Sox-Rays Game Thread: Ultimate Fighting Championship?

Despite the protestations of the Red Sox’ front office, Major League Baseball today refused to re-form one of the worst teams in baseball history in order to square off against Boston’s first place squad.  The Sox had hoped to face a reunified (though Stengel-less) Mets team, but MLB shot down the proposal, telling the Sox that the "schedule had already been determined, and just like everyone else they have to face off against guys less than 70 years old".  The Yankees, who earlier had complained about the Red Sox’ "minor league schedule" thus far, followed the Red Sox’ request with a petition of their own, asking that the Commissioner’s office nullify their early season’s negative results and add six additional games against the Royals, stating that "the club shouldn’t be responsible for the foibles of some silly and probably totally f*cking biased computer" and that "only additional games against a team like the Royals would allow them to show how good they are".

In real news, the Sox play the Devil Rays, at last check a bona-fide Major League team. So have at it.  (And don’t be shy, Yankees fans, join in the fun – there’s always room for you on our schedule)

210 comments… add one
  • Why is Mohr still getting starts? 8k in his last 11AB? Makes Wily Mo look like Kevin Youkilis.
    Bring out the Canadian!

    Mayday Malone April 18, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • I have to agree with you there. I think Mohr will do good things (much like Wily M), but now is apparently not the time or place.
    Then again, Stern’s been not quite a prize himself lately. Heal up fast, Coco!

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • Looks like I’m here by myself tonight. I only have ESPN GameCast to go by, but Clement didn’t give up any grand slams yet, so I’m marking this start an A++ thus far.

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • MFY are already winning, but RJ already has given up 2 hits and a run through 2 batters.

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Switching over to MLB.com. What’s the point of having a fancy fun Gamecast if it doesn’t work properly?

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Here’s the test: A bases-loaded situation…

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • … A-Gon (that’s Gon, as in what happens to our chances at a rally when he comes up to the plate) flies out. Really, it’s great that guys like Mohr and Pena can get on base, and that we’ve gotten on base so often. But it doesn’t mean crap if they don’t cross the plate.

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Wait, why is this forum empty? Clement’s DOMINATING!!!
    And, um, the Yanks are getting clobbered. Did the Patriot’s Day game just tire SFs out?

    rk April 18, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Just clocking in… Was watching the game on the treadmill.
    I don’t know if Clement is exactly “dominating,” in that the Rays had some runners early, but the linescore is impressive.
    I don’t like that the Sox offense is sluggish again, leaving runners on base to make a close game out of what ought to be a 2-4 run lead by now.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • clement is certainly pitching well. It does seem like our offense has fallen asleep at the wheel again. Hopefully we can pick up the pace next inning.
    i’ve been getting personally attacked over on the yanks thread by some new yankee fan poster. feel free to click over there and remind him his team sucks.

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • OOF. Tie game on a home run by Wigginton.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Sorry, you’re right – dominating is not the word. I checked in around the 4th inning and expected to see something considerably worse than a shutout up to this point.
    And of course, now the wheels are coming off . . .

    rk April 18, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • fantasy baseball tip #2: Wigginton has been surprisingly good in the early going.

    NickYF April 18, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Wasn’t this the point in a previous outing when Clement started to crumble, giving up 4 runs?

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Wasn’t this the point in a previous outing when Clement started to crumble, giving up 4 runs?

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • It’s looking like Clement is about a 75-pitch thrower.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • I was just about to start defending Clement, but he’s not listening because he’s too busy giving up base hits… and now the lead. DAMN!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • I’m going to say this again, but Clement is puzzling. It seems like he has this great stuff but is a head-case. He just loses it out of nowhere.

    NickYF April 18, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • I think he’s got a serious stamina problem, both in-game and in-season.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • stamina certainly seems an issue, but he also doesn’t strike me as being mentally tough. I’m not usually into sports psychology crap, but Clement should be better than he is.

    NickYF April 18, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • Nice K (#6) to end the inning, but now the Sox are in yet another comeback situation.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Yeah, there’s a stamina (and I’m guessing confidence) issue, but honestly, I’ll take 7 innings of two-run ball from our 4th starter.
    What our problem remains, is scoring, well, runs.

    rk April 18, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Nick: It is indeed puzzling. He was the same way in Chicago, I guess.
    Seems to me the answer is some smart managing: If the pattern persists, Terry should accept that he’s a six-inning guy, yank him early, and plan to burn a couple of innings with Tavarez or (gulp) Seanez every fifth day.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Wily Mo is an OBP machine!!!

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • how about pinch running Stern for Pena here? WTF Tito!

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Pena is said to have some decent wheels, surprisingly enough.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • I like the bunting from A-Gon… Small ball from the 9-hole is a much better alternative than the classic 1-6-3 DP.

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • if he’s fast enough to steam a bas, I wish they’d gone that route. Then have gonzo bunt him over to third.

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • steal a base, not steam. Although I hear steamed bases are quite tasty.

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Does anyone else find it odd how in a couple games this year, the bottom third has been surprisingly effective getting on base, only to be left on by hitless performances from the All-Stars at the top?

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Come on, YOOUUUUUUUUK!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • woohoo! wild pitches work, too.

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Walk to Youks and a wild pitch means a sac fly ties it up.
    Just get it out of the infield, Loretta!

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Ain’t called he greek god of walks for nuthin’

    rk April 18, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Nice. A wild-pitch Ball 4… Maybe it’s the Jays turn for the wheels to tumble off…

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Marky Mark clutch again!

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Tied up!
    Weird play, Youks forced at second despite the single because it looked like the liner might be caught by the second baseman…

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Loretta time!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • oh my lord, did you see that tobacco flush from Tito!?

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • So what happened? GameCast says he “lined into a force out,” which makes no sense… Was it just a hard-hit grounder? If so, why no DP?

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • What just happened? Did Loretta get a hit? Gamecast has some confusing message up about how Loretta “lined into a force out” but it has the place where he hit the ball somewhere in deep right field.

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Papi is rocking the opposite field tonight. Eat THAT, overshift!

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Time for the King of Clutch!

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Loretta singled to right, but the ball was BARELY over the 2nd baseman’s glove, so Youkilis (the baserunner) had to cut back to first, thinking the 2nd baseman would catch it. Then the right fielder threw Youk out at 2nd.

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Double by Papi! (that makes sense)

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Ortiz with the double!
    2nd and 3rd, two outs.
    I can’t think of any Sox player in my lifetime, including Yaz, who inspired such confidence. Watching him at the plate in clutch situations, I never think, “Oh, please get a hit.” I just assume Ortiz will come through.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Ahh, the classic 9-4 force out, lol.
    Let’s hear it for the new and improved Manny (we hope).

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • Manny with his first home run of the year could really make Fenway like him a heck of a lot

    rk April 18, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • Come on, MANNY!!!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • YES!

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Manny with the go ahead 2 RBI!

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • MANNY!!!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • MANNY!!!!! :-D I believe the MAN is back!

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Off the tip of the RFielder’s glove. Brilliant strategists at TB playing the outfield shallow against Manny.

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Even Manny’s Gamecast photo is wearing the expression: “who you lookin’ at? &@$% you.”
    I guess Manny wasn’t going to let himself be walked. Go 3-RBI Manny!

    rk April 18, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Yeah, what were they thinking there? That they’d throw out Ortiz at the plate?

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • Kind of surprised Clement is back..

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Clement is back in? Why not go straight to Timlin?

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • …4-pitch walk. And that’s why you don’t bring him back. Has Matt Clement ever bounced back from a rough inning? Even once? Once he loses it, stick a fork in him for the night.

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Dear Tito,
    When pitchers start giving up hard-hit balls and crooked numbers late in the game, it means they’re tired and should be pulled.
    Fondly, Grady.

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • What was Tito thinking? Clement had been sitting for nearly a half-hour, and Timlin is generally solid … *except* with inherited runners.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Paul… LOL.
    (Except that Grady would never admit that he learned that lesson.)

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • “Um, Mr. Varitek? I know that I’ve pitched 7 innings already and it makes sense for me to come out now, but I sure would like to have the chance to earn the win. With your permission of course. Would you mind asking that bald man over there if I can go out again? You don’t even have to give me a lollypop this time.”

    rk April 18, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • “One of Timlin’s problems is with inherited runners.” – Don Orsillo, master of understatement

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • A DP here would sure be nice.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • I think Timlin gets a bad rap on the inherited-runners stuff. Maybe it’s just me, and I certainly don’t have the ability to watch all the games, etc, being in Texas. But when you’re in with a runner on third and less than 2 outs (a la yesterday), I’d say the chances are three in four that the runner scores. Timlin gets brought in to a lot of nasty situations because he’s a good pitcher who throws strikes. Outs still score runs in a lot of the mid-inning situations he’s asked to shut down.
    It seems his effectiveness is in part a contributor to his inherited-runners numbers.

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Oh jeez, 2nd and 3rd, no outs.
    I’m still steamed over that Clement decision by Francona.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Another double, tie game.
    I disagree, Paul… I think Timlin either loses focus or just doesn’t work as well when he’s working out of the stretch.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • 2 run double. Tie game. Man on 2nd. No outs.

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Ty Wiggington is an annoying name.

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • My GameCast is way too freakin slow… Way to prove me wring, Timlin >:-(

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Yeah, he sounds like a shady character from Dickens.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • My GameCast is way too freakin slow… Way to prove me wring, Timlin >:-(

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • My gamecast must be broken. I still have 4-2 Sox.

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • One down, man advances to third.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • OK, doubles are coming now… dammit…

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • In happier news, the Jays are now ahead of the Yankees 9-5 (bottom of the 7th).

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Timlin just came in and threw gas on what was a small brush fire. Thanks, Timlin. Thanks a lot.

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Shallow flyout to Manny, 2 outs. That gives a little more breathing room. Get *out* of it, Timlin.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Now 10-5 Jays on a wild pitch by Chacon.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Chacon came in out of the pen for the LAST PLACE yankees and is somewhat predictably giving up hits like his last name rhymes with “Jimlin.” 10-4, Jays.

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • i think gamecast in general is slow, i still have no outs, and someone called paul bunyan just doubled in two runs

    rk April 18, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Inning finally over.
    That was not one of Terry’s (or Timlin’s) shining moments.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • My gamecast is reeeeeeeeeeeealy slow. I’ve got 2-2 on Wiggington.

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • It’s frustrating to only have GameCast to watch the game… *sigh* Last inning gave me much better confidence that we can win this game though…

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • I find that MLB Gameday generally runs *ahead* of MLBtv, so I don’t use the two simultaneously… I’d rather watch it happen first. Gameday is useful for stats, though. (I wish they’d put the lineups to the right of the video.)

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Well,Hudson, I definitely concede the point… Timlin was stellar this year except twice. Both times, IIRC, were with runners on.
    FWIW, Paps is now the only pitcher on the team with a 0.00 ERA…

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Leadoff double for Lowell.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Mike Lowell, Cranker of Wallballs.

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Trot in to pinch-hit.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Nice!
    Stupid Gamecast. I’m having more trouble getting out of last inning than Timlin did.

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • LOL

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • I know, MM! I finally got the third out… Sheesh… If those of you actually watching could do a little play-by-play I would be forever grateful… Until next game, of course ;-)

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Paul, I’d have preferred to have been proven wrong by Timlin, of course…
    Trot draws the BB, 1st and 2nd, nobody out.
    Stern and Gonzo coming up… Not exactly ideal.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Stern trying to bunt

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • I even tried to get the score on ESPN instead of MLB, but they’ve got the same problem going on over there. Weird. In the meantime, please help people, I don’t know whats going on!!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Hey, Lowell just doubled! Oh wait… Pssh.

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Yeah, MLB Gameday is way behind, too. The pitching changes are giving it a chance to catch up.
    Okay bunt but they get the force-out at 3rd.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • dammit

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Hey! Lowell just doubled! Great job!! (*grumble*)

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • gonzo is swinging away, runners 1st and 2nd, 1 out

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • (I’d rather have seen Stern swing away, considering who was up next.)

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • gonzo is ripping some fouls. good contact.

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • No DP with Youk comin up… Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • At least Papi and Manny are sure to get up to the plate if this goes to the bottom of the 9th.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Come on, Gonzo! Dink one!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • K

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Figures… Can’t we just skip over him in the lineup?
    Come on, YOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUK!!!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Gonzo Ks.
    It’s up to Youks again.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • YOUK 2 run wallball!!!!

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • And he comes through! Double, 6-4!

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • No way!!!

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • YEAH!! YOOOOOOOOOOOOOK!!!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • We all already loved chanting his name, but Youkilis has really cemented his position as a fan favorite in the past two games.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • [Yes way!]

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • I’ve receivedmuch derision for stating publicly in the office that I had a man-crush on Coco Crisp… Kevin is muscling his way in, lol

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • woohoo! Loretta follows suit! RBI single to right

    airk April 18, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Loretta plates Youks with a single to right!

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • I’ve always been a big Youk fan. I’m still stuck with Gonzo… no, wait, he just struck out.

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Nice! Offense breaks out in the 8th.

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Hey, did you know Youk just hit a 2-run double? Wow!

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Hmmm, who comes in for the 9th? Foulke or Paps?
    I’d assume the latter since Foulke pitched more recently, even though this is a borderline closer situation…

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • LOL – man-crush on Youk. Gotaa love those facial contortions he makes.

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Inning over on a Papi K.
    So does that mean Timlin is in line for the win?
    NESN just showed Papelbon warming.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Small Papi is coming in. Foulke is probably snuggled up in a fleece blankey in the corner of the pen.

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Yep, Timlin looks to be 2-0 if Paps holds it…

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • This is what is showing up on my gamecast right now:
    Pitch 1 – Called Strike
    Pitch 2 – In play, run-scoring play
    Pitch 3 – Called Strike
    Pitch 4 – Ball
    Pitch 5 – Foul
    Comment: Whaaa…?

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Yeah, I was also wondering why they were pitching to him at second base. Maybe Loretta brought his bat with him?

    rk April 18, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • wow, high heat for the K

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Hey me too! I give up… ESPN wasn’t even loading properly earlier tonight. If you’re gonna black out the non-Inside Pitch satellite games and make us pay for anything remotely approaching live games, couldn’t the one bone you throw be semi-close to the action?

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • K, 96 mph.
    1 down.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Go Sox!
    Yankees lose! Yankees lose! DAAAAAAAA Yankees lose!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • bummer. good piece of hitting by Crawford. bouncer up the middle for a single

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Crawford bounces single into center-right.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • he hit a splitter that was about 5 inches off the plate.

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • [airk, jinx, you’re it]

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Come on, PAPS!!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Whats going on? Hello?!?

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • Baited breath

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Aaaand theeeeee Yankees lose.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • 3-2 count.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Cantu is fouling them off.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • One on, one out?

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • lots of fouls, then another K.

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • K! 2 gone.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • You have to wonder what’s going throuhg Foulke’s mind right now, as Paps throws right in front of him. “Shouldn’t have made the Burger King comment.”
    Oh, and for that Herald contest, submitting possible Papelbon closer music, I submitted Soul Coughing’s “Super Bon Bon” – not only for the similarity to his name, but because it’s cool music, Mike Doughty’s voice, and the lyrics: “Move as-ide, and let the man go through, let the man go through . . . too fat fat you cut lean, you gotta take the elevator to the mezzanine, chump, change and it’s on, super bon bon super sbon bon”

    rk April 18, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Oooh, 2 Ks!

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • 2 outs, Crawford steals second with no throw.

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • (Crawford to 2nd.)

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • One on first, two down?

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • 2-2 count to travis lee

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • All right, K the side Paps!

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • what the hell are those fans doing wiggling their caps? any reason for that? it looks really stupid.

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • did he?

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • AUUGHH! MLBTV just cut out on me!

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • I’m a fan of metal songs… They just sound so cool echoing through the park (I’m jealous that Rivera has “Enter Sandman”)…
    How about “Master of Puppets”?

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • more fouls

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Is the game over?

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Got me…I’m in the same boat…

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • full count

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • Got me…I’m in the same boat…

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • Jeez Loueez, this sucks, no video at the money moment.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • oh – close ball 4 to Lee.

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Come on PAPS!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • If it’s gonna make me verify the comment, why does it then double post?

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • johnny gomes up, representing the tying run

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Grrr… Bear down man!

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • “Hello, MLB.com? Yes, I’m calling about my refund? … Yeah. You know what I’m talkin’ about.”

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • 29 pitches for Papelbon

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:18 pm
  • Oh, Metallica is pretty awesome (only album I don’t have is the latest and their first), but don’t you think that Puppets would be a pretty faint imitation of Mo’s ever-so-fitting “Enter Sandman”? Yanks-Sox game, and Puppets come on . . . it’d look bad.
    Soul Coughing’s just a awesome sound, and that song is heavy enough that it could be interpreted as bad-ass. Well, Paps is badass – the music just augments him.
    10 WINS!

    rk April 18, 2006, 10:18 pm
  • shit. ball 4. sacks packed.

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:18 pm
  • Man, Come ON Paps!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • 0-1 on hollins, pinch-hitter

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • !!!!!!!! come ON!

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • 0-2 borderline strike

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • What?? I thought “K the side Paps!” was a reaction to him doing so – not encouragement!!
    Hope I didn’t jinx it . . .

    rk April 18, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Now it’s back, but the video is from Tampa Bay.
    Nailbiter, 0-2.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • PAPS!! PAPS!! PAPS!!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • GREAT CATCH HE GOT IT!

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • HOLY schnikes! amazing diving catch by stern! snow-cone catch, diving forward – if it gets by him, all 3 runs would score!

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • They won??!!!!

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • HOLY CR@P ADAM STERN IS GOD

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • YEAH SOX!!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • man oh man, that was a risky play!

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • The way this season is going, with all the late-inning theatrics, it’s going to take twenty years off my life.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Timlin gets the win. Paps the save. Youk the hero.

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • Stern!!! I knew there was a reason I loved you (there goes the man crush thing again!)
    10 wins baby!!!!!! It’s never too early to celebrate getting a game on the Yanks!

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • MLB.TV has lame Tampa Bay feed with no commentary, the announcer is making little sounds to himself.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • NO JINXING THE THREAD!!!! This is more up to date than gamecast. When you write “K the side PAPS!” or “10 WINS!” you’re confusing the hell out of anyone who isn’t in front of a tv. I thought the game was over twice before it was – and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one.

    Sean April 18, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • seriously. games in april shouldnt be this exciting. what’s it gonna be like in august?

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • So, can anyone tell me what happened exactly on the last play?

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • I’ll grant the 10 wins was confusing to me… But I stand by my K the side Paps comment… It was obviously exhortation… If I’d said “PAPS Ks the SIDE!!!” that would be different. But I’ll try to keep it a little clearer from now on…

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • i think its a good think papelbon got himself into a little trouble tonight. get the first scare out of his system, make adjustments, etc.

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • On the last play, the bases were loaded. the batter hit a bloop to dead center. Stern charged it, and dove for the catch. He catches it in the top of the webbing – and just BARELY. If he had missed it, the ball probably would have skipped all the way to the wall, scoring all the runners. So it was a great catch, but a ridiculously risky decision to go for the ball at all.

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • Matty: With the bases loaded, the Rays hitter (no name) hit a screaming line drive to center field… Stern came in and made the catch by diving forward, his glove barely above the ground… If he flubbed it, the ball probably would have rolled to the wall and you’d have had a tie game.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • I’m really digging participating in these game threads… Thus far, this is far and away the best Sox-related blog out there… I really enjoy getting to actually be a part of everything (as opposed to SOSH where you can only watch)…

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • Hudson & airk: thanks!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • [airk: I thought it was hard hit, just low and shallow enough that Stern had to sprint in.]

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • right now, Eckersly is saying he doesnt think Stern shouldn’t have gone for the ball. the ball was honestly snow-coned in the webbing of the glove.

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • Paul — Ditto. I also sometimes check the gamethreads at OvertheMonster.com but this one’s a bit more active. And yeah, SOSH is just too exclusionary (and pissy).

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • you’re right, hudson. it was a low liner, not a bloop.

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • I gotta go check the standings and GLOAT.

    Hudson April 18, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • in post-game comments, Youkilis is dedicating his game-winning RBIs to the fans who harbor a man-crush for him!

    airk April 18, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • I just know he was thinkin of me lol

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • Thanks for fillin in the ending for us w/o visual. Can’t wait to catch it on sportscenter

    Sean April 18, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • Well folks, it was fun… I gotta say, I have a good feeling about this season, especially now that our lineup is starting to shake off the cobwebs…

    Paul A. April 18, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • Mid-day Yankees loss, uh, I mean game tomorrow.
    Our lead is at 3.5 and growing. Go SOX!!

    mattymatty April 18, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • Sorry, I wrote the first “10 wins” comment, but I had just read, with two outs, “All right, Paps, K the side!!”
    Rereading it, out of the moment, I realize what you were saying, but I read it another way the first time. Sorry if I contributed to any heart attacks this evening, I had a few myself! :)
    And I’ll add to the kudos to YF/SF – this is a great site. I don’t even bother with SOSH anymore, and Over the Monster still hasn’t accepted my username and password (rargh). BDD is still kind of my first stop (so classic over the years), but this site is my next one (usually through the globe’s feedster thing). Over the Monster gives good synopses of what I need to know at the minor leagues, basegirl can be hilarious, surviving grady is sometimes fun, and there’s another blog that sometimes takes faceshots of teams and comments on them. Frickin hilarious.
    But this is the best interactive site. And you get to gloat in front of YFs on days like this.

    rk April 18, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • Wow – so I submitted “Super Bon Bon” by Soul Coughing for Papelbon’s entrance music to that Herald contest yesterday. And I didn’t expect anyone to take seriously a suggestion by a broken-up, 90s band that wasn’t exactly busting up the charts . . . but other than the obligatory AC/DC suggestions, it was the second-most popular song. I guess I shouldn’t have doubted Boston’s music tastes.
    Unfortunately, the Herald said that they told Paps about the top ten suggestions, and nothing impressed him – but he and his wife picked a Keith Urban song for their wedding, so I’m not expecting brilliance.

    rk April 19, 2006, 9:26 am
  • Man, watching that Stern highlight on SportsCenter last night… No way that was second to JD’s two catches, especially since it was a game saver!
    Also,I would have suggested Megadeth (“Symphony of Destruction” anyone?), but that leads to the whole Metallica-Megadeth debate and the feeling by some that Deth is an inferior copycat of Metallica…

    Paul A. April 19, 2006, 5:41 pm

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