Jay Treaty: Sox-Jays Gamer IV

Signed in November 1794 and negotiated principally by future Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay, the eponymous Jay Treaty temporarily averted war between the United States and Great Britain. It also split American politics so severely it led to the creation of an opposition political party (of which Barack Obama is now the figurehead) headed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who were vocally pro-French and saw the treaty as a design by George Washington, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton to re-subjugate America under monarchical rule. Ultimately, the treaty expired in 10 years, and efforts — spearheaded by Jefferson, ironically — to renew it collapsed, leading to war in 1812.

What does this have to do with tonight's series-opening game between the first-place Red Sox and the refreshingly third-place Blue Jays? Well, nothing actually.

The Blue Jays enter the game having lost nine straight, the first three of which came against these very Red Sox. Tonight, Tim Wakefield takes the hill, and he's been alternating quality and non-quality starts for a month now. The good news is he's due for quality tonight. And unsurprisingly, Wake has received a decision in all but one of his starts thus far.

If you're around on a Friday evening, here's your place to comment away!

57 comments… add one

  • “…he’s due for quality tonight…”
    on the other hand, you could say the jays are due for a win ;)

    dc May 29, 2009, 6:08 pm
  • The Jays were due for a win a long time ago dc ;-)
    Nice bit of history there Paul. I love me some TJ.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 6:50 pm
  • Pedro walks, Youk walks, and then Bay gets an infield single.
    Come on Ortiz, give us something good.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 7:16 pm
  • Oh my fucking goodness, Ortiz hits it RIGHT at the wall in center field, caught by Wells. He absolutely crushed that thing.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 7:17 pm
  • Lugo makes a shitty play and Hill is safe at first, though the replay shows him out. Bah.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • Then Pedroia makes an error on a double-play ball. Goddamnit.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 7:24 pm
  • Hey we got the DP that time, even though Lugo almost fucked it up.
    Remember when we had the best defense in baseball? Ahhh those were good times.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 7:27 pm
  • How much did Papi miss by?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 29, 2009, 7:29 pm
  • Maybe 5 feet IBM. Wells was flush with the wall, arm extended above his head.
    Two singles and then an Ellsbury double puts the Sox up 1-0.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 7:36 pm
  • Why are the Jays fans chanting “Steroids” with Millar at-bat?

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 7:42 pm
  • Wow, horrible call by McLellan. Lowell safe by a step and a half, and the ump calls him out. Earlier he called a Jay safe even though he was out. Bah.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 8:06 pm
  • wow. that’s some horrible work at 1st base by mclellan. alot of ump talk in this series. we shouldn’t even know there names.

    sf rod May 29, 2009, 8:07 pm
  • jacoby singles kottaras home. 2-1 sox. should be more had lowell been on.

    sf rod May 29, 2009, 8:14 pm
  • Ellsbury with another hit and RBI, 2-1 Sox.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • Awww Drew lets a ball fall down in front of him for a single. Scutaro is on my fantasy team though, so maybe he did that for me.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 8:20 pm
  • anybody know how to make a backwards K with the keyboard?

    sf rod May 29, 2009, 8:24 pm
  • Jason Bay doubles to the gap. Booya.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 8:27 pm
  • smoked double in the gap by bay. 9 hits for the sox through 4. should have more than 2 runs. papi’s due……………………………………….

    sf rod May 29, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • Wakefield hits Rios to start the inning.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 8:32 pm
  • Grr. 4 LOB already for Ortiz.

    Hudson May 29, 2009, 8:36 pm
  • uhg. tie game.

    sf rod May 29, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • wake is starting to loose his control. hbp and a walk.

    sf rod May 29, 2009, 8:41 pm
  • A walk and some doubles and the Sox are down 3-2. Come on Wake, settle down.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 8:42 pm
  • Another single scores the other two runs. Goddamnit.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 8:43 pm
  • SCutaro doubles, scoring Barajas from first. This is a fucking joke.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 8:44 pm
  • Oof. Tito waaaay too slow with the hook.

    Hudson May 29, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • Bard stops the bleeding on two pitches (96 and 97 mph, according to GameDay).

    Hudson May 29, 2009, 8:50 pm
  • Boston: 2 runs on 11 baserunners over the first five innings. Feh.

    Hudson May 29, 2009, 8:52 pm
  • Great bunt single from Lugo, who is on for the third straight time.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 8:53 pm
  • Wow, four straight strikes all called for balls, two of which were RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE. What the hell?

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 8:58 pm
  • Fantastic pitching from Bard; to go from a 99mph fastball to that hard biting curveball, it’s like watching Nolan Ryan pitch again.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 9:03 pm
  • At least Bard is looking sharp.
    Is the hope that he might someday setup for Paps, or is he expected to start eventually? (I confess I haven’t been keeping up on the Bardiana.)

    Hudson May 29, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • Rumor has it he’ll be the closer when the Sox let Papelbon walk next year.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 9:07 pm
  • drew!

    sf rod May 29, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • J.D. narrows the gap with a solo shot, now 6-3.

    Hudson May 29, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • Wow Drew crushed that. Keep chipping away at this lead fellas.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • I hate when we get sh*tty Wake.

    Devine May 29, 2009, 9:21 pm
  • Bard’s stuff is electric, and so far his command has been solid. Hitting the corners like it’s billiards.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 9:23 pm
  • Strikes out the side. Child’s play.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • 5 consecutive k’s by bard. so, at least there’s that.

    sf rod May 29, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • Game over. Sigh.

    Atheose May 29, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • So, uhh, recycle this gamer again today? Penny looking OKAY through two, 4 hits and a run after 2 innings.

    Atheose May 30, 2009, 2:01 pm
  • Penny’s fastball is hitting 93 and has a lot of sinking action today. And as I say that he throws a flat one down the middle, double for Rios.

    Atheose May 30, 2009, 2:10 pm
  • I’m here too, Ath! (though I’m not sure for how long)
    Couple of long ABs here in the 3rd, and now a single makes it 3-2.
    Hearing the Jays’ color guy announcing with Orsillo is a real mind-f*ck.

    Devine May 30, 2009, 2:20 pm
  • Yeah no kidding Devine.
    Has your feed come back on yet? I have mlb.tv up and Gameday on another computer, and the Gameday shows that Penny just had a 1-2-3 inning but mlb.tv completely skipped that inning and has been showing commercials instead.

    Atheose May 30, 2009, 2:32 pm
  • Pedroia hit on the knee, fuck. He’s on the ground, trainers immediately out. This looks bad.

    Atheose May 30, 2009, 2:34 pm
  • Walked away for quite awhile, but yeah, the commercial has been lengthy.
    Oh, the top of the 5th just started!

    Devine May 30, 2009, 2:35 pm
  • You’re ahead of me, Ath, now I’m waiting for the terror.

    Devine May 30, 2009, 2:36 pm
  • Pedroia picked off stealing 2nd.

    Atheose May 30, 2009, 2:38 pm
  • Terry smiled pretty big there right before leaving Pedroia, like an indulgent, “Oh, you’re such a stubborn little bastard” kind of smile.

    Devine May 30, 2009, 2:38 pm
  • Shit.

    Devine May 30, 2009, 2:39 pm
  • Offense has been SO lackluster these past four games. Really in search of a big inning. Two effing hits today.

    Devine May 30, 2009, 2:44 pm
  • HAH that’s exactly what Tito looked like Devine.
    Baldelli runs into the wall, now he’s on the ground with the trainers running out. Looks like his knees smashed into the wall hard.

    Atheose May 30, 2009, 2:46 pm
  • Rocco out of the game, Drew heading out. That’s the last thing we need: Drew playing right field when he’s not properly stretched out. Watch him get injured too now.

    Atheose May 30, 2009, 2:48 pm
  • Varitek throws out Scutaro at 2nd. Close call, but replay shows him out.

    Atheose May 30, 2009, 2:50 pm
  • I wonder sometimes if the managers say anything to the umpires like, “Yeah, I know your call was good, but I gotta kick up a little fuss out here, see? Just chat with me a little longer to make this look good.”

    Devine May 30, 2009, 2:53 pm
  • Oh…guess I’ll venture over to the actual gamer…

    Devine May 30, 2009, 2:56 pm

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