This Is Not a Game Thread Sox-Royals Gamer VIII

The first game, we were very (too?) optimistic. The Red Sox lost. The second game, we tried to atone for our mistakes. The Sox lost again. The third game, we neglected to post a game thread altogether. The Red Sox won.

That's very interesting, and this is not a game thread.

Do not comment away.

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  • This sure smells and feels like a game thread…im declaring it a game thread.

    sam-YF September 24, 2009, 6:08 pm
  • A’s two innings away from lowering Sox’ wildcard magic number to 4.

    pale blue eyes September 24, 2009, 6:19 pm
  • Let me add my non-comment to this not game thread.
    BTW, my son’s favorite book (well, seems so) is “not a box”.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2009, 6:20 pm
  • Let’s go Oakland!

    rootbeerfloat September 24, 2009, 7:10 pm
  • Just enough time to drive home and crack open the tequila before the game gets started. See you in a few…

    rootbeerfloat September 24, 2009, 7:11 pm
  • Ce n’est pas un pipe
    Gens s’appelant Gagne’ ne le peuvent pas perdu
    Or something like that.
    When the guy was with the RS, he never let us lose sight of the singular inappropriateness of his name….so let us honor it now, in this non-thread.

    dabize September 24, 2009, 7:11 pm
  • I don’t often quote Pete Abe (that may change when he become a Sox beat writer) but I liked this on hig blog today:
    “Boston plays at Kansas City tonight. It’ll be Clay Buchholz against Anthony Lerew. I do this for a living and I try and pay attention, but I have no idea who Anthony Lerew is.”

    rootbeerfloat September 24, 2009, 7:39 pm
  • My radio keeps going in nd out. Supposedly some sort of flu going through the clubhouse? Lester flew out early so that he wouldn’t be infected. Who is sick?

    rootbeerfloat September 24, 2009, 8:20 pm
  • If we only post when the Sox win, and disappear when they lose, what do we do when the game is tied? I have existential confusion.

    SF September 24, 2009, 8:28 pm
  • Clay Buchholz is about to solve your problem, SF.

    pale blue eyes September 24, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • Buck needs 28 pitches to get out of the 1st. This leaves the game tied. If this continues, call Dr. Rob, SF.

    pale blue eyes September 24, 2009, 8:34 pm
  • And Clay strikes out the side. Still no score. But I forget that this is not a game thread …

    pale blue eyes September 24, 2009, 8:47 pm
  • “but I have no idea who Anthony Lerew is.”
    A good quote for a non-thread about a non pitcher who is pitching a non-eventful game for the nonentities known as the Royals

    dabize September 24, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • I am completely non-objective, but I think when Bucholtz is really on, he has among the very best curves and changes in baseball.

    Ethan-SF September 24, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • Where is everyone? We’re winning!

    rootbeerfloat September 24, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • I’m talking about you, Atheose!

    rootbeerfloat September 24, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • Or do all of you just figure that a 5 run lead isn’t safe if they decide to bring MDC in?

    rootbeerfloat September 24, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • 8 K’s! C’mon guys, say something.

    rootbeerfloat September 24, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • CB is impressing somebody…
    From LoHud:
    Laptop must have the latest processor. 97mph on a called strike 3.
    Hilarious

    dabize September 24, 2009, 10:46 pm
  • Meathead Farnsworth is in. Someone’s gonna get plunked.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 24, 2009, 10:49 pm
  • Great performance by Buchholtz. He has definitely earned the #3 spot in the playoff rotation, if not #2 (I know, I know).

    Ethan-SF September 24, 2009, 10:50 pm
  • Six outs to reduce the post-season magic number to 3.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 24, 2009, 10:51 pm
  • I know it’s 6-0, but 13 LOBs and 2-12 w/RISP against the pitching staff is ridiculous.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 24, 2009, 11:05 pm
  • RamRam gives up a 2-run homer. Let’s not have another bullpen implosion.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 24, 2009, 11:12 pm
  • What the hell is wrong with the bullpen against the god damned Royals?

    Ethan-SF September 24, 2009, 11:19 pm
  • I think it’s IBM. We were doing fine until he showed up.

    rootbeerfloat September 24, 2009, 11:25 pm
  • I’m here now RBF!
    There’s a new awesome show called Flash Forward, and there’s a funny baseball reference. Supposedly the Rays sweep the Sox in a 3-game series in April, 2010.

    Atheose September 24, 2009, 11:30 pm
  • I have a theory. The Sox bullpen is getting all the suckitude out of their system before the playoffs. If this is the case I support it 100%.

    Atheose September 24, 2009, 11:31 pm
  • We can only hope Atheose. Also, the Royals defense is just abominable.

    Ethan-SF September 24, 2009, 11:34 pm
  • 5 errors for KC. Yeesh.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 24, 2009, 11:38 pm
  • Maybe it IS me. I’m probably the only one here who remembers when the Royals were good.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 24, 2009, 11:40 pm
  • TWO MORE RBIs for Papi! Maybe he will get 100 on the season!

    I'mBillMcNeal September 24, 2009, 11:40 pm
  • If you’re going to blame me for the suckage, I get credit for the ninth-inning rally.

    Ortiz gone for a PR. No chance at a triple for the cycle.

    Woody just shy of a homer.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 24, 2009, 11:42 pm
  • Bucky now 7-3, ERA is 3.21. This boy is the real deal.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 24, 2009, 11:52 pm
  • i remember the royals when they were formidable. george brett and the quiz ain’t walkin in that door. it’s gotta be the curse of bo jackson.
    would have liked to have had buck pitching in the series this weekend. he needs to get a win in against a quality team headed into the playoffs.
    he’s beaten toronto 3 times, baltimore twice, and kc and tb once apiece. he’s taken losses to ny/det/tex. even with his unreal september (4-0 and sub 1.50 era) i still would have like to seen him beat a playoff caliber team. looks like he might get one more start against toronto next week.

    sf rod September 25, 2009, 12:24 am
  • hey sf-rod, off topic but did you hear that malkmus and his band of merry pranksters are reuniting next year? pretty psyched about that.
    pavement!

    Nick-YF September 25, 2009, 12:45 am
  • thanks for the heads up nick. i had no idea. can’t believe the central park tickets sold out in 2 minutes. fingers crossed they do end up playing coachella.
    we might need a music or beer thread to quell the inevitable hot-button cc=cy and dj=mvp flareup coming in the next week or so.

    sf rod September 25, 2009, 2:52 am
  • “cc=cy and dj=mvp flareup”
    don’t see that coming at all rod…cc’s had a pretty nice season despite the slow start, and being a yankee sp free agent and all, we know how they usually work out, but i don’t see how grienke doesn’t get it…his win total is low, and there’s some noise about most of his wins coming against lesser teams, but he’s been far and away the best al pitcher…you guys got a taste of that the other night, and our turn is coming…
    as for jeter, yeah, he’s my sentimental favorite of course, and i’d like to see him win one of these before he retires, but the only real choice is mauer…he’s having a much better year, and the twins are winners enough by contending right up until the end… that should satisfy anyone who thinks that it should be a requirement for the player to play for a winner…

    dc September 25, 2009, 7:49 am
  • Absolutely dc, if Grienke doesn’t get the Cy it will be a f*cking travesty. And Mauer should get the MVP pretty easily too, considering the Twinkies are still in the hunt for the Central. Seriously, how do you not vote for someone leading the league in BA, OBP, SLG, and OPS? AND he’s a catcher, AND he’s an above-average defender?

    Atheose September 25, 2009, 7:55 am
  • Mauer is going to look sweet in pinstripes… ;)

    krueg reincarnate September 25, 2009, 9:46 am
  • Once again — why not automate the posting of game threads? Typepad will let you set up an entire season of gamers in advance.

    Hudson September 25, 2009, 9:48 am
  • Rod, I think I’ll give Buchholz a pass for losing against New York (6 IP, 2 ER) and Detroit (7 IP, 1 ER), and was he not beating the Rays, the team with the league’s fourth-best OPS, when we thought they were going to make a run at the Wild Card? And Toronto’s a league-average offense, so it’s not like they’re the Mariners or anything.
    Needless to say, I’m comfortable giving him the ball in the playoffs.

    Paul SF September 25, 2009, 10:21 am
  • I’m very annoyed at how well every Sox starter who is likely to see action in October has been pitchign these last 5-6 weeks. There have been some weak opponents with little to play for thrown in there but not enough to discount the performances. They are dangerous.

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 10:24 am
  • CC isn’t even the second best starter in the AL, that’s the King.

    SF September 25, 2009, 12:13 pm
  • elvis?
    ;)

    dc September 25, 2009, 12:41 pm
  • “CC isn’t even the second best starter in the AL, that’s the King”
    You serious with this one SF?

    IronHorse September 25, 2009, 2:36 pm
  • You ask that like it’s a silly proposition, IH. Hernandez’ 2009 is superior to Sabathia’s on almost every level. More innings pitched, lower ERA, more Ks, equivalent WHiP, lower BAA. Not sure how park factor influences the numbers, but on the surface it doesn’t seem like a remotely controversial statement. CC getting the CY over Hernandez would be pretty damn unfair in my book, if that’s how it plays out.

    SF September 25, 2009, 2:42 pm
  • he meant elvis IH…
    seriously though…more innings pitched? that’s a big deal?
    their stats are not that far off, but i’d have to concede, elvis is a little bit better…of course he’s not in the al east, and isn’t exactly playing for a contender…not much pressure when you don’t have to win…

    dc September 25, 2009, 7:17 pm

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