Boob Tubin’

On this lazy Sunday, we’re back to sitting on our duff watching sports.  And yes, we’re thrilled with the leader board in Augusta, despite YF’s snippy supposed non-aspersions (did someone’s team start out 1-4 or what!?).  We’re also happy with the Sox, though the previously roughed-up Tim Wakefield takes the mound today in moderately cold weather so we’re not too cocky, while Adam Stern gets the start today in place of the injured Coco Crisp (it’s minor, we hear — and hope).  All we know is the worst the Sox can do is head home for the Fenway opener a cool 4-2, not too shabby.

Consider this your afternoon’s game thread, and also feel free to remind Yankees fans that their team, for the moment, stinks.  Do it now while you can.

107 comments… add one
  • One pitch, one…error. Not a good beginning.

    SF April 9, 2006, 1:48 pm
  • Man on 3rd, will he score by benefit of passed ball?

    SF April 9, 2006, 1:49 pm
  • Hit batsman. I have never enjoyed watching Wakefield pitch — too stressful.

    SF April 9, 2006, 1:50 pm
  • This is looking ugly already. 1-0 O’s. Wake still must think he’s in Texas.

    SF April 9, 2006, 1:51 pm
  • So far:
    11 pitches, 1 hit, 1 HBP, 1 error, 1 run. Two outs now, so I guess it could be worse. Bear down, Timmeh!

    SF April 9, 2006, 1:53 pm
  • Thank goodness for Kevin Millar. Only one run.

    SF April 9, 2006, 1:54 pm
  • SF – did you read the story in the Washington Post about yesterday’s game? Aparently (in case you missed it) Millar gave a scouting report to Jeff Conine concerning Schilling. Of course, the report was wrong, and Conine ended dup striking out at an important juncture in the game. Thanks again, Kev!

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 1:58 pm
  • After the #5 spot, the Sox’ lineup goes Lowell, Snow, Bard, Gonzalez. Yikes.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:00 pm
  • Did Millar know it was wrong? Or is he just that stupid? I wouldn’t put it past Millar to think he was being clever, without knowing he was just being dumb.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:01 pm
  • The article basically made it out to be that Millar was helping Conine, but it ended up backfiring in the end.
    So, is Francona TRYING to lose this game? I’m ok with Lowell out there, but Snow, Bard, Gonzalez AND Stern? This is like the Pawtucket squad with Manny and Papi in the middle.

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 2:04 pm
  • … of course the O’s are countering with Gomez, Patterson, Newhan and Matos from 8-2 in their order. Glad I went to yesterday’s game!

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 2:06 pm
  • Aw, jeez. A double play turns into no outs. Catch the relay, AG.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:06 pm
  • Our defense is deserting us. We may as well all just put “NY” on our caps!

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 2:08 pm
  • Does anyone know when this free extra innings package preview ends? I’m praying it lasts another week.

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 2:11 pm
  • I understand why Bard is starting, and Crisp is hurt, so Stern is the go-to. But why Snow today? Particularly with the lesser offense, wouldn’t it make sense to at least get Youkilis in there?

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:16 pm
  • This guy, Lopez, always does this to us. As a team we’re 1-10 against him. Yikes! Hope the second time around the order is more productive…

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 2:17 pm
  • Crisp is hurt? When did this happen? Whats wrong with him?

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 2:18 pm
  • Swollen finger from his caught stealing last night. On the pre-game they gave the stock “if this was September he’d be playing” downplay. Apparently not serious.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:26 pm
  • Papi beats the shift. Learn something from that, Giambi!

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:27 pm
  • Give Manny the green light.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • No green light, and good thing – 3-0 changeup down in the zone. Good eye.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • I know it’s a small sample size, but I am not at all impressed by Mike Lowell’s bat.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:30 pm
  • With this Sox lineup, when the middle of the order doesn’t produce it kind of feels like there’s an automatic two inning grace period for Lopez. The 6,7,8,9, and 1 spots are just a black hole today. It seems like I could just go away and come back about 30 minutes later, keeping my fingers crossed that the Orioles haven’t done any more damage. Another two runs for them feels like it would be the death knell. I know that might be irrational, but if I were Francona I wouldn’t be shy about pinch hitting Youkilis for Snow or Varitek for Bard earlier than usual.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:34 pm
  • Another hit, another hit batsman. I think I might go to the gym – a Sunday workout has got to be less excrutiating than watching Wakefield pitch.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:36 pm
  • I was at the game yesterday in Baltimore. We were calling Gonzalez “Bathroom Break” because whenever he came up we knew he was going to get out somehow, so we’d hit the bathroom.

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 2:38 pm
  • What the heck was JT Snow just doing? He hit a towering fly ball off the wall, and barely made it past first. WAKE UP.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:43 pm
  • Wow! Snow’s first hit as a Red Sox, followed immediately by Bard’s first. Bathroom Break!!!

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 2:46 pm
  • Look everyone! We’re the Angels!

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 2:46 pm
  • Jeez. I seriously think Snow ate a couple too many crab cakes last night. Almost picked off of third.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:47 pm
  • Jew power!! Sterno ties it up!

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:47 pm
  • And now we get to the four actual hitters in our lineup… come on guys! Lets blow this one open!

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 2:48 pm
  • Blow it open? I’d be happy with a lead, MM.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:49 pm
  • Is Millar still on the Sox payroll?

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 2:50 pm
  • Lucky break, should have been a double play. 2-1 Sox lead.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:51 pm
  • That wasn’t really Millar’s fault – the throw hit Stern on his dive back to first.

    SF April 9, 2006, 2:52 pm
  • I disagree, SF. With a runner on third, Millar has gotta come off the base and keep that throw in front of him. I’m not saying its an easy play, and the throw should have been better, but he has to prevent that run from scoring.

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 2:57 pm
  • Well, one way or another, it looks like Wakefield has turned the corner after last week’s disasterous outing. Good to see him put a couple zeros up on the scoreboard.

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • I guess this is just me talking to myself now…

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 3:08 pm
  • 4-1 Sox, courtesy of Stern and Loretta. Oh yeah! And we got Lopez out of the game in the sixth.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 3:21 pm
  • Bases loaded, and here comes Big Papi…

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 3:24 pm
  • And John Halama is pitching. John Halama!

    Laura April 9, 2006, 3:24 pm
  • Oh come on. Millah is supposed to be on our side.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • …nevermind.

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • Come on Wake, come on Wake…

    Laura April 9, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • timmeh!

    mp April 9, 2006, 3:37 pm
  • See, I stop watching to go for a run, and Timmeh settles down. Good for the both of us, right?

    SF April 9, 2006, 3:47 pm
  • How does Bard handle Wake all day and then have a passed ball while catching Timlin?

    Laura April 9, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • Aw shit. Hernandez up again. I don’t like that guy.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • I take it back. What’s up with Typepad. It’s doing the stupid security measures all of a sudden.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • If you post comments very quickly in succession, it asks for a password. This is to prevent “comment spamming”.

    SF April 9, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • Okay. And I really don’t like A-Rod, just for the record.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • Man, Arod really has Bartolo’s number… solo shot just now

    mp April 9, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • Oh, and I don’t like Colon either. He so did not deserve the Cy.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • Were the Yankees already up by 5?

    SF April 9, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • Amazingly the answer is no, SF. But it’s only the second inning, I think.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • SF – A-rod must have thought they were though. Clearly he miscounted.

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 4:02 pm
  • Aw, geez. Apparently Colon can’t even field. I’ve never understood how pitchers manage to make errors. I didn’t see it though. Maybe it was explainable, but I doubt it.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:02 pm
  • Looks like this could be the day the streak died for the yankees… another homer, this time by Posada… stupid posada…

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 4:03 pm
  • Foulke coming in? Hmmmm….

    mp April 9, 2006, 4:03 pm
  • WHOA!!! We got ourselves a Foulke sighting!

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • Yep, I just clicked the X on the Yankees Gameday box.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • Foulke??? What the heck?

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • Swinging strikeout! Whoa!

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:05 pm
  • Is there a less intimidating “ace” than Colon?

    SF April 9, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • Foulke looking sharp, eh?

    mp April 9, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • That’s two! Oh yeah! Go Foulkie!

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • Another!

    SF April 9, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • Popup! Foulkie looked sharp today!

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • Wow! SF & Laura: do you send Foulke back out for the 9th? I might consider it after that performance…

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • “looked”? Would he come back out to start the 9th, at least? Give him one more batter?

    SF April 9, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • No. I was impressed, but I still have more confidence in Pap.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • The only people Colon is capable of intimidating are all-you-can-eat buffet proprietors.

    mp April 9, 2006, 4:10 pm
  • The negative: Colon can’t pitch.
    The positive: Colon can eat.
    MAN, is that guy fat! And, wow, can he give up doubles right and left!

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 4:10 pm
  • I wouldn’t push it with Foulke, SF. Go with the guy you know can do it.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:13 pm
  • Ans yes, Colon is definately fat. What’s the Yanks score?

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:13 pm
  • 5-0, mfy

    mp April 9, 2006, 4:14 pm
  • Did Colon EVER get out of the second? Maybe I should just check. But I think I may have cursed it. I hadn’t checked Gameday all season until just then.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • Okay, answered my own question. Ugh. I really, really hate Colon.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:17 pm
  • My Sox game just went to commercial on a 1-0 count to Manny! It showed two commercials, and then the game came back on with Trot up and Manny on first… very wierd…
    To the 9th! Its Paps!

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • Yep, that happened to me too, matty. You’re wathcing NESN, too, I would assume?

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:19 pm
  • Yup. The NESN feed from the Extra Inning package.
    Come on PAPS!

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • So Paps is in? I might have had Foulke start the inning, throw to at least one guy.

    SF April 9, 2006, 4:22 pm
  • OK, one down, on the loud side.

    SF April 9, 2006, 4:25 pm
  • Gibbons has been hot…

    mp April 9, 2006, 4:26 pm
  • Oy, tying run up. Should have stuck with Foulkie…

    SF April 9, 2006, 4:27 pm
  • Paps looks a bit off… color me worried.

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 4:27 pm
  • and enter el Bencho

    mp April 9, 2006, 4:28 pm
  • One more to go!

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 4:28 pm
  • WIN!

    mp April 9, 2006, 4:28 pm
  • …and its Millar (again).
    …and he pops it up (again).
    …and we win! (again)

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 4:28 pm
  • nice sweep

    mp April 9, 2006, 4:29 pm
  • Wow, that was scarier than it had to be, but I’ll take it. 5-1, baby!

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:29 pm
  • Goin’ home 5-1. Just about as good as it gets.

    SF April 9, 2006, 4:30 pm
  • And Colon couldn’t get out of the third. Ugh. I don’t like that guy. For the fifth time, or whatever number it is.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 4:32 pm
  • Hey Laura, how do you feel about Colon?
    5-1 rocks. Much beter than, oh, I dunno… 1-4?

    mattymatty April 9, 2006, 5:10 pm
  • 5-1 does rock. Especially when last year’s team would have gone 3-3 at best on this trip. And first place feels so good.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 5:21 pm
  • I just got back from the game. Lots of Sox fans, as usual, and lots of booing on the part of O’s fans whenever we got vocal. Says a lot about the situation in Baltimore that the only reason O’s fans cheered at all was to shout us down and shut us up.
    But there was one moment of unity. Around the midway point, a guy reached over the edge of the upper deck to catch a foul ball. Nice grab, and the crowd cheered for him… until he whipped off his Yankees jacket and held it up for the crowd. So all the Sox fans and O’s fans joined together in a loud, rousing chorus of Yankees Suck. It was the loudest Camden Yards got all day. At least that’s one thing we could agree on.

    pstar April 9, 2006, 6:00 pm
  • I wish I could get you people in a room and line you all up and just run past you with my fist out, making it as convenient as possible to punch you all in the face.
    A-Rod could beat the Red Sox single handedly, playing every position and pitching, inentionally giving up runs once in a while to tie the score up so when he went up to bat he could hit clutch home runs.
    Sorry, just had to get that out of my system. So what do you say, are you free next weekend for me to punch you?

    tom yf April 9, 2006, 6:50 pm
  • Tom must be taking some of the same rage-inducing stuff as Giambi and Sheff…
    Back on topic: I have to question Francona’s decision to not bring Foulke back for the 9th.
    I’d have let him see a few more batters, with Papelbon warming in the event the margin narrowed. Not only was he sharp in the 8th, but he has always been able to go more than one inning. Plus there was a three-run lead, and Papelbon (as we saw) was a bit spent from the past few games.
    Personally I hope Foulke fully recovers and gets his job back — so that Papelbon can start.

    Hudson April 9, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • Yeah, I second Hudson. Foulke obviously was on and we had the three run lead. I’d have liked to see him come out and pitch the ninth.
    Regardless, another impressive win. Still can’t get over the bottom of the 6th with Wake – gives up two hits, man on first and third with no outs and . . . he strikes out the next three guys.
    And let’s give some credit to Josh Bard. He caught a nice game.

    Craig April 9, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Yeah, but Hudson and Chris, Foulke’s been shaky and we saw last night what the O’s offense can do in a pinch, You go with the guy who you have confidence in. That’s Pap. And the last thing Foulke needs is to have one great inning and then come out again and not be as sharp. That would be a blow to the ego, especially if he had to be taken out. You don’t risk it. You just don’t.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Oops, I meant Craig, not Chris. Sorry, sorry. And you had comment #100, btw. Pretty cool. Oh, and Tom, I wasn’t aware A-Rod had the blazing speed to beat his pitches to the plate. Or would everything just go out of the ballpark and then he’d have to tie it up? Cheer up, the Yanks had a nice win today. Enjoy it, you won’t have another one for awhile. =)

    Laura April 9, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Laura: I think bringing Foulke out for the ninth but having Papelbon warm and ready to go the instant anything went south would be the best of both worlds in that particular situation (three-run lead, Foulke looking strong, Papelbon having seen action in previous two games). In a different situation I might not say the same.

    Hudson April 9, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Yeah, but what happens to Foulke’s ego if he pitches poorly in the ninth? Part of his problem is mental. Obviously you have to show confidence in the guy, but you can’t put him in a situation where you can’t let him work it out if something goes wrong.

    Laura April 9, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • I know the joy of sports is hashing it to pieces, but you would NOT write that you would have liked to have seen Foulke in the 9th IF he actually had come back in and given up two runs. We got the win! Both Papelbon and Foulke got their outs. Keep your second guessing to win we lose or squeak out a win after a furious rally by the other side.

    lil jon maldives April 9, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • If the Sox play like this all year, the front office is full of geniuses. Who will be in first place on May 3?

    john April 10, 2006, 8:00 am
  • Jon, it’s not about hashing it to pieces. It’s about a simple judgment that a guy who has been one of the very best closers in the MLB for quite some years should get a little more rope to prove himself. (And this was not “second-guessing,” it’s what I was thinking *before* the ninth started: that they should bring back Foulke with Paps warming.)

    Hudson April 10, 2006, 9:50 am

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