The Gamer That Didn’t Matter

When I was a kid, the Red Sox-BC spring training game was the calling card of spring.

It was a night game, it was on WSBK (in the days when NESN was not widely available), and even though the starters were all gone by the third inning, it was baseball, dammit, and we were happy for the opportunity to watch it — particularly because it was usually still too cold and snowy to toss the ball around outside just yet.

Nowadays, things have changed. The game’s during the day, it’s probably on NESN, which I don’t get, and even if I did, it would probably be blacked out because MLB apparently hates when fans get the opportunity to actually watch baseball.

One thing hasn’t changed, though. The Red Sox still know how to crush college kids. Unfair? Yes. Fun? Heck, yes. Like they say, it’s only hazing if someone gets hurt. Ok, they don’t say that, and a BC player has in fact gotten hurt, so never mind. The Sox lead 8-0 in the third.

If the game is viewable, comment on it here. If it’s not, comment here anyway.

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  • why is it that espn will show the game as in progress, nd show the score, but omit the boxscore?

    Ric February 28, 2008, 2:29 pm
  • It’s not on the TV, radio, MLB.tv, MLB Audio, nothing, even the MLB boxscore is taking forever to update.
    The only thing we have is Boston Globe Extra Bases Blog.
    What a bummer, but it is baseball.

    LocklandSF February 28, 2008, 2:34 pm
  • Remember me? Well despite the craziness of plannign a big move LIVE baseball action has brought me back to the intrawebz!
    Anyway, Ric, You can get a supposedly Live box score off redsox.com. Other than that there isnt nay coverage till the SECOND game which will be broadcast on Gameday Audio (but not MLBtv).
    Speaking of MLBtv.. I’m gettign a subscription this year as I can actually AFFORD it. Anyone know how much of a difference there *really* is between regular and Premium?
    And in conclusion, may I note that no punk ass college kid is going to homer off of Beckett and get all kinds of sex for it. Oh HELL no. Beckett will be sleeping with ALL your girlfriends tonight boys.

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 2:38 pm
  • “Anyway, Ric, You can get a supposedly Live box score off redsox.com.”
    right you are, thank you sir

    Ric February 28, 2008, 2:47 pm
  • Wow. Nothigns updating Im gonna go walk the puppy.

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 2:54 pm
  • welcome home dio.

    sf rod February 28, 2008, 3:04 pm
  • Hey Dio, long time.
    If by premium you mean their super player that they launched last season, I wouldn’t bother. I have the regular MLB.tv and it works fine for my Red Sox needs.

    LocklandSF February 28, 2008, 3:05 pm
  • So there really isnt a difference in visual quality then?

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 3:09 pm
  • Holy schnikies! 22-0 now!

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 3:11 pm
  • Playing the college kids may be unfair, but this Boston U alum is always a little amused by BC getting crushed by the Red Sox every spring. Of course, BU scrapped their Baseball team before I started there, so maybe I’m still bitter.

    FenSheaParkway February 28, 2008, 3:11 pm
  • They have Game Day for it, but it’s way behind.

    LocklandSF February 28, 2008, 3:14 pm
  • “the scheduled third hitter for BC in the top of the sixth is sophomore Sam Shaughnessy, the Newton North grad and son of a certain Boston Globe scribe. He’ll be facing Manny Delcarmen.”
    I’m not going to say it, but you know we all thought for a second, just a second.

    LocklandSF February 28, 2008, 3:17 pm
  • my puppy thinks my right hnd is a chew toy.

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 3:18 pm
  • Hit him in the nads, Lockland?

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 3:18 pm
  • Now now, the son is not responsible for the actions of his father.
    Sam doesn’t write for the The Heights sports section, does he?

    FenSheaParkway February 28, 2008, 3:23 pm
  • maybe dustin should start looking over his shoulder after tony grandillo launched a granny.

    sf rod February 28, 2008, 3:32 pm
  • There, now that’s the kind of beatdown we all like to see.
    I remember a couple years ago, BC actually played the Sox pretty close. It led me to wonder if the Red Sox have ever actually lost any of these college exhibitions.
    How does Tony Granadillo have the only Boston home run today?

    Paul SF February 28, 2008, 3:32 pm
  • Magic, paul.
    Its not really the hits, thoguh the Sox have 14… its all the walks the BC guys are giving up (and the three errors). It makes me wonder if there is a difference between a college strike zone and a major league one (I presume this game is using MLB umps)

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 3:34 pm
  • It’s probably the difference between college plate discipline and Major-League plate discipline.

    Paul SF February 28, 2008, 3:34 pm
  • moss is making his case. 3-3 thus far.

    sf rod February 28, 2008, 3:36 pm
  • Another Question: So far the Sox have given up only one hit and that wasgiven up by Javier Lopez. Was the hit to a lefty? :-) I bet it was

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 3:38 pm
  • Game over. 24-0, Sox.
    Hooray for audio on the second game!

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 3:41 pm
  • FSP, usually the son of a d-bag is off limits, but not for CHB, he’s a whole other level of d-bag, the build a new wing in hell for him, even his gardener is fair game.

    LocklandSF February 28, 2008, 3:41 pm
  • My fail english? That’s unpossible!

    LocklandSF February 28, 2008, 3:42 pm
  • the loan hit came from a kid named campbell. he’s the short stop, so best guess is he’s a righty, unless he’s a switch hitter.

    sf rod February 28, 2008, 3:43 pm
  • Just finished checkign and Campbell is, sadly, a righty. No Lopez is useless jokes yet

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 3:44 pm
  • Man I missed these gamers!

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 3:45 pm
  • also, my puppy is INSANE. Fullblown attack mode! first the chewing of my hair then the removal of the leftovers of my peanut butter and bannan sammich formmy face, then a nother ttack on my hand. wait,.. what does she have NOW?
    Paper towel oh man.. pieces everywhere

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 3:51 pm
  • Yeah, showed those punks who was boss.
    Good to start the season with a hard-fought win. ;-)

    Paul SF February 28, 2008, 3:54 pm
  • Also, byr-bye Mirabelli: George Kottaras goes 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI on two doubles.

    Paul SF February 28, 2008, 3:56 pm
  • i’m pretty excited to hear mastersons start tonite. sure it’s gonna be all of two innings, but the kid was electric in the games i saw him throw last year in lancaster.

    sf rod February 28, 2008, 4:04 pm
  • “Also, byr-bye Mirabelli: George Kottaras goes 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI on two doubles.”
    seriously- is it that hard to catch the knuckleball? are there actual baseball rules against using the joke big gloves?
    http://www.markpatrick.com/images/MARK-GLOVE.jpg

    Ric February 28, 2008, 4:12 pm
  • Yeah Im pumped about Masterson too.. I just gotta pick which Mlb.tv package I want first. I wish there was alike.. a way I could buy a one day trial of each so I could view the different visual quality.

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 4:12 pm
  • I wish the game was on XM. Gotta wait for tomorrow’s game against Minnesota instead.

    Paul SF February 28, 2008, 4:13 pm
  • “seriously- is it that hard to catch the knuckleball?”
    To quote Bob Uecker: “I always thought the knuckleball was the easiest pitch to catch. Wait’ll it stops rolling, then go to the backstop and pick it up.”

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 4:15 pm
  • omg, George Kotteras- be still my heart. If we get Jacoby and Kotteras playing everyday, I may faint. The hotness of the baby Jailbait Sox…. *swoon*
    Oh yeah, and hooray for actual games.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 28, 2008, 4:18 pm
  • Its on Gameday Audio, Paul. Only 15 bucks for the season

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 4:22 pm
  • If Kotteras becomes a MLB-quality catcher this year, I will be more excited than for almost any other single player storyline this season. The Sox really need this to happen.

    FenSheaParkway February 28, 2008, 4:24 pm
  • I wouldnt get too excited about Kotteras yet. These were collge pitchers after all.. everyone teed off. Now if he goes 2-3 with two doubles against soem MLB pitchers during Spring Training.. then, then I might start to hope

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 4:27 pm
  • Agreed. Regardless of his georgeousness, we have two aging catchers and are in major need of a qualified catcher. I don’t know if Kottaras is it but it would be great if he quit having those borderline games and really served up some elite level consistency to be a legit back-up.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 28, 2008, 4:30 pm
  • You know who we NEED?
    Salty.
    I’d be willing to trade Jacoby for Salty. Now thats trading to fill a need

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 4:36 pm
  • I would love me some Saltalamacchia but I don’t know if losing Jacoby is the way to go. Definitely Moss for Salty but they’d never go down that easy. (then again, they are the Rangers)

    no sleep til brooklyn SF February 28, 2008, 4:40 pm
  • Moss and Masterson for Salty? Moss and Bowden? Lowrie and Masterson?

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 4:42 pm
  • I wouldnt get too excited about Kotteras yet
    *cough* joke *cough*

    Paul SF February 28, 2008, 4:45 pm
  • koterras is a definite upgrade over varitek…might want to rethink that extension they’ve been mulling over…

    dc February 28, 2008, 5:00 pm
  • pfft Kotteras = garunteed HOFer. Hell he’s probably a better pitcher than Pedro too!

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 5:22 pm
  • he’d make a good president too if he wasn’t busy trying to make the sox…maybe he can just do president-type stuff in the off season, then have the veep fill in during the season….

    dc February 28, 2008, 5:26 pm
  • Pedroia after the game, telling the press he had never played an exhibition against an MLB team when he was at Arizona State:
    But, if he did, “we might have put a whupping on somebody,” he said with a smile as he left the clubhouse. “That’s how I’d have handled it.”
    Awesome.

    Paul SF February 28, 2008, 5:43 pm
  • You know, sometimes I think Dustin Pedroia is a figment of our collective imaginations. I mean every joke we come up with he actually TOPS! If he’s not sayign how he would’ve whupped an MLB team when he was in college he’s texting Terry Francona during the offseason to say “Hide the women and children. I started hitting today”
    So. Awesome. I LOVE MY TEAM

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 5:54 pm
  • Ok. I went with the Premium Why the hell not? Teh So xare worth it.
    ahhh Boston commercials…. been awhile.

    Anonymous February 28, 2008, 6:12 pm
  • Coco doubles to lead it off. Passed ball gets him to third. Cora grounds out, plating Crisp

    Anonymous February 28, 2008, 6:16 pm
  • Drew gets a ground rule double. ManRam gets a loud cheer. Joe and co talka lot about how in shape he looks. I hope its true.
    Interesting this is the Huskies first game outside. Full count on Manny, hunh. Manny walks!

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 6:19 pm
  • The Mayor (yay) takes what SHOULD be ball 3, but the ump feels bad for the Huskies already. NOW its ball 3. Casey flies out.
    Dougie gets a long AB going and pops out, ending the inning. Oh Dougie.. Kotteras is coming for you

    Anonymous February 28, 2008, 6:25 pm
  • Lets see if Justin can have another fine inning

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 6:27 pm
  • Ouch. HARD signle off of Masterson. come on kid.. get a DP here

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 6:29 pm
  • I get my wish! Masterson gets the double play, erasing the runner. and a flyout ends the inning. Nice job kid.

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 6:31 pm
  • WOW. Lowrie gets a double ROBBED from him. Amazing.

    Dionysus February 28, 2008, 6:35 pm
  • Only 12-0? Terrible performance from the B team tonight.
    Looks like Masterson and Hansen were both strong — but then it’s really only significant if they DON’T do well in games like this, and even then, not so much.

    Paul SF February 28, 2008, 8:20 pm
  • you know you love baseball when you get excited about a stinkin’ scrimmage against a bunch of students…kidding…glad you guys had fun…gets the juices flowin’ don’t it?…

    dc February 29, 2008, 7:39 am
  • “MLB apparently hates when fans get the opportunity to actually watch baseball.” You’re absolutely right. MLB.TV or whatever its called is utterly useless, in my opinion. I’m a Jays fan living on the East Coast of Canada and according to Google Maps, live 1,798 km away from the Rogers Center. Guess what? I live in the Blue Jays blackout zone! I don’t have a sports package for my TV, and would love to subscribe to MLB.TV as it would allow me to watch games wherever I am (work, home, etc) but all of the games are blacked out. I hope they change this policy this year as they currently consider all of Canada to be in the blackout zone. Anyway, here’s to the start of baseball, and to the hope that is the start of a fresh season.

    Jays Fan February 29, 2008, 2:41 pm

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