I watched the Red Sox game last night on NESN, the 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay and Scott Kazmir. (He was just dominating, allowing just two hits. Just the sound of his name must make most Mets fans whince.) We were just inundated with this commercial for this "special" coming up later this month on the network called "What If." (They also showed the commercial for the upcoming Oliver Stone film, "World Trade Center" as well. I wasn't terribly happy about that either.)
It was on at least 10 times last night. And every time I saw it I thought to myself, "Why is NESN doing this?" It is one of those "let's replay a bad moment in Red Sox history and see how it comes out different." This one is a replay of Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, and I am guessing that in this "do over" Grady Little takes Pedro Martinez out either before the eighth inning begins, or when Pedro first ran into trouble (instead of leaving him in). And I would guess that the game ending will be totally different.
I have no interest in watching a TV show that's only purpose is to show that things would have been different if such-and-such a move had not been made. Of course things would have turned out different if Mike Timlin had started the eighth instead of Pedro. Would the Sox have won the pennant? I, of course, can't tell you that, and no one can. Who's to say that Timlin wouldn't have had a bad outing and the Yankees would have tied or even won against him?
And WHY is NESN doing this, to torture Red Sox fans? I thought we lost all that baggage on the ball Keith Foulke stabbed on October 27, 2004. As far as I am concerned, 2003 is as much in the past as any other Red Sox season. They didn't win the title that year. MOVE ON. I don't need some computer or whatever telling me that if Grady Little had done that eighth inning differently, the Red Sox would have gone to the World Series.
Sorry guys, I won't be watching. And I guess we'll have to endure these commercials until July 20.