Maintaining Some Dignity: Sox-Royals Gamer II

Tonight I plan to sit down and watch a baseball game that will likely feature tons of home runs, sloppy pitching and sparse attendance.

What? Oh no, I’m not talking about the next Red Sox game in Kansas City. I’m talking about our local independent-league team, which coincidentally also was in the running for first place in its division until sliding into an eight-game losing streak. Free tickets are free tickets, and ballpark hot dogs are ballpark hot dogs. If 1,000 people show up, I’ll be surprised, but the same could be said for Kauffman Stadium. (The last time I watched a Colts game, they were up 7-0 after two, and down 15-7 after five).

You’ll have to make do without the SF moderators tonight, ladies and gents. For all our health, taking a day off from Red Sox misery might be a good thing. Perhaps Josh Beckett can avoid the longball by intentionally walking Emil Brown a couple of times.

Comment away!

74 comments… add one
  • a good first inning for the Sox. 2-0. Perhaps, Terry’s won’t be fired for another day.

    Nick-YF August 9, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Beckett is spotted a 4-run lead, but the wheels are coming off now in the bottom of the 4th… 4-3 Boston now.

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Thank goodness Youk is batting leadoff again, that’s all (paying off immediate dividends in the 1st). And I do like the Ortiz-Ramirez-Pena triumvirate.
    But gosh, can’t a starter have like a 2-run, 8-inning outing or something?

    Devine August 9, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Loretta walks. Ortiz flies softly to center.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Manny fouls off a 1-2.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Manny sends it up the middle! Just past the pitcher…and the second baseman nearly came up with it.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Wily Mo singles to left…no run scores; the bases are loaded.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Bases loaded, one out, for Lowell.
    Blow this open. It’s ridiculous having nail-biter games against the frickin’ Royals.

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • They’re going to the bullpen.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • DP. Goddamnit.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Squandered with a double play.

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Single to start it off for KC.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Sacrifice bunts the runner to 2nd (with 2 strikes on and 2 horrible bunt attempts to cause them).

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • Lined to short. 2 outs.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Curveball is high for ball 1. Anyone watching the whole time know if Beckett’s got strikes with that pitch tonight?

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • Runner to 3rd on the ball off Lopez.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Out on a bouncer down the 1st base line. Youk had to go over far to get it, but not hit hard.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • RJ has a no hitter going after 6 innings.

    Tom sf August 9, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • What’s with Beckett and the wild pitches tonight? Is Lopez just not catching him well?

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Iguchi broke it up with a single to start the 7th.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Iguchi just broke up Randy’s no hitter.

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Kapler walks.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Strike three on Lopez, swinging.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Gonzalez swings at a horrible eye-high pitch.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • What the heck was that? These Sox are just braindead.

    SF August 9, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • Kapler caught trying to go off first. Left before the pitcher started his motion…at all.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • Pitching like Triple A guys, running the basepaths like Double A guys. When does the Single A stuff factor in? We just SUCK right now.

    SF August 9, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • RJ has not recorded an out in the 7th. Single-walk-double-double. 2 on, none out, 7-2 as Villone comes in to face Crede.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • Skied to Manny. 1 out.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • Single with 1 out, KC.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • Bunt dropped right down the third base line. 2 on, 1 out. Bah.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • Gah. Tying run on second, go-ahead run on 1st, 1 out. Beckett is making us sweat.

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • Strikes him out looking. 2 on, 2 out.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • He escapes after the runner moves to 3rd, but hit hard to Kapler.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • Yet another wild pitch, but Beckett gets out of it.
    103 pitches for J.B.

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • Beckett at 103 pitches.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • I think Theo traded for the wrong Javy Lopez. No way this guy is the former Braves all star. Maybe they should do a DNA check. Or a pulse check.

    Tom sf August 9, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • Well…he did double in the (now) winning runs.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Youk double.
    KEEP HIM at the leadoff spot.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • IBB Ortiz.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • Chance for Papi to put some space between us and the fearsome Royals, with Youks on 3rd and one out, but he gets intentionally walked.
    Probably smart. But Manny can make them pay.

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • Oh, Loretta grounded out to move Youk to 3rd, by the by.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • I hope Wily Mo makes em pay.

    TJ August 9, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • Walk Manny. It’s up to the Wily Mo-man.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • God-f***ing-DAMNIT!!!!

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:50 pm
  • Manny walks, now WMP with the double play.

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 10:51 pm
  • LOB Pena

    walein August 9, 2006, 10:51 pm
  • Yeah, thanks walein. Thanks an effing ton.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:52 pm
  • Lazy fly to Pena. 1 down.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:55 pm
  • “Well…he did double in the (now) winning runs.”
    Javy has also let 8 or 9 pitches get away from him.

    Tom sf August 9, 2006, 10:55 pm
  • Stolen 2nd base.

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:58 pm
  • Is this Lopez’s first time catching Beckett, though?

    Devine August 9, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • I don’t know if it’s the first, but I hope it’s the last.

    Tom sf August 9, 2006, 11:02 pm
  • Beckett out, Delcarmen in hot water (1st and 2nd, 1 out). More misery.

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 11:03 pm
  • Ground out, 2 outs, runners on 2nd and 3rd.

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • Do you suppose every time Scott Dohman gives up a home run, his teammates all go “Doh!!”

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 11:25 pm
  • Two outs, Lopez at 1st, Kapler at 3rd. Youks at the plate.

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 11:30 pm
  • Aaaaand Youks Ks. Aaargh. Setting selves up for implosion?

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 11:31 pm
  • This sure is a slow game for it being only 4-3… Looks like the Sox are winning in spite of themselves…

    Paul SF August 9, 2006, 11:32 pm
  • 23 cumulative LOB (9 team LOB).

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 11:32 pm
  • Sheesh. But 3 runs in 6 innings from Beckett, not too bad, even if it is “just” the Royals…

    Paul SF August 9, 2006, 11:34 pm
  • Pena Ks to strand Manny.
    18 baserunners – 4 runs.
    To the bottom of the 9th.
    Gotta be Paps.
    Bracing self…

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 11:51 pm
  • Leadoff triple off Papelbon.
    Winning run at the plate for the worst team in baseball.

    Hudson August 9, 2006, 11:57 pm
  • Gathright Ks. 1 out, man on 3rd for KC.

    Hudson August 10, 2006, 12:01 am
  • Long at bat for Gathright. Papelbon has got to focus and not give up an easy one following that battle.

    Hudson August 10, 2006, 12:02 am
  • DeJesus sac fly ties it. Blown save.

    Hudson August 10, 2006, 12:04 am
  • And still they suck. Even getting it to our bread and butter no good. I’ll find out what happens in this game tomorrow. I’m too upset to watch anymore.

    Devine August 10, 2006, 12:06 am
  • Sorry guys that really sucks, I’m being serious.

    bloodyank78 August 10, 2006, 12:06 am
  • *dies*

    rk August 10, 2006, 12:07 am
  • Walk-off win for K.C.
    Could see that coming a mile away.

    Hudson August 10, 2006, 12:07 am
  • Wow…turns out I didn’t have time to get away. Great.

    Devine August 10, 2006, 12:08 am
  • I swear, each night the variety of loss we have gets worse and worse.

    Devine August 10, 2006, 12:09 am
  • I can’t beliecve I actually went and turned on the TV so I could watch that. Horrible.

    Paul SF August 10, 2006, 12:18 am
  • So much for maintaining dignity.

    Hudson August 10, 2006, 12:04 pm

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