Hope Springs: Yanks-Sox Gamer I

Openingday-3
Tonight we'll be attending our first ever opening day (night, more accurately) game at the Fens. We grabbed our tickets and who should be staring at us but…Adrian Beltre? Seriously? He's the guy the Sox chose to represent the Olde Towne Team on this first game of a fresh, new season? Not that we aren't excited about this coming year, and we have some reasonable (if not super-high) hopes for our third-sacker, but we might have been a bit more excited had our cost of admission been emblazoned with someone with more than zero games in a Sox uniform.

In any case, welcome to the club, Adrian, and welcome back YFSF readers. 

Use this as tonight's gamer!

316 comments… add one

  • Seems like most “experts” are picking the Sox to win it all again this year, just like last year…
    It’s very strange that not only are the “experts” giving the Champs no love, but we get to open AND close the season in BAH-sten??? What gives???

    krueg April 4, 2010, 3:19 pm
  • Tyler Kepner in the Times picked the Rays and the Rockies for the Series, with the Sox not even making the dance…

    SF April 4, 2010, 3:47 pm
  • I was watching the MLB network show and they all picked the Sox to win the AL, except Leiter…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 3:53 pm
  • It will make it that much sweeter when the Yankees celebrate another division title on the Sox turf. As usual it’s easy to pick the $170 million “underdogs”.
    The big thing no one’s talking about? The Sox catching. If Martinez struggles behind the dish, what do the Sox do? Play Varitek?
    Cliff over at Bronx Banter also nicely highlights the differences in bullpens. Given the injury histories of most of the Sox starters, they’ll need to lean on their pen. But it doesn’t seem that deep. I was hoping they’d trade Lowell, but if they don’t he’ll be the DH, especially in the Fenway bandbox.
    As for the Yanks, I worry about Posada but Montero is a very nice backup plan! After that, the Joba treatment still burns, and it will all season as they rely on Mitre for spot starts, but he will anchor the bullpen especially if they let him throw two innings at a time.
    Question for SFs: Why the heck isn’t Drew the cleanup hitter? That seems like a huge oversight especially because they could stack Youkilis-Drew-Martinez.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 4:38 pm
  • holy shit it’s baseball season again!!!! not sure i’m ready to have the old pastime sucking up all of my free time, but what can we do. it’s the life we choose.
    enjoy the game, sf. but be happy about those seats. in the upper deck, they’re looking at scutaro.

    YF April 4, 2010, 5:10 pm
  • Lets Go Yankees!!! Great to have the game back….

    sam-YF April 4, 2010, 6:50 pm
  • Be prepared for a kinder, gentler krueg this season…now that all is right with the universe again.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 6:51 pm
  • Do a lot of SFs come around here for gamers?

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 6:58 pm
  • Not towards the end of last season… ;)

    krueg April 4, 2010, 7:29 pm
  • 29 minutes…rowdy.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 7:31 pm
  • Thanks Kreug…all the counselling I got just was ruined..:)

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 7:36 pm
  • I am really confused as to why this game is in Fenway…really f-cking confused…
    Hey, you never know Rob…whole new year! Everyone is picking the Sox to raise another banner so we’ll see!!! :)

    krueg April 4, 2010, 7:46 pm
  • I’m BOO-ING all these Sox trainers and towel boys!!!! ;)

    krueg April 4, 2010, 7:47 pm
  • I would have thought Yankee stadium also. Ring ceremony, good way to start the season. Is there something happening in NY this weekend preventing it?
    I looked at the picks yesterday, some picked the Yanks and Sox, smattering of Rays in there and a bunch seem to think that this may be the Phillies.
    Who knows, Butler in the NCAA championship, perhaps the Pirates raise up?

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 7:50 pm
  • Pirates vs Royals WS!!!
    THE GAME IS ON YES???? SOLID!!! I thought I was going to have to put up with the Boston-loving ESPN crew…whew.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:01 pm
  • Spoke too soon…LAME!!!! I’m really about over ESPN…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:01 pm
  • speaking of lame, I have to listen through mlb.com – and the audio feed just cut out. Anyone else listening – is it working?

    rootbeerfloat April 4, 2010, 8:04 pm
  • if you’re already sick of kay, raise your hand!
    and only 162 games to go.
    missing coney over here.
    -m

    YF April 4, 2010, 8:07 pm
  • I don’t mind Michael Kay…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:09 pm
  • Wouldn’t Granderson be a better leadoff option than Jeter?

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:09 pm
  • Lame.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:10 pm
  • Sweet, the 5 year old said “Screw the Yankees”. It was funny but something seems very wrong about this game in Boston.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:10 pm
  • Scutaro cleanly plays the first pitch grounder and throws Jeet out.
    Season underway.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:10 pm
  • No Rob. Jeter is God and no matter where he hits, it’s the right spot…you know that. ;)

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:11 pm
  • “Wouldn’t Granderson be a better leadoff option than Jeter?”
    No. Compare their career OBPs.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:11 pm
  • Agreed Paulie Walnuts…ridiculous. Vast New England conspiracy me thinks???

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:11 pm
  • :)….point taken Krueg.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:11 pm
  • 10 more feet Nick and you had a double…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:12 pm
  • Johnson takes it deep. But so far it looks like the Yankees will have a team batting average of 0 this year. Just doing the math.

    walein April 4, 2010, 8:12 pm
  • 7 pitches to retire the side. Nice effort.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:13 pm
  • 1-2-3 for Beckett…lame. Although, I expect the Sox to win the first 8 matchups with us anyway so…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:13 pm
  • GOD WE F-CKING SUCK!!!! COME ON YANKEES!!!
    ..for old times sake. ;)

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:14 pm
  • Francona the best manager in Sox history??? SF’s??? Thoughts???

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:15 pm
  • Cameron looks fat. I remember him being much more lithe.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:15 pm
  • GREAT GRAB GRANDERSON!!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:16 pm
  • Already with the Yankees suck. Geez.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:16 pm
  • Granderson look good with the high socks.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:17 pm
  • High Cheese!

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:17 pm
  • hmm…Pedroia chases a high fastball. How odd that happened.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:18 pm
  • K for CC…sexy.
    (i was messing around Paulie!!)

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:18 pm
  • Sidebar:
    McNabb to the Skins??? Wow.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:19 pm
  • Paul…it was Krueg’s game last year. Was not considered a game thread without 75 Yankees suck posts.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:19 pm
  • Negative reinforcement guided us to the promised land I might add…
    This year? POSITIVE reinforcement will be the play.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:21 pm
  • I was talking about the Fenway chant. But I suppose when they ask a 5-year-old to say “Screw the Yankees” then it’s to be expected.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:21 pm
  • 1-2-3 for CC…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:22 pm
  • Fine line between positive and negative reinforcement.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:22 pm
  • bona fide.
    clean start.

    YF April 4, 2010, 8:22 pm
  • Well, a fireworks-less 1st inning of the season, but pumped that baseball is underway! Go Sox!
    PS Good luck krueg with the positive reinforcement, but I found your fake screaming post the most enjoyable to read

    Clark SF April 4, 2010, 8:23 pm
  • nick johnson just stubbed his toe in the dugout and will be out for 2 months.

    YF April 4, 2010, 8:24 pm
  • Shocked the Eagles traded McNabb in the division.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:25 pm
  • Beckett lucky that Youk scoopd that ball. Horrible throw.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:26 pm
  • Thanks Clark but I just think that being positive is the way to go this year…we’ll see how long it lasts! ;)
    Nice YF!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:26 pm
  • I think krueg’s extraordinary RJP (reverse-jinx percentage) last year played a huge role in the Yankees success. So a kinder gentler krueg does not bode well for the Yankees …
    And yes, Terry Francona, best manager in Red Sox history!

    pale blue eyes April 4, 2010, 8:27 pm
  • Come on Hip Hip…we need a HIT BABY!!!! Joshy is looking WAY to comfortable!!! HIP HIP…BASE HIT!!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:27 pm
  • Hip hip!

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:29 pm
  • HIP HIP…HR!!!!! OFF THE PESKY POLE!!!!!
    1-0 good guys…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:29 pm
  • HIP HIP JORGE!!!!!

    YF April 4, 2010, 8:29 pm
  • who’s aging?

    YF April 4, 2010, 8:29 pm
  • Damn…first HR of the year.
    64oz Meatball from Beckett.
    You cannot claim credit for that Krueg

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:29 pm
  • cheese.

    sf rod April 4, 2010, 8:30 pm
  • Granderson’s first Yankee AB…come on CURTIS!!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:30 pm
  • Hip hip Jorge!

    Lar April 4, 2010, 8:30 pm
  • Meatballs from Beckett not a good sign from him. That’s his Kryptonite.
    Ain’t he Grand!

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:31 pm
  • sweet jay-sus….BP has started.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:31 pm
  • BACK-TO-BACK JACKS!!!!! WELCOME TO THE YANKEES CURTIS!!!!
    I believe I am the Yankees f-cking MUSE!!!! :)

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:32 pm
  • Welcome Curtis!

    walein April 4, 2010, 8:32 pm
  • Ouch.

    Clark SF April 4, 2010, 8:32 pm
  • GRANDY!!!!!!!!!! WELCOME TO THE STRIPES.
    and that one was no cheapie. man.

    YF April 4, 2010, 8:32 pm
  • I’ll give krueg credit for that one.. haha.. =)

    Lar April 4, 2010, 8:32 pm
  • Anyone have Sterling’s lame Granderson call?

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:32 pm
  • Swishalicious singles…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:32 pm
  • Belly to belly!

    sam-YF April 4, 2010, 8:32 pm
  • swish. line single. nice. bottom of the order doing it for the yanks.

    YF April 4, 2010, 8:33 pm
  • Granderson is going to be fun to watch this year. I’m calling 40-40.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:33 pm
  • oh look, first official mound visit of 2010

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:33 pm
  • 50-50!!!! :)

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:33 pm
  • a dandy from grandy?

    YF April 4, 2010, 8:33 pm
  • Come on Gardy…you CAN hit at a major league level!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:34 pm
  • single…I have power of the glow.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:35 pm
  • Defense doesn’t do much good when you hit over it.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:35 pm
  • Jeter double…be the ball Danny.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:35 pm
  • and “gritty” gardner pokes one to left. roll on, yanks

    YF April 4, 2010, 8:35 pm
  • Um, Gardner was safe.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:38 pm
  • big rip on 1-1 from the captain.
    then 6-4fc. but not bad.

    YF April 4, 2010, 8:38 pm
  • Gardy ALMOST beat it out…good inning.
    2-0 good guys!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:38 pm
  • Another sidebar:
    You guys all rooting against Duke tomorrow I would imagine?
    krueg = Duke fan

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:40 pm
  • I don’t dislike Duke, but I may root for Butler for the little guy scenario.
    Doesn’t really matter to me who wins.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:43 pm
  • Double for Youk…CC was sitting for awhile.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:43 pm
  • Why did Youkilis only play 136 games last year? Was he hurt? Or did they really rest him that much.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:43 pm
  • Papi vs CC…Round 1

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:43 pm
  • Ooof, Westmoreland does not look good. That sucks for the kid.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:44 pm
  • Papi time….start the season right.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:44 pm
  • Youk had one injury that I remember. Wrist I believe from getting hit.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:45 pm
  • 1 out…nice comeback CC. Need a big K here! Or some kind of DP actually, that would rule…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:46 pm
  • Papi’s bat looks slooooooow.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:46 pm
  • Nice catch Curtis…manufactured run. Lame.
    Bad guys get on the board…2-1

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:48 pm
  • Beltre with a sac to score Youk

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:48 pm
  • Wow, so nice to have a real CF again. Awesome.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:48 pm
  • Why is Drew batting 7th?

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:49 pm
  • Agreed Paulie…nice indeed.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:49 pm
  • I think to space the lefties out in the lineup

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:50 pm
  • K #2 for CC…not bad so far…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:51 pm
  • struggling through it.

    YF April 4, 2010, 8:51 pm
  • Hey gang – another year, another Yankee championship? :o)
    SF must be loving it at the game – looks like a perfect night. Nice to see Curtis get off on the good foot and Gardner start well after a rough Spring…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 8:53 pm
  • Why not bat Drew 5th and put Ortiz at 7th? Drew is better across the board – AVG, OBP, and SLG.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:54 pm
  • I look like more of an athlete than Nick Johnson.
    And that’s really saying something.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 8:54 pm
  • gonna enjoy a season of that.

    YF April 4, 2010, 8:55 pm
  • Mr. OBP walks…way to start the inning…come on Teix

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 8:55 pm
  • And Stick with the .500 OBP…

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 8:56 pm
  • He looks like the dad from the Adamms family, crossed with Chunk from the Goonies!
    Nick walks…Tex time…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:56 pm
  • I’m not sure why Paul. Makes sense to me, maybe they know something….

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:56 pm
  • Beckett starting to pour gas on himself.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:58 pm
  • Well, at least he fought back in the count, made Josh throw a couple more pitches….
    COME ON AROD!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:58 pm
  • Um…that sucked.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 8:59 pm
  • Defense bails Beckett out.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 8:59 pm
  • finally got the feed here. I get to see A-Rod hit into a dp. Heard from walein that Grandy’s shot was a bomb. Cool.

    Nick-YF April 4, 2010, 9:01 pm
  • Grandy’s shot was a laser to straight away CF.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 9:02 pm
  • Ball 4??? Really??? Umps are in mid-season form I see…that couldn’t have been more down the middle.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:03 pm
  • Is there any possible chance that Scutaro replicates a .380 OBP?

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 9:05 pm
  • HEADS UP PLAY AROD!!!! DP!!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:06 pm
  • A give back for Gardner being safe.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 9:06 pm
  • Drew’s career AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS:
    .283 / .392 / .504 / .896
    Ortiz’s:
    .282 / .377 / .545 / .922
    And that’s with an epically poor couple of months for Ortiz last year. SFs will know better than I, but I imagine the Sox don’t think last year is indicative of Ortiz falling of the cliff of his career. If he looks horrible for weeks maybe he no longer has the leeway he once did, but I’m not sure it’s so clear cut that Drew should be hitting in his spot.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:06 pm
  • Poor call–he was back

    Clark SF April 4, 2010, 9:06 pm
  • Cameron looked safe…
    bang bang play

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 9:06 pm
  • IH dropping the knowledge!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:07 pm
  • Makeup for the junk ball 4 and gardy being safe too…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:07 pm
  • You can’t be serious. Ortiz is clearly not the same hitter. He hasn’t been since 2007.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 9:08 pm
  • AROD playin’ some D-FENSE!!!! No damage…
    Let’s do this Cano!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:09 pm
  • Definitely made a difference last year that Manny was not behind Ortiz. But at times the bat looked horribly slow or that he was overmatched by pitchers he should have hit off of.
    If he starts slow, the cannibals are going to circle.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 9:09 pm
  • There’s also the fact that there’s a southpaw on the mound. If they’re not so dumb as to trade him, I expect Lowell will start getting the starts soon enough.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 9:10 pm
  • ET TU DRE????? ET TU???? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:11 pm
  • “You can’t be serious”
    Only as serious as the Sox management I guess.
    Sweet Cano! Let’s make this leadoff stuff work!!!

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:11 pm
  • Cano with the lead off double…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:12 pm
  • Defense!

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 9:12 pm
  • HIP HIP…advance the runner…sweet. Come on Curtis!!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:12 pm
  • Damn.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:14 pm
  • “Only as serious as the Sox management I guess.”
    They’ll learn soon enough, especially against souothpaws.
    Ortiz against LHP?
    2009: .212/.298/.418
    2008: .221/.308/.433

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 9:14 pm
  • Game within the game: A horsefly the size of a Volkswagon Bug has somehow gotten into the house and is buzzing around my bedroom as i watch the game. I’ve turned off all but one light and periodically take massive swipes with a rolled up t-shirt, but so far he’s got the best of me…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:14 pm
  • Walked Swishalicious to pitch to Brett…come on Gardner, make ‘em pay for his insolence!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:17 pm
  • right down the pipe…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:17 pm
  • A dink-single would be huge Brett…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:18 pm
  • Triple would be better…. :)

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:19 pm
  • Good AB Gardy – drive the 3-1!!

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:19 pm
  • that would have loaded the bases…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:20 pm
  • 2009: .212/.298/.418
    2008: .221/.308/.433
    Something to keep in mind also is that shift that every team plays against him. I wonder what some of the other lefties who get the shift stats would look like if they did not play that?

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 9:20 pm
  • Making him work for it…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:20 pm
  • Big night for Gardy already! Beckett almost at 70 pitches…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:21 pm
  • GREAT JOB GARDNER!!!! 3-1 with the RBI single…that’s what I’m talking about!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:21 pm
  • Captain!!!!!

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:22 pm
  • If it’s the shift then it’s working! Ortiz is turned into a light-hitting middle infielder against lefties. Geez, if only the Sox had a good veteran RH bat on the bench…

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 9:22 pm
  • CAPTAIN CLUTCH!!!!! 4-1!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:23 pm
  • Um…pen anyone?

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 9:23 pm
  • Defense!

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 9:23 pm
  • Send Jeter

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:23 pm
  • Seriously, Scott Schoenweis? Really?

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 9:24 pm
  • COME ON CHUNK!!!! ;)

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:24 pm
  • STEALS HOME!

    YF April 4, 2010, 9:25 pm
  • DOUBLE STEAL BABY!!!! 5-1!!! Victor has a worse arm than Varitek!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:26 pm
  • I love it. I love it. Exploit the catcher.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:26 pm
  • That’s embarassing

    Clark SF April 4, 2010, 9:26 pm
  • And the catching trouble already showing itself. Could be a long season for the Sox…

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 9:26 pm
  • Nice double steal done there.
    Should have been aware of Gardner’s speed.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 9:26 pm
  • sorry, embarrassing

    Clark SF April 4, 2010, 9:26 pm
  • Gardner’s steal of home is best play of 2010.

    Nick-YF April 4, 2010, 9:26 pm
  • Chunk K’s to stop the bleeding…
    Damn, so far so good!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:26 pm
  • year off to a hell of a start.

    YF April 4, 2010, 9:26 pm
  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…nice Nick!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:27 pm
  • What a terrible throw from Victor Martinez. That looked like it was ticketed to RF if Scutaro didn’t pick it off.

    AndrewYF April 4, 2010, 9:28 pm
  • CC is ATHLETIC BABY!!!! 1 out…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:30 pm
  • Defense!

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 9:30 pm
  • I don’t like seeing my 2B’s left hand so close to the much larger gentleman’s right foot, jeez

    Clark SF April 4, 2010, 9:32 pm
  • That was a pretty good grab by the 15th best 1st baseman in MLB by the way, huh???
    ARod picks another one…2 outs.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:33 pm
  • QUICK 1-2-3 inning for CC…beautiful.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:33 pm
  • nick ftw

    YF April 4, 2010, 9:35 pm
  • The Mon-stah is calling ARod!!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:38 pm
  • damn.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:40 pm
  • Hit it right at him…
    Hip Hip…HR?

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:41 pm
  • Cano laced that one. He has been smacking the ball in these first few ABs. nice play off the carom by Drew.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:41 pm
  • Send Cano. I don’t care. Send eveyrone (except maybe NJ, Posada, and Teix…)

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:42 pm
  • Should be Backett’s last inning….

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 9:45 pm
  • buh-bye Beckett

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 9:46 pm
  • Beckett out…Granderson with another chance for a RBI against a LEFTY…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:46 pm
  • Whatever else happens, it feels great to see beckett walk off before the end of the 5th.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:47 pm
  • I haven’t seen Shoenweiss in a while – he looks like the unabomber. And we get to see if Curtis’s work vs. lefties is paying off early…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:49 pm
  • Well, there you have it…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:51 pm
  • uhhhh, yeah. not a great looking AB there.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:51 pm
  • Even CC’s glove is extra-wide.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:53 pm
  • A-Rod meanders under his first pop-up of the year.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:56 pm
  • Nice change-ups there.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:58 pm
  • K #3 for CC…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 9:58 pm
  • This thread is getting pretty lonely krueg…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 9:59 pm
  • 2-out rally. Come on CC…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:02 pm
  • And Brett Gardner makes a horrible throw. That turns a single into a major hit. Need CC to step up

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:04 pm
  • That was a BIG K…nice job Brett you moron. You got lucky.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:07 pm
  • Great breaking ball to get out of it.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:07 pm
  • I’m still here homeboy…first game plus Easter equals a small crowd. I, for one, am a heathen so Easter means nothing to me so I’m here!!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:08 pm
  • great way to get out of it.

    YF April 4, 2010, 10:08 pm
  • Captain Clutch is still awesome…2 out single.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:14 pm
  • COME ON CHUNK!!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:15 pm
  • Nothing…lame.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:17 pm
  • CC running out of gas?

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:22 pm
  • DP would rule…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:22 pm
  • Danger Will Robinson…Danger!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:25 pm
  • Youk with clutch hit…three bagger to pull within one.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 10:27 pm
  • um…Youk is not fast enough to come home on that wild pitch.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 10:28 pm
  • Just like early last season…get a big lead, blow it and lose. Meh. I knew it was too good to be true. I really don’t understand why he’s kept CC in this long? Am I wrong?

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:28 pm
  • Not to mention we wasted a leadoff walk and double in back to back innings…error by Gardner and here we are, about to blow a 4 run lead.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:29 pm
  • Big at bat for Papi here.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 10:29 pm
  • Seems like both pitchers were in the game longer than they possibly should have, especially it being the first game of the season.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 10:30 pm
  • Decent first game for CC I guess…I blame Joe for leaving him in that long.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:30 pm
  • Comeback complete! Great job Yankees…not.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:33 pm
  • Seem like both managers mis-managed their SPs tonight.
    Both took a long time to pull the hook on them, especially with the weird was that the schedule is starting off this year. They could have gone to the BP a lot earlier and still have some days off to recover.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 10:33 pm
  • That’s why he’s on the ticket!

    Clark SF April 4, 2010, 10:33 pm
  • I really was hoping this game would be over in under 5 hours so I could watch “The Pacific” tonight…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:34 pm
  • This game is strangely like last year…maybe that’s a GOOD omen?

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:35 pm
  • God that was f-cking horrible…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:36 pm
  • You are talking foolish Krueg….
    No Sox Yanks game ever ends in under 5 hours.
    Unless it is stopped by rain and then they drag the decision out so it takes 5 hours.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 10:37 pm
  • I had to step out for some housework and I come back to a tie game. ugh. Guess it wouldn’t be Yanks-Sox if there wasn’t late-game drama. Come on Teix.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:38 pm
  • Another leadoff man on. Let’s go A-Rod!

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:39 pm
  • AROD IS CLUTCH AND CLUTCH IS EVERYTHING!!! (feels nice to type that…)

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:40 pm
  • Crushed that ball. They must get at least two runs out of this inning!

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:40 pm
  • worked hard to tie it back up…
    meatsicle on a couple of pitches digs a hole again for us.

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 10:41 pm
  • I know Rob, I know…silly me. The Pacific is pretty awesome so I’m staying up to watch it anyway…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:41 pm
  • No-look-a-jima coming in.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:41 pm
  • Here is Cano’s chance…hitting with RISP!!!! Turn the page on that BS!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:42 pm
  • RBI for Cano…6-5. Hip Hip…RBI???

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:44 pm
  • Pedroia coulda gotten Teix at home.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:44 pm
  • This is the sside form which Posada’s neck has been bothering himg…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:44 pm
  • buh bye tie game

    Rob SF April 4, 2010, 10:45 pm
  • 7-5. Outstanding. That was awesome…Curtis Time!!!

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:45 pm
  • Didn’t hurt much there I guess. Right back up the middle. Great to jump right back on top after the Sox tied it up. Come on Curtis – imagine he’s throwing with his right arm!

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:46 pm
  • Are we going to see Joba vs. Youkilis tonight?

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:47 pm
  • BB – awesome.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:48 pm
  • Good eye Curtis…1st and 2nd, Swishalicious time…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:48 pm
  • granderson has a 1.000 obp against lefties this season. great work by kevin long!

    Nick-YF April 4, 2010, 10:48 pm
  • I hope so IH…little chin music to get the season going???? ;)

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:48 pm
  • Actually Nick, Curtis k’ed vs. Schoeneweiss with men on earlier in the game…
    And a GDP – horrible Swish.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:50 pm
  • That really sucked…but we got the lead back thankfully. Let’s see where this one ends up boys???

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:50 pm
  • stupid gidp.

    Nick-YF April 4, 2010, 10:50 pm
  • Don’t know krueg – but as long as he follows whatever he does with a fist-pump he’ll ensure at least another couple years of Sox-fan-hatred of him.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:51 pm
  • I love Aerosmith regardless of their unfortunate place of birth… ;)
    Steven looks pretty beat though…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 10:51 pm
  • You know, Aerosmith, are they that good? Really? I don’t hate them, but they’re sort of an irrelevant group in the grand scheme of things.

    Nick-YF April 4, 2010, 10:52 pm
  • Chan Ho Park. This will be interesting. And there is Jobalicious loosening up…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:53 pm
  • wait, Joba wasn’t traded?!
    i’m happy my feed just went down.

    Nick-YF April 4, 2010, 10:56 pm
  • Sat: NCAA Final Four
    Sun: Yanks-Sox Season opener
    Mon: NCAA Championship
    Tue: Yanks-Sox
    Wed; Yanks-Sox
    Thur-Sun: Tiger returns to Augusta
    My productivity for the week should flatline around 12 noon tomorrow.
    And Park let’s leadoff man on. Trouble

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:56 pm
  • 3 straight pitches. Nice comeback. let’s turn the DP!

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 10:58 pm
  • Pedroia hit’s a moon shot to tie it. nice debut Chan-Ho

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:00 pm
  • Oof. The guy can’t go the other way and CHoP throws him something letter high inside.

    Paul from Waltham April 4, 2010, 11:01 pm
  • That looked like a perfect strike.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:01 pm
  • chan ho park: signing of the century

    Nick-YF April 4, 2010, 11:01 pm
  • Cano makes it interesting but gets the second out nonetheless.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:04 pm
  • Park-Youkilis – I don’t feel good abou tthis/…and there it goes. Double. See you later Park. Thanks.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:05 pm
  • I saw Chan Ho SUCK…eh, eh???…come in so I went to make my lunch for tomorrow and lo and behold, tie game…glad I missed it. Heard Mrs. Krueg swearing so I figured as much…
    How many leads can we blow in one game I wonder?
    Great job Chan Ho SUCK…bullpen looking f-cking stellar so far. Christ.

    krueg April 4, 2010, 11:06 pm
  • Marte-Ortiz. Please be the Ortiz of ’09…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:07 pm
  • Aerosmith is far from irrelevant Nick…come on dude. I don’t love them or anything but they’re one of the best US rock bands of all-time…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 11:07 pm
  • Marte isn’t good until the playoffs so this should be the Sox taking the lead finally now…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 11:08 pm
  • Wild pitch. lovely. Our bullpen seems to have rolled into Boston on prozac.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:09 pm
  • Here we go…nice Marte…chuck it to the backstop. Here’s where he gets Papi off on the right foot for the season…

    krueg April 4, 2010, 11:09 pm
  • Unreal. I’m out fellas, not getting this pissed the first game of the season….

    krueg April 4, 2010, 11:11 pm
  • Nice job fellas. That pitch wasn’t where it was supposed to be, but Jorge should have had it.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:11 pm
  • Just got done putting the girls to bed after coming back home, listening to the game on XM the whole way.
    The Red Sox offense would like you to know that it is still pretty good.
    The Red Sox pitching-and-defense, on the other hand, would like to keep things interesting.

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:12 pm
  • Joba-Beltre. Was having lots more fun when the yanks were winning…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:13 pm
  • Nice timing Paul

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:14 pm
  • Ortiz should not be batting fifth. Does even the most ardent Drew hater think he should be batting behind David Ortiz and Adrian Beltre? I mean, really, Tito.
    Radio just said Youkilis’ three XBH in the opener is the first time for a Sox since Fisk in ’73. Not sure if that was only for openers against the Yankees or not.

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:15 pm
  • Joba does his thing. Nice to see someone come out of the pen looking fresh.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:16 pm
  • My timing would have been better if I hadn’t been bringing in bags while Pedroia was hitting the game-tying home run. :-P

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:16 pm
  • Gardner against Bard the flamethrower

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:19 pm
  • Raise your hand if you’re surprised a Red Sox-Yankees game is going past 11:30 p.m. Eastern. Anyone?

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:20 pm
  • again, to me the game is the side story. the main one is gardner’s steal of home. legendary stuff. won’t forget it ever.

    Nick-YF April 4, 2010, 11:21 pm
  • Game setting up for A-Rod vs. Papel-pucker drama

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:21 pm
  • Someone should tell Sox fans to change that chant over to “World Champs suck, World Champs suck…”

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:23 pm
  • And up comes the tech-support guy batting second

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:23 pm
  • I know, I haven’t seen a steal of home on the back end of a delayed double steal since at least last September. :-)

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:23 pm
  • No one readjusts his crotch as well – or as blatantly – as Mark Teixeira.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:26 pm
  • Nick Johnson has just announced this will be his last season on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”.

    Nick-YF April 4, 2010, 11:27 pm
  • bleh. Keep it within one and hope against hope that papelbon replays his last official outing.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:28 pm
  • That’s awesome Nick. Very good call.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:29 pm
  • Nick:
    Granderson Kd vs Schoenweiss so his OBP cannot be 1.000

    SF April 4, 2010, 11:29 pm
  • I was afraid that Charlie Steinberg’s return to Boston signified something horrible, and these “touches” added to the game today make me think the worst has indeed happened.

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:31 pm
  • Neil Diamond and Steven Tyler. Very very hip in Fenway.
    Hey – what are you doing SF?? Still at the game I assume?!? You’re catching a fun one. For SFs at least.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:31 pm
  • .500 obp is Bondsian.

    Nick-YF April 4, 2010, 11:31 pm
  • My mom and I made it to the sixth inning. Such is parenthood and grandparenthood and an early morning drive to NYC.
    Pics and postmortem tomorrow. One quick thing: Sunday night openers should never be allowed again.

    SF April 4, 2010, 11:33 pm
  • .500 obp is Bondsian.
    But not Youklidian.

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:33 pm
  • Creed is currently playing a live show for Papelbon in the bullpen

    Nick-YF April 4, 2010, 11:35 pm
  • Sorry to hear that SF. I could live with Sunday night openers if they started at 7pm. But yeah – opening day should be – you know – during DAYtime.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:36 pm
  • Beltre: 1 for 3, 2 RBI
    Cameron: 2 for 3, 1 BB
    Scutaro: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI
    Theo is a GENIUS!!!1111!!!!1!!!

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:37 pm
  • So I hate to raise this here, but has A-Rod finally talked to the authorities? I could get an audience with the Pope faster than the Feds seem to be able to get in the room with him. And Fenway does the wave. Hip x 2.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:38 pm
  • I heard somewhere, maybe XM yesterday?, that he did. My level of caring is somewhere around the velocity of Manny Delcarmen’s fastball these days, but I did hear that in passing…

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:39 pm
  • This game has slowed to a crawl. And Joba walks him. 1 out, 2 on.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:41 pm
  • Hmm – I had heard he talked to MLB officials but not the Feds, but maybe you’re right. Anyway – back to this painful sight…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:42 pm
  • GameDay is saying Joba’s fastball is around 93. Seems low for Bullpen Joba, doesn’t it?

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:42 pm
  • Cameron seems to ave left his base-running instincts in Milwaukee.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:43 pm
  • Oh, I didn’t pay enough attention to differentiate.
    I fear the A-Rod/Papelbon matchup. Time for more Pedroia heroics to ease my troubled mind.

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:43 pm
  • But it doesn’t matter because Swisher has inherited Johnny Damon’s arm

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:44 pm
  • CAMERON with the speeeed!!!!! HUGE run with A-Rod leading off the ninth!

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:44 pm
  • That probably took the fistpump out of Joba’s repertoire for the night. But you never know…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:45 pm
  • I find that there is no denying the fistpump if the fistpump insists on emerging.

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:46 pm
  • Who’s on deck?

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:46 pm
  • Kevin Youkilis will bat if Martinez reaches.

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:47 pm
  • That fake-move never ever ever ever ever ever works.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:48 pm
  • Well, here’s Papelbon’s first save opportunity since the awfulness in October. Not gonna lie: I’m a little nervous.

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:49 pm
  • I was looking forward to Joba-Youkilis with bases loaded, but just as well…A-Rod/Cano/Posada…

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:50 pm
  • And there’s the pucker.
    A-Rod taking all the way.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:51 pm
  • Whew. ARod retired on a grounder.

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:52 pm
  • Well, there go A-Rod and cano pretty fast. jorge trying to keep hope alive.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:53 pm
  • Well, Granderson is the tying run. That’s exciting.

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:54 pm
  • flicker note completely dead just yet. Granderson looking to “earn his stripes”, “become a true yankee”, “become a man”, “stamp his passport”. Or whatever.

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:54 pm
  • 2-year old suddenly wakes up crying. I know how she feels. gotta go. congrats SFs.
    Red Sox: 1
    WORLD CHAMPION Yankees: 0
    :o)

    IronHorse (YF) April 4, 2010, 11:56 pm
  • Since driving in runs in tie games in consecutive PAs against Papelbon in 2007, A-Rod has struck out three times in five PAs, walked in one, singled in a run (with the Yankees already up by three), and now grounded out.
    Yet all I remember are those two plate appearances in 2007.

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:56 pm
  • Ballgame!! A thrillah!

    Paul SF April 4, 2010, 11:57 pm
  • not a good job by the yanks pitching, especially against that weak sox line-up.
    oh well, tomorrow is another day.

    Nick-YF April 4, 2010, 11:58 pm
  • Every season I get excited for Opening Day, only to be reminded that the Yankees don’t start playing until June…wake me up then. NHL playoffs start in a week and a half anyway.

    krueg April 5, 2010, 12:10 am
  • Watched most of the game but somehow missed the steal of home, dang it. Great game with which to kick off a season.

    attackgerbil April 5, 2010, 5:04 am
  • Mrs. Gerbil noticed that some ESPN2 chromamonkeyer spelled the vaunted Sox closer’s name “Paperbon” in the graphic when he came in.
    She asked, “Isn’t his name Papelbon?”
    “Perhaps, but at ESPN they are professionals,” I replied.
    Paperbon.. heh.. so proud to be married to a Tigers fan that knows the name of the Boston closer, so hopeful of the portend of that mistype.

    attackgerbil April 5, 2010, 5:16 am
  • The steal of home was a delayed steal and in person it really was not much more than just an awful play by Victor Martinez (and a heads-up play by Gardner). It wasn’t really all that exciting, it felt like a bad little league play (from a Sox fan standpoint). When the play started I started saying “don’t throw it!”…
    Martinez looked simply confused.
    It wasn’t quite Jackie Robinson.

    SF April 5, 2010, 6:18 am
  • Great game all around, since I’m choosing to selectively ignore the horrible VMart-throwing-with-Gardner-on-third gaff. Sox in first place; here’s hoping it stays that way. It’s great to have baseball back.

    Atheose - SF April 5, 2010, 7:09 am

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