Horror: Sox-Yanks Gamer V

Well, that was fun.

No matter the outcome of today’s game, Curt Schilling and Manny Ramirez are the only Sox players who can say they gave it their all this weekend. The Red Sox managed to destroy their division hopes, David Ortiz’s MVP hopes and Jonathan Papelbon’s Rookie of the Year hopes in just three days. I blame Terry, I blame Theo, and I blame myself for ignoring this team’s glaring flaws early in the season — although, clearly the loss of Wakefield and Varitek have been nothing short of disastrous.

Sure, the Wild Card — and even the division, technically — is still attainable. Maybe Wakefield and Tek come back strong, the lineup figures out how to score runners from second and third and fewer than two out for the first time all season, and Epstein works some waiver-wire magic for a reliever who’s not in his first full season and can allow fewer than two-thirds of his inherited runners to score. Then the Sox roll through September, march into the playoffs, get some luck and make us all forget this horrible time.

Sound far-fetched? Yeah, I thought so.

Comment away, if you can stomach it, on Wells v. Lidle.

175 comments… add one
  • “the only Sox players who can say they gave it their all this weekend”
    I would take exception to that. Just because your team loses doesn’t mean everyone on the team wasn’t putting in full effort. Can we really say Papi or Lowell or Loretta didn’t go all out in this series? In baseball, you can be brilliant and still fail more often than not. Even the criticism of Papelbon in the previous thread seems unwarranted to me. He pitched well last night in awfully difficult circumstances. He got his ks, but was betrayed by his defense and a bloop hit by Jeter. Those who don’t think Rivera has “blown” his share of bit games in this fashion, and at key moments, are practicing selective memory.
    1997? 2001? 2004? Anyone? Yes, Mo is extraordinary, a first ballot HOFer, arguably the best ever at his position–but even the best lose sometimes. That’s the way it works. Let’s not let the Yankee hagiography machine color the way we look at history.

    YF August 21, 2006, 12:53 pm
  • …and let’s not allow that hagiography machine to establish false and impossibly high standards which are basically impossible to meet. Papelbon’s season can’t be defined by last night’s game. That’s the same kind of reductionism that leads to “lets trade Alex.”
    It’s not right.

    YF August 21, 2006, 12:56 pm
  • I agree with that, YF, and I agree that others probably gave their all, but there’s really only two players who really have many results to show for it. Other players had good games. Manny has had a good series.
    Really, Papelbon was due to regress to the mean — just unfortunate it’s occurred when everyone else is struggling too.

    Paul SF August 21, 2006, 1:02 pm
  • Quik first for the Yanks, after jeets puts one to the wall. Here come the Sox….

    YF August 21, 2006, 1:15 pm
  • The results this weekend were an abomination, from the Sox’ standpoint. But there were plenty of guys who played fine. Loretta looked good. Manny played well. Schill did his job. Papelbon came in last night in a terrible spot (thanks, Tito) and got the team to within one out of a victory, but for a bloop. Ortiz had some big hits, but is suffering from being such a force (too many intentional/unintentional walks). I find it tiresome to accuse the players of not caring. Certainly there are moments where it can seem like concentration is lacking, but do any of us really think the Sox are immune to disappointment, that tough losses don’t affect them too? They aren’t robots.

    SF August 21, 2006, 1:17 pm
  • 17 pitches.
    Come on, Hinske.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 21, 2006, 1:26 pm
  • Good ABs by Loretta, Manny. 21 pitches.
    Baby steps.
    Baby steps.
    Baby steps.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 21, 2006, 1:29 pm
  • Wells survives a 1-out double; 23 pitches through two innings.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 21, 2006, 1:40 pm
  • Looks like everyone’s worn out from the weekend, players, fans, bloggers and posters alike.

    Bozo August 21, 2006, 1:58 pm
  • Covelli: 2 ABs, 5 pitches.
    Um, what about working the count?

    I'm Bill McNeal August 21, 2006, 1:59 pm
  • Looks like were in for late-inning drama again.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 21, 2006, 2:07 pm
  • Doubleplay-Rod.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 21, 2006, 2:08 pm
  • A-Rod — the momentum killer. He should stand in the box and take three strikes. Nice work, chief.

    YanksFan August 21, 2006, 2:09 pm
  • I haven’t even been here for most of the weekend, and I’m worn out…

    Paul SF August 21, 2006, 2:22 pm
  • Hey, look at that, Lidle has a no-hitter going…

    Paul SF August 21, 2006, 2:23 pm
  • So Lidle walks the bases loaded, and Javy Lopez decides to swing at the first two pitches… Geez.

    Paul SF August 21, 2006, 2:29 pm
  • Anyone know why Manny came out?

    Jeremiah August 21, 2006, 2:31 pm
  • Just manny being manny……

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 2:40 pm
  • Manny’s probably tired and the Yanks just keep walking him. Yanks learned their lesson better to walk him every time and hold him to a 1.000 OPS.

    Bozo August 21, 2006, 2:40 pm
  • So…who called Wells/Lidle as the pitchers’ duel?

    Anonymous August 21, 2006, 2:41 pm
  • That “Manny being Manny” stuff is horse****. He’s played more than 150 games the past three years.
    The above was also me by the way.

    Devine August 21, 2006, 2:42 pm
  • I’m telling you all the hitters are worn out. It’s like the last round of a HR derby, their arms feel like lead.

    Bozo August 21, 2006, 2:42 pm
  • wells always seems to have good games Vs the yanks

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 2:43 pm
  • Manny is sometimes… Manny. But he’s still incredibly valueable. In fact, he really should be right there in the conversation for MVP (to me, the candidates are Mauer, Manny, Ortiz, Jeter. In no particular order).

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 2:44 pm
  • Does anyone have any idea why Kapler replaced Manny?

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 2:45 pm
  • Devine, first of all… take a few breaths… second of all, how many of those 150 over three years led to manny cutting off throws to the cut off man? Thirdly… I hate the manny being manny stuff too, I was joking.

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 2:45 pm
  • wow… a-rod showing why he only has 22 errors. nice glove work.

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 2:47 pm
  • haha, am I the only one who thinks it is a bit “strange” that A-rod just made beautiful plays in the field… and guess who isnt 20 feet to his left…. haha Jeter gets the day off and A-rod takes out the gold glove.

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 2:51 pm
  • i wonder if manny was benched for kind of dogging it on that double play. he wasn’t exactly going all out.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 2:54 pm
  • I kind of want to see a-rod take the field next inning at SS and push green over to 3b. Just to see if anyone is noticing…
    Nice RBI from abreu < I love that guy

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 2:56 pm
  • I think Alex would like to see that too.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 2:57 pm
  • The final indignity: Getting one-hit by Cory Effing Lidle.

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 2:58 pm
  • Maybe not the right time to rock the boat!
    And we’re winning. SWEEP!

    YF August 21, 2006, 2:59 pm
  • Hey, sorry I haven’t been posting. I was busying counting teh ringz.

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 3:01 pm
  • Hey, sorry I haven’t been posting. I was busy counting teh ringz.

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 3:01 pm
  • I apologize, TX YF. It’s been a long weekend (coming to its pathetic conclusion) and I just tend to have a hair trigger about the Manny stuff.

    Devine August 21, 2006, 3:03 pm
  • “Teh ringz… teh ringz… My preciousssss!”
    — Average Yankee Fan

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 3:04 pm
  • Don’t worry Devine… You are a better man than I… If I had a weekend like RSF just had… I would probably be holding up a bank with a pencil sharpener and a Ham sandwhich.

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • LOL Hudson

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • Manny has cramps.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • Meh, let’s not get into parodying the “average fan” of the respective teams, shall we?

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • “Teh ringz… teh ringz… My preciousssss!”
    — Average Yankee Fan

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 3:06 pm
  • green… you are no one. please stop ruining my life.
    Looked like Cano got that before it hit the ground…

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 3:07 pm
  • Whoops, double-posted.

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 3:08 pm
  • I kind of posted before noticing how that looked. Kay just said Manny left the game because of cramps (or a cramp) in his leg. Wasn’t meant as a dig. Sorry.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:08 pm
  • Green is killing me. Did Jeter really need a day off. I mean, c’mon, he’s Jeter for crying out loud. Doh!

    YanksFan August 21, 2006, 3:10 pm
  • steve phillips… that is good news isnt it… i hate you

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 3:11 pm
  • Wow, Cory Lidle. Hot damn.

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 3:12 pm
  • I love the look that Jeets gave E-rod after he botched that ball that was clearly Jeter’s ball. It was a “this is my team, stop trying to ruin it… You have been playing baseball since you were 4, you should know better” look

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 3:13 pm
  • The thing is, as back-up Shortstops go, there’s a pretty good one playing third. Or would that just open up a whole new can of worms?

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:13 pm
  • Seems like we’ve heard “And…Lidle works out of trouble” every inning, hasn’t it? It’s almost like even when the Yankees are at bat, Lidle somehow manages to work out of trouble.

    yankeesnj August 21, 2006, 3:13 pm
  • 90 pitches for Wells, nearly through the 7th. Not exactly workin’ the count, is this House Money lineup. I’m shocked the Yanks are winning this game. Having Manny out is a HUGE help. Now Ortiz just gets the Barry treatment.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:18 pm
  • Of course, it doesn’t hurt Lidle that the Sox have their Z-team on the field.

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 3:18 pm
  • 93 pitches for Wells… Looks like we’re going to see a Sox “reliever” [quotation marks emphasized] for at least one inning, unless he gets a super-quick 8th.

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 3:20 pm
  • If Lidle & Co. are smart, Ortiz doesn’t see anything even close to strike for the rest of the afternoon.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:20 pm
  • i’m here for my lumps. hopefully octavio is saying the same thing.

    sf rod August 21, 2006, 3:20 pm
  • um, I know it’s only two games, but an 18.00 ERA doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:22 pm
  • Ah, so that’s who is pitching the 7th for the Yanks. I hope he’s found some semblance of control.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:22 pm
  • And he gets Crisp. Not that that’s been difficult this series, mind you. Real hitters coming up…

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • Coco Crisp: .269 hitter.

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • Meh, I almost wish Loretta had doubled so they could just walk Ortiz.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • OK. Biggest AB of the game right now. Myers coming in to face Ortiz.

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 3:24 pm
  • Mike, this is the one job we brought you on board to do…

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 3:25 pm
  • Well, here’s a chance for Big Papi to pick up the Sox out of the mud, clean ’em off, and turn the team in the right direction…

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 3:25 pm
  • Heh, mixin’ and matchin’ Joe brings in the lefty to do his “ONE JOB!!” and get Ortiz out. So Dotel is apparently going to be used lightly… which I’m fine with for the time being.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:25 pm
  • I still wouldn’t pitch ot Ortiz. All he does is hit clutch home runs (outside of this series).

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • Yeah, why play with fire? Walk Papi and pitch to Kapler.

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • And *in* this series. His HR last night to put the Sox up 4-3 could well have been yet another Papi moment. But the Boston ‘pen couldn’t hang on.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:27 pm
  • [original mortal combat] FINISH HIM! [/MK]

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:28 pm
  • most clutch person in the history of people ever. In fact they were about to not even coin the term “clutch” until big papi came in and saved the day to make sure the term was put into use.

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 3:28 pm
  • Huzzah! And Ortiz k’s (on three pitches, wow).

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • Okay, Mike. You can pitch to Papi. But just this one time and never, ever again.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • And now… let me guess. Everyday Scottie?

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • Is it me or has Proctor pitched in every game of the series?

    Bozo August 21, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • Gah. Feh. Ptooie.

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • In fact, Torre has Proctor pitch while the rest of the team sleeps.

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 3:31 pm
  • I swear, if Joe’s not careful Proctor’s arm is going to fly off.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:31 pm
  • Geez, however did I know? Then again… I *do* want to win this game…

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:31 pm
  • I think ESPN will turn that AB around to show that Papi struck out specifically to be able to hit a walk off HR in the bottom of the 9th… it was just a testament to his future clutch-ness

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 3:31 pm
  • Papi could have vaulted himself back into the MVP race with a dinger there. Ks instead… Just that kinda weekend for the Sox…

    Paul SF August 21, 2006, 3:32 pm
  • “Gah. Feh. Ptooie.”
    Are they warming up in the bullpen?

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:32 pm
  • Oh, and by the way, Proctor did manage to avoid pitching in the 3rd game.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:32 pm
  • DC: haha
    But Joe… everyone else is sleeping!
    YOU WILL PITCH AND YOU WILL LIKE IT.

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 3:33 pm
  • Let’s be honest, though… Proctor’s overuse has been, for the most part, kind of necessary. And ultimately, if the Yanks burn out Proctor… well, he’s a middle reliever, guys. I like him, I root for him… but there is a really good chance that he’s never this good again.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:34 pm
  • nice

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 3:35 pm
  • Yes! Way to go, Proctor! See, his arm’s fine! Just fine! In fact, he may need a little side work, maybe on the plane to LA.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • Rob I agree 100%.. He is a C+,B- middle reliever. I like him, I want to see him do well, he throws gas upon gas… but if we wear him out and he is never the same… there will be another 20 “proctors” out there to replace him.

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 3:37 pm
  • True. But he’s the most consistant guy in the bullpen (other than You Know Who), and you’re going to need him in the next five weeks.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:37 pm
  • If there 20 other Proctor’s out there why do we keep using this one so much?

    Bozo August 21, 2006, 3:38 pm
  • He’s made himself into more of a B+ reliever this year, to me… but it’s one of those things that could vanish in a heartbeat. The big difference, to my eyes, is that he has been able to throw a decent curveball for strikes, and has decent command of 96+ mph heat. If his command of either pitch slips even a little… *poof* Pumpkin.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:39 pm
  • Ask yourself this, though: Who would you rather see, Proctor or Farnsworth?

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:40 pm
  • anyone else feel akward hearing an announcer say “derek jeter fisted one”
    Daddy NO!!

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 3:40 pm
  • Proctor’s a semi-young guy, could be he’s just now coming into his own and could be a great setup guy for Mo for the next couple of years.

    Bozo August 21, 2006, 3:41 pm
  • Anyway, it’s the fine line between overusing him and thereby ruining him, and using him while he’s good, because he may never be this good again. I can’t really blame Torre (much… occasionally his use of Proctor borders on the sadistic).
    Yay, Green does something! Extrabase something!

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:42 pm
  • “Who would you rather see, Proctor or Farnsworth?”
    Proctor, no doubt. At least rested Proctor (not the worn-out version that can only throw a measly 92).

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:43 pm
  • The rare occasion where I’m ok with the bunt.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:44 pm
  • I know he’s wearing a Red Sox uniform, but I still like David Wells. There. I said it.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:44 pm
  • Woah, Keith Foulke…

    Paul SF August 21, 2006, 3:45 pm
  • Dave,
    Yeah, me too. I always liked Wells, despite his, um, quirks.
    Foulke, eh? Ok. Come on, Capt!

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:46 pm
  • I would love it if Joe trotted out Damon, Giambi, and Posada right about now.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:46 pm
  • Wells is so obnoxiously his own person that it is hard to dislike him, in a weird way.

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 3:47 pm
  • nice.

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 3:47 pm
  • Well, not *now*, since Jeter/Abreu/ARod are up. But top 9, or if this turns into a real rally? Hell yes.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:47 pm
  • There’s the Keith we all know and love.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:48 pm
  • Javy Lopez for MVP.

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 3:49 pm
  • Exactly. Just turn, hand them their bats and say “okay guys. Now.”

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:50 pm
  • Oh my. Talk about scratching out a run.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:50 pm
  • Six more outs. Just six more outs, fellas, giving up 1 run or less. Get this done!

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:52 pm
  • Otherwise, pretty good from Foulke — Ks Jeter and Abreu…

    Paul SF August 21, 2006, 3:52 pm
  • That’s a classic “It could only happen to the Sox” moment. Keith Foulke comes in, strikes out two guys and the Yankees still score a run.

    Jay August 21, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • Well, Damon’s in.

    Anonymous August 21, 2006, 3:54 pm
  • Yeah. I can’t see the ABs, but it’s hard to argue with the results.
    Was the “wild pitch” Lopez’s fault?

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:54 pm
  • Wow, Hinske already out. That was a quick AB. Damon in CF… heh, defensive replacement.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • I thought it was Foulke’s fault, but the YES announcers blamed Lopez.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 3:56 pm
  • I would boo jeter if he went to the red sox. so i agree with red sox fans for booing damon…. but I will tell you this… Damon is more of a yankee than A rod is…

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 3:56 pm
  • Anyone know if Mariano is available to pitch the 9th? He did pitch 2 innings last night…

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:56 pm
  • WMP the most clutch hitter in the history of sport hitting.

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • Hey hey hey, Wily Mo. Good AB, then the homer.

    Devine August 21, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • Translation: Damon’s having a better year. Alex’s MVP season just didn’t do it for ya, eh?

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • Oh crap. If one more guy gets on, Ortiz will get his chance.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • A-Rod’s a Yankee. Just a Yankee having a rough season.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • And seriously, when this series is over someone needs to take Proctor and move him to an “undisclosed location” where Joe can’t get to him for a couple of days.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 4:01 pm
  • I don’t understand this fascination with saying so-and-so is more of a (team name) than another player…
    Technically, they all receive paychecks from the same place… Unless of course you mean because A-Rod’s paycheck is paid partly by Texas, he’s still part-Ranger, whereas Damon’s salary is paid fully by the Yanks…

    Paul SF August 21, 2006, 4:01 pm
  • no no Rob… It is just that for some reason I like what damon brings to the locker room. for instance… Giambino grows a stache… Damon is like… Yo… i NEED a stache. Giambino goes out and bangs three groupies… Damon goes out and gets 4 to have swinger style fun with him and his wife…. A-rod puts his suit on and leaves the locker room without saying goodbye to anyone…
    I WANT to love A-rod. I just need him to have a defining moment because he clashes with my Captain.

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 4:01 pm
  • Dave: hahaha
    Joe just loses it and goes on a hunt for Proctor like that kid in the old ski movie “Give me My THREE DOLLARS!!”

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 4:03 pm
  • I’m so not having this conversation. They’re both Yankees. One is having a really good year, the other is struggling mightily (such that, in his struggles, most major leaguers would give their left nut to be as good as “struggling” ARod).

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • to get back on track with the game, “how short will farnsworth’s leash be?”

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • I know it’s sort of silly to say, but this feels like the last inning of the Red Sox’s season.
    We need a walk-off win here, or things look incredibly dismal.

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 4:05 pm
  • TX YF – that’s “Better Off Dead” a great 80s movie. And it’s two dollars. ;)

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 4:05 pm
  • We’re about to find out.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • I pretty much want the Sox to lose this game…just to completely demonstrate how badly they’ve played.

    Devine August 21, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • Are you telling me that Kyle Farnsworth is going to pitch the ninth? I thought he was hobbling around on crutches?

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • Whenever there’s not much action in a game, the chances of an argument about A-Rod breaking out go waaaay up.

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • Heya Foulke, nice to have you back. Don’t suck too much, ‘kay?

    Devine August 21, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • Cora-Crisp-Loretta to bat.
    One of them has to get on to bring up The Big Man.

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • Rob, I am just saying if A-rod looked like he felt more comfortable in his skin don’t you think he would probably be thought of in a better light?
    He just seems like he is very uncomfortable with any camera in front of him…
    And again. I want to love the guy. and YES for an average MLB player he is having a great year. If he was making 14 million, and everyone in the line up around him wasn’t making him look worse and worse everytime he messes up, He would look great…. however 25mil or 14mil… he leads all MLB 3b with errors.

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • Foulke: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0R, 0BB, 2K. I’d say that’s not sucking.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • Farnsworth is coming on to pitch… underhand.
    ;^)

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • I just hope someone reminded Farnsworth he has a 103 MPH fastball– and that he should use it.
    Hey, Jeter.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • Oy. It IS Farnsworth. He will walk someone. Papi will get his chance.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • Jeter at short.

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • Oh yeah, it’s a good day. I’m just talking about Foulke’s long-term ability.

    Devine August 21, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • Kyle is going to bring the tough stuff. One out.

    walein August 21, 2006, 4:10 pm
  • if one man gets on and ortiz hits a game winning blast… I just want credit for writing todays script when he wiffed before.
    BTW… My satillite just kicked out, anyone down to give updates on what is going on

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 4:10 pm
  • Jeter at SS… heh, apparently Torre believes he’s a better defensive SS than Nick Green. I don’t really have a sense for Green’s abilities, but I really hope there isn’t a ground ball “past a diving Jeter” this inning.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 4:10 pm
  • Best…leadoff…hitter…ever.

    Devine August 21, 2006, 4:11 pm
  • Coco K’d!!!!!!

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • Crisp just struck out swinging at a dirt ball

    walein August 21, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • Gameday seems to have frozen up on me…

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • TX, 2 out. Loretta up. Ortiz on deck and the count is 0-1.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • DAMN YOU HARDCORE RAIN IN HOUSTON!!!

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • First pitch to loretta over the lower outside of the plate, Loretta hits it straight abck. Second pitch looked like Kyle took something off if it…Check swing strike. 0-2

    walein August 21, 2006, 4:13 pm
  • Ty dave

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 4:13 pm
  • Cora flied out to CF. Coco K’d. Loretta up as the last hope…

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 4:13 pm
  • Sweep

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 4:13 pm
  • Third pitch lined to Cano, who sort of reaches in a fake leap and catches it to end the game.

    walein August 21, 2006, 4:13 pm
  • Thank you, Sox.

    Devine August 21, 2006, 4:14 pm
  • There it is. The five-game sweep. Wow.

    Paul SF August 21, 2006, 4:14 pm
  • Line out to 2B. Ballgame. Yankees win, thaaaaaaaa Yankees win!!
    A 5 game sweep. I would have laughed in the face of anyone who predicted such a thing.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 4:14 pm
  • Punch-drunk.

    Devine August 21, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • not a bad monday.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • I was born in 1980. I missed the First Boston Massacre. Seeing the second is one of the greatest moments in my history with this ballclub. Thank you so much, guys. You reward me so often and so powerfully.

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 4:16 pm
  • and the rain stops… I hate you god.

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 4:17 pm
  • Ring the Liberty Bell!
    YES!!!!!!!!!

    MoForPrresident August 21, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • Ugly.

    Hudson August 21, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • this is almost as good as the feeling when in 2003 the tv station broadcasting game 7 showed the lines of drunk pissed RSF walking back home from the bar they were at after boone hit that beautiful shot

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • Wow. Five-game sweep in Fenway. 6.5 games ahead. Everything that will be said about this series will be said by people who get paid to write.
    Your division-clinching magic number is 33, with 39 games to play.

    yankeesnj August 21, 2006, 4:19 pm
  • TXYF is right: the best moment since the Boone homer.

    YF in DC August 21, 2006, 4:20 pm
  • I have to go with the July 1st, ’04 game. Most exciting, tense thing I ever saw at the Stadium. But this is really, really close.

    Dave August 21, 2006, 4:24 pm
  • I can’t wait to hear ESPN’s reaction to this on sports center and all the other talkin head shows. ESPECIALLY when before the all-star break, just about every one of them (cept stat boy) wrote the yankees off.

    TX YF August 21, 2006, 4:28 pm
  • I’m sure you’re right, TX.
    The Yankees will go onto hit .500 this year, and the Sox won’t win another in the next six weeks.
    Don’t they play four in NY later that could all but eliminate this weekend?

    Brad August 21, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • There be a whole lotta baseball left, but you gotta feel confident right now if you’re a Yankees fan.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 21, 2006, 4:43 pm
  • Oh, schadenfreude, the joy. Is there a more over-rated team in the bigs then the Sox? Um…no. With the exception of Big Sloppy, Boston doesn’t have a premier player on the team. Javy Lopez…haha. Coco Crisp! TEE HEE! Josh Beckett…HOHOHO! I can’t wait for the Sox to be eliminated, then the Yankees to lose to the Twins (teehee) in the first round of the playoffs.

    RobG August 21, 2006, 6:14 pm
  • Losing Varitek and Wakefield has been disastrous; agreed. But looking a little further back, so has the loss of Damon (as anyone who has been comparing Johnny and Coco this weekend can testify) and to some extent, Bronson Arroyo (tell me the Sox wouldn’t kill to have him back right now).

    Brian Ferris August 21, 2006, 9:40 pm

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