The 2011 season’s second Spring Training game was broadcast on the radio today. With the best of intentions, I settled in on the couch to listen to it…then promptly took a nap with my headphones on, because I didn’t get enough sleep last night due to the nagging feeling that I needed to catch a bus this morning, on what is now my Sunday. My work schedule is changing, and this is the first week of that; I haven’t worked a schedule that involved being off during the week for quite some time. I woke up at 6 this morning, despite needing more rest, so by the time noon rolled around, I’d just about had it. But I had moments of lucidity, during which I heard several things…
Greg Halman hit a two-run homer. According to GameDay, this happened during the 5th inning. I vaguely remember hearing someone mention that the game was going into the 6th inning, so I must have remained “awake” long enough to hear the Padres bottom half. I couldn’t tell you without looking online what happened. It’s a bitter rivalry.
During Garrett Olson’s stint on the hill, he got behind 3-0 in the count. GameDay says he replaced Chris Ray, who had replaced Brandon League in the 5th and 6th innings respectively, and looking at the box score, I see that the Padres scored one run during each of those innings. They also scored a run under Olson’s watch. Ah, there’s that nice feeling like I’m being dipped in a large vat of warm chocolate pudding. All is right with the world.
The Padres managed to tie the game 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th against Chris Seddon, which happened just as I was gradually realizing that I had missed an entire Spring Training game by irresponsibly falling asleep on the couch. The game did not go into extras, so the whole thing had a super European feel to it; score is tied, everyone goes out for ice cream and orange wedges, hugs abound.*
Last year, I might have felt a little hollow inside at the concept of a Spring Training tie. But it’s sort of difficult to become emotionally invested in something you just slept through. Last year I might have also panicked at the thought that our third string team couldn’t manage to beat a Padres third string team. But I think I’ve settled down a bit. What I do know is that today I fell asleep to the sound of Mariners baseball and woke up to the sound of Mariners baseball, and even though I missed the entirety of Mariners baseball, there was still baseball on my radio! I plan to make up for my transgressions by watching the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 30 Clubs in 30 Days here on MLBN in about 20 minutes or so. It won’t make me any less sleepy, but it will quell the guilt.
*Just kidding, soccer; you know I love you.