Mini-Massacre? Yanks-Sox Gamer XII

The Yanks go for the sweep tonight in Beantown. A win and they actually take a loss-column lead in the standings, a scenario that only two weeks ago seemed about as likely as Curt Schilling subscribing to N+1. The Sox can at least take comfort in the fact that they face Sidney Ponson, pride of Aruba, knight of Queen Beatrix’s realm, and send John Lester to the hill themselves.

I’ll be watching this one from the lawn of the local library up here in Lenox, Mass., and there will be free burgers and dogs (that’s my kind of library!), and plenty of good company out to enjoy the game, if the weather holds. If you’re in the neighborhood, swing by and say hello. Go Yanks!

281 comments… add one

  • To someone in Lenox:
    Look for the guy with the Malcolm Gladwell hair. If you find him, go for the wedgie!

    SF July 27, 2008, 6:38 pm
  • Over/under on Ponson lasting 5 IPs?

    yankees76 July 27, 2008, 6:43 pm
  • I got a haircut. i’m back to this:
    http://www.marklamster.com/bio.html

    YF July 27, 2008, 6:46 pm
  • Great pic, and in a classy spot at that!

    SF July 27, 2008, 6:47 pm
  • Washburn deal reportedly finished, Igawa being sent there way.
    http://www.nypost.com/seven/07272008/sports/yankees/wash__wear_121755.htm

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 6:49 pm
  • Thats an older article I think. This newer one says otherwise….
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3507371&name=mlb_trade_deadline

    Sam-YF July 27, 2008, 6:54 pm
  • Atheose, I didn’t read the article that way (?). It just said the Steinbrenner family gave their approval to spend the money, which was reported yesterday. Did you link to the article you intended to? Did the Post take down the article that you read?

    yankees76 July 27, 2008, 6:55 pm
  • Ath, I think that story is from last night and hasn’t yet been confirmed. There is nothing out there yet to state that this has been completed, though of course it sounds imminent from reports. I haven’t found anything that says it is “finished”.

    SF July 27, 2008, 6:57 pm
  • Yankees76, from what I heard earlier this week the Mariners were ready to make the move, but were waiting for Cashman to pull the trigger. So I guess I assumed that since Cashman was given the greenlight it meant it was getting done.
    Crap Sam, way to post a seperate article that says the exact opposite of the one I quoted! I guess this shows you can’t trust any news around the trade deadline.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 7:00 pm
  • Buster reported 20 mins ago that the talks currently stalled because the Mariners want more than a marginal prospect in return.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3507371&name=mlb_trade_deadline

    yankees76 July 27, 2008, 7:03 pm
  • Have a great time, all. I’m off to see Lyle Lovett on the lawn at McMenamins Edgefield. I’ll try and snap some pictures for any Large Band fans.

    attackgerbil July 27, 2008, 7:06 pm
  • I’m ambivalent about a trade for Washburn, setting aside whether the prospect is marginal or decent. I’m worried that, given the financial commitment, the Yankees would stick with Washburn longer if he started to really stink it up, whereas Rasner and Ponson are on very short leashes, and won’t remain in the rotation if Wang and Hughes can be ready by September. That’s starting to look doubtful, though. Still, IPK would replace the first of those two to falter.
    Anyway, other than it being pre-game chatter, that’s a topic for another thread. So, I’ll ask again: over/under on Ponson completing 5 IPs tonight. I’m under at 4 2/3.

    yankees76 July 27, 2008, 7:09 pm
  • Buster reported 20 mins ago that the talks currently stalled because the Mariners want more than a marginal prospect in return.
    HAH! I cannot be blamed for not noticing an article posted a few minutes before the one I cited.
    In any case, I think Washburn is a pointless addition, especially with Sabathia (and maybe Sheets) in pinstripes in 2009.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 7:14 pm
  • Yankees76, I’m betting 3 2/3 IP for Ponson… he’ll probably pitch the first 3 innings flawlessly, then get destroyed the second time around after leading the inning off with a few walks.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 7:17 pm
  • I think there will be a few more runs scored tonight than were scored on Friday.
    Hopefully, not just by the Sox.

    yankees76 July 27, 2008, 7:24 pm
  • I just hope the Yanks have this one in hand by 9:45 so we can get home for the season premier of Mad Men. And by mad men I don’t mean members of the Red Sox FO!
    We kid, we kid…..

    YF July 27, 2008, 7:27 pm
  • The problem is that the Red Sox are great at putting runners on, but strand them once they’re there. With Ponson’s high WHIP that’s likely to happen a lot tonight. I hope we break out, but I could see this going very badly.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 7:27 pm
  • I went to gradeschool in Lenox — nice town, if a little overgentrified now… The locals are SFs and the weekenders are YFs.

    Hudson July 27, 2008, 7:30 pm
  • YF, I think Hudson just called you a “gentleman.”

    yankees76 July 27, 2008, 7:32 pm
  • Looks like it’s raining in Boston… any chance we’ll get this game in?

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 7:33 pm
  • Supposedly the Phillies and Red Sox are talking about Manny… Pat Burrell for Manny?

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 7:35 pm
  • “Pat Burrell for Manny?”
    I can’t imagine why the Phillies would make that trade.

    Nick-YF July 27, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Because Manny’s loveable antics would bring their clubhouse closer together?
    A man can dream!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 7:43 pm
  • haha

    Nick-YF July 27, 2008, 7:46 pm
  • Holy crap did you guys see Randy Johnson throw a 48 mph eephus pitch? That was awesome!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 7:49 pm
  • Rain-delay = suck. I can throw a 48 mph eephus pitch!

    Lar July 27, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • Me too Lar! First pitch estimated at 9:00.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 8:37 pm
  • Game start! Nady batting 5th.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:00 pm
  • Curveball K’s Damon!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • Lester hitting 94 then 96. He seems to have been gaining speed all season.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:04 pm
  • Ellsbury with a great jumping catch! Coco would have had it easy, but still nice catch.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:05 pm
  • Derek Jeter was robbed.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:05 pm
  • Abreu with a two-out double – probably scored Jeter if Ellsbury didn’t made that catch..

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:06 pm
  • Abreu gets behin 1-2, then doubles. Bah. Bad time to let one of the lefties on… Lester ain’t so good against righties.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:06 pm
  • ARod with an opportunity to give the Yanks an early lead, with Ponson on the mound.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:07 pm
  • 1-2 count to Arod, announcers jynxing it by talking about how the Yankees suck with RISP.
    ARod hits it hard but Manny runs it down. Let’s go offense!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:09 pm
  • Manny might’ve saved a run with a nice-ish catch, though someone better probably would’ve just caught it without making it look tough. 18 pitches from Lester, and no score, and on to the bottom of the 1st.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:09 pm
  • Pedroia singles quickly, he’s a f*cking machine!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:11 pm
  • Dustin says “kiss my ass!” to George Brett.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:12 pm
  • Ped leading off with a single, and here we go with the Ponson show.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:12 pm
  • Youk grounds into a DP, but he outruns the 2nd out portion. One down, Ortiz and Manny up.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:13 pm
  • A groundball that was just a little bit softly hit to be turned DP, and here’s Ortiz with 1 out.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:13 pm
  • Wow, anyone catch that ESPN graphic showing Carl Pavano as the starting pitcher!?

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:13 pm
  • HAH no SF, when’d they show it? I totally missed it.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:14 pm
  • Ortiz singles, and Youk goes to third on the hit.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:15 pm
  • Ortiz drives one hard through the shift, Youk barely beats out a great throw by Abreu. Corners for Manny… a GIDP here would piss everyone off even more. The crowd sounds unsure about whether to boo or sheer; there’s a quiet mumble going on.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:16 pm
  • MANNY! 1-0 Sox!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • Manny singles, and Yook scores to make it 1-0.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • I think I speak for everyone when I said all is forgiven Manny!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • Posted the Pavano graphic up top. Is this some ESPN staffer’s idea of a joke?

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • Sorry, double. I just woke up from the rain-nap. =)

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:18 pm
  • Lowell singles, out at second, but two runs score and just like that the Sox have a 3-0 lead.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:19 pm
  • Lowell! 3-0 Sox, Manny Being Manny decides to take home.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:19 pm
  • This one might be over before it starts..

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • Ath –
    the Pavano graphic is posted at the top of the site.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • Groundball. Let’s see if Yanks can do anything. Ponson at 22 crappy pitches after 1.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • Pavano is so good. Too bad he’s not pitching this game.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:22 pm
  • Drew continues his slump. At least he waited for Ortiz to come back before sucking again.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:22 pm
  • … And the wheels are coming off Sir Sidney’s chuck wagon.
    PERFECT TIMING AMIRITE GUYZ

    doug YF July 27, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • Nice SF! That’s hilarious. You take that screenshot yourself? Then webcam it?

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:24 pm
  • Nady, still looking for his first hit. An out on two quick pitches..

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:25 pm
  • John Miller quoting a blog. Someone should show him FireJoeMorgan.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:25 pm
  • Lenox Library festivities rained out. Back at the ranch now after .5 inning at the old heritage tavern, split about evenly between yfs and sfs. (Normally, it’s a major SF crowd, and it’s crazy when the Pats play.)
    For the record, Manny got a big hand, and not sarcastic, when he made the catch off Alex.
    Got home just in time to see Ponson do his Ponson thing. Feh. Looks like it might be a Mad Men night afterall.

    YF July 27, 2008, 9:26 pm
  • Beating dead horse I know…But these guys are brutal on ESPN. Same stories over and over and over. Really Steve did Cano really enlist his dad for some help over the AS break? That’s news to me.
    *The Brother’s Molina Story is my fave!

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 9:27 pm
  • Ath: iPhone directly to Typepad via their new application for the gadget. Cool stuff!
    Steve Phillips throwing out the “changing the batter’s eye level” thing. Maybe John-YF can weigh in if this is a baseball technical term or some sort of “I’m an insider, I know all the cool phrases or at least make them up to sound like they are the phrases of an insider” thing. In 30 years I haven’t heard that concept of “changing a batter’s eye level”. Any experts want to weigh in?

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:29 pm
  • Every Yankees start this year on Fox or ESPN they mention how Molina has two brothers in the majors. No f*cking shit.
    I do like the “Name that Molina” game they play on Sportscenter sometimes though.
    Orel Hershiser predicting perfectly what Lester would do. 31 pitches after 2, not too shabby.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:30 pm
  • Boston already at 82% chance of winning. Damn you Ponson.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:32 pm
  • That at-bat pretty much sums up Tek right now – misses a peach of a pitch and then strikes out looking totally confused.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:33 pm
  • Even Cora is joining in the act as he singles.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:33 pm
  • IANAE, but I’ve never heard of the “eye level” thing either. It’s just kinda common sense as far as I’m concerned: you set them up with a fastball and then get them to chase a cutter away. It ain’t rocket science, Steve.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • Damn you Lar don’t mention the chance of winning percentage!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • Ellsbury doubles, and Ponson is in trouble again.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • I think that’s pretty conventional pitching technique SF.
    Ellsbury 2b. Grimace.

    YF July 27, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • Nady played that ball poorly – he may have had no shot at it, but he really looked confused about the territory in left.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • Ellsbury doubles!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • 4-0 Sox.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • Ped sac flies to give the Sox a 4-0 lead.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • Not questioning the technique, YF. I am wondering about the way Phillips described it. Like Ath said, it’s just standard up/down in/out stuff. Never heard it describe as “changing the eye level” before, in a lot of years of watching (and reading about) baseball.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:36 pm
  • Yook ends the inning giving up “just” one run on two hits. Ponson at 34 pitches. When is Greise coming in?

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • Bah, Youk really hit that well, but right at A-Rod, who made a nice play frankly. I think us fans underestimate the generic difficulty level of fielding a sharply hit ball like that.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Changing eye level just means your giving the batter the same pitch basically, just different location north to south. The idea is that the batter sees it off the release as the same pitch, only this time it’s location X instead of Y. He’s making a bigger deal of it than needs to be, it’s common sense that you don’t want to throw all your pitches one level. I have never heard of changing eye level on different pitches, but who knows Steve Phillips is a former GM.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • *Giese.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Sounds like a case of someone trying to sound more intelligent than they really are by making shit up. FJM did a funny article where Time.com made up a stat called “Runs per at bat”.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Sidney’s run support with the Yankees is something like 10 runs a game.
    Maybe I’ll let that give me some hope. Or not.

    doug YF July 27, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Sidney’s run support with the Yankees is something like 10 runs a game.
    Maybe I’ll let that give me some hope. Or not.

    doug YF July 27, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • What the hell, I walk into the other room to grab a drink and Damon singles? Lame.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Yanks have something going on about 110 feet of ball travel. Tough luck for Lester.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Better lucky than good, I guess. Back to back hits, and here’s Derek Jeter.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • And as I say that, two straight singles from Molina and Damon.

    doug YF July 27, 2008, 9:42 pm
  • Lester can’t afford to keep letting the lefties get on base.
    And now 2-0 count to Jeets.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:42 pm
  • Derek Jeter with yet another DP. What the fudge.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Fantastic double play. But was Cora on the bag?

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Jeter with the DP! Perfect time for it too.
    Not out of it yet though, Abreu up with a RISP.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Ath, can you walk out of the room 5-6 more times please.
    SF, hope that explanation helped. It’s so basic it’s not even worth giving it a term. Only Phillips tries to make it sound like rocket science.
    SF did you get the new Iphone?

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Here’s Abreu trying to break the shutout..

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Yep, on the bag – aerial replay from left shows the quick step.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Fantastic double play. But was Cora on the bag?
    He was… though maybe mostly before he had the ball! It’s okay, we’ll take it.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:45 pm
  • Thanks, John. I wasn’t questioning the content, just the terminology. Seemed like a little forced insiderish claptrap from Phillips when a simple description would have sufficed. Hershiser did it better.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:45 pm
  • Ath, can you walk out of the room 5-6 more times please.
    Okay, I promise John… there are plenty of commercials!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • ABREU K’s!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • “Seemed like a little forced insiderish claptrap from Phillips”
    Couldn’t agree more.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • Abreu strikes out, so the back-to-back leadoff singles wasted. Lester at 44 pitches after 3.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • I played 22 innings of fast pitch softball today. This game needs to pick up the pace before I conk out.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • 44 pitches for Lester, pretty good pace so far.
    I hate almost all of the Fox/ESPN announcers, but I really like Hershiser.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • I’ve said it before during previous Manny flaps: Trading Ramirez would be a colossal mistake. Whatever his failings, the guy produces, year after year. Even his down years are damned good. And his protection in the lineup makes Ortiz much more dangerous.
    Could he be replaced? In theory. But in practice — pretty hard to do.

    Hudson July 27, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • I’ve said it before during previous Manny flaps: Trading Ramirez would be a colossal mistake. Whatever his failings, the guy produces, year after year. Even his down years are damned good. And his protection in the lineup makes Ortiz much more dangerous.
    Could he be replaced? In theory. But in practice — pretty hard to do.

    Hudson July 27, 2008, 9:48 pm
  • Old iPhone, new OS. A huge improvement, particularly with email and Exchange.
    Abreu whiffs! Lester pitching nicely so far. That “jam” was off some very weak hits.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:48 pm
  • Gah, Papi had a meatball on 0-2 and fouled it off.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • Sox now at 89%. Ah well.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:50 pm
  • Came from my game a month ago, threw my uniform in the washing machine and wound up washing my IPhone which was in the back pocket uniform pants. Apple wanted to charge me $200 for a refurbished old IPhone. So I waited for the new one. It’s cool, but very similar if you ask me.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 9:50 pm
  • Ya, I’m going to pig out on the couch. AFK. Go Yanks!

    Lar July 27, 2008, 9:50 pm
  • Come on, this is NOT Mussina’s “best year of his career”, as Steve Phillips just said. His first full season in the Majors was well better, by a margin. Idiotic comment, dispelled by like three seconds of using one’s memory and a quick peek at Baseball Reference.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • Manny with a stand-up double. Halfway to the cycle!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • Manny, according to Hershiser, has telekinetic power, being able to “keep balls fair”. I don’t buy it. I say the best he can do is bend spoons.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:52 pm
  • And the awful continues.

    doug YF July 27, 2008, 9:53 pm
  • Lowell rips one to center, but right at Cabrera.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • Ponson is getting banged all over the park. Don’t wait for this to get to 6 runs Joe, warm someone up now.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • You beat me to it SF; I was getting ready to type in Moose’s ERA+ from 92 to 03.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • Ponson is getting banged all over the park.
    There’s a mental image I never want to have again.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • Who wants to bet a dollar that Varitek comes through here?

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • Varitek doubles! 5-0 Sox.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:56 pm
  • And for my next trick…I’ll take that dollar now boys.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 9:56 pm
  • Gammons now describing how Manny thinks he can get more than the 2/40 that his options with the Sox give him. To me, this sounds almost exactly like something Boras would say. It’s like ventriloquism. Boras, as is his practice, would rather lower the AAV of a contract to guarantee his players more money, and now Manny is parroting that line? Manny’s shenanigans in the past have rarely ever been about dollars and cents, at least not publicly. But now he “thinks he can get more in a contract” if he’s let go?
    I am not at all interested in giving Manny a pass for his BS, but this seriously smacks of Scott Boras and his MO. Get his player free, go for bigger, guaranteed, longer money.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • Cora, smart guy, swings at the first pitch. I hate that from anyone but elite hitters. You listening, Jacoby?

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • How’s does someone get to be such a complete player as Alex is, but still be the single worst infielder I have ever seen catch pop ups? It’s odd.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 9:58 pm
  • Get his player free, go for bigger, guaranteed, longer money.
    What are you talking about? Boras would never do that.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • John – interesting. I was listening to the game yesterday on the radio and whoever was talking was describing how Rodriguez hates catching infield flies. It was interesting – apparently it is reasonably well known that A-Rod just doesn’t feel comfy with infield popups. It showed there.

    SF July 27, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • I hate defending ARod, but it looked like Cora’s hit was knuckling a bit.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • Jeez, what a hit. Muscled high off the wall on a low outside pitch. Great hitting from A-Rod.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • Arod hits a ball about 2 inches fair, Manny comes up with him quickly and almost throws him out.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • Every pop fly he fields looks like an adventure. I find it amazing.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • Nady Ks on a good fastball inside, set up well by the previous pitch.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • Lester is really commanding his pitches well tonight, which is lethal when he’s hitting 96 on the fastball.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • When do the Sox play a lesser team!? I guess they had the Mariners over the past week, but it was on a quick road trip after the ASB. Angels/Mariners/Yanks/Angels to start the second half. Yeesh!

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • At least we’re playing the Angels at home next. We’ll probably sweep them in Fenway; it seems most series’ against good teams are sweeps depending on who the home team is.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:06 pm
  • Another nice cutter. Thru 3.5, 5-0 Sox.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • Lead off double. Can’t even scratch out a run. One run at a time? No? Fine. Grumbles.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • Lester at 59 pitches after 4 and this game is getting late quickly.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:08 pm
  • Sexson K’s looking! Out of another tough situation; gives up a lead-off double but keeps the runner from scoring.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:08 pm
  • Been a busy weekend for me — which has generally been a good thing, but it’s nice to come in and have the Sox actually playing well on both sides of the ball, for once.

    Paul SF July 27, 2008, 10:08 pm
  • Lester consistently using about 15 pitches per inning.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:09 pm
  • Joe Girardi: “Ponson is pitching well for us, but he’s getting behind in the count a lot.”
    No, the hitters are hitting pitches early in the count.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • Replace Cora with Lowrie and this would be the best lineup the Sox have had all year…. Maybe next time.

    Paul SF July 27, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • Take that, Brett!

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:12 pm
  • Pedroia is amazing. Double thanks to his patented hit-the-ball-as-hard-as-I-goddamn-can-from-my-ass method.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:12 pm
  • Another multihit game for Pedroia. I’m gonna have to start looking at how his current hot streak matches up to others in Sox history.

    Paul SF July 27, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Pedey has 31 doubles already. Amazing.

    Paul SF July 27, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • SEE YA

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • Didn’t Mike Lowell break the record for most doubles in a season with 47 in 2006? I think I remember hearing that somewhere. Or was that just the record for Red Sox players?
    If so, Pedroia is looking real good.
    DAVID MOTHERF*CKING ORTIZ! 7-0 Sox.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • That ball was slaughtered.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • Why is Ponson still out there? Did we conceded?

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • What did I say Joe? Don’t let it get to 6. Well there you go it got to 7. How does he not see how hard every ball is being hit? Redunkulous. Complacency.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • A quick search online shows a LOT of people have hit more than 47. Was it just a Sox record then? Ted Williams had 44 in 1939.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • Papi with a home run on a 3-2 count.
    I’d say he’s back, excpet it’s only Sidney.

    Hudson July 27, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Nice grab by Melky, that ball was also tagged, a homer most every other park.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Manny 7 feet away from going back-to-back. Melky makes a good play.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Right Joe, those two balls were not smashed. He just needs to work on his location and get ahead in the count.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:21 pm
  • Nomar hit 56 doubles in 2002. Nevermind.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • I officially hate ESPN. All I kept hearing prior to tonight’s game was the Sox were on the decline. This was the beginning of the end. Then this…Damn you ESPN on not coming through on your sweet, sweet thoughts on the end of the Sox.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • Yet another leadoff single for the Yanks to waste and not score.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • Fangraphs now have the Sox at 97% winning. Ah well.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • Best thing about this game is that Ponson is doing badly enough in an important enough game that Cashman et al may awaken to his inevitable suckitude and put him out of our misery.
    Not staying up for the resdt of this debacle as the kiddies decied to keep us awake until 3am last night and then woke us at 6. Feeling inhuman. Congratulations on what looks like a salvaged game sfs. Still thrilled with the weekend and hope the Yanks can keep the momentum going on nights when Sidney is not pitching. Night all.

    IronHorse (yf) July 27, 2008, 10:25 pm
  • Molina showed you Lar!

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:25 pm
  • I said this earlier, but I hate it when my team is on a big win streak because they are usually followed-up by a LOT of sucking. It happened to the Sox in 2006 and the Rockets this year.
    Two men on (the #8 and #9 hitters) with no outs for the Yankees, a couple of hard hit balls that barely got out of the infield.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:26 pm
  • Two on, none out, seeing eye single by Molina.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:26 pm
  • John – I hope the rest of the team proves me wrong.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:26 pm
  • Well, the “LOT of sucking” came from Ponson. Though the Yanks aren’t exactly scoring either.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:26 pm
  • Lester needs to stem the tide here, hold the Yanks to just a run or two max.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • Night IH! Great comment on the other thread btw.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • Come on Ath, Cano’s ball was hit hard.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • That said, the Yanks have 7 hits over 4. Okay, Damon just got a hit, not scoring Melky. So 8 hits over 4. And still no score. Need either clutch hitting or some power, but not getting either.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • Bases plugged up, Damon singles on a line to left. Big jam for Lester.
    Why did the Yankee fans give up on this game in the fifth inning with that lineup?!

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:28 pm
  • Another singles, bases loaded with no outs. First time in a while the Yankees have hit with RISP.
    Come on Lester, buckle down.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:28 pm
  • Jeter hits a dribbler that hugs the line.
    Ahhh the “Yankees Suck” chant. Classic.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:30 pm
  • Lucky hit there by Jeter. A six run lead is basically a hit or two from evaporating.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:30 pm
  • Also to be fair, maybe about half the hits were weakly hit and found themselves to be hits. Ah well.
    Jeter singles on one such hit, and Yanks finally scored.
    Sox only outhitting the Yanks 10-9. But the score difference is still huge.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:30 pm
  • John, I said this:
    a couple of hard hit balls that barely got out of the infield.
    I acknowledged that they were hit hard, but one was almost caught by Pedroia and the other almost knocked down by Cora.
    “Yankees suck” cheer gets going as the Yankees start rallying, 7-1 with bases still loaded. Wish I could see a better replay of that play, could Lowell have charged it and thrown the runner out at home?

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:30 pm
  • Classically stupid, John.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • Does Hershiser really think that Lester is thinking about his ERA here? Does he really think that Lester is nibbling here in order to avoid giving up runs? Or is Lester, uh, FLUSTERED by a big rally and a couple of cheap hits? Come on, seriously? This is ERA egotism?

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • Abreu walks. 7-2.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • I am just busting your chops Ath, relax and go get a hot pocket and a Miller Chill. (Since leaving the room seems to be working for us!)

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • Abreu walks. 7-2. There must be a good amount of Yankees fans in the crowd because there are cheers.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • No mound visit, still. 7-2, bases loaded, nobody out. Anyone want to come out and talk to this guy? Anyone warming?

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • And this is why you shouldn’t have left Ponson out there. A base hit, or even a ground out or two, and the game would’ve been a lot closer.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:33 pm
  • BABIP bad luck for A-Rod, who crushed that ball. Liner to Lowell.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:33 pm
  • Lowell with a great play. That hit might have cleared the bases.
    Time for a DP to end the inning.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:34 pm
  • ARod smacks that one, but right at Lowell. So not a ground out RBI. A soft groundout still scores someone though.
    Here’s a chance for Nady to quickly become a fan-favorite.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:34 pm
  • We need a little Houdini action here.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:34 pm
  • Thinking the same thing SF, it’s a 7-0 lead, this kid isn’t thinking about anything but getting an out. These announcers are all looking to sound brilliant.
    Haven’t seen much of Lester, but it looks like he has hit his wall. Tito must agree since MDC is up.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:34 pm
  • Pop up just shallow enough to hold Damon. 2 down.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • Good thing Damon didn’t go on Ellsbury there.
    What a dumb play – Ellsbury has no arm.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • Nady flies out to center, but not deep enough to score. Just like that the Yanks are back to not doing anything with the bases loaded. Here’s the red-hot Cano.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • Red-hot except for this game, who is 0-2 off Lester thus far.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:36 pm
  • In fact, it almost seemed that Ellsbury was conceding the run based on body language and mechanics.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:36 pm
  • Steve the Yankees are down 5. If he’s thrown out the inning is over and all 3 runners get wasted. You are an idiot. Sorry for the harsh language.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:36 pm
  • Couldn’t even get a non-DP groundball. The Sox winning probability down to 92% though. But if they get out of this one, it’ll probably go back up there..

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:37 pm
  • Another 2-0 count. This one to Cano scares me.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:37 pm
  • relax and go get a hot pocket and a Miller Chill.
    Whenever I think of hot pockets I think of Jim Gaffigan’s skit about them.
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=zewDAa99Ns8
    Groundout to Lester, inning over.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • John:
    I realize that there were two down, so I get the by-the-book play, but Ellsbury has a really poor arm. He almost seemed shocked to be able to throw home and have Damon planted at third.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • Whew, Houdini.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • I don’t know if Lester is lucky, the Yankees are not clutch, or whatever. But either way, bases loaded, no outs, and they score on a infield lucky hit, and a walk. And then went to sleep after that. Sigh.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • You aren’t wrong SF. But Phillips was so darn adamant and passionate about it. This guy is black or white, no grey. Cano has been en fuego, if I’m coaching 3rd that’s the call I make too. If Molina or Sexson was up next I would have had him tag.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • The win probability back up to 96%.

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • Is Gaffigan the guy who does “The big yellow one’s the sun?”

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:42 pm
  • To be fair, Lar, A-Rod scorched a ball right at Lowell. Not his fault, the defense was perfectly aligned.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:42 pm
  • Phillips makes a good point (no WAY!) about GMs making most of their mistakes with bullpens, pointing out the vagaries of putting a bullpen together.
    Blind squirrel finding nuts and all that, I suppose.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:44 pm
  • I just left the room and Drew steals a double. Apparently my powers work for the offense!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:44 pm
  • Errr, Drew steals 2nd*

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:44 pm
  • Tek with an aged fly ball, looked like a bomb off the bat but died even before the warning track.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • I think so John. That skit sounds familiar.
    That skateboarding accident was amazing. That kid fell like 40 feet and walked away.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • Stealing when up five runs? Interesting..

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • Here’s the hotpocket sketch:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=zewDAa99Ns8

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • That X-Games highlight proves that the smaller the brain, the lighter the damage when it smacks into the ground at 65mph.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • I hate Alex Cora. A lot. I don’t care what his role is, it’s limited nature. I don’t like watching him play.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • “I just left the room and Drew steals a double.”
    If stealing doubles were possible Brett Gardner would not be in SWB!
    Now stop leaving the room Ath.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • Stealing up 5 on this lineup after Lester nearly imploded with the bottom of the lineup coming up isn’t surprising at all, it’s smart baseball. The game is hardly over.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:48 pm
  • Thank you Richie. One down.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:50 pm
  • Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • Ugh, Lester squeezed on that 1-2 pitch.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • It’s smart until someone gets hit, I guess. But of course, the Sox complains even when they don’t get hit..

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • That was a f*cking strike, as it looked.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:52 pm
  • From Pete Abe:
    “Here is what Ponson has done in his last eight starts:
    42.2 innings, 67 hits, 29 ER, 18 walks, 6 HR. That’s a 6.12 ERA.”

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:52 pm
  • It’s smart until someone gets hit, I guess. But of course, the Sox complains even when they don’t get hit..
    Wait what are talking about? I’m confused.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Well, the Yanks aren’t even hitting to strand them this inning..

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Oh come on, Lar – in the seventh or eighth with Paps in the wings it’s probably not a great piece of baseball etiquette. But in the fifth inning with the Yankees’ offense and modern baseball run-scoring capabilities it just isn’t that big a deal. And, consider the player, JD Drew, who is certainly no hot-dog.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Great class by Lester apologizing to the ump. Don’t see that too often.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Hey Lester, this is JOSE MOLINA.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:54 pm
  • I’m going to sleep. Go Yanks, and give me a surprise when I wake up!

    Lar July 27, 2008, 10:54 pm
  • Ok, Lester does his job with the bottom of the lineup.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • Lester at 104 pitches after 6, probably going back out for the 7th. He threw 117 in his last start.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • John, that’s also a 2+ WHIP. Gross.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • Why is stealing up 5 a bad thing? 10 yes. 5 no. Still plenty of time to chip away at that and this is the Yankees after all. You don’t stop coaching until the lead is 10 or more, too many things can happen otherwise. That’s just my 2 cents.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:56 pm
  • Ellsbury singles.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • Another hit for Ellsbury. Turn-around point? Please?

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • Pete Abe also points out that the last time Ponson was DFA’d by the Yankees was following a shelling at the hands of the Sox in ’06.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • Ellsbury/Molina is an interesting matchup.

    SF July 27, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • The Sox RS per game is higher on their road than their ERA, yet their record is 24-32. Is their road Pythag just terrible?

    SF July 27, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • Youk!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • OK, bear with me here. A person doesn’t often get to connect himself to the Baseball HOF, even in the loosest of fashions, but I now have two, so here goes. (And yes, I AM padding my ego.)
    1. The late Boston Globe sportswriter Larry Whiteside was indicted into the HOF today, the winner of the JG Taylor Spink Award. Larry’s first job in journalism was the same as mine, as a part-time sportswriter at the Des Moines Register.
    2. Phillies play-by-play man Harry Kalas was inducted into the HOF in 2002, the winner of the Ford C Frick Award. Before he enrolled at the U of Iowa after he served in the Army, Harry attended, for one year, cornell college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, my alma mater, and one of his first professor’s there was Dr. Walt Strommer, who taught speech. Dr. Strommer was one of my first college professors, in 1983. (Kalas’ time at Cornell is not on his Wikipedia page, by the way.)
    So congratulations to me, for giving me the Self Important Guy of the Day Award. Thank me very much.
    Really, though, congrats to Sides and his family. He was a pioneering journalist, Respected and worthy.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 27, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • Youks singles past a non-diving Jeter. 1/3 one down.

    SF July 27, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • Good God, that post is full of typos. Serves me right.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 27, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • Ha, IBM, you surely mean “inducted” not “indicted”!
    Thanks for the trivia!

    SF July 27, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • Jesus christ, Ortiz almost homers on a foul ball and then misses a homer by 5 feet.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Six Degrees of Larry Whiteside.
    That’s pretty cool stuff IBM, thanks for sharing.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Papi nails another one, just missed though. 8-2 Sox as Ells scores on the sac fly. Good job, Papi!
    Hershiser says Papi “not trying to do too much”, even though he barely missed a three-run jack, perhaps by as little as 1/8″ on the bat. How was he doing anything other than what he normally does?
    These guys have to overanalyze everything. (says the blogger who can’t stop typing)

    SF July 27, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Manny with another hit. Molina phones-in the tag and Youk slides underneath.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:08 pm
  • Manny!

    SF July 27, 2008, 11:08 pm
  • Not sure I can blame Molina for not taking an enormous collision down 8-2 in the sixth inning. He probably could have blocked the plate, taken a hit, but then he might have dropped the ball and gotten hurt. Is it worth it going into the seventh inning of a game like this?

    SF July 27, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Easy, guys. My head is big enough.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 27, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • OK, bedtime. Early rise tomorrow to get back into NYC from upstate. Good night all.

    SF July 27, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Well gentlemen, I am off to bed. That’s for the intelligent conversation and thanks for not rubbing in the score. I know we get criticized here for not being confrontational, but it’s nights like this that I find enjoyable. Not the morning after when the snarky, firestarting drama starts. Long live YFSF!
    Beetlejuisce…Beetlejuice…Beetle…

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • Lester back out there, glad to see it. Damon pops up on the 2nd pitch.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • No kidding John! There are plenty of other sites to go to if you want snarky, firestarting arguments. Have a good night.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • SF, I’ll take Hershiser over Morgan any day.
    And speaking of Morgan, at least he went to the HOF today. My hero Yaz did not. (Booo, Yaz.) Does he ever go? I recall that when I’ve watched the ceramonies in the past, he hasn’t been there.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 27, 2008, 11:13 pm
  • Should have read THANKS, not That’s…
    and
    Beetlejuice, not Beetlejuisce.

    John - YF July 27, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • Cora with a big “f*ck you” to SF, makes a great backhanded play. 113 pitches for Lester, he’s PROBABLY done now though it wouldn’t surprise me if Tito sent him out for the 8th. He’s looking good.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Good fast inning for Lester. Another solid game despite the couple of trouble spots for the lefty. Well done, Jon!
    And now off to bed!

    SF July 27, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Ha, Ath. It was a nice play for sure. Easier to make up 9-2 though!
    (I still don’t like watching him)

    SF July 27, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • Agreed, IBM, w/r/t Hershiser. He’s not as bad as the rest of the lot. Still, there’s clearly a sense of one-upsmanship in that booth, with Phillips the biggest offender.

    SF July 27, 2008, 11:18 pm
  • Fair enough SF. I don’t like watching him at the plate too, though I enjoy his fielding.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:19 pm
  • Since I do a lot of complaining about announcers, I should give props to the ESPN Radio guys. I don’t know who’s doing the game, but the color guy has talked a lot about swing-and-miss percentages, etc. Good, interesting stuff and using stats that aren’t always looked at.
    And Hersheiser is easiest the best of a bad lot at ESPN TV, in that he’s actually good.

    Paul SF July 27, 2008, 11:22 pm
  • Ellsbury with hit #3!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:25 pm
  • That was a very Pedroia-esque hit, bending the knees and going down to get a pitch.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:26 pm
  • Jacoby getting just what the doctor ordered: a night against Sidney “The Aruban Assassin” ponson and Dan “Does Aayone Know How to Pronounce My Last Name?” Giese.
    He needs a few more nights like this before I declare him slump-free.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 27, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • Papelbon warming up, looks like he’ll get some warmup tonight.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • “That was a very Pedroia-esque hit, bending the knees and going down to get a pitch.”
    George Brett winces. Again.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 27, 2008, 11:28 pm
  • Three hits for Ellsbury! Maybe he’s breaking out.

    Paul SF July 27, 2008, 11:28 pm
  • “That was a very Pedroia-esque hit, bending the knees and going down to get a pitch.”
    George Brett winces. Again.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 27, 2008, 11:29 pm
  • The ESPN Radio color guy is the guy who introduced me to the nickname The Aruban Assassin for Ponson.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 27, 2008, 11:30 pm
  • “with Phillips the biggest offender.”
    And insert the Steve Phillips insult here. I mean, Christ, I STILL can’t believe he fired Casey Stengel.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 27, 2008, 11:32 pm
  • Fncking Jon Miller, bringing up that Billy Rohr near no-hitter against NYY in 1967 again.
    When will he quit rubbing salt in the wound?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 27, 2008, 11:35 pm
  • Abreu getting a lot of work on the warning track as Youk misses a homer by 10 feet.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:38 pm
  • Think Papi wanted that one?
    Giese, by the way, has actually pitched very well in mop up.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 27, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Giese pitched as many innings as Ponson did.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:44 pm
  • Interesting–Timlin in even though Papelbon was warming up earlier.

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:45 pm
  • The only thing Sidney is assassinating is the post-game buffet spread. (zing!)

    doug YF July 27, 2008, 11:46 pm
  • Why the hell is Papelbon still warming up?

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:48 pm
  • HAHAHA nice doug!

    Atheose July 27, 2008, 11:49 pm
  • Please, Cash, please keep Ponson.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 28, 2008, 12:59 am
  • Nice recovery from the Sox tonight. The only problem is that I have to wonder whether it was just because it was Ponson or whether the Sox’ bats have actually figured out to hit all at once again.
    Three straight one-run losses to the Yanks. Ouch. Can’t let that happen if you want to win a division.

    Paul SF July 28, 2008, 1:29 am
  • Nice to see the SFs show up again! From 342 comments on Friday to 136 on Saturday to 280 on Sunday. Nice recovery for YFSF!

    A YF July 28, 2008, 6:34 am

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