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Heck of a Day for a Game: A’s-Sox Gamer X

Ugh. On so many levels.

85 replies on “Heck of a Day for a Game: A’s-Sox Gamer X”

I’m watching live at work. I’ll give you guys the run-down on what happens in Papi’s at-bat.
So far Orsillo and Monty haven’t mentioned the news.

Thanks dw. I’m sure the color analysts will mention it when Ortiz bats in a moment.

David Ortiz boo’ed in the on-deck circle, not by many people but enough that it’s audible. Color analysts still not talking about it.

Green is terrible, as is whoever the color guy is today. Really awful number of miscues so far, like talking about the “couple of years” we had to watch “slick-fielding shortstop” Cabrera play at Fenway.

Devine, I hate him already too. It doesn’t help that he sounds a lot like Remy, but without the insight.

Is this Bob Montgomery in the booth? I am getting flashbacks from my teen years. Is it him?

If it is Monty, and it sure sounds like Monty, I am really dating myself, as are our commenters. Monty was, with Ned Martin, the Sox’ color man for many years on WSBK, Channel 38. I don’t recall ever being that critical of announcers like I am now. Old age, FJM, etc., have done a number.

Monty making a couple of nice observations, actually. Then he inserts a “Pedroia is gritty” comment.
Can’t win’em all, I guess.

The bit about Bay maybe noting they are shading him to right-center so they’ll try and keep the ball away was pretty good.
Too bad Bay K’d.

Yeah Devine, and it was funniest because they threw him that low-inside curveball right after he said it too!

Jesus, it seems like every one of Lester’s starts is filled with infield singles. Nomar hits one there.

God, Orsillo really jumped on that Tek flyball, which landed short of the track. In left. Bad announcing.

Tim Brown thinks the Red Sox will find a way to get the Halladay deal done.
Good strikeout there from Lester.

Bay not adding WAR value with his defense is he?
Lester looks like he’s not getting the bottom of the strike zone on gameday – anyone watching? Atheose

I think Gameday is wrong dw; most of those “borderline” calls are much lower than they look on gameday.

I really hope they do. Despite Ortiz’s assertion they need another bat (he would think so), what this team needs is a 3rd not-crap starting pitcher who isn’t Wakefield…

Interesting trivia question: who was the last major-league player to bat without a helmet?

Whaddaya know: it’s Bob Montgomery, in 1979.
Interestingly enough: he was the first catcher to wear a catcher’s mask.

Whoa, Drew nearly screwed up bad there. But just the one expected run in. Will Lester get the 3rd out before there’s another?

I dunno if that’s true about the catcher’s mask. Didn’t Yogi Berra wear one, for instance?

I thought so too Devine, but Monty says it was him.
Wow, bloop single makes it 4-1. Goddamnit.

Ath – any time period (I think there’s only one)
this game is unraveling – the mighty A’s have come to town!

I think he said he wore a special helmet that he wore at all times, both batting and catching.

Yeah that’s what he said Devine, and he said “Since I wore that special one at all times I was also the first catcher to wear a mask.” Sounds like a load of BS.
Lester pulled, Delcarmen in. Horrible way to end it, considering how well he was doing.

Bob Montgomery was the first color man I saw on Red Sox broadcasts on WSBK, though Sean McDonough was the guy I remember most.
Still weirds me out how much Orsillo sounds like a slightly annoying McDonough.

My question on the Ortiz reaction would be, “How many people knew about the news when he came to the plate?” I would guess most of the fans were already in the ballpark when the news broke. I suppose word of mouth would get around, and people would probably get alerts on their smartphones.
Never mind. That was a very pre-smartphone question. I’m still adjusting, apparently.

The news broke around 11:30, two hours before the game. Surely the news would have spread by word-of-mouth to 90% of the crowd by the time he batted in the 2nd inning.

D’oh, it was more like 12:30.
More runs, but still trailing. Hey bullpen, hold them close please?

DAVID ORTIZ! Three-run homer to put the Sox up 6-5.
Maybe this is all a relief to Papi.

Funny how that works out, huh Lar? ARod’s first at-bat was a homer after he was outed. Ortiz with a big night as well.

Ya, haha.. Well, ARod had to endure months and months + injury off time. I don’t know if this “sinked” in for him yet, though of course, I have no idea what to make of this right now, even..

That last one they got him didn’t work out so well though. Maybe he needs five.

wow. My grandma could steal on Varitek – call it what you want, but honestly, he can’t throw anyone out anymore.

Well, him falling behind everybody was pretty heart-attacky, as was the relatively hard liner to 2nd. Still, it’s the best you can expect from Pap these days.

I just watched Papi’s dinger and Orsillo’s call. I hesitate to read too much into it, but Orsillo was really nonchalant, he almost sounded a little pissed. No reference to the PED story in the narrative of the homer, as might have been predictable. It was a really moribund call on a late-game three run jack to put a team ahead amidst team struggles and a tough personal day. It was very odd.

I think Orsillo didn’t know what direction to take it. He should have been thinking about that before the homer, but it really sounded like he was floundering for the right words.

Ath, to me he sounded kind of pissed, like “I have to get excited about this lying sack?” kind of pissed. It was totally out of character for a late-inning Papi shot from Orsillo.
But then again, this could all be projection by me.

I just listened to it again, and he seemed cautious at first and then his call gained more and more momentum after it became obvious that it was gone. Maybe he was hesitant at first after he made that Varitek fly-ball out seem like a homer last night.

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