Birthday Wishes: Sox-Jays Gamer


The image above, taken at Fenway on Sunday, celebrated my Dad’s 71st birthday (Happy belated, Dad). Today is my Mom’s 71st, and while she isn’t getting a big glowing scoreboard to wish her well, our blog has the capacity to reach millions, and she’ll have to be satisfied with our congratulations here.

We know that all she wants on this day is for the Sox to win (not champagne or caviar), so if you are reading this Jon Lester, go get one for Roz B.

Chat here about all the action. And Happy Birthday, Mom!

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  • I am now not sure if this is a real picture of the message on the scoreboard or a souvenir – the message was definitely on the board at Fenway but I believe this image, sent by the Sox as a record, may be a facsimile of reality. The game Sunday was a day game, and this is clearly not a day game.
    I think they may send these out as mementos for those who don’t catch the scoreboard at the right moment. Anyhow, just wanted to clarify what my eyes are seeing in the image.

    SF May 10, 2011, 6:13 pm
  • Happy birthday to your parents! Incidentally, Walter is the name of my late maternal grandfather and my older brother. Great name that you don’t see that often these days. They both went/go by Wally, although my brother spells it Wallie for some reason. OK, back to waking up.

    Nick-YF May 10, 2011, 6:34 pm
  • ok, fine…i’ll root for your mom to see her team win, but i want it on record that i’m not officially rooting for those stinkin’ sox…and happy birthday to both of your parents…
    “…this is clearly not a day game…”
    hehe…yeah, the only way that’s a day game is if there was a total solar eclipse

    dc May 10, 2011, 6:43 pm
  • So the scoop is that this is a real picture, not some souvenir photoshop version. The store is that my mom asked for a picture since she didnt get one during the game, and in order to get the pic the Sox put up the message last night and took the shot.
    So it is the real deal, albeit from the day after the birthday.
    Meanwhile, the Sox (and the home plate umpire) suck ass.

    SF May 10, 2011, 7:37 pm
  • Someone forgot to tell Lester it’s Roz’s birthday.
    Hey, Lester! Roz is not happy with you right now. Get it together, son.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 10, 2011, 7:37 pm
  • Yay, the heart of the order is dead. Still waiting for this team to really click.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:04 pm
  • Seriously, when Corey Patterson looks good there is something wrong.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:06 pm
  • Lester not at his sharpest tonight.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:11 pm
  • Wiggling…

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:13 pm
  • Not wiggled out yet. This is a massive at-bat here.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:16 pm
  • Wiggled out, finally. No damage. Still down 3-1.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:17 pm
  • Boom. Papi solo shot, 3-2.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:19 pm
  • Papi homers to deep center. 3-2.
    Do not keep letting Drabek off the hook.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 10, 2011, 8:20 pm
  • Greg Zaun is doing color, he’s pretty funny.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:23 pm
  • Lowrie is fading after that fast start.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:23 pm
  • Crawford reaches on an error, Salty up with a 3-1 count.
    Walk. 1/2. How about some two-out action here?

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:28 pm
  • I think Bogar owes Roz an explanation for that one.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 10, 2011, 8:29 pm
  • Ellsbury singles, but Crawford is gunned down. Super-questionable send by Bogar again. The ball was hit hard to left and they were playing Ells shallow. Out by a mile, and since it was Crawford running that ought to tell you how bad a send it was.
    Bogar seems to be a really shitty third base coach.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:30 pm
  • On the replay it looks like the throw beat Crawford by a lot, but Crawford may have gotten in under the tag. On review, it looks like the ump made the automatic call based on how much the throw beat him by.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:32 pm
  • I want to see a different angle again, they have shown the low angle twice and it sure looks like Crawford got in under the tag.
    Still a bad send.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:33 pm
  • Gift out on a steal of home? Or a missed squeeze sign?

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:35 pm
  • Escobar apparently missed a bunt sign, Davis out 2-5. That’s a break.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 10, 2011, 8:35 pm
  • Lester really is off tonight. He’s just so good that he might be able to somehow keep the Sox in this game, but he’s really struggling.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:35 pm
  • Now Pedroia makes an error.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:36 pm
  • Ruled a base hit, actually. But that’s not a good play by Pedroia.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:36 pm
  • If Corey Patterson starts this game 3-3 I am going to throw something.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:37 pm
  • 2-3-4 up here.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:41 pm
  • Pedey just missed a cookie.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:42 pm
  • Ped works the walk. Come on, Gonzo!

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:43 pm
  • How is it that Drabek has thrown 92 pitches through 4+ but has only walked 3?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 10, 2011, 8:43 pm
    4-3 Sox!

    I'mBillMcNeal May 10, 2011, 8:44 pm
  • Zaun: “I’ve never seen anyone eat a bowl of applesauce faster than Jason Varitek”.
    And Gonzo goes DEEP!! 4-3 Sox!

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:45 pm
  • This guy has been everything advertised. And we’ve got him in his prime. Awesome.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:45 pm
  • Ugh, Bautista dinger, tie game. Again, Lester is off tonight. Awful pitch to Bautista.

    SF May 10, 2011, 8:56 pm
  • Salty Ks looking, but the pitch was 6″ off the plate. These umps continue to exhibit incompetence.

    SF May 10, 2011, 9:07 pm
  • West was pathetic last night, and tonight’s ump is trying to match him.

    SF May 10, 2011, 9:08 pm
  • Ellsbury swings at a pitch off the plate, a weak swing, completely made necessary by the bullshit strike zone. All of a sudden the are off the plate was a strike, out of nowhere.
    These guys suck at balls and strikes. With a capital S.

    SF May 10, 2011, 9:09 pm
  • Jesus Christ, Jays up 5-4 on a homer from Arrancibia.
    Seen enough of Lester tonight.

    SF May 10, 2011, 9:12 pm
  • Get him out, Tito. He’s pitching on Sunday against the Yanks and has thrown 102 pitches.
    Or, just wait until the Sox are down three or four, that’s fine too.

    SF May 10, 2011, 9:12 pm
  • .500 is obviously the Sox’ kryptonite.

    SF May 10, 2011, 9:13 pm
  • And now a walk. Seriously, what is Francona waiting for?

    SF May 10, 2011, 9:13 pm
  • Lester can’t put away Rajeh Davis.
    Get him out Tito, WTF?

    SF May 10, 2011, 9:16 pm
  • Lester is sucking.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 10, 2011, 9:19 pm
  • Now a HBP. I honestly can’t understand why Lester is still pitching.

    SF May 10, 2011, 9:19 pm
  • Farrell going out to check on his hitter. For a second I was hoping he’d go talk to Lester.

    SF May 10, 2011, 9:20 pm
  • So many blown chances. Argh.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 10, 2011, 9:49 pm
  • Nobody on, so Aceves can’t balk. Yet.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 10, 2011, 9:50 pm
  • Ummm, did Aceves jump in the pool in between innings? What’s with the buckets of sweat pouring off his hat???

    IronHorse (YF) May 10, 2011, 9:56 pm
  • I watched the first inning, when Lester was struggling. Turned it off, and just turned it back on when I saw that the game was tied. Just in time to see the Jays hit a solo homer to take the lead.
    I must be bad luck.

    Atheose - SF May 10, 2011, 10:19 pm

    Atheose - SF May 10, 2011, 10:26 pm
  • Massive HR by A-Gon in the 9th. Wow. His second of the game. This game has been a serious see-saw affair. Is that 4 or 5 times now that the sox have come back from being down? Do they have anyone left to trot out for yet more extra innings??

    IronHorse (YF) May 10, 2011, 10:28 pm
  • And Sox are batting a 14-year old SS who pinch ran earlier in the game apparently…

    IronHorse (YF) May 10, 2011, 10:31 pm
  • Albers and Papelbon are both up… Albers can probably take a few innings.
    Jose Iglesias’ first major league at-bat here.

    Atheose - SF May 10, 2011, 10:31 pm
  • Iglesias strikes out… but the ball gets away and he gets on base. That was a hell of a curveball.
    And yeah, Iglesias looks like he’s 10 years away from needing to shave.

    Atheose - SF May 10, 2011, 10:33 pm
  • Yea – watching guys like that play in th emajors makes me feel old as dirt…

    IronHorse (YF) May 10, 2011, 10:36 pm
  • Thought it was the little league world series there for a moment. Fitting that he reaches by swinging at a wild pitch. Entertaing game, now let’s get a W.

    BrentY SF May 10, 2011, 10:40 pm
  • Sac fly ends the game. Sigh.

    Atheose - SF May 10, 2011, 11:01 pm

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