Worth the Wait: Rays-Sox ALDS Gamer I

It’s been 4 years since the Red Sox were in the playoffs and 5 since they won a postseason game. One streak ends this afternoon for sure (weather permitting); we can only hope the 5-year streak ends as well. I want blood. F*ck the Rays; those scumbags need some payback for ’08.

So it’s time for your stomach to swoop and your head to spin as every game, every inning, every pitch takes on magnified meaning. Savor the fear, savor the joy–it’s October baseball. Comment away.

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  • Okay, fellahs, SFs everywhere, come out of your shells. It’s the postseason. Let it not just be D and me tonite!!

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 2:57 pm
  • I am bouncing off the walls…off my cubicle…on the west coast.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 3:09 pm
  • And your season-long support has been much appreciated, pbe. It’s somewhat understandable that traffic has died down over the past few years, but still a little sad.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 3:10 pm
  • Good start for Lester!

    Hoping for good John Lester, of course. And also hoping that Matt Moore will channel his inner A.J. Burnett, the guy who pitched yesterday, the guy Yankee fans know and love.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 3:12 pm
  • Excellent first inning from Lester, striking out the side. Yes!

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 3:15 pm
  • Aw yeah-uh, sets the side down in order, strikes ‘em all out.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 3:16 pm
  • No runs, but hung over 20 pitches on Moore anyway.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 3:30 pm
  • Longoria down on strikes as well to start the 2nd.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 3:35 pm
  • Then a popout for Young. Stellar showing thus far, long way to go, of course.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 3:36 pm
  • Lester gets screwed on a strike 3, then home run. Dang.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 3:38 pm
  • Lester strikes out Rodriguez, but the ump misses the call and Rodriguez hits out the next pitch. Damn!

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 3:38 pm
  • Pirates lead 6-1 after 7.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 3:41 pm
  • Second runner in scoring position in as many innings, but the Sox can’t cash in.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 3:56 pm
  • Well, in my mind John Lester still has a no-hitter going after three. Scoreboard does not say so, unfortunately.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 4:02 pm
  • We are no-hit through 3.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 4:10 pm
  • On the bright side, Pirates win and Moore is over 50 pitches (though he just had a 10-pitch inning).

    Devine October 4, 2013, 4:12 pm
  • Aaaaand Zobrist homers. Okay, time to back away for a while.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 4:14 pm
  • Ok, fuck the Rays no-hitter.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 4:24 pm
  • 2nd and 3rd, none out to start. CASH IN!

    Devine October 4, 2013, 4:26 pm
  • Did someone do an A-Rod in our bullpen there?

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 4:27 pm
  • And Napoli K’s. God damn it.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 4:30 pm
  • Errr, pops out…I was assuming.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 4:31 pm
  • Johnny Gomes!! Double ties it!!!

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 4:32 pm
  • But Gomes delivers! Tied! And go-ahead at 2nd!

    Devine October 4, 2013, 4:33 pm
  • Stephen Drew! Infield hit scores Gomes!!

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 4:38 pm
  • Man that was good. Sox have a lead.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 4:39 pm
  • THEN THE RUN-SCORING DOUBLE, MIDDLEBROOKS!

    Devine October 4, 2013, 4:40 pm
  • Middlebrooks wallball that gets away from Rodriguez plates Drew. The Rays defense really sucks this inning, thank you very much.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 4:40 pm
  • Why is Moore getting borderline calls Lester does not get?

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 4:42 pm
  • And now a passed ball on the Ellsbury strike out. Thanks again.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 4:44 pm
  • More pitches for Moore on Ellsbury’s strikeout where he reaches, hahahahaha.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 4:46 pm
  • Victoriyes. 5-2.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 4:46 pm
  • This inning can stay. So much better than the others.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 4:46 pm
  • Still a bit nervous about Lester, but I’d rather be us than them right now…or ever.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 4:50 pm
  • This inning is why home field advantage matters.

    sf October 4, 2013, 4:51 pm
  • Pedey flashes the leather.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 4:53 pm
  • Lester 1-2-3. Exactly what we needed.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 4:56 pm
  • Clean inning, Lester and howdy, sf!

    Devine October 4, 2013, 4:56 pm
  • Close. But good call on the Napoli double.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 5:05 pm
  • Of course Napoli could have it easier, were it not for the beard which must be slowing him down …

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 5:06 pm
  • Howdy. I’ve been here for the last few years, but it takes Fenway ghosts helping the Sox in a playoff game to make me comment.

    sf October 4, 2013, 5:09 pm
  • Love me some Monster doubles.

    sf October 4, 2013, 5:10 pm
  • Very Salty double. Rodriguez clearly does not have a clue how to play the Monster. 7-2.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 5:10 pm
  • 7-2 on the Salty double. Yessir.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 5:11 pm
  • Moore gone after 4 1/3…eat the bullpen!

    Devine October 4, 2013, 5:13 pm
  • Howdy from me too, sf.

    Now how about some of you others coming out to comment?

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 5:14 pm
  • Make ‘em pay, Jacoby.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 5:16 pm
  • And he does!

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 5:18 pm
  • It’s 8-2. My bosses are going to love the amount of work I got done today.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 5:19 pm
  • Victorino might be hurtin’, but he still can run.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 5:21 pm
  • Loaded for Pedey.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 5:22 pm
  • Another quick inning for Lester. Only 80 pitches so far after 6.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 5:31 pm
  • Lester on cruise control now. Might even go 8 with luck.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 5:31 pm
  • L strong.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 5:46 pm
  • Through 7, 94 pitches, just struck out Escobar. A lock to start the 8th, for sure.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 5:46 pm
  • Alex Torres…probably the one legit weapon in the bullpen for Maddon. Glad he’s pitching when the Sox are up 6.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 5:53 pm
  • Lester now suddenly walking guys.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 6:06 pm
  • Pretty good outing, Jon. Hopefully Tazawa gets the last out of the 8th…I’m out!

    Devine October 4, 2013, 6:09 pm
  • Lester pulled with two outs in the 8th. Great start. Now Tazawa in with runners on, when he’s usually not at his best.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 6:10 pm
  • Myers flies out. Inning over.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 6:13 pm
  • Love Jacoby stealing with a six run lead.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 6:19 pm
  • Man, we’re such a team of speedsters. If only some of the guys could hit for power …

    And as I write this nonsense, Victorino drives in Jacoby. 9-2.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 6:21 pm
  • Irresponsible not to steal in a playoff game if the Rays make it that easy.

    sf October 4, 2013, 6:22 pm
  • Quite right. And I guess Jacoby also wanted to test his foot.

    And now a perfect hit and run.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 6:23 pm
  • Loaded for Napoli. Nobody out.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 6:27 pm
  • Walk. Double digits.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 6:30 pm
  • Not the greatest play by Ellsbury and Gomes.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 6:41 pm
  • One more out …

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 6:42 pm
  • Ballgame. That was not too bad. Hope we can get a few hits off David Price too.

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 6:44 pm
  • This was soooo perfect. Tease them with a 2-0 lead, then score 12 unanswered. Even stranded a 1-out triple in the 9th. Eat it, Rays.

    Devine October 4, 2013, 6:45 pm
  • ESPN Boston reminds us that on this day last year Bobby V was fired. So it’s a happy day two years in a row …

    pale blue eyes October 4, 2013, 6:58 pm

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