Let’s stick with what works:
(the Sox, that is)
That is all.
ESPN Classic is showing game 6 of the ’75 Series. More mojo. Bernie Carbo!
There’s a lot of chatter out there about how the Sox have all the momentum, how the Tribe look like dead men walking, how the Paul Byrd situation is going to add distraction. I don’t buy this. It’s a one game winner-take-all situation. Byrd’s travails are irrelevant. Both teams can win this game. The Sox have proven that a team can recover from losing multiple games in a row, so why can’t the Indians win tonight? This game isn’t going to rely on momentum from the last couple of games; it rests on the right shoulders of Jake Westbrook and Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will be pitching independent of any team inertia.
Short, sweet and to the point huh SF?
Anyway, I don’t look for credit too often, but I want credit for telling you Sox fans this series would go 7 games. This team has way too much confidence, even with just 7 players remaining from the 2004 team. It’s never over to them. Really is unbelievable.
I agree that momentum may not play a big role in this game. As for the pitching, Daisuke and Westbrook won’t get a chance to fail, all hands will be on deck. At the first sight of trouble I would imagine there will be a change made.
Kudos, John. I am very surprised (not shocked, but honestly surprised) that it has reached the seventh game. I didn’t expect that bats to erupt quite the way they have, and I counted on more from Sabathia and Carmona, even with their prior weak performances. I figured there would be at least a little progression the mean, and that that would pose a difficult situation for the Sox, one which hasn’t materialized. The comeback, to this seventh game, has looked really easy. I think some of that ease goes away tonight, just due to the natural tension of the game and also because of the question marks surrounding Matsuzaka.
Hopefully the WBC Daisuke shows up; someone should show him some video from that tourney…
Vegas has the Sox as the favorite tonight.
Vegas sets lines to make money, not to make predictions as to who will win. They have no vested interest in showing respect to any team, they set a line to bring out as much money on both teams as is possible, then adjust based on the betting patterns.
I have always been irked by discussions about how Vegas doesn’t show one team or another team “respect”. Respect has nothing to do with it.
(not addressed at you, Trisk, just a general comment)
More so with football then baseball SF. Baseball lines, because there are no spreads clearly let you know who is the favorite.
They can’t hope for a push or some points to help them win the bet. It’s a clear cut favorite/underdog. But even with that said Game 7’s are certainly unpredictable.
I am off to watch football. If I don’t make it back best of luck tonight.
If I don’t make it back best of luck tonight
Jeez, where are you going to watch football, Basra?
A little history:
On October 21st, three years ago today, the Sox officially beat the Yankees to win Game Seven and complete their historic ALCS comeback. They won at 12:01am on the 21st.
Let’s celebrate the anniversary with the completion of another great comeback.
Just to show how unfamiliar I am with sports betting/odds, could someone explain to me what this means?
(It often irks me how a lot of newspapers include odds in them, but never provide a key to their various systems.)
It means if you bet on the Sox you need to bet one dollar to win 65 cents. A one dollar bet on the Sox returns $1.65 total. A one dollar bet on the Indians, if the Indians win, returns $2.45 (+$1.45). The Sox are pretty heavy favorites, those are not good odds, particularly not for two 96-win teams in a seventh game.
If that’s wrong, someone please correct me, but that’s my understanding of the money line.
Thanks, SF, that makes sense.
(I notice some papers use a different schema. Something like “4 1/2 – 5 1/2” would be a typical entry, but again with no explanation. Maybe they don’t want to explain because it would more overtly relate to illegal betting, but it’s pretty obvious what the purpose is to begin with…)
Just a sidenote to the betting thing: I would say the true odds are right down the middle, 50-50, with maybe only a slight advantage to the Sox being in Fenway. The game strikes me as a total roll of the dice (no, tired pun not intended) for both sides. The Vegas odds, as suggested above, may have more to do with who is more likely to bet (Sox fans) and on perceptions than on real probabilities…
A lot may depend on what happens early — if one team can build a big lead — or on the performance of just 1-2 players on each team. A single pitcher for either side could either have a career night, or blow it big time, even with the now widespread premise that everyone will be on short leashes. A booted ball, a bad call, a mental error, or a clutch hit may do it.
And given that both teams have shown themselves capable of exploding for 6-7 runs in a single inning, normal definitions of “comfortable lead” may not apply.
Of course I’m hoping for a 2004 Game 7 type of experience, with plenty of breathing room early. But we already had that last night, with the Indians being demoralized from the get-go and getting increasingly sloppy as things spiralled downward for them. I doubt Boston gets the luxury of yet another consecutive laugher, so bitten nails seem more likely.
JD JD JD JD JD JD
I also expect this one to be a nailbiter… I anticipate a fair amount of back and forth scoring.
It’d be amazing if the Sox could jump out to a quick lead and give Matsuzaka some breathing room, because he seems like he’s really putting a ton of pressure on himself – and yes, he’s previously pitched very well under pressure, but I think he had a lot more confidence in himself before he came to the MLB.
Anyway, I’m anticipating that this will be one for the ages, could really go either way. And I’m already ready to vomit. Oy.
The Vegas odds, as suggested above, may have more to do with who is more likely to bet (Sox fans) and on perceptions than on real probabilities…
The Vegas odds are only geared to getting the right spread of bets for the two teams involved. That’s it. They really have nothing to do with prognostication. If one of the linemakers in Vegas thinks the Sox are going to win by forty, they would never set the line like that, because they’d never get action on the Sox. They have to set the line so it is enticing enough to get people betting both ways — the casino makes their money on the vig, so they can’t have one team getting all the bets, it puts them too highly at risk.
Never look at odds for anything other than as an indication of what it will take to get people betting on both teams, it’s more of a guess about the bettors than it is about the teams involved.
Actually, I should qualify (and correct) something: if Vegas thinks a team is a mortal lock, they will set the odds at such a point to get people betting the longshot, they’ll move the line until the risk/reward is high enough to move people away from the favorite. They aren’t afraid of setting big spreads, which might be read as an implication of my previous comment.
Here’s an interesting article on line-setting – the linemakers have to take into account fan emotion/tendencies, so a balanced line is effectively impossible, though in an ideal world the guarantee of profit. The linemakers have to freelance a little based on the herd.
Where is everyone? Twenty minutes til game time and nobody around? Is everyone arranging their rooms exactly as they were the prior two games?
I’m nervous as heck-all. No drinking unless it’s a celebration!
Hey sox fans – good luck to you guys – you’ve made it a series.
Time for the $103 million dollar question-mark to put up or shut up (though thankfully it doesn’t hurt having, you know, Beckett in the pen!)
Ok as a history student – screw you Fox for trying to use Henry Clay to make you guys sound sophisticated and your coverage somehow “classy”
No really – Fuck you.
No, not drinking, just preparing for a night of drinking with a few or four adult beverages, with drinking soon to follow.
Good luck, Sox fans!
Thanks, Gerb. I am trying to remember how I felt going into Game 7 in 2004, but I was at the end of the first week of first-time fatherhood, and I think I was delirious…
I feel like I need some tums right now
I was a wreck in 2004 game 7, i’m in a wreck now, for my health I hope we can break it open right away
I’m here. Just got back from ripping up the bathroom floor (and my right index finger) and taking the dog for a walk. Wouldn’t miss this for anything!
Ed, Rob SF (not sure if he’s here), SF – good luck guys.
Hope you don’t mind but deep down (of course) I’m rooting for a loss, but at the very least I am rooting for a competitive game.
I realize that makes me a heartless bastard (how many years would a close game take off your life?) but not going to lie. In any case, I do wish your team a good game, and don’t want this (or any) game to end in either a) an injury or b) a stupid call by the umpire.
That of course involves putting aside the awful strike-zone fun we’ve had this series.
Thanks, Rob. Glad to have you here tonight. I think…
I remember feeling very confident going into Game 7 in 2004. The Sox then scored early and often, so that confidence was well rewarded.
I feel less confident tonight, but I still would put our chances at better than 50-50.
OK, Fox on, sound off. So far so good.
I can’t listen to these guys.
I’m glad to see Coco is riding the pine again.
SF – Hey I wasn’t going to say “rah rah Go Red Sox” – you’d accuse me of jinxing! :-P
That ad is annoying: Thierry Henry plays for Barca, has been on that squad for a few months – couldn’t they just recut it or something with a few new clips?
God, start the game already…
I’m really really hoping for another game like last night’s. Where the bats ultimately make the performance of the starter moot — preferably in the first inning.
The Diceman Cometh…
I know Paul, it’d definitely get rid of the nervous butterflies
Where the RED SOX bats ultimately make the performance of the starter moot — preferably in the first inning.
You’ve got to be more careful. PLEASE.
omg, i’m terrified of the first pitch. If Sizemore hits a homerun, it’s all over for DiceK.
Not surprised the Indians didn’t put Travis “Wiff” Hafner up there for introductions…
Jake “The Snake” Westbrook?!?
Hehe, I stand corrected, SF.
Look at the bright side – you could’ve had Millar pitching!
what the… Millar? Is this guy still jonesin’ for the Sox or what?
Anyone think it’s odd that a Baltimore Oriole player (under contract) is throwing out the first pitch? I understand the symbolism and all, but what do the Orioles think of this?
Millar doing the lineup???? Very weird, but entertaining
Millar with the throw and the announcement of the lineup.
Is he really still under contract? Wow, strange indeed
Ok, Rob, there’s your Hafner reverse-jinx. Nice try. Not gonna stand for it.
Kevin Millar does a good lineup. Except for mispronouncing “Jacoby.”
I believe that Millar’s option vested, so he’s an Oriole for 2008.
//but what do the Orioles think of this?//
It will take another 3 months before Angelos hears about it and make a decision on the matter.
OK, nice first batter, Sizemore gets sawed off, one down.
Good first out – especially since they always highlight how the Indians really need Sizemore on base to get things going.
“Superman just broke his bat”… god I hate these guys
Home run swing. The results, not so much. Good start.
Millar doing the lineup freaks me out. “Daniel” Matsuzaka??!!
Go away, bad mojo, go away.
Buck and McCarver contradict Kennedy by saying Matsuzaka should use all his pitches.
They all miss the point: It’s location.
When did this “stand up on every two-strike count” thing start. First inning? Come on, I find that annoying, just a little.
Daniel is redneck for Dice.
Dice K throwing more strikes here… yet Indians also getting solid contact thus far…
Cabrera grounds to Dusty. Two down.
Two exclamation points after “Wins!!” Why??
Drink every time you hear: “Two nations.”
Bad to see that full count – that was an issue last time. But first two batters does suggest he’s on his game.
Dice K is throwing pretty hard tonight, doesn’t appear to be overthrowing
Gah, full count.
Paul SF – Two nations? So glad I’m not really listening to what they’re saying….
Hafner down swinging. Inning over.
Here we come “Snake”
Is there any professional athlete (or wrestler) whose first name is “Jake” whose nickname is not “Snake”?
1-2-3 inning for “Daniel” Matsuzaka!
Pronk go bye-bye!
I don’t care how much he’s struggling, a K of Hafner is always a good sign.
Rob, the line, variations of which I’ve heard several times since the end of last night’s game: “Two nations hanging on every pitch.”
What, exactly, makes Jake Westbrook “snake-like”? Or Jake Plummer? Is it the scaly skin? The molting? The long, forked tongue?
13 pitch inning from Dice.
Paul SF – Again so glad I’m not listening lol.
Perhaps their teammates don’t like their continuously duplicitous nature?
Time to slap Westbrook about.
C.C., still eating…
Pedroia!! Nice start!
Chickenhawk with the leadoff single.
Chickenhawk? I like that, where did you get that from?
I chose that nickname for him a few months back. Reminds me of the chickenhawk from Foghorn Leghorn.
the crowd is so damn loud, I love it
YES! Youk with the seeing eye single to left. Off the bat, I feared a DP.
Aw… Chickenhawk makes him sound like a pedophile. :( Since old men prowling for boys are called chickenhawks.
Papi headed to the plate.
looks like we still may get some good bounces here… make a statement in this inning boys!!!
Do you bunt here?
NSTB…really did not know that. I guess I will go back to my standby..Geico Gecko.
homerun foul ball, sooo close
Papi takes a heart stabbing swing at the first pitch.
Ortiz pummels one the other way, well foul though, and over everything.
Me too, SF. That was some lucky placement there. Not that I’m complaining.
AGAIN with the comps to Vaughn. Stop it!
Good pitch on 1-1 to Tiz, who swings and misses at an inside slider. Now it’s 2-2.
Come on Papi!!
no prob, damage was done last night with two outs… come on guys!!!!
Ortiz swung at two bad pitches in that K.
Gah, Tiz swings at ball three. Well set up by Westbrook, he pitched Ortiz nicely there.
Nice as it was to get 12 runs with virtually no production from Ortiz/Ramirez, I’d like to avoid trying to duplicate that feat.
Damn, the opening pitch to Manny was fat, and he fouled it off.
Is it me or are we going after Westbrook early in the count? Is this due to the last game with the number of 1st pitch strikes?
manny just missing those…
And shit, another one. Both those pitches were utterly hittable. Fudge.
YEAH!!! I’ll take it!!
looks like we might be getting some good luck this game… mojo mojo mojo
Manny hits one to Peralta..OLE!! Ball goes into left field, Pedroia scores.
Yes!! What the hell was THAT bounce?
Sure 6-4-3 turns into a ball out to Lofton, off Peralta’s glove, Pedroia scores. 1-0 Sox.
Rob SF – Makes sense – your problem was getting behind on him early – so why not be aggressive?
Lucky bounce = Run.
Wacky! Hard hit and E6 I’m sure! 1-0 Sox!
that was our offense, ironically, in game three against “the snake”
Even Fenway is cooperating tonight… so far.
No, NSTB. RBI single. Bad hop, nothing Peralta could do.
3-1 to Lowell…single!
Juiced for, uh, JD.
Lowell with the hit!
Drew up with bases Jacked AGAIN!
Bases loaded…guess who is up.
What are the odds that Drew does this again?
I never thought i’d be somewhat optimistic with J.D. coming up in a big situation
you’re right Paul, I’m extra zealous tonight.
Can Drew do it again?
Just hit the ball in the air, J.D., and I’ll be happy.
Thank you, DeMarlo – that ball was scorched and even Lofton would have had Youk at home.
Agreed, Paul, a sac fly will do me just fine.
Real question for me is who do you bring up for Westbrook isn’t on? It’s not like you have an “ace” in the Pen (sorry CC = “Can’t Cut-it”)
Back to form, I see.
That… was not in the air. Damn damn damn.
Not exactly what I thought Drew would do there. That just took the wind out of me.
that’s the J.D. we know
23 pitches for Westbrook.
hey, we got a run, hopefully Dice can get another quick inning and we can get back after snakey
maybe that was karma for the first double play they botched
JD swinging at the first pitch, and it doesn’t bother me – the pitch was very hittable, the D was lined up perfectly. JD nearly beat it out, too.
Yeah, I really thought he’d at least hit a liner or get it deep enough to right for a run. *sigh* As it is, he almost got an RBI out of it except for some nifty defense by Cleveland.
Still, we got a lead and Westbrook doesn’t look good.
Come on Dice.
I mean, that was a hell of a play by the Indians to turn two, have to give them credity. If they don’t execute perfectly, JD’s got a rbi and the Sox are up two.
Nice snag by Lowell.
1 out, nice.
Scorcher from Victor, but right at Lowell playing WAY off the line, almost near the third base side of the SS position.
Dice-K’s “playoff beard” is pretty suspect.
Garko grounds out to 3rd.
Lowell again, soft hop over to Youk. Two down.
You know, people talk culture and approach as key points for Matsuzaka — which is true. But they neglect the change in ball surface, mound density, etc. Very physical adjustments that directly affect the pitcher’s control and use of his pitches.
Peralta grounds out to 3rd.
Mikey with a clean sweep of all three outs.
Just what we needed, Snake round 2!
8 pitch inning from Dice
I like that there inning from Dice. a lot.
Lowell after a shaky start to the season has definitely regained his status as a human vacuum.
looks like you guys are getting the bounces tonight…boy do i love being right, even if it means the sox win…i called the comback…i’m smart…oh, and cowboy up guys…
i didn’t think drew would f-up with another double play…my prediction [not published here] was that he’d win the mvp, in addition to my “on the record” prediction of the comeback
VARITEK with the first-pitch double!!
Tek just misses a homer. Ends up being a leadoff double.
Oh Great. It’s Dane “There’s only ONE October!” Cook.
V Tek almost out at second! Yikes… here we go boys
boy do i love being right, even if it means the sox win…i called the comback
This game is so far from over, dc, nice try!
even varitek with a hit?….wow
Did Jacoby offer or was that a called strike? Sure looked low, and I thought Ells pulled back.
Man, if only the Indians hadn’t played that DP so smoothly… Ah well.
no jinx sf…nice try from you…stick around ’til the end of the game and we’ll discuss…
Jacoby a little tentative so far.
can’t get them all right DC… man all the bounces going our way… mojo mojo mojo mojo
Ellsbury with a flare to left, Tek to 3rd.
Time to send the lad to 2nd.
Ellsbury again with the hit! Two on, none out. Awesome!!
ha ha…ellsbury with a seeing eye…think i got it wrong?…no chance
And Ells squeaks, and I mean SQUEAKS a soft liner between Peralta and Blake. Lucky, he got very little of that.
I agree. Send Ellsbury.
Anyone else think this ‘Westbrook’ chant is a little stupid?
sorry ed, try to enjoy the good fortune…there’s no mojo…it’s called the law of averages
The Indians were happy to trade the run for the outs. I’m kinda happy to trade the outs for the run.
but the run scores…2 big runs…
Ha, Lugo gets the rbi even with the dp.
Lugo with the DP, Tek scores.
Should have sent Ellsbury.
Lugo GIDPs. Way to kill a big inning, Julio, at least the run scored.
nice lugo, 2 double plays, come on guys, gotta capitalize on this guy!!!!
it COULD have been worse… inning not done yet
No RBI on a DP, nstb.
flyballs on a sinkerballer, never a good sign Snakey
Wedge looks like he’s staying with the Snake.
Let’s keep it moving, Daisuke! Don’t let Westbrook catch a breath.
9 pitches for Westbrook.
Not sure if I want to work the count or keep going the way we are. But these nickel and dime innings of 1 run may not be enough.
I will gladly take one GIDP an inning if it also means one run an inning. Give me nine of each, and I’d at least like our chances.
sf will be my best friend when this is over…and will have a new respect for my powers of prognostication
We’ve actually hit three double play balls in the two innings, got lucky with Manny’s.
Two runs is a good start, wish it were more but it’s better than a sharp stick in the eye, or a first inning deficit.
ah, I keep effin’ up. I’m too excited.
I agree SF, I just fear he one inning from Dice. I would like to think that 9 runs would win you a game.
No worries, NSTB
Lofton flies out to right.
*phew* Anyone else scared of Lofton v DiceK like I am?
I won’t say Matsuzaka looks great, but he looks good, and that’s all the Sox were needing coming into tonight.
I met Eric Wedge today.
Walked down the street, and there he was, asking me if I could spare some change for a hot meal. I was like, “Dude, don’t you need to get up to Boston?”
He muttered incomprehensively to me about the apocalypse and shuffled away. Glad he got back in time.
Another full count. Not good for the blood pressure.
Gutierrez pops out to 2nd.
Popup to Dusty. Two down.
Matsuzaka’s getting the first-pitch strikes. That’s a good sign. Oooh, robbed on the 0-1.
Jeez, not a nice call on that 0-1 pitch, looked nearly perfect when it crossed the plate.
Wow, what was Lugo doing?? A weird, awkward dive that was tw steps too soon.
so much for the no hitter… come on Dice!!!
Blake singles up the middle, looked like a half-assed dive by Lugo.
Blake rips one back up the middle past a diving Lugo. Bad pitch, fat inside half of the plate.
Blake to second on pitch in the dirt.
Good, aggressive baserunning by Blake there on the pitch in the dirt. That’s good baseball right there.
1-2 to Sizemore now. Big out, here, Dice. Bear down.
Sizemore saves Matsuzaka a ball by calling time.
Hmmm, that looked like a strike. Maybe a tad high. I bet that’s a strike in Japan.
That was a tad high, but this strike zone is looking smallish, now.
Sizemore K’s. Inning over.
19 pitch inning for Dice.
Five strikes later…
DICE-KK! Big strikeout there!
A little tougher for Matsuzaka that inning, but none of the problems he usually has — command looked good, pacing looked good, wasn’t rattled by the baserunner/WP combo…
nice K there, let’s get back to it with Snake Bite
Come on, haht of the ordah.
YOOUUUK! Another double!
Youk with a leadoff double.
SF, like the accent… Chowdah Time
Atonement for Papi? Double the lead, big man!
Blech, the displaced prepster cardigan sweater-wearing squash-playing dink named “Jensen Lewis” is warming.
I’ll take a single run, Paul, for now! Keep that line moving.
Westbrook with a nice pitch there.
I agree that I’d rather the fans cheer FOR the Red Sox instead of AGAINST the Indians. But maybe it gets inside Westbrook’s head? Who knows?
Then Papi rips one foul past first. Not a bad pitch, too in for Papi to do anything with it. Westbrook is pitching Papi well, I have to say, if not everyone.
Papi gets Youk to third on a weak tapper to first. Good job by Westbrook on Tizzle again.
Advancing the runner, with Manny up. Not bad. Papi’s definitely cooled a bit.
Papi grounds out to 1st, Youk to 3rd.
We definately need a Manny moment.
IBB to Manny to set up the DP. Please, not another DP, unless it’s in a rundown after Youk scores.
Walking Manny. Definately need Lowell to hammer Westbrook.
Come on, MAKE THIS GUY PAY.
The Plain Dealer is making it sound like Westbrook’s pitching a helluva game, if it weren’t for his bad luck.
There’s some merit to that, but not much.
Let’s go Lowell!!
Why do I see Lowell walking, then deja Drew?
Come on, Mikey…
And Paul, stop looking at the Plain Dealer!!!
Good eye Lowell… the streak continues
All right! Sac fly! 3-0… A run an inning is a pace I will gladly accept.
Lowell with a fly to right. Scores Youk.
lol, I like to see what the enemy is saying…
Sac fly, 3-0 Sox.
JD, keep it going, get on base and it just brings that top of the order around faster.
lets get another one here!
It’s almost like J.D. alternates which at-bats he’s going to swing at the first pitch on, and which he’s going to work a deep count on.
he gave it a ride, oh well… keep the pressure on them Dice!
Almost, JD, almost. Attempt at wallball falls just a few feet short.
A run is a run is a run. Come one, Dice, get through the heart here.
Drew with a flyout to left.
Westbrook now at 51 pitches.
Drew almost scrapes the wall. Still, the runs keep a-coming, and Daisuke has a fairly comfortable margin with which to work now.
Sox still on track for that “score 1 run an inning thing.”
Daisuke has a fairly comfortable margin with which to work now.
Says who? Three runs and the Cleveland lineup aren’t strangers, Paul.
Really, how many times this season did we see Youk or Pedroia or even Lowell lead off with a double and still be at second when the inning was over? Instead, we had Ortiz going to the right side, then Lowell getting the sac fly. You can tell the Sox’ offense is clicking because that is a run they wouldn’t have scored in June or July.
It’d be huge to have a 1-2-3 here, come on Dice
Fairly comfortable in that a baserunner doesn’t bring the tying run to the plate. Every inning he comes out, Daisuke gets a more and more comfortable margin.
And the first pitch popout is very nice.
See, Paul, it’s comments like those about three run leads that makes me just KNOW you didn’t grow up with those 70s and 80s Sox teams…
Good point Paul, we’re scraping out runs, that’s the key, if we keep this up we’ll have a mammoth inning at some point! (I hope)
why the HELL do they do those interviews in the MIDDLE of an at bat???
I need to correct myself. I will take EIGHT one-run innings. If it’s nine that’s bad news.
EIGHT, just to reiterate to the baseball Gods…
Pronk gets a double.
Haha, SF. True. I did not lead nearly as tortured an existence as some of my older SoxFan brethren.
Though my first concrete memory as a Red Sox fan is crying after a playoff loss (1990), so I think I have my bona fides in order. ;-)
Wow! Thought that was gone. Glad it’s only off the wall.
o.k., Pronk was due, shake it off Dice K!
Hafner with a double off the monster.
Pronk scrapes the wall off a hanging changeup, Daisuke’s worst pitch of the night. Double.
This is when DiceK starts to get rattled. Hope it doesn’t happen tonight.
The Sox have been successful these last few games in part because they’ve kept runners off the bases in front of Martinez.
Nice play by Daisuke!
That was freaking LUCKY. Runner didn’t have a chance to move and he still gets the out.
kept the runner back, finish this inning right here
I’ll take ALL the luck we can get
Is Daisuke sacrificing velocity for command? He’s at 92/93 after being 96/97 in the first.
Heck of a battle shaping up here.
Sure looks that way Paul. Or is he changing his approach as he goes through the lineup again?
Welp, that sucks. Still a two-run game though,
Man I hate Garko, hate him
Cripes, that’s two monster shots this inning. Seems like they are getting a bead on Dice.
Matsuzaka lucky Garko hit it to the only part of the park that wouldn’t have held it.
Beckett standing up.
Or, that would have held it, I mean.
Peralta makes me really, really nervous.
That was really a terrible pitch.
Put them away, Dice. PLEASE.
Diasuke needs to start pitching them inside. They are sitting on that outside breaking pitch.
Hmm, strike zone fairly inconsistent this evening.
Dice K ought to try coming inside, everything is away.
Dice at 6 pitches.
Let’s get it back right here…
Lugo with the nice play!!
We didn’t think Matsuzaka was going to pitch a shutout, did we? 3-1 is still a great score.
Yes. 3-1 thru four. Quick hook with Daiuske, Tito. If he can get through 7-8-9 next inning I’d consider calling it a night for him, depending on the score.
Dice got away with some cookies there… time to defang the snake
Tek, Go-Go and Lugo up.
Time for the Sox to get their mandatory run per inning.
omigosh, I’m stressing. More runs, less double-plays.
Yeah, the score will be key. If the Sox get a four-run or better lead, I’d let him keep going until he loses it. Still 3-1, I’d pull him after five and bring in Beckett for the heart.
looks like 3 run is not enough. let’s score more!
Westbrook showing no signs of settling — can’t throw strikes at all.
Eric Wedge doing his best hobo impression tonight
3-1 pitch to Tek was a real cookie, that he misses.
Leadoff runner on again.
this snake has no venom
Tek singles. I sense a hook.
bring in C.C. Wedge…
Let’s go, Jacoby!
Garko looks like Mirabelli.
Wow. Ellsbury hits a liner that was almost a double, then almost a double play, and ultimately a forceout. Crazy game, this base ball.
bad luck, but at least not a double play, here we go, Ellsbury, steal second!!!
Damn, bad luck play there. Tek out.
Ellsbury needs to steal to avoid the DP.
Come on, Jacoby, steal.
Julio Lugo is useless. Utterly, completely useless.
YES!!!! REVERSE JINX IN FULL EFFECT!!!!!
Nice reverse jink, SF
*ahem* You were saying, SF? ;-)
Lugo with a grounder back up the middle. Go-go to third.
9 hits. Three f*cking runs. LET’S GO.
Sorry for the doubler.
Come on Pedroia. We need a shot here.
Paul, I put that up prior to Lugo doing anything, with intent.
Can’t use all the bullets, though, so those won’t be happening too often.
Without Ellsbury going, that was a double play ball. Good call there.
Ellsbury fast enough to steal home?
Come on, Dusty, be productive.
Arrrrgh, that was unlucky….
I hate Jake Westbrook.
How does Lugo not slide there? He may have missed the tag going down.
Another damn double play.
Damn it! 3 double plays… come on guys… let’s go Dice, keep at em
The way the fourth — both halves — transpired does not make me happy one bit.
Lugo definitley could have tried to slide and disrupt the throw, oh well
We need to start moving the fast guys sooner. If that means stealing more bases then so be it. Hitting into DPs is getting old.
Slowly the game starts to tip from the “near cakewalk” to “how the f*ck did we lose that game to Jake f*cking Westbrook by hittig into umpteen double f*cking plays”…
Matsuzaka has yet to make it through 5 innings this series. Let’s hope that changes.
At the very least Lugo should have stopped, forced a throw to first, seen if Tek could have scored by taking the force off. Bad baserunning by Lugo. I was right about him being useless.
I’m nervous for the first time all night.
Quick hook Tito, quick hook.
OUT AT SECOND!!
MANNY. Nails Lofton at 2nd. Brilliant!!!!
SWEET!! Lofton got GUNNED DOWN!!! Thank you Manny!!
Actually, not brilliant, he was safe. Ump botched that call.
couldn’t happen to a nicer guy… is our bullpen warming up yet????
Maybe time to start the pen up. Dice is looking vulnerable.
On second glance, how the hell did the ump miss that call? He looked to be clearly safe.
And a single. Come on, Tito…
1 out, 1 on- can the Indians hit into a doubleplay now?
Lofton was definitely safe, but credit to Manny for the great throw — which probably saved a run, as Gutierrez singles.
Okajima warming up.
pen’s alive… let’s go Dice
I think they caught a break on that Lofton call.
I’d love a revenge DP right here.
I think this is Dice’s last inning. He doesn’t look good enough to risk with a two-run lead past the fifth when you got everyone ready in the pen.
Double play would be nice here. Turnabout is fair play.
take him out now
He’s done Tito.
I take my prior comment about Lugo back. No way could he have reacted fast enough to stop running.
Tito needs to go get Dice. That’s five hits in 7 at-bats.
Pull Dice. He is done.
now NOW NOW, not fooling anyone in this inning
Wow, Daisuke doesn’t have much anymore. Pretty clear. Why can’t we just get one of those line drives to be hit right at someone?
oh christ, here we go…
LEAVING DICE IN THE GAME?
This has a very ominous feeling…
Lit up two innings in a row, yank him
I want to cry.
Tito Tito Tito…what are you waiting for?
I hate agreeing with McCarver, but he’s right — no more Matsuzaka.
Get Sizemore out, please!!!
First time I have really disliked Tito’s tactics, all playoffs.
SAC fly for Sizemore.
I cannot believe this is a one run ballgame. What a massive motherf*cking missed opportunity so far.
one run game now… just get out of this inning with the lead dice… come on
Is the out more important than the run? In this case, absolutely.
Could have been a lot worse.
Wedge has to pull Westbrook, his team has fought back to get into the game. Has to pull him.
okay, last out. He must get it here.
Hafner now looking very ominous in the on-deck circle.
All right, 0-2. Finish him!
Jeez, do NOT hang another one like that, Dice.
Seems like Dice gets a ton of 2 strike counts, but then struggles once he gets there, really odd. I think he gets too fine with his pitches.
God, this is too much to take!!!
Seems like Dice has not had a problem getting two strikes on batters, it is the third strike that seems to have eluded him in a number of at bats tonight.
Holy crap on both those fouls.
Thinking the same thing Trisk.
I think he gets too fine with his pitches.
I have maintained that the primary problem for Dice is that his “miss” pitches haven’t been good enough. They aren’t close enough to entice.
He does nibble, though, for sure.
This has been one scary at-bat, and I want Cabrera OUT.
This is killing me. We should be up like 40-2 right now.
The longer batters foul off DiceK, the less confident I get.
Well, THAT looked like a strike,
Oh my lord…he has been calling a strike there all night.
Damn that pitch was close.
You’re right SF, there best swings are coming with 2 strikes.
“…Lofton was definitely safe, but credit to Manny for the great throw…”
right paul, gettin’ the bounces, gettin’ the calls, and grady sizemore looking more like grady little…i’m not just smart with my prediction, i’m brilliant…
in the meantime, the homeplate ump blows the strike 3 call…i love baseball
By the skin of his teeth… go to the bullpen now Tito… NO excuses
Assdribble goes down. Thank goodness. I have to throw up now.
OK, Dice goes five innings, two runs, leaves with a lead, right?
No complaints. If the bats had done their jobs this game would be 4 or 5-2 right now, instead of this one-run crap.
Dice finally gets Cabrera.
He better be done for the night.
K for Dice!!! I fully expect Okajima in the 6th,
Not to needle, because I don’t, but he got very lucky with that pitch it was a breaking pitch up. Either way inning is over.
If there is any sign of Daisuke on the mound in the 6th, I’ll be in the market for a new T.V. because this one will be in pieces
So Okajima for the sixth, Beckett for the seventh and eighth, Papelbon for the ninth, and the bats realize that when runners are on base they need to BRING THEM HOME!!!
He left a few breaking pitches up, Trisk. The 0-1 was a terrible pitch to get him to 0-2, if Cabrera had been looking offspeed it would have been big trouble.
Wedge is pusing the envelope here. I am shocked. Shocked!
This is the inning we need to get to Westbrook. I have no desire to see Betancourt for 2 or more innings leading by just one run.
The last two innings from Dice K have been near disasters, the positive is we’ve survived them, no more chances though Terry
oops…Should be PUSHING.
That was Westbrook’s best pitch of the night.
Don’t go silent, bats. PLEASE.
Youk swings and misses, K. Drat.
damn it… come on papi and ramirez, one of you is due right here!
This is what I was afraid of. Suddenly the Sox can’t touch Westbrook, as Youk strikes out on five pitches.
Youk K’s…first inning we have not had the leadoff guy on.
We need some of that Papi/Manny magic.
the westbrook chants have to stop, root FOR our guys, positive vibes
Paul, you were commenting earlier about how this didn’t look like the Sox of earlier this season, missing opportunities, but it looks a LOT like that team to me.
Yeah, a couple innings have passed since that statement. They’ve gone back to a lot of their old tricks.
Papi is looking bad tonight. We desperately need him to do something.
Not good, we can’t have the Indians eek their way back in here and we can’t have the bats drop dead in the 3rd.
Westbrook with 9 hits and a walk allowed through 4.2, and he’s almost through the woods having “done his job”. What a joke.
Figure Betancourt can go two, so that means the Sox are getting a bit tight with their opportunities, once Westbrook leaves.
Sox bats gone dead. Nice timing, guys.
Jesus, Manny down looking. Time to go find a bottle.
You have to be f*cking kidding me.
Sabathia is out there SF, you think he comes in at all?
Son of a bitch.
The momentum seems to have shifted in this game.
Isn’t it weird, now I WANT Westbrook out!
I can’t believe Westbrook’s through 5, and he appears to be getting stronger, wonder if we go to Oki here
re: Sabathia, I dunno. Figure Westbrook for one more, at least starting the sixth, then Betancourt for seven and eight. Hopefully that’s all the at-bats the Sox get, honestly.
We HAVE to go to Oki here.
break out the tums
Who is on the mound…?
Okajima in the game
Oki in. Come on, Oki.
Sox pitchers need to get 12 out with no runs. Well, here we go…
Beckett warming up in the pen
Beckett and Timlin getting warm right now. Good to see Tito with the arms up.
All right, one down!
Hafner flies to Manny on the track, towards the line.
Hafner flies out.
11 outs to go.
Okajima okie dokie!
A 1-2-3 inning from Oki could really boost the club — and the fans, which are not unimportant in such a game, I think.
Rob-SF – please no counting the outs this early. Not until the eighth or ninth, if we have the lead, ok?
Oh lord, back to the “Okajima doesn’t look at the plate when he pitches” discussion.
Fair enough SF….but damn, my feet are sweating.
The Indians have a flat-out excellent lineup.
And the “he did great after giving up a HR on the first pitch” discussion.
Honestly, I can’t take this…the nerves are brutal.
How many full counts…
Two down on the fly to Drew.
Fly out to right.
Beckett in the 7th, please?
I’m gonna take a break from commenting. I’ll be here, but I need to walk around and talk to myself or something. I’m gonna explode otherwise.
Ground out to short, inning over.
I’d love (a) run(s) this inning
Okajima was efficient enough — put him back in for the seventh?
I know this is from the “department of the obvious” department, but a handful of runs — scratch that — a run or two — would be VERY WELCOME.
Finally, someone sees what I see… Mirabelli’s long lost brother
I am going to end up with no sleep tonight. I have to get up at 4 to go to work.
anything is welcome, any amount of runs is welcome…. i need to walk around
Oki was good but we need some production now.
Oki again next inning? He only threw 11 pitches so sure, with a very short hook.
Might I add, I love that Roger Clemens phone commercial now. I used to find it annoying, now it’s downright hilarious.
Ryan Garko should have learned from Jerramy Stevens and kept his trap shut.
Were those Thunder Stix in that shot? I am embarrassed.
Westbrook is missing low now, that’s good for his sake, and it’s showing.
Offense???? Where did you go?
Lowell down looking.
Westbrook very solid right now… knock this bastard out right here
Westbrook has pitched very well these last two innings, the bats are really more to blame for the first four, not the last two – gotta give some credit where it’s due – he’s looked sharp in the fifth and here in the sixth.
Betancourt warming up.
Buck on Westbrook’s nuts now
Westbrook sitting at 89 pitches.
Just make a mistake here to someone.
Westbrook now looking like he should just keep pitching, even with Betancourt out there.
Well, Rob-SF, there was the mistake, on 1-1 to Tek, and like last at-bat he fouled off a fatty.
This is like Bizzaro World…Who is this guy?
oh man, we are in for a dogfight now.
Yowzer, that was a bad swing from Tek.
Pitching. It’s all on the pitching.
Yes he did SF, Tek K’s.
Westbrook is looking sharp, I wouldn’t pull him either if I was Wedge
Westbrook wasn’t throwing that changeup before. What, did he forget he had it?
Welcome to the Battle of the Pens
Westbrook has been the Indians’ best starter this series. Who knew.
Well, the Sox had their chances to put up a nice number early, and they didn’t do it.
Yeah, if you’d told me we’d win three of the four games vs. Sabathia and Carmona, I would have picked Sox in five, six max. Crazy.
I honestly won’t mind if we don’t score in the next two innings, as long as those are our only at-bats for the rest of the game.
I think I would have Timlin up in addition to Paps.
Gah, those balls towards the Pesky Pole scare the crap out of me. One down.
Keep that hook handy, Tito.
GOD DAMN YOU LUGO!!! IF YOU CALL IT YOU BETTER HAVE IT!!!!
Julio Lugo better hire armed security.
Julio Lugo better hire armed security
Better be a firm from Cleveland.
i’m losing it here
Men left on base, some bad baserunning, poor fundamental baseball – the worst elements of the regular season Sox have shown up tonight.
Better be a firm from Cleveland.
DAMN YOU LUGO
Joel Skinner is awful.
THANK YOU BABY JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That’s why…Joel Skinner you just cost your team a chance to go to the WS. Pansy.
Can NOT believe Skinner held Lofton.
Thank you JOEL SKINNER!!!1
I don’t think Skinner did… looked like Lofton got confused… I dunno… now can we score a run or two so my heart gets back into my chest
did he really stop “The Mayor”?
“…Can NOT believe Skinner held Lofton….”
they’ll be talking about that play all winter in cleveland ag….wow
So lucky. Need runs!
We need RUNS!!!!
I cannot believe we just escaped that inning.
Ed: Lofton looked confused because he couldn’t believe he wasn’t being sent home. Skinner held him up immediately.
aint over yet… please, some runs, please?
Two mistakes, one Skinner not sending Lofton and two Blake going after the 1st freaking pitch.
My brain can’t take this!!!!!!!!!!!
Will Buck mention the screws in Betancourt’s elbow?
I don’t think you realize the magnitude of that call holding him up…Wow, that’s a “Yankee” type break, given to you by an ex-Yankee.
We need runs! Can’t rely on stupid luck like the top of the 7th, that was very fortunate.
Just checking in..wife has the laptop. Anybody else about to have a stroke???
And off come the wheels.
Ellsbury to 2nd base with a ball off of Blake’s glove.
YES!!! LEAD OFF CRUCIAL DOUBLE!!
Wow, luck is now on the Red Sox side. Could be a good sign. Lugo now up.
Lugo bunts Ellsbury to 3rd.
Nice fly needed by Pedroia.
PEDRO PEDRO PEDRO PEDRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GECKO TO THE RESCUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That was, indeed, a nice fly by Pedroia.
Come on, bullpen…
Come on, bullpen…
Come on, bullpen…
Props to that little guy I despise for no good reason.
Woke the kids up screaming through the house.
The Sox development staff is happy tonight — Ellsbury and Pedroia with the big hits!
I think I traumatized the dog by attempting to dance with her across the living room… Wow! What a huge hit! HUGE!
Hey AG, at least it’s not at our expense…Always looking for the silver lining.
hey sf, whaddya think of me now?…yeah, i know, i’m brilliant…
game isn’t over yet… come on pen
Out of curiosity, I am wondering why Okajima is in there other than maybe to pitch to Sizemore?
Yeah, why on earth is Oki still out there? That’s just a dumb risk to take, no?
Because Hafner is next.
i heard someone handcuffed gagne to a water pipe in one of the men’s johns underneath the stadium…unconfirmed, but probably true
Time for Oki to go.
JFC, WHY did Oki pitch this inning?
What the fuck!?
Yeah, but John, why’d Francona just pull him then with Hafner up?
Hey DC you get some props from me bud, I predicted a game 7, you predicted the Sox in 7. You are definitely more of a Karnak then me.
I would have had Beckett or Timlin pitch this inning.
grady, i mean tito, coming out to make the pitching change…just kidding…this game is over now with pap coming in…i could make money if i was this good at picking the horses…
Regardless of the lefty-lefty thing, it was Oki’s THIRD inning. DUMB. He’s not accustomed to that at all.
Stupid move on Tito’s part, just plain greedy.
Well, to be fair, Sizemore snuck his way on base, so it’s not like Okajima started giving up line drives all over the place.
Still, would have rathered to see Papelbon in the eighth — or even Timlin or Beckett.
dc, can you stop it, please? Whether you are being completely sincere or not, it’s bad form to keep saying stuff like that. You’ve stated your mind, can you just let the game go now, I will be happy for you to come back and crow if the Sox hold on, for sure.
I give up SF and SW, I have been proven wrong every move of this game. If you weren’t going to let Okajima pitch to Pronk, why let him pitch to Cabrera, makes no sense. But then again I would have pulled Westbrook much earlier.
i can’t take as much credit as i’m trying to trisk…i remember your 7 game prediction, but i didn’t think it would get that far until the sox went down 3-1…then of course, it had to for the sox to win at all…
Agreed, and why not have Papelbon START the inning, which he is very accustomed to doing. I don’t get these moves –
I mean, you are six outs from the Series, why not go Beckett for one, then Papelbon?
SF, I have learned from some of these moves why I don’t manage in the major leagues.
Why did Tito have to hold in his worst brainfart and rip it off now?
Hafner down swinging.
Yeah, I know, Trisk. I’d have the Sox down about 43-2 right now with my tactics…
Still, this one is a bit on the mind-boggling side, just because Oki is a MAX two inning pitcher, rhythm-wise.
Damn, that was the double play ball we wanted. Pedroia and Lugo both play hot potato.
Lucky Lugo wasn’t called for a phantom tag there. Not turning two sucks.
you are mean sf…
one final comment…a theory as to why pap is so effective…the batters are cracking up at the little troll face he makes when he stares in at them…just a theory…
ok, in deference to sf, i’m out for good…
God, this is so hard to take, nerves-wise.
please stick around, I just don’t want all these “foregone conclusion” posts!
Thought Pedroia held it because Lugo was slow to the bag.
Imagine if you were Joel Skinner SF.
Scary, but YES!!!!
One more inning, Paps.
loud out, but DAMN!!!!
My nerves are gone.
Papelbon is PISSED at himself for that last pitch.
Imagine if you were Joel Skinner SF
They’d have to call be “Fatter”, based on my body shape.
Wow, games don’t get much better than this, do they? In 2004, Game 7 was anticlimactic to the extreme. This is the Game 7 I think everyone thought they would get then.
Definitely hear you on the nerves, SF. I was hoping to hold off on the alcohol until the game was over, but that’s just been impossible.
Wow, Garko took that one for a ride.
SF: skinner… *chuckle*
I prefer not working on my ulcers during Game 7s but I rather like the score we’ve got going on right now.
lol, Hope you’re not still “stuck working,” SW, otherwise you might be in a bit of trouble…
what a game, come on boys, knock a few more in here!
If the Sox can hold on (please, HOLD ON!), the Fox TV truck editors better get that little scramble-grid-thing in use to cover up Paps’ nads, which are sure to be bouncing all over the clubhouse during a (hypothetical) celebration.
I hope Stuck Working isn’t a pilot or a bus driver…
I think Garko thought it was gone
Not sure if I can handle Paps in his spandex with the beer box hat doing the riverdance again.
Manny pops up, not wasting any time. Are the Sox just trying to get Paps back out there as fast as possible?
If I could post from a cockpit, I’d be most impressed with myself.
Heart a thumpin
I will take a nekkid, scrotum-jiggling, irish-jig dancing Paps if it means we’re going to the World Series.
Beckett should be loosening, honestly.
we haven’t won yet… three more outs ladies and gents
lowe my man
Guess not on the “let’s get back in the field quick” thing, as Lowell doubles to the left-center gap.
Totally agree about Beckett, SF.
Lowell doubles, chance for Drew to add a run.
please, more runs, more runs here
Come on, JD…
I am pretty sure Jensen Lewis is loose…
Naw Trisk, he needs at least 100 pitches
Loosening? Loosening what the champagne bottles? Relax SF you are going to give yourself a heart attack.
Hang in their Drew, be the man Drew, be the man
Will the Sox put Coco in center for the ninth, move Jacoby to left?
J.D. “Who Knew”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Padding the lead, never a bad thing.
drew my man. JD JD JD JD JD JD JD
Drew singles, Lowell scores.
hmmm, I would bet on it SF, but we need some more runs here to moot that point
As a person who questioned Drew’s play most of the season, I am extremely pleased to see him come alive at this point of the season.
He should (given things end good for us) be a valuable asset for Tek in regards to the Rockies pitching staff.
Varitek one out bunt?
Goodnight fellas, this one is dunzo. Not jinxing, not being a doink, just calling it as it is. Congrats.
PS-I couldn’t root for the Indians because of them giving us the boot, but I will once again be your rival come WS time. Go Rox!
Just to get the juices flowing early…Reason #1 to hate the Rockies: Tulo’s favortie player…Derek Jeter, they are both #2.
Rob, we need to get there first, still three more outs left
Joel Skinner for Red Sox nation MVP?
I have completely regressed to my teens and twenties, moving to spots in the room whenever situations arise (men on base for Cleveland, I go stand in the kitchen), items have to be where they were at the outset of the game, and the exact same web-browsing windows have to be open and clicked to at certain times, just to keep the karmic vibe intact.
I have OCD again. Thanks, Sox.
SF, to answer your question, Coco to center and Ellsbury in left. I agree.
Gotta counter that last claim by Trisk, even though he says it’s no jinx:
Three outs to go, still, I can’t count any chickens.
Yes Trisk, well aware of Mr Tulowitzki’s affinity for Jeter… could choose a lesser idol I suppose, say A-Rod
Julio Lugo plays for the Indians?
Must be a bad spot in the field over there.
Blake and Peralta each go back for a popup by Tek behind third, collide, knock each other over, and the sky-high fly bounces into the stands for a double, Drew to third.
I am SO glad I’m not an Indians fan. Even if the Indians go on to win, that’s just excrutiating to watch.
MAKE THEM PAY LUGO!!!!
What a weird game, lots of errors and just freakish stuff… Lugo gets a chance to attone for his misplay by knocking in the strike out blow
Jacoby being walked for Lugo. Julio, just knock a single run in, that’s all we ask.
Wedge out for Betancourt, Jensen Lewis coming in?
Nope, Wedge leaves Rafa in to face Lugo.
Buck and McCarver now talking about the Rockies… Lugo looks like a deer in the headlights, come on Julio
This game has certainly not gotten any less bizarre as it’s gone on…
I am SO glad I’m not an Indians fan. Even if the Indians go on to win, that’s just excrutiating to watch.
Uh, what? If the Indians go on to win, I imagine Cleveland fans will just laugh at what happened. And we will be crying.
I agree, if the seventh blew up in our face, Mr. Lugo would be tarred and feathered
God, Lugo, come ON.
“Back towards us.”
why couldn’t that foul ball hit Buck’s face?
I would not have wasted Tar or Feathers on Lugo.
I didn’t mean excrutiating in retrospect, SF. I meant at the time.
Lugo is really shitty.
maybe he’ll be tarred and feathered anyways… ASS!!!!
Lugo K’s….Little Big Man on campus is up.
OK, that’s easily the worst line of the night: “A big hand for a little man.” Lord.
DUSTIN!!! YEAH BABY!
And Pedroia NAILS one to the gap. Absoltuely AWESOME. 9-2.
Pedro with just a HUGE game.
YOU NASTY LITTLE SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
…uh, wow. AWESOME.
You know what I love about this, our homegrowns have largely won this one for us, couldn’t be happier right now
5 RBIs for Pedroia tonight.
The “Little Man’s” having himself a career game… to think so many fans wanted him gone in the beginning of the season
Pedroia giving Beckett a run for his (potential) ALCS MVP money now.
Great sign: “There’s no crying TOWELS in Boston”
I think Beckett gets it because Pedroia’s heroics parallel Drew last night, and Papi and Manny in the first games… but we’ll see, Gagne’s 1-2-3 last night makes him a darkhorse
OFF THE FRIGGIN COKE BOTTLES!!!!!!
YOUUUUUUUUK!!!!!!! A LAUGHER!!!!! 11-2!!!
Ok, Youk throws his hat in the ring too now.
The Cleveland Fans are going to really hate us now.
Beckett is the MVP, no questions asked. The ONLY way he doesn’t get it outright is if he shares it with Youk.
Indians’ inexperience definitely showed tonight, I have trouble feeling that sorry for them though, they have a great future ahead of them
And Beckett didn’t have to pitch tonight, which means he can start Game 1 on full rest.
That is, if we can get three outs before the Indians score nine.
See, SF, the REAL Sox were just biding their time! ;-)
Must’ve been hard for Papelbon to keep his closer jerk-face on during this.
3 outs to go.
Honestly, I am an idiot:
“Manny pops up, not wasting any time. Are the Sox just trying to get Paps back out there as fast as possible?”
Sayeth me, at the start of the inning.
The only member of the Indians I feel any remorse for is Trot.
Rob, have you been on ESPN, talk about trolls, they were HORRIBLE during those three games we lost, so damn obnoxious, equal to the worst of our fanbase
Anyone catch Pedroia lazily leaving the box on his dinger, then speeding up a tad just before it cleared the wall, then slowing down when it ended up over the monster?
Channeling Manny, he was nearly stuck with a single…
Yeah, not much sympathy for the Indians or their fans, who seem to still hold it against the Sox — and THEIR fans — for signing Manny Ramirez seven years ago (and maybe for the humiliation we inflicted in 1999). I’m guessing it won’t get much better from here on…
I saw some of it Ed. It shocked me because I really did not think there was enough of a history between the two teams for it to get that bad.
Looked at Lohud earlier and they are just dreading the Sox going to the WS.
I still think we should have someone up in the pen.
Come on, Paps. No funny business!
Nice grab by Ells. There’s the defensive switch paying off.
Yeah Rob I was just shocked to be honest, then my thoughts strayed to the Bengals-Patriots game and the fans, such obnoxious people… all summed up with their moto: “Who Dey?”
That being said, Red Sox fans can be pretty horrible too…
No way does Manny catch that!
Ellsbury steals one from Lofton.
now tito looks like a genius
Papi already wearing the goggles
Ha, Papi with the goggles on already.
Don’t tempt fate like that, Papi! My God!
Ortiz with the goggles on already.
their hatred for us mainly came from the press, constantly feeding the whole “East Bias”
Garko’s comment about champagne seems to have been forgotten today.
Paps getting tagged this inning, at guys. Pitching to contact, I guess.
WE’RE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’ve bee reading the blog and watchign the game all night long. Last night too. Just wanted y’all to know I have been around.. just.. I wasnt posting when we started winning.. and couldnt START y’know?
irony of ironies with coco’s catch
Coco smashed into the wall on that. Damn fine catch.
World Series time.
Did you see that catch that Coco made?!
Wow. Now that is a good defensive outfield.
Off the grab champagne!
Phew, what a nailbiter, at least until the bottom of the 8th. Even if we don’t like them hats off to a tough Indians team … It’s 5:59 a.m. where I am (Germany, in case you’re interested), but I’m gladly looking forward to a few more sleepless nights now.
I don’t share the animosity for the Indians that some of their fans seem to share for the Sox, and I can understand why they feel that way (’99, Manny). The Indians are a good team, and I honestly thought they had the series. I didn’t lose faith, I just had a lot of respect for their team and their talent.
Let’s see what the Rockies have, now. Congrats to the Sox on a FANTASTIC comeback.
Should have said: even if they don’t like us …
world series here we come: “ROX vs. SOX”
Jeez, VMart in tears… I feel SOMEWHAT bad for him… good night all!!!! SEE YAH SOON… FOR THE WORLD FREAKIN SERIES!!!!!
Watching Manny get interviewed on Fox is surreal.
Also, Paps’ eyes just made me flinch when he started that interview. That guy’s nuts.
This game ended on October 21st (just before midnight), three years to the day that we beat the Yankees in Game Seven.
hopefully the Rockies’ divine hand has left the building… yesssss
YES! World Series! Another Comeback! Go Sox!
A great three games. Overall, a great series. The Indians will be a force for years to come. So will the Sox. This could be the first chapter of a great interdivisional rivalry for some time to come.
BRING ON THE ROCKIES!!!
This is the fourth world series for me, in my fortieth year. I last went to a WS game in 1975, at the age of eight, when our family had four seats instead of two.
Gonna have to sweet-talk the ‘rents out of a ticket, somehow!
SF: Coco’s was one of the best I have seen. Flat out sprint, no regard for the fact he couldn’t stop if he made the play. Quality ball there.
Papelbob running around with goggles. Reminds me of a character from Mad Max.
There’s something singular in the nature of that play. He could have let it drop in, giving up a two bagger or a trip that probably wouldn’t have mattered, but in that singular moment, he had that ball. Period. That’s a beautiful way to end a game.
SF…if you get those tickets, post pictures.
That was one of the best ALCSs.. .best serieses.. Ive ever seen in my life.
Extend Tito, now.
Beckett is deservedly the ALCS MVP.
Josh IS the MVP! WOOOO! Eat it, Sabathia!
Definately extend Tito.
Good night guys, enjoy your drinks, if you’re drinking, I gotta get up again in six hours
> Extend Tito, now.
Bookmarking that comment… ;)
Yes a great series, anon. Phenomenal baseball.
MLB doesn’t waste any time:
All those blanks are me BTW! Sorry!
Without a doubt.
Maybe, what? $5M a year with incentives? Sound good? No?
I don’t feel too bad for the crying Indians. That’s what the rally towels are for, after all… ;)
> Maybe, what? $5M a year with incentives?
Yeah, they’ll finally be able to use them, Jackie. Har!
Champagne tastes WONDERFUL!
And, elst we forget the guys who stood out these alst two games.
At the bar tonight, we were all on tenterhooks through the 6th, especially after Lugo’s brainfreeze in left and his weird non-double-play.
Then suddenly with Dustin’s home run, it became comfortable. And then a laugher.
Wow, just wow.
A beautiful night. I’m purposely suppressing my desire to look ahead to Wednesday because for one night we should savor the fact that the Red Sox are the top team in the American League.
By the way… Kenny Lofton has some of the weirdest/worst karma ever. WTF?
A) SOX GOING TO THE WORLD EFFING SERIES!
B) Hudson – Kenny Lofton is the poor man’s A-Rod.
Big props to the Sox’ pen — four scoreless innings. If the Sox’ bats hadn’t erupted, Boston still would have won the game. That’s realy impressive.
I have to say, though I was very glad Crisp got lifted for Ellsbury (and I hope Jacoby starts Game 1 vs. the Rockies), you gotta be happy for Coco that he got to show his skills and professionalism and heart on that last out.
Fox just stopped broadcasting. Jerks. I wish I had NESN,.. I wanna see Paps dance. I suppose thats what Texas Gal is for
I’m so excited and I tip my hat to the Indians- they’re badass.
Absolutlely on Crisp, Hudson. He didnt have to, but he did anyway.
God.. this feels SO GOOD.
On a lesser not, whats the over/under on Skinner getting fired?
One of the many benefits of this becoming a laugher is that the Manny-gunning-out-Lofton and the brainfart by Cleveland’s 3rd base coach were rendered irrelevant. The most Cleveland fans can claim is that the momentum of the game might have been different if those plays had gone differently, but really the Sox showed very firmly who was boss.
Of course, the Fox Sports bimbo whose name I’ve blotted out from my memory said that it all came down to home field advantage.
Augh, I hate living without NESN… neither Fox nor ESPN is carrying any of the postgame stuff. Because you know everyone would rather watch poker and Pats highlights… and Seinfeld clips (no lie, that’s what’s on my Fox affiliate.) My head is going to explode. Nothing like being miserable after a win.
P.S. I loathe Dim McCarver and Blow Buck more than ever. They were running down DiceK and praising Westbrook to the skies in the first 5-6 innings.
If moment exists, it shifted with Skinner.
Still.. Dustin, man. He’s so awesome.
Jackie! Go to redsox.com
Postseason covereage ONLINE! I jsut found it!
! Awesome, Dio! I was looking for sites that would stream NESN live… but didn’t occur to me to check redsox.com. Thanks!
Postgame I mean.
champagne hitting me… woooooo
Paps was dancing, he is a nutball.
JACOBY INTERVIEW! I LOVE YOU JACOBY!
I think I twisted my ankle.. hurts liek hell… I was trying to imitate Paps’ dance…
SOlutionm? MORE CHAMPAGNE!
SO FUN!!! Scary as hell for 7 and a half, but fun in the end.
I took a Pepcid AC at the beginning of the game because I was really heartburny by the end of last night in a relatively easy game.
Can’t believe how well they responded. Great call, Hudson, on Coco getting to do what he did best for us all year to end that series.
Beckett clearly MVP. 3-1 on the road about to lose ignominiously changes to 3-2 and going home. Amazing.
I was never suicidal or in disbelief it could be done, but I can’t believe it actually was done. Great comeback, great season, great postseason.
I’ll say this (I said it to a Cleveland fan at Jasons Woods – a PA Halloween atrction while wathcing hte game on my phone – last night) .. if ANY pitcher could stop the Rockies’ momentum.. its Josh “Commander Kick-Ass of the FUck Yeah Brigade” Beckett.
Jsut showed CoCos play to win it again.
Jsut amazing. Give that guy a ‘gus and heart’ medal. Eckstein is gritty? NO! THAT is grit, motherfraker! Runnign into a wall on a play that BARELY makes a difference? THATS RIGHT! BOOYA!
I love you, drunk Dio. :D Hilarious. (I too was jigging to the DKMs this afternoon in my kitchen… and I wasn’t drunk…)
And agreed on Commander Kick-Ass’s streak-stopping powers. Ohhhh I am so psyched for Wednesday!
You should see mt in person, Jackie!
i’M toasted! WEEE!
Just finished an entire bottle of.. well.. itsd a bloack bottle.. starts with an F.. I dunno… cheaper stuff (expensive stuff is for a WS).
Abnyway! I wont be aroudn for the first few games of the Series. I have to work clsoing shift (3-12). So, I’ll be watchign the game replay online.. I tersted the prtocedure tongiht and it works. I cna bring up the game without seeign the score first.
I want to go to Vegas. I’d put money on the following. Josh Beckett wins Game 1. Ellsbury starts Game 1. Dustin Pedroia wins the Awesomest Guy Ever Award. Papelbon wins the Craziest Mofo in Baseball awars!
Id ahve to invent the last two first!
Gotta love Coco’s new Krusty the Klown hair…
whats the word on Coco anyway? Is he ok? he hit taht wall HARD
Rotoworld’s got nothing on Coco, I think he’s okay. Great plays out there in center! I love him as a fielder. (just wish he could hit)
I love Coco as a defensive replacement. Moving Jacoby to left and Coco to center in the late innings…. all three catches in the 9th were pretty damn amazing.
Amazing game. My voice is hoarse and I’m dehydrated like hell at work this morning, but I don’t care. There’s a World Series game in Boston on Wednesday!
There’s a World Series game in Boston on Wednesday!
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