Will They Never Learn? Sox-Yanks Gamer I (Maybe)

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It's raining and chill in the big city tonight. Will the historic rivals play their first game at the new ballpark in the Bronx? Will anyone be there to see it? Who knows. But on the Yankee home page, they're advertising tickets, and at $350 a pop, the "once in a lifetime" experience they're pimping is maybe more accurate than they mean. Comment away on all the action…..
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  • Yeah, the rain sucks.

    Rob May 4, 2009, 7:08 pm
  • yanks really dicking ticket holders over here by not calling this thing this afternoon. now it’s in rain delay but it’s coming down hard here in brooklyn and the forecast sucks. no update over on lohud, except that aceves is now up for claggett, and joba’s mom is in jail for selling meth (oy). and then there’s the whole a-rod thing. but whatever, we’re just not interested.
    in other news, check out rob’s stadium note in the initial impressions thread. i don’t agree with all (most) of it but it’s fair minded and worth your time, if you’re interested.

    YF May 4, 2009, 7:16 pm
  • I’m more concerned about how calling this game would mess up the Yankee’s rotation. If there’s a future doubleheader, Al Aceves will most likely pitch the first game. I’d rather not have the Yankees go to such a contingency plan.
    Ticket holders? The performance of the team comes first. I get your concern, but it’s better if the Yankees play tonight.

    doug YF May 4, 2009, 7:38 pm
  • they better get this game in. i’ve got 5 friends over and we’re ready to play the teixeira buyers remorse drinking game.

    sf rod May 4, 2009, 7:48 pm
  • 8:00: “indefinite rain delay” says YES.

    YF May 4, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • I’m also hoping they get this one in – I left work a little early to watch, since it’s nationally televised, and got home to see Braves/Mets. BOOO.

    Jackie (SF) May 4, 2009, 8:02 pm
  • *Jeopardy Theme*

    krueg May 4, 2009, 8:04 pm
  • Don’t get alcohol poisoning…or do.

    krueg May 4, 2009, 8:06 pm
  • in unrelated news, i hate the celtics but have a hard time rooting for the magic in those clown suits.

    YF May 4, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • lol not a fan of the pinstripes, YF?
    not an easy look to pull off, though.

    doug YF May 4, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • 8:30: still no sign of ball, but not being called. christ. they might start it at 2am.
    crazy.

    YF May 4, 2009, 8:34 pm
  • not a fan of THOSE pinstripes, that’s for sure.

    YF May 4, 2009, 8:35 pm
  • looks like we might actually get some baseball tonight, starting 9ish.
    over/under on 1:00 as finish. i’ll take over.

    YF May 4, 2009, 8:54 pm
  • 9:20 start, sez ESPN. Which is crazy, because every NYY/BOS game this year has taken four hours to play. Glad I’m on the West Coast…

    Jackie (SF) May 4, 2009, 9:12 pm
  • Over YF, easy. Especially with Hughes/Lester pitching. I predict a 20+ run-scoring night.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:13 pm
  • Hey, the broadcast is starting. Best thing about mlb.tv this year is being able to choose your broadcasters. Michael Kay? No thanks. Fox announcers? Nope. Orsillo and Remdawg? Yessir.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:16 pm
  • Woah, Joba’s mom arrested on felony drug charges? Sad news.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • I’m stuck with Sterling/Waldman. I might not survive the night.

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • Paul, beg SF to lend you his mlb.tv username/password ;-) I have three friends all using mine simultaneously.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • Sterling/Waldman both crapping on the decision to start the game. Apparently it’s still raining just as hard as it was when the game was delayed two hours ago…

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 9:23 pm
  • Pedroia on. Hey Ortiz, see that short porch in right field?

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:26 pm
  • Good to see Ortiz with a hard line-drive double down the RF line.

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 9:29 pm
  • It’s not a homer, but we’ll take it Papi.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:30 pm
  • Wild pitch? 1-0 Sox.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:31 pm
  • Wheeee, one run the easy way. Wild pitch.

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 9:31 pm
  • Cleveland ties it in the 9th against Toronto. Booya.
    Drew walks on a close pitch. Let’s go Bay!

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:35 pm
  • not sure how to interpret that, but i’m going to go w/ encouraging. wish we weren’t down, tho.

    YF May 4, 2009, 9:38 pm
  • Wow, Lester has a bad ERA – any SF want to explain it? For some reason I thought it was something in the 3 range..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 9:39 pm
  • Well scoring 50% of our baserunners sounds good to me. Hey Paul, that would make a great post-topic: what’s the normal amount of runners LOB?

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:39 pm
  • Wild pitch changed to pass ball, so the run is unearned.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 9:39 pm
  • Lester had a terrible start last time out, Lar, and was somewhere around 4.00 before that.

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 9:40 pm
  • He’s looked good so far, but he seems to have one bad inning where it all unravels. Don’t be surprised if the Yanks are hitless through 4, then score 7 runs in the 5th.
    The wild pitch changed to a passed-ball. Good call.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:41 pm
  • Oooo look at the shots from the butcher shop inside YS. That’s some good looking beef.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • Lester strikes out Jeter and Damon, both relatively good 2-strike hitters. And here’s our 182 hitter.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • Strikes out the side, the “good” part of the lineup. Colour me impressed.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • Lester strikes out the side–Tex boo’d.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • Lester Ks the side! Let’s keep that up!

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • Lowell makes it a 2-0 game, and Phil has an ERA.. (again)

    Lar May 4, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • LOWELLLL!!!!

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • Quick 1st pitch HR for Lowell. Whew!

    Jackie (SF) May 4, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • Lowell goes yard (and it’s not a cheap, windblown one)!

    Hudson May 4, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • The way Lester went, 2 runs might be all they need..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • I take a piss and come back to see that Lowell is awesome. I approve of this message.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • Hughes gets 2 strikes count on everybody, but not striking them out.. and the Sox is running the count up..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • it’s time for teixeira to stop sucking. enough already.

    YF May 4, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • Hey, Nick Green is playing. That makes me very happy.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • …and as I type that, Nick Green flashes his WTP.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • They’re hitting him hard, outs or not..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • I hate listening to John Sterling. He calls the long drive, tracking Damon back “to the wall, and it is…. caught by Cabrera.” WTF?

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • Can’t give up hard hits/outs and walk them at the same time. 3rd walk of the night, this time to Ells, and I’m sure he’s going to run..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • Seeing Green play, why would we ever start Lugo until whatever magic carpet ride Green is taking finally runs out?
    Walk to Ellsbury. Might be a long night for the Yankee pen.

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • Pedroia hits it hard, and Swisher slides a bit in the outfield, but makes the catch anyways. Let’s go Lester.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • I’m wrong, and Hughes gets out of it.
    Hughes at 49 pitches after 2..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • 49 pitches for Hughes through just two.

    Hudson May 4, 2009, 9:58 pm
  • Commercial topic: has anyone seen the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly? I decided that I needed to watch it so I downloaded the trilogy (I didn’t know it was a trilogy until I looked it up), and I have to say that the third one was the worst. A Few Dollars More is infinitely better, and Good Bad and Ugly is a mediocre movie except for the last 15 minutes. Why does it get all the recognition?

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 9:59 pm
  • By comparison, Lester at 15 pitches, 10 for strikes.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 9:59 pm
  • Swisher draws a 7 pitch walk.
    Sterling and Suzie raving about Swisher..
    Anyhow, so there goes the perfect game, and Cano is up.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • Nick Green robbed a run and probably a 1st and 3rd situation.. wow.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:02 pm
  • WOW, Nick Green is amazing. Lugo would have watched that shit go through the middle.
    No DP, but that’s okay.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • Sorry, robbed a hit.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • heckuva play in the hole. that hurts. thought cano had a hit there.

    YF May 4, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • Hey, look! Nick Green flashing the leather and gets the lead runner. Julio Lugo would have passed out after taking one look at the ball.

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • Well, now Nick Green saved a run, haha..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • Posada is a douchebag. Cano takes third somehow.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • and posada singles. so the play saves a run, in theoryland.
    need at least 1 here.

    YF May 4, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • Green’s play saved a run with that hit. Lester needs a DP now. Looks like he’s not going to stop crapping the bed anytime soon.

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • Nick Green can thank the sopping wet grass for that one. Nice play, but doesn’t happen if the grass isn’t soaked.
    Good inning thus far, let’s hope they can capitalize.

    John - YF May 4, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • Melky humps homeplate.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:05 pm
  • Are you implying that Nick Green is NOT the second coming of Jesus, John?

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:05 pm
  • C’mon Melky.. just put one in there..
    Strike 3, bah.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • Big strikeout of Cabrera there!

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Huge strikeout there. Wow, Lester is 4th in the AL in strikeouts? How is this possible?

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Melky doing his best Carlos Beltran imitation.
    Varitek: “Can I help you?”
    Melky: “Naaa, just looking.”

    John - YF May 4, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Most frustrating pair of stats this season = Josh Beckett and Jon Lester both in the league’s top 10 for Ks and K/9.
    And another K!! Awesome!

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • Most frustrating pair of stats this season = Josh Beckett and Jon Lester both in the league’s top 10 for Ks and K/9.
    This is frustrating, of course, because neither has been pitching all that well, despite their strikeouts.

    Paul SF May 4, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • Strike three to Molina. Lester looking good despite a few runners in the middle of that inning.
    Hey btw, last night Theo was in the booth with Orsillo, and he said that John Smoltz has a wicked knuckleball and that he’ll probably pitch until he’s 50 as a knuckler once his fastball loses its pop. Wouldn’t that be sweet?

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • Molina strikes out. 5 K’s and the Yanks not clutch again. Lester at 35 pitches, 23 for strikes.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • Hey, Dave Roberts is in the booth! He’s officially a member of NESN. I expect great things.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • Hughes with 4 walks. After getting ahead of Ortiz.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • Yanks not clutch again
    That’s partially due to who was up when we needed a hit…I HATE the double catcher lineup. I also do not like Melky, so I can’t say I am shocked we got nothing. Cabrera, Molina, Pena/Berroa…that’s near automatic outs. Please don’t tell me how Melky’s been hot and Pena’s been decent…Pena is better than Berroa and Clay Bellinger, ooops I mean Cody Ransom, but that’s like saying I am more handsome than Julian Tavarez.

    John - YF May 4, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • I think this game needs a rain out.. ;)

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • Pitcher’s best friend right there.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Drew singles with two outs.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • Ath, Are you really that excited over Dave Roberts? That’s like me getting all excited if Mel Hall was in the booth with Kay.

    John - YF May 4, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • Drew with a gapper. Cabrera looked like he was hobbling–leg injury?

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • I agree Lar, I hope the Sox score 20 runs and the game gets called, that would put the smile back on my face.

    John - YF May 4, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • Bay with the infield hit. 69 pitches.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:20 pm
  • [OT: Celtics pull within 6 with ~2:30 left]

    Hudson May 4, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • John, Roberts has guest-appeared in the booth a few times before and he’s always well-prepared and genuinely interesting to listen to. He’s no Remy, but he’s certainly an above-average game caller.
    Jeter trynig the jump-throw, but it’s off the market and Drew is safe. Go go gadget MIKE LOWELL!

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • Bloop single by Lowell and the Sox up 3-0.
    Bases empty, 2 outs, and the Sox scores. Both ends of the unclutch stick.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:23 pm
  • Blooper to right drops in, 3-0 Sox, Hughes up to 74 pitches… Sox may get into that soft Yankee ‘pen sooner rather than later.

    Hudson May 4, 2009, 10:24 pm
  • Hey, remember when we were going to sign Teix and trade Lowell? Ahhh, hindsight.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:24 pm
  • If not rained out, at least a long enough delay that Lester’s out!

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:24 pm
  • [4-point game now for the Celts, ~1:30 left, crazy comeback.]

    Hudson May 4, 2009, 10:25 pm
  • Hughes at 78 pitches after 3. It’s amazing it’s only 3-0.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:26 pm
  • Thanks for the update Hudson, I had given up on the game.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:26 pm
  • Hughes limits the damage, but hits the 78-pitch mark after only three innings…
    Meanwhile, another heart-attack game for the Celtics. This dual-attention thing is bad enough with the drama back in Boston.

    Hudson May 4, 2009, 10:27 pm
  • [Still a 4-point deficit for the Celts, they have the ball with about 35 seconds left. Oy.]

    Hudson May 4, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • Lester is looking like Lopez with that foot-biting slider.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:29 pm
  • Hughes is a joke…fits right in.

    krueg May 4, 2009, 10:29 pm
  • Lester with yet another strike out..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:30 pm
  • Why on earth is Berroa playing???? I’m better than him…

    krueg May 4, 2009, 10:30 pm
  • I am sure he does a great job Ath, I am just in a foul mood. Between the Yankees and the Noah’s Ark type weather we have been having, my family is staying far away.
    The evening getting slightly better as the Celtics are just about ready to lose to the Magic.

    John - YF May 4, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • Damon will hit into a DP…that or he gets on and Teixeira does.

    krueg May 4, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • In other news, Zack Greinke is something SPECIAL this year. Complete-game shutout, 6-0 with a 0.40 ERA. And he’s on my fantasy team. Who is “The Intangibles”? You’re playing me this week ;-)

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • [C’s don’t get a key foul and miss some shots, back to a six-point deficit with 0:13 left. Oh well.]

    Hudson May 4, 2009, 10:32 pm
  • Great job Johnny.

    krueg May 4, 2009, 10:32 pm
  • OK…how will Teixeira get out? K? Foul out? Weak pop fly? Take your pick…

    krueg May 4, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • Hey look, JJ Reddick scored a point in the NBA. GO WHITE PEOPLE!

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • I don’t know why I keep starting Tesh.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:35 pm
  • [95-90 final, C’s lose. Nice comeback attempt, but they couldn’t overcome the horrible shooting throughout.]

    Hudson May 4, 2009, 10:35 pm
  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…goodnight folks, I have better things to do than watch this pathetic bunch of losers.

    krueg May 4, 2009, 10:36 pm
  • Weak popup wins the wager. 48 pitches through 3.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:36 pm
  • Wow, I didn’t realize that Teixeira’s BA had dropped all the way down to .179.

    Hudson May 4, 2009, 10:36 pm
  • Even worse, Youk’s dropped below .400! I have a bad feeling he’s going to crash hard.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:37 pm
  • Great effort by Damon, but too much slice on that shot. Great inside-out swing by Ellsbury; his swing has really improved in the last few weeks. If he starts getting on base more we’re going to be a fearsome team.
    Oh, and Papi needs to hit too. That would be good.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:40 pm
  • Hey, Papi with another double. 4-0 Sox.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:42 pm
  • Papi doubles again, Jacoby scores. How long can Girardi stick with Hughes? (85 pitches, 4-0 Sox.)

    Hudson May 4, 2009, 10:43 pm
  • Shit, Youk pulled something… looks like his oblique. He’s still at-bat, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him replaced in an inning or two.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:47 pm
  • Sick pitch to strikeout Youk. Hughes at 94 pitches.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:48 pm
  • Well, at least Hughes gets Youk. Maybe this is his last inning, maybe not.
    Still has time for a rain out! Don’t finish the inning!

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:48 pm
  • Youks Ks on a long at-bat, Hughes at 94 through four innings. Sox have put up a single run in every inning.
    I hate to even voice this thought, but these cold wet conditions practically scream “injury potential.” Hope both teams make it through unscathed.

    Hudson May 4, 2009, 10:49 pm
  • John Sterling, you’re an asshole.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:51 pm
  • Lester still only at 56 pitches.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:53 pm
  • Why do you say that Lar?
    Hudson, bite your tongue. If anyone injures themselves it’ll be Ellsbury, either slipping in the outfield or slipping trying to steal.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:53 pm
  • I’ll say this in defense of Youks: Sure, 2Ks and a GIDP, but he’s seen 22 pitches in his 3 AB. That’s 22 of the 94 pitches Hughes has thrown in four innings, working toward the weak NYY pen. So he’s certainly contributing.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 4, 2009, 10:55 pm
  • Wow another strikeout looking. Cano, why are you arguing? That was gorgeous.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 10:55 pm
  • note to Steve Phillips: Shut up.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 4, 2009, 10:57 pm
  • Oooo. that was strike 3.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 4, 2009, 10:58 pm
  • Cle 9, tor 6, bot 12.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 4, 2009, 10:59 pm
  • Posada works an 0-2 count into a walk. Which is really what everybody did on Hughes.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 10:59 pm
  • The asshole comment referred to something like:
    “Swisher hits one to deep right, it is.. caught by Ellsbury”
    I’m too lazy to colour it, but you can imagine it’s “one of those”. Bah. Haha.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:00 pm
  • 72 pitches for Lester through 4.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:02 pm
  • Will we see Hughes in the 5th?
    I gotta figure we will. He’s a better option than the pen.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 4, 2009, 11:03 pm
  • I’m wrong.
    Aceves.
    Marte goes on the DL. Damn.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 4, 2009, 11:04 pm
  • Drew Ks in the time it takes me to pee.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 4, 2009, 11:06 pm
  • Lester flashes some leather, then throws it in the dirt. Still got the out at 2nd, but Berroa is safe at first.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:15 pm
  • Captain K!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 4, 2009, 11:17 pm
  • Girardi and Jeter crying about a borderline pitch that has been called all night long. Stalling for rain?

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:18 pm
  • Damon makes the game a little interesting..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:19 pm
  • Tesh now goes back to back and now it’s way more interesting!

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:20 pm
  • Woah I went to brush my teeth and suddenly it’s 4-3? What the fuck?

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:20 pm
  • Lester at 89 pitches through 5 – not excellent (from a Yanks prospective) but not great. Now if they can hit against the bullpen..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:24 pm
  • That’s what I get for starting to wash the dishes.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 4, 2009, 11:25 pm
  • I wasn’t really up for interesting. I just wanted a win.

    rootbeerfloat May 4, 2009, 11:25 pm
  • Oh ya, so now it’s an official game..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:25 pm
  • Cle 9, Tor 7, F 12 inn.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 4, 2009, 11:26 pm
  • Jeter with an error to give back some momentum..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:27 pm
  • KC 3, CWS 0, F; Grienke moves to 6-0.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 4, 2009, 11:27 pm
  • Wow, Jeter can’t seem to make an out tonight.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:27 pm
  • IBM, Greinke is on my fantasy team and I’m LOVING it. I predicted the Royals would put up a fight in the Central this year, and so far my drafting of Greinke/Meche is paying off. Me gusta.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:30 pm
  • wow. haven’t seen a yankee rf get one in the gap like that since, when????? early winnie?
    way to make this a game with the back-to-back shots. FINALLY tex does something. maybe some day he’ll even get a hit w/ men on base….

    YF May 4, 2009, 11:30 pm
  • Pedro singles, time for Ortiz to man-the-fuck-up.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:32 pm
  • Ped singles and the Sox are itching to score another..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:32 pm
  • Berroa completes the DP to end the threat.
    I have Greinke in a dynasty league – I think I got him as a throw in to some other trade, and no one remembers the players in the trade, only that he had a good year last year, and dominating this year so far..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:34 pm
  • Ya, the captain not having a particularly good day..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:35 pm
  • Yook taken out. Probably makes sense, in these conditions..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:36 pm
  • Youk is out. Yikes!

    rootbeerfloat May 4, 2009, 11:37 pm
  • Ortiz GIDP. Lame.
    And sure enough, Youk is out of the game early. I smell a trip to the DL with an oblique injury.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:37 pm
  • Lester’s curveball is sick. Very tough to recognize coming out of his hand.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:38 pm
  • Cano now has not gotten a hit in some at bats..
    Posada does get a one out single though, before the bottom of the order up..

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:39 pm
  • Goddamnit, 5th curveball in the count gets slapped into center. Good hitting there.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:40 pm
  • good day for jorge. got melk?

    YF May 4, 2009, 11:40 pm
  • Melky refuses to work the count at all and grounds out on one pitch.
    Lester at 99 pitches through 5.2.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:40 pm
  • But, Posada does move up, so the Yanks are one hit away from tying this thing, somehow.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:41 pm
  • Molina gave it a ride, but to the warning track.
    Lester after 6 with exactly 100 pitches, exactly 70 for strike.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:42 pm
  • nothin. but maybe jorge pulled something? ugh.

    YF May 4, 2009, 11:42 pm
  • 100 pitches after 6, 9 strikeouts and 2 walks. Great outing, despite the two bad pitches in the 5th.
    If he’s up for it, I say send him out to pitch to Berroa in the 7th.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:43 pm
  • Lester looking mere mortal out there, but the Yanks probably could’ve worked him a little bit. Ah well.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:43 pm
  • Bailey with a homerun swing on a 1-2 count. Stupid kid.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:45 pm
  • Drew is HBP to reach base.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:46 pm
  • Drew gets hit by a cutter in the ribs.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:46 pm
  • JASON MOTHERFUCKING BAY

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:47 pm
  • Jason Bay pads the lead with a 2 run foul pole HR. That HBP hurts double.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:47 pm
  • Hey, YFs in NYC.
    A friend of mine will be in NYC this weekend. Can she get a Stadium tour without buying game tickets?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 4, 2009, 11:47 pm
  • Holy smokes did Bay hit the sh!t out of that one!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 4, 2009, 11:48 pm
  • Got a question for you guys that coach Little League. My player is running from first to second, their fielder throws to the 2nd baseman. Ball pops out of his glove and hits my guy before he gets to base. Is he out?

    rootbeerfloat May 4, 2009, 11:49 pm
  • Nope RBF, unless the ball popped out of his glove on the transfer. The fact that it hit the runner is irrelevant.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:51 pm
  • A 2 run HR sandwiching 3 K’s. Ah well.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:52 pm
  • Lester comes out for another inning, or at least hitter. Wasn’t paying attention, anyone warming up in the pen?

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:56 pm
  • Lester gets strikeout #10. He doesn’t even look like he’s sweating.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:57 pm
  • I love Nick Green so much. 2 outs.

    Atheose May 4, 2009, 11:58 pm
  • Thanks Ath. A bunch of 9 year olds mobbed my coach who was operating the pitching machine complaining that the kid was out. We had called him safe but they were adamant enough to make me check.

    rootbeerfloat May 4, 2009, 11:59 pm
  • Lester with 3 easy outs.

    Lar May 4, 2009, 11:59 pm
  • Final line: 7.0IP, 6H, 3ER, 2BB, 10K

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:00 am
  • rbf – it depends if he “had” the ball, which obviously is questionable, but pretty much what Ath said – if it falls out in the process of transfering to the other hand (to throw to first) then it’s out, but otherwise, it’s likely safe.

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:01 am
  • Aceves out for a fourth inning. Hmmm …

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:03 am
  • Yet ANOTHER great piece of hitting by Ellsbury. He’s stopped trying to pull the ball and is going the other way with it a lot, and it’s really working for him.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:04 am
  • He definitely didn’t have the ball, it bounced off the top of his glove. They were arguing that if the player got hit by the ball, he was out.

    rootbeerfloat May 5, 2009, 12:04 am
  • Let’s go, Ells. Gotta catch Crawford.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:05 am
  • BALK! Aceves twitched his back foot before stepping off!

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:05 am
  • Bad pitch-out, Ellsbury goes to third.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:06 am
  • SB, E2; Ells to third.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:06 am
  • YFs cheer the chin music. Nice.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:07 am
  • Uh oh, Aceves throws one up-and-in to Pedro.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:07 am
  • Holy crap, ball well outside called a strike.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:08 am
  • “YFs cheer the chin music. Nice”
    Yes Bill only YFs do this, never happens at Fenway or anywhere else…

    sam-YF May 5, 2009, 12:08 am
  • Gotta be kidding me, another pitch outside (AND high) called a strike. Ump, he’s only 5 feet tall!

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:10 am
  • That call on Pedroia makes up for the one on Jeter earlier…
    Should NOT be walking Ortiz here.

    sam-YF May 5, 2009, 12:10 am
  • IBB to Papi = sad face.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:10 am
  • If Yanks want a chance, they need to hold..

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:11 am
  • Happy Cinqo de Mayo, everyone, and especially you, Jay Severin.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:11 am
  • “Yes Bill only YFs do this, never happens at Fenway or anywhere else…”
    Sam, did I suggest that Red Sox fans do NOT do this?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:12 am
  • Aceves, in the same number of innings as Hughes: half as many hits, half as many runs, 1/4 as many walks, three times as many K’s. And 2/3 as many pitches.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:13 am
  • Aceves pitching well, really, other than a mistake to Bay (or two if you count hitting JD). At least enough to give Yanks a chance to win..

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:13 am
  • Let me rephrase. … SOME Red Sox fans. Not all. Just like it was not all NYY fans cheering the chin music.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:15 am
  • Sam, did I suggest that Red Sox fans do NOT do this?
    no Bill but I doubt you make that comment if the same thing happened in fenway.

    sam-YF May 5, 2009, 12:15 am
  • Tesh with another HR – too bad nobody’s on base, but now the score is 6-4.
    Apparently, it’s a text message.

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:16 am
  • First run allowed by Ramirez this season.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:16 am
  • Aaaaand the Ramon Ramirez streak of scoreless innings comes to an end. Fucking Teixeira.
    I knew that the Teixeira slump wouldn’t last. Now that he’s heated up he’s going to tear the cover off the ball.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:17 am
  • Thanks, Sam, for being so confident in your suppositions. I’ll make sure to post assumptions about you the next time I get a chance.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:17 am
  • I am really unhappy about the fantasy points Mark Teixeira has gotten me tonight.

    Micah-SF May 5, 2009, 12:18 am
  • Well, if Ramon Ramirez is going to give up his first earned run, AND if the Sox are going to allow a second homer to Mark Teixeira, this was about as good a situation as you could get. Still up by two.

    Paul SF May 5, 2009, 12:20 am
  • Here comes Paps. The way he’s pitched this year, I don’t like this.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:21 am
  • 4-pitch walk to Cano means it’s Okajima time.
    Wait scratch that, looks like a 5-out save for Papelbon. Surprised at this, considering the left-handed Matsui is now at-bat. Then again, Okajima hasn’t exactly been lights-out this year.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:21 am
  • Papelbon in for the five-out save. Call me faithless, but I’d feel better with Ramirez finishing out this inning.

    Paul SF May 5, 2009, 12:21 am
  • Papelbon in for a 5 out save.
    Panic move? To be fair, with Posada out, after Matsui is Melky, Molina, and Berroa, so maybe these are 5 “low stress” outs?

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:23 am
  • Prediction: Matsui makes it a one-run game, and then Paps gets out of it. Then we’ve got to sweat through the ninth, where anything can happen against the top of the Yanks’ lineup. Yuck.

    Paul SF May 5, 2009, 12:24 am
  • I don’t feel good about this at all.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:24 am
  • Obie just informs us that Paps is on to get 4 outs.
    I sure hope not!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:25 am
  • Maybe Paps is on to get two outs and then the Sox’ offense makes getting the other three a job for someone else?

    Paul SF May 5, 2009, 12:26 am
  • NICE!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:26 am
  • Matsui strikes out and Melky is up.

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:26 am
  • K!! That was easier than expected.

    Paul SF May 5, 2009, 12:26 am
  • IBM, I laughed out loud at your comment, to myself.

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:27 am
  • Papelbon’s fastball has a TON of movement tonight. That thing is tailing like crazy!

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:27 am
  • Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t find Waldman to be that bad of a color analyst. Her bouts with subjectivity aside (Clemens, etc.), she seems to be fair and even-keeled, well prepared — much moreso than Sterling, who just said Papelbon has “an excellent fastball” (true) “and an even better splitter and slider” (not true).

    Paul SF May 5, 2009, 12:28 am
  • And now for the second time Molina has a chance to drive in some.

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:29 am
  • Gameday thinks Papelbon’s splitter is a two-seamer. Silly computer-machines.
    Line-drive off Pedroia’s glove. Good pitch, good hit, good effort to catch it.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:29 am
  • Yeah, so it’s Melky who gets the hit. Figures. Let’s finish this inning off, Jonathan.

    Paul SF May 5, 2009, 12:29 am
  • That’s funny Paul, considering Paps has had his slider for about 2 months and has thrown it maybe three times this season.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:30 am
  • Paul the problem with Waldman is that she is highly repetitive. She will make a good point here and there but then say it every 2-3 innings for the rest of the game…

    sam-YF May 5, 2009, 12:30 am
  • Ahh, which explains why she sounds good. I’ve only been able to listen for about three innings.
    Third out!! Nice.

    Paul SF May 5, 2009, 12:31 am
  • Two men left. Ah, if only that text message was sent with people on base!
    That said, if anybody gets on, Tesh will get to hit in the 9th. We’ll see how he handles Paps.

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:31 am
  • Molina pop-up. Berroa-Jeter-Damon in the 9th. Let’s score 5 runs and give ourselves some breathing room, huh guys?

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:32 am
  • Teixeira vs Papelbon: 0 for 3 with a walk and a K.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:33 am
  • Why was Youkilis taken out?
    And that cleanup spot is ug-lee: 0-for-5, 4 Ks. Which is a shame, because Ortiz got on base four times, to go along with Ellsbury, Pedroia and Drew getting on twice, never mind Bay (thrice) and Lowell (twice).

    Paul SF May 5, 2009, 12:35 am
  • All right, I’m being kicked off the comp and XM :-(. Off to follow the remainder on my Blackberry…

    Paul SF May 5, 2009, 12:35 am
  • Paul, in Youk’s third at-bat he swung and missed at a pitch and then grabbed his side. Trainers immediately came out but he waved them off, though he still looked like he was in pain.
    Gameday says it was his back, but it looked more like an oblique to me. Worrisome.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:36 am
  • Youks out because of a back strain, or something like that. He appeared to pull something during an early at-bat. Hope it’s not serious.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:36 am
  • Lead-off walk for Drew, who seems to be locked-in lately. Let’s go Bay.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:37 am
  • However,, Paul, Youks took 22 pitches in his first three ABs, although they were 2 Ks and a GIDP. Through three he’d seen about one fourth of the pitches that Hughes had thrown.

    Ramirez warming for NYY.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:38 am
  • Pena pulling out Aceves. Whaaa?
    As RS fan, I endorse.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:39 am
  • Erkel in for Aceves, who pitched a hell of a game despite the two-run homer to Bay. He’s going to be a great addition to the Yankees ‘pen.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:40 am
  • YFs, if this is the real Aceves, you might have found some serious bullpen help.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:40 am
  • 3R HR coming

    sam-YF May 5, 2009, 12:43 am
  • steve philips now talking about Joba to the pen AGAIN.
    Never mind the fact this guy has an ERA under 3 as a starter. Those are easy to come by…what an ass

    sam-YF May 5, 2009, 12:45 am
  • Paps to face Berroa, Jeter, Damon and …

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:45 am
  • Wake up, boys. This kid is throwing crap.
    Coke in, now?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:47 am
  • always a good idea to walk the #9 hitter there.

    sam-YF May 5, 2009, 12:47 am
  • Seriously Sam? I listened to the game in the first inning and he found an excuse to talk about sending Joba back to the pen, and he’s doing it again? The man is a one-trick pony.
    Step 1: Pick a controversial topic
    Step 2: Advocate for the stupid option
    Step 3: Continuously bring up that topic
    Step 4: ?
    Step 5: Profit!

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:47 am
  • Coke it is.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:47 am
  • Edwar getting into trouble. Yanks walking people bases loaded is not a good way to set up for a comeback.. especially the #9 hitter!

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:48 am
  • Ellsbury is going to go the other way with a pitch outside for the third time tonight, sending it into left field for two RBI.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:50 am
  • Let’s not add 3 to the inflated LOB total.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:50 am
  • Well I was half right.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:52 am
  • Terrible at-bat. Strike 2 was ball 4.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:52 am
  • Paps sat a long time there.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 5, 2009, 12:53 am
  • Whoever is managing the Yankees did a good job switching pitchers up, as Papelbon sat for about 25 minutes.
    I have to be up for work in 4 hours. FML.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:54 am
  • Here’s Gardner pinch hitting. Kind of questionable, only because you really want Gardner to be the tying run, but I guess Gardner can get on base.
    That said, Gardner beats out an infield single, so he gets his job.
    However, Captain Doubleplay is up..

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:56 am
  • Seriously, I’ve never seen Paps’ fastball tail so much. He’s hitting 94-96 and it’s looking like a two-seamer there. Me gusta.
    Dribbling hit to Green, Gardner’s speed is too much. Fuuuuuuuck.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:56 am
  • Well, Jeter cannot hit into double plays when he’s not hitting.. Jeter took one for the team there..

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:57 am
  • FUCK, Jeter hit on the first pitch. Things getting out of hand quickly, and the remaining Yankees fans are pumped up.
    Reverse-jinx: Damon is going to hit a walk-off.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:57 am
  • dammit dammit dammit

    rootbeerfloat May 5, 2009, 12:57 am
  • Damon flies out. Weak.
    But here’s Tesh.

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:58 am
  • My heart stopped for a second after Damon hit that.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:58 am
  • I hope for a double steal..

    Lar May 5, 2009, 12:59 am
  • Wow this strikezone is all over the place.
    *Pulls out the lucky Pedro Martinez bobblehead doll*

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 12:59 am
  • Well, I hope for a successful double steal anyhow..

    Lar May 5, 2009, 1:01 am
  • I can’ reiterate it enough: Papelbon’s fastball has an amazing amount of movement. Almost looks fake, like from a wiffleball game.
    K’s Teix. Thank you baseball gods.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 1:02 am
  • Tesh strikes out. Kind of sucks since the Yanks led off with two men on, and couldn’t even get a single run across. Ah well.

    Lar May 5, 2009, 1:02 am
  • They do get the double steals. Tesh struck out so it’s moot (wouldn’t have scored any) but ya..

    Lar May 5, 2009, 1:05 am
  • I will not let you reverse-jinx this Lar: Swisher can still hit a walk-off here!
    Well a single will do it: you got your double-steal.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 1:05 am
  • dammit dammit dammit

    rootbeerfloat May 5, 2009, 1:05 am
  • Holy potatoes Swisher crushed that ball. My heart can’t take this.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 1:05 am
  • I just about threw up when Swisher hit that

    rootbeerfloat May 5, 2009, 1:06 am
  • Cano now up.

    Lar May 5, 2009, 1:07 am
  • Two straight pitches tailing high-and-away. Cano up with the bases loaded.
    I have to wake up at 5:00. Why the hell did I stay up to watch this? If we lose here I’m not going to be able to sleep.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 1:08 am
  • dammit dammit dammit

    rootbeerfloat May 5, 2009, 1:08 am
  • WHy am I up? FML.

    Lar May 5, 2009, 1:08 am
  • Beautiful strike two on the outside corner.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 1:10 am
  • Cano can not make contact. Bah.

    Lar May 5, 2009, 1:10 am
  • PAPELBON DOES IT. Jesus christ that was an intense game: YF’s, at least Teix is getting hot and Aceves is good.
    G’night everyone, it’s been a pleasure.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 1:11 am
  • That really hurts.

    attackgerbil May 5, 2009, 1:11 am
  • Tough game for the YFs out there. Gotta like the fight they showed and a few good performances. The umpiring behind the plate was downright brutal but I guess it cut both ways although it felt like it hurt us more ;)
    Not good to hear about Posada’s hamstring i smell a DL trip…

    sam-YF May 5, 2009, 1:26 am
  • A pretty typical Sox/Yanks game: players on both side leaving with injuries, an ejection, late-inning almost-comebacks, and baseball until 1:11am. It’s WAY too early to be at work.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 7:10 am
  • I practically screamed with vexation when they talked about Joba to the pen. Yes, because taking one of your best starters to this point (especially when there’s a lot of worry about the starters’ innings and burning out said pen) and moving him to the 8th inning is a BRILLIANT idea. That Phillips (?) dude should be slapped.

    Devine May 5, 2009, 10:33 am
  • Joba is going to get rocked tonight…another sweep at the hands of the Sox. THis team is pathetic. The Sox are the VASTLY superior team, no doubt.

    krueg May 5, 2009, 10:50 am
  • I am upset that the team continues to lose to the Sox, but I am far from ready to call them “VASTLY superior.” They are a good team, playing better than the Yankees right now. It’s a long season, let’s see how it plays out.
    2 bigger issues: 1, the first base coach of the Sox and Girardi had words last night in Re: to the coach tipping off location on pitches. 2, Posada could be out awhile. That’s not good.

    John - YF May 5, 2009, 10:59 am
  • What coach tipping off pitch location? I didn’t hear anything about that story.

    Atheose May 5, 2009, 11:04 am
  • John - YF May 5, 2009, 11:25 am
  • bigger issues: 1, the first base coach of the Sox and Girardi had words last night in Re: to the coach tipping off location on pitches
    No, Girardi had words for Bogar because he though Bogar was tipping location. Girardi actually made a threat to the Sox players over this. Joe is, of course, an angel, and harbors no coaches who would ever contemplate such shenanigans, though of course he does shelter a guy who violates Little League rules.
    I am really going to enjoy Girardi winding himself into tight knots and cracking under the New York pressure, you can already see it. I have come to dislike him intensely.

    SF May 5, 2009, 11:34 am
  • I have come to dislike him intensely.
    Me too.

    Rob May 5, 2009, 11:41 am
  • I was not placing blame on either person SF, just passing along info. If the order in which I made my statement seemed to pass blame, you have my apologies. None of us have any way to know if it really happened, just passing it along.
    As for disliking Girardi, I like him a lot, even if he might not be the right guy for this team. He’s a brilliant baseball guy, he works his a** off and the team seems to be behind him. Does that translate to success? Who knows. This team has bigger issues than Girardi and that’s getting everyone on the field at once, trying to get Wang right and solidifying a bullpen. This current situation with this team might make anyone crack.

    John - YF May 5, 2009, 11:44 am
  • Got it, John.
    Aside: is Girardi a “brilliant baseball guy”? Honestly, I haven’t yet figured that out, and I see a lot of the Yankees. He’s no John McNamara, I think he seems utterly competent (which is an achievement, frankly) but what evidence is there beyond that Marlins fluke season to show that he’s a “brilliant” baseball guy? Honest question.

    SF May 5, 2009, 11:56 am
  • I think most of the brilliance that I see at least comes from his knowledge of the game. He is not brilliant in the sense of managing, not yet of course. But knowledge of the game and it’s situations, etc…seem to definitely be something he gets and understands. Now, it’s tough to see that while he has been the manager because of the team he is managing. The Yankees don’t play a style of baseball that needs a lot of managing, so it may get lost there. I like him, I think he does a good job, but in the end what I think means squat.

    John - YF May 5, 2009, 12:02 pm

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