Be Not Afraid of Greatness, Josh

Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t

The Bard makes his debut tonight, catching the knuckleball.   We hope that he and Wakefield alone will sing like birds in a cage.  So consider this your Shakespearean open thread for the Sox/Rangers. Iambic pentameter alone, if you please.

14 comments… add one
  • Crisp took the bat out of Ortiz’s hands with that steal.

    whatever April 4, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Good point, WE.
    Wakefield isn’t throwing anything anywhere near the plate. And Bard can’t seem to catch much of it either… this could get ugly.

    mattymatty April 4, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • …and it did. 3 run homer…. *!?*&&*$^%$!!!

    mattymatty April 4, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Looks like I picked a fine time to start watching American Idol…

    SF April 4, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • We’ll see if the Rangers are going to win this one 36-0… personally, I’m hoping not.

    mattymatty April 4, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Wakefield just looks…off. How’s that for a useless observation?

    SF April 4, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • How long until the “Can we get ‘Belli back?” thread shows up on SoSH? Three passed balls in 4 innings.

    SF April 4, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Someone tell Padilla he’s supposed to suck.

    mattymatty April 4, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Its looking like Big Papi and nobody for the Sox tonight. Padilla has pitched around Ortiz each time he’s been up, resulting in two walks and a double on a 3-1 pitch. With Manny, he’s come right after him striking him out twice and getting him to pop up weakly to right field. Manny’s worked him a bit (22 pitches in 3 at-bats), but its interesting the way he’s treated Manny and Papi completely differently. I wonder if this has to do with the Rangers scouting report or something…

    mattymatty April 4, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Pitching around Papi: as great as Manny is, Ortiz has just had that extra kill factor the last year or so. Teams should keep on doing this until Manny proves that the result is worse than pitching to both of them.
    That doesn’t mean it will always work. But pitching to both of them hasn’t worked, so the end result might be better. Papi’s a better hitter than baserunner.

    john April 4, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • I KNOW this is only one game, but a few weeks ago, SF, you said I showed I knew nothing about baseball when I said a second year Wang might be better than a 40 year old Wakefield without Mirabelli. Time will tell. Maybe Newsweek.

    john April 4, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • No, John, I said that you clearly didn’t understand what Wakefield has accomplished when you equalized Wang and Wakefield, as is Wakefield was as much an unknown quantity as Wang. Is it too hard for you to search the archives?

    SF April 4, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • Boys! Behavior!!

    YF April 4, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • You should have said that earlier YF. I’d actually forgotten what SF said, which is not close to what he’s saying now.
    SF said:
    As for John, not to put to fine an edge on it, but you are full of sh*t. First you try to put an equalizing “?” next to a Wakefield/Wang comparison, when one pitcher has a decade-old track record of pitching 200 innings and winning anywhere from 11-17 games, while the other came out of nowhere, made some nice starts, and had a pretty serious shoulder injury. That line in itself shows you have no idea what Tim Wakefield has accomplished over the last several years.
    I got to the Wang/Wakefield one and realized his head is lodged somewhere up near his small intestine.
    What I did say was that

    Wakefield v Wang is a question mark (not Wang is better)
    Wakefield pitching to Tek was 0 – 4 with an 8.66 era
    Wakefield had 6.75 era in the 2005 playoffs
    and in a different thread that each of the last three years Wakefield’s era went up, and that last year Wang had a better era than Wakefield

    How silly of me to think a second-year Wang might have a better year than a year older Wakefield without Mirabelli.
    And to repeat what I said in this thread, I know tonight is only one game.

    john April 5, 2006, 12:11 am

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