It’s the Midwest!: Sox-Royals Gamer I

Japan. The West Coast. Florida. The East Coast. Florida. The West Coast. Texas. Home. The West Coast.

This season, correctly or incorrectly, feels like one in which the Sox have been playing at either 6am, 10pm, the Fens, or against a first place club. Tonight, our club travels west, but stops at or around the midpoint, in KC. They find there a Royals team that has troubled them in the past, so no assumptions about the results. We hope the play against the Athletics was a sign of what’s to come this month and next.

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  • why is drew leading off?

    rootbeerfloat August 4, 2008, 8:08 pm
  • why is drew leading off? I kind of liked the Elf/Youk combo.

    rootbeerfloat August 4, 2008, 8:09 pm
  • gil meche = gilgamesh. i really should have thought of that a long time ago.

    sf rod August 4, 2008, 8:15 pm
  • looks like tito knows what he’s doing. i’m sure he knew dustin had that much opposite field pop.

    sf rod August 4, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • Gordon rips one over the right field fence, 2-1 Sox. Clay prone to the meatball.

    SF August 4, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • Just got home… let’s see if I jinx this game.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 8:50 pm
  • Don’t think two is enough tonight.

    SF August 4, 2008, 8:50 pm
  • Wow… this is an interesting lineup.
    Bay strikes out looking on a close–but good–pitch.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 8:51 pm
  • Bay not happy about being rung up on a pitch off the plate, understandably. Ump widens the plate, let’s see if he can be consistent now.

    SF August 4, 2008, 8:51 pm
  • I thought that pitch looked clearly wide, Ath, but certainly he hit the target. The target was outside, though.

    SF August 4, 2008, 8:54 pm
  • Buchholz’ changeup is a thing of beauty.
    Ahead of him 1-2 and Aviles singles up the middle.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 8:55 pm
  • Yeah, second look shows you to be more correct than me SF. I just walked in and was changing while watching, so at first glance it didn’t look bad. Then again I don’t know what strikezone the ump has established, either.
    Bah, Lowrie errors, and Pedroia trips himself up somehow. That was really funny.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 8:57 pm
  • Atheose? That you? Can you go outside please?

    rootbeerfloat August 4, 2008, 8:57 pm
  • Wow I really AM bad luck. I get home and the Red Sox make a few errors and give up a few hits. I apologize to everyone involved.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:01 pm
  • I hang my head in shame. Tie game.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:01 pm
  • Buchholz is really still quite a raw pitcher. That’s not a brilliant observation, but he just doesn’t have the polish that Joba does at this point, by any stretch of the imagination. I mean, he’s struggling like crazy against a terrible lineup.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:01 pm
  • Holy crap. We just got nailed by a nasty severe storm. Cubs game delayed.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 4, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • Now 3-0 to Guillen. I’d greenlight him.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • And ball four. Never near the plate. This could get ugly fast. Need a GIDP right now.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • And, a sac fly puts the Sox down 3-2. Inning still in progress.
    Bad fielding by the Sox (Pedroia has one go under the glove, then Lowrie gets eaten up by a sharp grounder), but Buchholz still can’t seem to punch guys out in a spot, and now he’s all over the place. Just not a dependable pitcher at all yet.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:06 pm
  • That being said, we’re willing to be patient, not sure there’s a better option.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:06 pm
  • Only a sac-fly, coulda been worse with the bases loaded.
    Buchholz has amazing pitches, but struggles with his command mightily. As a setup-man Joba focused almost exclusively on his fastball/slider combination, and was able to hone his accuracy with them. Buchholz uses all four of his pitches more, and so I think he’s a little less accurate with all of them as a result.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:06 pm
  • Wow that HBP was bullshit.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:09 pm
  • And now he plunks a guy, scoring the fourth for KC. He’s just bad right now. He’s had what, two or three good starts all season?
    Terrible outing tonight against a bad team. Meanwhile, no visit to the mound, and the bases still loaded. Where the f*ck is our pitching coach? Is he watching a different game?

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:10 pm
  • Tek goes out to the mound. What’s the advice? Tek can’t hit anything right now, so does everything look unhittable to him?

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:12 pm
  • Now he can’t locate the curveball, so the Royals are just sitting on him.
    And I don’t have much faith in the Sox’ bats so far tonight, they’ve gone to sleep, impatient.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:12 pm
  • Oh, I forgot that the Sox were on the road. My bad. I should have lowered my expectations tonight, massively, even considering the opposition.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:13 pm
  • Like I said, sleeping. Casey down on one f*cking pitch.
    This game has “computer hurled into wall” written all over it. Could be bedtime soon.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:15 pm
  • Lowrie out softly to left. But he saw four pitches. Yay!

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:16 pm
  • All of a sudden Gil Meche has morphed into the second coming of whatever mediocre righty that last befuddled the Sox.
    This game has me fuming. And now Tek is up, not the best way to lift my spirits.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:18 pm
  • It must be odd for Tek to go like seven games between hits yet still have a regular job. If I stunk at my job this badly I think I’d probably be replaced with something more effective, or at least a machine. Or both.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:19 pm
  • Yeah, I’m sorry to see us on the road… it felt like we had just gotten home last weekend.
    Varitek draws a walk, Coco up.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:19 pm
  • Tek walks. Meche decides to commit hari kari between innings for that offense.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:19 pm
  • And when was Coco’s last solid contact? April?

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • If I stunk at my job this badly I think I’d probably be replaced with something more effective, or at least a machine. Or both
    SF, that reminds me if this Despair poster:
    http://www.despair.com/motivation.html

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • My god, how did Tek not advance on a ball that bounced away from the catcher about 25 feet? Pathetic. Absolutely f*cking pathetic. Wake up.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • And Coco whiffs on a pitch above the umpire’s head.
    I guess I have my answer: it was the A’s.
    Back to horrible baseball, sans Manny.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:22 pm
  • ha, Ath.
    At this point I’d almost prefer one of those bounce-back nettings in lieu of Tek. It’d have an easier time hitting a curveball, I think.
    If the Sox re-sign him I might puke. And I have loved the guy. But he’s just not a full-time player anymore, at least not with the bat. In fact, he’s not even a pinch hitter. He stinks, utterly.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:24 pm
  • Hey, this is the Royals, and it’s a 2-run game. This game is not out of reach yet.
    Shitty grounder barely gets through the infield. Buchholz having some REALLY bad luck on grounders tonight.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:25 pm
  • WHEW, Buchholz finally throws his curve for a strike but it’s up in the zone and Aviles crushes it. Good thing it was a few feet foul.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:27 pm
  • If the Sox re-sign him I might puke. And I have loved the guy. But he’s just not a full-time player anymore, at least not with the bat. In fact, he’s not even a pinch hitter. He stinks, utterly.
    I have the solution: keep him behind the plate, have the DH hit for him. Our pitchers couldn’t do much worse than Tek could they?

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:28 pm
  • Come on, Clay, get the hell out of this inning clean. Keep it at two. Let the hitters work Meche a little bit, but don’t make them come back from four down, ok?

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:30 pm
  • Thank you.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:30 pm
  • Please, offense? Please see like 20 pitches, grab at least a run? I mean, you have four more at-bats before Soria, try to tally before then, ok?

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:31 pm
  • It’s shocking that Buchholz has only thrown 65 pitches through 4, despite allowing 8 baserunners and 4 runs.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:31 pm
  • Wow, alsot the exact same pitch count for Bucky, Meche.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 4, 2008, 9:33 pm
  • almost. ALMOST the same pitch count …

    I'mBillMcNeal August 4, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • Meche owns the Red Sox. It’s like Ted Lilly used to. It’s just rediculous.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • Pedroia singles!

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • Back to horrible baseball, sans Manny”
    I think you meant to say:
    “back to horrible baseball, sans the guy everyone on the team wanted gone because of his poor slack ass attitude, and complete disregard for his teammates? Right?

    Brad August 4, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • I might be falling in love with Pedroia. And I think he’s shorter than I am.

    soxgirl August 4, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Well, pitches have been seen. An infield is what we have to show. Papi up with Dusty at first.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Ugh, big strikezone for Meche.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Ortiz K’s.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • was that a swing or a strike to Papi? Didn’t appear to be either from the replay.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Can we play the A’s again now?

    rootbeerfloat August 4, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • It is looking more like smoke and mirrors were in effect this past weekend.
    At least the pitch count is up for Meche. Bay coming to the plate. Help my mood, Jason!!!!

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • Youk walks, time for Bay to not K.
    See what I did there? “Bay” and “K” rhyme! See? See?

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • It is looking more like smoke and mirrors were in effect this past weekend
    Becuase the Sox are down two in the fifth inning? I agree, the sky is falling.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 9:45 pm
  • Bay late on a straight fastball. Doesn’t bode well.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:45 pm
  • Bay grounds out. Honeymoon starting to wear off.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • Weak grounder to second. Bah.
    This road trip has “season-killing disaster” written all over it.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • Jeez, Bay. YOu suck. Yuu’re no Manny, that’s for sure.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • And Bay promptly grounds out. Thanks, Ath.

    rootbeerfloat August 4, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • Honeymoon starting to wear off.
    You have got to be freaking kidding me.
    Because he grounded out?
    HOly crap.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 9:48 pm
  • HAHA Jose Guillen watched that “homerun” in a very Mannyish way, turns out to only be a double.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • Brad, the Sox go on the road, the bats die. Clay Buchholz is a work in progress, clearly. The lineup still sports an aged and already declined starting catcher, a Coco Crisp who is apparently no better than a AAA offensive player, and a rookie shortstop who may suffer growing pains. And that is on nights when their other young outfielder who hasn’t stolen a base in like 855 days isn’t playing.
    I am ok with the team not being great, but let’s not have blinders on: this team has big issues, issues that may preclude both a playoff run and a playoff appearance. They look terrible away from Fenway, and especially bad against very good teams (see the Yankees, the Angels, etc.). They are playing another braindead game against an inferior team.
    Sorry, I refuse to think all is well just because Manny is gone.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • Guillen did nothing wrong there. He watched for about 1/4 of a second, then ran to second. He never had a shot at third anyhow.
    Much ado about nothing.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:50 pm
  • You have got to be freaking kidding me.
    Because he grounded out?
    HOly crap.

    No, because he’s 0 for 3 tonight Brad. All it takes is a day or two of poor at-bats for the Boston pressure to start him spiralling downward.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:50 pm
  • As do I, SF.
    I’m just not going to bring it up when they’re down.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • Oh, right. I forgot about the Boston Pressure.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 9:52 pm
  • Brad, I bring it up regardless of being up or down!

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:52 pm
  • Where was Farrell in the third?

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:53 pm
  • I forgot that Manny never went hitless in three consecutive at bats, after being the star the two nights before.
    That Boston Pressure will get to you everytime I guess. Hopefully he can snap out of it soon before he’s run right out of town on the suck bus.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • Brad, I think Ath was saying that tongue-in-cheek, not because he’s disenchanted with Bay.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • Give it a rest Brad, we know you hate Manny and think everything is better now. I’m on record as being EXTREMELY high on Bay, I just don’t want to see another player let the Boston pressure get to him, ESPECIALLY a player that’s enjoyed the low-pressure atmosphere of Pittsburgh. He said it himself the first day: he feels weird playing for a team that wins.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • Ironically, Manny was basically run out of town (he helped push his own car, unquestionably) despite not sucking in the least.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • I’m just pessimistic with regards to good players letting the pressure get to them. I don’t seriously think it will happen, it’s just irrational fear.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • Smartest thing Tito has done all night.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • Farrell had to take a mound visit to IBB Gordon? Again, where the hell was he when Buchholz was struggling in the third?
    Sox and their management team left their brains in the Fens.

    SF August 4, 2008, 9:56 pm
  • Rangers take the lead

    Brad August 4, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • Double play! About time.
    Bucky should go out for the 6th, albeit with a short leash.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • Sometimes an IBB takes a real slap at a pitcher’s confidence. Especially a young guy who clearly thinks he can get the guy out. It’s like admitting “you win, take your base” to the hitter. I don’t question the visit at that time at all. I agree though, he should have went out earlier.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • SWEET, the Rangers took the lead against Joba. Forgot he was pitching tonight. He’s also at 91 pitches through 4.2, so Bucky has him beat there so far too.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • That was a horrible turn by Lowrie. The ball nearly rolled to Youk.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • Except it’s agaist the Rangers, who can freaking rake.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • Amazing. Casey is taking a few.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • I disagree Brad, I think an IBB can focus a hitter, especially with regard to the gameplan they discuss before the game. They may have pitching information regard the hitter that makes them feel more comfortable walking him, or pitching to the batter after him.
    I DO, however, have a problem with IBB’ing a guy who is OPS’ing .762 this season.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • but again, a weak groundball to 4.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • Here’s what Theo solved at the deadline:
    He made the clubhouse more harmonious, apparently. I am still totally unclear on what that is worth to sports teams, I know there are many clubs that have discordant locker rooms that win. I have no idea the greater impact of this move in that regard. I also know that he solved the left field spot for 2009 and for less money. So in those two regards I commend Theo for making a good deal, considering the circumstances.
    Here’s what Theo didn’t solve (not that he could have, either, I don’t want this to come off as an attack on him):
    The bullpen’s erratic nature – that’s up to the bullpen. The starting catching (unsolvable, sadly, it’s just a wave we have to ride into the rocks). The youth-maturity movement – this too is something we fans have to bear watching, and it will hopefully be worth the pains, Buchholz has talent, Jacoby has some (limited) talents, Lowrie has talent, Masterson has talent. But these players take up a great part of our roster, and as such we are subject to games like tonight more often than not, and particularly against good teams.
    Again, I like watching the young guys develop, I am thrilled (and surprised) by Lester’s turnaround. I hope the rest of the kids develop accordingly. But there are going to be a fair number of frustrating losses in the process. Tonight might be one of them.

    SF August 4, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • regarding*

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • Except Gordon, regardless of his OPS can hit one 500 feet any time you give him the one to hit, and with Clay’s struggles, it was the right decision.
    And, I promise, the last thing a pitcher wants to do is IBB a guy.
    8k’s for Gil freaking Meche. Wow, he has really shut us down the last few times we’ve faced him – or at least it seems that way.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • Jacoby has limited talents?
    Or, he might just be a good young hitter who is caught up in what ALL young hitters get caught up in – trying to do too much I’m sure that if his talents were limited, they would have included him in deals to date.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • Tek gets a hit due to fielder’s incompetence.

    SF August 4, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • Varitek singles, but COco strikes out, again on a high fastball.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:08 pm
  • Brad:
    I meant that Jacoby is talented, but limited right now. He is learning. He’s not a five tool power hitter with speed. He’s a limited, very fast, potentially excellent player. But right now, yeah, he’s limited due to his youth. I don’t think that’s a controversial statement.
    He’s not limited in the way that, say, Coco is limited, or Tek is limited.
    I was a big Coco fan, but man, I can’t wait until I no longer have to watch him at the plate.

    SF August 4, 2008, 10:09 pm
  • In other words, I don’t disagree with you Brad. But in the context of a pennant race, a guy who is learning on the job can be a limiting factor, especially if pitchers begin to figure him out, which they have. Last year he wasn’t known enough to have a book. The book is out. Now it’s Jacoby’s turn.

    SF August 4, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • Two quick outs for Clay in the sixth.

    SF August 4, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Except Gordon, regardless of his OPS can hit one 500 feet any time you give him the one to hit, and with Clay’s struggles, it was the right decision.
    And, I promise, the last thing a pitcher wants to do is IBB a guy.

    1. So can Gary Sheffield, but he doesn’t do it very often.
    2. Yes the last thing a pitcher wants to do is IBB someone (I was a pitcher, I had that “I can do anything damnit!” mentality) but if pitching around a hitter is part of the gameplan that Farrell and he discussed before the game it can help Buchholz focus, rather than just methodically throwing the pitches Varitek calls.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • Quick inning, well done. Do we get the bullpen now? Please, please can we have the bullpen?

    SF August 4, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • Wow, Buchholz with a 1-2-3 inning, 93 pitches now. Back out for the 7th?

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • Drew weakly to second. What happened to the June JD?

    SF August 4, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • Pedroia out on one or two pitches, too fast to count.
    Good night, I am done with this.

    SF August 4, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • To clarify: I think Alex Gordon is a very talented young player who will probably turn into a great hitter in time. However, this year he has been below average. I don’t like giving free passes to below-average players.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Jesus, this ump keeps calling that very high strike against Papi.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Royals Announcer #1: “Manny Ramirez says he’s happy in LA and wants to spend the rest of his career there.”
    Royals Announcer #2: “Well sometimes when you know, you know. It doesn’t take long to get rooted in a place.”
    Idiots.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:21 pm
  • I can’t believe that Tampa lost and the Sox won’t take advantage. Ugh. I just hope the Yanks lose, too.

    stuck working August 4, 2008, 10:25 pm
  • Hey, Masterson’s in! Something exciting to watch.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • What the hell Casey? Grounder down the first base line, not hit very hard and Casey watches it go by.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:28 pm
  • nice, Masterson.
    Way to not let poor first base play get in your noggin.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:30 pm
  • Masterson with a good inning, should be out for another.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • not over yet, SW>
    And they need to win here, because you know NY will. Texas is just terrible on the bump.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • Come on.
    Its Ramon Ramirez.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:33 pm
  • I have a rally cap on.

    SF August 4, 2008, 10:36 pm
  • Casey up.
    And, Casey down.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:36 pm
  • wow. foul ball.
    SF – you got the place to yourself tonight or something?

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:37 pm
  • SF, you have to save the rally cap for the 9th inning! It’s bad luck (at least in my experience) to bring it in before then, kinda like bringing a closer in during a non-save situation.
    Well hell, Casey singles so maybe it works. Come on Lowrie!

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • alive.
    Cliff Lee is freaking 15-2. Is this his contract year or something?
    Come on, Jed. Just a base hit, bro. That’s it.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • yeah, Jed.
    Keep it on, SF!!!

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • Lowrie singles! Casey to 3rd. Can we pinch-hit for Varitek? He’s gotten on base 3 out of 3 times tonight, which meets his quota of OBP for the next month.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:39 pm
  • And, here comes Johnny Left Hander to stop the rally.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:39 pm
  • pinch hit Beckett!!!

    SF August 4, 2008, 10:40 pm
  • Of all the people to have up in this situation…

    stuck working August 4, 2008, 10:40 pm
  • Don’t know how smart it is to bring in the lefty to face Tek, who can switch, and has all his power from the right side. He might accidentally close his eyes and get into a base hit.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:40 pm
  • I can remember Beckett’s last homer more vividly than ‘Teks.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • I’m praying for a HBP.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • Come on, Varitek.
    Don’t let this be like the last road trip when you left everyone on the team on base in the eigth and ninth inning.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:42 pm
  • Ath, I’m pulling for a balk myself.

    stuck working August 4, 2008, 10:42 pm
  • Me too, Ath.
    Just a small shouder tap.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:42 pm
  • RED LIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:42 pm
  • 2-0 to Tek. If anyone could strike out on the next pitch it would be Tek, no matter how the rules of baseball work.
    3-0. He’s definitely going to pop-out here.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • Wow that was a terrible high call.
    Jesus/

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • Tek needs to take 3 strikes here.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • and the killer….

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • Why the hell are you swinging at that Tek? Red light!

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:44 pm
  • I thought he missed that altogether.
    ha.
    COme on, Tek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:44 pm
  • Jesus.
    Just get it over with. It’s too much to watch

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:44 pm
  • *Rubs Pedro bobble-head for good luck*

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • foul it off again.
    Holy crap.
    Best AB I’ve seen him have in a month.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • the only thing with a slower bat is the lead character in GTA when the frame rate drops.

    SF August 4, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • Finally.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • I don’t think Tek has seen 9 pitches in an at-bat all season.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • pathetic.
    We couldn’t get pudge?
    I kid.
    Kinda.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • Well at least we get Drew and Pedroia in the 9th, and Ortiz will have a chance to tie it if there’s a baserunner.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • I agree, Ath.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • retire.

    SF August 4, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • Haha very funny SF. Aren’t you too old to be making a videogame reference? ;-)
    Guess I shoulda saved the Pedro bobblehead for the 9th.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • Ranger ball girls are off the chart.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • nady HR to tie the game.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:49 pm
  • Joba left the Yanks game with a stiff right shoulder. I hope he is ok. Honestly. I love watching that kid pitch.

    SF August 4, 2008, 10:49 pm
  • It’s Nady that I’m coveting right now. He has been on fire.

    rootbeerfloat August 4, 2008, 10:50 pm
  • I guess we have this year’s “Aaron Small” award winner all lined up.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:50 pm
  • Ah, but it’s the better player that you got!!
    Maybe not the one on fire, but the better player nonetheless.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • years of average, an awesome second half with NY. Sweet.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:52 pm
  • Sorry to jump on your gamer but Nady is hardly an aaron small. He’s been hammering the ball all year. Small came out of nowhere.

    Sam-YF August 4, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Joba left the Yanks game with a stiff right shoulder
    The one he’s always had problems with?
    Sucks for him, but I won’t lose sleep over it.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Sam, be serious. Look at the career. He’s off the chart this year and far outperforming his stats while in a NY uniform. Granted he did have a good first half as well, but not like he’s raking now.
    Hence, Aaron Small. Shawn Chacon. The list goes on and on and on.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:54 pm
  • GOD MOTHERF*CKING BLESS COCO!
    Been a long time since I’ve said that.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • Edit:
    I can’t rememeber if it was his shoulder or not out of college, so I retract that statement until I can find it.
    It might just be a cover for a bad outing.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • Dear JD,
    The pitcher is Soria. Please hit him. Hard.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • thought he went there.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • Soria’s changeup is 68 mph. That’s wicked slow.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • Dear JD,
    The eyeball level is not a strike.
    Thanks.
    Brad.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:59 pm
  • Now would be a good time for a Ped HR.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:59 pm
  • Drew check-swings, thank goodness the homeplate ump appealed to 3rd rather than making his own call.
    SDGJLSKFJSLFKHSDF SON OF A FUCKING BITCH. Drew goes around the 2nd time, he was walking to 2nd when it happened. Replay shows he went around by about a foot.
    Coco stealing, he’s on 2nd now.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 10:59 pm
  • wow is that high call inconsitent or what. Jesus, you struck five guys out on ones worse than that, blue.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 10:59 pm
  • Grrrrrrr

    SF August 4, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • Wow, ball right down the middle but called high on Pedroia. Glad he’s small; announcers complaining about it, rightfully so.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • WOW. Holy shit.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • HOLY SHIT that ball dropped in! Left fielder is an idiot, two on for Ortiz.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:01 pm
  • Come on, David.
    I walk him so fast your head spins.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:01 pm
  • Breaking out the David Ortiz christmas tree ornament now.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:01 pm
  • pop up?

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:01 pm
  • papi papi papi papi

    SF August 4, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • Brad, what’s with the attitude about Joba? I want the Yanks to lose as much as anybody, but I don’t think it’s cool to be excited (or just demonstratively uncaring) about player injuries.
    In other news: COME ON, PAPI!!!

    stuck working August 4, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • Wow Ortiz swung hard at that.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • grounder to 3?

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • Prove me wrong, MO, errr, David!

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • SW,
    you got excitement out of ” I won’t lose any sleep over it?”
    How?

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • I’m just not worried about it is all. I could care less if Joba has a sore shoulder, and why should I?

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • Announcer: “Ortiz does not run well…”
    In other news, the ocean is wet and Hookers smell funny.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • Obie suggesting Papi’s wrist might be bothering him

    I'mBillMcNeal August 4, 2008, 11:05 pm
  • Joba went to college?

    I'mBillMcNeal August 4, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Don’t know why I capitalized “hookers”. They are definitely not proper nouns.
    Ortiz grounds out, but it moves both runners over. Come on Youk!

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • tense.

    SF August 4, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Well, I amended my statement to “demonstratively uncaring.” It’s not like I think you committed some major sin or something; I just think that if you’re not worried, why even mention it at all, y’know?

    stuck working August 4, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Ellsbury is in for Pedroia. Announcers confused.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • stuck,
    I’m sorry if I offended you re: Joba. I didn’t know you were so concerned about the health of NY pitchers.
    Saying I don’t care is neither excited or demonstrative in any way shape or form.
    It just means that I don’t care. One way or the other – healthy or broken – I don’t really give two cents about Joba Chamberlain.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:07 pm
  • Uh oh, Youk getting walked. Game up to Bay.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:07 pm
  • IBB to Yook, to pitch to Bay.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 4, 2008, 11:07 pm
  • Can we talk about Joba AFTER the high-stress situation is over?

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:07 pm
  • Crowd is quiet; probably reminds Bay of playing in Pittsburgh. Ahh, home sweet home.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:08 pm
  • HAHAHAHAHAHA ROYALS INFIELDERS TRIP OVER EACH OTHER RUN SCORES!

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • Pinch runner for Pedroia? I thought he was fast?

    rootbeerfloat August 4, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • WOW! What luck.
    It’s about time we got some good.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 4, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • But I see your point. I should prob just keep it to myself as to not offend anyone by not caring.
    Wow. Holy crap. This is kind of like the Halos giving NY the win yesterday. They totally don’t deserve it, but they are knocking on the door.
    Nevermind. Casey. GB to three again.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • Ellsbury on 3rd, passed-ball scores it. The Mayor up.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • Dear Sean,
    Don’t suck here.
    Thanks.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Booo, strike 2 is about a foot and a half off the plate.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Lowell couldn’t pinch hit there?
    What the fuck, Tito?

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Dear Sean,
    Thanks for nothing.
    ,
    New England.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • GAH.

    stuck working August 4, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • Casey hits it hard but right at the right-fielder. Good try.
    Fireworks go off in Kansas City, as they do once a month when the Royals win a baseball game.

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • Fucq a ducq.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 4, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • Everyday Eddie about to get hammered for a nice NY win when everyone else lost.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • Such a lame team on the road.

    SF August 4, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • 12 LOBs. Shit.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 4, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • Or every single time Boston is in town. They load the cannons when they’re in town, Ath.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • this is going to be a 90 win season with no playoffs. Good but not good enough.

    SF August 4, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Maybe the Yanks won’t score and Girardi will bring in Mo during a tie-game!

    Atheose August 4, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Why would anyone ever throw Sexson a ball?

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • sf, you’ve said that every year for four years that I’ve been here. ha.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • Everone in baseball has faced Eddie at least one hundred times.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • edit
    Everyone

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • Joba went to Nebraska.
    Nebraska=Didn’t go to college

    I'mBillMcNeal August 4, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • Jeter up.
    down oh two.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • actually Brad I predicted the 2004 series win and last year predicted the sox to make the series and lose.

    SF August 4, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Murph hit the 2-run homer off Joba.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 4, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • this year, though, I predicted the team would play just as they are: erratic, winning an losing in spates.

    SF August 4, 2008, 11:18 pm
  • Truer words were never spoken, Bill.
    Trust me, I know two of them.
    Especially baseball and football players in those big schools. It’s bad at UCONN as well (nice for me while there) but at times, it was just silly.
    Texas is the worst.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:18 pm
  • Yes, but what you’ve predicted in March, and what you’ve said along the way don’t always hold hands, SF>
    No biggie, we’re all in the same boat.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:19 pm
  • Yankee annoncers just stated
    “If I’m Texas, I really think about getting a real CF. Hamilton is more of a RF or LF”.
    I’m not kidding. He can throw the baseball 96mph, can track balls left and righ, but Teas needs to find a “real CF”.
    Oh yeah, he’s prob the best hitter in baseball to boot. I wish I had CF that terrible.
    Moron.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:22 pm
  • Why in the freaking hell would you bunt Ian Kinsler? That’s like bunting Manny. Prob not good at it, and a real waste of talent at the plate.
    Gotta love Texas

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:24 pm
  • “along the way” is emotional and sometimes irrational. Gamers are the worst.

    SF August 4, 2008, 11:26 pm
  • one hundred percent agree.
    It’s like my hatred of the trade deadline. I always revert to the worst case scenario

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • Come on, Young. Just a hit. Let Hamilton do it.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:30 pm
  • Okay, apparently I’m talking to myself.
    Night everyone.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:31 pm
  • Thank you, Byrd.
    Nothing gained, nothing lost. And, the throw in on the Nady deal is going in the opposite direction since coming to NY.

    Brad August 4, 2008, 11:36 pm
  • I was more concerned about Marte than Nady in that deal. Funny how that works…

    Paul SF August 5, 2008, 12:19 am
  • Has anyone posted this ESPN Magazine article about Pedroia yet?
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3512455
    It’s hilarious. He sounds like a total nightmare.

    stuck working August 5, 2008, 12:26 am
  • Brian Roberts, from the article:
    “I’ve seen him call out NFL players during Ping-Pong games, asking them when they’re starting Jenny Craig.”
    Pedroia is awesome.

    Atheose August 5, 2008, 9:05 am
  • Day after day, in these pregame hours, Pedroia stirs the pot, dishing out threats and insults and mixing in bold predictions about his performance at the plate. He has already texted Millar, “Did you bring your glasses for the laser show tonight?”
    OMG I love Pedroia more and more as I read this article. Great find, Stuck.

    Atheose August 5, 2008, 9:08 am
  • That article is awesome.
    “when I was in high school, I was really good looking”
    Awesome.

    Brad August 5, 2008, 9:28 am

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