings-on, the better.)
had been pretty boring up till now, of course, and I was despairing that our
fourth loss in five was on its way. But as soon as we sat down, things started
Lugo singled to right.
did the same.
laced one into center, scoring Lugo.
After Drew struck
out, Manny grounded to third, advancing Ellsbury and Pedroia. And then Lowell doubled to left,
scoring the both of ‘em.
The crowd, I
can tell you, was rather enjoying this turn of events. Even the yuppies in
front of me seemed to notice that something big was going down.
captain Jason Varitek — who was mired in the 1-31 doldrums, who was being
mercilessly razzed by the two high-school dopes to my left, who was wondering whether
he should ever try to be a switch-hitter again — stepped to the plate ...
to bat as a lefty.
And then he
singled to right and pushed Lowell
across the plate for the lead.
with Yooooooooook — and his shiner — inserted defensively at first base, “Wild
Thing” boomed and Papelbon walked with affected deliberation to the edge of the
grass, and then onto the mound. Two Ks, a walk, and a ground-out later, a win
was on the boards where a certain loss had been before.
See? It’s all a
matter of Positioning
Yourself for Success.