A Wild Day’s Schedule

7:32 – Wake up, change diaper on Soxbaby Isaac. Diaper contents recall Saturday’s happenings.

8:00 – Breakfast in bed.

8:30 – Open birthday gifts

8:45 – Trip to the local park with SB-I and Mrs. SF

10:40 – Naps for SB-I and SF (jetlag…)

2:00 – Tune in to YES for game (NESN is blacked out)

2:00.02 – See first of 17 Bucky Dent HR replays

2:07 – Jeter singles. Mom calls. Talk Mom off ledge

2:18 – Johnny Damon singles, first of four hits on day.

2:32 – Sox score third run of first inning

2:32 – Blog post reminding Yankees fans of Wright contract length/cost

3:00 – Cake

3:15 – Back to swingset with SB-I

3:55 – Back to game, Sox up by 7.

3:57 – Blog post about Yankees record against Wild Card teams

3:57.15 – First comment by angry Yankee fan in denial

4:31 – Yankees score 2 runs to cut lead to 5

4:32 – Mom calls. Talk Mom off ledge

4:36 – Papelbon coolly quells rally

4:57 – Sox clinch wild card!

4:58 – Cake and ice cream

5:13 – Change SB-I diaper, diaper contents recall Yankees efforts in games 4-7 of 2004 ALCS

5:14 – Blog post proclaiming Ortiz MVP (just kidding!)

6:30 – Birthday dinner with Mrs. SF

9:50 – Bed, dreams of beatdown of White Sox dance in head.

43 comments… add one
  • Happy birthday SF, and many more.
    Now, who out there can predict the Yankee lineup for this afternoon?
    2B:: Womack
    CF: Crosby
    DH: Matsui (1 ab only)/Sierra
    LF: Lawton
    1B: Phillips
    3B: Bellhorn
    SS: Escalona
    RF: Vento
    c: Nieves

    YF October 2, 2005, 10:21 am
  • Hey, Happy Birthday, SF. Consider Joe pitching Wright a nice little gift from Yankeeland. :) But gorgeous day out, so enjoy the park and the cake and everything else…

    Spidey October 2, 2005, 10:22 am
  • A-Rod has played 161 games so far this season– do you think he might just start and play an inning or two just to get 162 and the extra at bat? Or will he just sit? Just curious.

    Laura October 2, 2005, 10:38 am
  • I may be misreading the situation but I think Torre will start A-Rod, Jeetes, etc.

    Nick October 2, 2005, 12:22 pm
  • I’m with Nick. Even though he’s holding back Moose for Game One v. the Halos, it’s not like Joe isn’t gonna try to win this one. With a couple of rest days coming up, I’m sure he’ll start most of the regulars, and he’ll go to Mo at the end of the game if needs be.

    Spidey October 2, 2005, 12:52 pm
  • So:
    There ya go.

    Spidey October 2, 2005, 12:56 pm
  • White Sox up 1-0 in the 2nd.

    SF October 2, 2005, 1:32 pm
  • Make that 2-0.

    SF October 2, 2005, 1:33 pm
  • This is not a tough call, and an extremely questionable move by Torre. If I were the Sox and had clinched, I’d rest everyone. I know there’s pride involved, but at this point the Yankees have the division clinched, and their opponent is not determined by their own result. Not only that, but they CANNOT eliminate the Sox by winning today, so “vanquishing the enemy” when they have the chance isn’t even a possibility. At the very worst, the Sox play the Indians tomorrow, they don’t go home. It’s a small chance, but why risk any injuries to the big guys? And Mariano should not pitch under any circumstances at all. If he throws Rivera out there to close a useless game, and he throws a laborious 25 pitches to get the save, or if anybody gets hurt, then Torre can give back his manager of the year award, which he clearly deserves.

    SF October 2, 2005, 1:42 pm
  • Nice play by Manny, but another rocket off of Schilling. And two hits to start the game. Plus, Jeter limps off. What a start.

    SF October 2, 2005, 2:14 pm
  • Ken Singleton on a hit by Manny up the middle: “Jeter didn’t move well to his left at all on that one”, questioning if Jeter hurt himself in the first inning. I guess he might have, but I see no reason why his poor range on that play would be any indication; it’s par for the course.

    SF October 2, 2005, 2:31 pm
  • Well, again, SF, there’s the question of home-field advantage v. the Angels. Worth the risk? Maybe. Angels are already up, I think. And why not make the Sox play an extra game, if possible? Anything can happen in one game, so why not see if the Tribe can knock out the Sox, or at least push them a little? I would guess that every extra game takes its toll at this point in the season.
    Indians are losing, though, so all of this is irrelevant, I guess. (Except the home-field part.)

    Spidey October 2, 2005, 2:33 pm
  • Amazing that the score is 0-0 after the 1st inning. Both pitchers look terrible.

    Earl October 2, 2005, 2:37 pm
  • Too many moving parts, Spidey. Your own comment spells them out. IF the Yankees win, and IF the Angels lose, and then IF the Sox have to play the Tribe IF the Tribe beats the White Sox and IF the Tribe then beats the Sox on Monday, etc. etc. It’s foolish, and if someone on the Yankees gets hurt then Torre bears responsibility. The risk management is poor here. He could have put out a strong lineup while also risk managing, but he chose not to.

    SF October 2, 2005, 2:38 pm
  • Well, okay, forget the Sox/Tribe b/c it looks like Cleveland is on their way to being swept this weekend. It’s still pretty simple–the Yanks win, they can head back to New York after today’s game b/c they have home-field advantage v. the Angels. If they lose (with the Angels already winning), they have to stay on the road and head to Anaheim. You could argue that it’s not worth the risk. But with guys like Matsui and Jeets and ARod begging into the game regardless, the only guys I could see Joe resting are Jorgie and Sheff, anyway, so what’s the big deal?

    Spidey October 2, 2005, 2:54 pm
  • How is being down 3-1 in the 7th enough to write off the Tribe, Spidey?

    SF October 2, 2005, 3:29 pm
  • Jesus Freak 4 goes yard!!! Way to go, Billy!

    SF October 2, 2005, 3:33 pm
  • This game is taking forever…

    SF October 2, 2005, 3:47 pm

    Earl October 2, 2005, 3:53 pm
  • MANNY!!! 3 run jack, plus a very, very deliberate stare and pause at home plate before trotting the bases.
    Yankees fans will be predictably irate.

    SF October 2, 2005, 3:54 pm
  • Jeter out with a knee injury now…
    And Manny just hit a three-run homer to go up 6-0.

    Hudson October 2, 2005, 3:55 pm
  • Wow. In my post I said “3:55 – Sox up by 7”, and in fact, at 3:54 they have just gone up by 6. Not too bad a prognostication!

    SF October 2, 2005, 3:55 pm
  • Make that a two-run homer.

    Hudson October 2, 2005, 3:56 pm
  • This game is taking forever…
    …and if the Indians lose (they’re going into the 9th down by 2), some idiots are going to complain that the Red Sox “backed into the playoffs”, even if the Sox hold on to win 6-0.

    Earl October 2, 2005, 3:56 pm
  • Gah. I was right the first time. 3 runs.
    Anyone know what happened with Jeter?
    I think the Sox actually get the better end of the deal here… Playing the ChiSox is better than playing the Angels right now. I predict a Sox-Angels ALCS.

    Hudson October 2, 2005, 3:58 pm
  • Ugh. Proctor serves up a fluffy pitch to Manny. Okay, now we can rest everyone and root for Texas.

    Spidey October 2, 2005, 3:58 pm
  • Jeets resting now with a ‘bruised knee.’ According to Sterling and Waldman. No big deal.

    Spidey October 2, 2005, 4:00 pm
  • Any “irate” Yankee fans out there? I don’t think so.

    john yf October 2, 2005, 4:01 pm
  • ESPN cuts to Cleveland/Chicago 9th inning…

    SF October 2, 2005, 4:04 pm
  • john yf, you’re kidding yourself if you think a lot of Yanks fans didn’t immediately get pissed off at that. For example, there’s some discussion of “drilling him in the head” over here.

    Earl October 2, 2005, 4:05 pm
  • And the Sox are in the playoffs!!!

    SF October 2, 2005, 4:07 pm
  • Home field advantage for Anaheim and New York is now at stake, the only thing left, the pool of teams finally determined.
    This site officially thanks the Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Cleveland Indians for their pathetic final series.

    SF October 2, 2005, 4:08 pm
  • Cleveland lost!!! Cleveland lost!!!!!!!!!

    Laura October 2, 2005, 4:10 pm
  • The Sox should bring in Hyzdu, Cora, pull Schilling, etc. No need to risk anything.

    SF October 2, 2005, 4:10 pm
  • Here’s the sole and entire comment at the site you refer to: “I mean I thought that was rule 1, you show up the pitcher, you get beaned, have I been living in a parallel universe?”
    That’s irate? This is just the usual Sox fan angah: when your team loses the division, dump on Yankee fans. Ho hum.

    john yf October 2, 2005, 4:11 pm
  • Yeah, sure, John. Lots of anger at this site, throughout this thread. Thin-skinned, much?

    SF October 2, 2005, 4:14 pm
  • Just to be clear, we don’t need losing the division in order to dump on Yankees fans. They deserve it no matter what the standings.

    SF October 2, 2005, 4:14 pm
  • john yf, I’m not sure what site you’re looking at, but I see stuff like
    “See him Stare at that. Can we bean him now, please?”
    “Drill that SOB next time he gets up. In the head.”
    “I have no idea why teams don’t do it. ”
    Yes, that is irate.

    Earl October 2, 2005, 4:15 pm
  • Ding. Dong. We all know who is dead. Mirabelli makes it 10-1. Almost everyone goes home happy today, except for Mike Mussina (boo hoo, he has to fly cross-country!), and the entire city of Cleveland. The Sox make the playoffs, the Yankees are still division champions, the Angels will get home field (barring an utter collapse by the Sox in the last three innings), and the White Sox end the season strong. Time to get ready for dinner, but a final congratulations to the Red Sox for a heck of a regular season and a chance to defend their title.

    SF October 2, 2005, 4:54 pm
  • Memo to gloating Yankee fans:
    (1) We have the same record.
    (2) As such, your division title is meaningless.
    (3) And in fact, by “winning” the division you get the less desirable first round draw.
    Prediction: BoSox vs. Angels in the ALCS.

    Hudson October 2, 2005, 5:21 pm
  • Congrats to the 2005 Boston Red Sox and to the 2005 New York Yankees. It’s been one heck of a season for all of us.
    I’m not making any predictions about the coming LDS games, but whatever happens, I’m sure it’ll be good.

    Sox Fan in VT October 3, 2005, 12:22 am
  • Congrats to the Sox for making the Wild Card….
    The Road to the World Series will be a hard one this year…
    Yanks and Cards in the WS….
    GO YANKS!!!!

    BX BOMBER October 3, 2005, 6:15 am
  • OK Sox fans, if it makes you feel good to celebrate winning by projecting negative thoughts onto Yankee fans, then go for it. Whatever.
    Regardless, Yankee fans are happy. Our guys showed a lot of heart, and overcame the great odds (remember Andy Andres?*). They played a lot of good baseball to do it, and never gave up.
    * The Indians were “a lock.”

    john yf October 3, 2005, 11:34 am

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