Sorry about the slim postings around this part. The temperature is too damn high. Use this to discuss our torrid teams and players and all the weekend action.
by SF on July 23, 2011 at 11:06 am in
Sox Gamers/Postmortems,Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 68 comments
It’s much cooler here in Paris, but it’s much LATER too (3AM starting times really suck, esp with intermittent Web access).
So I’ve missed all the pearls of wisdom from here a bit.
The following is slightly off topic, but can be filed under “perspective on where we are now”.
All the French alentours de moi right now made me appreciate a recent post on another blog (OTM or JoS, not sure which) about the fantastic sucktitude of Eric Gagne, who was called “Perdu” (lost) instead of “Gagne” (literally, wins) by the bloggist.
Reminded me of the time I watched him destroy a game at Fenway late in 2007 and was actually yelling “Perdu” at him as loud as I could. I was feeling really mean at the time and figured he would understand (being Quebecois), even if nobody else did. I know I shouldn’t have done that, but you need to remember just how bad it felt at the time.
Recalling this now helps me realize how mildly Lackey, Miller and Wake are sucking in the cosmic scale of things. Gagne was SO MUCH WORSE.
And we still won the Series that year.
Worth remembering that…..
dabize July 23, 2011 at 11:46 am
Who chose Russell Martin’s sunglasses, Elton John?
SF July 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm
The Sox have a cakewalk to the WS…only the Phillies are competition.
krueg July 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm
A bit depressing for you guys, but hardly crushing, k.
It is hard to swing a bat when your blood pressure is half of normal.
They even got a run in the 9th!
Neither they nor the Sox will let it be boring, never fear.
Tonight the M’s will put up that figure of terror, the Rookie the No One Has Seen Before.
Good thing I’ll be asleep.
dabize July 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm
The Sox are going to sweep the lowly M’s, as they should, then the Mariners will win 2 of 3 in the Bronx. The Sox will easily run away with the East…
We’ll win the stupid WIld Card, then fold like a cheap tent in the ALDS but by then hockey will be back and I will no longer be forced to watch this old, slow, boring, garbage team.
krueg July 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm
krueg – first of all, it’s totally possible the Sox will lose this series to the Ms. As dabize pointed out, tonight’s rookie could be tough (he just struck out Gonzalez and Youkilis) and Pineda tomorrow is a for real potential great while the Sox have Wakefield. Losing streak or no, that match-up is in their favor.
Second, only a Yankees fan would write “We’ll win the stupid WIld Card.” Making the playoffs is still making the playoffs and it ain’t a small thing.
stuck_working July 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Ugh, Youk is way too whiny sometimes. Good pitch on the outside corner and he’s throwing equipment and barking at the ump.
This pitcher is a bit raw, but has decent stuff. Good movement on his slider.
Atheose - SF July 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm
Also have noticed Scutaro doing the same things, throwing bats, helmets, etc when making an out
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 8:02 pm
Gammons reported Sox are looking at Dan Haren out on Oakland. Seems like a Theo type, high SO/BB since he came off the DL. Could give them depth with Buchholtz prob not back until late August.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm
Dan Haren is with the Angels – I assume you mean Rich Harden. Did Gammons say what kind of package they’d need to get him?
stuck_working July 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm
That’s what I meant, got my Haren/Harden’s AL West pitchers mixed up, happens all the time…
Saw it on Hartball Talk briefly then my phone died and I didn’t go back and check before posting. Article didn’t say what it would take, here is the link:
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm
Buster is still reporting that the Sox are still one of the teams in the Beltran mix. I would think that the Mets wouldn’t eat as much of Beltran’s salary if a team like Boston is able to trade for him. I hope it doesn’t happen since I could see NYM wanting someone like Reddick in return.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm
Never figured this game would be a pitcher’s dual. Oh well, just need to wait for the 7th for the magic to start.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm
Good at bad there for AGon there. 30 doubles on season. Then a bone headed base running play there.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm
Only a Sox fan would say, “Making the playoffs is still making the playoffs and it ain’t a small thing.” The Sox and Yankees should make the playoffs every single year. We should win the East, you guys should win the WIld Card. That is the normal order of things!
krueg July 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm
krueg – shhhhhh, we have to switch things up every once in a while to keep the other AL team from just quitting altogether.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 9:13 pm
Youkkkkkkk!!! Nice pick and throw.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 9:25 pm
Weird, rather than throwing down fingers Josh Bard is giving Beaven full hand/arm signals on every pitch.
Atheose - SF July 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm
Tek with bloop single, then Scutaro with the GRD that the fan went over the wall to grab. Would have probably scored Tek if he let it go.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm
Stupid fan keeps Varitek from scoring on that play. Happy to see him escorted out.
Atheose - SF July 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm
7th inning magic, just like I said!
Ellsbury! 2-1 Sox, Beckett set for the W.
Atheose - SF July 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm
Good to see Pauley again, looks like he is doing well, except right there.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm
Let’s go Adrian, be nice to see you jack one right here.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm
Just realized that if the Sox win tonight, that’s 1000 wins for Tito as a manager. 999-880 going into tonight.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm
Bard on. I’m hoping that this bullpen can keep this going through the playoffs, there isn’t man holes for the most part. Albers, Ace, Williams, Paps, even Morales (last night notwithstanding) have been very solid this season.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm
This ump had a huge strikezone for Beaven, and a tiny one for Beckett and now Bard. Lead-off runner on.
Atheose - SF July 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm
Should have been Wheeler, not Williams on that list.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm
Either Youk missed the bag, or the ump made a bad call there.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm
Replay shows that Youks toe was on the bag before the runner got there. More blown calls. Bases loaded, no outs.
Atheose - SF July 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm
Give up the run for a double play here.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm
Popup there for the 1st out. Now the double play would be nice, please and thank you
NASTY slider from Bard, after a 99MPH fastball..it’s just not fair!
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm
Hell of a slider there.
Atheose - SF July 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm
Sox get out of bases loaded no out situation as Bard rocks on the hill!
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm
Whew, tough way to extend that scoreless streak to 24 innings.
Atheose - SF July 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm
Would have been a great catch, pops out of the glove when he hit the ground.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm
11 pitch at bat by Ryan – hoping this isn’t one of those that ends bad for the Sox.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm
Nice slider there to get Ryan to softly line to Pedoria for the 2nd out.
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm
Strike 3, 1000 wins for Tito, 715 in a Sox uniform. Congrats to him, nice milestone!
BillsBurgSF July 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm
The Sox are dominant.
krueg July 24, 2011 at 12:58 am
You realize your “old, slow, boring” team is playing almost .600 baseball, right Krueg? I mean, it’s really annoying as a Sox fan, I must say, to have a team as good as the Sox are (and doing well right now despite their rotation being in shambles…which could really put things in jeopardy if the offense goes cold for a week) being hounded oh so closely by those ever-present motherf*cking Yankees.
But that has been the way of it these last several years. We lead at the break, you win the division in the end…except for the year the Sox had a ginormous lead at the break…and the Yankees ended up whittling the deficit down to 2…
We don’t have a ginormous lead this year.
I believe when both teams are at full strength, the Sox are the better team, but the next couple months could well prove me wrong! Colon and Garcia doing what they have is just crazy.
Devine July 24, 2011 at 2:55 am
I wouldn’t worry d…you guys will be up double digits soon enough. Maybe in the next couple weeks.
krueg July 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Tim Wakefield is frigging terrible. When will it end…
SF July 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm
Reddick saves a run, throwing out Smoak at home. But the Sox are going to need 10 runs off Pineda to win today.Theo needs to find a pitcher, the heck with Beltran (Reddick is acquitting himself well), but Miller and Wakefield just aren’t going to cut it. Wakefield just shouldn’t be pitching in the Majors as a starter any more, at least not to me. He’s both crappy and non-entertaining, a double whammy for a fan.
SF July 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm
Ells starts fast, on second with a double and then advances to third on a WP, none out.
SF July 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm
Pedey pops out and Ellsbury can’t tag. Crap.
SF July 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm
Gonzo singles to make it 2-1, 81st RBI for AG.
SF July 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Youk! Homer over the monster makes it 3-2 Sox. Triple that amount and we will feel comfier!
SF July 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Youk, despite a slowish start, now has 72 RBI.
SF July 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm
Papi knocks one off the Monster and it’s a single.
SF July 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Both pitchers really getting ripped.
Crawford hits one off the Monster as well, for a double. 2/3 and one out.
SF July 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm
Reddick strikes out. Not to be too pessimistic, but that was a gift run sitting on third, and now they’ll need a hit to score their fourth.
SF July 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm
5-2 Sox! Salty comes through with a hard single to right.
SF July 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm
Castig says nobody warming in the Mariners pen, despite 5 runs on 6 hits so far, in the first inning alone.
SF July 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm
Wake not too shabby after the first.
pale blue eyes July 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm
Looking better, for sure. Still, runs please!
SF July 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm
Pineda unfortunately also looking much better than in the first.
pale blue eyes July 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm
Red Sox playing the fifth today as if it was the 7th. 10-3 now.
pale blue eyes July 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm
2000th career strike-out for Wakefield! Also up for win 199 now.
pale blue eyes July 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm
Pedroia extends his hitting streak to 21!
pale blue eyes July 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm
Wake flipping me a big fat bird!
SF July 24, 2011 at 3:45 pm
I take that back. I am now flipping Wake the bird, what a stinkbomb.
SF July 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm
Well, Wake ends his day with giving up a grand slam. One inning too long … Still an 11-7 lead.
pale blue eyes July 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm
2000th strike-out as a Red Sox for Wakefield, by the way. Only Clemens ahead of him.
pale blue eyes July 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm
Glad to see Wakefield another win closer to passing Clemens for the franchise record, even though it wasn’t a stellar start. I was expecting Aceves to get a save for pitching the final three innings till I remembered that Wakefield actually got an out in the 7th.
stuck_working July 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm
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