During game three of the ALDS, two pop-ups hit the catwalks and were ruled foul balls, one of which was caught by Red Sox catcher Jarrod Skulletamacchia. Shortly thereafter Peter Gammons, who has a history of ripping the Rays, their stadium, and their fans, took to the Twitter waves to do it again…
“Maybe if the Rays played in an amusement park rather than this joke they’d do better than be last in the majors in attendance”
FACT #1: The pinball machine known as Fenway park affects more balls in play every year by 500-fold than the catwalks and has impacted more playoff games and pennant races in a negative manner than the Trop ever will (Bucky Dent, anybody?).
FACT #2: As recently as the 1980s, the Red Sox consistently finished between fifth and ninth in the AL in attendance. Attendance for Roger Clemens’ 20-strikeout game in 1986 was 13,414.
FACT #3: If The Trop was 100 yrs old it would be quirky and iconic. If Fenway was 25 yrs old it would be a piece of sh*t.
Gammons has always been a Red Sox fan, and that’s fine. I just don’t know when he morphed into the angry unabashed Masshole. Maybe if Gammons actually had to pay $100 for a Fenway seat that faces towards the outfield and requires a shoehorn to get into he would be a little more sympathetic. And maybe if he had to sit in the rain and cold and pee into a trough he would shut the hell up.
On a side note, I can’t even remember the last time a ball hit the catwalks this season and yet it seemingly ALWAYS happens during the playoffs. Unreal.