Young Punks: Rays-Sox Gamer VIII

Why do the Tampa Bay Rays anger me so?

Is it because they took a crappy mascot and made it worse? Is it because they continually waste draft picks I would love to have? Is it because they have done nothing to earn my respect for 10 years and suddenly the ESPNs of the world tell me I have to respect them because of two good months? Is it some sort of twisted entitlement complex where I believe the only team who should be in first place if it’s not the Red Sox is the Yankees? Is it because John Flaherty broke up a Pedro Martinez no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth in 2000?

I don’t know. All I know is I have this irrational hatred for Tampa, even moreso this year than for the Yankees. I want to kick their upstart rears back to the dome from which they came.

In that vein, here’s hoping Josh Beckett feels the same way and shows these punks who’s boss tonight. Maybe seven or eight strong innings, 10 or 11 strikeouts, 1 or 2 earned runs and at least one knee to the crotch of a random Tampa player as he returns to the dugout.

That’s all I ask.

Comment on all the crotch-kneeing (and irrational fury) here,

26 comments… add one
  • Beckett looking a little wild and shaky this inning. A screaming out barely caught by a running Drew was the first out and he’s been hit hard three times so far (and I thought the final called strike on the batter who K’d was a bit generous). Now he’s 3-0 on the fifth batter…but he pops him to center. Let’s hope that was the 2007-patented rough 1st inning for Beckett followed by (what else?) domination.

    Devine June 4, 2008, 7:19 pm
  • Cause they play in a dome and write stupid letters and all of a sudden are really good in many key stats most importantly wins after stinking forever and play where there should only be March games and play in St. Petersburg though it says Tampa on the letterhead and nobody goes to their games anyway and thumb their noses right outside the Steinbrenners’ crystal windows.
    Hating the Rays is easy. It’s just no longer easy to beat ’em.

    attackgerbil June 4, 2008, 7:24 pm
  • Aw man, pretty sure that was a homer by Pedroia. Umps confer and…still calling it foul. Horse poo. Another wish for instant replay…

    Devine June 4, 2008, 7:24 pm
  • He walks, though. Would like Drew or Manny to make the thing moot, please.

    Devine June 4, 2008, 7:26 pm
  • Drew on fire! GRD to drive in Ellsbury, make it 2-0.

    Devine June 4, 2008, 8:15 pm
  • and here we go with the “the red sox didn’t even want manny so they put him waivers” narrative. good work espn.

    sf rod June 4, 2008, 8:18 pm
  • Manny–ringing single. 3-0 as Drew comes in.

    Devine June 4, 2008, 8:18 pm
  • manny’s hit was, once again, up the middle. it seems like manny is going to the opposite field or back up the box a ton of late. wondering if other teams are pitching him away or if he’s just been late on everything. he’s hitting, but it’s starting to concern me.

    sf rod June 4, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • Beckett chugs a little getting to the swinging bunt, then fires a strike to Youkilis to get Crawford by a half-step.

    Devine June 4, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • hit and run with youk on first and tek at the plate keeps the sox out of the double play. teks ground ball to a vacated shortstop hole puts runners at first and third. coco’s sac fly plates youk. 4-1 sox.

    sf rod June 4, 2008, 8:45 pm
  • Runs traded in the 4th, now 4-1.

    Devine June 4, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • FUCK

    TJ June 4, 2008, 9:08 pm
  • Oh whew!

    TJ June 4, 2008, 9:09 pm
  • I'm with you on that concern, Rod. Makes me wonder if he can no longer catch up quite as well to the fastballs, so his tremendous opp-field power is helping him compensate for that.

    But, then again, Manny has always hit more homers to the opposite field, which I would guess is unusual.

    Paul SF June 4, 2008, 9:42 pm
  • Speaking of concern, here comes Oki

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • Was there some craziness in this game??? I thought I saw something about Madden screaming and Coco giving him the business??? What happened SF’s?

    krueg June 4, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Coco slid hard into Oki, not cleats-up but clearly trying to go into his legs with his body. It was unnecessary and dangerous.
    Maddon went out to the mound to talk to the pitcher after that play, and he and Coco were SCREAMING at each other for at least a full minute. It was pretty heated, and you could see Maddon yelling “That was f*cking bullsh*t” over and over. Coco’s gunna get drilled tomorrow, I guarantee it.
    In the 7th or 8th inning the crowd was cheering “Beat LA! Beat LA!” and Rick Sutcliffe thought they were cheering “Beat Tampa Bay! Beat Tampa Bay!” He obviously didn’t understand, and he said several times “I don’t know why they’re cheering beat Tampa Bay, because they ARE beating Tampa Bay!”

    Atheose June 5, 2008, 8:35 am
  • Coco’s dirty slide was apparently payback for a SB attempt by Coco in the 6th inning where Bartlett put his knee in the way of Coco (Coco jammed his thumb, apparently not too badly). Weird game, baseball, where revenge has to be premeditated by a half-hour or an hour (or a couple of months), and it can be taken out on someone who didn’t commit the initial offense.

    Devine June 5, 2008, 9:08 am
  • Yeah, absolutely. In any case, Coco is going to get drilled today by Shields. It’ll be interesting to see.

    Atheose June 5, 2008, 9:53 am
  • Good ole fashioned hateful baseball…gotta love it!!!

    krueg June 5, 2008, 11:11 am
  • This is weird because everyone’s talking about a Rays-Sox rivalry forming, which is fine. But they seem to forget the Rays and Sox had a rivalry for no apparent reason back in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Now, THAT was ugly, and completely instigated and continued by the Rays (or, more accurately, Lou Piniella).

    Paul SF June 5, 2008, 11:32 am
  • Yeah, the reason this has become a real “rivalry” is because the Rays are actually contending. Before that it was merely a “dislike of one another”.

    Atheose June 5, 2008, 11:34 am
  • Kind of like the Yanks/Sox “rivalry” before 2003.. =P
    Though of course, I say this while the Yanks are sucking..

    Lar June 5, 2008, 12:45 pm
  • You should try living down here, where the media & those insufferable asshats that do the tv announcing for the Tampa Bay Sunbeams have already crowned them World Series champs. It is for this reason alone that I will never be caught rooting for a Tampa professional sports team.

    Dawn June 5, 2008, 1:53 pm
  • I can’t stand the Rays announcers, Dawn. The one guy with the curly hair and glasses looks like he fell out of the sky from 1970’s-land.

    Atheose June 5, 2008, 2:02 pm
  • i would like to hear the unwritten rule on the block of the bag at 2nd by bartlett. is that something players take issue with?
    as for coco’s slide…..it was dirty. he was late with it and angeled to the inside of the bag. it struck me as odd as coco seems far from a dirty player.
    as for sutcliffe calling for coco’s head….go to hell rick. no one was calling for your head when you showed up drunk in san diego, insulted the padre fans and announcers, and then topped it off with some top notch profanity. you’re a tool rick.

    sf rod June 5, 2008, 2:46 pm

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