It Was a Ball!!!!

Sure looked low to us, but at least Clement’s pitch count is rising. As soon as we can get into that Sox bullpen the better.

In the meantime, please consider this an open thread for today’s game…..

41 comments… add one
  • Sheff to Clement: BUDDY PASS REVOKED!

    YF July 16, 2005, 2:23 pm
  • Deja Vu!

    YF July 16, 2005, 2:24 pm
  • A-ROD & SHEFF!!!

    john yf July 16, 2005, 2:25 pm
  • A-Rod and Sheff are the best 1-2 combo in the league this year. Even better than Big Papi and Manny. Everyone agree?

    Nick July 16, 2005, 2:26 pm
  • The Yanks should give Sheff a raise for the job he’s done on A-Rod’s psyche.

    john yf July 16, 2005, 2:27 pm
  • Whatever happens here, at this rate, the Yanks are going to have a good 4 innings at the Sox bullpen.

    YF July 16, 2005, 2:31 pm
  • Did we say 4? Bernie! Flaherty! Woohoo! Lay it on!

    YF July 16, 2005, 2:38 pm
  • 5-0. Should we take Randy out now so he’ll be able to start tomorrow?

    Clay July 16, 2005, 2:38 pm
  • .162 hitter John Flaherty knocks Clement out.
    Some days are good.

    john yf July 16, 2005, 2:38 pm
  • We can’t help but recall an old bleacher cry, the early 80s creation of then regular Melle Mel: “We have our best rallies with TWO OUTS!”

    YF July 16, 2005, 2:42 pm
  • Randy J was on the bench a long time. Is there a yoga teacher in the house?

    john yf July 16, 2005, 2:49 pm
  • 2 outs no one on when Sheff hit the double
    perfect use of walks

    john yf July 16, 2005, 2:51 pm
  • Give me a break Nick – that title goes to the two in the other bullpen.

    Brad-SF July 16, 2005, 3:21 pm
  • Unit: Out of gas? Looks like our boys are gonna need a few more runs…

    YF July 16, 2005, 3:36 pm
  • Yep, seems all this happiness may have been spilled a little too early. Better hope your boy settles down.

    Brad-SF July 16, 2005, 3:37 pm
  • Brad, I think Embree and Foulke did an admirable job for the yanks this year but still you have to say Sheff-ARod have been slightly more valuable. But you’re right- it’s close.

    Nick July 16, 2005, 3:39 pm
  • Such promise after three innings.

    Clay July 16, 2005, 3:49 pm
  • That was probably one of the worst 10-K outings I’ve seen.

    Clay July 16, 2005, 3:55 pm
  • You gotta enjoy the moment Brad. Don’t be so defeatist!

    YF July 16, 2005, 3:55 pm

    john yf July 16, 2005, 4:05 pm
  • Brilliant. Though maybe we’d rather see him swinging for that short porch.

    YF July 16, 2005, 4:07 pm
  • Suzyn Waldman says Giambi told her he will bunt “only when the situation warrants it.”

    john yf July 16, 2005, 4:54 pm
  • Not depressed. Clement simply didn’t have his stuff today, but for once, the Sox bullpen held up very well, including a 1-2-3 ninth from Schilling. A nice thing to see, even in a loss.
    I’d predicted a split before this series started and that’s still a possibility. Wakefield gets the nod tomorrow against…who again? Oh yeah…the emergency aquisition. This’ll be interesting.

    Sox Fan in VT July 16, 2005, 5:27 pm
  • Re Schilling: Yankee fans know the Yanks typically do nothing in the late innings when they’re ahead.
    Re Mo: Damon, Renteria, Ortiz 0 for 6 in 2 games. It sure looks like Mo has fixed whatever his problem with the Sox was.
    Re Leiter: The Yanks gave a little cash and a minor player to be named later, and the Marlins will pay most of the salary. I’m a lot more optimistic about this than YF.

    john yf July 16, 2005, 5:43 pm
  • You must mean aCquisition Sox Fan in VT..but that aside, it’s Al Leiter starting. And yes, it will be interesting as the Yankees attempt to take 3 of 4 from Boston at Fenway to get within a game of first place with 4 regular starters on the DL. This after the Boston writers proclaimed the Yankees season over, and GUARANTEED a postseason spot for the Red Sox. Obviously the Yankees aren’t a lock to make the playoffs, but neither are the Red Sox.
    Indeed, it will be interesting.

    YF in NY July 16, 2005, 6:11 pm
  • Proud of that “game within” crap. Please people, lets just see where this Yankee team is after getting through the next two weeks, becasuse quite frankly, the Sox have already played those teams (twice) so they know how tough it can be. Where was all this confidence last night? Clement throws away one game this year, and the Red Sox smacked RJ around quite a bit – I can’t say I’m too upset about the day, however I am a defeatist, and would rather be punched right in the face than see the Yankees beat the Sox –

    Brad-SF July 16, 2005, 8:22 pm
  • sounds like a personal problem, but if you insist, where do I go to punch you in the face

    Battingly July 16, 2005, 9:20 pm
  • Brad Brad Brad, so convenient for you to say that Clement “throws away one game” but the “Red Sox smacked RJ around quite a bit”. I wouldn’t exactly call 8 hits in 6 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts getting “smacked around”, but 6 ER in 2 2/3 surely qualifies as just that. Surely it’s not RJesque, but ultimately, he pitched well enough to win.
    At this point, if I were you, I would be careful in saying anything about RJ, he’s 3-0 against you. And if “smacked around” is good enough to get a win (which says something about the Sox), I’ll take that any day of the week.
    Sure it will be interesting to see where the Yankees are 2 weeks from now, but the season is far from being over for them as proclaimed by the Boston media, and first place at the end of the season is far from being a lock for the Sox.

    Not.Enough.Fingers.For.My.Rings. July 16, 2005, 10:37 pm
  • That’s right about Johnson. On the one hand, the Yanks got him to dominate Boston, and he hasn’t done that: we have not seen the pitcher he’s been for the last five years. On the other hand, he’s 3 and 0 in 4 starts against them, and Vazquez has been mediocre.
    From today’s Globe on Mo: “And, for the second time this series, Mariano Rivera worked a 1-2-3 ninth, showing that his two blown saves vs. the Sox (April 5 and 6) were nothing more than an early-season aberration.
    ”His fastball is harder, he’s spotting it, and throwing with more confidence,” said Johnny Damon, who shattered two bats in a two-pitch at-bat that ended with a line out.
    ”Right now is a time we can’t let the game get to him because he’s lights-out.”
    No other team can approach the Sox record against Mo. But Yankee fans are very happy to see Mo come in against the Sox these days. It means we’re probably about to win the game.

    john yf July 17, 2005, 8:00 am
  • Okay, so who in the Boston media other thanDan Shaugnessy said that the division was going to be a blowout? Please provide me some evidence before you say Boston writerS, Because although I don’t always like them, most of uor writers aren’t quite as arrogant as Shaugnessy.

    Laura July 17, 2005, 8:41 am
  • Okay, so who in the Boston media other than Dan Shaugnessy said that the division was going to be a blowout? Please provide me some evidence before you say Boston writerS, Because although I don’t always like them, most of our writers aren’t quite as arrogant as Shaugnessy.

    Laura July 17, 2005, 8:42 am
  • Sry bout the double post. Computer is being wierd.

    Laura July 17, 2005, 8:42 am
  • After much argument with some friends last night, here is the conclusion that we came to: If the Yanks and the Sox had to play each other more often, both teams would be in trouble. It seems to me that no matter the situations, these teams play each other too well to get anywhere. In fact, I would imagine that most other teams in the AL love when these two play each other because it knocks them both down to .500 teams for that week, giving them a chance to catch up. There is too much pride, ego, and talent on the two teams to allow them to let things get out of hand for an entire series. If they played each other 80 times a year, the best guess at a record for both would be 40-40. Thank god for the fact that once this is over, no matter the outcome today, the two go onto other teams – where the pressure and meaningfulness of the game is a little less important. New York loses to Texas, and I’m sure it means much less to John-YF and the likes, and the same goes for myself and Tampa Bay. It’s a nice concept for these two teams to get together and knock each other’s brains in for a few day, but thank god it’s only a few games, because unlike Dan Shaughnessy and his wildly out of control keyboard, the rest of us know the real truth – we would go nowhere fast if these two were matched up more often.
    Mattingly – It was a figure of speech, but if they lose today…I’m in New Haven:)

    Brad-SF July 17, 2005, 10:17 am
  • Heres something I’m not too sure how I feel about:
    The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Bill Lajoie, special assistant to Red Sox GM Theo Epstein, was scouting Burnett at Thursday night’s game Marlins-Phillies game, in which he gave up six runs in five innings. The paper reports that any deal with the Red Sox would likely send Bronson Arroyo to the Marlins, and indications are the Sox would not insist on a 72-hour negotiating window to hammer out an extension for Burnett, whose contract expires at the end of the year. Burnett continues to be the hottest commodity on the market, with the Blue Jays now reportedly joining the ranks of teams interested in acquiring his services before the deadline. According to Wednesday’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Marlins are interested in Blue Jays rookie lefthander Gustavo Chacin, who had a sub-4.00 ERA at the ALL-Star break.
    Losing Arroyo would suck because I happen to like his planetary size cojones, but Burnett could be another to benefit from the influence of Jason Varitek and a little more run support every now and then.

    Brad-SF July 17, 2005, 10:41 am
  • If the Sox can pull that deal off, that’s a heist. It would also be a prime example of Boston using its financial advantage over a smaller market team. I point this out because a couple of Sox fans have moralized in the past and described the Yanks as bullies when it comes to dealing with other teams. Not many teams can afford to take on Lowell’s contract, sign Burnett to an extension, while trading off a cheap and effective part in Bronson. Kudos to Theo if he pulls this one off.

    Nick July 17, 2005, 1:48 pm
  • Laura, I think that great scribe Johnny Damon also said that the team would run away with the division. You know the rule: when 2 people say it, it’s a guarantee.

    Nick July 17, 2005, 2:02 pm
  • Other sources say the White Sox and the Orioles are ahead of the Red Sox. Too bad the Yanks didn’t trade Wang for him.
    Yes the Red Sox and the Yankees beat themselves up, and it’s possible that MLB is giving us too much of a good thing: it wouldn’t be the first dumb thing they’ve done. But failing a big trade, it looks like these teams will battle to the end, when the Yanks close on the road in Baltimore and Boston. And failing a big trade, it looks like only one of those three will be in the playoffs. So these games definitely count.
    FWIW, I said something about Leiter in the thread below this one.

    john yf July 17, 2005, 2:20 pm
  • Man do I hate the games on ESPN – not as much as Faux, but they’re bad nonetheless.

    Brad-SF July 17, 2005, 6:05 pm
  • Nick, I’m not even going to go there. I said, and you can read my post again (it’s up there twice, for good measure) that I wanted proof of the PRESS ssaying it, specifically the writers, NOT the morons in the clubhouse. As much as I love and adore Johnny Damon, I would never actually take him seriously when he’s talking about the standings. If you would like to continue on the subject, have fun, but I rest my case.

    Laura July 17, 2005, 6:12 pm
  • john, i take them scrambled

    Brad-SF July 17, 2005, 7:19 pm
  • Laura, I was just joking. Shaugnessy provides us Yankee fans with bulletin board material every 2 days. Love the guy and his resemblance to Napolean Dynamite.

    Nick July 17, 2005, 8:59 pm

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