For All the Theoretical Marbles: Sox Spring Gamer I

The Mayor’s Cup is on!

After a many-year drought that left many thinking the Sox were cursed, Boston has finally begun winning championships with regularity.

Obviously, we’re talking about the Mayor’s Cup. The quest for a repeat begins now.

Or an hour ago. It’s the top of the third, none out, and Coco Crisp on first. Comment away!

Lineups, courtesy the Globe:

Red Sox

Julio Lugo, SS
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Manny Ramirez, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Jason Varitek, C
Coco Crisp, CF
Bobby Kielty, RF

Daisuke Matsuzaka, P

Twins

Denard Span, CF
Jason Kubel, DH
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Justin Morneau, 1B
Delmon Young, LF
Mike Redmond, C
Brian Buscher, 3B
Nick Punto, 2B
Adam Everett, SS

Boof Bonser, P

53 comments… add one

  • Listening on XM, and the Twins announcers didn’t realize the Sox had signed Bobby Kielty. Apparently the research staff is still warming up, too.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 7:37 pm
  • HAH that’s pretty funny Paul. I’m watching mlb.tv and it is GREAT to hear Remdawg again, not to mention watching Dice-K do that little shuffle he does when the ball and glove are at the apex of his wind-up.
    Okajima comes in and K’s the first batter, before giving up a LONG fly ball to left field.

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 7:49 pm
  • A pitchers’ duel going on here. 0-0 top of the fourth.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 7:52 pm
  • A strike-3 foul-ball goes in and out of the catcher’s glove, but the ump calls Papi out.
    Lowell clonks a 2-out single.

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 7:58 pm
  • Yooooouuuuuuuk with the two-run homer!

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 8:01 pm
  • Tek makes it back to back!
    I didn’t realize Chase Wright was pitching for the Twins. ;-)

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 8:03 pm
  • Good job jynxing pitchers’ duel, Paul!

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 8:04 pm
  • Yep, all we need is Coco and Kielty to homer too…

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 8:05 pm
  • I’m headed out to get some food, back later… happy cheering Paul!

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 8:06 pm
  • GOD BLESS COCO! 2nd base stolen. Okay, now I’m really gone.

    Atheose February 29, 2008, 8:07 pm
  • You know Kevin Slowey (sp?) is tired: Coco Crisp just drew a walk. Amazing! Also, this may be the only time we see Crisp (two hits, two walks this spring) with an OBP above .320 this year.
    Now Crisp steals second.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 8:08 pm
  • Erstwhile Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez has a broken knee. Owww.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 8:09 pm
  • Into the silly time of the game — Velasquez drives in Thurston, 4-0.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 8:31 pm
  • THE HOTNESS is now catching.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 29, 2008, 8:33 pm
  • Nice DP.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 29, 2008, 8:36 pm
  • I don’t think I realized you’re a woman, NSTB, until you started fawning over Kotteras in a previous thread.
    Either that, or you’re a gay guy, in which case I just made an ass out of myself.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 8:38 pm
  • THE HOTNESS is batting and THE HOTNESS just hit a double! Be still my beating pants.
    Yeah, I’m a girl. And that’s kinda funny, every blog I chitter-chat at, everyone thinks I’m a guy. One time I was talking up my lipgloss and threw everyone for a loop, they thought I was a drag queen.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 29, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • Crisp drives in the Red Sox’ fifth run! He’s on fire!

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 8:44 pm
  • I think the assumption, unless you have an actual girl’s name for a handle, is that everyone is a guy. I imagine there’s some latent sexism there, but I’m no psychologist.
    So Kottaras and Crisp are in the “good spring” category, at least for the first couple games.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • Lowrie batting! I love when the prospects play. He’s facing Joe Nathan, so I’d love to see another RBI here…

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 8:49 pm
  • Lowrie walks. As he is wont to do.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 8:51 pm
  • Now Crisp steals third on a Ginter strikeout.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 8:52 pm
  • Crisp is playing for something, I wonder where he’ll be come July.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 29, 2008, 8:55 pm
  • No shutout today. Home run off Tavarez makes it 5-1.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 8:58 pm
  • I bet he could be an extremely useful trading deadline chip. I’m guessing he’ll get more at-bats than people think, and do well enough to be worth something to an NL contender.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 9:00 pm
  • Asardsma pitching. I’m interested to see how he does.
    Twins announcers mention he’s No. 1 on the all-time alphabetical list of ballplayers.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 9:13 pm
  • Who = “THE HOTNESS”?

    Pocono Sox February 29, 2008, 9:14 pm
  • I believe NTSB is referring to George Kottaras — who, I’m not gonna lie, is not an unattractive man.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • Kotaras is THE HOTNESS, of course. He and Jacoby make up my dreamteam- Jailbait Sox.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 29, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • Lowrie, my new fave prospect since Buchholz is likely in the rotation, is up with two men on and one out.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • Thanks, NTSB, now I’m disturbed. Also, they’re both over 18, so I’m not sure they’re jailbait?

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 9:24 pm
  • Lowrie strikes out. :-P

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 9:25 pm
  • True, they are nice and legal.
    And this game is boring as hell now. At least MG (My George) got a base-on-balls.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 29, 2008, 9:30 pm
  • lol, I was just figuring you were some kind of old to be calling young-20s guys “jailbait.” j/k
    Yeah, I’d forgotten how deadly dull spring training games get after the fifth.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • Nah, not that lecherous- I’m only 5 years older than Jacoby.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 29, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • nstb, how does the husband (i believe you mentioned him in a gamer last season) feel about your sox crushes?

    sf rod February 29, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • OH NO HE DIT’ENT!!!
    MG just hit a 3 run bomb. THE HOTNESS takes no prisoners…! (in spring training)
    Watch out Dougie, your big fat .202 batting average is on notice.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 29, 2008, 9:52 pm
  • My drooling for Jacoby and George is just that. Plus, he’s as cute if not cuter than the two of them combined. He’s THE HOTNESS in his own right, I lucked out.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 29, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • The Red Sox need Kottaras to keep hitting like this.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 9:56 pm
  • Random note: Lee Gronkiewicz on the mound. He’s the Sox minor league pitcher BP projects to have the best MLB numbers this season.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • No more ‘Wicz-es’, I can’t spell them.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 29, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • my girl fawns on kyle snider, and i just don’t get it. i couldn’t be further away on the “style of dudes” chart from that guy.

    sf rod February 29, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • Kyle Snyder, hmmm… not seeing it. Must be an acquired taste.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 29, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • Of course, Gronkiewicz gets shelled. Nice win though, as meaningless games go. Good to see Crisp and Kottaras hitting against actual big-leagueish pitchers.

    Paul SF February 29, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • Kottaras is doing his damndest to makes us strongly reconsider Dougie. After all Georgie hit the bomb tonight!
    Honestly, I think it might be a good idea. So long as George can catch the knuckler (I hope he gets at least two spring training starts catchign wake.. just to see) his offense HAS to be an improvement over Doug.

    Dionysus March 1, 2008, 12:13 am
  • my girl fawns on kyle snider
    My ex was in love with Timlin, and my current has a huge crush on Beckett, especially after his performance in October. Her mom likes Varitek.

    Atheose March 1, 2008, 12:04 pm
  • No Yankees gamer? Pfft.
    Shelley crushes one for a three-run homerun. Quick 1-2-3 inning for Wang.

    AndrewYF March 1, 2008, 1:22 pm
  • No Yanks gamer?? I wanted to write “Shelley!” but I’m guessing I’m outta luck.

    J (yf) March 1, 2008, 1:25 pm
  • No Sox gamer either…Lester and strike-throwing don’t seem to mix.

    Devine March 1, 2008, 1:51 pm
  • Yikes, that’s definitely the Lester I remember. Hopefully he’s saved some suckitude for the regular season.

    AndrewYF March 1, 2008, 2:03 pm
  • Oh, I wouldn’t worry, Andrew. Dude has never thrown strikes consistently.

    Devine March 1, 2008, 2:16 pm
  • Just got in fellas, if you want a gamer (late of course) let me know I will put one up for both sides.

    John - YF March 1, 2008, 3:06 pm
  • Lester sucked (2 hits, 4 walks, 5 runs–4 earned), but the offense pitched in and the Sox came out on top 7-6. One more victory to Mayor’s Cup!

    Devine March 1, 2008, 4:53 pm

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