It’s the last game before tomorrow’s Boston-New York madness. Even with last night’s 9th inning comeback, we’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves; Johnny Damon and the boys are not the first thing on our minds — the troublesome Scott Kazmir is. We trust the team is thinking the same way, and focusing on today’s matchup. So how about coming back to Fenway with a little 2 game winning streak, guys? Keep up last night’s clutch hitting (5-10 with RISP), and things should be ok. Talk about all things Sox/Rays here.
(And how about Kevin Youkilis? Does this guy have "future batting title" written all over him or what?)
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Mike Mussina, looking as good as he’s ever looked in pinstripes, takes the hill for the Yanks in an afternoon start today against the Jays, who throw Gustavo Chacin. Last time the boys saw him, in Toronto, they put up a quick 4-spot, before the bats went to sleep and the Unit started hemorraghing runs, the result being a loss. We’re hoping for a more sustained attack today, along with a solid pitching performance, the combined result of which being a you-know-what. Anyway, we may not be around to watch—though we do plan to be listening—but in the event that you are, this thread is your opportunity for comment on all the action.
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at 11:43 am in
The last 8 days of Red Sox baseball has been, in my estimation, one of the more frustrating and demoralizing set of games I have seen in several years. It’s not that the Sox lost ballgames, it’s that they either threw them away (last Friday, in particular) or were never in them to begin with. I am sure there have been equally bad (if not worse) stretches in the past few seasons (remember, before the all-star break in 2004 the Sox were on a road to nowhere), but my memory is too short. I have a sense, or at least a solid hope, that much will change when Coco Crisp returns to the lineup (I know, that’s what everyone is hoping). For now, what I really want is for the Sox to play solid ball, to stay in games, to grind it out with this weak offense, to win enough to keep things tight in the AL East until the middle of May, to hold on so we can see if that team that electrified us the first week of the season was for real.
Rock bottom isn’t a pretty place, but there’s nowhere to go but up. Starting now. Use this as the Saturday night Sox/Rays game thread.
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at 4:50 pm in
Perhaps the worst YouTube comic sketch of all time. (Even Joe Franklin would be appalled.)
PS: Hey Ax! Manny’s a righty!
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at 11:30 am in
What’s gonna happen in the NFL draft? We don’t really care, though we do like the name “D’Brickashaw.” (Hint, Jets.) As you might imagine, our attention will be directed a few miles to the north of Radio City this afternoon, to the big ballpark in the Bronx. Apropos of which: Last week, in Toronto, the Jays torched the Unit, sending him packing after 3 innings while shooting his then-sterling ERA up into Jaret Wright territory. Was he tipping his pitches? Probably not (they were just, um, sucky). Anyway, Stinnett was catching then, thank god, or the whole sorry episode would have been laid at Posada’s feet. He’ll be behind the plate today, which is good news for the Yankees, if Randy can just wrap his head around it and keep his slider out of the middle of the plate. Josh Towers pitches for the Jays, and he’s no Halladay. After the big loss last night (thank you Jaret!), the Yanks are due for a big win today. Let’s hope they get it. This is your thread for comments.
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at 11:07 am in
Those who recall Steve Howe, who seemed to live at an unsafe speed both on and off the field, will be saddened but not surprised to learn that the former Rookie of the Year died prematurely this morning in an automobile accident in California. He had been suspended 7 times in his career, primarily for drug use, between moments of occassional brilliance on the field. He was fun to watch—though one never quite felt comfortable with his presence—and for that we’ll always be grateful. Readers are encouraged to add their favorite Howe anecdotes in the comments to this post.
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at 10:44 pm in
On the menu tonight? Detente. YF, Mrs. YF, Mrs. SF, and I are off for an evening of relaxation, conversation, and fine grub. In our absence and in the spirit of the evening, we expect cordial conversation, polite repartee, and the Red Sox to allow fewer than 15 runs. But we’re not holding our breath about the last part. Consider this your game thread for all things Sox-Rays.
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We’re going to be out for much of the day and evening, so we thought we’d get you started early on tonight’s game thread. We’ll say this, it seems like a good night to be out on the town; Toronto will be throwing ace Doc Halladay, one of (if not the) best pitchers in the league at the Yanks, who always, understandably, have trouble against him. To compound the offensive problems, as if that were necessary, Kelly Stinnett will be starting behind home plate. Worse still, he will be catching Jaret Wright. So things don’t auger well, but the funny thing about baseball is that sometimes things just work out exactly how they’re not supposed to. We hope that’s what happens tonight. Consider this your place for comment on all the action.
But before I’m off, let me recommend Alan Schwarz’s terrific piece on Greg Maddux in today’s NYT. And let me put up this abbreviated Jeter Meter:
Not long before we start hearing those MVP chants.
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at 1:37 pm in
Posting this game thread makes me feel dirty. Hopefully the Rays make Chacon feel the same way. Have at it.
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at 7:04 pm in
Beckett. Byrd. I am tired and have nothing else to add. Chat away.
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at 5:53 pm in
So Craig Hansen has one rung left on the ladder, and this could spell the end of the Rudy Seanez era. Interestingly, he is scheduled to pitch 3 innings, which might indicate that the Sox are beginning to stretch him out. Could he be the 5th starter on everyone’s mind? Or does his herky-jerky motion bode poorly for his future ability to throw 180+ innings?
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Nick took a swipe at Boston Dirt Dogs yesterday regarding their Johnny Damon Standing Ovation Countdown, with the thought that they were encouraging Boston fans to "cheer" Damon, "cheer" meaning something other than clapping and smiling affirmatively. I defended BDD (though I understood where Nick was coming from), interpreting their countdown somewhat differently. Today they came through, with a post urging Sox fans to do the right thing and give Johnny, at least initially, the rousing ovation he truly deserves. Bravo to them.
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at 9:48 am in
After a sadly blown opportunity in the Bronx against the D-Rays, we expect a lot of ink in the next 24 hours about how Mo has “lost a step” and how A-Rod failed to get the job done with men on base. Mo hasn’t lost it. He may be suffering from lack of work, but the runs he’s giving up are on dinky shit; he just hasn’t had much fortune out there, and he hasn’t had much help from his mates either on defense or offense. And why he was even pitching in the 8th, after the pricey new setup man blitzed through the 7th on only 12 pitches…. If you wanna point fingers for this loss, point at the manager, whose 1-run, sac-bunt strategies gave away a whole bunch of outs. Sloppy baserunning didn’t help either. And so 20-odd baserunners resulted in exactly 2 runs. And that is frustrating.
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at 11:10 pm in
The Yanks go for four in a row. An aside: Anyone else notice that Jason Giambi is the best AL hitter this side of Jim Thome? Anyway, the game begins soon, and this is your chance to discuss it.
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at 6:37 pm in
Right around the time Tim Wakefield takes the mound we’ll be getting our ribs on, as we have a pre-planned dinner date with some seriously un-kosher grub. But we trust everyone to document the wiffling and waffling of Wake’s wobbly whirls. Enjoy the game thread; we’ll be back after the baked beans.
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