I Laugh To Keep From Crying: Yanks-Sox Gamer IX

Unless you think it’s already too late, this is probably the Yankees’ biggest game of the season thus far, and Andy Pettitte — who has not received any significant run support since roughly 2003 — will take the mound against the blogosphere’s own Curt Schilling. It’s hard to overstate just how much the Yanks need a win tonight. You have to expect a good game out of Schilling, and it should be an exciting matchup… but don’t get your hopes up, Sox fans. I mean, after all, he’s no Julian Tavarez.
Anyway, I realize the team has bigger issues right now, but this has been a pet peeve of mine for years now: Yankee fans, can we all agree that enough is enough with the “Red Sox Suck” chants? And are there any SFs out there who feel my pain here? Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the obscenity issue — I curse like a sailor, and will happily do so in front of small children. It’s just that it’s so excruciatingly unoriginal. New York is a city full of writers and artists and intellectuals: is this really the best we can do? I’m not at all sure that this year’s team can crawl out from under its ten-game deficit, but I am confident that Yankee fans can do better on the Stadium insult front, if we just put our heads together.

Comment on all the action here, as the Yanks fight for their AL East lives and, sitting in the bleachers, I try to think of something that rhymes with "fake blood".

214 comments… add one
  • If they want to crawl out of a double digit hole, they should start having winning streaks of greater than two. That would be a good start.

    Lar May 23, 2007, 5:49 pm
  • hehehe good post…not to get all gushy, but i love your contributions to my favorite blogs. keep it up!!

    tom yf May 23, 2007, 5:51 pm
  • Giambi could be an “intake bud”. It’s gangly, but it rhymes.

    SF May 23, 2007, 5:53 pm
  • New York is a city full of writers and artists and intellectuals: is this really the best we can do?
    Ya but most of them root for the Mets :p

    Anonymous May 23, 2007, 5:57 pm
  • Amen Emma, it’s a battle the evolved Red Sox fans have been fighting for years against the absurd but ever present “Yankees Suck!” chant.
    I applaud your parallel efforts.

    LocklandSF May 23, 2007, 6:01 pm
  • I distinctly heard a “fuck you Drew” chant from right field on the YES feed last night. Cavemen. And not the used-to-be-funny-but-I’m-over-it GEICO kind.

    tom yf May 23, 2007, 6:11 pm
  • Totally agree about the chant Emma. It’s like if the Yanks started playing Dirty Water after a win.
    Suggestions for a new chant
    – “Ketch-up” (like Daaaaryl)
    – “Bos-ton Lo-sers” Ba ba ba-ba-ba
    – “Ben-ja-min Affleck” Ba ba ba-ba-ba
    – “Here YOU choke Red Sox here YOU choke”
    – “Melky’s better!!!” (only works against Coco)
    – “First place sucks!!!”

    Tyrel SF May 23, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • I hate the “your team here” sucks chants as well. What drives me even more nuts is when you hear them and the teams arent even playing each other. ie a yankees suck chant when the sox are playing the Rays, etc

    sam YF May 23, 2007, 6:24 pm
  • Pedroia is in the lineup tongiht, which I like. No more of this Platoon with Cora stuff. I think it will not only improve PEdroia’s play, but I just have a hunch that Cora will continue his hot streak better as a bench guy. Occasionally in late in games if the matchup dictates, or an occasional start to give guys rest.

    Dionysus May 23, 2007, 6:36 pm
  • Pete recently reported, “The Yankees met with Carl Pavano and his agent today and he was given the go-ahead to get Tommy John elbow surgery.”
    Our long vigil is over. *snuffs candle*
    Makes me feel a lot better about the time when I was in school and blew 40 bucks on a bag of fake weed.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 6:42 pm
  • Hi, please forgive the cut-and-paste comment.
    I’ve started a petition to tell Major League Baseball that a significant number of fans dislike interleague play and want it abolished.
    Please visit Petition to End Interleague Play (http://www.petitiononline.com/mlb2007/petition.html) and read it. If you agree, please sign it and consider posting it on your blog.
    I’m hoping to spread the word among serious baseball fans. I realize it may do very little, but I thought it was time we stop complaining to each other and tell management how we feel. Thank you!

    L-girl May 23, 2007, 6:53 pm
  • I have a pathetic admission to make. Since watching thinking reading writing Yankees baseball has been such a depressing endeavor lately, I have spent a good part of the day daydreaming about whether the Trailblazers should take Oden or Durant, and trying to figure out if I can afford season tickets to the Rose Garden. Right in the middle of my favorite rivalry! There’s no way the NBA fan in me should be able to nose in on that. Anyway, 99% of me says “What, are you insane? Take Oden!” “1% says four words for you, rodent: Sam Bowie Michael Jordan”. Any Celtic fans want to punch something today?

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 6:57 pm
  • I’m not opposed to inter-league play in principle, but I don’t like the way it’s set up now. The whole “natural rivalry” thing is unfair, and with the exception of a few teams, feels pretty contrived.
    I’d rather see it be scheduled the way the NFL does- every team in one division plays all the teams in another. That way, the schedule is more balanced.

    Ayuh - SF May 23, 2007, 6:59 pm
  • There are still Celtics fans out there?

    SF May 23, 2007, 7:00 pm
  • > a significant number of fans dislike interleague play and want it abolished
    Good luck with that. The “significant number” is far less than the number that like it or don’t give a hoot; it’s here to stay. And for the record, I despise interleague play.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:00 pm
  • I can’t believe noone has alluded to the other “competition” this evening: Jordin vs. Blake.

    SF May 23, 2007, 7:02 pm
  • Was happy to see that the ESPN game was being covered by Orel…the bad news ( and I always repress knowing this and therefore am always unpleasantly surprised)
    Chris Bermann…ughhh

    walein May 23, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • ESPN is blacked out here in Vermont- I’m watching the game on NESN.
    But guess what- the alternate that ESPN is showing is Clemens’ minor-league start!

    Ayuh - SF May 23, 2007, 7:06 pm
  • Let’s go!

    Devine May 23, 2007, 7:06 pm
  • > There are still Celtics fans out there?
    There’s two. And they invented a drinking game this afternoon where you have to say “Yi Jianlian” five times fast or pound a Pabst tallboy. Both were under the table by 5:30.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:08 pm
  • I burned my Larry Legend shirt years ago.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • I finally saw the footage of the slide last night. Not really sure how I feel about it.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Papi goes down swinging

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Crisp picked off at second on a close play. Not sure why we had him running with Manny at the plate.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Stupid to try to steal there, I think. Manny’s good for doubles and homers (whereas stealing last night with 2 out and Lugo up made sense).

    Devine May 23, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Looks like Cano missed the tag after watching that replay.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Makeup call from last night.

    Ayuh - SF May 23, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • We need your big game Schill.
    And already the circus in the outfield WMP strikes bobbling the ball and allowing Damon to get to 2nd.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • I agree that from my view on a smallish tv, Cano didn’t get the tag down in time, but I guess he was out by appearance.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • WHy is WMP in the game?

    Dionysus May 23, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • I’m kind of resigned to losing this game for some reason (I think it’s Schilling’s last two shaky outings), but I’d love to be surprised.

    Devine May 23, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Schill better get some outs if he plans on hitting A-rod.

    rootbeerfloat May 23, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • to torment us already….makes no effort to throw home.
    I hate WMP.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Uhg. I think this game is gonna go rather badly.

    Dionysus May 23, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Pedroia almost makes a great play on a hard shot by Jeter the other way, but it ends up costing a run as WMP can’t get to the deflection off Pedroia’s glove in time to prevent Damon from scoring.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • No reason he can’t turn it around, but I don’t think he’s thrown a first-pitch strike yet.

    Devine May 23, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • ALright. I’m done with Pena. There’s no room for him as a DH on our team and his offense does not make up for his defense. Taht should have been a SINGLE and no run should have been scored right now.

    Dionysus May 23, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • I’m kind of resigned to losing this game for some reason (I think it’s Schilling’s last two shaky outings), but I’d love to be surprised.
    I feel the same way – I feel like last night’s win was really big, and that today was going to be something of a letdown. Plus Curt hasn’t been great lately, I thought the Yankees had a very clear pitching advantage tonight.

    SF May 23, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Jeter ties Mr. Coffee. Congrats, Captain.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • We out to cut WMP and call up Ellersby and have him be the 4th outfielder.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • WMP is probably in the game to give Drew a break against the lefty. Not that Drew has hit righties lately, but I think that’s the reasoning.

    SF May 23, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Oh so Drew CHOSE to sit out DESPIT a good record against Pettite.
    Ok Drew.. do you understand you’ve eroded ALL your hot start good will, you freakin’ bum?

    Dionysus May 23, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • odd thing is that Drew has very good career numbers against Pettitte. I think.

    Nick-YF May 23, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Matsui hits a foul ball that Berman way oversells. I’m so glad that it’s loud and I can barely hear Leather.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • from Nick Cafardo
    “4. J.D. Drew had the option of playing or sitting out against Pettitte, and elected to sit it out despite being 6-for-14 with two homers and two RBI against the lefty Pettitte”

    Dionysus May 23, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Man this is gonna get bad tonight. At least the bases are cleared and Schill can start over.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Matsui makes it 3-0 NY on the dinger to right.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Hideki!!!

    Nick-YF May 23, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Yay!! We got an out!!

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Well, folks, we’ve lsot this one. Schilling’s got nothign, Wily Mo is playing, and IM gonna go play my new purchase of Kingdom Hearts.

    Dionysus May 23, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Historically, when Schil is in the 92-94 mph range with his FB he’s fine…tonight he’s in the 88-91 range…not so good.
    If he can weather the storm here in the 1st inning, we have a shot. If not, the game is ova.

    jp-sf May 23, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Jesus, Dio. You sure give up quick.

    Devine May 23, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • ARod hits it high and hard, 10 feet short of the wall in right center for the first out. Jorge grounds out to first for two away.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Yay!! Two outs!!
    Now Schilling is trying to pitch.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Who is this Ellersby character?

    Nate=Soxfan May 23, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Wow, I mean, 3-0 in the first with your pitcher throwing BP isn’t exactly an easy ride, but come on, D – giving up already? Can’t you at least wait until we’re down 5 or 6 runs (shouldn’t be too long!)?

    SF May 23, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Abreu singles to right. Looks like Bobby has turned a corner. But we should wait and see if he can do this against major league pitching…
    Now Abreu gets picked off first to end the inning.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Momentum shift.
    (Not really.)

    Devine May 23, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Schill using the full repitiore and picking off Abreau.
    Will be interesting to see the replay.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Thank God Abreu is an idiot.

    jp-sf May 23, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Really, SF, its the Drew thing that does me in. He has good numbers against the guy and CHOOSES to sit out? Way to not try, JD. Wya to not care.

    Dionysus May 23, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Wait for the firestorm over Drew. The guys’ played almost every game, he’s in a massive slump, he may still be hiding a sore back from that run into the wall, and the Sox have a frickin’ 10.5 game lead. But just wait: he’ll bear the brunt of criticism from YFs and SFs alike tomorrow for being a wimp. I hope I am wrong about this, it would renew my faith in humanity. But I don’t have my hopes up. Somehow, JD will be blamed for Curt having nothing right now.

    SF May 23, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Abreu finds another way to kill rallies. I wish I could make this up.
    Schill at 23 pitches after 1. 3-0 Yanks.

    Lar May 23, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • God, Dio, you beat me to it, I didn’t even see your post.
    So much for my renewed faith…

    SF May 23, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Oh ya, AP with 15 pitches after 1. For the two of you that appreciates me tallying the PC!

    Lar May 23, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Youk with a rap to the lf corner for a leadoff double in the 2nd.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • This game jsut has everythign goign wrogn for it.
    1. Curt doesnt have his stuff (third time in a row now.. get it together Curt)
    2. WIly Mo Pena is Playing.
    3. Drew is a wimp
    4. Coco makes a STUPID attempt to steal there. Pettite almost picked him off and clearly has his eye on the guy. Ahead of manny with 2 outs? Don’;t steal!

    Dionysus May 23, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Nate… actually spelled Ellsbury (I bamboozled the original spelling). He is our top positional player in the minors. Currently at Pawtuket.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Youk is on f’ing fire.

    jp-sf May 23, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Why would YF caer about JD Drew? It’s not like he’s injury prone or anything.. ;)
    Now we (thus far) getting the run support for AP this game. Let’s hope he takes advantage of it.
    And before I can finish that Yook doubles with one out.

    Lar May 23, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • All those in favor of extending Curt Schilling right now, shout!
    All those thrilled about Moose’s two year deal, shout!

    SF May 23, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • If the Sox make a game of it, I’ll have no perspective and start getting mad, but right now, I might as well be on a sedative.
    At worst, the season series is 6-3, the Sox avoided a sweep on the road, and they’re up 9.5.

    Devine May 23, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Not a leadoff double, gerbil. Manny flew out on the SECOND pitch
    So add
    5. They are not workign the count.

    Dionysus May 23, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Rumor has it a PETA activist through a can of paint on Youk’s beard last night outside Tavern On The Green.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Oops. I missed Manny’s AB, and misspelt threw.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Not working counts…they were pretty bad innings 2-6 yesterday, but the only game I really got pissy about on that score was the Rangers game with Robinson Tejeda (sp?) pitching.

    Devine May 23, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Rumor has it a PETA activist through a can of paint on Youk’s beard last night outside Tavern On The Green
    After which Youk and his band of 300 Spartans took down the entire PETA organization.

    jp-sf May 23, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • 11 pitch inning for Pettite

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • AP works around it, and relatively efficient at that, 26 pitches after 2.
    Though 10 of those 26 pitches were balls, so are the Sox too aggressive?

    Lar May 23, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Giambi goes down swinging on a breaking pitch.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Cano pulling a Crisp? I went to the loo, did they do a shift on him or something?

    Anonymous May 23, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Cano pulling a Crisp? I went to the loo, did they do a shift on him or something?

    Lar May 23, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Cano beats out a dribbler to the right side of the mound that Curt gets to but can’t make the throw in time to have a play.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Doug down looking.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Schill seems to be really worried about Cano.

    Lar May 23, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Note to Julio, if you can’t hit leadoff, you better play defense.

    Anonymous May 23, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Uh-oh. Damon hits to the right of Lugo, who tries a backwards leaping throw that he deposits in right field. Cano advances to third; the umps talk about whether or not Youk obstructed Damon from advancing (I don’t think he did; he was in position to field a throw on a play). Jeter up with two away, runners on first/third.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Can someone field a ground ball?

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • 2 out hits. Well, and an error, but two out hits!
    Captain Clutch adds a run. That’s kind of nice, just in case.

    Lar May 23, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Now Jeter caroms a ball off of Lowell’s glove for a single to score Cano and advance Damon to second. Lugo recovered the ball but had no play.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Sounds like I am not missing anything, not being able to catch much of the game. The Sox apparently put about as much effort into showing up for this contest as I have…

    SF May 23, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Hideki lifts a 1-2 to left, where Manny fields it to end the inning.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Schill now at 44 pitches after 2. 4-0 Yanks.

    Lar May 23, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Serrano at the plate

    Rob May 23, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Anyone else feeling the Sox-Yanks fatigue like I am? It’s not that I don’t love the head-to-heads, but at this point (and in two weeks it will be even worse with the whole Clemens soap opera) it really seems like this is a weekly occurrence. The schedule-makers stacked the season so early with these games, I am frankly looking forward to seeing a variety of other teams, whatever the results may be.

    Anonymous May 23, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • DPod singles

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • “Chris Berman, Steve Phillips and Orel Hersheiser with you in the booth.”
    It sounds like a nightmare scene written by the Coen brothers. “Trapped in an elevator. Berman, Phillips, Hersheiser, and you. The wallpaper bleeds.” Or at least 2/3 of a nightmare.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • That was me, about the Sox-Yanks fatigue.

    SF May 23, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Agree Anon..we need a break to see how the season is going to play out. If the Yanks catch up/Sox fall back it will be nice to see other teams get played.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Berman, Phillips, Morgan. That’s worse, Gerb. That’s the “Huis Clos” of baseball announcing.

    SF May 23, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Everytime I see that slide I get mixed feelings.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • come on Papi…make it a game again.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Anon: yes, there most certainly can be too much of a good thing.
    Crisp singles up the middle off of Pettitte. for two outs to Papi, who can tighten this game up quickly.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Or not.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • At some point we are going to learn to not swing at the first pitch.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Anon was me…

    SF May 23, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Pettite 15 pitches that inning…40 total

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • I’m looking forward to seeing the Sox-Yanks game I’m going to Fenway for next week (my first Sox-Yanks game at Fenway), but yeah, the shoving of 2/3 of the Sox-Yanks match-ups into the first 1/3 of the season makes it a little stale now.

    Devine May 23, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • 2.0 innings deep, and Schilling at 50 pitches. My my my.

    Devine May 23, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • > Berman, Phillips, Morgan. That’s worse, Gerb. That’s the “Huis Clos” of baseball announcing.
    Referencing Sartre? I gotta crush on you. As much as Morgan kicks me in the brisket, he casts a moonlit shadow compared to the intensity of my loathing of Leather calling a baseball game.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • I think part of it is that there’s no time to come down to get back up for the series. And I am not sure pushing more games to August and September is the answer either, that would be like those game shows where the final question, after like 20 minutes of 5 point questions, you get a “final super question” for like 3500 points, rendering the first 20 minutes meaningless.

    SF May 23, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • But Berman is there either way, he’s the play-by-play guy. Phillips is the idiot “insider”, and Morgan subs for Hershiser as the “former player who can say three syllable words”. So Berman is there no matter what.
    That’s why it’s hell, Gerb.

    SF May 23, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Thank god, Snyder warming up.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Dpod turns two

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Alright guys, time to score some runs and make things slightly entertaining for us.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Yeah…at this point I’d like to see a 5-2, or dare I ask it, a 5-3 game, just to feel something besides apathy about this game.

    Devine May 23, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • What just happened there? Ball off the glove. Gameday is uninformative.

    Devine May 23, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • “Ball off the glove?” I mean (question mark).

    Devine May 23, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • > That’s why it’s hell.
    SF: You’re right. Ninth circle all the way.
    I started thinking about what you said about the constant barrage of Sox/Yanks, games or otherwise. Is it good for the game in general, this constant trumpeting of “The Rivalry”, and the two team’s exploits over every other team? I guess I understand due to the marketing dollars involved that ESPN pounds the Yanks and Sox into the baseball segment on every production, and selfishly it works for me, but if I’m, say, a Brewers or Tribe fan, who are having phenomenal seasons in their own, how put-off would I be that my team can’t get 30 seconds on Sportscenter, but speedy Jason playing for a team 10 out gets 5 minutes? Come to think of it, I get all the Yanks Sox I need proactively. I would love more insight into the rest of the league, because you have to work quite a bit harder to track baseball outside of the rivalry. And I live in the Pac NW! I wonder, from the player’s perspective, if this perennial MagnaHype fatigues them, and they get tired of the dog-and-pony crap but can’t say word one because it’s their bread and butter?

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • The Suck A%$ express rolling high and hard tonight as MINKY with an upper deck shot to left off Schilling.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Okay, when Doug Mientkiewicz hits one off the third deck facade you have stepped into the Twilight Zone.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Doug actually hitched his step for a second to admire that shot. It’s probably the longest home run he’s ever hit. Man, he did kill it.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Last inning Pettite threw 9 pitches, let’s see if maybe, just maybe someone can make him go to a full count, just for sh**s and giggles.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Any Sox fans wondering why the team didn’t extend Schilling now? 40 year-old pitchers not named “Roger” are simply a tremendous gamble. Schill has sucked for three starts now – anybody getting worried?

    SF May 23, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • If I was Minky I would have pimped that shot also.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Based on recent results, it appears Curt picked a good time to ramp up his MMORPG endeavors.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • SF..I was worried when I first saw Schill this year. The guy looks like Snackwells put an APB out on him. The guy may need to evaluate his thoughts for next year. Granted it is still “early” in the season and hopefully once the weather stabilizes, he will.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • I’m out for a couple innings. Time to be Mr. Mom. Great dialogue tonight, thanks guys.
    BTW: I’m not blind to the fact I might feel better because Schilling decided to do his Igawa impersonation as contributing to my good humor. Good luck, *insert your team here*.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Abreau goes to the WMP school of fielding and drops a liner.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • abrEu? WTF. okay. gone for a bit.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Stepped away from work to come back to a happier setting. Nice.
    That’s the kind of scratching out runs I was hoping to see yesterday – not that I minded seeing it today!
    Schill actually settling down, in terms of pitch counts.
    And now DP gets on by an error by Abreu. I thought (and feel free to correct me) he was a Gold Glover or at least a Gold Glove candidate at some point? What the fudge?

    Lar May 23, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Sox with first real attempt tonight to put runs on the board. Runners at 1/2 with no outs.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Pettite with cat like reflexes snags the liner and doubles WMP off 2nd.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Boston Sux chant starts
    Coco flies out foul to 3rd.
    Inning Over

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Line drive double play – when it rains, it pours. Well, at least you got your almost double-digit lead to sit on.
    I actually didn’t feel so bad about yesterday – it wasn’t good, obviously, but it felt like “just one of those days”.
    Unforunately, reality is telling me that the Yanks already spent too many “one of those those days”. But the Yanks just feel better for me.
    Now let’s see them put together some streaks of wins..
    (First, they have to not blow a 6-0 lead, of course..)

    Lar May 23, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Meanwhle, AP gets Crisp out. 65 pitches after 5 – very efficient for AP. Also, starting at 10 strikes and 16 balls for his first 26 pitches (as commented above), he’s actually threw 32 of the next (last) 39 pitches for strikes.
    End of 5, it’s 6-0 Yanks.

    Lar May 23, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Obvious mistake here – that sould be end of 4 and a half.
    Matsui grounds out after a few pitches.

    Lar May 23, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Lar…really do not see any need to fear blowing a lead tonight. With the way the Sox batters are making Pettitte work tonight he should be around for the 8th/9th inning.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • ARod helping out Schill with a one pitch ground out.

    Lar May 23, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Standing O
    our 1st 1-2-3 inning of the game.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Posada out, School gets out of it, 1-2-3. 74 pitches after 5, settling down, if slightly late.

    Lar May 23, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Papi goes down again

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Manny with a nice double to deep center. Just off the middle of the wall.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Youk strikes out…2 down

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Lowell “the machine” doubles to the gap in right center scoring Manny.
    Down 6-1

    Rob May 23, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Thanks for the play by play, Rob. Gameday has crapped out on me, so I need the assistance.

    Devine May 23, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Tek flies out to right. Pettitte works that inning (finally) and now is at 92 pitches.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • No problem, just sitting here watching suck fest 07.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Schill back out to start the 6th. Starts Abreau off 3-0

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Abreau grounds out to 1st, Youk flips ball to Schill for the out.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Donnelly up in the pen.
    Giambi grounds out to Pedroia playing shallow outfield.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Sorry, Giambi flied out

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Cano singles to right

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Minky bloops one to left.
    Clemens throws 102 pitches tonight and leaves in the 5th.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Clemens had 10 base runners in the game tonight at the AA level.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Wow, I have been away from here for a few weeks and I come back to some new contributors, nice.
    Not sure if Emma is making the comment about Yankee fans chanting tongue in cheek or it’s a serious comment, so if it isn’t serious I apologize in advance. If it is, you have got to be kidding. I go to about 10-15 games per season and they only time Yankee fans chant Boston Sucks, is when they play Boston. I have been at Patriots-Jets games, Red Sox-Devil Ray and other assorted Sox games and Knicks-Celtics games and heard Yankees Suck, Yankees Suck. My personal favorite is Jeter Swallows, but I have never heard that other then Yankees-Sox games.

    Triskaidekaphobia May 23, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Damon with shallow fly to left. Inning over.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • WMP hits sawed off bat shot into left for the out.
    The bat actually flew into shallow left, by about 5 feet.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • only time Yankee fans chant Boston Sucks, is when they play Boston
    Trisk, I think the point is that Emma thinks that even this is too much, that the cheer is unclever even in limited deployment. I have to say I agree, with the Boston deployment of it even more criminally sub-mental.

    SF May 23, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Lugo grounds out to 2nd. Inning over.
    Pettitte PC at 106

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Clemens with 6H, 5K and 4BB

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Creative, hardly. So if that’s the point, I agree.

    Triskaidekaphobia May 23, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Donnelly now in the game.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Is it me or is Manny playing extremely shallow tonight?

    Triskaidekaphobia May 23, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Jeter hits a shot to the gap in left center that goes by/over a shallow Manny that goes to the wall and allows Jeter to get a triple.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Yes Trisk he has been very shallow on a number of plays tonight. It was good earlier on a real low bloop by Damon. It definately burned us this time.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Matsui singles, Jeter scores.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • ARod with a long fly ball out to left.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Posada punched out looking.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Farnsworth in, gives up a homerun to Crisp.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Not sure what is really worse, Minky cranking one off you or Crisp.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Mariano warming up in the pen.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Papi draws the walk.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Manny flies the first pitch out to Abreau for the 1st out.
    Shaking my head in disgust, Farnsworth has not looked good and Manny did not make him work.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Farnsworth in a moment of utter brainyness decided to try and make a move to 1st to check Papi is called for balk.
    Youk then singles to center, Papi scores from 2nd.
    7-3…really makes me mad now regarding Manny’s AB.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Proctor has been up and is supposedly ready in the BP.
    Lowell flies out to center.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Tek pops out to short. Boston scores two.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Piniero now on the mound

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Giambi grounds out to short right field.
    Giambi is the only Yank without a hit tonight.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Cano broken bat ground out to 1st

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Minky now doubles.
    Alright, maybe it is me, but the guy has singled, homered and doubled. The world is ending.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Damon singles to center and Minky scores, 8-3 Yanks.
    Looks like Mariano is going to pitch the 9th to get some work before the off day.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Jeter ground to 3rd, Lowell throws to 2nd for the force out.
    Inning over, Mariano headed out to close out the 8-3 game.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • WMP singles down the 1st base line past the reach of Minky for a double.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • DPod goes down looking

    Rob May 23, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Lugo goes down looking.
    Rivera looking sharp.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Coco called out on a check swing. Looked like he held up, but it really did not matter.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • That’s a no-win for DP/Julio, arguing called strikes and check swings; Mo is still going to get those borderline calls.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Rob, thanks for carrying the thread.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • This is just the 3rd or 4th series that the Sox have lost on the season. The Sox had been 12-2-2 in the last 16 series they had played. Also just the 3rd of 4th Series the Yanks have won. Sox are 6-3 against the Yanks.
    We got poor performances from Wake and Schill, a good start from our 5th Starter and not a save in the series for either team.
    Lead now at 9 1/2

    Rob May 23, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Agreed that Doug hitting close to the cycle with a third deck shot is absolutely bizarre. you go, doug.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • He is, ag, though that doesn’t make it right. And I remember Bucknor making himself a factor in a lot of games, not just BOS-NYY games. Lugo shouldn’t have argued, especially because the pitch was close enough that it’s on him to foul it off. That’s not a pitch, coming in, where you can say to yourself “definite ball”.
    The Yanks won this game out of the gate, and they win it anyway, no question. But the check swing call on Crisp? That’s the 3B umpire’s call in that situation, as far as I’m concerned.

    QuoSF May 23, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Yes Mo gets the call. Especially tonight when he looked sharp.
    No problem on the thread.

    Rob May 23, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • My gods, why did the Yankees ever let Andy Pettitte get away? That is hands-down, the _worst_ (non?)decision made by the Yankees.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Quo, agree with you completely, that’s not the home plate umps’ call.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Rob – you’re definitely tonight’s MVP!
    Emma – I love your posts so far – let me know what you come up with for the new chant, and I promise I’ll wear it out.
    “That’s the 3B umpire’s call in that situation”
    It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature!
    What can I say? I’m a child of the late 60’s

    Andrews May 23, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • And yeah, Mo looked very much like Mo tonight, the WMP 2B notwithstanding.
    Have to say, though, that if Clemens thinks he’s ready to face Toronto after his outing against the Portland (no runs, because we don’t have Ellsbury anymore) Sea Dogs, then YFs should hope that Cashman pulls the GM card.

    QuoSF May 23, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • And, not that it matters, I don’t think Crisp went.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • “That is hands-down, the _worst_ (non?)decision made by the Yankees.”
    Gerb, I’ve been SCREAMING that in my padded room for the past three years…

    Andrews May 23, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • yeah, but isn’t that how they got the pick to get Hughes (letting Andy go).

    m.g. yanks fan May 23, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Agreed, ag, and the Yanks most likely still win, since Mo looked on, but strike 3 on the last out of a game almost always “matters” to some degree.

    QuoSF May 23, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • After seeing the replay, I don’t think Crisp went either – the call was a direct result of Pedroia and Lugo arguing,IMO. As Ted Williams said in “The Science Of Hitting”, it’s a waste of time to argue balls and strikes…
    Doesn’t make it ok though, for the ump to make a call out of spite.

    Andrews May 23, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Quo: you’re right, I agree completely. *every call matters*
    MG: I didn’t know that, and never thought of it that way. I hope it works out for Phil and us. He’s throwing again. What a treat his last appearance was before that tragedy.
    Andrews: I have/hate to quote “The Office”‘s Roy, who was quoting effing Cinderella when talking about Pam, but seriously, you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone, (damn I HATE that song, played it a million times as a jockey) but I thought that losing Pettitte was the worst decision in my memory when it happened. It’s later. They got him back, but losing him in the first place is still their worst move I remember since… um… well, it’s the worst, though learning this thing that that is how Hughes came to NY makes it a little more palatable.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • mg,
    you’re right, but Hughes has yet to prove himself, and if we had Pettitte the last 3 years…

    Andrews May 23, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • Wow, ag. You were a DJ?
    You lost me on “The Office” Sorry.

    Andrews May 23, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • Quo: I guess the point about Mo I meant to make is that if you want to establish against Mo, especially now, it’s time to try and turn on that cutter and continue to chip away against his “mystique” because he’s been knocked around, and boy howdy has he. Swing away, don’t sit and argue corners.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • Heck, ag, I may have misinterpreted you, and you may have intended to be humble and say it to that effect, rather than a judgement on whether it mattered in tonight’s game.
    I guess I kind of just jumped at it since I was kind of upset that he felt like it was his call to make.
    Btw, anyone catch the “Rocket ReLaunch” on ESPN2?

    QuoSF May 23, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • I completely agree. At the very least, Lugo has to swing late and foul off that pitch. I’m not even sure I disagree with the call, borderline or not, it was a good pitch. And I would actually have liked to see a little more aggression on the part of Dustin Pedroia.

    QuoSF May 23, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Quo: no, you didn’t misinterpret me. My point was that if there has ever been a time to take cuts against Rivera, it is now.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Andrews, yes, I was a jock for about a decade. Fun times.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • I only saw the highlights on ESPN after the Sox/Yanks. “You’re no daisy” comes to mind, to channel Val Kilmer’s treatment of Doc Holliday.

    attackgerbil May 23, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • I saw one replay from the side, and it looked like Crisp definitely went. But boy did that ump enjoy it.

    Andrew May 23, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • Yeah, I thought Crisp went, too, on the final swing.
    Nice to see him hit a longball, though. Maybe he can be not quite so terrible (seriously, I’d consider a .270 average miraculous at this point).

    Devine May 24, 2007, 10:02 am
  • So, what are the odds that CB Bucknor was running late for his reservations at Spago last night? He sure umped the final 3 innings like he was.
    But he should have ran Lugo.

    jp-sf May 24, 2007, 10:27 am

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