Not Gonna Happen: Angels-Sox Gamer III

Cold and drunk as i might be
You can’t hop a jet plane
Like you can a freight train
So i best be on my way
In the early mornin’ rain

Gates open at Fenway tomorrow at 8am.  The taps, we think, open at 8:01.  Rain in the forecast.  Dylan’s Gordon Lightfoot’s lyrics will feel spot on around 10am for a contingent of the Fenway Faithful when the game is postponed.

If they do play it (and based on the forecast we doubt they will) we’ll see Josh Beckett versus Ervin Santana, with the Sox looking to get to 3 games over .500 for the first time this season.  Consider this your game thread for (the highly unlikely) Monday’s Patriot’s Day contest at Fenway. 

UPDATE:  Game time moved to 12:05pm, weather still permitting.

92 comments… add one
  • Gordon Lightfoot wrote “Early Morning Rain,” although Dylan did do a memorable cover of it.

    John Hinchey April 16, 2007, 1:21 am
  • Thanks for the clarification, John. I didn’t know that, though I did grow up with a light diet of Lightfoot via my Dad’s eight-track collection.

    SF April 16, 2007, 7:08 am
  • Yeah, looks like today is washed out, too. I have a co-worker running in the Boston Marathon, though…I do not envy him in the least.
    Also, thought you guys might get a kick out of this – saw it on the DirtDogs site. It’s a “This is Sportscenter” video with Posada and Big Papi. Pretty funny.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espntv/espnShow?showID=SRDA

    Scott SF April 16, 2007, 8:44 am
  • It’s really hard to get ready in the morning when NESN is playing Walk-Off Sox and DISH for some reason isn’t blacking it out. Interesting to note that Papi’s and Manny’s stats were around where they are now at Patriots’ Day last year.

    Paul SF April 16, 2007, 10:08 am
  • You guys might want to read this. Manny getting profiled by the New Yorker. (Hat tip Baseball Musings)
    http://tinyurl.com/26jcjz

    desturbd1 April 16, 2007, 11:45 am
  • *If Red Sox pitcher Brendan Donnelly has a bad outing, he tosses his undershirt in the trash. “It’s never my fault,” he recently told The Boston Globe. “It’s the stupid shirt.”
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=lukas/070413

    Triskaidekaphobia April 16, 2007, 11:49 am
  • Start moved back to 12:15 p.m. Eastern time. Apparently the tarp is being cleared of water and Sox players are stretching in the outfield.

    Paul SF April 16, 2007, 11:50 am
  • Game on! Glad it’s better there than it is in central Maine. Upper-30s, very windy and driving rain. Cold, cold, cold spring.

    Scott SF April 16, 2007, 12:17 pm
  • Freakin’ crap.
    Et tu, Beckett?

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 12:23 pm
  • …methinks Beckett’s not a fan of this weather…

    desturbd1 April 16, 2007, 12:23 pm
  • Wow. Extremely fortunate for Boston.

    Andrew April 16, 2007, 12:23 pm
  • Guerrero is out? Well… hot damn. I hope he’s ok.
    I also hope Beckett shakes this inning off immediately.

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 12:25 pm
  • Great. I f*cking despise umpires like this. Yes, I’m sure Beckett tried to hit Vlad after having him down 0-2. Makes perfect sense…

    desturbd1 April 16, 2007, 12:25 pm
  • And Beckett’s reaction? “He swung!”
    Wow.

    Andrew April 16, 2007, 12:26 pm
  • I’m gonna go take a showwer.. I have to work at t3. Then this inning will be over and Previosu Games Beckett will be back.
    …Right?

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 12:28 pm
  • Where’d Vlad get hit? And what’d you want him to do Andrew, start crying and begging for forgiveness? Think Mussina’d have reacted any differently?

    desturbd1 April 16, 2007, 12:32 pm
  • Man, Ervin Santana really can’t pitch on the road. I’m also pretty sure that having the inner half of the plate taken away will hurt him far more then the 95 mph throwing Beckett.

    desturbd1 April 16, 2007, 12:34 pm
  • Alright! The Sox offense jumps up immediately and gets back the run.

    Scott SF April 16, 2007, 12:34 pm
  • looking to be ggggrreeaat offensive day so far!

    Brad April 16, 2007, 12:36 pm
  • He got hit right in the wrist as he was moving out of the way of the wayward 96mph fastball.
    Most pitchers at least look like they didn’t plan on hitting the guy.

    Andrew April 16, 2007, 12:37 pm
  • My ass.
    Wow. Heh, and on that note, I’m off to class.

    desturbd1 April 16, 2007, 12:40 pm
  • Ouch, E-4 and the Sox get another run. Angels can’t even get a routine play to work right now.

    Scott SF April 16, 2007, 12:40 pm
  • The double machine with…another double! 5-1 Sox, still no outs.

    Scott SF April 16, 2007, 12:42 pm
  • This is fun.

    Brad April 16, 2007, 12:46 pm
  • Six in the first. I’ll take that!

    Scott SF April 16, 2007, 12:47 pm
  • I wish I wish I wish I hadnt taken that shower
    I missed a 6 run inning?

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 12:50 pm
  • For those with shiny pictures.. how does Beckett look? The audio and gameday don’t really tell me how his pitches are moving

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 12:52 pm
  • Not a K machine today, but servicable to say the least.

    Brad April 16, 2007, 12:58 pm
  • I’ll take that.. especially with a 6-run 1st.
    The offense has REALLY broken out, hasn’t it? Manny’s starting to climb out opf his slump. Youk, Lugo, and Drew are hittign .300+. Lowell is near .300 and STILL is Mr Double.

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:01 pm
  • Ervin’s command is gone.

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:02 pm
  • On our pitching..
    The Red Sox have the fewest runs allowed in baseball at 28… 29 with todays run. The clsoest is the Mets with 32. The closest in the AL is Cleveland with 35.
    The closest team in the AL EAST are the Orioles with 50. A 21 run difference!

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:14 pm
  • Ignore Andrew.
    Beckett Ks two out of three in his last inning. Looks like he’s ironed things out a bit since the 1st.

    Steve April 16, 2007, 1:19 pm
  • What “top-tier” pitching did the Sox face?

    Lar April 16, 2007, 1:19 pm
  • What “top-teir” lineups have the Yankees faced, Lar?

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • Wily Mo certainly not taking advantage of the awful pitching by Santana today.
    The Angels always seem to fold to Boston, then they get their act together to beat the Yankees. Stupid Scioscia.

    Andrew April 16, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • What “top-tier” pitching did the Sox face?
    hahah. You’re better than that, Lar.

    Brad April 16, 2007, 1:23 pm
  • No, he isn’t Andrew. He needs more at bats.. I hope.
    Cora wiffs and we’re gone.

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • The Angels always seem to fold to Boston, then they get their act together to beat the Yankees. Stupid Scioscia.
    I’ve noticed that too, A. But, it goes the other way with Toronto and Chicago, who always seem to play Boston tough, and lay down for the Yankees. Some things are weird.

    Brad April 16, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • Uh oh.. leadoff double.

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • Boston vs Angels. Beckett plunk Vlad.
    The Intimidation factor and Cockiness from Redsox starting pitchers has comeback and returned to Boston like Pedro who hits guys left and right when things goes wrong. Boston lacks class and sportsmanship to Opposing teams. Redsox players think their are so great now after few good signings this offseason…
    Did you guys watched Angels vs. Redsox when Josh “Fake Tough Guy” Beckett plunked Vlad in the hand and Vlad left the game ?

    Nr-Yf April 16, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • Wow. Thats some serious trolling there, Nr.

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • Wow, did that look as awesome as it sounded? Maybe I’ll get to see it on Web Gems tonight…

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • man, the short-bussers are in full force today…
    Have they forgotten that it was just recently that they all stood and cheered when the Rocket say guys on their arses? Class indeed.
    We don’t think the Red Sox look good thanks to some nice signings, we know they look good. Boxscores show it. Your opinion means nothing, and now I’m done feeding you.

    Brad April 16, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • edit: sat guys…

    Brad April 16, 2007, 1:33 pm
  • “Wow. Thats some serious trolling there, Nr.”
    the trolling is stong in this one…

    Sith Lord April 16, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • Ok, that WAS funny. Points, SL (whoever is that).
    mmm.. everythign bagels taste awesome.

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:35 pm
  • Ok, that WAS funny. Points, SL (whoever is that).
    mmm.. everythign bagels taste awesome.
    PAPI!

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:36 pm
  • ORTIZ!
    Dead Center!

    Brad April 16, 2007, 1:36 pm
  • Lugo makes a great play on a popup.
    Boston doing everything the Yankee’s aren’t, good defense to support the starting pitching, scoring early.
    Although Santana seems to have settled down after a disastrous first inning. Too little too late. Only hope for the Angels is the Boston bullpen at this point.

    Andrew April 16, 2007, 1:37 pm
  • When did the phrase “room service hop” start beign used? I don’t remember it last season.

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:43 pm
  • Uh oh.. a walk.

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • This is Lugo’s game, defensively. Lugo all the way. You may not be Gonzo, but I love you anyway

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:49 pm
  • Lugo stealing that one. His arm is stronger than I thought.

    Brad April 16, 2007, 1:50 pm
  • “What “top-tier” pitching did the Sox face?”
    I think they touched up some guy named John Lackey…he’s supposed to be an alright pitcher. What with his 3.56 ERA last season and all. Knocked out in the 6th, 3 earned…pretty good. This kid Ervin Santana’s not exactly a scrub himself, home-away splits notwithstanding. Owns the Yanks, too, I think.

    desturbd1 April 16, 2007, 1:54 pm
  • Holy crap.
    Boys, boys, boys.. swinging at the first pitch? Sure you’ve got a 6 run lead but thats no reason to be lazy

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:54 pm
  • How’d Beckett’s pitch count get so high? Only 5 hits and a walk thus far…guys working tough ab’s or what?

    desturbd1 April 16, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • Pretty much d1. He’s had alot of full counts.
    Lowell with some nice defense.
    This’ll be Beckett’s last innign I’ll bet.
    Who will we see out of the bullpen? Pinero? Donnelly? Timlin?

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • Wow. Angels can’t do anything right.
    Okajima was warming up. Back to class I go.

    desturbd1 April 16, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • Holy frak! Cora! Pena!
    Wow!

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • Brad, ya, I got lazy… haha.. I love Angel’s pitching, actually.. at least when Colon’s on, when Santana is at home.. and mostly, when they’re against the Yankees, apparently!

    Lar April 16, 2007, 2:06 pm
  • Beckett’s line: 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks
    Not bad at all. The on run was a homer.. which made me a bit naseous remmebering Beckett’s problems wiht homers last season
    He maintains his 1.50 ERA and is in line for the win.

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 2:08 pm
  • Always good to start a Monday afternoon of work with a 6=1 lead. I say “always” because this is probably the only time that’s happened for me.

    Paul SF April 16, 2007, 2:08 pm
  • I just brought it up because I thought that was the standard argument when the Yanks had a relative hot (batting anyhow) start.. has Boston played against any AL East yet? (Not as troll, but since the Yanks-O’s played against each other, and scored a bunch of runs against each other, it seems slightly skewed thus far.. also the same with Yanks-TB)

    Lar April 16, 2007, 2:09 pm
  • Thus far, Julio Lugo is having a great game and a GREAT season.

    Paul SF April 16, 2007, 2:10 pm
  • SF – Ya, I wished I picked him on my fantasy team! The dude is eligible in SS, 2B, and 3B too.. d’oh!

    Lar April 16, 2007, 2:14 pm
  • *whistle* Nice play. Really nice play. Color me impressed for that. I tip my hat to Willits.

    Dionysus April 16, 2007, 2:14 pm
  • You must have misread, Lar. The standard argument this year has been, “Have the Red Sox faced any decent lineups to justify their starters’ hot start?” Since everyone faces everyone, I just don’t see the relevance to these questions.

    Paul SF April 16, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • Okajima Ks the first two guys that came up against him. Good sign.

    Steve April 16, 2007, 2:17 pm
  • Ya, I didn’t expect people to answer it, kind of just a prod and a poke.. but it might’ve been a bit too much trollish, to which I own up to!
    My “play each other” part just refers to the stat of “lowest run allowed” stat. Not to say AL East is the center of the universe, but just that it probably isn’t a reliable stat (for now!)

    Anonymous April 16, 2007, 2:20 pm
  • Ya, I didn’t expect people to answer it, kind of just a prod and a poke.. but it might’ve been a bit too much trollish, to which I own up to!
    My “play each other” part just refers to the stat of “lowest run allowed” stat. Not to say AL East is the center of the universe, but just that it probably isn’t a reliable stat (for now!)

    Lar April 16, 2007, 2:20 pm
  • If Okajima keeps this up, he seems to be a bargain!

    Lar April 16, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • Great inning from Okajima.

    Paul SF April 16, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • Shields says: “You call that a great inning? Here, let me just strike out Ortiz, Ramirez AND Drew in succession. Now THAT’S a great inning. Ass.”
    Sorry, Mr. Shields.

    Paul SF April 16, 2007, 2:37 pm
  • Romero slowly wittling his ERA back down to respectable levels… 6.75 after that scoreless inning.
    Question: Are the Red Sox this good, or are the Angels this bad?

    Paul SF April 16, 2007, 2:39 pm
  • K-Rod always looks like he’s going to break his arm when he throws. I don’t know how he doesn’t have arm problems more often.

    Brad April 16, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • I hate to spoil a great game with this …
    For those who haven’t heard, some nutjob went on a shooting spree at Virginia Tech today. Death toll varies from 21 by AP to 29 by ABC. At least 17 hurt. And those numbers probably will go up.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 16, 2007, 2:43 pm
  • Yeah, it’s all the talk at work. Of course, I work at a newspaper.

    Paul SF April 16, 2007, 2:47 pm
  • And that’s a wrap. Great agaim — again — from the Sox. Offense clicking, pitching good.

    Paul SF April 16, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • people are fecking crazy. I’m moving to Montana, and buying a ranch at 1k an acre. Eh, nevermind – that’s too far from Fenway for me!

    Brad April 16, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • The Angels really laid down for the Sox this series. Hopefully for us YFs the Blue Jays give them lots of trouble.

    Andrew April 16, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • they always do…it’s how things level out because you know the Angels won’t play that way against NY.

    Brad April 16, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • DAMN IT! I had a dentist appointment today, and missed every minute of this game (wisdom tooth, lots of pain, gums infected, surgery Thursday). So unfortunate. Can’t wait till the highlights are available on mlb.com; gonna bask in the codeine glow this afternoon while watching Papi hit taters.
    Sometimes I think I come off as a Yankee apologist, but when I saw Rivera give up that homer to Scutaro (on 0 and frickin’ 2!), all the pain in my mouth disappeared, and I danced around like an idjit. (Didn’t say anything on the Yankee thread, though, that would just be petty and mean.) I’m sure I’ll get mine when Papelbon blows such an opportunity.

    Devine April 16, 2007, 3:25 pm
  • i’m listening to the angels post game call in show….and their heads are in the clouds a bit. they are certain the vlad HBP was intentional. they are certain the donnelly HBP of cabrerra was intentional. and they are calling for scioscia to start retaliating. they also believe that gary mathews jr. is gonna get back to his career year numbers of last year. oh those wacky angel fans.

    sf rod April 16, 2007, 3:33 pm
  • Yeah, because Beckett would really intentionally hit Vlad after getting him to 0-2. That makes a whole hell of a lot of sense.
    Guys that get hit intentionally take shots in the back, side, or the thigh, not the forearm/wrist.

    Steve April 16, 2007, 3:39 pm
  • Oh, he will Devine. Then I’ll dance around like an idjit :)

    Andrew April 16, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • and no one mentioned the pizza throwing incident in the entire thread. can’t wait for this to show up on utube. i still have tears in my eyes.

    sf rod April 16, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • Pizza throwing, rod?

    Paul SF April 16, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • I know you will, Andrew. You’re too active in Sox threads for me not to believe you’ll celebrate schadenfreude-style the minute Papelbon has a bad game. I don’t doubt I’ll hear about it.

    Devine April 16, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • paul…it was sweet. after drew poped up to the first row in the left feild stands, a fan three rows away lobbed a whole slice of pie at the head of the fan who missed the foul ball. it was instantaneous. i have no idea why the guy threw the pizza. maybe he was pissed about fans interfering. hunt down the video at all costs. it’s better than any “kick to the groin” footage i’ve seen.

    sf rod April 16, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • C’mon, the only reason I want Boston to fail is because they’re in the same division as the Yankees. The rivalry wouldn’t be nearly as strong or vitriolic if that wasn’t the case.
    Sometimes I wish that were the case, so I could root for the Sox when I go to their games, living in Boston and all. But, alas, I cannot, no matter how much I enjoy Manny, Ortiz, and Youkilis removed from the Sox context.

    Andrew April 16, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Yeah, all right, I’ll try not to be so bitter about it (I want the Yankees to fail after all). But what do you expect? I’m a Sox fan. :P

    Devine April 17, 2007, 7:49 am
  • Beckett must really have his command and control if he can aim a pitch on the wrist anytime he wants!

    Lar April 17, 2007, 10:32 am

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