There’s a Game Today?: Sox-Tigers Gamer I


Forget Japan, forget fatigue, forget the not-so-elite 3-4 record.   And forget the fact that today’s opponent (our own predicted 2008 champion – oof) is in dire need of a win.  This afternoon’s festivities, while they include an on-the-field contest, are more about the off-the-field celebrations of last season’s glorious championship.  Remember that

Today the Red Sox open up at a refreshed, rested, and newly renovated Fenway Park, and the team, absent a few of last year’s participants, will be collecting their championship jewelry.  It’s a second celebration in just four years, and that fact is a testament to the way in which this new ownership group and front office has changed our Olde Towne Team.  No longer underdogs, but honest-to-god champions and frontrunners, a team that comes through.  The players will certainly enjoy this moment, but it would behoove us fans to really soak it in.  There is, of course, no telling when today will happen again.  As both YFs and SFs know, no matter the effort, no matter the spending, no matter the Hall-of-Fame players that occupy your chosen squad, winning a championship is a rare occurrence to which none of the previously mentioned criteria give any entitlement.  We should enjoy days like today for their quality and for their rarity. 

So use this as your game thread for this afternoon’s action pre-game and in-game.  And remember: It will be a great day at Fenway, win or lose.

198 comments… add one
  • Cellar dwellers livin’ in the past. Get used to it!
    [we kid, we kid]

    YF April 8, 2008, 9:38 am
  • Better than livin’ on a prayer, as we used to do!

    SF April 8, 2008, 9:51 am
  • Any speculation on who is throwing out the first pitch? It’s a “surprise guest” that’s supposed to give up “goosebumps” according to the Red Sox.
    Bobby Doerr?

    LocklandSF April 8, 2008, 10:24 am
  • Kyle Snyder?
    I mean, since we’re all used to ceremonial first pitches bouncing to the plate anyhow..

    Brad April 8, 2008, 11:06 am
  • Thanks for helping me throw up my breakfast with that photo. To that, my retort:
    (Seriously though, nice words on the significance.)

    A YF April 8, 2008, 11:29 am
  • Congratulations Red Sox on a job well done last year.

    Jays Fan April 8, 2008, 11:40 am
  • Ted Williams reanimated head?

    SF April 8, 2008, 11:43 am
  • Dang, that’s one tacky piece of bling!

    yankeemonkey April 8, 2008, 11:51 am
  • Alright, now that the Crazy Road Trip of Doom is over, it’s time to start a winning streak and see if we can ruin Detroit’s season before it even really gets started. Let’s do this thing!

    Micah-SF April 8, 2008, 12:30 pm
  • Wait, they’ve been playing games this week? *sigh*
    /break from work

    Paul SF April 8, 2008, 12:30 pm
  • Turns out it’s Bill Buckner. Nice. He better get a rousing ovation, as I’ve written in the past.

    Paul SF April 8, 2008, 12:38 pm
  • I gotta think he’ll get a very warm reception. Or will lose faith in my fellow SF’s.

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 12:46 pm
  • “Crazy Road Trip of Doom”
    Theo says you owe him $20.

    A YF April 8, 2008, 12:46 pm
  • Agreed about BB.
    I think that after 2 WS, the Red Sox fanbase can (and I hope will) show some magnanimity.
    What happened to Buckner was simply awful.
    I hope he does better than that classic example of unjust ostacism – Fred Merkle- who was still hearing about his “bonehead” baserunning play of 1908 in 1933………..

    dabize April 8, 2008, 12:50 pm
  • BTW, it will NOT be fair to hang the inevitable Gerry Callahan rant about BB tomorrow morning on RS fans in general.
    It’ll be Callahan being curettage as usual….and not our fault.

    dabize April 8, 2008, 12:54 pm
  • Is the audio on yet? I am stuck in a meeting but I’m wondering if they are covering the first pitch on the radio.

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 1:52 pm
  • If I remember, BB made a comeback tour with the Sox several years after 1986, hit an inside-the-park homerun, and was generally shown all sorts of respect during his return. I, for one, have never EVER blamed Buckner for any part of 1986, as a fan it was pretty darn obvious that he was a stand-in for John McNamara, Rich Gedman, Bob Stanley, Roger Clemens, Cal Schiraldi, etc. He deserved nothing of the popular lambasting he got from uninformed fans and, primarily, the media. He was too easy to use as a symbol, the icon of lazy observers of the 1986 World Series.

    SF April 8, 2008, 1:54 pm
  • XM did a “Play Ball!” channel last weekend with songs about the game, classic calls and interviews. A lot of fun to listen to. One of the calls was the entirety of Mookie Wilson’s at bat. Worth remembering that at the beginning of the at-bat, the Red Sox were ahead by a run. Buckner has certainly been an undeserving goat, as Stanley had plenty of opportunities to close Wilson out, and instead let the tying run score on the wild pitch (or was it a passed ball?).

    Paul SF April 8, 2008, 2:03 pm
  • Good first inning, but too many pitches – I’d like him to at least get through six today.

    Micah-SF April 8, 2008, 2:20 pm
  • Dice K sets them down in the first with just a single past Lugo by Sheffield.

    TJ April 8, 2008, 2:20 pm
  • Decent first inning for the Dice. DOnt knwo how much attention I’ll have for the game, my puppy is DEMANDING my attention

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 2:21 pm
  • With Kenny Rogers on the mound today, I predict the Tigers to go to 0-7 and the Sox to break out the lumber.

    yankeemonkey April 8, 2008, 2:24 pm
  • Thank you Youk.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 2:24 pm
  • NICE at bat by Large Father

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 2:29 pm
  • Nice at-bat by Papi. Let’s see Manny hit one over the Monster now.

    Micah-SF April 8, 2008, 2:30 pm
  • Whew. Had that ball not had odd movement, it could have been a DP. Of course, if it wasnt for the nice defense, it would have been a double

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 2:32 pm
  • Or he can ground out. C’mon, Mikey, two-run double.

    Micah-SF April 8, 2008, 2:33 pm
  • Single plates two, probably. Come on, Mikey.

    SF April 8, 2008, 2:33 pm
  • Come on Lowell.. dont have to do much. Just drop a single in.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 2:33 pm
  • Full count.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 2:35 pm
  • FUCK IT!
    This team sucks.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 2:35 pm
  • Can the offense suck any worse right now? I dunno how Lowell actually looks swinging the bat, but he may be regressing something fierce this season..

    Paul SF April 8, 2008, 2:37 pm
  • That’s why players should only be signed to 1-year deals. That way, every year = contract year!

    yankeemonkey April 8, 2008, 2:39 pm
  • Two more LOB. I wonder what the Sox’ total is for this year already? Seems like they haven’t cashed in at all. Or is this just the old SF in me that thinks this? They certainly aren’t hitting well as a team by any means.

    SF April 8, 2008, 2:39 pm
  • We’re seeing a Red Sox lineup when Manny and Ortiz are both cold. Yuck…

    Paul SF April 8, 2008, 2:45 pm
  • C’Mon J-Dizzle.

    Brad April 8, 2008, 2:45 pm
  • Yeah..
    This start can be completely attributed to the fact that my wife has purchased a JD shirt for me!

    Brad April 8, 2008, 2:47 pm
  • “J-Dizzle”? Oof. Keep working on it, Brad!

    SF April 8, 2008, 2:47 pm
  • Tekmo! Cash in, fellas.

    SF April 8, 2008, 2:49 pm
  • Ok, Coco with the sac fly. 1-0 Sox.

    SF April 8, 2008, 2:50 pm
  • Hey! A run while I was walkign the puppy!

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 2:55 pm
  • Ortiz has got to start hitting for my fantasy baseball team! =)

    Lar April 8, 2008, 2:55 pm
  • The Hawk! Sweet!

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 2:56 pm
  • Is the home plate ump awful? Pitches 3 and 4 to Youk look like almost perfect knee-high (or slightly above the knee) strikes, yet called balls. Is Rogers ticked?!

    SF April 8, 2008, 2:57 pm
  • Full.
    Come ON Youks. Give us some comfort.. please.
    Youk works the walk. Papi… payback?

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 2:57 pm
  • (to be clear, I am watching on Gameday)
    Tiz up with the sacks jacked…

    SF April 8, 2008, 2:57 pm
  • So. Close.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 2:58 pm
  • Ugh, first pitch out. Come on, Tiz. 5 LOB thru two. Dammit.

    SF April 8, 2008, 2:58 pm
  • Gameday now indicates that that was nearly gone. Doublefarts!

    SF April 8, 2008, 2:59 pm
  • C’mon Ortiz. I’m getting killed in my fantasy league! I needed a slam or at least a few RBI’s!

    Lar April 8, 2008, 2:59 pm
  • 4 hits, two walks, a balk, and 45 pitches thru two innings for Rogers, yet only down 1-0. Lucky bastard.

    SF April 8, 2008, 2:59 pm
  • God thats dissappointing. Papi just hasn’t found his power yet. That was a foot shy of a home run

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 2:59 pm
  • This is going to be one of Those Games, isn’t it.
    UGH. And it’s a slow day at work, too, so I don’t have anything to distract me from the parade of inefficient hitting.
    C’mon, Dice-K, keep it going.

    Micah-SF April 8, 2008, 3:00 pm
  • Mom and Pops just called in from the Fens, say it’s fun and FREEZING. Mom can’t get get the camera phone working, otherwise I’d post some pics.

    SF April 8, 2008, 3:01 pm
  • Man, our rings are so classy. I want.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:01 pm
  • It took 10,000 years for Manny to get over to back Coco up.
    Micah – every game is one of Those Games so far this year.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:02 pm
  • Drew’s off to a hot start. Now, whatever we do, don’t let Youk read a lineup card on FOX

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:03 pm
  • Dionysus: Don’t I know it. I’d like a good old beatdown, can we do that?
    Sigh. At least the Tigers don’t seem to have a prayer of hitting Dice-K right now. Much more efficient second and third innings.

    Micah-SF April 8, 2008, 3:06 pm
  • Daisuke doing very well. Once Beckett gets his stamina back, this could be Pedro/Curt II.

    Paul SF April 8, 2008, 3:07 pm
  • His stamina wasnt a problem last night Paul. He threw 90+ pitches. He jsut wasnt efficient at ALL

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:08 pm

  • Did that just happen?

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:10 pm
  • wow – Manny should hit himself in the helmet more often

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 3:10 pm
  • for those of thus at work. Did what just happen?

    sam-yf April 8, 2008, 3:11 pm
  • As someone also with Manny in his fantasy team, was hoping that would be ruled a home run. Ah well.. =(

    Lar April 8, 2008, 3:11 pm
  • I’m in shock. Awe. I can’t think striaght. I can’t beleive what I saw

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:12 pm
  • Is that a double + error or triple + error according to the official score?

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:13 pm
  • It’s a triple + error from what I can tell.

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 3:13 pm
  • Bullshit. That was outside.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:13 pm
  • Triple + error, at least according to

    Lar April 8, 2008, 3:14 pm
  • Sam – Manny hit what looked like a double buthe stretched to a triple with a slide into third. The throw was wide and then missed so it bounced out of bounds and Manny trotted home.

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 3:14 pm
  • I am SO watching a replay of that as soon as someone gets it online. It sounds hysterical.
    Oh, Manny.
    Also: c’mon, ump, don’t give Kenny Rogers bullshit strikes. He’s an ass and he’s been wild all day – don’t bail him out.

    Micah-SF April 8, 2008, 3:15 pm
  • Nice play by Jones to rob Tek

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:16 pm
  • Honestly, Micah, it was a bad play by Manny. A decent throw might have nailed him.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:17 pm
  • I’m finally up on the radio and they are reporting that Jeter is going for an MRI.

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 3:19 pm
  • Daisuke was all over the place as he gives up the walk. Settle down.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:20 pm
  • Double Play!

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:22 pm
  • He does and K’s Mags. I like this Dice-K.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 8, 2008, 3:25 pm
  • God shut up about Sox Appeal

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:26 pm
  • The way Rogers is throwing, it should at least be 4-0. Come on, home team.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 8, 2008, 3:27 pm
  • Dionysus: yeah, but luckily there wasn’t one. So I can enjoy the comedy.
    And THIS is the Dice-K we all wanted to see last year – starts to struggle, settles down, gets the DP and strikes out Magglio. I’m feeling really good about him.

    Micah-SF April 8, 2008, 3:27 pm
  • Ugh. Lugo cant bunt.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:29 pm
  • Yay! Another bad throw + Lugo’s speed gets him second. He had to rush to throw to have a chance to catch Lugo and it skipped away into the camera well

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:32 pm
  • hey now, an error that julio didn’t commit works out for him.

    sf rod April 8, 2008, 3:32 pm
  • Hit for Dustin. Lugo stops at third, wisely. Inge was pretty quick to the ball

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:33 pm
  • Big fly here, Yooks.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 8, 2008, 3:34 pm
  • Kenny has thrown ten bazillion pitches so far in this game

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:34 pm
  • Come on, bust this one open…

    SF April 8, 2008, 3:34 pm
  • well, sac flies don’t bust anything open, but they are also not easy to complain about. 3-0 Sox.

    SF April 8, 2008, 3:36 pm
  • Youk puts some oompf into in jsut shy of the Monstah. Lugo scores. That wind robbed him off a wallball

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:36 pm
  • Sac fly, 3-0. Still have not scored a run on a safe hit. Should be way ahead right now.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 8, 2008, 3:37 pm
  • WHats with the strike zone this year?

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:41 pm
  • 4-pitch walk. Dice-K afraid to challenge Cabrera?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 8, 2008, 3:42 pm
  • One piutch outs for Daisuke = candy

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:43 pm
  • Excellent pitch selection there. K the fifth for Daisuke.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:45 pm
  • OH shit. Jacque Jones is tormenting us.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:46 pm
  • Yes!

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 3:47 pm
  • I know it’s “only” 3 runs, but 7 hits and 2 walks, and they leave him in?

    Lar April 8, 2008, 3:51 pm
  • Do NOT get tossed Manny
    Actually, go a head. Jacoby’s got a hotter bat

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:52 pm
  • Division leading O’s are smashing the Rangers, btw.

    Lar April 8, 2008, 3:53 pm
  • 3 walks now, as Lowell is aboard.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:53 pm
  • BTW, Carter has been tearing it up in AAA

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:55 pm
  • Drew Ks, but still.. nice AB. Good number of pitches seen.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:56 pm
  • Tek(!) chases Rogers

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 3:58 pm
  • Dammit, Crisp.
    *sighs* Stupid men LOB

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:02 pm
  • 8 LOB thru 5, 11 baserunners. You take the bad with the good, I guess. Wish this game were more than a three-run homer away from being tied.

    SF April 8, 2008, 4:02 pm
  • Coco continues to drive his own price down…
    I think he may become the new JD Drew, the whipping boy of many Sox fans, at least until he’s shipped off. If this keeps up, the Sox will be lucky to get the corpse of Steve Howe in return for Coco.

    SF April 8, 2008, 4:04 pm
  • If Daisuke can get a few quick outs, he could go 7.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:05 pm
  • Did anyone else think Lugo might drop that popup? Cause I did

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:05 pm
  • Nice effort, by Crisp. Good call by the ump.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:07 pm
  • Wow. Pedroia almost had Sheffield. Very very close.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:09 pm
  • What did you say abotu a three run homer dying the gmae, anon?

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:09 pm
  • DP anyone?

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 4:09 pm
  • those anons were me.

    SF April 8, 2008, 4:10 pm
  • SIDDOWN, Magglio.

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:11 pm
  • K the sixth! two down… one more out.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:11 pm
  • Oh god oh god.. Cabrera up with a 2-0 count. 3-0.
    Shit shit shit. You cant walk him. You have to challenge him

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:13 pm
  • *watches Daisuke melt down*

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:13 pm
  • Loaded, here we go…

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:13 pm
  • Dice-K looks rattled

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 4:14 pm
  • ugh..
    Here’s the inning.

    Brad April 8, 2008, 4:14 pm
  • *grabs his vomit bag as Daisuke throws ball one*
    Cant Daisuke get ANY calls? 2-1
    3-1.I predict bases loaded walk and Javier Lopez blowing everythign up

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:16 pm
  • Just don’t walk a run in

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 4:16 pm
  • 3-2. *vomits*

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:16 pm
  • That’ll work.

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • Whew.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 8, 2008, 4:17 pm

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 4:17 pm

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • Got out of it! Last year that was a three or four run inning.
    Still, probably done for the day, unless Tito wants him to strike out Pudge again.

    Micah-SF April 8, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • So do they bring him out for one more?
    You know what Gameday needs? An “active in the bullpen” (or something) area to show you who’s warming.

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:18 pm
  • Can someone please be descriptive? “God Bless Coco” helps me a little, but it’s not visual!
    Diving or running catch, I assume!? A little help, please!

    SF April 8, 2008, 4:18 pm
  • For the lvoe of god, get us some insurance

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:19 pm
  • Neither really, SF. Just a catch.
    Lugo on with a single

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:21 pm
  • Lugo, nice that you got a hit (on an 0-2 count, no less). You ever feel like slugging more than your average?

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:21 pm
  • Don and Jerry interview Buckner = Nifty as all hell

    Anonymous April 8, 2008, 4:22 pm
  • SF, I’m listening on the radio and I think it was a running catch. It sounded like he had to run in for it but not a spectacular play. Every time Coco makes a good play, Atheose types, “GOD BLESS COCO” and he doesn’t seem to be here. Thought I’d help him out a little.

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 4:23 pm
  • Oki warming in the pen.. plannign on giving him two innings?

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:24 pm
  • Droid gets called out on strikes.
    Come out Youk, get us some runs!

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:25 pm
  • Thanks for the Oki-warming news, Dio. Here’s my guess. If the Sox don’t score, they put Matsuzaka out there till he gives up a baserunner, then they put Oki in.

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:27 pm
  • youk!!

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 4:27 pm
  • HELL YEAH! Youk doubles in Lugo!

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:27 pm
  • Youk answers the call. Double, run scored. Woo!

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:28 pm
  • Full count on David

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:31 pm
  • “Injury delay”?! Who?

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:32 pm
  • Pudge, Devine. Hurt his hand, but stays in the game.
    Ortiz walks.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:34 pm
  • Pudge got hit by a foul ball off Ortiz’s bat. He is staying in.

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 4:34 pm
  • Thank you for the descriptions.

    SF April 8, 2008, 4:35 pm
  • Thanks, guys!

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:35 pm
  • home run swing, but strike 2. 3-2.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:37 pm
  • hot shot knocked down. Manny thrown out, but runners advance.
    Mikey, now would be a good time for one of tyour patented Mikey Doubles

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:39 pm
  • kc getting to hughes early. break up the o’s. anyone know what the wildcard standings are looking like?

    sf rod April 8, 2008, 4:40 pm
  • It’s a tough day to have Ortiz/Manny in Fantasy. Grumbles. So many opportunities..

    Lar April 8, 2008, 4:41 pm
  • And Mikey draws the walk. Up to Drew now and I just don’t know how to feel about that

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:42 pm
  • drew 2-2 lifetime against grili with an hr. couldn’t ask for a better situation.

    sf rod April 8, 2008, 4:43 pm
  • here it is…

    Brad April 8, 2008, 4:43 pm
  • Drew can do eeeeeeeeet!

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:43 pm
  • 3-0 on Drew. Take take take.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:44 pm
  • Ball 4. 5-0! YEE-HAW!

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:44 pm
  • man, I was really hoping he’d groove one there.

    Brad April 8, 2008, 4:44 pm
  • man, I was really hoping he’d groove one there.

    Brad April 8, 2008, 4:44 pm
  • Good god, Grilli is terrible.

    Micah-SF April 8, 2008, 4:45 pm
  • Awesome. Drew gets the walk and we’re up 5-0. Now the Captian gets a chance.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:45 pm
  • Happy for Drew to draw the walk, obviously, but I’d rather have him swinging than Tek, I think.

    stuck working April 8, 2008, 4:45 pm
  • How crazy is it that Tek should have 3 HR in the seventh game of the season?

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:46 pm
  • JD my MAN!

    SF April 8, 2008, 4:47 pm
  • Okay, 8th. But the point stands.

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:47 pm
  • Looks like the offense is finally warming up in the Friendly Conflines. Awesome.

    Paul SF April 8, 2008, 4:47 pm
  • That was NOT a pitch to take, Tek.
    Ah well. We got two. Now who? Manny or Oki?

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:48 pm
  • Okay, Tek K’s, and I gotta get back to work, but that was harrowing/fun to “watch” (depending on whether it was the top or bottom of the inning).

    Devine April 8, 2008, 4:49 pm
  • We need a new stat for releivers, to account for inherited runners being allowed to score. I mean the job of a releiver is to shut thigns down. Maybe they are worth a fraction of what a noninherited run would count for in this stat.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:51 pm
  • Ha ha Daisuke thinks he’s the first baseman

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:52 pm
  • Dio – I agree. Coming in the the bases loaded and giving up a run isn’t the same as coming in with empty bases and screwing up enough to let someone score.

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 4:53 pm
  • Sent that before I finished – but it shouldn’t count for nothing….

    rootbeerfloat April 8, 2008, 4:54 pm
  • K the seventh for Daisuke

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:54 pm
  • I guess he was on a one-baserunner string, but still not a huge fan of Dice-K throwing 110 pitches in April.

    Micah-SF April 8, 2008, 4:56 pm
  • 6-2/3 scoreless aint bad Micah. I’ll take it. I didnt liek the four walks, but no runs makes up for it

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 4:59 pm
  • Crisp on!

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 5:06 pm
  • The Tiggers really are about to start the sseason 0-6. I mean, it seems way to early for anyone to panic. But the Tigers should probably start panicking.

    Mark (YF) April 8, 2008, 5:07 pm
  • That’s two quality starts in a row for Dice-K.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 8, 2008, 5:08 pm
  • Ugh. Lugo grounds into a DP. Still, 2-for-4 is good for him. I wont complain… too much

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 5:08 pm
  • I disagree. Its too early to panic. I was read in, I think, an interview with Jason Stark, that while on two (I think) teams who started 0-6 have made the World Series, five of the last seven world champions had losing streaks of 6 at SOME point during the season.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 5:11 pm
  • K for little Manny!

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 5:15 pm
  • But you couple 0-7 with the upcoming stretch @ NYY and BOS and the injury situation they’re dealing with and it looks grim. Long season, but the AL is too tough to be digging that kind of hole. At least IMO.

    Mark (YF) April 8, 2008, 5:16 pm
  • Nice innign for Delcarmen

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 5:19 pm
  • If he can get another run or two, itd be nice.. that way we can put Aardsma in and save Oki

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 5:20 pm
  • That is a goooood day for Delcarmen.

    Devine April 8, 2008, 5:20 pm
  • Dionysus: Oh, I loved the start – especially the getting-out-of-the-bases-loaded-jam thing – I just don’t love the pitchcount.
    I’m liking the 1.1 scoreless from Delcarmen. If we can get him right, we’ve got another real setup weapon – his stuff is certainly excellent.

    Micah-SF April 8, 2008, 5:26 pm
  • Three more outs. Oki in for some work, I imagine.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 5:31 pm
  • Guillen is battling real tough.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 5:35 pm
  • Oki wins the battle with the K

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 5:35 pm
  • Wow. Alot of centerfielders, after heading initially the wrogn way, woudl never have gotten that ball.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 5:38 pm
  • 3-1. Come on Oki…

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 5:40 pm
  • That WATER is filthy!

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 5:41 pm
  • Dirty water!
    Beautiful way to start things off in Fenway. We’re home, we’ve got the World Series rings, Bill Buckner gets a standing O, and all is right in the baseball world for a day. Let’s keep this going.

    Micah-SF April 8, 2008, 5:45 pm
  • Didn’t see the game. How did Matsuzaka look?
    I know he didn’t give up any runs, but I noticed that he had 4 walks.

    SoxFan April 8, 2008, 5:47 pm
  • Honestly, Mastuzaka was good SoxFan (you need a different nick, we alreayd have SF and its impossibly to shorten your nick without it being his!). The Tigers just put up soem tough at bats, but it was Dice’s day. 7ks. I’ll take this performance.

    Dionysus April 8, 2008, 6:06 pm
  • Hey everyone,
    I was at the game yesterday, and it was GORGEOUS out. Perfect day for opening day in Boston.
    The Bill Buckner throwing out the first pitch was amazing, it truly was a goosebump-inducing moment. I admit I got a little teary eyed seeing him get a standing ovation.
    While walking behind the Green Monster to get to my right-field seats, I got to see Bill Russell walking in. The crowd there was going nuts for him, it was pretty exciting.
    As for the game… the Fenway crowd seemed lazy. The wave never got started, and there was never a “Let’s go Red Sox” chant (or, to a less important degree, a “Yankees suck” chant). Aside from that, great day!

    Atheose April 9, 2008, 8:08 am
  • By the way, Drew is looking REALLY good. I know he K’d twice yesterday but he seems a lot more confident than last year, and the crowd isn’t booing him nearly as much.

    Atheose April 9, 2008, 8:22 am
  • I’m browsing the comments, and see that SF was hoping to get some pics posted. I have some on my camera, I’ll email them to the site when I get home from work tonight. I’m working late so I won’t be back until 9:30 though.
    By the way SF, your parents must have been sitting in the shade. I was in the right field bleachers and it was REALLY hot. I got sunburned like woah.
    Also, the Hawk was flying around Fenway all day. He got a huge applause from the crowd when he flew by the Tigers dugout.

    Atheose April 9, 2008, 8:42 am

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