The Return of “El Brujo”: Yanks-Sox Gamer III

If there’s one thing on which Yanks and Sox fans agree, it’s that Ramiro Mendoza is and has always been a New York Yankee. Bombers loyalists remember him as a reliable long-relief man who was especially superb in the post-season. Indeed, it was a sad day when he left the Bronx. Many Yanks fans were in a state of shock.  Did he not love the city? After all, in the words of YF, you either love the city or leave it. What was worse was that he went north to Boston, the city from which everyone seems to want to leave (As New York City resident SF says, "Leave it or leave it."),  and the home of those damn Red Sox. But, we underestimated Mendoza. El Brujo works in mysterious ways, kind of like God, but more accurately, like a spy in a Graham Greene novel. Turns out, the Boss and Ramiro had set into action an ingenious plan to undermine their hated rivals. Mendoza had to be on the Yankees payroll in 2003. How else explain his 6.75 ERA and his overall craptastic un-Mendoza like performance? His deliberate suckitude was key in holding back the up-start Sox from winning the crown that year.

His mission completed in Boston, Ramiro returned to pinstripes in 2005, a season which was cut short by injury. He’s back today though, ready to revisit the scene of his brilliant crime. In the unlikely event that Randy Johnson has a bad start, El Brujo will be waiting in the wings to calm things down. Meanwhile, the Sox counter with Matt Clement, who, depending on the pitch, could be the most brilliant or the worst pitcher you’ll ever see. This should be a wild one. Have at it!

468 comments… add one
  • I heard it mentioned Matt Smith got called up, not Mendoza. Anyone know anything about it?

    Anonymous May 24, 2006, 5:39 pm
  • WHY DOES TIME MOVE SO SLOW WHEN THE SOX PLAY THE YANKS, WILL THIS DAY EVER END?!?!?!?!?
    Sorry, needed to get that out.
    Randy Johnson, now with 90% less cartilage!
    Let’s get after him boys.

    LocklandSF May 24, 2006, 5:41 pm
  • Does Clement still have that ridiculous facial hair? Between him and the lovely visage of RJ, not sure I can bear to watch tonight….

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 5:45 pm
  • Putting words in my mouth. Just like a YF…

    SF May 24, 2006, 5:56 pm
  • there’s something else we all agree on…scott erickson is a yankee.
    hot off the press:
    with the huge move by the yanks to bring back mendoza, the sox brass fired back with a even larger move…..rich garces to be signed by the end of the week.

    sf rod May 24, 2006, 6:01 pm
  • YM, this season Clement has lost the goatee-of-satan, in favor of the soul patch. I believe he wanted to go clean-shaven, but the Sox were one shy of their facial hair quota and Matt lost a heated best-of-7 rock-paper-scissors to Mark Loretta.

    airk May 24, 2006, 6:03 pm
  • “there’s something else we all agree on…scott erickson is a yankee.”
    touche, sf rod

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 6:33 pm
  • Damon’s not playing, which can only mean things in the long-term and short-term. The outfield is Bernie, Melky, and Terrence. That’s scary on many levels.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 6:38 pm
  • According to Mike & the Mad Dog, Posada is out of the order tonight along with Damon.
    Try to outdo Francona with your AAA lineup, will you? Hah! Tito threatens to counter with Harris, Mohr, Gonzo, Mirabelli and Snow!

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 6:57 pm
  • Bring back El Guapo.
    (There was that brief, shining time when Garces was virtually unhittable. Thems were the days.)

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 6:58 pm
  • Per OvertheMonster.com:
    Matt Clement
    (4-3, 5.36)
    Randy Johnson
    (5-4, 5.62)
    LINEUPS:
    Kevin Youkilis – 1B
    Mark Loretta – 2B
    David Ortiz – DH
    Manny Ramirez – LF
    Jason Varitek – C
    Mike Lowell – 3B
    Wily Mo Pena – CF
    Dustan Mohr – RF
    Alex Gonzalez – SS
    Melky Cabrera – RF
    Derek Jeter – SS
    Gary Sheffield – DH
    Jason Giambi – 1B
    Alex Rodriguez – 3B
    Robinson Cano – 2B
    Bernie Williams – LF
    Terrence Long – CF
    Kelly Stinnett – C
    I sure hope Mohr gets spelled by Nixon early.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:01 pm
  • Hey, good news for all of us watching on ESPN, they are giving us the pretty good group of announcers.

    Hunter May 24, 2006, 7:05 pm
  • Jeezus, Long and Stinnett together? It’s better than NL lineups with a pitcher in there!

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 7:08 pm
  • Oh, we just got a big break there, Cabrerra was safe.

    Hunter May 24, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • Looks like Good Matt has shown up. At least for the 1st inning. Two groundouts and Sheff Ks.
    Let’s get it started, uh-huh…

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Terrence “The” Long “Gun”

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • Youks leads off with a looping single to right-center.
    Loretta out at second trying to stretch a double, but moves Youks to third. Long handles the wall well.
    (I’m getting tired of the constant “Youuuuuing,” much as I like him.)

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • Please Randy…let’s pretend you’re pitching in a major league baseball game.

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • Randy needs to be taken out now

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Papi Ks. Phooey.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Randy says to Nick-YF- Shut the F up!

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • Not so fast Nick…he actually he seems to have control over the slider. But NOT THE HIGH FAST BALL.

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • how about not throwing the inside belt high fast ball to Manny ramirez…last time I looked at the film he can hit that ball.

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • The New York media have been flogging the idea all day that Randy has to hit Manny to (a) get “back” at Proctor, and (b) to prove he’s a “real” Yankee.
    Johnson just skied a fastball way up, but not particularly in. Looked more like wildness than anything else.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Manny Ramirez!

    jeremiah May 24, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Randy needs to be taken out now

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • And Manny goes yard. 2-0 Sox.
    Ohhhhh, snap.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • If that high fastball was a message pitch, Manny heard it and responded in kind, big time.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • Did Manny walk out to Randy on the mound and stick his tongue out at him before going around the bases?

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • any bullpen action yet?

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Now…Randy just got knocked but those two fast balls were pinched by the umpire, they really could have been strikes.
    Those were strikes!
    Varitek walks…but I think that was bogus.

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • I hate to say it, but I’ve always suspected that one of the reasons Manny hits so damned well against the Yankees (besides the fact that he’s hugely talented) is that he’s making his case for Steinbrenner to eventually fork over a giant wad of cash for him.
    He did go to George Washington High School, after all.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Nick: Manny didn’t need to do jack, after jacking the ball that far.
    (Inning over as Lowell flies out to left.)

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • He’s from mine and Nick’s neighborhood up in Washington Heights.
    And he was legendary when we were young.

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • That a good inning for Randy’06

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • OK…only down 2-0. Now if RJ just hunkers down….
    Oh, who am I kidding? Got a feeling this game won’t end 2-0 though.

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • that=that’s

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • My grandparents went to George Washington.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • I think I knew them

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • I don’t think it was a bad as all that.
    First, the Youklis hit wasn’t roped, it was a blooper into the outfield, Loretta got a good hit, Ortiz looked bad and struck out, Manny…well HE IS Manny Ramirez and he’s been hitting quite a few moon balls the past few days.
    Nothing to get too scared about.
    Damn, Giambi had a possible single taken away by a diving God of Walks.

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • What did they say about the neighborhood? I wonder what it was like. Walein and i grew up there in the 80’s and 90’s.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • By the way. If the Yanks got muster more than 2 runs against Matt [bleeping] Clement, it doesn’t matter who pitches for us for the rest of the year.

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • This was the 1920s. I think the neighborhood was largely — but not exclusively — Jewish immigrants and 1st/2nd generation Jewish families at the time.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • George will probably give him 20 mil for 5 years when he’s 39.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Cano walks! In related news, Haley’s Comet will be visible in 70 years.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Bernie sending a message of classical guitar love right abck at Matt Clement.

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Clement is gonna stay in and get shelled now.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Again, it’s amazing that Bernie is going to get 700 ab’s this year. Incredible.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Clement hit by a comebacker.
    Sox fans cringe doubly.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • I fear Tom is right. Clement’s more mentally fragile than Lowe ever was.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • Is Clement ok?

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • My humanitarian question of the day

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • There’s like eighteen guys on the mound watching Clement take some practice pitches.
    I often wonder what a turn-of-the-century player would have made of today’s players, who get so ridiculously baby’ed.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Nick: They’re setting up a privacy tent and putting Clement down.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Will Clement not be able to breed? The horror.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • I missed a Manny homer and come home to see a hit off Clement’s leg and a full count on Long? Boooooooooo.

    Devine May 24, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • Remind me again why a guy who wasn’t good enough to make the F*g Royals is starting for us tonight?

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • You know, come to think of it, it’s surprising that Steinbrenner isn’t culturing Yankee players based on Yogi and Guidry’s DNA yet.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • i’m psyched that Long has the protection of Stinett

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • Clement walks Long.
    How can you walk Long, even with Stinnett on deck?

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Yeah walein, that’s gotta be a good feeling…

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Clement must be the most frustrating pitcher to root for. Oh yeah, there’s Randy.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Clement has completely lost his control since the comebacker.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • Is it possible that Jaret Wright will the best signing of the Pavano-Clement-Wright signings of 2005?
    Probably not.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • HBP!
    Can you get a clutch HBP?

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • umm…am i the only SF here wishing we hadn’t DL’ed DiNardo today? hard to believe we’re not going to need some long relief ASAP. DiNardo against RJ sounds fair, right?

    stuck working May 24, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • It’s hard to walk in Stinett

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • Aaaaand Clement HBPs in a run.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Clement is a bit fragile, isn’t he?

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Melky!

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • MELKY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Long: .000 BA
    Stinnett: .189 BA
    But Clement walks and hits them, and now has to pitch to…
    Cabrera: .297 BA

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Hudson, I think Clement needs A-Rod’s AHB guy.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Eff effing Clement. Let the high-scoring BS commence.

    Devine May 24, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Francona better get somebody up in the bullpen. Clement is going to start crying soon.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • How impressive as Melky been during this call-up?!

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • And two score.
    It’s been a long time since I’ve disliked a pitcher as much as Clement.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • I almost feel bad for Clement…almost.

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • The Captain!!!!

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and darn it, Sox fans like me!”

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Lovin’ the rook.

    bloodyank78 May 24, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • God, I hate Clement. Almost literally.

    Devine May 24, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • It’s hard to remember that at one point in this inning, there were two down, nobody on, and no runs in. That was eons ago.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • bloodyyank, to me Melky’s performance has been one of the best things so far about this season. He seems to have made huge strides from last year.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • Aaaand Sheff grounds out to end it. Let’s hope RJ can settle down….

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • And Sheffield grounds out to end the carnage.
    How about David Riske for three innings?

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • That was utterly predictable. Clement is just completely gutless. And how can Francona wait until it’s 4-2 to have someone warming? Bad all around, and completely deserved.

    SF May 24, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Nick – do you think Melky could displace Bernie in the field once Sheff is back to 100% ?

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • 4 runs w/2 outs facing the likes of Long and Stinnett. If I was a Soxfan some possession of mine would be destroyed right about now.

    bloodyank78 May 24, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • What was it Yogi said about the game being 98% mental?

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • BY, I’d say he has to be playing everyday, but Bernie’s been good of late. He’s been very good from the right side, so maybe they should work out a platoon situation for them.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • bloodyank78: I’m quite sure you’re going to have some object-destroying urges tonight, too.

    stuck working May 24, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • WMP strikes out.

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Nothing but a Wily Mo bomb will restore my spirits here.
    And with that, he Ks.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • WMP strikes out, and in related news the sun rose this morning.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Mohr strikes out.

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Van Buren was warming but now is cooling.
    Mohr Ks.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Clement is definitely looking to be Theo’s worst. Thankfully Theo was able to rework the Renteria situation, but Clement is making himself unmoveable.

    SF May 24, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • C’mon, Gonzo, make a case why Cora shouldn’t be starting at short.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • AGon singles.

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • Giambi really showing his range on that hit.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • And AGon does, with a broken-bat single.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • Don’t they have any steroids that make you a better fielder?

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • there’s a sta for team defensive efficiency at BP that says the Yanks and Sox are equal in that department. I’m not convinced.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Of course, Renteria has been awesome this year. Has only went hitless in two games this season.
    Randy dominating the bottom of the order, almost.

    walein May 24, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • That second strike call to WMP was the one of the worst I’ve ever seen.

    Devine May 24, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Gonzo steals. 3-2 to Youks.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Randy Johnson is sad. He’s turned into Javier Vasquez on the Yanks.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • God I love Randy Johnson!!

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Hoo boy. Over/under on the scoring tonight? I gotta say at least 15.

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • YOUK!!!

    Sf May 24, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • YOUKS! 4-4!

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • THAT’S RIGHT! F*** YOU, RANDY!
    I apologize to the Yankee fans, but that last half-inning really pissed me off.

    Devine May 24, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Randy, god he’s become a mental midget.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Johnson hung that slider over the middle of the plate just above the knees for Youk.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Youkilis really golfed that one. Perfect Monster home run.
    Now Loretta singles, 2 fer 2 on the night.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Stuckworking,
    W/ RJ of late I usually do. Let’s hope Big Bird proves me wrong.

    bloodyank78 May 24, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Joe Torre: Gator, go out there and tell Randy that I beat cancer.
    Gator: I like dip.
    Joe: I know you do Gator…I know you do.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Someone needs to send both Randy and Matt to pitchers’ school to teach them to maintain focus once they have two outs.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • If Johnson gets past Papi to end this inning, I hope they swap him out for a righty to face Manny next inning.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Walein: LOL

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • and somehow…Johnson seems to only have David Ortiz’ number today.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Papi out on a sharp grounder to Giambi.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • These are a couple of real headcases pitching tonight.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Ortiz grounds out to Giambi unassisted. Yankee carnage over.
    This game seems designed to drive fans of both teams to distraction.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Not to be greedy…but Big Papi’s been a bit of a rally killer yesterday and today. Ah well.

    stuck working May 24, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Walein: funniest thing I have read in a long time.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • Hey, look on the bright side: both teams are getting lots of extra BP in today.

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • Pitch counts after 2:
    Johnson 41
    Clement 46
    Bullpen torture ahead for both sides?

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • Good thing Yanks got a day off tomorrow…

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Hey, who was called up? Ramiro or Matt Smith. My freaking post’s credibility is on the line here.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Giambi goes the other way on a flare in short right center near the line.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Giambi need to do more of that and get out of his slump

    bloodyank78 May 24, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Nick, I thought it was Smith. If the game keeps going like this, we’ll find out for sure soon enough :D

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • “I hit solid with an accelerated bat head… I hit solid with an accelerated bat head…”

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • Borderline pitch Ks ARod looking. He jaws a bit with the ump.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • K’s A-Rod. You’ll never get in my good graces again, Clement. Not unless you pitch well late in a pennant race or something.

    Devine May 24, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • Gerbil, that ball hit on the dirt about where Lowell would stand if the shift wasn’t on, and then dribbled into foul territory.
    ABH-Rod goes down looking (and whining).

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Arod with the clutch strikeout.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Great attempt by Gonzalez.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Oooh, almost a beautiful DP by Gonzo.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • I think Boston got robbed on that 463 DP attempt. Base hit from Williams makes it first and third.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • Williams singles, Cano to 3rd.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • Terrence Long looking for his first hit.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • How ’bout you walk him this time, Clement? That’d be just friggin’ super.

    Devine May 24, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Uh oh…another 2 out meltdown. Geez, can’t these guys concentrate??

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Hudson–what was it you were saying about focusing when there are 2 outs?

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Matt Clement pitches around the deadly Long…with the frightening Stinnett in the wings.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Thank you, Youkilis.

    Devine May 24, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • Is there some reason Clement cannot throw a strike to Long?

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • Nice stab by Youk ends the inning. That ball had some juice on it.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • Then remembers…that it’s terrence Long, who pounds the ball to first base because he’s a considerate guy and doesn’t want anyone in the field to have to move to get him out.
    The bottom of our line-up is a dark alleyway.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • One of the things I like about MLB.tv is that sometimes the video goes out late/comes in early between innings, and you get to hear Remy goofing around even more than usual.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • I say the Sox should go easy on Randy this inning. Maybe just score one run, so Torre doesn’t pull him. We want him to stick around.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Manny wasted no time starting to run when he hit his homer in the first? Johnson stays in.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • If anyone here works for the U.S. Postal Service and is contemplating a shooting rampage, could you add Tina Cervasio to your list? Thanks.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Manny shreds another RJ meatball for a doppel

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • That’s just Manny being Lowell.

    Devine May 24, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Manny with a double in the hole in left. No outs.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Manny with the double.
    (Steinbrenner goes to the room where he keeps the big piles of gold coins to see if he has enough to offer Theo for him.)

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • nice running man ram!!!!

    TheTree1918 May 24, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Hudson: they’re not listening…

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Johnson has nothing as Tek goes the other way and singles to right. The throw was cut off and Manny scored standing up.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • What is Giambi doing?

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Manny with the power of the unexpected running through a stop sign from demarlo hale!

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Manny ignores the 3rd base coach and scores. Good on him. But 2 out of 3 times that backfires.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Remote, meet wall. Wall, remote.

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • And time for Johnson to leave the game

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • BAtting practice.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • The NESN guys are laughing at Manny totally ignoring the gesturing coach.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • The Yankees should bring in whoever. They probably should have to start this inning.

    Devine May 24, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Now Johnson is holding Tek (??!!) to the bag? I think he should be worrying about pitching to Lowell. Never mind. Single to right from Lowell. Doesn’t have to worry about that for the rest of this game I am guessing.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Mike Lowell lowers his XBH% with a mere single

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Lowell singles, Tek to 2nd.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • RJ is really getting killed. How much longer will Torre leave him in?

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Best looking pitcher in baseball is in the bullpen.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • GET JOHNSON OUT OF THE FU#&IN GAME NOW!!!

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • RJ’s really cooked if WMP can change his .000 line against him.

    stuck working May 24, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Walein: Agreed. I thought that there would have been a close play at the plate there. The throw was on line.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Gerbil — Tek may look slow, but in reality he’s really slow.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • RANDY JOENSON OWNS WMP!!!!

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Agreed about the Giambi comment.. Don’t know about the best looking thing.. :)

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • I think Manny probably would have been out with no cut-off.
    WMP K’s. Both third strike swings were pretty hittable pitches (though this one was a bit away).

    Devine May 24, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Clearly RJ can’t retire anyone other than WMP….and Ortiz.

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Wily Mo K-ena, the sequel.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • It was silly on Giambi’s part. Just bad baseball. It’s not like Varitek was taking second.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Seriously, why is Mohr playing and not Trot?

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • well, the damage usually comes with two outs, anyway.

    stuck working May 24, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • It’s the only nice thing I can say about Erickson.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Mohr Ks, two stranded.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Oops, I guess we get three outs this inning.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Trot only has a .417 OBP against lefties this season. not enough to convince Tito.

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • RJ rings up Mohr who looks incredulous. He’s got a case, it was outside, but Mohr needs a few more hits.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • NESN shows the ultimate Manny highlight, cutting off the throw from Damon in 04! I Love it!

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Only 66 pitches for RJ through 2 and 2/3rds. This is a turning into a horror serial.
    RJ pt. V – The Suckening.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • NESN is showing choice highlight clips of bizarre Manny running/fielding gaffes. Remy is making snorting noises and Mumbly-style high-pitched laughs through his nose.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • The one thing we need to stop on these broadcasts is the phrase “He’s being ‘asked’ to do…” (i.e. Randy Johnson is being asked to be the ace of this staff.)…they are being “paid” to do that. Otherwise they would make less money.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • AGon is doing a good job protecting the plate this at bat. Making Johnson work before he gives up the hit.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Gonzo hanging in there, 8 pitches in the AB so far

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • LOL…

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • This AB may be the end of my watching this game.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Gonzo works the count full.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • _Really_ good at bat from AGon. But he finaly gets rung up on a pitch down the pipe that he thought was coming inside on him.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Well, that was anticlimatic.

    bosdcla14 May 24, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • AGon Ks, but RJ’s pitch count through three is up to 72.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • I think the umps are feeling sorry for RJ; he’s getting a very generous strikezone.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • The incredible thing about that Manny cut-off clip is not just that he intercepted the throw unnecessarily, but that he dove like a soccer goalie to get it.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Stinnett to the rescue, i hope.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • By the way, the number of comments after three is above 200. We’re on a record-setting pace here.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • nah, i don’t think its humanly possible to feel sorry for RJ. or any emotion that involves warmth. even his teammates/pitching coach are incapable of talking to the guy for longer than 5 seconds during conferences on the mound.

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • AGon shoestrings a looper at short for the first out.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • Nice grab by Gonzo.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Is “Melky” short for something?

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Here comes disaster…
    You heard it here first.

    SF May 24, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • (in cutting off that throw from Damon, Manny made probably his most athletic defensive play of his career. its just mind-boggling to think how he could go 10+ years as an outfield, never having cut off a throw, and then suddenly decide that its the thing to do.)

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • After getting ahead of Cabrera, Clement walks him.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Melky continues to impress.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • But..but.. Airk, he’s sensitive. He plays the guitar. Just like Bernie.
    Short of physical injury/family tragedy, I can’t feel sorry for anyone making a living playing baseball, or any sport, for pro money. Let them buy their affection. :)
    Giambi walks to bring up Jeter, who is behind 0-2 quickly.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Oops meant Melky on that walk.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • In defense of Manny’s defense, I have to say the way he uncorks throws back to the infield without moving his feet is pretty stylish (and at does prevent some singles from becoming doubles).

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Matt Clement?

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Good pitch from Clement to ring up Jeter.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • O K-aptain, your K-aptain!

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • RJ

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • A Sheffield line drive off the monster would be nice.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • yeah manny has become damn solid at playing fenway wallballs.

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • WP puts Cabrera on second.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Hershiser’s (sp) analysis of Sheffield not being up to speed with seeing curves and sliders seems to be pretty true right now

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Sheff barely checks his swing to work the count full.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • BB to Sheff. First and second, 2 outs.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • I think there are big things in Giambi’s immediate future.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • 35 balls, 46 strikes for Clement. This guy is making $9 million.

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Clement fell down-time to give up 4 more runs.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • I was wrong.

    walein May 24, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Giambi up. shift is on. Giambi is swinging at the first pitch.Youk is hugging the line and makes the play on the grounder to end the threat.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Human Giambi Hormone foiled by Greek God of Walks again.

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • That’s the second time an inning has ended with a hard shot to Youks.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • This game is looooooong.

    Devine May 24, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Does RJ come out?

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • After 3 1/2 innings, the pitchers have thrown an amazing 154 piches. These 2 make what-25 million?

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Youk grounds out 5-3 to lead off the bottom of the 4th (my gods this game is long.)

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • i think RJ stays in. its a 1-run game. neither starter deserves a win. yankees bullpen saw a lot of inning last night.

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • At this rate it’ll go longer than Mets/Phils last night….

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Buffalo scores to go up 3-1 8:33 into the second period. Go Sabres.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Loretta’s above .300, which means by my calculations that he’s hit .650 for the month of May.

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • (Note: I’m just here to translate airk’s posts for the cleverness-impaired.)

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Posting hockey updates to extend the thread, kind of like sawdust in the meatloaf.
    Papi fouls one off the inside of his ankle. Ouch.. that smarted.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • i think Loretta around .400 for May. but it does feel like .650

    airk May 24, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • I don’t suppose anybody could give me the 3-line scoring summary? It was 2-0 Sox with the bases loaded for the Yanks when I had to leave. Now it’s 5-4 and there’s 275 posts to wade through…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • Papi gets rung up on a pitch that may have been inside. At least Ortiz was pretty sure it was. Quick inning for RJ. Color me surprised.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • Ortiz Ks looking.
    WTF, Papi? He’s been looking lousy.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • There’s that generous strikezone again.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • OMG, a 1-2-3 for RJ. Johnson for Cy Young!

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Paul, here’s the 3 line summary in 1 line:
    Both pitchers suck

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • BOS 1ST – Manny Ramirez homers (10) on a fly ball to left field. Kevin Youkilis scores. BOS 2-0
    NYY 2ND – Kelly Stinnett hit by pitch. Robinson Cano scores. Bernie Williams to 3rd. Terrence Long to 2nd. BOS 2-1
    NYY 2ND – Melky Cabrera singles on a ground ball to right fielder Dustan Mohr. Bernie Williams scores. Terrence Long scores. Kelly Stinnett to 3rd. NYY 3-2
    NYY 2ND – Derek Jeter doubles (12) on a fly ball to left fielder Manny Ramirez. Kelly Stinnett scores. Melky Cabrera to 3rd. NYY 4-2
    BOS 2ND – Kevin Youkilis homers (5) on a fly ball to left field. Alex Gonzalez scores. TIE 4-4
    BOS 3RD – Jason Varitek singles on a line drive to right fielder Melky Cabrera. Manny Ramirez scores. BOS 5-4

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • (The above does not tell the tale of how, after getting two quick outs to start the inning, Clement managed to load the bases, then HBP in a run, ultimately giving up 4 runs with two outs.)

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Paul, in the 2nd: Stinnett got hit, Cano scored, Bernie to third, Long to second.
    Cabrera singled scoring Bernie and Long. Stinnett to third
    Jeter doubled, Stinnett scored. Short version: Clement sucked.
    Also in the second, Youk homered scoring AGon. Varitek singled to score Manny, who doubled. : Short version: Johnson sucked.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Sorry Tek/Manny wasin the third.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • I saw up til the bases loaded part of that inning. At least we regained the lead… I’m almost eager to get into our bullpen. Hell, pitch Timlin and Papelbon both for two innings!

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • ABH-Rod pops a single between Loretta and Mohr.
    WHERE IS TROT?

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Stick a fork in Clement. This guy is done.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Cano! A-Rod to third!

    YF May 24, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Ground ball past Loretta sends Rodriguez to 3rd.
    No outs.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Two on, no out? Get the bastard out of there…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • BERNIE!!! Tied up!

    YF May 24, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Wow. Get Clement out of there, Franc.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • leaving work now. Go Yanks!

    Nick-YF May 24, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Shit, c’mon, Francona!

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Tie game on another light hit to right field.
    The Orc is warming:
    http://www.spleenville.com/journal/archives/orc.jpg

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Gotta run for a bit. Good luck all.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • I forgot: Clement’s gotta give up the three-run homer first before Francona takes him out…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • TLONG!!!! He actually can hit!!!

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • matt clement is bollocks.

    airk May 24, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Another hit. Another run. No Tito.

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Hudson: That really looks like him. Frank Coma leaves Clement in. Why??

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Now it’s 6-5. Francona still sitting on his hands. Unreal.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Terry “Three batters too late” Francona strikes again.
    Tito, if we had wanted Grady Little as our manager, we would have kept him.

    bosdcla14 May 24, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Is Clement injured? Might be neck cramps from watching all the line drives and ground balls being sprayed all over the park…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Clement drives me mad. MAD! I can’t believe he’s getting beat by the likes of Terrance Long and the Desicated Remains of Bernie Williams. Just unbelievable and borderline unforgivable.

    mattymatty May 24, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Clement is just hideous. Did anyone catch him ducking on Williams’ liner, which was maybe 15 feet above his head. Cut the piece of crap, Theo.

    SF May 24, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Clement is acting hurt now. Fine. Take him out.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • He’s still in, and throwing what we used to call in Little League: wormburners.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • Desicated Remains of Bernie Williams? I think that’s a Cannibal Corpse song…
    I think a few people at Fenway want to desicate Matt Clement right now…
    What is Francona doing?!?!?!??!?!

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Basically, Clement should never be allowed to stay in past 83 pitches.
    Wild pitch, 2nd and 3rd, still no outs.
    He is garbage.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Still 0 outs

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Well, they finally pull him after the K, and to boos at Fenway — absolutely positively appropriate. Dual horrible performances — by Clement and by Francona.

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • Clement just got a gift of a K from the ump.
    At last, Terry gets off his Franny and pulls him.
    Here comes the Man from Mordor.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Clement gets the K and limps around the mound. Tito finally pulls him. What a contemptable punk. He doesn’t want to pitch.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • The only reason I’m not being called into my office for loudly using profanity at work is because the Yankees have an equally horrible pitching situation…
    Well that, and my boss isn’t here right now.

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • The wild pitch may prove to be our undoing, as it eliminates the chance of a DP (except on a sharp line-out, maybe).

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • MELKY!!!!!!

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • i despise the Uruk-hai

    airk May 24, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Clement winds up throwing 96 pitches to get 13 runs. And the Orc gives up the big hit.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • The wild pitch turned a DP grounder into a single because the infield was drawn in for the play at home.

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • This is probably the quietest Yankees/Sox game I can recall since a certain 19-8 debacle.
    A single brings two more in. 8-5. Jeez.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • jeter looking for 2000, right?

    airk May 24, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • I meant 13 outs. It just seemed like 13 runs.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Ah, at last, the Yankees Suck chant.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Finally, the DP. But nnot before Terry Francona and Matt Clement give up FOUR F’ING RUNS!
    HOW DO YOU LET YOUR STARTER GO THAT LONG WHEN IT’S CLEAR HE DOESN’T HAVE IT FROM THE SECOND INNING ON!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????
    So… pissed… off…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • DP. Inning over, but the damage is done.
    (Yes, I think Jeter is at 1,999 now.)

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Jeets hits into the DP. 1 shy of a curtain call:>

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • What am I missing about Tavarez? He’s a bad pitcher with a bad temper who’s in the game every night.
    This has been just an atrociously managed series by Tito.

    bosdcla14 May 24, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Here’s hoping that Johnson pitches the bottom of the 5th.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Nick on his cell says Melky continues to impress.

    walein May 24, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Manny will lead off the inning. Expect greatness.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Even if RJ comes out, who are the Yanks fgoing to put in? They have nothing in the pen except Proctor, and he was horrible last night…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Hudson, sadly, a Manny HR now gets us one run closer and no further…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • Johnson at 89 pitches.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • Manny walks… I like!

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • And the Yanks continue their tradition of walking the leadoff man. How many times have they done that this series?

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Manny walks, and builds RJ’s pitch count to 93.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Erickson warming….

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Ohhh yes, bring on Errickson. Two old Red Sox nemeses in one night…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • the yankees go with safety in numbers and manage a 10-second conference with RJ.

    airk May 24, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Melky: TWO HANDS!!!

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Need to take pitches, guys. Make him throw strikes he obviously can’t throw…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Tek flies out, Manny still at first.
    Work the count, Sox.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • If Randy’s got high heat, now’s the time. 0-2

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • WHERE WAS THAT???

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Slider gets him on the outside. Nice pitch.

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • this would be a nice inning for WMP to break through.

    stuck working May 24, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Johnson: 101 pitches.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • He did throw the high heat, and got the swinging K from Lowell… Good pitch.

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • Wily Mo, redeem thyself!

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • … or not.

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • RJ is done. bring on the Yankees relievers.

    airk May 24, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • At least he made contact. Fly out to right. We go to the 6th.
    105 for RJ.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Still plenty of time left in this game, believe it or not. It should be the 8th right now, and it’s the 6th.

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Lowell finds a Sheff liner. Giambi’s shot gets through….

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • How do you know you’re not doing well as a team? When Mike Lowell makes an error.

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • hello, trot.

    stuck working May 24, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • Swings at the second pitch… 6-3.

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Scott Erickson. In other news, now I’m drinking turpentine instead of hemlock.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • oh. goodbye, trot.

    stuck working May 24, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • And you’re on the winning end right now!

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • I’m drinking all the ingredients that go into making meth — one at a time…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Paul: don’t jinx it :D

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Well, I did downgrade from a sure-fire poison to one that just might make me sick and blind. Youk singles to right. On… you guessed it. two outs with two stikes.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Youk with the hit… Let the rally begin!

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Left rather.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Loretta pops out to Jeter to end the inning.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Or let the rally die a quick, yet still painful, death…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Good debate on YES between Leiter, Singleton, and Kay on how to grade RJ’s performance. Leiter gives him a B, based on the ks and low walk total; Singleton a C; Kay also a C, arguing that the putative ace needs to do better than 9 hits, and definitely better than 5 innings. Nice to see a lively debate. Not surprising that Leiter is a bit of a pitcher’s apologist.

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Long with the hit…lighting the world on fire!

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Seanez shouldn’t be there. But a nice play on the bunt.

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • …and he’s promptly erased on the FC.

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Cabrera hits one to deep center; Pena settles underneath it at the track.

    attackgerbil May 24, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Melky flies out.

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Jeets goes for 2k

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Miraculously, Rudy gets Melky on a deep fly to center.
    One more tough out to go. This guy’s looking for #2000.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • YF, Did you say 2 Ks?

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Not tonight. Probably.

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • O K-aptain, your K-aptain (Part Deux)!

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • sure would be nice if Jeter has to wait till KC for that hit. let’s hope he doesn’t have another AB.

    stuck working May 24, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Not sure it’s a good idea for Derek to be driving with Spike. Can he even see over the wheel?

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • The way this game is going, he might end up with another three…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Myers in to face Ortiz. This has worked out well in the past (for Boston).

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Once again, the best possible result still has us down two runs. But I’ll take whatever we can get…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Captain clutch Ks again. Choked last night, too, didn’t he???

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Papi Ks for the 3rd time tonight? WTF?

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Ortiz needs to get back to Yankee Stadium to get his swing straightened out.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Ooooh Proctor vs. Manny Redux!

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Manny goes Landsdowne again!!!

    airk May 24, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Unbelievable. Shoulda buzzed him!

    YF May 24, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Gotta be kidding me.

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • manny says
    YAHTZEE!!!
    take a lap man ram

    TheTree1918 May 24, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • is proctor manny’s personal pitcher?

    sf rod May 24, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Manny does it again.
    8-6.
    Incredible.
    Steinbrenner seething with combination rage/covetousness.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • YF: We have 2 clutch hitters.
    Maybe if the Yanks can score a few more runs, your clutch boy Slappy McBluelips can get one of his patented meaningless hits.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • MELKY! GOLD GLOVE!!!!!

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Too bad he can’t remember Manny’s name.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Well, there was that time A-Rod had two game-winning hits to help the Yanks rally in the pla… Oh wait.

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Is it just my imagination, or does Tek take fewer pitches than just about any Sox player?
    Nice catch by Melky. I still don’t know what the heck kind of name that is.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Missed the Manny homer. Everyone wanted to watch American Idol results in the office. I coulda told em Taylor Hicks would win…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • Win or lose, this game will be worth it for the opportunity to witness the New York media go batshit about Manny for a second straight day.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Seanez still in? Yikes.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Sheff belts one off the wall. Same old Sheff. Gotta love our Sheff.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Hudson,
    I have been away form the media world, what did the new york media say about man ram ?

    TheTree1918 May 24, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Clement’s ERA is now 6.31. If he weren’t being paid so much, he’d be in AAA.
    Sheffield held to a single off the wall by ManRam.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Giambi up. I don’t feel good about this…

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • But the shifted DP works well!

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • TheTree: There were multiple calls (esp. on WFAN all day, more than one program) for Johnson to throw at Manny as retaliation for watching his home run last night off Proctor (who, they failed to note, had talked a bit disaparagingly about Manny previously).

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • lowell is niffty.

    sf rod May 24, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • “I know a hit batsman is one base, not four bases”-Leiter. That seems like a call to hit Manny. And then Kay says, “We’re not calling for the Yanks to hit anyone.”
    Um, actually…..

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Whew!

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • What a string of crap-tastic pitching tonight. Even the guys who have done their job suck.

    mattymatty May 24, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • Typical reaction from the NY media. Schilling doesn’t seem wrong when he says the sports writers are the dregs of other cities. I suppose the EEIdiots aren’t much better, but you don’t hear Remy/Orsillo/Globe/Herald calling for “dropping” ARod for his big HR last night or saying a “a HBP isn’t a milestone hit”…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • “Even the guys who have done their job suck.”
    Sadly, that makes sense.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Gonzalez is coming up again? It seems like he’s batted seventy times today.

    mattymatty May 24, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • A-Rod helpfully chases the ball down in foul territory for Varitek. He is such a Boy Scout.
    (Pops up to WMP. To the bottom of the 8th.)

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • The faster he comes up (and sits down), the sooner we have good hitters behind him. But maybe it’s a good time for an Alex Cora PH?
    Not that I’d expect Francona to manage a game to win. He seems more like he manages to avoid hurt feelings with his players.

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • The Boston media is too busy attacking Red Sox players to attack Yankees players.

    Hunter May 24, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Leiter, Singleton, and Kay had a pretty interesting discussion about what Proctor should/should not have done. I don’t think they were off base, though I think Kay mischaracterized one of Leiter’s comments. They are not doing a bad job.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Farnsworth in to face WMP.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Phillips in for Giambi.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • break for the Sox on the Stinnet 5-holer

    airk May 24, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • WMP gets the hit off the crazy spin hop that probably was an untouched foul ball. Another leadoff man on.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Wily Mo gets on via a fluke hit that hit Stinnett in fair territory before (maybe?) hitting the catcher.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • The Boston media needs to get busy attacking Francona… I’m amazed at how light the treatment he’s gotten has been, especially as compared to guys like Kennedy and Jimy Williams, let alone Little…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Helps to win the big one.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • GONZO!

    airk May 24, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • Nixon wastes an out with a pop-up behind the plate.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • bathroom…..

    sf rod May 24, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • And A-Gon says: “Screw you guys!”

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Farns using his f’ing slider against Bathroom Break. WHY?

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Well, that’s true, YF… But this year’s been hideous…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Pena hustles to third. 1st and 3rd, one down.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • DP eliminated by Willie Harris. Very nice!

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Farns gonna blow this thing. Clearly.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Harris manages not to get caught stealing, eliminating the DP probability and putting two in scoring position… Nice.
    2-1 to Youks.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • THANK YOU. Fuck that slider shit!

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • Blew that by Youkilis… Now I’m not so confident…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • Yeah, that foul ball scared the CRAP out of me…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Youks Ks. UGH. At least get a sac fly there, especially having been ahead 2-0 in the count.

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Loretta trying to get on-base for free.

    walein May 24, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • Papi up with the bases juiced… If ever there were a time to make up for the last two games…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • WTFarns? For god’s sake, he’s unhinged.
    I want my Flash Gordon back.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • THANK YOU. Fuck that wild pitch shit!

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • lousy bush league attempts at chin music from Farnsworth. Can’t even do that well.

    airk May 24, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • Don’t even ask any of us YF fans what those last three pitches to Loretta were about.

    walein May 24, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • let the clutch debate begin

    sf rod May 24, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • THE SLIDER DOWN THE MIDDLE?????

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • airk are you serious?

    Bozo May 24, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • Farnsworth throws two way inside on Loretta, then a wild pitch for the BB.
    8th inning, down two runs, bases loaded, two outs? Tailor made for Big Papi. Time to end this string of strikeouts.
    Be patient, Papi…

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • Farns is a total moron.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • OMG…my heart actually stopped on that 1-1 fastball…I think I’m going to be ill. C’mon Farnsworth!
    Ugghhhh

    walein May 24, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • YES! And now up the ladder!

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    walein May 24, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • Papi caught looking on a slider! Whew!

    Spidey May 24, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • a-rodian

    sf rod May 24, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • That was a hell of a pitch.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • If he swung at that, he had a homer. I thought he was going to…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • The slider. Of course.
    So much for clutch Papi tonight. If the situation was reversed, and that was A-Rod, we’d be hearing about it no end in the papers….

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • There is no joy in Fenway… Big Papi has just struck out.

    Hunter May 24, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • NOOOOOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOOooooOOOOO!
    [said in the voice of Luke Skyywalker in Empire Strikes back]

    Hudson May 24, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • That’s because Arod is not ever clutch.
    Foulke in. Game over.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • I just threw up in my mouth a little there when it poppped up on GameCast, right over the plate, un-swung at.
    Going to go back to watching the movie.

    rk May 24, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • But seriously. The right pitch from Farns there is high and in with the heat. If he can control it. Leaving breaking shit over the middle when you throw high 90s? Just crazy.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • papi has looked bad of late. it’ll be discussed in print i’m sure.

    sf rod May 24, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • (nah, bozo I was just taking a dig at Farnsworth)

    airk May 24, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • Well, YF, we all know the reason for that. But one of the principals is that the NY media inexplicably hate A-Rod. The Boston media haven’t inexplicably hated anyone since Pedro left…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Can’t belive Papi didn’t swing at that. If nothing else, then to protect the plate with two strikes…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Papi was looking fastball. The pich was high and broke right over the plate. If it was a hanger, that would be one thing, but it broke late–a nice pitch.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Foulke comes in and it’s like he’s Walter freakin Johnson out there — this guy is impossible to predict

    airk May 24, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • I wonder if his mind just wasn’t in it up eight runs the other night. As someone mentioned here, it might have been a practice time for him, work on some mechanics against live hitters actually trying to swing hard…

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • It was a fantastic pitch, yeah. And because it worked, the right one. But in that situation, doing it over, not knowing what happened, aren’t you calling for high heat?

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • Bernie Williams now has a higher BA than Ortiz. Hey SOx, fans how about a trade?

    Bozo May 24, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • Manny and Mo. Expect no theatrics.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • A Trade? What, Afraud for Ortiz? No thanks.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • Mo lets him know who’s boss. Great showdown.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • Chin music to Manny. Excellent.

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • YF: yes, that’s why I’m sitting on my sofa.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • Brilliant pitch by Mo.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • Very nice match up…and I like the result.

    walein May 24, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • Mo is not having the haning over the plate. He’s tired of that and throws the dirty cutter low and inside. Love it.

    walein May 24, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • I hope Farns was watching that. A lesson in controlling an at bat.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • Fruitbat is clutch. He isn’t always perfect, but compare to Slappy. One you know will always be ready, the other is just as likely to try to bitchslap someone.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • Tek down.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • The captain just went down, the ship is next.

    walein May 24, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • WEB GEM ENDS IT. Wow. Say what you want about Jeter’s defense, but that was an incredible play.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • JEETTTEEEERRRRRR!!!!!! Take your zone thoery and stick it in the bin!!!!!

    walein May 24, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • Lowell has got to be the slowest man in baseball. Good night.
    PS I hate Matt Clement.

    Tom sf May 24, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • YES!

    yankeemonkey May 24, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • argh, Jeter with the nice play to finish off a game that the Sox shouldn’t have lost.

    airk May 24, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Well, that was an infuriating game.

    Paul SF May 24, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Melky with 4 rbis and a defensive gem. Banner night for the rook.

    YF May 24, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • have you heard the one about Randy getting a win tonight? it’s a funny one.

    airk May 24, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • Congrats Yankees, you really should have been swept in this series on paper. You should feel proud about this.
    Meanwhile, I’m going to go take a flight to Boston and punch Matt Clement in the nuts.

    Hunter May 24, 2006, 10:52 pm

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