(I’m not) Goin’ to the Openah

Tix

My lucky folks will be in attendance today, sitting in the standard pair on the first base line, located above.  Though they have horded the home opener tickets for my entire life (it’s true — and shocking — I have never attended a first game at Fenway), I do not hold it against them. They deserve the sun and fun, the pomp and circumstance.  God knows I don’t.  Though it sure would be nice to be asked along, just once.

Consider this your home opener game thread for all things Sox/Jays.

159 comments… add one
  • Paging Dr. Melfi!

    YF April 11, 2006, 10:06 am
  • Beckett starts out shaky again.

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:19 pm
  • Bases full’o’Jays. Egads.

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:20 pm
  • BLECH. Walks are the order of the day on the east coast, apparently. Settle down, Josh!

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:25 pm
  • If he walks Hillenbrand…

    Earl April 11, 2006, 2:26 pm
  • He looks like he’s about to…

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:26 pm
  • ATTA BOY SHEA!

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:29 pm
  • Whew.

    Earl April 11, 2006, 2:30 pm
  • Got out of it with only one run scored. Phew. 37 pitches though… Yikes.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 2:31 pm
  • YOOOOOOuks. Single.
    That foul ball was a screamer, too.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 2:32 pm
  • That right field fence feels like it’s only 200 feet away when Ortiz is at the plate in Fenway…

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 2:35 pm
  • I don’t know…but if feels like this year has been extra rough on starting pitching at the outset…all MLB teams.

    walein April 11, 2006, 2:37 pm
  • Damn.

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:38 pm
  • Let’s go, Josh, easy inning here. Mow’em down.

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:43 pm
  • 2 quick ones! And then a double. Darn it.

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:43 pm
  • so, it is agreed that now that Beckett is out of the comfy confines of Florida’s ballpark, his ERA is going to go up a run and a half?

    Anonymous April 11, 2006, 2:45 pm
  • that was me

    NickYF April 11, 2006, 2:45 pm
  • Just got the phone call from the parents at the game. Beckett is ‘overpitching’. The new area behind home looks good, according to my architectural critic dad.

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:47 pm
  • Correct analysis Nick. I dare say ‘Genius.’

    walein April 11, 2006, 2:48 pm
  • agreed to by who exactly? You?

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:48 pm
  • Oh, you and Walein. Isn’t this the definition of “conflict of interest”?!?

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:48 pm
  • Good point! Still think Nick is right though. I used to beat the guy up…I’m totally objective.

    walein April 11, 2006, 2:50 pm
  • Well, geniuses, despite his first inning struggles, Beckett’s ERA is currently at 2.00 on the nose. So, I’d say that thats a drop of a run and a half, but I’m no math major or anything. Obviously neither are you two.

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 2:50 pm
  • Another walk. Thankfully this one goes to Trot.

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:51 pm
  • walein and I say it. We’ve reached a quorum. next subject: Wily Mo will strike out 180 times this year.

    NickYF April 11, 2006, 2:52 pm
  • Holy crap – Bronson Arroyo just hit another homer!!! And ‘Tek singles!! RALLY BABY!!!!

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:53 pm
  • Wily Mo will strike out 180 times this year.
    And the amazing thing is he will do it in 163 at-bats.

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:54 pm
  • That’s my washed up third baseman!!! Double for Lowell, all square.

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:54 pm
  • I was just going to post that Lowell’s ’06 numbers look exactly like his ’05 numbers… but I won’t now. Double! Tie game! Go SOX!

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 2:55 pm
  • Sterno! 3-1 Sox!!

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:55 pm
  • NoMo CoCo!! Who needs’em!

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:56 pm
  • And superjew steals 3rd now. Am I living a dream?

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:57 pm
  • Bronson Arroyo has more homers than Manny and Trot combined.

    NickYF April 11, 2006, 2:58 pm
  • With no outs and the top of the lineup coming up after Bathroom Break, Stern steals third base… glad he made it, but I don’t think thats a wise play to attempt.

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 2:58 pm
  • Yeah, if only John had made some sort of comment about how Arroyo was going to have a better year than Manny…

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:58 pm
  • Yoooooooooooook. Spidey will be pleased.

    SF April 11, 2006, 2:59 pm
  • Did you guys know that Arroyo has more homers than Damon and Bernie and a loaf of sourdough combined?
    Yooooooooooouk!

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 3:00 pm
  • They should change his nickname to “The Greek God of Doubles”…

    NV in SD April 11, 2006, 3:00 pm
  • Go ahead, speculate about Beckett’s ERA all you like. Here’s the numbers that matter right now:
    4-1 Sox/Jays
    4-4 Yanks/Royals

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:01 pm
  • …and the KC Royals have the bases loaded with no outs.

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 3:02 pm
  • These late strike calls by the ump are pretty bad.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:03 pm
  • On the first pitch Berroa grounds into a double play, but because there were no outs, the runner on third came in to score. I suspect this will be the only Royals lead of the day, 5-4.
    But I hope not.

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 3:03 pm
  • Is the umping bad, Hudson? I’m not watching the game on TV unfortunately…

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 3:07 pm
  • Actually Manny and Nixon have 2 combined homeruns, both by Trot so Bronson has the same amount.
    Adam Stern is the real deal as I have been saying since last June

    Travis April 11, 2006, 3:13 pm
  • MattyMatty: There’ve been a bunch of late called strikes and a bunch of borderline pitches called for strikes… Things seem to be settling down a bit now.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:15 pm
  • 4 homeruns for Cincy today Griffey, Dunn twice and Bronson, the three musketeers.

    Travis April 11, 2006, 3:15 pm
  • yeah, I posted earlier this week that I think Stern is a good player, but noone was biting on it. Looks as if Beckett is settling down and throwing strikes, but not for nothing, he’s getting no wiggle room behind the plate; he’s being fair in his calls though.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:15 pm
  • Maybe the sox should try a 3 team trade send manny to LAA or something have the Angels send a couple good prospects to florida and we can get Cabrera to play 3rd put stern in left and nixon/pena in right

    Travis April 11, 2006, 3:17 pm
  • It’s now 6-4 Royals. Wow.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:18 pm
  • Beckett gets his first strikeout at the same time that the Tanyon “Traitor” Sturtze gravey train hits the mound in the Bronx. Someone named “Shane Costa” just hit a solo shot to in validate one of my previous posts and make it 6-4.

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 3:18 pm
  • Alright! Side in order!
    Hey, what’s going on with Wang down in NY? Isn’t he supposed to be an “easy” 15 game winner?

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:18 pm
  • Sturtz is an animal.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:19 pm
  • Travis, stop talking silly.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:19 pm
  • I like Wang, only cause hes soo sexy, but he and Chacon and Small are overrated and wont be saviors for the Yankees.

    Travis April 11, 2006, 3:19 pm
  • Does anyone think that its possible that Beckett isn’t warming up either enough or properly before he comes into the game? Its only two games, but theres been some similarities between them, and he’s not going to be able to keep winning if he loads the bases in the first inning every game.

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 3:20 pm
  • And Nick, now the thread comment momentum has turned as well. What happened to you guys up there? 2 run deficits got you down?

    SF April 11, 2006, 3:20 pm
  • Probably adrenaline. My Dad said it looked like he was overthrowing, so his control went. Sounds very plausible – he’s an excitable guy, Beckett.

    SF April 11, 2006, 3:21 pm
  • 7-4! crazy…

    Anonymous April 11, 2006, 3:21 pm
  • I think Mike Lowell likes Fenway.

    SF April 11, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • I agree, Matty. It won’t be long before the Sox and Nipper has him getting ready for it a little earlier. He seems to be cold that first inning in every start I’ve seen.
    ALRIGHTY LOWELL!

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • that was me.
    Go Royals!

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • Hard to read Lowell so far this season; the sample size is still way too small. If I had to guess, I’d predict that he will hit bad pitching hard, but be more of a .220 hitter when it counts.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:24 pm
  • Did something happen to Trot??

    Travis April 11, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • Is Nixon OK? Why is Pena is in for him?

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 3:27 pm
  • Beckett CAN’T keep giving the Jays free baserunners…

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 3:28 pm
  • YOOOOOOOK basket catch in foul territory.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • YOUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • Radio is saying that Trot may have pulled something coming out of the batter’s box last inning….

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:31 pm
  • Bronson has another homerun today!!

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:32 pm
  • WOW! Okay Loretta!!!

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:32 pm
  • I live in Brooklyn, so no NESN for me got YES on and aside from Giambi hitting a low pitch for a 3 run HR the Yanks have not been at all impressive today.

    Travis April 11, 2006, 3:33 pm
  • That was a hell of a play.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:33 pm
  • Lo-Go-Yo!

    Earl April 11, 2006, 3:33 pm
  • Yowza, what a DP. You know, AGon’s batting average may n not be such a problem after all.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:34 pm
  • Go to WEEI.com – they may have it streaming, but I’m not sure.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:34 pm
  • Nice stretch by Youktrzemski there, too.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:35 pm
  • Nope there not allowed to stream because mlb.com sells the audio online.

    Travis April 11, 2006, 3:35 pm
  • oh man, that sucks.
    Does anyone else think that Tanyon Sturtz has some kind of revealing photos of Joe Torre or something. Why do they go to this guy when they need him?

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:38 pm
  • Try:
    WNTK.com
    Used to carry WEEI online without a subscription; haven’t tried it this year.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:38 pm
  • Travis –
    Email me and I’ll help you out a bit today.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:39 pm
  • Trot out with a hurt groin. 2/3 of the starting outfield gone in a week. Not fun.

    SF April 11, 2006, 3:39 pm
  • A 10 or 12 pitch inning would be good here, let’s see if Beckett can throw 6 today after that rough start.

    SF April 11, 2006, 3:40 pm
  • I just tried that, Hudson, but for some reason when I click on the “Listen Now” icon it opens up my Adobe GoLive, and then nothing happens. Any idea about this?

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 3:40 pm
  • MattyMatty: It should open up in Windows Media Player; you may have to change some settings in your browser (look for preferences to set the default media player).

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:42 pm
  • Alright guys, don’t get all techie on us. Call YFSF customer support.

    SF April 11, 2006, 3:44 pm
  • Where’s the info on Trot coming from?

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:44 pm
  • the…whiff

    SF April 11, 2006, 3:44 pm
  • Matty if you’re not getting the game email me.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:45 pm
  • Okay, NESN just reported a “mild left groin strain” for Nixon.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:45 pm
  • Is there such a thing as a “left groin?”
    Thanks, Brad. Actually I gotta run to class in a minute, so my baseball time is about over for today. I may let fly some other day though.

    mattymatty April 11, 2006, 3:48 pm
  • Hasn’t Nixon been playing with that injury for the past 5 years?
    And yes Brad, Tanyon does have pictures of Joe Torre.

    walein April 11, 2006, 3:48 pm
  • Tiz. Come on, ‘Rez.

    SF April 11, 2006, 3:49 pm
  • 90 pitches from Beckett through five innings. We may see Riske here, brace yourselves.
    (Opposite-way single from Big Papi against the shift.)

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:49 pm
  • I think we’ll see Beckett start the 6th.

    SF April 11, 2006, 3:49 pm
  • Yeah, my guess is that he comes back out.
    I knew it had to be something, Walein.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:51 pm
  • Wily Mo: hacker.

    SF April 11, 2006, 3:52 pm
  • EEI Radio is telling us that Nixon has a strained groin….again.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:52 pm
  • Definitely Beckett in the sixth, maybe even the seventh if he stays strong and gets some quick outs… He’s probably good for at least 110-115.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • Yankees are threatening to turn their universe back right-side up (bases loaded, no outs, down three runs) against K.C. in the bottom of the 8th.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • Hacker is an understatement, SF.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • Lowell glove is sure as can be over there.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:56 pm
  • 5 pitches!

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:56 pm
  • Five-pitch inning for Beckett.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • Ten to one he comes back out for the seventh.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • Now 7-6 Yankees, just one out, runners at the corners. Let’s go, Royals!

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • Lowell is 3-3.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:01 pm
  • yeah, that game is far from over. That bullpen is one of the worst I’ve ever seen.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 4:01 pm
  • I’m still trying to figure out what kind of name “Ambiorix Burgos” is.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:02 pm
  • Jews can’t bunt, apparently. Or so I hear.

    SF April 11, 2006, 4:03 pm
  • Looks like Jeter homered off the unpronouncable one, 9-7 yanks

    airk April 11, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • captain intangibles clutched up. this has to be a huge win for the yankess.

    sf rod April 11, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • yes, a rousing comeback win over the worst team in baseball

    airk April 11, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • I love Jeter. He’s fabulous and not overrated at all.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • Eric Hinske looks like he drinks lots of juice.

    SF April 11, 2006, 4:13 pm
  • Yeah, Yankee fans can take heart in beating a Double A-level pitching staff 9-7.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:14 pm
  • I am not sure the game in the Bronx is over yet, though it sure looks it.

    SF April 11, 2006, 4:14 pm
  • But maybe I spoke too soon, the Royals have men on 1st and 2nd with one out against Rivera. LOL.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • What a tremendous job by Beckett. That may be all for him. Fantastic effort.

    SF April 11, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • it shows you a lot about Beckett that in two straight games he didnt have his best stuff, but he’s allowed just 2 runs in 14 innings. Can’t wait until he heats up.

    airk April 11, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • I have WAY too much man love for Beckett. As much for what he has as he’s going to do this year.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • Foulke warming.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • Is that Foulke warming or “Foulke Warning”…

    SF April 11, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • PAPI, GONE

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:19 pm
  • PAPI

    Travis April 11, 2006, 4:20 pm
  • We love the Tiz.

    SF April 11, 2006, 4:20 pm
  • PAPI

    airk April 11, 2006, 4:20 pm
  • Extend THAT, muthaf*cka!

    SF April 11, 2006, 4:20 pm
  • DH – Dominican Hammer.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • Yankees win. They must be so proud.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • Beckett v Towers…it’s like Mattheson v W. Johnson.

    walein April 11, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • Yeah, a true David-and-Goliath story over in NY.

    Earl April 11, 2006, 4:22 pm
  • Manny Ks.
    Seriously, is he partying all night or something? He looks washed out.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:23 pm
  • I find it hilarious that even with the new deal Ortiz still makes less than Magglio Ordonez

    airk April 11, 2006, 4:23 pm
  • Wily Mo needs to learn some plate discipline. Jeez, those are some ugly at-bats from him so far.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:25 pm
  • What I find hilarious is that someone gave Ordonez that deal after all the knee problems and mountain medicine man crazy treatments.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 4:26 pm
  • on second thought, its really just the name magglio that i find funny

    airk April 11, 2006, 4:26 pm
  • I kind of like when Manny goes into these mini homer slumps, becuase when he breaks out of them it’s a sight to see. I love when the guy has a month that he hits fourteen or fifteen of them.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 4:27 pm
  • Lowell is real smooth at third.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:28 pm
  • Hey Nick YF, Josh Beckett’s ERA is 1.29 after two starts.
    So what was that trash you were talkin’ again?

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:30 pm
  • Ugh. Two-run homer, Pena muffs a possible catch.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:32 pm
  • The Keith Foulke Experience

    airk April 11, 2006, 4:34 pm
  • Hudson, the Yanks won. The Jays are creeping back. You getting scared?

    NickYF April 11, 2006, 4:35 pm
  • Nope. It was a fluke screw-up by a rookie, against a team expected to vie for the division title.
    Meanwhile, you barely squeaked back past the worst team in the majors, on your home field, opening day.
    I can smell the sweat on Yankee fans from here.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:36 pm
  • Keith Foulke-tastic!

    walein April 11, 2006, 4:36 pm
  • Nick- The wankees are 3-4 and thir bullpen is a laughingstock.
    You getting scared?

    Mayday Malone April 11, 2006, 4:37 pm
  • Papelbon warming. Game over.

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • Foulke must’ve wanted to set Papelbon up for a save situation. yeah, thats the ticket

    airk April 11, 2006, 4:39 pm
  • fantasy baseball fact: Papelbon is the most picked-up player this opening week.

    NickYF April 11, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • Lowell loves Fenway, can you tell?

    Brad April 11, 2006, 4:43 pm
  • OK as soon as Pedroia is back from his injury give him a week at AAA then bring him up -_- i do not like Gonzalez at all.

    Travis April 11, 2006, 4:46 pm
  • Easy guy – did you see the DP earlier. What he lacks, he most certainly saves.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 4:47 pm
  • I drafted him (Paps) in all my leagues :)

    Travis April 11, 2006, 4:48 pm
  • Besides, Pedroia is slated for second base this year for the Paw Sox.

    Brad April 11, 2006, 4:48 pm
  • the whiff.
    I’ve got Dan Patrick on the brain.

    SF April 11, 2006, 4:51 pm
  • and that’s two!

    SF April 11, 2006, 4:51 pm
  • WOOOO. Paps!

    SF April 11, 2006, 4:53 pm
  • 6-1.

    Earl April 11, 2006, 4:53 pm
  • Papelbon gets three quick outs on 10 pitches. What’d I tell ‘ya, Nick?

    Hudson April 11, 2006, 4:53 pm
  • lowell up to .320 and driving the ball into power alleys helps me forget about hanleys quick start. it was nice of the marlins to throw beckett in on the deal.

    sf rod April 11, 2006, 5:04 pm

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