Ugh. On so many levels.
by Paul SF on July 30, 2009 at 1:31 pm in
Sox Gamers/Postmortems · 85 comments
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.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 1:34 pm
Quick work from Lester. On to the offense.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Ath – Joe C and Dave OB are talking about it on the radio
dw (sf) July 30, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Thanks dw. I’m sure the color analysts will mention it when Ortiz bats in a moment.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 1:41 pm
is the stike zone as bad as shown on gameday? lester looks to be getting hosed
dw (sf) July 30, 2009 at 1:51 pm
Another good inning from Lester. Still nobody talking about Ortiz.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 1:52 pm
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.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 1:54 pm
Loud cheers for Ortiz, who quickly doubles off the monster. Who needs steroids?
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm
Drew walks to load the bases with one out, setting up the GIDP by Varitek.
I'mBillMcNeal July 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm
Analysts totally talking about Ortiz, at least right after his hit.
Devine July 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm
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 July 30, 2009 at 2:06 pm
Bases loaded and one out, and Green and Ellsbury both K. At least we got one.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 2:08 pm
Underwhelming. 1 run off 2nd and 3rd, nobody out, bases loaded, 1 down.
Devine July 30, 2009 at 2:08 pm
Devine, I hate him already too. It doesn’t help that he sounds a lot like Remy, but without the insight.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm
pathetic display of RISP hitting.
dw (sf) July 30, 2009 at 2:10 pm
Is this Bob Montgomery in the booth? I am getting flashbacks from my teen years. Is it him?
SF July 30, 2009 at 2:12 pm
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.
SF July 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm
Good play, fun to watch, by Pedroier to end the inning.
Devine July 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Ath called him Monty, SF, so I would guess it is.
For you youngsters out there.
Man, this is like a summer from 20 years ago, honestly. Whatever verbal miscues Monty might offer are offset by the memories this conjures up for me.
SF July 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Monty making a couple of nice observations, actually. Then he inserts a “Pedroia is gritty” comment.
Can’t win’em all, I guess.
SF July 30, 2009 at 2:20 pm
Yeah it’s Monty. He looks pretty old, with white hair.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 2:21 pm
Monty had white hair 20 years ago!
SF July 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm
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.
Devine July 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm
Yeah Devine, and it was funniest because they threw him that low-inside curveball right after he said it too!
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm
Jesus, it seems like every one of Lester’s starts is filled with infield singles. Nomar hits one there.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm
Bad luck BABIP.
SF July 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm
Lester looking really good.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm
God, Orsillo really jumped on that Tek flyball, which landed short of the track. In left. Bad announcing.
SF July 30, 2009 at 2:44 pm
No kidding SF, I thought it was gone based on his reaction.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 2:45 pm
Lester looks great but this may take more than one run.
soxgirl July 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm
Such a crap play by Bay, overrunning the ball, turning a single into a double.
Devine July 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm
Good job Bay.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm
mlb Radio died :(. Stuck watching gamecast…
rootbeerfloat July 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm
Tim Brown thinks the Red Sox will find a way to get the Halladay deal done.
Good strikeout there from Lester.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm
Luckily didn’t matter as Lester (finally) K’d Powell.
Devine July 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm
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
dw (sf) July 30, 2009 at 2:55 pm
I think Gameday is wrong dw; most of those “borderline” calls are much lower than they look on gameday.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 2:56 pm
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…
Devine July 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm
Ellsbury has been so good recently.
Devine July 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Picked off right on cue.
Devine July 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Nice running grab in left-center by Davis there.
Devine July 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm
Interesting trivia question: who was the last major-league player to bat without a helmet?
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm
Devine July 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm
who was the player to play for 3 differnt world series teams 3 years in a row?
dw (sf) July 30, 2009 at 3:04 pm
Whaddaya know: it’s Bob Montgomery, in 1979.
Interestingly enough: he was the first catcher to wear a catcher’s mask.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm
I dunno dw, that’s a good one. What time period?
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 3:09 pm
Jesus, Lester getting squeezed hard. Balls 3 and 4 were both strikes.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 3:17 pm
Whoa, Drew nearly screwed up bad there. But just the one expected run in. Will Lester get the 3rd out before there’s another?
Devine July 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm
I dunno if that’s true about the catcher’s mask. Didn’t Yogi Berra wear one, for instance?
Devine July 30, 2009 at 3:23 pm
I thought so too Devine, but Monty says it was him.
Wow, bloop single makes it 4-1. Goddamnit.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 3:24 pm
This seasons is going down the drain in real time, eh?
SF July 30, 2009 at 3:25 pm
Ath – any time period (I think there’s only one)
this game is unraveling – the mighty A’s have come to town!
dw (sf) July 30, 2009 at 3:25 pm
I think he said he wore a special helmet that he wore at all times, both batting and catching.
Devine July 30, 2009 at 3:26 pm
Catcher’s mask apparently was invented in the 1870s.
Okay, time to do something that’s not watching this.
Devine July 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm
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.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm
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.
Paul SF July 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm
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.
Paul SF July 30, 2009 at 3:37 pm
Funny you say that Paul, because Monty sounds a lot like Remy.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm
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.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 3:40 pm
D’oh, it was more like 12:30.
More runs, but still trailing. Hey bullpen, hold them close please?
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm
Look at that – another run.
Brad July 30, 2009 at 4:19 pm
DAVID ORTIZ! Three-run homer to put the Sox up 6-5.
Maybe this is all a relief to Papi.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm
Wow, timing for this HR couldn’t be more.. odd?
Lar July 30, 2009 at 4:24 pm
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.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 4:24 pm
Brad July 30, 2009 at 4:27 pm
Wow. I mean, wow. Haha, I don’t even know what to say about that.
Paul SF July 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm
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..
Lar July 30, 2009 at 4:32 pm
Varitek doubles in another run.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm
got to get a 3 run lead for Pap…. :)
dw (sf) July 30, 2009 at 4:38 pm
That last one they got him didn’t work out so well though. Maybe he needs five.
Paul SF July 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm
got to get a 3 run lead for Pap…. :)
Got that right.
Brad July 30, 2009 at 4:46 pm
here we go..
Brad July 30, 2009 at 4:47 pm
Hey look a one-out single.
Kill me now.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm
wow. My grandma could steal on Varitek – call it what you want, but honestly, he can’t throw anyone out anymore.
Brad July 30, 2009 at 4:51 pm
Pleasant surprise! And not even too heart-attacky of a 9th!
Devine July 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm
Errr, post eaten?
Anyway, I’m happy!
Oh hey we won a baseball game. How ’bout that.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 4:55 pm
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.
Devine July 30, 2009 at 5:09 pm
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.
SF July 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm
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.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm
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.
SF July 30, 2009 at 5:23 pm
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.
Atheose July 30, 2009 at 5:30 pm
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