It's Sept. 13 and this easily has to be the smallest crowd I've ever seen with the Red Sox in town. Of course there are still more Sox fans than M's fans.
Did you know that on Sept. 13, 1985 - Nintendo, which now, for better or worse, owns the Seattle Mariners, created the game Super Mario Brothers for the Nintento Entertainment System. And thus, the childhood of many people my age was forever changed, not to mention stoners in their 20s when it came out. Come on, you can do the Super Mario music.
Famous people born on Sept. 13, include crooner Mel Torme (1925), Don Was (he was in the band Was Not Was that gave us this annoying song.) singer Fiona Apple (1977), actor Ben (don't call me Fred) Savage (1980) and tomorrow's starting pitcher for the Red Sox, Daisuke Matsuzaka.
But today's big birthday goes to Joe E. Tata, who was born on Sept. 13, 1936.
Joe E. Tata played Nat Bussichio, the owner of the Peach Pit, on Beverly Hills 90210. Yes, I watched that show. And obviously I'm not afraid to admit. How could you with acting like this?
Chone Figgins commits his 17th error this season on a ground ball Victor Martinez. But Doug Fister gets Big Papi to line out to end the inning.
Figgins reaches on an infield single but is stuck there at first as Puyallup native and Bellarmine Prep grad Jon Lester strikes out Russell Branyan and gets Franklin Gutierrez to pop out.
The Sox get on the board in a big way. Adrian Beltre singles and then three out of the next four hitters double to score three runs.
The M's go down 1-2-3 against Lester - it's Boston 3-0.
Fister settles down and goes 1-2-3 in the inning.
Lester also goes 1-2-3 again.
Another 1-2-3 for Fister, his command has been a little better these last few innings, and he's kept the ball down in the zone more. The Sox are also swinging too.
Figgins gets his second hit of the game. But a lead-off single by the No. 2 hitter results in nothing, even after he steals second .
A pair of 1-2-3s for starting pitchers.
Well for about the sixth time this season, a fan interferes on a fair ball down the line, giving Big Papi a double. But Fister gets out of the inning without much trouble. He had retired 12 straight hitters before that.
The M's go down 1-2-3, Lester is cruising.
Another 1-2-3 for Fister.
The M's finally get a run as Casey Kotchman scores Gutierrez on soft grounder that went about 12 feet. Really Lester should have had Guti at home, but I think he forgot how many outs there were in the inning and thought there were two outs.
Fister gives up a two-run homer. And that will be the ball game.
Lester pitches through the 8th and has a solid outing for himself. He'll improve to 17-8