Friday Random 10: Anniversary Edition

Pax Arcana

It’s as gloomy and shitty as ever outside today, but thanks to the Joy of Sox my spirits are buoyed. That’s because today is the five year anniversary of one of the greatest games in baseball history — the July 24, 2004 brawlfest between the Red Sox and Yankees that featured not only loathsome douche Alex Rodriguez getting a glove sandwich shoved between his stupid purple lips, but also a six-run comeback by the Sox, capped by a game-winning 9th inning home run from Bill Mueller.

And I was there.

arod_varitekNot just me, but the straight-but-not-narrow then-future Mrs. Pax Arcana, her mother, sister, and mother’s husband. We were in the right field grandstand, at first just hoping the rain would hold off (it did) and that none of the calzone-stuffed mongoloid Yankee fans in our section decided to shave their backs mid-game. Instead we were treated to the wildest game I’ve ever seen.

In the third inning, Bronson Arroyo hit A-Rod with a curveball. Because he’s dumber than a sack of turnips, A-Rod assumed it was a purpose pitch. Jason Varitek intervened and the fisticuffs erupted. Normally I’m not one to condone fighting in baseball. But if there was ever douche who needed to be slapped in front of 40,000 people, it was the 2004 version of A-Rod.

Tek and A-Rod were both ejected, Tanyon Sturze (nice career, dick) bled from the ear, and the Red Sox capped a miracle comeback when Bill Mueller smoked a 3-1 cutter off Mariano Rivera into the visitors’ bullpen — a two-run homer to give the Sox the win.

At the time, the Red Sox were 8 1/2 games behind the Yankees. Soon after the brawl they would embark on a crazy win streak and end up winning the World Series after executing the greatest comeback in history in the ALCS. Several of the players on that team still point to the July 24, 2004 game as the spark that led to their eventual triumph. I don’t know about that. All I know is I was convinced that Fenway Park was going to crumble into pieces from everybody jumping up and down.

Update: Cool interview with Curt from the Car on his site at the new WEEI.com: http://bit.ly/I4oox

The songs:

Waterfalls — TLC (Chili I still love you. Call me.)
Don’t Know When But a Day Is Gonna Come — Bright Eyes
Elq Milq — Black Moth Super Rainbow + The Octopus Project
California Stars — Wilco
The Piano Has Been Drinking, Not Me — Tom Waits
We Are All Accelerated Readers — Los Campesinos!
Windowsill — Arcade Fire
Can You Tell — Ra Ra Riot
Boneless — The Notwist
Public Service Announcement — Jay Z + DJ Danger Mouse

Bonus video:

The Rake’s Song — The Decemberists (Live)

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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3 responses to “Friday Random 10: Anniversary Edition

  1. Totally agree about Chilli holy God

  2. 1. Dont Fail Me Now – Ryan Adams
    2. Slipped Dissolved and Loosed – Lambchop
    3. Across the Universe – The Beatles
    4. Well Well Well – John Lennon
    5. Bohemian Rhapsody – The Flaming Lips
    6. Frazzled Bride – Iron & Wine
    7. Dream Again – Franz Ferdinand
    8. Simple Twist of Fate – Bob Dylan
    9. Kingdom of Rain – Soulsavers
    10. All the Kings Horses – Aretha Franklin

  3. Perry Ellis

    The Perry Ellis Better Late than Never the Rain in Maine falls Mainly All the F*cking Time, Especially if You’re on Vacation Edition:

    You Shook Me All Night Long, AC/DC
    dead anchor, DeYarmond Edison
    Jambalaya, Clifton Chenier
    Progress, Mission Of Burma
    Bulls On Parade, Rage Against The Machine
    Ragged Wood, Fleet Foxes
    With A Little Help From My Friends, The Beatles
    Misty Mountain Hop, Led Zeppelin
    The House That Dripped Blood, The Mountain Goats
    How Could I Fall, Simply Red

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