That Liberal Media

And you think Phil Hughes is hyped? NPR’s Weekend Edition has just given us play-by-play of the first at-bat against Daisuke Matsuzaka in a Sox uni: a double by a Boston College junior. Such an ignominious debut. Kidding! He settled down!

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  • Dan Shaughnessy, the Boston.com writer Sox fans love to hate, was gushing about Beckett’s performance against Northeastern yesterday, and now today Ol’ Dan is singing the praises of DMat after a tremendous outing against Boston College. Heh.
    Never mind neither college team has a player that will get even close enough to sniff the Major Leagues.
    100% Himalayan fluff at it’s finest.
    The next time Shaughnessy writes something not so rosy about the Sox, perhaps Paul and some of the other Sox fans here will cut Danny boy a little slack. Or not.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 11:18 am
  • Nope.

    Devine March 3, 2007, 11:37 am
  • don’t think so…

    Andrews March 3, 2007, 11:47 am
  • I’m a little disappointed that the Sox didn’t save Matsuzaka’s first game for a major league team. I wasn’t impressed with his outing at all. Watching some video, the college ump had a diff, wider strike zone than the majors, and Boston college looked terrible. Whatever is right, none of those kids are even close to major league quality. Is this their idea of building up hype? Not working.

    Boogie Man March 3, 2007, 12:54 pm
  • “Is this their idea of building up hype?”
    The hype comes from the media (though I’m sure the Sox don’t mind the press). If anything, I think that giving him a start against college guys lessens the hype and gives Matty a low pressure game situation in which to get in his work, which is what these starts are all about. He can’t help it if Japanese TV wants to interrup regularly scheduled Japanese programming to show him throw to college ptichers.
    And apparently he found out right before the game that it was going to be a college ump, and he was disappointed because he wants to start getting used to the MLB zone.

    tommy March 3, 2007, 1:10 pm
  • PAPELBON!
    # batters up, three batters down via the good ol K

    TJ Sox Fan March 3, 2007, 1:45 pm
  • errr 3 not # :p

    TJ Sox Fan March 3, 2007, 1:45 pm
  • Now Brandon Moss just misses a Homerun stand up triple. Umpires talking now. HOMERUN

    TJ Sox Fan March 3, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • Another 1-2-3 for Papelbon but just 1 K this time.

    TJ Sox Fan March 3, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • a walk and 3 consecutive hits leads to 2 more runs 3-2 Sox with Runners on 1 and 2 with Cora up and 1 out

    TJ Sox Fan March 3, 2007, 2:05 pm
  • Another rough outing for Piniero. Just gave up a two run bomb. I don’t see this guy as Boston’s closer.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 2:17 pm
  • Ah, looking forward to seeing a lot of those come the regular season. Both Posada’s homerun and Pineiro’s egg.

    Andrew March 3, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • But Lowell bails him out with a pretty 3-run jack.

    Andrew March 3, 2007, 2:30 pm
  • Just when I was sitting here thinking Mike Lowell looked skinny, he parks one over the fence in left for a 3 run HR. 6-4 Sox

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 2:30 pm
  • Piniero still in and quickly gives up a shot to the base of the wall in center to Pat Burrell to lead off the inning.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 2:33 pm
  • Rowand rips a double down the line to left. 6-5 Sox. And Francona is out of the dugout to replace Piniero.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Romero loads the bases and gives up a basehit, one run scores but the guy trying to score from 2nd is thrown out at the plate. 6-6.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 2:50 pm
  • Another rough outing for Piniero. Just gave up a two run bomb. I don’t see this guy as Boston’s closer.
    I am not saying I agree or disagree with this statement, but it seems that to certain people bad spring training outings mean everything (this one), and good spring training outings mean nothing (Daisuke).
    How fair.

    SF March 3, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • “to certain people bad spring training outings mean everything (this one), and good spring training outings mean nothing (Daisuke). How fair.”
    Phillies- College Players. Not exactly apples to apples… You’re kidding, I hope?

    Andrews March 3, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • Nah SF, not basing this just on Piniero’s two rough outings so far in the spring. Even before, I couldn’t see taking a guy who was terrible with Seattle as a starter, did a little better as a middle reliever, and suddenly think you could plug him in as a high pressure closer.
    As for DMat, yeah, two innings against a college team means nothing. But for the record, I think he’s going to be a good pitcher for the Sox. How good, well, we’ll see.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 3:17 pm
  • Any of you guys know what pitches Pinerio was throwing today? Any sliders or curves?
    He stuck to only fastballs in the first outing, and he would’ve gotten out of it if not for the errant throw.

    Steve March 3, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • City of Palms Park record attendence for Boston of 8,169

    TJ Sox Fan March 3, 2007, 3:20 pm
  • “I think he’s going to be a good pitcher for the Sox”
    Put me on that list, too. I don’t envy the task in front of him, though. With all the hype (“the Matsuzaka era begins” etc) it certainly will be tough trying to live up to it.

    Andrews March 3, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • David Murphy is giving Hinske a run for his job and also improving his value in a late spring trade for possible Cordero from Washington or that setup guiy in Texas who closed last year for them.

    TJ Sox Fan March 3, 2007, 3:24 pm
  • Yanks score 3 to go up 4-3, bottom 8th

    Andrews March 3, 2007, 3:32 pm
  • Ed Rogers grounds into a DP with the bases loaded for the Sox to end the bottom of the 8th. Still 6-6…Ed Rogers?

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 3:33 pm
  • DelCarmen on. Line single to left. 1 on, 0 outs.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 3:37 pm
  • Triple to right. 7-6 Phils.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • Walk. 1st and 3rd, 0 outs.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 3:41 pm
  • Line shot to deep center. Sac fly. 8-6.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • Double to the gap in right center. 9-6 Phils.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 3:48 pm
  • Don’t necessarily disagree with you re: Pineiro, WE, but in the context of this thread it came off as “see today? I told you Pineiro can’t do the job”, while Daisuke’s efforts were dismissed as hype and inconsequential.

    SF March 3, 2007, 3:48 pm
  • Another walk, and Tito is coming out.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 3:54 pm
  • Yanks win 4-3.

    Andrews March 3, 2007, 3:57 pm
  • “Daisuke’s efforts were dismissed as hype and inconsequential.”
    How much can you read into an outing against college kids? How much can you read into any ST outing, for that matter? Most pitchers are not out to win as much as work on specific pitches, locations, etc.

    Andrews March 3, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • Another rough outing for Piniero. Just gave up a two run bomb. I don’t see this guy as Boston’s closer.
    Not that agree or disagree, but I do know that Foulke was the worst pitcher on the team in ST of 04.

    Brad March 3, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • Jim Dean’s favorite player in the world at the plate.

    Brad March 3, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • i love David Murphy

    TJ Sox Fan March 3, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • Sox tie it up.

    Brad March 3, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • GO SOX! 9-9

    TJ Sox Fan March 3, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • Chad Span ties it with a 2 out 2 run single.
    Did I spell his name right?

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 4:12 pm
  • hahaha. That’s a funny commercial

    Brad March 3, 2007, 4:13 pm
  • “but I do know that Foulke was the worst pitcher on the team in ST of 04”
    I guess that goes to show that you never know.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 4:15 pm
  • Phils up again, 10-9.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Make that 11-9.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 4:20 pm
  • Yeesh, who’s number 97?

    Andrew March 3, 2007, 4:22 pm
  • Er…12-9.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • Hey, the bluff to 3rd and the throw to 1st pickoff move just worked for the final out of the top of the 10th.
    Wonders never cease

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • “Yeesh, who’s number 97?”
    I was wondering that myself. I was in the refrigerator when he came in. Whoever it was didn’t help his chances of making the club with that half-inning.

    Whatever March 3, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • C Smith was the pitcher

    Anonymous March 3, 2007, 4:40 pm
  • How much can you read into any ST outing, for that matter? Most pitchers are not out to win as much as work on specific pitches, locations, etc.
    100% agree on this, Andrews, which was my point. I had nothing to say about Daisuke’s outing yesterday, for that exact reason. I frankly think these early appearances are marginally more useless than the later ST outings, which still don’t mean too much as far as I am concerned. Pitchers are getting in shape, working things out.

    SF March 3, 2007, 4:52 pm
  • So what do y’all think of these Eric Wilbur comments?

    john March 3, 2007, 5:04 pm
  • Maybe Wilbur can stay at the beach until like November?

    SF March 3, 2007, 5:07 pm
  • Wow, Wilbur really took the entire Pink Sox Nation to task in that one.

    10019 March 3, 2007, 5:44 pm
  • One foggy night, a Yankee so fan was heading north from New York and a Red Sox fan was driving south from Boston . While crossing a narrow bridge, they hit each other head-on, mangling both cars.
    The Red Sox fan manages to climb out of his car and survey the damage. He looks at his twisted car and says, “Man, I’m lucky to be alive!” Likewise, the Yankees fan gets out of his car uninjured, he too feeling fortunate to have survived.
    The Yankees fan walks over to the Red Sox fan and says, “Hey, man, I think this is a sign that we should put away our petty differences and live as friends instead of being rivals.”
    The Red Sox fan thinks for a moment and says, “You know, you’re absolutely right! We should be friends. In fact, I’ m going to see if something else survived the wreck.”
    The Red Sox fan then pops open his trunk and removes a full, undamaged bottle of Jack Daniel’s. He says to the Yankee fan, “I think this is another sign we should toast to our newfound friendship.” The Yankee fan agrees and grabs the bottle. After sucking down half of the bottle, he hands it back to the Red Sox fan and says, “Your turn!”
    The Red Sox fan calmly twists the cap back on the bottle, throws the rest of the bottle over the bridge into the river and says, “Nah, I think I’ll just wait for the cops to show up.

    john March 3, 2007, 6:13 pm
  • John, hilarious.

    tommy March 3, 2007, 6:26 pm
  • … not the least bit unnerved, the yanks fan goes over to his own trunk, pulls out the lug wrench, and with a couple of carefully placed blows to the front of the head kills the sox fan. After placed the bloody corpse back in the twisted wreck of a car the tennessee tea came out of, he calmly tosses the wrench into the river below, and waits to face the music that will arrive shortly. He thinks to himself: “Damn, I bet I’ll lose my license! Bummer!”

    Andrews March 3, 2007, 6:34 pm
  • that’s placing, not placed…

    Andrews March 3, 2007, 6:37 pm
  • I dont get it, we paid $100+ million for Matsuzaka and we are still losing games? Oh, thats right, he only pitches every 5 days.

    Boogy Down March 3, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • I can’t believe how bias baseball is. They should allow the socks to count the games against NE and BC in the grapefruit standings.

    Tyler March 3, 2007, 10:25 pm

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