It’s far too nice to sit inside and write all afternoon, but of course that’s what we’re going to do.  Consider this your open thread for today’s big (swing) game.  And we ain’t talking about the Jets. 

Go Sox!

25 comments… add one
  • Is it just me, or does it look like Randy Johnson is trying to pick a fight?

    SF September 11, 2005, 1:34 pm
  • Kevin Millar: slower than Bernie Williams.

    SF September 11, 2005, 1:51 pm
  • Rubbah? Bubba!
    I’ve never known why the Yanks are so reluctant to give Bubba a chance. Sure he’s little, but he’s also a AAA batting champ with good fielding.

    john massengale September 11, 2005, 1:52 pm
  • Got to the game late. Is Ortiz hurt or does he just do badly against Johnson? (Or?)

    john massengale September 11, 2005, 2:00 pm
  • Bubba Crosby was not a AAA batting champ. He’s not a blue-chip prospect. He’s a bench player, which is how he’s used. Appropriately.

    YF September 11, 2005, 2:05 pm
  • John– Ortiz has a lower back strain, but he’s also got terrible numbers against Johnson, so to answer your question, both.

    Laura September 11, 2005, 2:10 pm
  • Are you sure about that YF? I believe he won the Pacific Coast League title.

    john massengale September 11, 2005, 2:14 pm
  • Question of the day: who’s yapping like an infant more? Randy Johnson at 42 years of age, or Soxbaby Isaac, in his crib at the moment and in dire need of a nap, at 11 months?

    SF September 11, 2005, 2:15 pm
  • Update: much to the dismay of my own eardrums, it’s looking like the answer to my above posed question may be the Soxbaby Isaac…

    SF September 11, 2005, 2:25 pm
  • In 76 games at Las Vegas in 2003, Bubba hit .361 with 12 hrs and 57 rbis (= 24 hrs and 114 rbis in 154 games). His OBP was .405 and his OPS 1045. He also had 9 games with the Dodgers and 16 at Columbus that year. If he won a title, that would have been the year.
    Bubba was a first-round Dodger pick (23) after hitting .394 with 25 hr and 91 rbis at Rice, where he as an All American (.504 OBP and 1332 OPS).

    john massengale September 11, 2005, 2:25 pm
  • Bubba Crosby won the PCL title in 2003, with a .361 average.
    YF: too lazy to use Google. How can we take him seriously?

    SF September 11, 2005, 2:27 pm
  • I hate to get in the middle of this YFSF lovefest, but Bubba left the PCL too early to win the title (I find by changing my Google terms.)
    LAS VEGAS 51’s—The Las Vegas 51’s have had just one batting champion since their inception in the Pacific Coast League. John Kruk did the deed in 1985. However, looks like the 51’s will have to wait another year for their next champion. Outfielder Bubba Crosby had been at or near the league lead all season long. On July 23 parent Los Angeles recalled him. One week later, he was dealt to the New York Yankees in a deadline day deal. He may continue his prolific hitting, but it won’t count towards winning a PCL title.
    It wasn’t all bad for the Grizzlies, however, as Fresno claimed the Pacific Coast League’s 2003 Batting Champion, with infielder Brian Dallimore finishing with a League-high .352 average.

    john massengale September 11, 2005, 2:51 pm
  • Anyway, those are pretty good stats. Billy Beane would give him a chance.

    john massengale September 11, 2005, 2:52 pm
  • meanwhile, the Yanks have 1 run and the Sox have 1 hit
    can the unit keep this up today and this month?

    john massengale September 11, 2005, 2:54 pm
  • I don’t understand why Francona would pinch run for Graffanino but not Mirabelli, particularly with expanded rosters. Makes absolutely no sense at this point in the game to not have a speedy runner in at first down a run.

    SF September 11, 2005, 3:11 pm
  • And yes, I know that Mirabelli is Wakefield’s catcher. But still…it could even be argued that Varitek should have been pinch hitting for Mirabelli in the first place.

    SF September 11, 2005, 3:13 pm
  • Mo closes the 8th.
    When the Yankees win today, the Sox and Yanks will be 43 and 43 over their last 86 games.

    john massengale September 11, 2005, 3:19 pm
  • Phew.

    YF September 11, 2005, 3:22 pm
  • Rivera threw what, 18 pitches to get one out in the eighth? We could get to him in the ninth. Maybe. I hope.

    Laura September 11, 2005, 3:22 pm
  • 17 actually (7 to Papi, 10 to Johnny), but close enough

    Laura September 11, 2005, 3:23 pm
  • Okay. Here we go. 3 outs. With Manny right there and plenty more on the bench.

    YF September 11, 2005, 3:26 pm
  • 1 Down. (Nice reflexes!)

    YF September 11, 2005, 3:27 pm
  • Not so crazy about pulling Giambi here for defense. He comes up in the bottom of the ninth if this is extended.
    But it worked there. 2 down.

    YF September 11, 2005, 3:30 pm
  • K!

    YF September 11, 2005, 3:38 pm
  • HGH

    sigh September 12, 2005, 11:42 am

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