Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: Yanks-Sox Gamer XII

Has any baseball player in recent memory inspired as many nicknames as Doug Mientkiewicz? In further proof that necessity is, in fact, the mother of invention, the first baseman has been dubbed Minky, Minty, Dougie Baseball, Doug Out, Manischewitz, and Scrabble — though personally I always make a point of typing out his entire name, because dammit, I didn’t memorize that spelling for nothing. He’s seemed at times like the embodiment of the Yankees’ futility this season, but I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for him: after years of watching Giambi lumber around the bag, he was a breath of fresh air (albeit a breath of fresh air with a terrible OPS).

In yesterday’s long, slow, and, for Yankee fans, utterly excruciating Fox match up, Mientkiewicz lost his balance trying to salvage an errant Jeter throw and came out on the wrong end of a first-base collision with Mike Lowell’s thigh. It turns out he suffered a concussion, a cervical sprain, and a fractured wrist bone, and was kept at the hospital overnight. Yikes. It’s just that kind of a season for the Yankees, who may soon have another former Sox manning first… god help us all.

Andy Pettitte takes on the 8-0 (!) Josh Beckett tonight in the rubber game of what’s turned into a highly charged series. Comment on all the action, as well as Joe Morgan’s announcing inadequacies, right here.

319 comments… add one
  • Don’t forget Dougie Eyechart, Emma! (Forget where I saw that one, Banter maybe?)

    yankeemonkey June 3, 2007, 4:43 pm
  • And the best of them all (hat tip to JoS): Malphabet

    JB June 3, 2007, 5:42 pm
  • Perhaps we’ll see Damon make his 2007 debut at first tonight. It’s inevitable, according to the Post and ESPN.

    Adam June 3, 2007, 6:19 pm
  • Johnny Damon, DH
    Derek Jeter, SS
    Bobby Abreu, RF
    Alex Rodriguez, 3B
    Jorge Posada, C
    Hideki Matsui, LF
    Robinson Cano, 2B
    Josh Phelps, 1B
    Melky Cabrera, CF
    Julio Lugo, SS
    Dustin Pedroia, 2B
    David Ortiz, DH
    Manny Ramirez, LF
    Kevin Youkilis, 1B
    Mike Lowell, 3B
    Jason Varitek, C
    Wily Mo Pena, RF
    Coco Crisp, CF

    Rob June 3, 2007, 6:41 pm
  • Dougie Eyechart (or sometimes just Eyechart) is a SoSH fave. One of the nicer ones.

    Jim in CT SF June 3, 2007, 6:42 pm
  • Weapons of Mass Pena in RF again? Oy.

    Anonymous June 3, 2007, 6:47 pm
  • The Droid batting second? Whoa. I hope he’s up to it.
    Go Beckett!

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • For anyone in Boston, how is the weather looking? Will they be able to get the game in?

    yankeemonkey June 3, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Rain, this is the 2nd game in a row for Pedroia batting second. He’s played himself into that spot, he’s really hot right now.
    If he can keep hitting around .300, he’s a natural in that spot- not a lot of strikeouts, usually makes contact, and has a little pop.

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Hah, looking at last game’s box score, Pedroia has 3 hits and an RBI. Nice.
    And the good news is Coco has two hits in the 9 hole. So the shift working for both players.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • I’m still a little puzzled about Weapons of Mass-destruction Pena being out there 2 games in a row. I think it’s tempting fate to trust his fielding skills in that big right field again.
    Could the Sox be showcasing him, or are they just trying to get him some at-bats?

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Drew has an ailing hammy, so that’s why Pena is out there again.

    SF June 3, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • I realize that about Drew, but I wonder why Hinske didn’t get a chance to play this series.

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Beckett strikes out Johnny Damon.
    And we’re off!

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Jeter grounds out. Two up, two down for Beck so far.
    I’m only watching at Gameday, yet I feel the chills and thrills today. Brr.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Jeter grounds out to 2nd

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Abreau flies out to left
    1-2-3

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Lugo grounds out, Dpod grounds out

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Lugo grounds out to begin the game.
    Pedroia also with a ground out.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Pettitte looking sharp so far

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Papi grounds out
    1-2-3- for Pettitte

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Looks like this will be a pitching duel, through and through, Rob.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • ARod pops out on a broken bat hit to Pedroia

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Julio Lugo has an OBP of .240 in the first inning. No comment necessary.

    SF June 3, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • I know SF, between him and Wiffy my ire goes into overdrive

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Posada doubles to right center after pitches.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • that would be after 8 pitches

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Wily Mo is in the “annoying” category. It’s hard to blame the guy for never playing, and then being overmatched when he does play. On one hand, he doesn’t seem to be making any adjustments, but how is he supposed to do anything critically if he doesn’t see regular action?
    Lugo, he just looks to me like he’s got a terrible approach, and it ain’t changing at this point in his career. Lugo’s a far worse case, as far as I am concerned.

    SF June 3, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Johnny Damon Coco with the weak throw allowing a hustling Posada to take second.

    SF June 3, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • SF, I agree with you about WMP. It’s hard to hate the guy; he is what he is. The Sox got him as a prospect, and it’s very hard to learn basic skills at the major league level.

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • WM angers me becuase he knows that normally he is going to see a healthy dose of breaking balls and he cannot hit them. Once in a blue moon he does manage to hit one that I think is more due to luck/accident. The guy reminds me of Serrano from Major League.
    Maybe he needs to get a statue of Jobu for his locker.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • What is it with Centerfielders and lousy arms??

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • And how many years do we have Lugo signed, SF?
    Sigh.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • I do understand though that the lack of playing time does hurt his development.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Julio Lugo was signed to a twelve year contract. Or at least it feels like it.

    SF June 3, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Nice K on Cano

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Damn, Phelps with a shot Lugo cannot stop and Posada scores.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Thanks, Julio. I hate Julio Lugo on every level possible. I haven’t hated a Sox player like this in years. I can’t even remember a player I had this kind of disdain for, maybe Jack Clark.

    SF June 3, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Well Ole Crazy “Dinasour” Carl Everett wasn’t one of my favorites.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • My least favorite of recent memory was Mike Greenwell. Although Jack Clark is pretty close.

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • I am not a fan of the pitch selection tonight, for the record. Too many fastballs on out pitches, and the Yankees are hitting them. Beckett blew a fastball by Damon, but that’s different than trying to blow one by Matsui or Posada.

    SF June 3, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Everett’s main problem was that he was a miserable SOB. When he played, he was decent. Unfortunately, he tended to be “hurt” a lot.

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • i missed the first tow games of this series. did anything happen?

    sf rod June 3, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Jeez, SF, worse than Jack Clark? I can’t see that. Clark was such a jerk, what has Lugo done besides suck at hitting? At least he can run. Jack Clark was a zero tool player for the Sox.

    Tom sf June 3, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Beckett now at 43 pitches. Not exactly what we needed.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Ah yes, the Jack Clark years- no defensive ability, lots of strikeouts, poor average, not much power (by the time he came to Boston) and an absolute CANCER in the clubhouse.

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • It’s not rational, Tom. I hated Clark, sure. But for some reason (and it’s not because Lugo is Everett-level crazy, or Clark-level selfish), Lugo makes me nuts.

    SF June 3, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Good pitching from Pettitte on Ramirez there.
    It doesn’t really need to be said, but Joe Morgan is beyond painful.

    SF June 3, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • I like to see Manny getting animated at the plate. A good sign that he is getting his hitting straightened out.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Joe Morgan, Tom McCarver
    You now know what hell is. You will be forced to listen to play by play with them them two calling it together.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Tim McCarver

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • A little irrationality is understandable, SF. If we were all completely rational, this blog (and most blogs for that matter) wouldn’t exist!

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Wow, ESPN with worst camera work ever on Lowell’s flyout. They shot that thing like it was on the Pike. Awful.

    SF June 3, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Damn…I thought that shor by Lowell was gone.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • HEY Rob, that’s TIM McCarver. And to think that moron comes from the city I live in.

    Tom sf June 3, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Seriously, Morgan just spent about 75 words explaining why Youk’s broken bat single was a broken bat single. Hideous stuff to listen to.

    SF June 3, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Toast flies out.
    We need a low pitch inning from Beckett.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Bill Simmons of ESPN said something interesting about color commentators- basically, once they’ve been out of the game for about 10 years they’re so out of touch, they just rely on old cliches. It makes sense; getting a guy like David Cone last year was just a breath of fresh air, because he really knew some inside information.

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Thanks Tom…I did catch it. Somehow I did not get TypePad’d. Whenever I do have a spelling mistake it goes through no problem. Not have spelling errors and I get typepad policed.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • The Toast nickname I suppose is being used ironically these days?
    Can I apply the nickname to my Bombers?
    Now I watch The Sopranos!

    Nick-YF June 3, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Morgan: “He’s making really good strikes.”
    What the hell does that mean?

    Rob June 3, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • yes, yes, and i’m sorry.

    sf rod June 3, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Abreau doubles to the left field corner

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Wow…freezes ARod on the outer half strike.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Beckett now up to 62 pitches. Hopefully he keeps going and we can get into the 7th.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Nice K from Beckett.
    Come on, Sox! Let’s show some run support!

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • sf- i know you’ll never come around on lugo, but he is having the most productive .225/.283/.330 i’ve ever seen. i never remembered him playing us well in TB, but theo coveted the guy. fenway has put some new holes in his swing. it’s fixable.

    sf rod June 3, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Melky with a beautiful catch to rob Pena in deep center field.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Wily Mo flies out to center.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Coco flies out to right

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Lugo draws the walk.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Lugo takes off as Pettitte throws to first to try and pick him off. Phelps has a hard time getting the ball out of his glove and Lugo gets the steal.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Pedroia with a chopper up the middle that Cano fields and throws him out.
    Pettitte now at 44 pitches.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Posada lines out to center

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • morgan wants to “say one more thing about a-rod”.
    i’m holding him too it.

    sf rod June 3, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • The Sox better score soon, the rain is coming.

    SF June 3, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Cano grounds out, 1-2-3
    Beckett with an 8 pitch inning. Just what we needed.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Papi K’d on three pitches.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Ortiz got called on that 3rd strike, I thought he was gonna have a STROKE.

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Papi is looking just plain bad lately. The hammy must be bothering him something fierce.
    Manny singles to right center.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Damn, I thought that was straight grounder by Youk and that he had just fallen down. Replay showed the ball go off his shin.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Youk flies out to right.
    Manny has been playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Pettitte leaning off 1st. Manny should remember that Lugo has been picked off twice. Lugo has good speed, Manny far from it.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Lowell lines a shot to third that ARod catches, drops, picks up and throws him out at 1st.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Andy Pettitte is on his game. I pray for one more inning and then a massive, all-night downpour.

    Emma June 3, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Pettitte now at 61 pitches.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Pettitte is shutting down the Sox offense. Just a couple of hits against him so far.
    Man.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • “on his game”? Does he have the ability to telekinetically cause liners to be hit right at players? The Sox have been very unlucky this evening.

    SF June 3, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • You dancing in the yard Emma?

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Can Morgan and Miller stop talking about the “Mine!” controversy, PLEASE?

    SF June 3, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Well it is thier first chance to talk about it. It is like they save all the weeks topics to talk about.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Phelps with an infield single that Lowell has trouble getting controlled of.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • OK, this game is already beyond frustrating, and there’s a good chance the Sox will get maybe one or two more chances to score runs, tops.
    Thank God for 13.5 game leads.

    SF June 3, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Or, 11 game leads. Or whatever the lead is right now.

    SF June 3, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Melky with single up the middle.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Damon pops out to left.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Jeter grounds to short, Lugo goes to third to get the lead runner. He wasn’t going to have a shot at the DP.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Abreau walks, bases loaded. ARod headed to the plate.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • lowell with another dirty play.

    sf rod June 3, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • ARod with a grounder to third, Lowell with a dirt ball throw that Youk has trouble fielding, gets past him and allows two runs to score.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Abreu walks. This game could be over fast if Beckettt can’t work out of this jam. Rain looks about 35 minutes away, so this is basically the equivalent of the 7th or 8th inning.
    And Lowell makes another terrible play. For all his offensive prowess this year, his defense has been putrid. This game is history, I think. Beckett, with a little help from his infield this inning (Lowell, that is), would be through five down 1-0, not bad against a lineup that has battled him well. Very frustrating evening, on both offense and defense.

    SF June 3, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Posada with a two out single, scores another run.
    4-0

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Totally agree SF.
    Snyder up in the pen.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Matsui strikes out, inning finally ends.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • The Yankees have worked Beckett tonight, for sure, but with just a little help from his infield this game would still be 1-0, if not scoreless. Lugo and Lowell have not done their pitcher a service tonight.
    I guess that’s baseball for you. Off to bed – I can’t stay up to watch this with a four month old four hours from waking up.

    SF June 3, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Beckett finishes the 5th with 96 pitches.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Tek singles to lead off the bottom of the 5th

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • I am actually so sick of Yankees/Red Sox head-to-heads right now, it’s actually kind of hard to enjoy these games. I am glad these teams don’t meet for a while, frankly.

    SF June 3, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • dang. I hate losing to the yankees. Hope the Sox can pull off a miracle in their bottom half and get the lead before the rains come.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 3, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • I agree SF. This many games this early in the season has made it very hard to get used to. They do such a good job beating each other up that it really is misleading.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • WMP singles to left. 1st and 2nd, no out. Coco up.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Rob, I don’t have a yard, but maybe the fire escape would work. It’s already pouring here… but it looks like by the time they get through this inning, it may be too late. Sigh.

    Emma June 3, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Coco singles up the center. Bases juiced, Lugo to the plate.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • I think in the city a fire escape is classified as a yard.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • SF, you still watching?

    Tom sf June 3, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • I agree with SF.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Lugo K’s after falling behind 0-2 and working the count back to 3-2

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Chickenhawk with a bases clearing double. Sox down 4-3!!

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Pedroia the Destroya, LOL….when is this series over.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • dPod! dPod! dPod!

    TJ June 3, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Abreu is such a p*ssy!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Papi with a liner into right field that Abreau misplays allowing Pedroia to score and Papi to advance to third.
    Game tied 4-4

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Here we go, Red Sox, here we go!

    Michael Webb June 3, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Youks prolly chuckling saying “I woulda had a triple” lol

    TJ June 3, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Abreau knocks Pettitte out of the game.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • it wasn’t that long ago that people on here were screaming for pedroia’s job….I am glad they kept with him and let him get his feet under him

    TheTree1918 June 3, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Vizciano in. Ballgame.

    YF in MA June 3, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Fire him George fire him now. Don’t even wait until tomorrow, call the dugout have him pack him green tea and peach pits and leave. Vizcaino?

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • “This game is history, I think.” -sf
    “Totally agree SF.” -rob
    thanks guys.

    sf rod June 3, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • if it’s anybody else but Papi and his bad hammies, that’s an inside-the-park job. I’m not saying anything negative about Ortiz, but that’s how badly Abrue played that

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Pettitte is not really pitching that badly, but why stick with a crappy pitcher like him when you’ve got Vizcaino?

    Tom sf June 3, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • pedroia’s nickname should be “pop-up”…nice drive, but it’ll look good in the boxscore…
    another nice play by e-breau

    dc June 3, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Your welcome Rod…of course I am glad that I look like an teetering a** right now.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Joe Torre is sending a message to the world: I want to get fired.

    Nick-YF June 3, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Yankees Suck, there’s one of those original chants you guys spoke of a few weeks back.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Yes, nice reverse sooth, SF & Rob.

    Tom sf June 3, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Youk with a sac fly to center, Papi scores.
    Sox up 5-4

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • shoulda had pettite give the Intentional walk then bring in the new pitcher.

    TJ June 3, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Where’s Roger, oh so creative.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Rod/Tom: I am sure that this will happen again at some point this season again as it has happened to us all a number of times.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Wow. I do some office rounds for a few minutes — and the Sox come from behind, 5-4?
    Go Sox!

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Lowell doubles to left, ball hits the top of the scoreboard and goes straight back up in the air. Manny gets to 3rd.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Joe keeps going to the Vizcaino well and once again it’s all dried up.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • I wonder if Clemens is willing to go to the bullpen…

    Emma June 3, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • If you don’t like the “Where Is Roger?” chant, how about “HALF YOUR AS-SETS” when ARod comes up?

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Tek grounds out to 2nd.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • By the time that chant will be relevant he will be YOUR 3B, so you let me know next year if you like it. ;)

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Don’t think so Emma. That was one of the things the Sox spoke with him about and he told them no way.
    Of course, if Torre were to ask he probably would do it.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • time to fast foward to 2008.

    Nick-YF June 3, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Naturally, Beckett will settle in, find himself, and mow down whoever the hell is even up for NY. What number of pitches, under 10, will the Yankees go down on this inning?

    YF in MA June 3, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Beckett back out? What to get an out or two to get credit for the win?

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Beckett walks Cano.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • John- I don’t see ARod going to the Sox next year. I think either Chicago or Anaheim is going to back the Brinks truck up for him. Also, there is no way the Yankees would let the Sox outbid them for him.

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • so Pettitte’s probably hurt now.
    Uncle

    Nick-YF June 3, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Beck walks Cano.
    Anybody in the Sox pen, guys?

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Phelps grounds into the 6-4-3 double play.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Yes Rain
    Donnelly and either Lopez/Romero

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Don’t give up Nick.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • I don’t think it was anything that serious Nick.
    Melky grounds out to end the inning.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Double play!
    Wow. That was big.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Heres a nice stat. Dustin Pedroia is the only hitter on Boston not to ground into a double play this season

    TJ June 3, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • That is an amazing stat TJ

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Vizcaino was so impressive last inning that sleepy decides to leave him in.
    Porcello from Prep pitched against up this year, WOW is all I can say!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • even more impressive when u take into account hes only struck out 9 times

    TJ June 3, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • WMP called out on an inside 3rd strike.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Wily Mo whiffs.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Crisp flies out to left

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • its not a whiff if it wasnt swinging :p

    TJ June 3, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Only three more innings to endure Joe Morgan.

    Soog June 3, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Viz walks Lugo

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • the fox guys are the worst.
    2 weeks ago they called bostons bullpen the weaklink of the team then yesterday they were complimenting the bullpen…..

    TJ June 3, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Action in the Yank BP

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • They were looking at a scouting report from last year

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • i was hoping clemens would play right field

    dc June 3, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • Britton and Myers up in Yank BP

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • With Myers up in the pen, the game inevitably begins its slow, labored trek across that 500-pitch, three-hour tundra known as the New York Yankees 6th / 7th innings.

    YF in MA June 3, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • Nice block of the plate by Posada. Damn.

    Tom sf June 3, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • That’s an awful call, but I will take it.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • Pedroia with another hit, Lugo sent home and nailed by Matsui’s throw relayed to home by ARod. Posada did an awesome job of blocking the plate.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Viscaino’s best inning in pinstripes!

    Nick-YF June 3, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • tj, that’s the way these announcer/sports-writer types are…they flip-flop…that way they always sound like they know what they’re talking about except to those of us that keep track of what they say….[for other examples of this check out “around the horn”, “pti”, and “the sports reporters” on espn…hilarious stuff from guys who know less than most of us do…insiders, yea right…]

    dc June 3, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Watch his back leg it gets the plate prior to the tag. Either way, I will take it.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • the only epsn show i like was 1st and 10 with Woody and Skip….. those two are funny together.

    TJ June 3, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Beckett still pitching? Francona is the anti-Torre.

    Tom sf June 3, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Lugo looked safe! But Posada did a good job blocking the plate.

    IrvArons June 3, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Why is Beckett out there?

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • back foot on the slide got in. posada left himself open for a collision. glad it didn’t happen.

    sf rod June 3, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • My heart actually stopped for about 4-5 beats watching WMP catch that fly.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • Good god, WMP made a good play in the field……

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • Safe play by Francona, he can’t lose the game.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • OK, where is the damn rain?

    Tom sf June 3, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • Sorry safe and smart play.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • Lopez in now for Beckett.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • Abreau with a hit off Lopez advancing Damon to third. 1 out.
    Donnelly coming in to face Rodriguez.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • Bear down Donnelly, we need a DP badly.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Okajima starting to warm up….Paps stretching.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • who is the clutch guy in the bosox line up so far this season?

    mike June 3, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Let’s do this, Alex…

    YF in MA June 3, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Lately, I would say Pedroia

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • A-Rod about to K…

    YF in MA June 3, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • ARod pops out to Lugo.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • whooooo ho ho nice catch!

    mike June 3, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Posada to the plate. Okajima headed in to face him.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Oops, sorry, Wily Mo didn’t whiff. He just didn’t swing.
    A-Rod pops out. Okajima is in.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Weakass belt high fsatball dpwn the middle opf the plate on 3-2 and Arod can’t even get it ut of the infield. That is lame.

    Michael T June 3, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • Posada flies out to center. The Sox get out of the jam.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • nice work Oky!

    mike June 3, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Jorge flies out.
    Let’s get some insurance runs now. Gawd, these 8th and 9th innings will feel like forever.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • Yank/Sox game 8th and 9th innings feel like the last minute of NBA games. They just last forever.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • Farnsworth in. Good for at least a walk, a single or two, and probably another run. Payroll and injuries and poor quality considered, the 2007 Yankees are shaping up to be one of the worst teams in baseball history.

    YF in MA June 3, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • Farnsworth gets Papi to ground to second.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • It looks like Farnsworth borrowed Donnely’s glasses.

    Tom sf June 3, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Back from Boston and yesterday’s game. Sox determined to keep fighting uphill battles against the Yankees, though it worked yesterday (though not entirely for good reasons, nor entirely based on the Sox’ efforts). Wonder how this version turns out.

    Devine June 3, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Manny with a deep fly double to center. The wind must be just slapping these shots down because some of them looked gone tonight.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • arod’s nickname should be “pop-up”

    dc June 3, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • pop-Rod?
    Manny is looking much better at the plate. That swing was a work of art.

    Tom sf June 3, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Youk flies out deep to right, Manny moves to third. 2 outs.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Manny with a double!
    Come on, Youkie!

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Lowell rung up.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • Lowell ks. I’m not sure 5 runs is going to be enough to win this game.

    Tom sf June 3, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • Predicting big hits for Cano and Melky this inning.

    walein June 3, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • Oki versus Matsui.
    Hai!

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • Nice Matsui!

    walein June 3, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • I just getinternet back in time to say..
    We’ve lost the game.

    Dionysus June 3, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Matsui singles

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Just got back in time to say…
    The Yankees will still lose this game.

    AndrewYF June 3, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Lugo getting thrown out at home very big now.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • Oki does a nice job pitching out of the inning after giving up the run.

    Tom sf June 3, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • Man.
    Everything has to be down the wire, huh?

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • Very big Rob.
    Tie game going into the bottom of the 8th. This sucks for BOTH teams, but more so for the Sox.
    They both have long flights (Sox longer) before games tommorrow.. if this goes to Extras… its gonna blow.

    Dionysus June 3, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • Yep. Can’t score a guy on third with no outs? Loss.

    AndrewYF June 3, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • I’m guessing they’re still sending Paps out for the 9th?

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 11:36 pm
  • I think that Paps will be out there.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • Ugh., We are SO gonna lose this game

    Dionysus June 3, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • Ugh., We are SO gonna lose this game

    Dionysus June 3, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • Lugo with a shot through that ARod and Jeter both yell Ole!

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • Come on Dion…its not that bad.
    Wow, lots of pick-off attempts on Gameday. Coco on 1st.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • Andrew/Dio- I feel pretty safe in saying that it’s impossible for BOTH teams to lose. It’s tied up- anyone’s ballgame right now.

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • As if according to script, A-Rod can’t field the grounder. Red Sox win.

    YF in MA June 3, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • Pedroia has been scorching this weekend. May not be the guy they want to pitch to.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • Lugo singles!
    Double steal? :P

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • As I say that, Abreau with a running snag of Pedroia’s shot to deep right center.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • Pedroia pops out.
    Paps is in for the 9th.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • I sit here watching this, knowing that I have to get up at 5 in the morning to go to work….crap.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • And Bobby “Lupus” Abreu makes the catch. Damn.

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • How many times do you see a guy make a great play in the field then come up the next inning and ……….

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • Infuriatingly good catch by Abreu.
    I keep telling myself it doesn’t matter so much if they lose, but most of my brain isn’t buying it.

    Devine June 3, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • Now the friggin rain starts!!!

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • Mo warming up in the pen.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • Youk snags the hard grounder from Jeter and lobs to Papelbon for the out.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • Ugh, to 3-1 on Abreu.

    Devine June 3, 2007, 11:51 pm
  • Not sure why Abreau swung at that 3-1 pitch. It was going to be a ball.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • K.

    Devine June 3, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • Then K’s Abreau swinging.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • OK Alex your turn…

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • Paps….ARod
    Mano y Mano

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • And there’s the ball game

    Dionysus June 3, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • Rob, Abreu swung at that pitch because his body has been possessed by the vengeful spirit of Tony Womack this year. Just so you know.
    A-ROD! Holy crap.

    Emma June 3, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • Ah, dang, A-Rod. Why you gotta be so clutch?

    Devine June 3, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • An AAAAAAA Bomb from AAAAAAAA Rod!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • Paps loses that one. Serves a meatball up to ARod by trying to blow heat by him after two fastballs.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • Setting up for Papi/Manny and Youk against Mo.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • A-Rod homers.
    Frak frak frak.

    Rain SF June 3, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Holy crap. A-Rod just won another week of respect from New Yorkers.

    AndrewYF June 3, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • Not a meatball…low and away in the strike zone.
    No giving up yet (though I’m obviously disheartened). Still some good hitters coming up next inning.

    Devine June 3, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • That wasn’t a meatball, Rob. It was a fastball low and away, on the black. ARod just hit the snot out of it.

    Ayuh - SF June 3, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • If Papi gets on who runs Cora?

    John - YF (Trisk) June 3, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • Sox look unhappy. Manny a bit mopey (though he may just hate the rain), Youkilis exhales/sighs at 1st.
    It’s a K, but the Yanks by one.

    Devine June 3, 2007, 11:58 pm
  • Both bullpens coughing up leads tonight.
    Again, Lugo getting nailed at the plate may have cost us the game.

    Rob June 3, 2007, 11:58 pm
  • Dio, have you seen the Yankee bullpen this season?

    Emma June 3, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • Please let this be the Mo of old.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 4, 2007, 12:00 am
  • I have, Emma But its Mo. I don’t think Mo blows this one.. I just dont see it.

    Dionysus June 4, 2007, 12:00 am
  • Ayuh..Not the protypical meatball dead center on the plate. But it looked like he missed his location and three fastballs in a row may not have been the best decision.

    Rob June 4, 2007, 12:00 am
  • Mo is in.
    Ortiz, Manny and Youk up.

    Rain SF June 4, 2007, 12:00 am
  • Like he doesn’t blow Game 4 of the ALCS? Yeah, the circumstances are terrible, but 1 run, even 2 isn’t crazy.
    1-1 to Papi.

    Devine June 4, 2007, 12:01 am
  • Crushed foul it looked like, way foul.

    Devine June 4, 2007, 12:02 am
  • Then not quite as foul. Still 1-2.

    Devine June 4, 2007, 12:02 am
  • Most career blown saves vs. Sox…but that seems obvious. He’s the best team he’s seen most often.

    Devine June 4, 2007, 12:03 am
  • Most career blown saves vs. Sox…but that seems obvious. They’re the best team he’s seen most often.

    Devine June 4, 2007, 12:03 am
  • Sorry, tried to catch that but failed.
    Papi fighting off pitches, finally lays off a ball…2-2.

    Devine June 4, 2007, 12:04 am
  • F***ing frustrating.

    Devine June 4, 2007, 12:05 am
  • Deep drive to right by Papi that goes to Abeau. One out.

    Rob June 4, 2007, 12:05 am
  • I think I just pooped my pants.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 4, 2007, 12:05 am
  • *sigh*

    Dionysus June 4, 2007, 12:05 am
  • Papi flies out after a long AB.
    Here comes Manny.

    Rain SF June 4, 2007, 12:06 am
  • “Most career blown saves vs. Sox…but that seems obvious. He’s the best team he’s seen most often.”
    That applies to all of the pitchers having worse stats against each other than the other teams. They just go to war with each other.

    Rob June 4, 2007, 12:06 am
  • This is gut-wrenching…

    YF in MA June 4, 2007, 12:07 am
  • More so for you YFIMA!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 4, 2007, 12:09 am
  • Manny K’s

    Rob June 4, 2007, 12:09 am
  • F***.

    Devine June 4, 2007, 12:09 am
  • Manny strikes out.

    Rain SF June 4, 2007, 12:10 am
  • Tehre goes Manny.
    Well.. we still ahev a 10 game lead and wqe don’t have to do this again for a very very long time

    Dionysus June 4, 2007, 12:10 am
  • That was Intentional! Throw Mo out!
    Kidding…

    Tom sf June 4, 2007, 12:11 am
  • Wonder if that should have been a strike, similar to Papelbon’s strikeout against Cleveland (in the middle game, I think).

    Devine June 4, 2007, 12:11 am
  • Man on for Lowell

    Rob June 4, 2007, 12:11 am
  • Don’t think I don’t see what you’re doing with that reverse jinxing, Dio!
    Yikes, Youk’s getting beat up this weekend. You could hear his “Ow!” loud and clear on the replay.

    Emma June 4, 2007, 12:12 am
  • A triple revers jinx!

    Rob June 4, 2007, 12:13 am
  • THANK YOU GOD!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 4, 2007, 12:14 am
  • Good night all. I sort of hate life at the moment, but that will pass in the next 20 minutes.

    Devine June 4, 2007, 12:14 am
  • Ball tgame. Congrast YankFans. You beat us in real fasion

    Dionysus June 4, 2007, 12:14 am
  • Game…Nice job by Mo to close it out.

    Rob June 4, 2007, 12:14 am
  • No question, Trisk. I have to board up my windows and root for the Yankees from a bunker below my apartment. Fortunately, Mo just struck out Lowell. But I must cheer quietly…

    YF in MA June 4, 2007, 12:14 am
  • Wow, a lot of reverse jinx on this thread.. =P
    ARod clutch despite all the distractions. Nice. Now it’s only 13.5 down. Somehow, it was still relatively exciting despite that..

    Lar June 4, 2007, 12:15 am
  • Goodnight everyone! Chicago here we come! Let’s hope DeSalvo can keep this going.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 4, 2007, 12:16 am
  • F*** f*** f*** f*** f*** f*** f*** f***.
    There, that helps some.

    Devine June 4, 2007, 12:16 am
  • 12.5 down, Lar. Sox have a ten game divisional lead.
    LStupid long season.

    Dionysus June 4, 2007, 12:17 am
  • 12.5

    John - YF (Trisk) June 4, 2007, 12:17 am
  • Ya, as you can tell, I haven’t been paying attention!
    The Yanks are pretty much playing like Abreu. There are flashes of greatness here and there, but not getting any momentum of any sort.
    I mean, when we “beat” the Sox last week, we were actually closer than this. Maybe the Yanks are the Sox’s Tampa Bay this year! ;)
    That’s a long due 1-run win too.

    Lar June 4, 2007, 12:20 am
  • Wow, I forgot how devastating Mo could be. I have to remember to not be nervous next time he’s up.
    Not exactly a great game for either team. But boy, was it pressure-packed.
    Despite the win, this Yankee team still does not impress me very much. Then again, neither does the Boston starting pitching, at least relative to the god-like praise they’ve received. Beckett, wonder of wonders, is obviously the best pitcher on the staff right now. But I have to believe the meat-head will panic next time he develops a blister. The Boston starting pitching (sans Tavarez…) been hit hard each and every time they’ve faced the Yankees. Or at least if they weren’t hit hard, they walked more than their share. It’s kind of weird.

    AndrewYF June 4, 2007, 12:22 am
  • That win was possible because of Jorge Posada’s nifty plate-blocking.
    Watch out, Red Sox, the Yankees are breathing down your — oh… no, no, they’re breathing down the Orioles’ neck. Ah well. Watch out, Orioles!

    Emma June 4, 2007, 12:32 am
  • I mean, I feel better now, but not as perfect as I’d hope. If I feel like this with the standings like this, shouldn’t I just friggin’ quit watching baseball? I seriously consider this every year. I suppose this time I’ll come to the same decision…and I haven’t been following it long compared to many people here. Maybe I just don’t have the constitution for it. Goddamn it. My anger is much smaller, but still simmering. Goddamn it.

    Devine June 4, 2007, 12:39 am
  • that sucked. Why of all nights did Bobby Abreu decide to wake up- both hitting AND catching, I swear, I was not ready for that. And Arod actually got the clutch winning hit of the night? I’m befuddled through and through.
    Poo, me hates losing the Yankees especially with a fabulous 5th inning like that. Nertz and bummer.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 4, 2007, 12:45 am
  • Holy crap, I almost had a heart attack just reading the thread.
    It’s time to retire the “april-rod” moniker. GOTDAMN.

    Doug June 4, 2007, 3:08 am
  • “If I feel like this with the standings like this, shouldn’t I just friggin’ quit watching baseball?”
    If you were a Yankee fan, I imagine you would have committed suicide by now.
    Come on. Not every day is Mother’s Day. The Sox have stolen their share of wins so far. Move on, man.

    Kazz June 4, 2007, 4:40 am
  • Abreu did give up that “triple” to Ortiz, who later scored on a sac fly.. so saving those two runs might be close to a wash. But ya.
    Kazz – I have the reverse thing, actually. I feel damn good, until I look up in the standings. So no, I didn’t commit suicide by now, because I don’t have a SF mentality.. =P
    But ya, too bad Sox don’t lose much against anyone else..

    Lar June 4, 2007, 9:17 am
  • Hey Kazz,
    How ’bout you leave me my right to be irrationally pissed for an hour or two? I said I’ll probably get over it, and I am doing so. I moved on when the Sox lost twice to the Yanks last week (I wasn’t angry at all then, in fact); I just got angry yesterday. I don’t like the holier-than-thou bit. You’ve never been mad after a game? When the Sox were doing well?

    Devine June 4, 2007, 10:26 am
  • I have to give props to ARod. He came up big last night. He was more clutch than Papi was last night. I guess there REALLY is a first time for everything.
    Now the Yanks move on to a tough Chicago team while the Sox go off to Oakland. I predict they both lose tonight…after effects of a mentally draining, physical series that wrapped up after midnight EDT last night.

    jp-sf June 4, 2007, 10:30 am
  • “I predict they both lose tonight…after effects of a mentally draining, physical series that wrapped up after midnight EDT last night.”
    Well that AND we have DeSalvo going, so odds are you at least half right JP!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 4, 2007, 10:36 am
  • Well, we have Tavarez going against Haren…so I’d say I have a great shot at being 100% right. :)

    jp-sf June 4, 2007, 10:43 am

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