All About the Kids: Sox-O’s Gamer I

Derek Jeter is sadly mistaken — the Sox do indeed have something to play for. It’s not as glamorous as teh ringz, but it’s important, nonetheless.

The Sox are playing with a keen eye on young players like tonight’s starter, Kason Gabbard, who has shown some promise since being thrown into the starting rotation. The last 20 games might not determine a pennant race, but they could determine future pennant races — showcasing young talent that could be featured in offseason trades for bigger talent, giving kids Major League face time and making the adjustment that much easier in 2007.

In that sense, at least, the games still matter — even if the scores don’t. There’s still plenty to root for — and I’m not talking about that Ortiz-Jeter cage match.

Comment away!

42 comments… add one
  • The question is if they are good, do we keep some of them for the BP next year?

    Rob September 12, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • No Manny tonight….WMP batting insurance slot behind Papi…

    Rob September 12, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • hey Kevin Millar hot a hit. how about that.

    airk September 12, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • The other question is that by saying, “We still have something to play for,” was Jeter really talking about any team except the Yankees? I do not want to incite. I really do not believe, based on based on the comments he made, that he meant disrespect to Boston. I also do not believe Ortiz meant any disrespect to Jeter or the Yankees based on what he said; he’s a class act.
    I don’t think this whole ordeal is anything but a way for press to generate interest in the NY Boston series coming up to sell papers and page views on web sites.
    Gotta write something I suppose. I am already on record as thinking Ortiz has MVP numbers this year, and will likely augment them. I am also on record as saying that Jeter needs to hit 400 or better for the rest of the year to make his case, which he is also doing. Whatever. Both great players, both great guys, get off their backs, writers. The men can play ball.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • I agree completely, AG.

    airk September 12, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • Gabbard pulled after 4.2 scoreless innings.
    5 hits, and 4 walks, so not nearly as sharp as his last outing. But still, that makes it 11.2 consecutive scoreless innings, which ain’t too shabby.
    Who’s ready for 4+ innings from the bullpen in a tight game?! Wooo!

    airk September 12, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Youuuuuuuuuuk! Doubles in a couple more after Crisp’s and Cora’s 2-out singles (Crisp’s for an RBI).

    Devine September 12, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Okay…Hansen. Walk. Out. Error. Hit.
    Bases loaded, 1 out. On comes Breslow.

    Devine September 12, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • 3-1 Sox, top of the 7th. Breslow gave up a sac fly, then a walk, but nothing else.

    Devine September 12, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • That’s what we call him “Light’s Sort-of Out” Breslow.

    airk September 12, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • damn i can’t type tonight

    airk September 12, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • A collapse as epic as the past month and a half has been might knock the typing skill out of anyone.
    1st and 2nd, 2 out for the walking cor…I mean Varitek.

    Devine September 12, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Case in point, the above sentence should read “the past month and half’s has been”…though still not exactly Strunk and White approved.
    Tek walks to load ’em up for Crisp.

    Devine September 12, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Passed ball. We’ll take it gladly, thanks.

    airk September 12, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Extra Crispy!
    Double after the passed ball equals 3 more for the Sox!

    Devine September 12, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Effin’ hell! If I’d known Manny was gonna sit out, I’d have put Crisp in the starting lineup on my team tonight.

    Devine September 12, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Hi-oh!!!

    airk September 12, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • I’m a Yankees fan, and I must say that Yankee twerp’s comment vis a vis “rings” was one of the most humorous comments I’ve read on the internet.

    Kevin September 12, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • eh? You mean Joe?

    airk September 12, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Pretty special, right Kevin?

    Devine September 12, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Thank you, Millar. He strikes out swinging for the second out with runners on 1st and 2nd.

    Devine September 12, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Man, remember when Foulke just steamrolled everybody in the postseason of ’04? I’d love for him to be even a decent reliever next year. He’s still around then, right?

    Devine September 12, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • Into the 9th, Sox with a 5-run lead and up to bat.

    Devine September 12, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • I don’t think i can handle another season of playing the Will-He-or-Won’t-He? game with Keith Foulke.

    airk September 12, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • The question of the moment: Is Mike Timlin so washed up he can’t hold a 5-run lead?

    Devine September 12, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • Timlin resumes his sucking.

    airk September 12, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • The answer thus far is: “YES!”

    Devine September 12, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • Hers another question: Why has this game taken nearly 4 freaking hours?

    airk September 12, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • Part of the answer, I think, is that each team has thrown six pitchers (so far) onto the field.

    Devine September 12, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • Ha ha ha ha ha! That’s a 3-run homer with 1 out. 6-4 Sox. Just hilarious.

    Devine September 12, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • oh dear

    airk September 12, 2006, 10:49 pm
  • is there anyone warming up in the pen?

    airk September 12, 2006, 10:50 pm
  • Millar singles. Take him out, Tito!

    airk September 12, 2006, 10:51 pm
  • ANOTHER SINGLE where’s that bottle of Jim Beam?

    airk September 12, 2006, 10:53 pm
  • 5 hits in the inning.

    airk September 12, 2006, 10:53 pm
  • The winning run’s at the plate and I’m at work. Life is really, really neat.

    Devine September 12, 2006, 10:54 pm
  • 6-5. Tying run at 3rd.

    airk September 12, 2006, 10:55 pm
  • Oh look, the tying run’s at 3rd. It gets better!
    Can we bring in a three-legged donkey to pitch or something?

    Devine September 12, 2006, 10:56 pm
  • Roberts is up. super.

    airk September 12, 2006, 10:56 pm
  • Lopez pitching…

    airk September 12, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • GAME OVER! Another easy win for the BoSox!

    airk September 12, 2006, 11:00 pm
  • Well, they got him. What an almost-disaster.
    Nice way to take the comfort out of victory.

    Devine September 12, 2006, 11:01 pm

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