How the F*ck are we Tied for First?!: Sox-Twins Gamer IV

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  • Remember two weeks ago when Longoria had to sit out because of the lineup mixup, and the Rays lost the DH for the game? Well they put Longoria in the game for the final 3 innings, and apparently that shouldn’t have been allowed to happen. Way to screw things up, umpires.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:09 pm
  • I hate Longoria.
    Smug punk.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:13 pm
  • I’m on record as saying that Longoria has the world’s worst douche-bag face. Very punchable.
    Drew draws a walk. This lineup is a lot less fearsome without Bay.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:15 pm
  • Here in Chicago, it’s one word: douchebag.
    “Jagbag” or “jag” are reasonable substitutions.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:16 pm
  • Youk walks too. Okay Lowell, you’ve had two days rest. Show us what you’ve saved up for us.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:18 pm
  • The extent of my knowledge of Chicago pop culture revolves around Ferris Bueller.
    Lowell grounds out softly.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:19 pm
  • Waste two baserunners.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:19 pm
  • Don’t forget Wayne’s World, which was set in Aurora, Illinois (not far from here), but not filmed here.
    Cameron’s house in Ferris Bueller (the one where he trashed the Ferrari) is for sale: $2.3 million in Highland Park:

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:22 pm
  • Beckett strikes out Span by going up the ladder. Commander Kick-Ass has returned.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:22 pm
  • And Beckett Ks the side!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:26 pm
  • Just to weigh in on the earlier discussion, do people really find Longoria’s face that much more annoying than Teixeira’s? For whatever reason, Teixeira’s mug really bother me.
    And in other news, that’s a pretty sick first inning for Beckett. Let’s hope he keeps it up.

    stuck working May 28, 2009, 1:27 pm
  • Nice IBM! I’d buy it. That movie has one of the best baseball scenes in a non-baseball movie, where Cameron is saying “He cannot he cannot he cannot SaWING battah”
    I take it back, I drove to DeKalb to visit a friend back in January so I was reasonably close to Chicago.
    Beckett strikes out the side.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:27 pm
  • Equal to me, sw.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:27 pm
  • It would have been a good scene except it includes Harry Caray’s voice.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:29 pm
  • But you would love it if he played in Boston… ;)

    krueg May 28, 2009, 1:29 pm
  • Longoria’s face is worse than Teixeira’s. Teix’s face is big and goofy, whereas Longoria’s is more along the lines of that frat guy who used to try to hit on your girlfriend at college parties.
    Papi singles.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:30 pm
  • And it’s PAPI with the game’s first hit.
    He singles with authority.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:30 pm
  • HAH, ump throws the ball back about 40 feet. The look on his face was priceless.
    Krueg, we wouldn’t like his face… but we would ignore it ;-)

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:31 pm
  • Can we please — PLEASE — stay out of the DP?
    (And we do. Tek Ks.)

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:32 pm
  • Ath- I dunno. Maybe Longoria looks like the frat guy who’d hit on your girlfriend, but Teix looks to me like the kind of guy who’d just hit her, you know? A real meathead. (I’m just talking about when he’s playing, not necessarily in interviews, etc.)
    Anyway, can this PLEASE be the day that Papi gets over .200 once and for all? Wouldn’t that be nice?

    stuck working May 28, 2009, 1:32 pm
  • Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:33 pm
  • I smell a double-digit LOB day.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:34 pm
  • Ath- I was careful to specify that Teix only makes his meathead face on the field, so your publicity shot is neither here nor there.
    Also, the bottom of this lineup today is just brutal.

    stuck working May 28, 2009, 1:35 pm
  • On the other hand, A-Rod looks like the guy who’d hit on himself.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:35 pm
  • Maybe I’m a little biased because I liked Teix when he played for the Rangers. I dunno. But Longoria has that entitled look, as if he has been playing for 15 years and knows he’s a badass. Did you guys see where he screamed at a fan a few weeks ago after failing to catch the ball in foul territory? It was a moment that really makes you hate the guy. They were playing the Sox.
    Hey look the inning is over. At least it means Beckett can get back to his magic.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:36 pm
  • FOUR Ks!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:37 pm
  • Ahhh my back stuck.
    Beckett paints the corner for his 4th K. Pretty stuff.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:37 pm
  • Hey Crede, go fuck yourself.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:38 pm
  • Fucking Joe Creepy.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:38 pm
  • Hey look the ump is squeezing Beckett now.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:39 pm
  • Yes, ath, and the guy, a real goober-looking bozo, was wearing a Longoria T-shirt.
    And the ball was not catchable by Longoria.
    That sealed the deal for me: I went from hate to despise.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:40 pm
  • Yeah, I can understand being upset about missing a catch, but Longoria continued to yell and scream at the guy for about 15 seconds after the play. It’s one thing for fans to ridicule a fan for something like that, but a player? You just ruined that guy’s day, along with his young son who was with him.
    When I lived in Texas I got to meet Dean Palmer once, and he was a total asshole. I was maybe 8 years old at the time, and it ruined the baseball experience for me for about a month.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:42 pm
    No wait, it’s ball 4 because the ump’s strikezone is inconsistent. Lame.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:44 pm
  • 10 bucks with Dean Palmer it was the Flintstones vitamins talking, Ath.

    SF May 28, 2009, 1:44 pm
  • And just like that Beckett is imploding.
    Probably brooding about the Creepy home run.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:44 pm
  • I hate complaining about the strike zone, but I really want to complain about it here…

    stuck working May 28, 2009, 1:44 pm
  • Actually he didn’t say anything SF–I gave him a ball to sign and asked him something like who his favorite player was growing up, and he just stared at me after giving the ball back. He was signing autographs outside a grocery store on a Saturday morning, so he was probably hungover.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:45 pm
  • 34 pitches so far by Beckett and only one has been hit fair.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:46 pm
  • GIDP saves the day.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:48 pm
  • Beckett chatting with the ump after the inning-ending DP. Apparently he, too, thinks he’s getting squeezed.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:48 pm
  • ath, let me know the next time you’re out this way.
    I’m only about 20 minutes east of DeKalb.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 1:49 pm
  • I don’t mind a small strikezone, as long as it’s consistent. This strikezone is not: it was big for the first 1.5 innings, then suddenly got smaller for Beckett. He’s hitting the corners just as well as he was in the first, they’re just not getting called this time around.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 1:50 pm
  • > that frat guy who used to try to hit on your girlfriend at college parties
    he did me a favor.

    attackgerbil May 28, 2009, 1:58 pm
  • K.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 2:11 pm
  • Took her off your hands, eh AG? ;-)

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:16 pm
  • Well, if the 2nd inning was Beckett’s implosion, it looks like he’s gotten over it. Now let’s hope this lineup can score. At some point. Because it probably won’t be the 7-8-9 hitters that do it.

    stuck working May 28, 2009, 2:17 pm
  • TEK!
    Homer ties it!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 2:19 pm
  • Jason Varitek drinks your milkshake.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:19 pm
  • That there? Surprises the hell out of me every time.

    rootbeerfloat May 28, 2009, 2:19 pm
  • Heh.

    stuck working May 28, 2009, 2:19 pm
  • you know, Tek gets a lot of crap but if Papi was hitting .242 with 9 dingers they’d probably have a 3 game lead right about now.
    My god, that’s so sad. Are my expectations really so low now?

    ponch - sf May 28, 2009, 2:24 pm
  • Lugo with an 8-pitch walk? Shit yeah.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:25 pm
  • Ellsbury, bunt for a single. BUNT FOR A SINGLE!

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:25 pm
  • I knew if I talked enough sh*t about Tek & Lugo they’d step up…

    stuck working May 28, 2009, 2:26 pm
  • I don’t understand why Ellsbury wasn’t bunting there. Best-case scenario: you get a single. Worst: it’s a sac bunt.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:30 pm
  • Hey look, the strikezone is big again.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:33 pm
  • Just as confused over here, Ath….

    rootbeerfloat May 28, 2009, 2:33 pm
  • Another easy inning for Beckett.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:34 pm
  • Papi.
    My spidey sense is tingling …

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 2:42 pm
  • Five fastballs all in the zone and Papi can only foul them off. Sigh.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:45 pm
  • But it is a long AB, ath. …

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 2:45 pm
  • Another one right in the zone and he misses it. I was expecting a changeup there, so maybe he was too.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:46 pm
  • FUCK!
    Must have been gas or indigestion.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 2:46 pm
  • Papi breaks his bat in half over his knee.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:48 pm
  • 8 91-92 mph 4 seamers in a row over the plate, according to Gameday. So even rookies aren’t afraid of Papi now. What to do, what to do?

    ponch - sf May 28, 2009, 2:48 pm
  • Pretty pitch strikes out Span.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:51 pm
  • Hey ump stop being inconsistent.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:51 pm
  • HAH, make-up call for strike one. About a foot off the plate.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:52 pm
  • with regards to the “who looks like a bigger tool: longoria vs. teixeira?”, teixeira wins hands down. it’s not even a contest.

    sf rod May 28, 2009, 2:54 pm
  • Beckett makes Kubel look like a child.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 2:58 pm

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:01 pm
  • Oh, captain, my motherfucking captain!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 3:01 pm
  • toasty! x2

    sf rod May 28, 2009, 3:01 pm
  • Oh my God, that was hit outrageously far.

    Devine May 28, 2009, 3:02 pm
  • This should be it for Swayzee.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 3:02 pm
  • Tolbert is no Willy Mays; Bailey on 2nd.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:03 pm
  • Tez has 10 homers.
    Holy fucking shit.
    Who called that one on April 1?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 3:03 pm
  • If someone had told me that on May 28 Varitek would have 10x as many homers as Ortiz, without Ortiz going on the DL, I would have called them crazy.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:04 pm
  • Bunted ball hits Lugo while he’s still in the batters box; Gardenhire loses his shit about it.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:07 pm
  • Lugo sees 6 pitches before advancing the runner to third. Good times.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:09 pm
  • this would be a great time for jacoby to extend his hit streak to 23.

    sf rod May 28, 2009, 3:12 pm
  • Ellsbury gets hit. Goddamnit, we want a hit!

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:13 pm
  • Break this fucking game open!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 3:14 pm
  • Live, I thought Bailey was out. No replay for me yet.

    Devine May 28, 2009, 3:16 pm
  • Bailey gets a hand in there to score the run, Gardenhire, Redmond go nuts, get tossed.
    Fun at the ballpark.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 3:16 pm
  • Bailey tags up and scores, he looked out by a LOT. Redmond immediately tossed, replay shows he was tagged before touching the back of home plate.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:17 pm
  • Twins lose the DH.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 3:17 pm
  • Obie and Joe say one replay shows him out, another shows that Bailey got his hand in there ahead of the tag.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 3:18 pm
  • That’s one rule I never understood: why can’t the DH (Mauer) move into another position, and then a bench player take over as DH? That has never made sense to me.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:19 pm
  • On the replay…I’d say it was closer than I thought, but he was just out. Could be wrong.

    Devine May 28, 2009, 3:20 pm
  • I agree Devine, the replay shows that he was clearly out. Though it was close because Mauer hesitated on the tag.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:22 pm
  • Brendan Harris:
    Loves to face: Four-seam
    Hates to face: Fastball
    Come on Gameday, isn’t it a little late in the season to still have these errors?

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:23 pm
  • what the hell jsut happened?

    rootbeerfloat May 28, 2009, 3:25 pm
  • Baseball likes to have a few utterly nonsensical and overly complicated rules (cf. dropped strike 3, batter can try to make it safe to 1B UNLESS first base is occupied with less than 2 out). It adds to the romance of the game. Or something.

    Mark - YF May 28, 2009, 3:25 pm
  • OH SHIT, Varitek loses it in place for Beckett and gets tossed. Francona follows.
    Good job Varitek for doing it before Beckett lost it.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:25 pm
  • Two manages and two catchers tossed in a day…just don’t throw in Beckett…
    Sucks that our hitter of the day is out of the lineup.

    Devine May 28, 2009, 3:25 pm
  • Was all of that really over a ball call?

    rootbeerfloat May 28, 2009, 3:27 pm
  • Varitek deserves a lot of credit, he did that solely to protect Beckett from getting tossed. The first pitch of that at-bat was a curveball RIGHT down the middle, and that strike-three pitch was right on the corner as well.
    Seriously, great job by Varitek.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:27 pm
  • What it Tito’s excuse?

    rootbeerfloat May 28, 2009, 3:27 pm
  • Fuck, I had to do some work.
    Why did Tek and Tito get run?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 3:27 pm
  • He’s been inconsistent all night RBF, and in that at-bat there were two perfect pitches that he didn’t call.
    Beckett immediately screamed “GOD FUCKING DAMNIT YOU COCKSUCKER” (thanks to the cameraman for showing that immediately after it happened), and after a few moments Varitek hopped up and got in the ump’s face to divert attention away from Beckett.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:28 pm
  • Tito was just going out there to backup Varitek; can’t let him sit there and get tossed without going out there himself to get a piece of the action.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:29 pm
  • Wow, just looked back at the game stats, am waiting to see a replay, but how was the first pitch to Harris called a ball!?

    SF May 28, 2009, 3:31 pm
  • Wow Beckett still getting squeezed. He’s still muttering under his breath too.
    Beckett and Kottaras not on the same page.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:33 pm
  • now watching, the first pitch in this at-bat was pretty damn good, too.

    SF May 28, 2009, 3:33 pm
  • Great, now the lead run is at the dish.

    SF May 28, 2009, 3:33 pm
  • Welcome to the party SF, that’s what Beckett has been dealing with all night. You can see why Varitek had to get himself tossed.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:34 pm
  • Hyperbole or did the camera really catch Beckett saying that?

    Mark - YF May 28, 2009, 3:34 pm
  • Oof. Restart heart. Well done, Josh.

    SF May 28, 2009, 3:35 pm
  • At least Beckett is sorting his sh*t out this May, if Lester and Matsuzaka are not.

    Devine May 28, 2009, 3:35 pm
  • Camera immediately went to Beckett’s face after the pitch, saw him say it live Mark.
    Another great outing by Beckett; hopefully Papelbon doesn’t blow this lead again.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:37 pm
  • I just watched the actual video of that first pitch to Harris. Curveball with break that clearly fooled the umpire since Tek caught it on the outside black. It probably crossed the plate 2 or 3″ further over the middle.
    And whomever is doing color commentary for NESN sounds EXACTLY like Sam Kinison. It’s eerie.

    SF May 28, 2009, 3:39 pm
  • Ortiz goes 1-for-4 and his BA goes up.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 28, 2009, 3:40 pm
  • Quick inning for the Sox. Kottaras/Bailey/Lugo in the 9th; if one of them gets on then Ellsbury will get a chance to extend his streak.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:40 pm
  • It’s Ron Coomer, SF. He’s okay, but kind of a homer for the Twins.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:41 pm
  • Oki vs four straight lefties.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:42 pm
  • I really hope they can pull off this split. I’m NOT looking forward to seeing the Jays at their house after their 0-9 road trip. Seems like they’re bound to turn it around…

    Devine May 28, 2009, 3:44 pm
  • From 3-0 to swinging K. It’s a beautiful thing, Oki. Now the terrifying portion of the order.

    Devine May 28, 2009, 3:45 pm
  • The ump’s strikezone is suddenly large for Oki.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:46 pm
  • I am just waiting for Coomer to start yelling to Orsillo “SAY IT! SAY IT! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGH!!!!”.
    or “IT’S SAND!!!!!!!!!!”.

    SF May 28, 2009, 3:48 pm
  • Mauer can’o’corn. Two down.

    SF May 28, 2009, 3:50 pm
  • Okajima is a good relief pitcher.

    Devine May 28, 2009, 3:51 pm
  • That movie you’re referring to (Back To School, right?) is probably the only good thing he’s been in. Aside from that I hate him.
    Oki out of the inning after 15 pitches.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:51 pm
  • Kottaras singles; we will see Ellsbury, barring a DP or something bad.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:53 pm
  • like that?

    rootbeerfloat May 28, 2009, 3:53 pm
  • Well fuck me, huh?

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:53 pm
  • Lugo crushes a ball at Crede, who makes a good play on it. Damnit.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 3:54 pm
  • Reassure the doubters, Paps. Sorry, Ellsbury.

    Devine May 28, 2009, 3:55 pm
  • Kinison is/was a total genius. Back to School is a totally minor sideshow from his comedy.

    SF May 28, 2009, 3:56 pm
  • Quickly behind 2-0 to Crede. Come on, Paps.

    SF May 28, 2009, 4:01 pm
  • dammit!

    rootbeerfloat May 28, 2009, 4:01 pm
  • I’ve seen maybe 10 minutes of standup from him, and I wasn’t really a fan. Maybe I saw some of his less funny stuff.
    Hey look, Papelbon wants Ellsbury to get another chance to extend the hit streak.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 4:02 pm
  • Papelbon gets a lucky out #2. Why does his stuff look so underwhelming tonight? Isn’t he supposed to pitch faster than 95?

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 4:04 pm
  • it’s not just tonight, Ath. Paps has been hittable on more than one occasion….

    rootbeerfloat May 28, 2009, 4:05 pm
  • 0-2…two outs…

    SF May 28, 2009, 4:05 pm
  • high…outside…2-2. Grrrr.

    SF May 28, 2009, 4:06 pm
  • K!
    Game. Good win, Bayless.

    SF May 28, 2009, 4:06 pm
  • Great location from Paps. Good win too.
    Onward to Toronto, where we get to miss Halladay yet again. I’m cool with that.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 4:08 pm
  • A W and a split is great considering the mostly-sucky offense in this series (7 runs in the last 3 games, 13 in the whole series).

    Devine May 28, 2009, 4:10 pm
  • “Camera immediately went to Beckett’s face after the pitch, saw him say it live Mark.”
    That’s great. I love when the camera catches player swearing. And while not normally a Beckett supporter, I heartily condone any and all criticisms of the piss-poor state of Umpire strike calling.

    Mark - YF May 28, 2009, 4:40 pm
  • Yeah, sadly because of that they probably won’t show it much more. The ump today was just awful though, it was painful for both sides. Okajima got a lot of favorable calls that helped him out.
    Though the other day when Eck accidentally said “Shit” when reading Youkilis’ lips after getting hit by a Santana pitch was hilarious.

    Atheose May 28, 2009, 5:09 pm
  • Check out the highlight on It’s the Twins broadcast, you can plainly hear him yell “God damn it! That was fucking *can’t tell what the word is*”

    Devine May 29, 2009, 12:42 am
  • HAHA wow Devine, I watched the replay and didn’t hear it at all, then cranked the volume up and it’s clear as day. Good times!

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 7:38 am

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