A Public Clinching: Sox-Rockies WS Gamer IV

Here we are.

The odds tonight are with the Boston Red Sox. Of the 22 other teams to take a 3-0 World Series lead, only three did not pull off the sweep. They took it in five.

The baseball gods seem to have set this night up. On the mound for the Red Sox is Jon Lester, who if he wasn’t tired of answering questions about his battle with lymphoma before surely is now, and even more surely will be if he’s the winning pitcher of the clinching game of the World Series.

After 86 years of futility, the Red Sox are set to reward their longsuffering followers twice in four years. Enjoy the culmination, whenever it comes.

If it comes tonight, here is your spot for comment.

530 comments… add one

  • There two Which I tonight? should just my like

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • What, Boston won the World Series in ’04?
    Clever pun in the headline, Paul. You jinxer.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Keeping it simple, once again:
    WIN!
    (directed at the Sox, of course)

    SF October 28, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Two things I am not doing right now, and will not do until the time is appropriate, if, in fact, it arrives:
    1. Discussing the Series MVP
    2. Asking about victory parades.
    WIN THE GAME, SOX, then we can discuss this all we like. I sincerely request that all those posting here at YFSF from the Sox’ side of things follow these simple guidelines, lest we anger any sleeping baseball deities.
    Thank you.

    SF October 28, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • I agree, SF. Everyone at work kept tryign to get me to talk about the ‘odds’. I refused. I kept telling them.. its nto over till that last out. We proved that.

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • I guess I just can’t work myself up into being that superstitious. I won’t talk about those things just because it’s bad form, not because I think it will jinx or curse the Red Sox. But then I wasn’t around for 1977, 1978, 1986 et al. Perhaps that is the fundamental difference in the thought proesses between older fans and younger fans…

    Paul SF October 28, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Im a young fan too.. I was 4 in 86. But I rememebr 03. I’ve studied history. I know what can happen. What HAS happened

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • And the beginning of another long night. Deep down I am pleading that the Sox can end it tonight. These loss of sleep nights are starting to wear me down.

    Anonymous October 28, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • That was me

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • SF, I promise not to make any comments that may tempt the baseball gods to smite the Sox. I have been the main offender on this issue. I haven’t changed my thinking, even after the Rockies cute little “comeback” last night, but I shall keep my public comments acceptable for even the most paranoid and superstitious of fans. That would be you, SF! :)

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Thank you.
    I am, as I mentioned last night, not pessimistic. I just know how sports sometimes works.

    SF October 28, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • ” I just know how sports sometimes works.”
    Lol! If you say the wrong thing, your team can lose. BTW, don’t blame me for Boone, Buckner, or Dent. I swear I never said an overconfident word in any of those games. I didn’t say anything in ’04, either.
    I did win a bet a few weeks ago. I took the Pats over the Cowboys by 21 pts.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Hmmm. Lots of Rockies fans waving white towels.
    I like the symbolism. Let’s make it stick.

    SF October 28, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Starts off with a ball to Ellsbury
    Ellsbury takes the next pitch down the third base line with a leadoff double.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • MVP. ;)

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • The Fox Mastercard Keys to the game? Does Jose Melendez know about this?
    Jacoby leads off with a hit!

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Coors Field is a great ballpark. They even provide their fans with towels to cry into.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Pedroia grounds out. Ellsbury to 3rd.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • I know that a run might help Lester relax, but playing for one run with the top of the order up against a guy who hasn’t pitched in a couple of months? Not sure I like that play.

    SF October 28, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • PAPI!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • PAPI!! Grounder through the right side. Ellsbury scores.
    1-0

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Ortiz singles home Jacoby on a hard-hit grounder on the pulled-in infield.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Sorry SF, hadn’t read your comment before I posted. I’ll be quiet from here on out.

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • // Does Jose Melendez know about this? //
    I’ve been thinking the same thing, Tom.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Screw you Manny

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Manny grounds into the double play to end the inning.
    Time for Lester to take his step towards history.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • // I sincerely request that all those posting here at YFSF from the Sox’ side of things follow these simple guidelines, lest we anger any sleeping baseball deities. //
    I agree. If the Sox lose tonight, it will be because someone mentioned MVP candidates or parades.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Just pound the strikezone Lester. Keep things simple.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Manny hit that ball really hard, just right at the guy.

    SF October 28, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • First pitch did NOT look good

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Starts off with a ball.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Jams Matsui, pops out to Lester.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Lester gets Kaz to pop up very shallowly.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Throw strikes, dammit!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Lester missing his spots.

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Tulo Ks, complaining.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Tulowitzski strikes out. Possibly foul tipped it, but Tek caught the ball.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Nice range, Dustin

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Lester missing spots this inning may not be a concern. If he is still missing spots in the 2nd inning I will start to be worried. I think this inning his nerves may be messing with him.
    Holliday grounds out to Pedroia. Innign over.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Lester’s stuff didn’t look that great to me, but the Rockies didn’t seem to be able to handle it, so that’s what counts.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • 12-pitching inning for Lester, FWIW, with Cook at just 9 despite allowing two hits.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Lowell grounds out to 3rd to start the inning.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Lowell hits a slow chopper to third to make the first out of the 2nd; Ellsbury or Lugo might have been safe on that one.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • We need to take more pitches. Badly

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Drew pops out to 2nd.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • This is RIDICULOUSLY bad

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Drew first-pitch swinging, too, and out, too.
    Are they forgetting the approach that has worked so well thus far, or did the scouting report say to jump on Cook early?

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Tek seems to get it. Or maybe he just wants to find out what this ump’s zone is like.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Tek with the deepest AB so far.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • At least Tek had a good at bat.

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • 19 pitches for Cook. Why are they doing this?

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Not a good inning. One run ain’t gonna do it, fellas.

    SF October 28, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Another quick inning from Cook.
    Hudson, obviously we have had a early case of dementia and forgotten the recipe that has enabled us to have a 3-0 lead. Hopefully Tek’s AB refocused some people.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Now that I think of it, the Sox were impatient at the plate early last night, too, but then started working whatshisname bigtime the second time through.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • I think I need my vomit bag

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • whatshisname?
    That would have been Josh “Dragon Slayer” Fogg

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Lester does NOT have the zone

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Lester v. Helton should be interesting … Foul… … Ball … … … … … Foul … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … Buck bloviating about the 8-day Rockies layoff … … … … Outside, borderline ball … … … … … … High ball, not close … … … … … Helton doubles. Throw from JEll is high, or he might have had a shot at him.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • FUCK!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Helton doubles.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Oh yeah, the Velvet Fogg. Thanks.
    Lester missing high or outside way too much.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • This is going to be a tough game to win without several runs. Lester throws a lot of pitches, the bullpen is gassed, etc.

    SF October 28, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Ortiz flashes leather.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Papi showing his good hands.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • PAPI with the leather!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • That graphic overlapping the Fenway vs. the Coors fences was the first mildly interesting thing I’ve learned from Fox all postseason.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Chill out, Dio- it’s the SECOND INNING.

    Ayuh - SF October 28, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • I think four innigns will be all Im going to ask for from Lester

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Flyout to Jacoby; runner moves over with 2 gone.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • FLy out moves Helton along. Hawpe is dangerous

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Is our pen really gassed? They all had the day off on Friday. Surely these guys can throw two days in a row with the possibility to end the season…

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • I’m sending a pot of chamomile tea over to Dion.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Walked. CRAP!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • That curve looked decent to me. Ump gives Hawke the wawke.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Get ‘em here, and Lester has momentum. Give up a hit, and the crowd goes wild.
    That first-pitch strike was identical to Ball Four.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Curve looked outside the zone to me…

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • God, I am so much more nervous tonight than last night…

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Same here, SF.. same here

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • All the Rockies’ names annoy me.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Inning over! Thank sweet zombie jesus!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Lugo! Nice defense.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Torrealba grounds out to Lugo to end the inning.
    Rockies strand 2.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Last night I was pretty calm. Well, not calm, but calm enough to actually fall asleep for a little while in innings six and seven (kids got up EARLY yesterday).
    Tonight, no such luck I don’t think.

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • COME ON — RUNS GODDAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Lester’s on pace for 6-1/3 innings at this pitch rate. That would be fine by me.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Hopefully Lester has a little swinging.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Three-pitch ground-out at-bat for JLug. Grr.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Lugo grounds out.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Lester makes contact, also grounds out on pitch #3. Two gone. Bah.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • lester grounds out to 3rd.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Go-Go is up.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Jacoby grounds out on three pitches, too. Bleh.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Ellsbury grounds out. Another quick inning by Cook.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • HORRIBLE at bats. Jesus christ

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Cook at just 25 through 3 innings. This is not good.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Cook at 28 pitches through 3 innings. Not bad for a guy who hasn’t pitched in 2 1/2 months. Dammit.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Are Atkins and Matsui going to handle every goddamned play?
    Cook is pitching really well, frankly, no matter the layoff. The Sox are having some trouble with him, lots of movement on his pitches in the strike zone. He’s pitching very nicely.

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • And in covnerse, although he hasnt been scored on yet, Lester looks bad.

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Dare I say that Cook’s style reminds me a little of Jake Westbrook?

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Trying to figure out how many pitches Cook has thrown… GameDay just jumped from 25 to 29, Tom says 28… Whatever the number, it’s waaay too low and the results show it.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Yeah, Dio, I can’t see him going unscathed much longer. One run isn’t going to be enough, no way.

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Cook flies out to right.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Looking to see what the heart of the Boston order can do with Cook on the second look. If they go quickly and quietly again, then I’ll be worried.

    That was decently struck by Cook, but an easy catch for drew.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Ugh, bit of a misplay by Manny there.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Wake up out there Manny. Definately misplayed that fly ball.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Especially frustrating since Lester was way ahead of Kaz.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Fox: “having Varitek is a luxury” WHAT?
    Crap, another double. Manny coulda had it.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Lester may not look all that hot right now, but we do not help the kid out with plays like that.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Is there anyone here who has any confidence in Lester?

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • I don’t think that word “luxury” means what they think it means.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • THROW STRIKES!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • I think we can get 5, maybe 6 innings out of Lester. As long as the defense is behind him.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • He Ks Tulo! Very nice. Inning should be over.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • I think we can get 5, maybe 6 innings out of Lester. As long as the defense is behind him.
    Yeah, but how many runs?

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • How old is Tulo? He seriously looks 35.

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Now Tek is an “engineer”. Please God, not more sergeant major tonight.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • That is the big question SF. I am going out on a limb, but I think Lester should be able to hold them to a run or two.
    Lester is throwing a lot of inside pitches, which are being called by Tek. As long as he keeps them close to strikes and they keep swinging at them he should be ok. If Lester loses the strikezone as he typically does each game we could be in trouble.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Holliday is so so scary

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • How old is Tulo?
    DOB: 10/10/84

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Crucial at-bat for Lester v. Holliday here: … … … Ball … Swinging strike at a ball up … … … … … Fastball misses inside, I don’t think Lester’s made that pitch yet … … … … … … … … … … … Swinging strike, 2-2 count … … … … … … … … … … … … Tek talking with JLes … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … Popped foul … … … Tense moment here … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … GETS HIM ON A HIGH HEATER!

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Oh, I know he’s young, but man he doesn’t look a day under 30.

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Holliday with a strikeout of Holliday to end the inning.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Whew. Thank you Lester.
    *holds out hands* Runs, Please!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • OK, three scoreless. Sox need to reward their pitcher.
    Haht of the ohdah, let’s GO.

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Second time through the lineup. This should tell if they can handle Cook tonight.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Y’know, we’re all feeling nervous about Lester, but his results so far are great. He’s preserved a narrow lead, has a K per inning, and if not for Manny’s misplay that would have been a very quick inning.
    52 pitches through three. Still on track for 6 innings.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Pedroia grounds out to 1st.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Ground-out on pitch #3.
    At this rate, I’m going to have to create a macro on my laptop for that post.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • What’s up everybody! Been outta town for three days and am finally home for Game 4, though I missed the first inning.
    Great stuff so far. Part of me would be happy losing tonight because we would get to see Beckett do his thing again, but the Rockies showed us last night that they’re getting back into the groove. Tonight’s the night, folks.
    Good luck to the Sox! Lester’s cutter is looking sharp!

    Atheose October 28, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Ortiz watches two strikes … Fouls one back … … … … … … … … … … … … … Watches a ball that was very close … … … … … … … … … Pops out to shallow second, caught by the 2nd baseman.
    Hey, five pitches!

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Our offense is a JOKE tonight

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Ortiz pops out.
    5 pitch AB

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • (Why does Manny toss the helmet when he’s running home? Does it make him more streamlined? Is it to let his freak flag dreadlocks fly better? Why?)

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Manny with a liner to left to end the inning.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Another brutal inning.

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Manny makes good contact, but lines out to the left fielder on pitch #4.
    Cook averaging just over 10 pitches per inning. He could easily throw a complete game at this rate.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Our bats SUCK

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Part of me would be happy losing tonight because we would get to see Beckett do his thing again
    This is f*cking crazy talk.

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • This totally feels like Westbrook redux.

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • I think Manny does it because his dreads and do-rag prevent his helmet from staying on his head. It looks like it bumps around while he’s running.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Whoever said that should be punched in the face

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Was that your Mom’s side coming out SF?

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Was that your Mom’s side coming out SF?
    Which comment?

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • The…
    This is f*cking crazy talk.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • No, that was me. Part of me wants to see Beckett pitch again, too.
    In March.

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Helton grounds out.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Lugo flashes leather again.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Really, can they stop these manager interviews?

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • fucking walks

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Spilborghs walks.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Blech. I hate walks.

    SF October 28, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • God this game is PURE tension

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • If, earlier today, you had told me this game would be 1-0 through four innings, I would not have believed you. Baseball is a weird game sometimes.

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Lester out of the inning. Hawpe flies out.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Again a deceptively (?) tense inning, which Lester works out of just fine.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Also, I cannot believe that Fox made no mention of that Lugo catch other than “lined out to short”. I mean, I’m not a huge Lugo fan, but give the guy credit when it’s due.

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Yes! Lowell! Easy double.
    (On pitch #1. But I’m not complainin’.)

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Lowell doubles on the first pitch to start the inning.
    Come on Drew. I have nothing but positive vibes for you tonight.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Drew grounds out to Cook.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • DAMMIT DREW!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • It’s weird, Jackie, because they actually were praising Lugo’s fielding a little earlier. They missed a rare chance to show themselves to have made a sound observation.
    Maybe one of these days someone will smack a clutch home run during one of these pointless interviews.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • What’s that chant?
    Tek ignores it and Lowell is safe at home with an AWESOME perfect slide!

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • TEK!!!!!!!!!!
    Lowell with the sldie!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • TEK DELIVERS!! A grounder through the hole on the right side. Lowell slides past the tag to score.
    Tek in at 2nd.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • (A fantastic slide which Fox takes a good 90 seconds to recognize.)
    Now Lugo hits, 1st and 2nd with one out.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Hudson, I feel like something happens EVERY TIME they have those interviews. To the point where I want to cover my eyes any time there’s an interview when the opposing team is batting!
    Nice RBI single poked through there by Varitek… and amazing job by Lowell not getting tagged out there.
    And now Lugo with the bat!

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Luo back up the middle. Tek held at 3rd.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Whatever the chant was, I hope they try it again, as it brought on a string of hits.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Hoodwinked myself. Tek is at 2nd.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • I’m trying to imagine the Buck/McCarver call on that play at the plate if it had been a Yankee player chugging home and making a perfect head-first slide around the catcher’s tag.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Lester not looking too confident with these bunt attempts… Though he has worked the count full, which is something!

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Ks on the 3rd bunt attempt. Not everyone can be DiceK.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Lester strikes out bunting. I am a little perplexed by that. How someone strikes out bunting is a tad odd.
    Well now it rests on Jacoby.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Wow.. that was a WEIRD at bat.
    Stirkes out bunting after workign coutn full

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Tough pitch to get the Rookie. We got one more. Need more still.

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Ellsbury strikes out on a bad pitch.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Ellsbury could come up huge here…
    1 Foul
    2 Ball
    3 Ball
    4 Foul
    5 Ks
    Swinging, on what could have been Ball 3.
    But it’s 2-0 Sox. Hope Lester’s stamina is good.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Ells looked confused…
    Another run, and 2-3-4 coming up against Cook, if Hurdle leaves him in.

    SF October 28, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • 59 pitches for Cook through 5
    68 for Lester through 4

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Anyone hear why Tavarez has not pitched in the post season for us? Did he get hurt or something else?

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • they keep showing the same gd commercials!!!

    SullySF October 28, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • LUgo scare dthe shit out of me there. I flashed back to the ALCS

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • FUUUUUUCK

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Pedroia is asleep on that bunt attempt.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Can I just mention again how much I hate Dim McCarver and Blow Buck?

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • *exhales*

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Lowell with a nice grab on a wicked fast grounder, Lester escapes again.
    OK, I’m now prepared to say Lester has been stellar. If someone had told me this morning that he’d get through five scoreless, I’d have been thrilled.
    At 80 pitches, he ought to have at least an inning left in him.
    The question then is, to whom would Francona go in the 7th? MDC was warming, but I’m guessing Timlin might get the call.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Heart of the Sox order.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Heckuva grab by Cook, damn.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Great play by Cook there. Frak

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Papi or Manny needs to go yard and give us some breathing room.
    Ortiz was swinging for the fences on pitch #1 but just nicked it … … … Then a high ball … … then a ground-out on friggin’ PITCH #3. WTF.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • I hate this Cook guy. Hate ‘im.

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Manny out on a poorly-struck grounder to third.
    Liking having a lead.
    Not liking that it is just 2 runs.
    Don’t squander this, fellas…

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Man.. I actually cant wait to see the rockies bullpen. But thats a WHILE away at this rate

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • 2-0 on Helton. Ugh

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • C’mon, Lester, do not let them bring the tying run to the plate…
    YES, Manny tracks this one correctly.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • Helton flies out to left.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • MANNY!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • I am feeling bizarrely calm… probably because Colorado’s bats have remained quiet against Lester. I am very aware that this could change, but I just feel really confident in this team.
    Of course, as I write this, Helton hits a ball to Manny that causes me to stop breathing.

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • 3-2 to Atkins. Get this guy…

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • God damn walks. Thats it for Lester

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Ugh, a walk. Not going to even say what that means.
    Here comes Tito…
    MDC coming in.
    Oh, man. I dunno about that move.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Me neither, Hudson.
    I’m scared.

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Lester pulled. MDC coming in.
    I may have tried to see if Lester could have gotten through that.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Throw strikes, Delcarmen.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • MDC throws two balls to Spillguts.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Delcarmen HIGH again!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Goddamn it. 2-0 count.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Not sure I’d have pulled Lester here, but MDC comes through.
    Also, A-Rod is a Class A asshole.

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Got him! Okay, does DCarm come in for one more inning or what? Seems like Okajima might be out for the night…

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • MDC strikes out Spilborghs to end the inning.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • MDC!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • And a called strike, up a bit, 2-1 … … … … … … … … … … Swinging strike, down in the zone … … … … … … … … … OK, OK, get it DONE … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … HE Ks HIM!
    Francona vindicated. I was wrong. But boy, was that nervous-making.
    2-0 Sox after six.
    Please, give our tickers some relief by putting up another run or two…

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • WOW! Thansk for the update,Jackie

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Boras wants to compete with World Series news? He’s a D-Bag.
    Has any prominent Boras client ever *not* chosen the money over the team?

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • MIKEY LOWELL!!!!!!! SIGN THAT MAN!!!!!!!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • LOWELL!
    3-0!!!!

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Breathing room!! Lowell Homers to left field.
    3-0

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Cook out.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Yeah, I’m not sure who to blame more for the timing of this – Boras, Heyman (and his editors), or A-Rod himself. But who the hell cares, Lowell just hit a HR!

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • WOOOO!!!!!

    SF October 28, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • ARod is a POS. I thought he would do this when his comments after the ALDS was that he had failed. To me, he had made the decision in his mind then. Does not help either that the original voodoo mind master Boras is his agent.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Awesome. I actually was thinking one inning ago, “I wish a Sox player would hit a jack…I miss those.”

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • So, questions:
    (1) Who pitches the bottom of the 7th?
    (2) When the pitcher’s slot comes up to bat, does Francona use Youks then, and does he keep him in the game as a defensive sub?
    (3) Does Coco come into the game and either Drew or Manny come out soon, again for defensive purposes?
    I’m guess we might see someone like Hinske bat for the pitcher here, now that the lead is a little bigger, to save Youks just in case he’s needed in a big late spot.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Stepped away from the internet for a few minutes (but not the game) – why are we swearing about A-rod? I’m in favor of course, just like to know why.

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • I imagine they’ll go with Delcarmen…it won’t be Snyder or Gagne or Lopez or Okajima or Papelbon, and I doubt it’s Timlin for the 7th. Do you bring Timlin in if Delcarmen has trouble in the 7th?

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • The Rockies have actually had as many baserunners as the Sox tonight.
    J.D. Drew Ks, in what could in theory be his last at-bat of the year…

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • RBF…he told the Yanks he is opting out.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • what was the crowd chanting when tek was up?

    z118 October 28, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • Not the opting out that we’re complaining about as much as the timing, just to clarify.

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • Varitek leads in RBIs in the world series. Not toast.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • Bad baserunning by Tek.

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • z118…”Gooooooooo” says one half of the crowd…”Rockies!” says the other half.
    But to me it sounds like a zombified “Rockies…oooooooohhhhhh.”
    That inning’s done. Pitcher’s spot won’t come up…

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • What was he supposed to do, being on first base on a ground ball?

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • Youk will obviously lead off the eighth, offensively, that we know.

    SF October 28, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • Lugo grounds into DP… which makes me strangely happy, because now they don’t yank Delcarmen. MDC is probably the freshest reliever in the pen that’s used to this kind of situation.

    academic-SF October 28, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • That. Anthem. Sucked.

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Do you hate country, Dionysus? ’cause in terms of harmony, they kicked the crap out of Boyz II Men’s rendition.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • But to me it sounds like a zombified “Rockies…oooooooohhhhhh.”
    Yep! It’s actually a really clever commercial for “I Am Legend.”

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • I loive country. I just didnt liek that Anthem.
    And I hated Boyz II Men more

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • HAHAHA, Jackie!

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • Cool, Dio. Apparently I am just feeling contrarian this evening.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • My stomach is just churning. In 2004, I was nervous, but I was also in 10 day-old newborn first-kid zombie fatigue, and I barely remember anything very specific.
    Tonight is different…I am (relatively) aware of what is going on.

    SF October 28, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • Delcarmen falls behind 2-0, comes back 2-2.
    Then full count.
    Aaaaaaaaand…home run. 3-1 Sox.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • Damn, Hawpe homers to right field.
    3-1

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • REally? A-rod is opting out?? Can someone direct me to the story? I couldn’t find a mention of it.

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • FUCK!!!!!!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • Oh, crap.

    academic-SF October 28, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • Solo show for Hawpe.
    I would think Timlin would be the next move, even though he pitched last night.
    If ever there was a situation where there might be an argument for playoff experience over any other factor, this would be it.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • Knew they should have brought Timlin in for the 7th. Oh well, it’s just one run.

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • Stick with it, Delcarmen. No panic.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • never mind I found it.

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • The A-Rod link is above, RBF. Just look for the first mention.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • Who gives a shit about A-Rod tonight? FOCUS, EVERYONE!

    SF October 28, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • If he lets this baserunner on, seems like it must be Timlin.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • This game is about to go down the shitter

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • This ump likes the high strike down the middle.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • One down.
    God I feel sick

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Long fly-out to Drew, one gone.
    Jeepers, this couldn’t be easy, could it?

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Okay–one out. Ride Delcarmen till he gives up another baserunner.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • He does indeed liek that high strike

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • Sending a bottle of Codeine over to Dion’s place.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • I am with you, Dio. Just ill.
    Excited, reservedly, but still ill.

    SF October 28, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • THROW STRIKES YOU SON OF A ****!!!!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • Delcarmen is giving Colorado too many hitter’s counts.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • TAKE HIM OUT! TAKE HIM OUT!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Base hit. I say you get Timlin in now.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • That’s it. He’s done. Apparently it’s against the law for MDC to throw strikes.

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Timlin time!!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • This is brutal. Bad Delcarmen, bad.

    SF October 28, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • I hate those towels. Those stupid, stupid towels.
    Here indeed comes Timlin. Even if this doesn’t work out (boy, was he hammered yesterday, even for his outs), I understand why it’s happening.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Please God, a double play here.

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Timlin coming in, that’s the right (belated) move.
    One swing of the bat would tie it.
    Double play massively needed.
    EFFING EFFITY EFF

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Didn’t MDC cr@p the bed in one of the Cleveland games?

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • Timlin got smacked around last night, too.
    I have dark visions right now…

    SF October 28, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • This whole series (well, the few times he has been in), MDC has not been in the zone. What’s up with that? Nerves?

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • If that Olive Garden food looks that disgusting in a commercial, just imagine what it looks like in real life.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Ok, here’s the old man…ugh, unpleasant stats.

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Expecting a hit-and-run here…

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Can ANYONE find the zone?

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Finally a strike!

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • Like 6 pieces of Nicorrett in my mouth.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • WHY IS GAGNE UP IN THE PEN?

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Gagne up in the pen.
    Matsui strikes out.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Timlin to Kaz:
    1 Ball, plenty high and outside
    2 Calle strike, outside corner waist high
    3 Swinging strike, low and away, nice pitch
    4 K! Yes!
    Oki … AND GAGNE … warming.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Ick…Gagne warming…does he come in if Timlin can’t get finish this inning?
    K! 2 down.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • KKKKKKKKKK

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Timmy: Eric Gahn-NAY. He’s so sophisticated.

    Anonymous October 28, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Ok, one more this inning…come on…

    SF October 28, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • WHY IS GAGNE UP IN THE PEN?
    Piece number 7 of Nicorrette going in my mouth.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • I hate the “Tu-lo!” cheer too. Let it be the last time…

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • This ab is the ballgame.

    Anonymous October 28, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • 3-1, godeffinghellfire.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • Oh god, throw mother effin strikes!!!

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • The Gagne thing has to be a joke. Some sort of weird head game.

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • This is it..

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • Damn, this is going to be a big at-bat:
    MTim to TTul…
    1 Strike, outside corner at the knees
    2 Ball, outside and low
    3 Ball, outside and low again
    4 Ball, outside and low AGAIN
    — damnable hitter’s count —
    5 Strike, taking, right down the pike
    6 Foul, runner going on 3-2
    7 Ks HIM!
    TIMLIN!

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • YES!!!!

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • No Matt Holliday, please.
    THANK YOU!!!

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • YEEHAW FOR THE OLD MAN!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • clap-clap-clapclapclap
    Tu-LO
    KKKKKKKKKKKKK’S

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • TIMLIN!
    TIMLIN!
    MICHAEL FRICKING TIMLIN!

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • MIKE!

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Gagne warming = we expect to score double digits next inning and having him close out the Series, JUST TO HUMILIATE YOU.
    I mean, that’s the only possible explanation, right?
    Nice job by Timlin.

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • That was so huge.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Jeezus, a fucking run or two (or five) here would sure protect my health.
    Don’t the Sox want their fans healthy!???!?!

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • I think Gagne was warming to disarm the Rockies with false hope.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • Question: who pitches the 8th? I’m not sure Papelbon can handle two full innings after last night. Keep Timilin in? Snyder? He Who Must Not Be Used?

    academic-SF October 28, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • It looks like Tito doesn’t plan to use Oki tonight. Timlin back out for the 8th?

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • I think Gagne pitches the eighth. At least Holliday, then Oki for the lefties.
    Then, hopefully, Paps in the ninth to nail it down.

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • Oki then.. if ANY trouble.. Paps, I think

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • All right, what do we say for the 8th? Is it Timlin till the next baserunner he allows? Is it Oki for one or two (or three) outs, then Paps?
    Hopefully this is an 8-run inning for the Sox and it doesn’t matter much.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • Oki to a lefty/Lopez to a righty/Paps for four?

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • Health? What is health? I’ve picked up so much gray in my hair, and a disturbing drinking problem, all in one night!

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • HORRIBLE commercial.. daring to compare Americna Idol with BASEBALL?
    Why does Fox hate Baseball?

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • Kielty!!!!

    academic-SF October 28, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • KIELTY!!!

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • SF kids. Right? There is no possible way that Francona, who has made all the right calls, could bring in Gag-me?
    Bobby Freaking Kielty!!!!

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • BOBBY KIELTY, WHO KNEW?
    Ho, man.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • BOBBY KEILTY!!!!!!!!!! HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • Kielty Homers!!!!!!
    Sweet Baby Jesus!!!!!!!
    1ST PITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • Holy crap. I don’t believe what I just saw..

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • That was hit with authority. Really smashed.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • Yes, Kielty, you may have a World Series share.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • BOBBY FUCKING KIELTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Ellsbury with a single, on a ball almost everyone in the infield tried to grab.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Hahahaha, Jacoby.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Oh, and now they’re announcing the friggin’ A-Rod/Boras news with the Sox six outs away. Nice Fox, nice, very classy.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Jacoby batting .438

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Ellsbury singles on a dribbler…. maybe the lineup saw He Who Must Not Be Used warming up?

    academic-SF October 28, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • That young Jacoby is awfully speedy.

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • go-go bunny with a grounder by three players to get on base.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • I’m sure A-Rod would enjoy Anaheim.

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • Fuck ARod and Boras

    Anonymous October 28, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • Livid that Fox is spending so much time on this. But what do we expect.
    They even had a graphic ready to go? Are you KIDDING ME?

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • ARod is opting out? YES!
    If the Sox win tonight then this could be the greatest night ever for a Red Sox fan.

    Atheose October 28, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • Ha – Academic, yes, I think it puts fear into the heart of the rest of the team!

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • God, SHUT UP about A-Rod. The World Series is being played, you dips–ts.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • God, would Fox SHUT UP about A-Rod. The World Series is being played, you dips–ts.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Lowell is a bargain for us! No way Boras is able to use the Sox..

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Boras is getting exactly what he wanted for ARod…airtime during the WS.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • So I thought it was really frown upon to make any sort of announcement like this during the World Series. Does Boras just not care? I thought it was odd that the NYFO expected to announce a new manager on Monday since the series might not be over yet.

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 11:12 pm
  • Ack…who is this A-Rod? THERE IS NO EFFIN HOLE!!!!

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:12 pm
  • Send Ellsbury to 2nd.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:12 pm
  • They’re now into something like their sixth minute of discussing A-Rod.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • I’d really like Jacoby to steal so they’d shut up about A-Rod

    academic-SF October 28, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • Hurdle isn’t playing, to me, like it’s must-win. Why isn’t Corpas in now if he’ll be in a batter from now anyway?

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • “Does Boras just not care? ”
    No. No, I don’t think he cares.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • Nice DP there by Colorado.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • 3-2 to Dustin… Double-play, not easy with two good runners.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • DAMN. Nice dp. ugh

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • And then there’s a DP, so shut my mouth.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • Good at bat, bad end.

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • Certainly Ortiz’s last at-bat. Hopefully, of the season.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • McCarver and Buck: “Beautiful double-play. Now, can we resume talking about A-Rod?”
    No doubt that Boras timed this. And the media is taking the bit.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • Soo…any guesses who is coming in? Anybody else leaving the room if Gagne comes in? (sigh)

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • Papi walks.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • Gotta be Oki, right? With Paps warming if he has to get more than 3 outs…

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • Go deep, Manny. Come on.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • BD, if Gagne comes in I have a few shots of whiskey lined up.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • I think Timlin will start the 8th.
    How much is Lowell making? Any guesses on what it would take to re-sign him?

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • Didn’t they pinch hit for Timlin, Tom sf?

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • Can Timlin come in? I thought Kielty hit for him?

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • To steal a term from YFs, Lowell has a lot of intangibles. He speaks extremely well with the media, and clearly is a clubhouse leader bordering on father figure.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • Yes, pimf

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • They PH for Timlin with Kielty.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • “Timlin might go out there for one more”
    Did they not see that Kielty pinch-hit for Timlin? Idiots.

    Atheose October 28, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • I agree on Lowell. I would just HATE to see him get away.

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • C’mon Manny..do something here…ugh..K…

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Their chant sounds like “Rockies…. rolllll”? But that is too cheesy even for Colorado.
    Manny the K.
    Six outs.
    Get, it, done.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Ramirez down swinging.
    Here we go, welcome to stress avenue.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Okajima…he’s the only choice.
    6 outs to go.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • Oki’s gotta be gassed. This is sending him into a serious fire, 3-4-5. Yikes.

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • I am scared. Please no Gagne. Please no Gagne

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • K. All right…so it’ll be the 3-4-5 guys, I assume Youk at 1st, Coco in center, Ellsbury in left?

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • Is Paps the only option as a rescue for Oki? Would Tito bring Gagne in for ANY reason? Who else is out there? Schill?

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • If it’s Oki, I seriously hope it’s on a short leash, with the bullpen staff dangling red meat in front of Paps.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Wouldn’t it make sense to put Papelbon in for the 3-4-5 guys and patch together the 9th?

    academic-SF October 28, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Lowell’s making a boatload of money. I’m guessing it would take a minimum of $15m for 3 – 4 years. With the Yankees getting involved, it could be more.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Okajima in instead of Gagne. Thank goodness.

    Atheose October 28, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Leadoff first pitch homer and that last half-inning took like 20 minutes. Interminable.

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Big hitter right here..but with nobody on this time

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Gagne and Paps warming.
    I’m just glad Holliday is leading off, where the worst he can do is a solo shot.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Uh, let’s talk about contracts when the season is over, hopefully in like 25 minutes.

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Okajima…I wonder what happens with problems for him this inning. If there are no outs or 1, Gagne? If there are 2, Papelbon?

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Come on Oki…

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • If Mike Lowell ends up with the Yankees, I will break down and cry.

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • The Orc is still around, isn’t he?

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • Is it stupidity to get Beckett out to the pen? I think it is…but still I think about it.

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • Academic-Sf, no way..Paps is the guy I think we want shutting them down in the end..love your blog, by the way. :)

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • The strikezone has been the same for both teams tonight.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • Orc not on WS roster.

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • Tavarez is mysteriously not on the roster. Not sure why.

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • The Orc is around, but not on the roster and no reason has been given for his non-availability throughout the playoffs.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • De-fense, de-fense: Ellsbury in left, Youks at first.
    Oki to Holliday:
    1 Foul
    2 Ball, low
    3 Called strike, Holliday whining in sync with Dim/Blow
    4 Foul, a pitch just off the dirt, well outside, 1-2
    5 Groundout, 4-3
    Five outs to go.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • Holliday out, whew!
    Five to go.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • Holliday grounds out.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • one out. yes!

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • nice first pitch to Helton.

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • Rob, there was a tidbit in a Globe chat that Joolian was off the roster for “non-baseball” reasons. I hope that did not mean family/health issues. I suspect something… darker. More Orclike.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • I’m surprised Tito’s going with Oki rather than Timlin straight to Papelbon… but the formula’s been working so far…

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • Oki’s looking good so far…

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • I read the same thing Hudson. Wished they would have explained it more.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • Jub jub

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • Put him away here

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • Oki to Helton:
    1 Called strike
    2 Called strike
    3 Foul
    4 Ball
    5 Single through the left side

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • Shit. Hit

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • Helton singles to the left side.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • dammit

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • THAT ball 2 was a striek!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • Oh c’mon, throw strikes!!!!!

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • Might be time to pull Oki.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • OMFG. OMFG. OMFG

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • Oki to Atkins:
    1 Called strike
    2 Ball
    3 Ball
    4 Ball
    — Ugh, hitter’s count again —
    5 GONE, 4-3 GAME
    Jesus.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • Well, crap.

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • dammit dammit dammit

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • SHIT

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • Time to pull Oki.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • 4-3 Sox. Poor Oki is exhausted.

    Atheose October 28, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Might be time to pull Oki.
    Rob with the call.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Jeeezus…thank god for Kielty’s homer.

    Anonymous October 28, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Papelbon coming in. Man Town time.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Paps called on to get five outs.
    If anyone can do it, it’s him.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Up to Paps now. That blast by Kielty is huge

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • (That Clemens ad must be painful for YFs. Can’t believe they ran with it despite his lousy, money-grabbing season.)

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:36 pm
  • Hold ‘em here.
    Then unload for more runs in the top of the ninth.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • ok, c’mon Paps

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • Well, this shoots Paps for tomorrow, if the Rox come back. It’s the right move, but it may have potentially longer implications.

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • Paps is going to come out firing..
    I hope.

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • If this goes to extras, Papi and Manny are out.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • My stomach lurched on that foul..

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • WHERE WAS THAT????

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • Has it been like 15 minutes since there was an out?

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • SHUT UP MCCARVER!

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • Yes SF….definately feels that way.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • The Rockies dugout looks defeated. They should all be on the fricken railing cheering their heads off.

    Atheose October 28, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • Wehre’s the split?

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • Tomorrow, SF? There is no tomorrow! And if there is, there is Josh Beckett…
    —-
    Paps to Spillguts:
    1 Foul
    2 Ball right down the middle and only a little up that has been a strike all night
    3 Strike, wicked pitch on outside corner
    4 High-and-tight pitch fouled off
    5 Fouled off, down-the-middle pitch
    6 Ball, just outside
    — Paps throwing very hard —
    7 Grounder, he’s out 6-3
    Two gone.
    Get Hawpe.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • Finally another ground out.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • 2 down…

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • That looked closer than I was hoping for but at least it’s an out.

    rootbeerfloat October 28, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • No Slop to Hawpe

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • Again.. where’s the split?

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • Agh…too many pitches!!! :( :(

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • Oh. Thank. God.

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • DEEP..but caught…3 to go…

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • Inning Over, Hawpe flies out to center.
    9th inning…..

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • Paps to False Hawpe:
    1 Strike called, check swing on an outside-ish pitch
    2 Swinging strike, 95 mph, right at Tek’s target
    3 Ball, low and away
    4 Long fly ball to left-center, Coco tracks it down!
    Inning over.
    I have some family in Denver. I guarantee you that at least 75% of these folks waving towels and praying were not Rockies fans in April.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • Seriously though.. Why no splitter?

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • The terror, the sheer terror. 3 outs away.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • I
    am
    spent.
    And the game isn’t even over.

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • that was not a good pitch.

    Anonymous October 28, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • This game has take 5.5 years off my life so far

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • Lowell-Drew-Tek coming up, followed if needed by Lugo-Youks-Ellsbury…

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • As scary as this sounds, I would have you know who up and warming just in case next inning.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • A win would make you 11 years younger, Dion.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:50 pm
  • Lowell flies out to left.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:50 pm
  • Lowell flies out to left, reasonably deep, near the foul line.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:50 pm
  • Rob?
    Quiet.

    Dionysus October 28, 2007, 11:51 pm
  • Dim McCarver running down Tom Werner. He can’t stand it that the Sox are close.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:51 pm
  • It scared me typing that Dio

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • Drew out 4-3.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • Could Corpas work any slower? COME ON.

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • Drew grounds out

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • That was one of the dumbest comments I have heard McCarver say…’no honking in Boston’ geez

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • Gah. Sox batters look like they’re trying to get Papelbon back out there.

    stuck working October 28, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • Wow, all those white flags waving…are they French?

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • Corpas cannot have seriously have thought that was strike 3. Not even close.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • All right. It’s a one-run game. Three outs to glory, Paps. Crush their spirits.

    Devine October 28, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Tek down.
    Here we go, the most stressful half inning of all of our lives.

    Rob SF October 28, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • OK, here we go…

    SF October 28, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • THIS
    IS
    IT

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Tek out weakly, 1-3.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • Okay Papelbon… close it out.

    Jackie (SF) October 28, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • // Here we go, the most stressful half inning of all of our lives. //
    I’m stressed. But not like the last hour of Games 4 and 5 ALCS 2004. Not even close.

    Hudson October 28, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • IF there is a game 5, our bullpen will be shot. End this now!

    Tom sf October 28, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • Okay folks…going to pace..GO SOX!

    bostondreamer October 28, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • 10 pieces of Nicorrette in my mouth

    Rob SF October 29, 2007, 12:00 am
  • Paps to Torrealba:
    1 Strike called, outside corner
    2 Strike two swinging, inside, tried to check
    3 Ground-out, Dustin to Youks
    That’s *ONE*

    Hudson October 29, 2007, 12:00 am
  • 2 to go!!
    Torrealba grounds out

    Rob SF October 29, 2007, 12:00 am
  • One. Pacing madly, jumping up and down here.

    Devine October 29, 2007, 12:00 am
  • There’s the first one.

    SF October 29, 2007, 12:00 am
  • GREAT catch by jacoby, almost gave me a fucking heart attack.
    One out away!

    Atheose October 29, 2007, 12:02 am
  • Oh jesus…I almost shit myself.
    Ellsbury gets it at the wall.
    1 to go.

    Rob SF October 29, 2007, 12:02 am
  • Paps to Carroll:
    1 Strike called, right down the middle
    2 Foul
    3 LONG fly ball, Ellsbury with a heck of a catch against the wall!
    That’s *TWO*

    Hudson October 29, 2007, 12:02 am
  • ELLSBURY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A CATCH!!!!

    Dionysus October 29, 2007, 12:02 am
  • OH MY GOD I WAS SO SCARED!!! JACOBY!!!
    Two. Oh dear, my heart. Any out, even another one like that. Any out.

    Devine October 29, 2007, 12:03 am
  • That was scary. But it’s an out.

    rootbeerfloat October 29, 2007, 12:03 am
  • …speechless…

    Tom sf October 29, 2007, 12:03 am
  • There’s two.

    SF October 29, 2007, 12:03 am
  • Jacoby being Jacoby.

    stuck working October 29, 2007, 12:03 am
  • // I almost shit myself. //
    Better double-check that you didn’t. I’m checking a third time now.

    Hudson October 29, 2007, 12:03 am
  • Papelbon not calm, seemingly, on ball 2 there.

    Devine October 29, 2007, 12:04 am
  • Paps to Smith:
    1 Foul
    2 Ball, lowish
    3 Ball, in the dirt, goes to the backstop
    4 Foul, first base side
    5 K!

    Hudson October 29, 2007, 12:06 am
  • THREE!!!!!!!
    JOY!!!!!
    KING OF THE HILL!!!!!!!!!

    Devine October 29, 2007, 12:06 am
  • PABELBOT MVP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tom sf October 29, 2007, 12:06 am
  • yes

    Rob SF October 29, 2007, 12:06 am
  • WORLD CHAMPS!!!!
    WORLD CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SF October 29, 2007, 12:06 am
  • *sprays champagne at everyone*

    Jackie (SF) October 29, 2007, 12:07 am
  • Twice in my lifetime?
    I never thought it possible.
    I vote for Paps and VARITEK for co-MVPs.
    Tek hit better than usual (.333) and much more importantly steered this staff through a brilliant postseason.

    Hudson October 29, 2007, 12:07 am
  • Awesome. Just awesome.
    And now I’m almost sad there’s no more baseball.

    stuck working October 29, 2007, 12:07 am
  • Riverdance time…..

    Rob SF October 29, 2007, 12:07 am
  • So. NEXT year we win at Fenway, right?

    Jackie (SF) October 29, 2007, 12:07 am
  • After growing up through 77, 78 and 86; these two World Series Wins in 4 years is just so unreal.

    Rob SF October 29, 2007, 12:08 am
  • Tek very carefully put the ball in his pocket before jumping on Paps.

    Tom sf October 29, 2007, 12:09 am
  • World Champions. WORLD CHAMPIONS!

    Atheose October 29, 2007, 12:09 am
  • THANKS to the Sox for a great season, and thanks to everyone here at YFSF, YF and SF alike, but especially to all the SFs who made these game threads so much fun.
    WE’RE THE CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SF October 29, 2007, 12:09 am
  • // Tek very carefully put the ball in his pocket before jumping on Paps. //
    Heh.

    Hudson October 29, 2007, 12:10 am
  • Thanks for another season on the thread

    Rob SF October 29, 2007, 12:10 am
  • Seconding the thanks above, especially to the hosts of the site. It’s been a ton of fun here all year.

    Hudson October 29, 2007, 12:11 am
  • 2007 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION BOSTON RED SOX
    PANTS OPTIONAL!

    Dionysus October 29, 2007, 12:12 am
  • SF and YF – thanks for the 2007 season! We are Champions again!
    Let’s do it again next year!!
    WOOHOO!!!

    Brad October 29, 2007, 12:12 am
  • >Thanks for another season on the thread
    YES, A big thanks to the site hosts for giving us all a place to help enjoy this great season.
    Two in four years! I just cannot believe it.

    Tom sf October 29, 2007, 12:13 am
  • Thank-you Red-Sox! *clap clap, clapclapclap*
    Season-high 7-game win streak to end it. Nice.

    Devine October 29, 2007, 12:16 am
  • YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    bostondreamer October 29, 2007, 12:16 am
  • I have to mention that after 2004 the taunt was that the Sox would not win another for 86 years.
    Count the 21st Century rings!

    Hudson October 29, 2007, 12:17 am
  • Mike Lowell, MVP!

    Hudson October 29, 2007, 12:19 am
  • Can we resign Lowell, but then sign ARod to Shortstop?

    Atheose October 29, 2007, 12:19 am
  • Mikey Lowell MVP!!
    Re-sign him now!!

    Tom sf October 29, 2007, 12:20 am
  • Screw the Chevy commercial in the midst of the presentation.

    Hudson October 29, 2007, 12:20 am
  • Mike Lowell!!!

    rootbeerfloat October 29, 2007, 12:20 am
  • HEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLL YAAAAA!!!!!!

    Pat (SF) October 29, 2007, 12:21 am
  • Only downside of Lowell’s deserving MVP award is that it gives lazy writers a chance to put the ARod situation even further up in their stories.
    Man, Lowell a way better choice than Eckstein last year.
    also, because it doesn’t get old: WOW!!!!!

    stuck working October 29, 2007, 12:25 am
  • The Yahoo front page now has a picture of A-Rod announcing he is a free agent with a little teeny link that says “Red Sox Sweep, Win World Series”

    rootbeerfloat October 29, 2007, 12:25 am
  • That pisses me off, RBF.
    I like the “Resign Lowell!” cheers

    Atheose October 29, 2007, 12:26 am
  • RBF, you’re kidding. Ugh.
    Love the “re-sign Lowell!” chants. They pretty much have to now, don’t they? :)

    Jackie (SF) October 29, 2007, 12:26 am
  • Awww, Lester holding the trophy weeping while Ortiz hugs him. I just shed a few mantears.

    Atheose October 29, 2007, 12:34 am
  • I jsut finished crying as I smoke a cigar and drink GOOD champagne

    Dionysus October 29, 2007, 12:36 am
  • Watched all year and got this. So happy to have been there from the beginning.
    And yes, Hudson, correct…the NY rags and the nasty YFs (which definitely does not mean most of the YFs here) are indeed invited to count Boston’s 21st century rings.

    Devine October 29, 2007, 12:58 am

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