C-2: Dude, you watching the Sox game???
Karin: ....ah, no....just got home from rehearsal. It's pouring here.
C-2: We just tied the game -- after going into the bottom of the 9th down 3 to 1.Top of the 10th now
A much-rain-delayed seven-hour
C-2: go to foleys, silly
K: Ugh. I should. I just biked home from Central Square wearing a skirt. In the rain.
K: YOU should go to Foley's.
C-2: perhaps i will
me: Good. You can pick me up. I don't feel like moving my car...
C-2: ok. wait there
K: With bated breath, of course.
Eventually we shut down the flirtation and began to play-by-play. Some sample exchanges:
C-2: bottom of 10th
K: Indeed. Who's coming up?
C-2: well, sadly NOT gonzales cause we took him out for a pinch runner in the 8th
C-2: nice! lowrie double
runners on 2nd and 3rd
K: Full count....
Followed by a strike-out.
brb, gonna go smoke
2:02 AM - Bottom of the 11th
C-2: They're playing again in 11.5 hours
K: Ellsbury homer. I'm calling it.
Ellsbury strikes out.
C-2: maybe in the 13th or 14th
K: Oh well. At least by then their pitching staff will be depleted, too, so the chances are better.
C-2: hey, maybe the game will go right up to the next one! they just won't stop!
K: What is the record for most consecutive innings?
C-2: a LOT. Dice K is warming up
K: ? Really ? You mean, for his start later today?
C-2: yeah. haah. no
K: Torii's my man from MN....Used to go watch him.
C-2: The fans are taunting him. (Well, the 100 fans left)
K: Oy, and he's going to get walked...
C-2: he did. grr
K: This guy should be a cinch.
C-2: sweet. he was.
K: You see everything about 5 seconds faster than it registers for me....
2:21 AM - Bottom of the 12th
C-2: oh f*** f*** f*** f*** f*** your guy was thrown out at the plate
K: F*** is right. Trying to get home from first?
C-2: wow wow wow error. runners at first and third. F*** grounded out. and we go to the 13th
K: I need another beer.
C-2: me too. but i have none.
In the end we could have used the second beers. The Angels loaded the bases, put in 2 runs in the top of the 13th and that was all she wrote, at 2:45.
I share this exchange after being struck, again, how even in distance and with his girlfriend, C-2 and I just get along better than most. I have a show opening tomorrow night and staying up an extra 2 hours to chat a game in real time is not necessary. But it was fun without effort....something that's rare.
Of course I would have preferred to be at Foley's, watching it with him and I wasn't. But I'll take the comfort as a sign our friendship has legs, despite the distance.