Warning: Do Not Pitch to the Big Guy in the 9th! Tribe-Sox Gamer II

Well, we could all see it coming from a mile away last night. Papi in the bottom of the ninth with the chance to win it. Best to avoid that situation. The Clevelanders will try that tonight, and will have their chance to rack up the runs against Jason Johnson. On the hill for the visitors: C.C. Sabathia. Let’s hope he has better luck than Mr. Carbona. Comment on all the action here.

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  • Red Sox
    1. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
    2. Mark Loretta, 2B
    3. David Ortiz, DH
    4. Manny Ramirez, LF
    5. Mike Lowell, 3B
    6. Wily Mo Pena, RF
    7. Coco Crisp, CF
    8. Doug Mirabelli, C
    9. Alex Gonzalez, SS
    — Jason Johnson, SP

    Rob August 1, 2006, 6:30 pm
  • By Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff
    With the Jason Varitek injury situation still up in the air, the Red Sox have indicated they will not make a roster move until right before the start of tonight’s game (starting at 7:05 p.m.).
    The team also said they will not announce the results of Jason Varitek’s MRI until after tonight’s game.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 6:30 pm
  • Jason Johnson’s starting! Yipeee!

    Nick-YF August 1, 2006, 6:31 pm
  • Edes is now saying that Tek needs surgery.
    This is bad. This is really really bad.

    T-sf August 1, 2006, 6:33 pm
  • Boy, I’m sure glad we traded away Josh Bard so we could have a .182 hitter backing up Jason Varitek.
    But hey! At least Belli can catch the knuckle– oh, wait…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 6:34 pm
  • other news from Boston.com
    Huckaby showed up from Pawtucket today and has not been activated pending a decision from the Staff regarding Tek’s situation.
    Huckaby’s stats:
    Games 68
    Avg: .207
    OBP: .222
    Slg: .263
    H: 45
    R: 12
    2B: 6
    HR: 2
    RBI: 16

    Rob August 1, 2006, 6:34 pm
  • I think John Flaherty is available….

    YF August 1, 2006, 6:36 pm
  • The Coco Crisp trade hasn’t been good for 2007.

    Nick-YF August 1, 2006, 6:36 pm
  • Now here is Corky Miller the backup catcher at AAA
    Games: 44
    Avg .242
    OBP .344
    Slg .492
    H 32
    R 16
    2B 6
    HR 9
    RBI 24
    Not sure what they are thinking in the FO.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 6:36 pm
  • beyond what he adds to the offense, tek makes our pitchers better. especially the kids.

    T-sf August 1, 2006, 6:37 pm
  • I meant 2006.

    Nick-YF August 1, 2006, 6:37 pm
  • As much a everyone rips on the Arroyo-Pena trade, at least it wasn’t made out of panic like the Bard/Meredith (also pitching quite well for the Pads, btw) for Mirabelli trade. What a bad deal, especially now. Does anyone think that Bard wouldn’t have figured out how to handle the knuckler by now?
    The Coco trade would have worked out just fine if we’d remembered the reason we could let Shoppach go was because we were getting Bard back…
    So frustrating. And the lack of any catching depth whatsoever in the minors is disconcerting.

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 6:39 pm
  • Josh Bard is smiling as he works on his tan.

    attackgerbil August 1, 2006, 6:39 pm
  • Understand Nick. Him losing all of those games to the thumb injury hamstrung the offense early.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 6:40 pm
  • Josh Bard plays for the Padres. He might have a tan, but I dunno if he’s smiling.

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 6:40 pm
  • Our top rated catcher, prospect wise is in Greenville (Class A-Intermediate).

    Rob August 1, 2006, 6:42 pm
  • Isn’t he the guy we just drafted?

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 6:42 pm
  • Kay and co. just said Tek will be out 6 weeks. That’s really unfortunate (no sarcasm).

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 6:43 pm
  • Bring up Edgar Martinez from portland. He can catch on the days he’s not pitching.

    T-sf August 1, 2006, 6:44 pm
  • Wagner was drafted in 2002 originally by Atlanta. We drafted him in 2005.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 6:45 pm
  • Having a career year and playing for the first place NL West Padres, in a city where the weather is close to perfect every day of the year and the fans are mellower than a cat sleeping in a sunbeam. No, he’s probably not smiling.

    attackgerbil August 1, 2006, 6:45 pm
  • He’s done nothing since coming off the disabled list, has played a poor center field (despite the highlight film catches). He might be good in 2007 and beyond, but right now he’s hurting you guys. Shoppach would be useful as well on this team.

    Nick-YF August 1, 2006, 6:45 pm
  • Give Tek some asprin and a brace.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 6:46 pm
  • SF was a catcher in little league.
    Just an idea…

    Nick-YF August 1, 2006, 6:46 pm
  • Shoppach looked decent last night, but hitting wise he has not done all that well this year. Sporadic playing time until recently did not help him so much.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 6:47 pm
  • Sign SF….we will all make a holy trip to Fenway.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 6:48 pm
  • Guessing ‘Belli’s average will rise playing regularly. Please do not misinterpret this: he’s not a regular player, and shouldn’t be one. But I am willing to bet he doesn better than he’s done to date.
    Generally, though, all I can say is “ugh”. (And I would probably hit, at best, like .160 with limited power in the majors, so I probably couldn’t crack the roster;-))

    SF August 1, 2006, 6:50 pm
  • Yeah, Shoppach hasn’t done all that well, and the Indians don’t forget traded for a young catcher even though they already have two — which mekes me believe either Shoppach or Victor Martinez has been disappointing. Not hard to make that call…
    It’s really the Bard trade that has sucked.
    Although it’s interesting in the postmortems to read how close the Sox were to acquiring Clemens/Oswalt, possibly using Andruw Jones as a spin to Houston…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 6:50 pm
  • You’d think you’d hit .160! I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t reach base ever. Even against Sidney Ponson.

    Nick-YF August 1, 2006, 6:52 pm
  • It was a joke. “limited power”? Come on…I wasn’t serious. I am 37 and a tad, uh, out of shape. Plus I haven’t caught a curveball since the Tim Blackwell era.

    SF August 1, 2006, 6:53 pm
  • I do not have a sense of humor.

    Nick-YF August 1, 2006, 6:56 pm
  • Where’s Brad been lately? He probably could hit 16o!!

    YF August 1, 2006, 6:58 pm
  • Johnson pitching….Belli catching. I am thinking of heading to the freezer to get the Jack Daniels.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:03 pm
  • Sizemore singles to start the game.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:08 pm
  • Sizemore steals second.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • Micheals singles to right, Sizemore scores from second.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • Hey, I see the Sox are losing already! One thing about Jason Johnson: he won’t disappoint. You expect him to stink, and he does.

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • Well, that didn’t take long…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Johnson has already given up a run, without registering an out.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • I’m drinking already.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • Hafner moves the runner to 3rd with a ground-out.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • Haffner grounds out to 2nd. Michaels advances to third.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • Martinez singles to left, Michaels scores.
    momma…..

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Victor Martinez singles, 2-0 Tribe

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • i’m drinking at work right now. this could be one of those REALLY bad games.

    T-sf August 1, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • 6 pitches for the 1st run.
    16 pitches for the 2nd run.
    1 out.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • K. I’m not exactly jumping for joy.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • Blake strikes out against Johnson and slaps Wells twice last night?

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • Let’s go, Blue Jays.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • If there’s a bright side to the Tek injury, it’s that he finally gets several weeks of prolonged rest to recover from all his injuries, which have clearly been affecting him all year long.
    If he comes back completely healthy in mid-September, that’s not a bad thing at all…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • The bright side: it wasn’t Jason Johnson posting and offering correspondence here at YFSF.

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • I hate rooting for the Blue Jays. Makes me feel dirty…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • 4th single of the inning.
    1st and 2nd, 2 outs.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • Choo reaches on an infield single.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Paul…feel dirty. Feel real dirty tonight.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Wow, this guy really, really stinks.

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • It’s amazing, the contrast between Snyder and Johnson, where one guy is easy to root for, shows flashes of brilliance, still has great promise, and occasionally picks the team up in a spot.
    The other… sucks. A lot. Wow.

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • and Agon makes the error just to remind us all how bad of a day it is.

    T-sf August 1, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Well somewhat positive, Johnson has thrown 33 pitches already and should not be around long tonight.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • AGon error loads the bases after an 8-pitch at bat.
    33 pitches for Johnson already.
    Who’s going to eat 4-5 innings for the Sox tonight? Because Johnson ain’t lasting more than three, if we’re lucky, at this rate.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Error loads the bases. Johnson’s stink factor is affecting everyone.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • he’s gonna walk one in here

    T-sf August 1, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • And now AGon has turned into Renteria?
    Cripes.

    Mayday Malone August 1, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • This is just going to be a hellish game. When Gonzo makes an error to load the bases and you’re already down two in the top of the first… Ugh.

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • lucky to get out of that inning.

    T-sf August 1, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Phew, he got out of it 4-6.
    I felt certain a big, salty, spicy grand salami was in the offing there.
    The only good news is that none of those hits were deep. Shallow singles and infield action.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Ye of little faith! It’s only 2-0 after half-inning, Sox certainly have enough offense to score >2.

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Someone in the dugout has got to say, “let’s get behind this kid.” How old is he, anyway?

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Yoooo-K’s.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Loretta out 4-3.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • Someone tell Papi it’s the bottom of the 9th.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • YM….did you hear the Yanks signed Irabu today? Irabu is Japanese for Johnson.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Bad situation the Sox are in right now. Every 4th and 5th day is going to be a nightmare – either the Sox put up 7 or 8 runs or forget it.

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Papi walks. Let’s go, Manny!!

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • We need you Manny.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • Papi walks on 8 pitches.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • At this point, it’s actually two out of every five days…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • Yes, that’s what I meant. “4th and 5th days” are on baseball time, a 5 day week, Paul.

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Oh, misread “4th and 5th” as “4th or 5th”…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Manny Ks on five pitches, none of them above his shins.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Something tells me Ortiz is going to 0 for 0 with 10 walks the rest of the series…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • Sizemore doubles. Jason Johnson should not be on a major league roster.

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Sizemore doubles. 1 out.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Sizemore doubles.
    I feel like I am getting “power bombed” by Capt Insano

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Rather, he should not be on the Sox’ ML roster.

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • Johnson should not be on a AAA roster.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • 1-0 Jays, going into the bottom of the 2nd.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • Hee Sop Choi was DFA’d today.
    Lopez sent to Pawtucket also.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Note to Belli: when the pitcher is really bad he doesn’t get borderline calls like that one.

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Ugh, now a walk… I might not be able to last more than a couple innings of this… Meanwhile Toronto is threatening in each inning, but failing to score…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Michaels walks.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Wasn’t Kason Gabbard better than this guy?

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • That’s great – walk Michaels so you can face Hafner with one down and two aboard.
    Should we just check out of this game, keep him in there for 9 innings and 200 pitches and save the bullpen? We’ve already spent our newfound long relief guy.

    rk August 1, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • [Abreu grounds out in 1st at-bat as a Yankee. Wonder what the temperature is at the Toilet tonight.]

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Sign of the apocalypse: Johnson’s making $3.5 million this year.

    airk August 1, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Just pull some fans in from the stands and make them play the field while Johnson pitches. Look at it like a “tryout.”

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Why yes, yes he was…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Well, it’s about 96 right now in Manhattan, so add fifty thousand people and it’s probably uncomfortable, I’d say.

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Gabbard looks like Clemens compared to Johnson.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Hafner flies out, 1st and 3rd, 2 out. Johnson has thrown 50 pitches.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • So did Abreu get booed for not producing as a Yankee?

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Heat index here today in country NC was 105.
    Supposed to be up to 110 tomorrow.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • You’re such a cynic, Paul. Abreu’s a “true Yankee”. In other words, he’s making well over $10M and didn’t come up through their system.

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • Paul: no, and he almost beat it out for an infield single. Hustle always a plus!

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • We escape the inning.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Martinez makes out #3, on the longest-hit ball of the night. The Indians have had seven baserunners in 2 innings, but none have hit the ball 300 feet yet. At least it’s not gopher balls.
    Maybe there is hope of Johnson getting through four innings. But then what?

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Wow, out here in West Texas, it “only” hit 98…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • Corey and Lopez are pitchers listed on the Sox roster. Who dat?

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Did he try to slap it away from the fielder? That’s always a plus too…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • It is absolute HELL here in the city today…Shudder to think what it must be like at the stadium.

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Break! Lowell beats out the grounder to third as Luna throws it wide after a tough play.

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Hudson….I am throwing a breaking pitch with a wiffle ball. As long as they will hold up the flight pattern over Logan I am ready to be flown in.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Bryan Corey is the one trade the Sox made at the deadline… Actually had pretty good numbers for the little he pitched with the Rangers…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Corey we got in a trade over the weekend.
    Lopez was optioned to Pawtucket today.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Shudder to think what it must be like at the stadium.
    It’s like it always it: dirty, smelly, and full of cocky loudmouths, just hotter. ;-)

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • WMP gets a hit.
    Crisp to the plate.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • * Oh yeah, Corey… Thanks.
    * Heat index here in Upstate New York was also 105 (actual temp mid-90s); it’s supposed to hit 110 tomorrow. A fearsome thunderstorm, featuring horizontal hail (felt like tornado weather) did nothing to break the spell.
    * WMP singles. Prediction: he may save the team in August.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • Coco whiffs. That was purely good pitching there from CC.

    SF August 1, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • Love Wily Mo… Papi/Manny/Lowell/Wily Mo is quite a foursome…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Crisp K’s….imagine that.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • A Crisp whiff. 1 down, 1st and 2nd.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Sox with bad fundamentals in this inning – two guys on and Crisp fails to make contact, then Belli pops up for an infield fly. Yuck.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Ok, so take that weather, subttract all the humidity and do it for the whole summer… That’s life here…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Mirabelli pops out to short.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • We really need AGon to continue his hot hitting streak, with Crisp and Belli back-to-back in the lineup for a while.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Nice job, Sox. BOO!!!

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • AGon Ks on a ball in the dirt.
    Sabathia really likes to keep the ball down.
    Squandered inning.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Paul…Coastal Weather in NC is pretty brutal. We get the heat and the humidity. Doesn’t last as long as Texas.
    Try Djibouti Africa. Really good browning weather.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • What is Johnson’s pitch count now?

    Rob August 1, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • First pitch homer by Blake.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Casey Blake is looking damn good in this series.

    airk August 1, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • there’s the gopher ball.

    T-sf August 1, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • “What is Johnson’s pitch count now?”
    Add “one too many” to “zero”.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Is Casey Blake looking damn good or are our pitchers looking damn bad?

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • Johnson gives up the homer and then retires the next two batters on three pitches.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • Wells looked like crap. Johnson, to take it from Forrest Gump, A stupid is…..

    Rob August 1, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • Paul, where in Texas?

    Rob August 1, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • 60 pitches after three innings.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • it’s an absolute gift that it’s not 6-0 right now.
    top of the order coming up, get something going.

    T-sf August 1, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Youk out quick. Make this uh, plus-sized pitcher work more – it’s like 148 degrees out. THINK.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Youk flies out to center.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Yay!!!

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Loretta goes Fisk.

    airk August 1, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Loretta with the dinger.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • M-Lor puts the Sox on the board with a solo shot near the left field pole.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Rob, San Angelo

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Hudson, where Upstate?

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Papi keeps it rolling.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • Ortiz on second; Manny grounds out, 1st pitch swinging. Grrr.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Jeezus, Manny. First pitch swinging?

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • West Texas?

    Rob August 1, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • Columbia County, monkey. (Hence “Hudson”. 2 hours north of the city.
    It was days like this in NYC that made me decide to move.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • What town, Hudson? I am building a house up there.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Yeah, the Land Between the Interstates… Edge of the Permian Basin, and edge of the desert to boot…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Was in Hudson. Now Taghkanic, just moved to a house just finished being buiilt. Where’s your place?

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Okay…drove through Texas on the 20. Didn’t dream of speeding with Cali plates on the car.

    Rob August 1, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Hudson: can’t blame ya! I lived in Ithaca (way upstate) for a few years…so much better than NYC…

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Hillsdale – under construction, hopefully done in January.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Been to Marfa, Paul?

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Technically Columbia County is not Upstate (to people in Syracuse, at least), more Hudson Valley. But to those who have lived in NYC, everything north of Croton is Upstate…
    Hillsdale is nice. Grew up across the border in the Berkshires.
    Johnson gets another K.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Actually, that might be the one city in WTX I haven’t been… Been all around there (Alpine, Sanderson, Ft. Davis), but haven’t seen the burgeoning art capital yet…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Went to college in the Berkshires, Hud. My wife (and son) are now completely in love with Columbia County. Wish I could spend more time there than weekends, but the biz is solidly entrenched in NYC.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Now Johnson gets Sizmore out for the first time tonight, then gets Michael on the first pitch. 67 pitches, a more reasonable number. He might (knock on wood) get through six after all. Dubious, though.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Woohoo!!! 1-2-3 inning!!!!

    Anonymous August 1, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Williams grad, SF? It’s either that or BCC.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Williams. There’s also MCoLA in North Adams, formerly North Adams State.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • is copake in columbia county? gnarly little redneck town. used to go there with an ex to her family’s place.
    get a hit, coco.

    T-sf August 1, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Forgot that one. I’m more of a South County kid; once G.E. pulled out and Pittsfield died, few people in the lower half of the County ventured north of Lenox except to go to the Clark Art once in a while.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Copake is in CC, adjacent to the town I am building a house in. Don’t know anything about the gnarly redneck part – seems like a decent place, and they appear to have an ice cream shop, which automatically gets it something.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Copake is east of Taghkanic, where I am, and south of Hillsdale, where SF is.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • YF is hanging in Lenox as we speak.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Crisp singles but Belli GIDPs.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Pretty much all the towns in Columbia County were pretty run down until the past 10-15 years or so. And some are still pretty rough around the edges. But that draws some people here — it’s cheaper and a bit less “done” than the Berkshires.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • *returning the favor*
    Let’s go, Injuns! Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap!

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • re: Copake, this was back in 95-96. no ice cream shop then that i remember. a video store with about 40 movie choices and a pretty scary bar. that whole area is gorgeous though. is that crazy Texas Taco place still on the highway on the way up there?
    another K for johnson…!

    T-sf August 1, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • I used to vacation with my parents as a kid in the Adirondaks, up near Speculator…

    Paul SF August 1, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Johnson gets Hafner swinging on three pitches. He’s looking tough now. Might just be that the Tribe is free-swinging after so many easy hits the firs time through the order… (?)

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • The Texas Taco! I remember that place, in Brewster as I recall. They had a parrot c. 1980, which clearly was not Health Department approved. I’d be shocked if it were still there… The Red Rooster is also in Brewster.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • There’s a wacky Mexican restaurant on Rt 22 (runs North along the CT/NY Border) that is definitely eye-catching, if that’s what you are referring to.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Just ate at the Rooster on Sunday. Will be up in Hillsdale to check on construction tomorrow – a malted might be in order!

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • The Adirondacks would be nice right around now. Gotta be 10 degrees cooler in Speculator.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • yeah that place is/was a fire marshall’s nightmare. all the furniture was made out of stacks of shellacked Life magazines from the 50’s.

    T-sf August 1, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • Uh-oh, Blake walks and Choo singles. 2 outs. Just when Johnson seemed to be settling down… Cross your fingers.
    [What I don’t get is why on earth they shut down the gas stations on the Taconic Parkway.]

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • SF, the Taco was on 22… Holy cr@p, if it’s the same operation I’d be stunned.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • Johnson escapes the jam, Lowell-to-Youks, 84 pitches.
    Maybe the Sox can squeeze one more clean inning from him. At least the game is still close.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Well, JJ has toughed it out, to his credit. One more inning would be gravy, but it might also be greedy to try for it.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Youk with the smart single, opposite field. Nice piece of hitting there.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Sabathia hits 60 pitches at 4.1 innings. Gotta keep working him.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Okay, I googled it, and he Taco lives!
    It’s still on 22, in Patterson (NY). Even if you’ve never been, it’s worth checking out this link — this is a truly gonzo restaurant:
    http://tinyurl.com/qbd8j

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Yep, that’s the place.
    Now come on, Papi!

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Here’s Big Papi, with 2 down in the 5th, representing the tying run…

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Tough call on the 1-1 pitch. Looked inside.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Papi lays one down for the “bunt” single. Full swing squib to the 3rd base side of CC gets Manny to the plate as the lead run.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Ortiz reaches on a comebacker. C’mon, Manny…

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Please Manny Manny please Manny Manny please…

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • 8 baserunners, 1 run, 1 GIDP. Not good so far.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Does David Ortiz ever get out nowadays?

    Nick-YF August 1, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Youkilis called out at home, Youkilis is CRAZY mad. Replay to come, it looked like he may have been in under the tag.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • BRUTAL call, at first glance – it appears from the first replay that he was never even tagged. And the ump was in perfect position, which makes the call even more befuddling – waiting on another angle.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Manny singles but Youks is thrown out at home.
    I’ve lost my MLB.tv, was it even close? If so, that’s a couple bad sends in as many days, shades of Sveum…

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • It was extremely close, Hudson. It appears that Youk was actually safe. Hale made the right call.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Bad call. He never touched him.

    LocklandSF August 1, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Nope, no tag applied – Youkilis was safe and the Sox get screwed, completely.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Yankees just put up 4 runs in the 4th, now 4-1 vs. the Jays.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Tito pressing his luck with Johnson here. No whammies, please.
    I am not sure this is the right call – seems greedy to me to try to stretch JJ out here, considering it looks like the Sox are starting to get to Sabathia.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • And like that, a double play. More proof of why I am sitting here at my keyboard and not in a major league dugout.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • That call sucked, but this is the Red Sox, we are only down by 2 runs, and we have 4 more shots at the plate.
    Not worried.

    LocklandSF August 1, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • That really sucked – instead of a 3-2 game with men on 2/3 and Lowell up, it’s still a 3-1 game. That play also may cost the Sox an additional at-bat from the top of the order nearer to the end of the game.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • YES just showed that call at home….looked like Youk was safe on that. Them’s the breaks.

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • Two teams that got huge pre-season accolades that I felt were terribly overrated were the Jays and A’s – I didn’t see it then, and I don’t see it now.

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Is it just me, or does it seem like Papelbon has barely pitched these last three weeks?

    SF August 1, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Kid did what he should do, it wasn’t pretty, but through 5 2/3 we are still very in this and that’s all you can ask from him at this point.

    LocklandSF August 1, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • End of 5.5 – come on, Sox!

    SF August 1, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Sabathia’s at 74 pitches.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Crap. WMP should have had a hit there but for a lucky stab by CC, then Crisp nails one to left for a single. The Sox just can’t catch a break or string together three hits.

    SF August 1, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Coco steals second. A single gets the Sox within a swing.

    SF August 1, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • And ‘Belli whiffs, just like that. Grrrr.

    SF August 1, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Hansen gives up a leadoff double to Hafner. Hansen really doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence yet.

    SF August 1, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Thanks, Hansen. Just put this out of reach, why don’t you. Let me go to sleep early tonight.

    SF August 1, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • Martinez brings Hafner around to score with a single. 4-1 Tribe.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • Passed ball on Mirabelli, Hafner to second. The ugliness has arrived. This team is flat-out mediocre right now; it takes miracles from Papi to win games, and that just won’t cut it in the AL East.

    SF August 1, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Ok, Terry – Hansen doesn’t have it. He’s not fooling anyone. Figure that out. So either leave him in to stew and save the bullpen, or take him out NOW.

    SF August 1, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Hansen’s ERA is in the mid-5s now. At what point is he no longer allowed to come in to close games, unless one K is needed? He’s clearly got stuff, but he’s also clearly not ready for a major role.

    SF August 1, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • SF: it’s like Torre’s weird love affair with TJ Beam…

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Lollygaggers.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Boy, that photo of Bryan Corey on Gameday….*shiver*

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • 1-2-3 go the Sox. Looking more and more like another deserved loss. Feelings of dread (and visions of finishing about 5 games out of first) are creeping into my head, what with the weak pitching and the loss of Tek for 6 weeks.

    SF August 1, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Just thinking the same thing, YM. Another rent-a-player. He’ll make Tampa’s roster next year.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • However, you can’t make fun of our players. Only we can make fun of our players.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Home run, Corey’s ERA jumps .52 runs.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Corey’s second pitch in a Sox uniform: Gopher ball.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • So the Sox are basically two miracle Papi wins from a 6 game losing streak. Great stuff. Really encouraging.
    The Sox are playing like crap, and that includes those two wins, and if they don’t start doing better it’s going to be a very depressing August. We could be 5 games back in no time, much less by the end of the season.

    SF August 1, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Seanez warming

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Yeah, Corey’s MLB picture makes him look like an extra from Deliverance.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • joe and troup going on about the bird on second base.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Still 4-1 Yankees in the 7th.

    Hudson August 1, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • What a boring game. I’ve been more entertained mowing the lawn.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Richard Dreyfuss is in the house.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Papi represents the winning run. But Kelly Leak, Tanner, Amanda, Ahmad and Engleberg need to get on ahead of him.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • A 5-run HR for Papi wouldn’t surprise me at this point.

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • A five-run home run would only tie it.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Hmm. Gameday says Lowell left with an injured ankle. What happened?

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • Lowell left with an injured ankle. $hit.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • No fair, Bathroom Break!!

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Fouled a ball off his foot.

    SF August 1, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Way to start August with a bang.
    Can we still recall Morgan Burkhart?

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • What was Loretta doing bunting down 3 with 2 outs and no one on????

    yankeemonkey August 1, 2006, 10:18 pm
  • Man. I got Sabathia on my Fantasy Team. I’m double-psyched!

    walein August 2, 2006, 12:01 am
  • I got Sabathia on my fantasy team and I feel like ass.

    Devine August 2, 2006, 12:13 am
  • I’m personal friends with Sabathia and I fell like buying him a beer.

    Nate August 2, 2006, 11:09 am
  • This . . . this is just painful. Tek, while not hitting, you know, at all, is basically assistant pitching coach. Can we at least have him around the dugout and bullpen as he recovers from surgery, guiding the young ones, talking strategy with the vets, and punching the bullpen phone out of Tito’s hand if he calls for Seanez? Also, for the Yankees series, maybe he’ll freak out A-Rod even more if he’s in the dugout glaring at him, rather than behind him, with his, um, menacing glove.
    And I heard somewhere that Lowell is our backup catcher (before Huckaby gets called up). Eek.

    rk August 2, 2006, 1:35 pm

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