Game 2: It Just Doesn’t Matter

Sacrilege? Yes. Overstatement. That too. (There are, to be sure, implications.) But no matter what happens today, the truth is that it is tomorrow’s game that’s gonna be the decider. So here we have it. The two aces. Unit and Wake. On a beautiful fall afternoon that, by all rights, we should be enjoying out of doors. So here’s hoping the Yanks throw up a ten or fifteen spot in the first, and we can head off to the park. Not likely? Well we can hope. In the meantime, consider this your open thread for today’s action.

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  • Jeter 200. Congrats to the Captain. Go team.

    YF October 1, 2005, 1:28 pm
  • SHEFF!

    YF October 1, 2005, 1:35 pm
  • SHEFF!!!

    Joe October 1, 2005, 1:38 pm
  • America: Welcome to YFSF. We just took a peek at who’s currently online, reading this site. We expect plenty of voices from NY and MA, but we’re pleased to welcome readers in Kansas, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, and other parts. Thanks for tuning in, and join the fray!

    YF October 1, 2005, 1:42 pm
  • Manny. Oy.

    YF October 1, 2005, 1:50 pm
  • Damn. Friggin’ Manny. But what’s with Unit coming out and walking Damon right off the bat?? Ugh. And today does matter, YF…you know that…

    Spidey October 1, 2005, 1:51 pm
  • Bernie!! We’re getting to Wakefield…

    Spidey October 1, 2005, 1:54 pm
  • If that is a double, then A-Rod’s through-the-legs adventure last night ain’t no error. Come on.

    YF October 1, 2005, 1:55 pm
  • Don’t we know it Spidey.
    Interesting that for all the talk, about A-Rod and Papi, the dominant players this series so fat have been Sheff and Manny. But is that really a surprise?

    YF October 1, 2005, 2:01 pm
  • To continue: Welcome Texas. Welcome Maryland. And Jersey. And Connecticut.

    YF October 1, 2005, 2:08 pm
  • ….and the District. And Arizona. Okay. We’ll stop.

    YF October 1, 2005, 2:13 pm
  • Godzilla!!!!

    Joe October 1, 2005, 2:18 pm
  • Matsui!

    YF October 1, 2005, 2:18 pm
  • Matsui!! Man, if only Unit would settle down and not make things so dramatic…

    Spidey October 1, 2005, 2:19 pm
  • And R.I., Virginia, and Indiana. Welcome one and all. (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

    YF October 1, 2005, 2:21 pm
  • Sheff! Only a matter of time before some balls start landing in the outfield.

    YF October 1, 2005, 2:28 pm
  • FOX! WTF!!!!

    YF October 1, 2005, 2:31 pm
  • Anyone watching out of market? Because in DC, YOU CAN’T. The Fox affiliate is showing puppets in outer space. You can’t even watch on MLB.TV. Reliable reports suggest it’s the same deal in Chicago. A SF friend & myself are huddled around internet radio.
    But when Sheff is robbing Millar with diving catches, the Yanks are Grinding It.

    YF in DC October 1, 2005, 2:31 pm
  • FOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Put the friggin Indian game in the box! WHO FUCKING CARES!!!!!!

    YF October 1, 2005, 2:37 pm
  • SHEFFF! FOXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YF October 1, 2005, 2:39 pm
    WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    YF October 1, 2005, 2:40 pm
  • Oh, look, the Indians game is on Fox. Wait, what’s that in the little box? Oh, yeah, Yankees-Red Sox.

    Joe October 1, 2005, 2:41 pm
  • I really, really, really want NESN right now. Not that I wouldn’t always take Jerry and Don over Buck and McCarver, but come on. I’m in New England. I want the Sox game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Laura October 1, 2005, 2:42 pm
  • The games not on in New York? It’s nationally balcked out on because of Fox.

    john yf October 1, 2005, 2:44 pm
  • Compounding problems, FOX is broadcasting with about a 10 second delay, so listening to John Stirling (never your best option anyway) call it on CBS isn’t really much of an option.

    YF October 1, 2005, 2:45 pm
  • A-Rod. You know what 3 letters we’re thinking.

    YF October 1, 2005, 2:48 pm
  • A-ROD!!! MVP!!!!

    Joe October 1, 2005, 2:48 pm
  • And, alas, it’s in a semi-blowout. What a shock!

    Laura October 1, 2005, 2:51 pm
  • It’s in a semi-blowout? So this game is out of reach for the Sox? And what of his hits earlier in the game?!?

    YF October 1, 2005, 2:56 pm
  • This is why they got the Big Unit. 89 pitches so far. 58 strikes.

    john yf October 1, 2005, 2:57 pm
  • Three up, three down. Could Randy go seven?

    Joe October 1, 2005, 2:57 pm
  • Why can’t he throw 120 – 125 pitches?

    john yf October 1, 2005, 3:01 pm
  • HR Cano?

    john yf October 1, 2005, 3:02 pm
  • OK we’ll take a single from Cano and a HR from Tino.

    john yf October 1, 2005, 3:04 pm
  • Come on Cano, that’s just sloppy baserunning.

    Joe October 1, 2005, 3:05 pm
  • Oh, look, the Indians are on Fox. Wow, neat, I didn’t want to watch them old Yankees anyway.
    Come on Fox, what the fuck?!?

    Joe October 1, 2005, 3:08 pm

    YF October 1, 2005, 3:09 pm

    YF October 1, 2005, 3:10 pm
  • RJ! 7K! Two more innings of this and then Mo.

    Joe October 1, 2005, 3:14 pm
  • The Yanks were up by four runs at the time–that’s how it’s a semi-blowout. It’s still not out of reach, which is why it’s not a full blowout, but this game isn’t close, that’s for sure.

    Laura October 1, 2005, 3:27 pm
  • But Laura, what’s your point? That A-Rod doesn’t have big hits? That dog don’t hunt.

    john yf October 1, 2005, 3:30 pm
  • Bad call by the second base umpire regarding Matsui, but we’ll take it!

    Joe October 1, 2005, 3:44 pm
  • Getting back to the roll call: Utah, California, Pennsylvania, Vermont. Let’s face it: this is a 50-state rivalry.

    YF October 1, 2005, 3:50 pm
  • We’ll obviously take the win, but we would have liked some RBIs for Bernie.

    john yf October 1, 2005, 3:51 pm
  • Yes, John, that was my point. Everyone keeps saying that because A-Rod is offensively equal and defensively better than Ortiz, he should be MVP. But he didn’t contribute greatly before the Yanks had a big lead. Yes, his single set up a run in the first, but his biggest hit came when the Yanks had a big lead. Many of his hits are like that. We’ve had this debate about a thousand times in the last two weeks, have we not?

    Laura October 1, 2005, 3:51 pm

    john yf October 1, 2005, 3:53 pm
  • Okay. Plus 120 for RJ. Good outing. But that’s a LOT of pitches. Hope that doesn’t come back to hurt him. Assuming there’s another start.

    YF October 1, 2005, 3:53 pm
  • Laura, this is only one game. A-Rod has had many big hits this season. He’s also had game-saving plays and crucial stolen bases.
    Because Ortiz just made out in a big situation we conclude he’s not good? Obviously not. We look at the season.

    john yf October 1, 2005, 3:54 pm
  • Laura, WTF is a semi-blowout. Seems to be a convenient argument from you to me. Either it’s a blowout or it’s not. You want it both ways. In any case, your baseless argument does not surprise me.

    YF in NJ October 1, 2005, 3:57 pm
  • Spidey: How do you feel about TGo?

    YF October 1, 2005, 3:58 pm
  • Okay. Plus 120 for RJ. Good outing. But that’s a LOT of pitches.
    Maybe a few more to Manny would have been a good idea. Johnson could have thrown more. The 8th and 9th inning formula can be adjusted when Flash admits his arm is a little tired.
    BUT WE WIN, which is the point. Talking about A-Rod is grasping at straws for Sox fans.

    john yf October 1, 2005, 4:00 pm
  • The good news: looks like FOX got the message about leaving this game (glad i wasn’t working that switchboard)—they haven’t switched back since the Sox rally, and we’ve been blessedly relieved of the split screen. Or maybe Selig called.

    YF October 1, 2005, 4:12 pm
  • And now pitching for the Sox: The Future.

    YF October 1, 2005, 4:12 pm
  • Chisox win! Three outs for the division!!!

    YF October 1, 2005, 4:14 pm
  • A-Rod: 4 hits. And if you think this game is a blowout or the situation not “clutch,” you’re from another planet.

    YF October 1, 2005, 4:15 pm
  • Clutch hit by A-Rod! C’mon everyone: M-V-P! M-V-P!
    (kidding. please, no nasty comments.)

    Earl October 1, 2005, 4:16 pm
  • M-V-P ! M-V-P !

    john yf October 1, 2005, 4:20 pm
  • You know, I really wish Buck and McCarver would talk a little about the shadows at Fenway. I mean, you gotta assume the shadows are making a difference, but those two refuse to talk about it.

    Earl October 1, 2005, 4:23 pm
  • MLB Gameday says “Varitek singles on a pop up to Cano.”

    john yf October 1, 2005, 4:23 pm
  • It’s sickening to hear Joe Buck and Tim McCarver having an orgasm about the possibility of a Sox comeback. Ugh..

    Baseball fan who hates FOX October 1, 2005, 4:25 pm
  • How is it we win the division if we win today? We’d be up by one game and have one more game to play. Wouldn’t we have to play the tie breaker if we win today and the Sox win tomorrow.

    Joe October 1, 2005, 4:25 pm
  • A-Rod, don’t bobble like that, you’re going to give me a heart attack!

    Joe October 1, 2005, 4:26 pm
  • Yankees win, Indians lose — it is now impossible for the Yankees to miss the playoffs, no?

    john yf October 1, 2005, 4:28 pm
  • Yankees win, Indians lose — it is now impossible for the Yankees to miss the playoffs, no?

    john yf October 1, 2005, 4:28 pm
  • john yf, we’re division champs…again!

    Nick October 1, 2005, 4:29 pm
  • Wow has anyone ever heard a worse call for a division championship than Joe Buck & Tim McCarver right now. They sound like they’re gagging sucking each other….

    YF in NJ October 1, 2005, 4:31 pm
  • The New York Yankees. 2005 AL East Division Champions. COUNT TEH RINGZ BITCHES!!!!

    Joe October 1, 2005, 4:31 pm
  • Division champs – I can’t hear the announcers, but if the Sox can win tomorrow, we’re tied for the AL East, but both finish ahead of Cleveland for the Wild Card.
    Would they make us play a playoff game? Take the Yankee coin toss for the playoff location and make it the champ?

    john yf October 1, 2005, 4:33 pm
  • John yf — No playoff game. Yanks won the season series, that determines the division. It’s a new rule I think, one that actually makes sense (really, who wants to play an extra game the day before the playoffs?)

    Earl October 1, 2005, 4:36 pm
  • Congrats to the Yankees, division champs. Not unexpected (I picked them back in April!). Divisions are nice, I am sure but really they no longer matter except as decorative feathers in a cap. The Sox win tomorrow and all is copacetic.

    SF October 1, 2005, 4:37 pm
  • WOW

    john yf October 1, 2005, 4:40 pm
  • That should be ‘IF the Sox win’ SF.

    Fox Sucks! October 1, 2005, 4:41 pm
  • Yeah. Or they lose. And head for Florida.

    YF October 1, 2005, 4:41 pm
  • SF –
    Your logic is backwards. The Sox have the hitting to win the season (but didn’t), but don’t have the pitching to win in the postseason.
    What a surprise to win today. Their must have been Red Sox, Yankee, Indian combos that would have forced the playoff, or else they wouldn’t have had the coin toss to determine where the playoff is played. Obviously.

    john yf October 1, 2005, 4:43 pm
  • No. They can lose and still make the playoffs, or lose and play one morem Florida wouldn’t be til Tuesday at the earliest.
    (Didn’t the Yankees win the division last year? What did it get them?)

    SF October 1, 2005, 4:44 pm
  • The Yanks won the division last year, but the Sox had better pitching.
    So the Sox need to win tomorrow, but the Yankees don’t (I’m finally getting the idea.)
    So the Sox will pitch Schilling, and the Yanks will pitch Moose, but who will play for the Yanks? Will Jeter, Jorgie and the guys get a day off?
    And if the Sox tie Cleveland, why do they go to Florida? They will have played 162 games.

    john yf October 1, 2005, 4:50 pm
  • OK, I get it. I didn’t get the Red Sox gallows humor.

    john yf October 1, 2005, 4:56 pm
  • Remember I’m in an auditorium with 200 people, not knowing the Yankees could win the division today.

    john yf October 1, 2005, 4:57 pm
  • Sorry I didn’t chime in earlier, YF, but re TGo, I see that he gave up a tater to Manny. Jeez. Luckily, we had a big enough lead so that it didn’t matter, but man, this is what I’m talking about. We are now in the Flash-is-yakking-in-the-bullpen part of the season. Do you want to see his ass in there a fortnight from now during a cruicial game v. (say) the Sox and protecting a one-run lead? I don’t. I want to see Mo for six outs, but I also know that that’s unrealistic. I don’t know. Am I being a nervous Nellie, here?
    At any rate, now is the time to celebrate. Congrats to the Bombers, AL East Champs!!

    Spidey October 1, 2005, 9:15 pm

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