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One special place …

So, the A’s may be an afterthought when it comes to the American League playoff picture, and the final two months of their season may seem anticlimatic. But I gotta tell you, walking into Fenway Park just brings a certain electricity to any series. Is that corny? Probably … But whether it’s the history of this place, or the fact that I only get to cover one or two series a year in Boston,  games at Fenway just seem more important. I get reminded by my friends all the time how lucky I am to have this job. Most of them would kill to cover major league baseball for a living. And to be honest, it’s easy to take it for granted. Writers get so wrapped up in the work side of it — finding stories, meeting deadlines — that most of the people in the press box are simply rooting for a game to end so we can get our stories finished. Then you come to Fenway and you’re able to put it all in perspective: It’s very cool to call a baseball stadium your office. …

Dialing down the cheesiness a bit, here’s some A’s news: Frank Thomas was activated, he’s DH tonight and batting cleanup. Daric Barton also was activated, and after some adventures getting to Boston (he didn’t arrive at the park until about one hour before first pitch) he’s starting at first and batting ninth. Andrew Brown was put on the DL with a right shoulder injury (helps explain his recent dip in velocity, huh?) and infielder Gregorio Petit was called up. Joey Devine also arrived but he has yet to be activated from the DL. They wouldn’t fly him here unless he was going to join the bullpen, so I assume someone else will be departing after this game to make room for him on the roster.

One last thing: Jason Bay is in Boston’s lineup (replacing Manny) and starting in left field. Although he grew up in British Columbia, his dad was a diehard Red Sox fan. And Bay says he grew up with posters of Jim Rice and Carl Yastremzki on his wall. Could it get any better for a guy?

 

Joe Stiglich