Wait, These Count?: Sox-A’s Gamer III

OK, we’re finally ready for baseball season. It’s hard to admit, but this season couldn’t come slowly enough. We’ve enjoyed being a fan of the World Champs. And though that title won’t necessarily be passed on (and if it is not for several months), it had been enjoyable to know that nobody was playing baseball, and nobody, therefore, could distract us from a simple fact (Mitchell Report and Hankosity notwithstanding): we root for the best. Now, it’s all muddled. Who is the best? Who’s on first? Who’s IN first? We are, to an extent, back to the grind. A beautiful, exhilarating, frustrating, comical, romantic grind, but nonetheless a grind.

Tonight the Sox (and A’s) return to the domestic regular season, and I imagine they are happy to be back grinding it out on familiar soil. Not because they disliked Japan or because it wasn’t a rewarding trip, but because playing regular season baseball, making road trips around the US and Canada, playing games that matter just about every night in the grand pursuit of being the best, is what they love. And what we love too. So welcome back, guys. And take us for another great ride.

Discuss tonight’s game here.

268 comments… add one

  • I got my MLB.tv set up, the myriad plug-ins are downloaded, the beer is cold, the wine is room temperature, the wife is asleep, the chips are stale, and I’m ready to go.
    PLAAAAAY BAAAAAALL!
    (oh, and Go Sox!)

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 9:04 pm
  • I will only be ble to catch an hour of the game. I have to work at 6am, thus be up at 430

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:32 pm
  • Beautifully said, SF.

    YF April 1, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • Well, the Yankees won, so this, obviously, is a must-win. ;-)
    Lineups:
    SAWX
    1. Jacoby Ellsbury-RF
    2. Dustin Pedroia-2B
    3. David Ortiz-DH
    4. Manny Ramirez-LF
    5. Mike Lowell-3B
    6. Kevin Youkilis-1B
    7. Jason Varitek-C
    8. Coco Crisp-CF
    9. Julio Lugo-SS
    Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP
    AYS
    1. Travis Buck-RF
    2. Mark Ellis-2B
    3. Daric Barton-1B
    4. Jack Cust-DH
    5. Emil Brown-LF
    6. Bobby Crosby-SS
    7. Jack Hannahan-3B
    8. Kurt Suzuki-C
    9. Ryan Sweeney-CF
    Joe Blanton-P

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 9:53 pm
  • Each year its hard for me to make the transition from playoff baseball, where every game matters, and NFL football, where every game matters, to the baseball season, where losing isn’t really that big a deal. At least not now.
    Anyway, heres to 161-1!

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • Pedro went down with an injury tonight — hamstring. No word that I saw on the severity, but he left after 3.1 innings…

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • got my mlb game tracker and ready to go……

    TJ April 1, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • Poor Pedro. *sighs sadly*
    Anyway, Mosiac is down until 10:05pm according to the Customer Service lien if anyone else is suddenly having issues

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • Shit, that stinks about Pedro. I think if I can pick just one thing to go right for either NY team this year, it is for Pedro to have a great comeback season. I hope he’s ok.

    SF April 1, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • What’s the over/under on Dice-K’s walks tonight? ;)

    A YF April 1, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • Former Red Sox manager Dick Williams throwing out the first pitch. The horror! The outrage! Karma and payback better be a bitch tonight!!
    Oh, he managed the A’s, too? Nevermind…

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • If I could pick one thing to go right for a NY team, it would be for Chamberlain’s pitches to go right… over the wall.
    I’ve got 10:08 and MLB.tv is showing me a beautiful blue and red logo. Anyone got anything? Has the game started yet?

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • What?!? No Remy?!?

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • A YF, Im gonna go with.. 3 walks over 6 innings.
    I’ve got 10:03, matty

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • 2 walks. Call me an optimist (I am, generally), but I think he rebounds tonight without the attendant Japanese jitters.

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • 9:06 for me… They’re still reading the lineup on XM, which is giving me the A’s radio network.

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:06 pm
  • 1 walk 9 Ks

    TJ April 1, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • I think thats Dick Van Dyke doing color for the A’s broadcasts.

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • Whoops. Must have a fast clock here. Thanks, D.

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 10:09 pm
  • Between Ellsbury and Drew we’re going to lead the league in grounding out to second base.

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 10:12 pm
  • Time to break that 0-fer, Papi.

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:12 pm
  • So much suck. God freaking dammit. I’m gonna go vomit.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Yuck, just 8 or 9 pitches for Blanton in the first. Woulda been nice to strike first and get some stateside momentum.
    Up to you, Dice!

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • After this broadcast A’s fans are going to think Ellsbury’s first name is “Thespeedy.”

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • We coulda had Johan. We coulda had Johan. *throws empty ginger ale can*

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • Only took three outs to make Dionysus puke. Good job, Sox!

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • *predicts DISASTER* WHY WILL NO SOX WORK THE COUNT?

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • Lots of optimists here! What’s the over/under on Yankee wins this year? ;)

    A YF April 1, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • Ten pitches. My bad… Funny how a lineup that can look so good in October can look so bad the next April.

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:16 pm
  • ????? Where’s the signal? Anyone have any word on where MLB.tv went?

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:17 pm
  • All right! K to start the game for Matsuzaka!

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • K!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • Dammit. Not an inning into the season MLB.tv just went down.

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • I lost sound… anyone else having issues?

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • Last time Papi went at least 0 for 8 — last May, when he went 0 for 11 from May 4-8. He’s actually 0 for his last 10 dating back to the last regular season game of ’07…

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • Im watching on Gameday, and there’s no sound! Anyone else having this problem?

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • Dice-KK!

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • K the second!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Got the picture back, but no volume. Good enough for now, I guess…

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Theres K #2. I think I’m about a minute and a half behind Dionysus.

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • Ugh, there’s the 3-1 count we’d all like to see go away.

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • This game isn’t on national TV like ESPN is it?

    SoxFan April 1, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • Pop up to Mikey! 1-2-3! Not great at limiting PC but, still, effectiveness!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • Well, 17 pitches for Matsuzaka. A little high, but 2 Ks and a foul out ain’t shabby. Certainly better than 30!

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • Anybody else attempting gameday audio? I got some error telling me that they couldn’t process my payment, which is funny, because I have my credit card statement right in front of me. I’m assuming MLB is off to their usual fast start with customer support, as it’s been half an hour and counting on hold.

    Bullfrog April 1, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • Just got volume back.

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • Hooray, sound is back now. Three up three down, lets see some run support for Dice-K!

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • No it isnt, SoxFan, sorry.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • Manny is on FIRE! Breaks his bat and gets the hit!

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:25 pm
  • Bullfrog- theres been problems with MLB.tv all night long, so I’m not surprised they’re having issues on the radio side as well.

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 10:25 pm
  • Does anyone else think Joe Blanton has quite possibly the fattest, ugliest face in baseball?
    Broken bat single for Manny, barely drops into center field. We’ll take ‘em any way we can.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 10:26 pm
  • Manny drops one in there. Base hit! I’ll take it!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:26 pm
  • Manny loooves the A’s. Lifetime .332/.436/.651. Adds to that tonight.

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:26 pm
  • Now Manny to second on the wild pitch! Drive him in, Mikey!

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • Wild Pitch. (I beleive) and Manny makes it to second. 3-1 on Lowell. He swings at Ball 4 and its 3-2.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:28 pm
  • Or ground out and fail to advance the runner. Whatever’s cool with you.

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:29 pm
  • Hey gang, just figured out (maybe everyone else knew this) that MLB Extra Innings on cable is having a free preview. Its channel 778 on my cable network (Comcast). The upshot is, if you have cable you probably have this game.

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 10:29 pm
  • Dammit… Mikey grounds out to third and Manny can’t advance.
    Youk, help please?

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:29 pm
  • Diving play by Hanahan, but he who hesitates cannot get the runner at first. Corners with one down. Varitek up to ground into a DP.

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • Wow! Youk rips one up the thridbaseline, but the 3rd basemen gets hit and looks to third, but no one covers. Everyone is safe!
    Now its the Kaptain.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • Well, popup’s better than a DP. Now Crisp is up. *sigh* This reminds me too much of last June through August.

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • God DAMMIT Tek. Seriously. Freakin’ A. Drop him to 9th, I’d rather see LUGO.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:32 pm
  • Ugh, Coco K’s. Missed a chance there. I hope it doesn’t come back to bite us.

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • DAMMMIT! I think I just broke my chair….

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:35 pm
  • I bet it will, Paul. I blame the Kaptain the most. Swinging at the first goddamn pitch.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:36 pm
  • Mets/Marlins in extra innins right now. Isnt that like the 5th extra innign game already this season?

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:37 pm
  • Oh son of a BITCH, this is feelign familar.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:37 pm
  • I bet Dice-K tunrs into Dice-BB now

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • Coco K’s, and then a leadoff homer. Goddamnit.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 10:38 pm
  • 3-0. I hate being right. I think its time for bed.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:39 pm
  • Yeah, some very harried customer service guy got me hooked up just in time to hear Daisuke give up the Cust shot. Grrrreat.

    Bullfrog April 1, 2008, 10:40 pm
  • Thank GOD for Youk’s mad ability to pick.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:41 pm
  • Pop up ends the inning. Fraking Cust. Frankign Daisuke. Fraking Kaptain. Fraking Coco.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:43 pm
  • I’m REALLY starting to dislike Hanahan.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • Battlestar fan, D?

    Bullfrog April 1, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • FIRST PICTH? This is what we gave up Johan for?!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • What’s the deal with everyone popping out on the first pitch tonight?

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 10:47 pm
  • Pedroia fouls off four in a row, the first batter to really grind Blanton down. Please just get on base for Ortiz. Nothing makes me angrier than seeing Ortiz or Manny leading off an inning.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 10:49 pm
  • Pedroia grounds up but at least he got some damn pitches. We’re supposed to be known for our patience, what is this tripe?

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:50 pm
  • Dionysus dont rip Ellsbury, not after what he did in the World Series for us. All will be well dont worry.

    TJ April 1, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • Great dive for Coco, and he (luckily) nabs it. Could have been an in-the-parker there if he hadn’t.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • Nah Atheose. Jacoby was right there backign up him.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:53 pm
  • K the third. I’d LOVE a double play ball in a short count right now.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:54 pm
  • Daisuke blows one by him for K #3. That’s a good sign–usually this is the point in the game where he walks the bases loaded.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • OR THAT! Caught Stealing!!!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • Holy crap, Varitek throws out a stealer. Looked safe, but the replay shows he clearly got him.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • Come on Daisuke.. K the fourth!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • Another K to end the inning. Come on Ortiz/Manny/Lowell, lets get some runs.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • I think even Papi thought he was Ked there. Doesnt matter as he grounds out because we can’t buy a goddamn hit.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:02 pm
  • Ortiz grounds out, then Manny flies out on the first pitch. This is DEFINITELY feeling like last July/August.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • et tu Manny?
    STOP
    FIRST
    PITCH
    SWINGING

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:03 pm
  • What a gift.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:04 pm
  • Wow, some guy named ANdino hit a walk-off homer for the Fish in the 10th.
    AHAHAHA, error made by Barton. The announcers jynxed it by saying “That’ll do it” before he caught the ball.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:05 pm
  • Looks like I chose the wrong inning to tune in. The small sample I just saw was stupendously stinky!

    SF April 1, 2008, 11:05 pm
  • Lowell Ks. Blanton’s been nasty.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • what a pathetic strike zone this umpire has

    TJ April 1, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Dio, you gotta take it easy…there’s a season full of frustration out there for you still, you have to pace yourself ;-)

    yankeemonkey April 1, 2008, 11:06 pm
  • Jayme Siree = Hot. Very nice.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:07 pm
  • I think I spelled that wrong.. but anyway. A’s chick. If you got MLB.tv, you know what I mean.
    K the 5th.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:10 pm
  • Daisuke blows it by him for his 5th K. He’s pacing himself well too, his pitch count estimates he’ll go 7 if he doesn’t blow it all.
    The announcer just said: “I think I would call Daisuke a strikeout pitcher”. The sad thing was that HE WASN’T BEING SARCASTIC! He actually had to consider whether or not Daisuke is a strikeout pitcher! Pathetic.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • strong work from Dice there. Really good stuff.

    SF April 1, 2008, 11:14 pm
  • But Blanton is probbaly in line for a complete game, isnt he? I dont have his PC available

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • Youk on! Here comes the K-aptain though.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • I saw her D. It was glorious.
    Youk slaps one into right. Please dont GIDP ‘Tek.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Someone get Tek a lighter bat please. Good God.

    SF April 1, 2008, 11:16 pm
  • Joe Blanton’s contact just came out! Time to strike while he’s vulnerable!

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • So.
    Mad.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:19 pm
  • Finally. My 10-week-old daughter got her first shots today. She’s finally settled down and I have my hands free.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:19 pm
  • Tek just hit one REALLY hard, about two yards away from a homer. Right fielder made a great catch to rob him.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:19 pm
  • Way to sell yourself to the Cubs, Covelli.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:20 pm
  • Hey Mr. McNeal lol

    TJ April 1, 2008, 11:20 pm
  • Coco… you DO want to be a starter somewhere right? You know you have to NOT suck to do that, right?

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:20 pm
  • Congrats on the baby, Bill!

    yankeemonkey April 1, 2008, 11:21 pm
  • Lugo gets himself an infield hit!
    Come on Jacoby, show us why we don’t have Santana please.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:21 pm
  • Infeild hit, Lugo.
    Alright Ellsbury.. channel your World Series mojo, please.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:21 pm
  • YOUK IS CALLED SAFE! YOUK IS CALLED SAFE!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:22 pm
  • GREAT call by the ump. Suzuki never tagged Yook.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:22 pm
  • YES! Jacoby knocks YOuk home, who is called safe at the plate.
    The announcers are annoyed because Youk “went back to touch home,” even though his foot clearly slid across the plate. The tag NEVER HIT YOUK. Crappy announcers.
    Anyways, way to earn your money Jacoby.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:23 pm
  • Actually I disagree with the broadcasters. I think that first swipe went OVER Youks foot.
    Still, huge break.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:23 pm
  • Thanks, YM. Her name is Charlotte Grace. She weighed in at 12lb 13oz today. Gained 3 lbs in a month. I think she’s gonna be a redhead.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:24 pm
  • OK papi break the drought!

    TJ April 1, 2008, 11:25 pm
  • Pedroia walks on 5 pitches, bases loaded for Ortizzle. Papi bobblehead is in my hands for good luck.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:25 pm
  • Pedroia draws the walk! (Shut up, Youk was safe)
    Alright Papi.. chug a slumpbuster and do some good.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:25 pm
  • Papi mojo time.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:25 pm
  • 0-2. Shit shit shit.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:26 pm
  • DAAAAAMMMMMMMIT!!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • Crap. What’r the odds the RS lead the league in LOBs again this year?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • Papi still slumping (if you can really call it that), grounds out to first. Three stranded.
    God I’ve missed the frustration that is baseball season. At least the game tomorrow is in the afternoon.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:27 pm
  • Positive: We’re tied and Blanton is at over 80 pitches

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:28 pm
  • This blog really is the only way to do West Coast night baseball.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:28 pm
  • I would not bet against it, Bill.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:29 pm
  • I’m gogin to bed, period, at midnight. I need at LEAST 4 hours of sleep and Red Bull to be functional

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:30 pm
  • K the sixth!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:31 pm
  • By the way, anyone catch Biff at Yankees spring training the other night on Letterman? He asked about Yankee Stadium secrets. Some old woman said she banged Moose Skowron on the elevator.
    Maybe I only think that’s funny because the Moose lives not far from here, in St. Charles, Illinois, I think. He does a lot of local charity events.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:32 pm
  • The joys of unemployment – West Coast and Tokyo games affect me not at all.

    Bullfrog April 1, 2008, 11:32 pm
  • That’s the problem with a moneyball team: TONS of stranded runners.
    Whoever guessed Daisuke would have 1 walk and 9 K’s looks to be on the right track.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:32 pm
  • I hate 3-1 counts.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:34 pm
  • K the seventh!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:35 pm
  • K number 7. It’s a damn good thing he’s doing well, with Schilling out and Beckett having not thrown a real pitch yet.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:36 pm
  • ya, but i dont mind if im wrong and he doesnt walk any lol…
    And This is the Dice K I wanna see all season lol

    TJ April 1, 2008, 11:36 pm
  • Runs please.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:36 pm
  • Okay Manny, you’re allowed to swing at the first pitch it you drive it 300 feet.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:38 pm
  • Um, Manny … see the note on your previous at bat and CUT OUT THAT CRAP.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:38 pm
  • Manny… but… what…
    What did I say about the first pitch?!
    Idea! Tito should lay down an ultimatum. For every time Manny makes an out on a first pich, Terry cuts off a dread-thingy of Manny’s hair.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:39 pm
  • YOUUUK.

    Bullfrog April 1, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Did YOUK just triple? O.O

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Good news: Youk triples
    Bad news: Varitek.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Dammit. Not the K-aptain. *dreams of Jarrod*

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:41 pm
  • No deal. That’s a tater, baby.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:41 pm
  • I take it back! 2-run homerun! (at least it better be called one)

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:41 pm
  • TEK!!!!!!!!!!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:41 pm
  • gonna get jobbed here.

    sf rod April 1, 2008, 11:42 pm
  • OH OH OH, thats a homer. Please reverse it

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:42 pm
  • Robbed. >(

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:43 pm
  • Goddamn umpires. Tek deserves a homerun.

    Anonymous April 1, 2008, 11:43 pm
  • WTF? The f*****g Oakland announcers are too busy sucking Dick Williams’ dick to tell me what’s going on. Anyone? Anyone? That was a tater.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:45 pm
  • Coco… please? Are you gonna let Jacoby show you up? ARE YOU?
    Yes you are. You jerk.
    Fraking umps.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:45 pm
  • Is it me or does this BS happen to Boston more than any other team?

    Anonymous April 1, 2008, 11:45 pm
  • Rough night for Tek. First, robbed of extra bases by Buck, then robbed of a homer by the umps. Even the A’s radio guys — who are actually very good — said it was gone…

    Paul SF April 1, 2008, 11:46 pm
  • Anon was me.
    Is it me or does this BS happen to Boston more than any other team?

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:46 pm
  • Bill, it was indeed a tater, but none of the umps were in a position to get an accurate sight on it, so it remains a double. Infuriating.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:46 pm
  • Hard not to want replay on an obvious missed call like that. That just took a run the Red Sox earned off the board.
    And Coco just looks awful…Ugh…

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 11:46 pm
  • I will accept (barely) the umpires’ explanation that they didn’t see it and screwed it up. But, $h!t, that cannot happen again.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:46 pm
  • It’s just you Atheose. It SEEMS like it does because we care, but Im pretty sure it’s evenly distributed.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:47 pm
  • 0-2 as Suzuki swings at a mistake.
    OH god. Lopez in the pen. I feel the vomit returning.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:49 pm
  • Come on Daisuke.. get through the inning.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:50 pm
  • Dion, have faith. He’s not the Javy Lopez who REALLY sucks.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:51 pm
  • K the Eighth!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:51 pm
  • K number 8. Woohoo.
    Hopefully Lopez is just out in case Daisuke doesn’t make it through the 6th. I would hope to see Delcarmen-Okajima-Papelbon for the 7th-8th-9th.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:52 pm
  • That breakign ball was a thing of beauty for strike one.
    Strike 2. When Daisuke has command of his breaking stuff, he’s practically another pitcher!
    HIGH HEAT! K THE NINTH!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:53 pm
  • K number 9! Congrats on a great prediction, TJ.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:53 pm
  • Ryan Sweeney, a fellow native Iowan, strikes out swinging. Then Diceman gets Buck for 9th K to end the sixth. He is DEALING!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:54 pm
  • Only 88 pitches. We could conceivably send Daisuke out for another inning. Or at least a batter or two, especially if we get some insurance here

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:54 pm
  • Please, God, let the be the Dice-K we’ll see all season. Please, please, please, please, please.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • my next prediction this weekend Clay will make it back to back starts with no hitters :P with what, 6 months between? :P

    TJ April 1, 2008, 11:55 pm
  • RS fans, I want the truth. What was your first thought when you heard that Gagne gave up three runs in the 9th at Wrigley yesterday?
    I laughed my a$$ off.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:56 pm
  • i just heard now and im laughing my ass off lol

    TJ April 1, 2008, 11:57 pm
  • Quit while you’re ahead, TJ. But I like how you think.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 1, 2008, 11:57 pm
  • We should definitely send Daisuke out for the 7th, and pull him if he allows a baserunner. I’d love to see him get a few more K’s–he seems like he’s gotten better as the night has gone on.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:58 pm
  • Jacoby Ks on a good pitch. Still, nice at bat.
    Dustin, get on so we can get some insurance.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 11:59 pm
  • I smiled inside, Bill.

    Atheose April 1, 2008, 11:59 pm
  • HEY! HEY! What the hell was that?!

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:00 am
  • well u know my predictions have a tendency to come true…. last April i picked Sox vs Rox world series on my blog….. :)

    TJ April 2, 2008, 12:00 am
  • I was playing MLB The Show 2008 today and I was down 3-2 in the ninth… Ellsbury led off with a single and Pedroia came up and parked one into the monster seats and stood there and watched it go like he was Manny…. man I laughed for a few minutes at that

    TJ April 2, 2008, 12:01 am
  • Re: Gagne
    I admit it, I grinned. 10 million was a reeediculous investment considering what he did for us. I liek the Brewers, but that could turn out to be a HUGE error

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:02 am
  • *needs a paper bag to breath in when he learns Cust will be coming up*

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:03 am
  • A’s have 0 LOBS.
    Cust homer and Suzuki CS, 2-6.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:04 am
  • HAHAHA TJ that’s hilarious.
    The best part about The Show (I’ve only played 2007) is playing “Road to the show”. Starting off in the minors and working your way up, especially as a pitcher. It’s a lot of fun.

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 12:05 am
  • dont worry Mr. 164 Ks in 395 ABs is due to swing and miss

    TJ April 2, 2008, 12:05 am
  • Ellis out.
    Oki and Lil’ Manny in the pen

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:05 am
  • ya i played 2007 on PSP i was a 3B and i tormented Liriano and Santana :D i just got the new version for PS2 its great, havent tried the road to the show yet, wanted to sim and oplay a season first…. in August,… Ellsbury is batting .305 with 9 HRs :) Papi is around 40 everyone else is sucking but im in first lol
    On Clay is 11-5 :D

    TJ April 2, 2008, 12:07 am
  • Hey Daisuke, give him something high and tight please.
    Nevermind, Francona is out and Okajima is coming in. I can live with that.
    6.2 innings, 9 K’s, 1 ER. Very good outing.

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 12:07 am
  • Right to Youks. Two down. Cust up. Feeling ill…
    Thats it for Daisuke. Oki time (for four outs? Or are we gonna try Manny in the eight?)

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:08 am
  • Great start, Dice-K. But he won’t face the Mitchell Report guy again.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:08 am
  • I only have the Wii and PS2 so I cant get The Show. I do plan to pick up 2k8 for the Wii.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:09 am
  • A season later and that delivery still weirds me out.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:10 am
  • My guess is Delcarmen in the 8th

    TJ April 2, 2008, 12:10 am
  • they have the show 08 for PS2 at Circuit City for 39.99

    TJ April 2, 2008, 12:11 am
  • ugh. 3-1. I’m ascared.
    FRAK!
    First walk of the game by the Sox. DAMMIT. I’m gonna throw up

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:12 am
  • I thought the Show was only Microso-oh wait. Its only SONY.
    Silly me.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:13 am
  • Oki saves our asses last year, but I’m not so keen on him this year. I fear he had only one good season in him.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:13 am
  • i feel a francona rant building up inside.

    TJ April 2, 2008, 12:13 am
  • Oki.. find the zone right the hell now.
    Pop up. Dustin’s got it..
    *exhales*

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:14 am
  • Thank goodness he pops up, cause Oki was struggling with his command.
    Oki likely will pitch the 8th, and Paps the 9th. Unless we explode for 8 runs between now and then.

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 12:14 am
  • Re: THe Show and 2k8
    I think I’ll still get 2k8. While I hear Theh Show is a better game overall, the reveiws Ive read say that 2k8’s pitchin mechanic on the Wii is the best one in any game ever, which makes me want to try it. I cant afford both at the moment.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:16 am
  • I have to wake up in 5 hours, so I’m officially going to bed now. Night guys, see you tomorrow at 3:00!

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 12:16 am
  • I bet MDC gets the 8th.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:16 am
  • Insurance please?

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:16 am
  • I’m worried about Papi.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:17 am
  • AGAIN MANNY? Thats the THIRD time. Now this is ridiculous. What the hell is wrong with you?

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:18 am
  • Three in a row.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:18 am
  • I fear Hannahan this inning. He’s been a thorn all the way back to Japan.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:20 am
  • Oki it is, but I imagine on a short leash

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:22 am
  • OH Sh1t.
    Bad positioning by Lowell.
    Is Delcarmen loose?

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:24 am
  • F*&^$*% FRANCONA

    TJ April 2, 2008, 12:24 am
  • why send him back out when hes wild last inning?

    TJ April 2, 2008, 12:24 am
  • nice play, Mike Lowell!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:25 am
  • Nice job, Mikey.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:25 am
  • Two down. Not liking Oki right now…

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:26 am
  • Sweeny subbing for Sweeny!
    And.. Papelbon time? Appears so.
    Honesty Time: Is anyone nervous? I will admit that I am.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:27 am
  • If Papa is in im NOT nervous

    TJ April 2, 2008, 12:28 am
  • dontbeupdontbeupdontbeup

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:30 am
  • Whew
    SOX: RUNS NOW OR ELSE BURNING

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:30 am
  • OK!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:35 am
  • Another hit for Tek? Nice.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:35 am
  • Just … just … just don’t suck, Covelli.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:36 am
  • Bunt single.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:37 am
  • He didn’t suck! He didn’t suck, Bill!

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:37 am
  • Gapper, loogie. C’mon.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:37 am
  • quick Crisp is batting .286 TRADE HIM

    TJ April 2, 2008, 12:37 am
  • That could have been ALOT worse. Damn Hannahan is a vacuum tonight.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:38 am
  • No, he didn’t. OK< Jacoby. just a flare.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:38 am
  • Full count.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:40 am
  • Crap. just hung up there.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:40 am
  • Yeah. That sucks.
    *dry heaves*

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:41 am
  • C’mon, Paps. 8 LOBS. Would be a shame to blow this one.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:41 am
  • On the other hand, Paps will face batters that are a combined 0-9 tonight.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:42 am
  • FEAR

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:43 am
  • C’mon, Paps. Three outs.
    Considering that the Sox have had 11 baserunners to Oakland’s 4, this game is closer than it ought to be.

    Hudson April 2, 2008, 12:44 am
  • Got Him!
    One.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:44 am
  • Travis Buck 7 Ks in 14 ABs so far lol

    TJ April 2, 2008, 12:44 am
  • stopbeinghighstopbeinghigh

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:46 am
  • Two down.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:46 am
  • K.
    K.
    One more… Oy.

    Hudson April 2, 2008, 12:46 am
  • GOT HIM!
    Two!

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:47 am
  • Enoughb of this hgih shit.
    I wonder if something is off in his mechanics.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:48 am
  • NICE!

    TJ April 2, 2008, 12:49 am
  • YESSSS!!!!!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:49 am
  • 3-1. I HATE 3-1
    3-2.
    GOT HIM!
    THREE!!!!!!!!

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:49 am
  • 3-2 count…
    ..
    ….
    ….
    …. .. .. . . . . . . . . . AND HE GOT ‘EM!
    Paps strikes out the side. 2-1 record, tied for 1st.

    Hudson April 2, 2008, 12:49 am
  • Struck out the side!

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:50 am
  • Anyone else think Girardi today looked like he thinks he’s in over his head? He looked so intimidated at the end of the game.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:50 am
  • Hopefully Lester can make similar tweaks as Daisuke did. If so, well then… weee!

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 12:52 am
  • Tomorrow, then, men.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 12:54 am
  • Nice win there. I wasn’t a big fan of lifting Matsuzaka when he was clearly cruising, had two outs in the inning and was under 100 pitches, but all’s well that ends well.
    If the Matsuzaka we’ve seen over the last 8.2 innings (12 Ks, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 R) is the real deal, this will be a very good season indeed.

    Paul SF April 2, 2008, 1:12 am
  • Hmm, that should obviously be 1 R…

    Paul SF April 2, 2008, 1:15 am
  • To paraphrase a lyric from a famous song by Robby Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice):
    Dice Dice baby!

    SoxFan April 2, 2008, 7:44 am
  • I went to bed but good to see TJ won the prediction. Nice job!

    A YF April 2, 2008, 8:07 am
  • Indeed, good call TJ. Glad to see Paps struck out the side after I went to bed. I was afraid I’d wake up and see that he’d given up another run. Very nice to see that he’s back to his old form here in the States.

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 8:15 am
  • “…Anyone else think Girardi today looked like he thinks he’s in over his head?…:
    no

    dc April 2, 2008, 9:07 am
  • Guys….
    I’m not in love with this “« older | newer »” addition to the comments section. For long threads, it takes a lot of clicks to get to the last comment.

    LocklandSF April 2, 2008, 9:28 am
  • I was at the game last night and when Paps came in, the 10 Oakland fans around me got up and left! The other Sox fans in the area all turned to each other and said, “They KNOW.” Cracked me up.

    rootbeerfloat April 2, 2008, 10:07 am
  • # TeamPayroll – 2008
    # N.Y. Yankees $209,081,579
    # Detroit $138,685,197
    # New York Mets $138,293,378
    # Boston $133,440,037
    # Chicago White Sox $121,152,667
    Just a fun fact, discuss…

    LocklandSF April 2, 2008, 10:16 am
  • Yeah, there needs to be a “newest”, and “oldest” button, I’d say. Maybe even a series of page numbers you can click on individually.

    Devine April 2, 2008, 11:04 am
  • Devine, Lock:
    Sadly, this was not our choice. This is a new Typepad “feature” foisted upon all the blogs that use it as a host site. It sucks. You’ll get no disagreement from any of the authors. We’re trying to figure out a way to be rid of it, one way or another.

    Paul SF April 2, 2008, 12:34 pm
  • It’s nice to know the Sox are 4th in payroll. That at least takes some of the heat off of us for “buying a championship”, which we’ve been accused of for the last few years.

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 12:53 pm
  • By the way, I’m bored at work and itching for some baseball. Two-and-a-half more hours is too long to wait!

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 12:58 pm
  • By the way, I’m not dumping on Girardi. He’s a good baseball guy and actually a friend of a friend (fraternity brothers at Northwestern). Never heard a bad word about him.
    There was just something about the look in his face when the game ended yesterday that I found startling. He had this expression in his face that, to me, looked like he thinks he might be in over his head. Maybe it was an opening-day thing. Maybe I’m too accustomed to the stoic calm of Tito and Torre. But there was an unexpected and constant expression on his face that struck me as odd.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 2, 2008, 1:33 pm

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