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Game 6 Lineups -- And a Word About Jinxes

For the Red Sox:

Coco Crisp - 8
Dustin Pedroia - 4
David Ortiz - DH
Kevin Youkilis - 5
J.D. Drew - 9
Jason Bay - 7
Mark Kotsay - 3
Jed Lowrie - 6
Jason Varitek - 2
(Josh Beckett - 1)

For the Rays:

Akinori Iwamura - 4
B.J. Upton - 8
Carlos Pena - 3
Evan Longoria - 5
Carl Crawford - 7
Cliff Floyd - DH
Dioner Navarro - 2
Gabe Gross - 9
Jason Bartlett - 6
(James Shields - 1)

Now then... about jinxes. Baseball people are, by and large, a highly superstitious lot. You don't mention in-progress no-hitters in the dugout, for example. In the press box, where the best games are quick games, you never say "this game is flying by" and detail your postgame plans, because, inevitably, it will go 17 innings and take 4 1/2 hours to complete.

There was some serious jinxing going on Thursday night in Boston. I know of at least four baseball writers who canceled flights, canceled hotels, booked new flights and/or made promises to family members that involved the writers themselves being home on Friday. These things occurred, of course, as the Rays led Boston 7-0 in the seventh inning of Game 5.

No, I was not one of them. Like everyone else, I thought the Red Sox were dead. I had a dadgummed good story about the Rays clinching that was about 90 percent done -- but that's not a jinx. That's deadline writing.

I'm not going to name names here, but one of the jinxers was a former Post intern who now works for Yahoo. Around the seventh inning Thursday night, he canceled his hotel room in Tampa, booked a flight home to Kansas City and told his wife, who was home alone with their 1-year-old, that he would "be home in 12 hours." Bad move.

Another guy -- who perhaps can be forgiven because he is Canadian -- told his 8-year-old daughter over the phone (it being around 10 p.m. Thursday), "Honey, I'll pick you up from school tomorrow." Bad move.

They all had some 'splainin to do on the homefront -- and the travel front -- when the Red Sox came back. True, so it was the biggest postseason comeback in 79 years. You still should never tempt the fates by either a) making travel arrangements based on an outcome that is still nine outs away, or b) failing to bring in the lefty to face Big Papi.

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 18, 2008; 4:30 PM ET
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Ha! Nice story, thanks for sharing.

Posted by: BF | October 18, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

out freaking ragous tbs, you should just quit

Posted by: love | October 18, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

So why is TBS showing dumb sitcom reruns and not the game? Can't be a rain delay, the Trop's a dome, right?

Posted by: are they playing? | October 18, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

What's going on? Where is game 6 ALCS? I love Cedric the Entertainer, but. . .

Posted by: flynnie | October 18, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Love, you are funnier than the Steve Harvey show. Would you please keep us entertained until the first pitch?

Posted by: flynnie | October 18, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

haha i can try. seriously though can we get a real network for the ALCS and not a network that claims house of payne is the most watched sitcom ever???

Posted by: love | October 18, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

and dont wait for the first pitch, the game is underway
1-2-3 first for the sox, crisp picked off first

Posted by: love | October 18, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

whats the matter TBS, you dont have the rights to Heidi??

Posted by: love | October 18, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

BJ UPTON bombs away!!! 1-0 rays

Posted by: love | October 18, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

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