More VORP Than You Could Ever Want: Sox-Sox Gamer II

The starting pitchers don’t matter (it’s Gabbard v. Vasquez), the place in the standings doesn’t either (look that one up yourselves). What matters is that the Big Man is back — and I’m not talking about David Wells’ impressive debut for the Padres this weekend.

There might be a tear or two shed in Fenway tonight, and rightfully so. Big Papi is loved as much as athousands of people can love a player they don’t know except through soundbites and camera flashes. We’re all thankful he’s OK. We’re all ecstatic he’s back on the field. And that’s all that matters.

(And Jeter’s VORP may be bigger, but baseball’s not the only field replete with performance enhancers.)

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  • Wow… No one here. Well, Ortiz walked in his first PA, but Manny struck out. Kason Gabbard meanwhile is cutting through the ChiSox like a hot knife through low-fat, low-cholesterol Can;t Believe It’s Not Diet Margarine…

    Paul SF September 5, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • The Sox incidentally are fielding a complete lineup — eight of the nine (Mirabelli) were on the Opening Day roster, and all nine are playing their natural positions. Amazing!

    Paul SF September 5, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • Youk back in lead-off. Better late than never.

    airk September 5, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Kason Gabbard strikes out the bottom third of the ChiSox lineup. No baserunners through three.
    Meanwhile, Gonzo doubles with 1 out…

    Paul SF September 5, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Of the 17 outs made in the game thus far, nine have been by strikeout… Five by Vasquez, four by Gabbard.

    Paul SF September 5, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • Two on, two out for Papi…

    Paul SF September 5, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Papi pops out

    airk September 5, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • not a good at-bat by papi.

    I'm Bill McNeal September 5, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • Lowell with a bad, rare error.

    SF September 5, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Sweet pick by Mirabelli to save a run and a runner in scoring position.

    SF September 5, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Gabbard can’t find the strike zone – bases full of White Sox.

    SF September 5, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • DP!

    SF September 5, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • K-Gab! Our newest Ace-for-a-night!

    airk September 5, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Manny whiffs, for the second time. Ugly.

    SF September 5, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • nixon wallball double

    airk September 5, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Coco comes through with an aggressive swing – good timing as it picks up Trot with two down. 1-0 Sox.

    SF September 5, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Covelli with the Ribbi. First pitch swinging of course (never fails!)

    airk September 5, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • 9 K’s for Vasquez…

    airk September 5, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Papi chases up the ladder for the k to end the inning.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • With respect to Vazquez, Papi has had two bad at-bats, trying to hit everything out of the park.
    Let’s hope he’s just rusty.

    I'm Bill McNeal September 5, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • First major league hit for Sweeney

    I'm Bill McNeal September 5, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Iguchi puts down a perfect bunt, and Sweeney swipes third on the next pitch. Very close play.
    Hard shot to Lowell who RIFLES it across to Youk, who has to fall backwards to make the catch, yet somehow keeps his foot on the bag to double off Iguchi. Great play.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Wow, tremendous D from the Sox there, for another DP! Lowell snags the liner, wings it across to Youk who catches it falling off the bag towards the stands on the hop. Fantastic.

    SF September 5, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Great play!
    Gabbard’s ERA has dropped more than two runs to 4.15.

    I'm Bill McNeal September 5, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Fantastic effort by Youk there to control the hard throw off the bounce yet keep contact with the bag.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Quick inning for Vasquez.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Paps has fatigue and a tired shoulder. For now he will rest and then begin a shoulder strengthening program.
    Which is why the Sox need to score a few more runs.

    I'm Bill McNeal September 5, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Thome works his second walk on the night.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Konerko obliges with a 643.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • For anyone who didn’t catch the pregame show on WEEI, Tavarez basically said he didn’t tip his cap last night because the fans booed him when the team was playing well. He said he loves the fans and pitching here, but, basically, that the fans need to chill out.
    I’ll give him that.
    He might be a nutbag, but he comes to play, even when he stinks. Reardless of his ERA, I don’t think we’ve given him enough credit and believe we’ve been way too hard on him.

    I'm Bill McNeal September 5, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • The rain is starting to come down at Fenway.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Another great play by Yooks.
    Gabbard’s ERA is below 4.
    And how about a good, hard rain for the next 3 hours. It’s an official game, now. I’ll take a 6.5-inning win.

    I'm Bill McNeal September 5, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Bill, I agree with you in the sense that many fans and bloggers have a tendency to be like a mean dog with a bone. That said, Tavarez generated a great deal of negative karma with the Gathright incident.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Ozuna makes a spectacular diving catch. That was purdy.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • My Yankee bias aside in wanting to see the Calgon Sox come back against the Bloody Sox, it’s too bad that such a fine pitching matchup and defensive gem of a game might be truncated by the rain. I would definitely rather see this play out regardless of the victor; both teams are looking inspired on the diamond.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Well, yeah, and he has a well-documented history of bad decisions.
    But the Gathright thing was in spring training and he’s been a good dog this season. He hasn’t even peed on the carpet.

    I'm Bill McNeal September 5, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Timlin in? Uh. Oh.

    SF September 5, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • A tip o’ the cap to Kason Gabbard.
    Nice job, kid. We needed you tonight and you responded.

    I'm Bill McNeal September 5, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • wow seems we found pitching.

    TJ September 5, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Riske and Logan up for CSox. Timlin throws three balls to PH Ross Gload, then finally brings something straight. Broken bat nubber to second is fielded cleanly by Loretta to first for the out. That’s a really good play in this kind of rain.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Cintron whiffs. Two down.

    SF September 5, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Timlin makes Cintron look rilly bad.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • That would have been a really nice play if AGon could have grabbed that running away like that. Instead it will read a single.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • Lopez warming for Boston.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Ozuna lifts one to the track where Crisp makes the catch on the run for the third out.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Boone Logan in the pen now for CSox.
    Interesting stat of the night from NESN: Youk leads the majors in 2-strike hits.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Papi up. He gets a rousing O from the RSox fans. Two outs; takes a pitch just above the belt for a called strike. I think it was a bit high. Then takes a miss. The 1-1 is swung on and missed. The 1-2 is popped foul off third. There’s something about the slow way Papi approaches the plate, and gets more aggressive as the pitch is about to come that builds tension to be sure.
    Papi down swinging on another high fastball.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • Who closes now?

    SF September 5, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Timlin back out for the ninth – Iguchi grounds to Gonzo to lead off the inning.

    SF September 5, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Crede first pitch swinging, pops to Loretta. Two down.

    SF September 5, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • SF: I guess Timlin does. He just worked Iguchi over in that at bat like a tomato can. Then Crede pops out on the first pitch, to AGon. Tito wants to see if Mike has enough to get Thome. He leaves Timlin in.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Tito comes out to talk to Timlin. Orsillo saying he’s going to Lopez, but Remy correctly notes that Francona was running out to the mound to discuss something, that he didn’t have the same gait he has when pulling a pitcher. Timlin still in to face Thome.

    SF September 5, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Ball game. Fine baseball game. Good to watch.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • And Tito gets it right: Timlin coaxes Thome into a soft liner to second. Very nice win tonight. I’d say Vazquez deserved better than an “L”, but who cares, really!?

    SF September 5, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • That was one of the better games I have seen recently.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • And it only took 2:20!

    SF September 5, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • I can’t imagine anyone not applauding that game.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Yes, SF, I was just thinking how quick that went. Old school. Love it.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • I am not sure Ozzie Guillen is standing and cheering. He may be looking for a beat writer to slur…

    SF September 5, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • That, friends, is a very, very good win.
    Sure, No. 2 MVP candidate Jermaine Dye didn’t play, but No. 1 MVP candidate Big Papi had three awful at-bats.
    Two pitchers. Four hits allowed. Less than 2.5 hours. Good efficient baseball.

    I'm Bill McNeal September 5, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • That was the one guy I was thinking who might be a bit put-out by that game. He’s probably torqued about how impatient a lot of ChiSox hitters were tonight, but Iguchi is going to be running laps for getting caught off of first on that good grab by Youk.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • Don Orsillo with the incomprehensible end of game comment:
    “that’s the third 1-0 shutout for the Sox in the last few shutouts”. huh?

    SF September 5, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • G’night, all.

    SF September 5, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Good night SF, Bill, it’s funny to say this a Yanks fan but that truly is one of the more enjoyable _baseball_ games I have seen all year. You don’t have to take off your Yanks cap to see it. Great ball.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Not to be pedantic, but that last statement should be first or third person, as in “I didn’t have to..” or “One doesn’t have to..”
    Anyway, great game. Rare.

    attackgerbil September 5, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Agreed, AG.
    As baseball goes, games like this one are too few and far between.
    Granted I’m happier because the Red Sox won, but either way, a great game no matter the outcome. So I appreciate your objectivity. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

    I'm Bill McNeal September 5, 2006, 9:50 pm

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