Four Straight Wins: Sox-Yanks Gamer II

The prospect of the Sox needing four straight wins to keep themselves alive at a key spot should send shivers down the backs of Yankee fans. Hopefully, it will similarly incapacitate key Yankee bats while the Sox tee off on Sidney Ponson.

Hey, I don’t begrudge the Yanks the blowout win today — we all knew it was coming. Johnson was just teasing us those first four innings. Now comes the real test: Can the Sox win a game they should win, based on the pitching matchups?

Let’s also hope that all those Yankees are tuckered out after running the bases so much. The Red Sox should be fresh — after all, all most of them did was run to second and stand there for 15 minutes before going to play their position. Just don’t let us win this one, baby, because after this we’ve got Beckett and Schilling, and then anything can happen in Game 5!

Gee, that just doesn’t sound as inspiring…

Comment away!

644 comments… add one
  • JJ was indeed DFA’d after the game to make space for Foulke (as per ESPN, anyway).
    Also, the lineups:
    Damon – CF
    Jeter – SS
    Abreu – DH
    ARod – 3B
    Cano – 2B
    Wilson – 1B
    Bernie – RF
    Fasano – C
    Melky – LF
    And,
    Kevin Youkilis, 3B
    Mark Loretta, 2B
    David Ortiz, DH
    Manny Ramirez, LF
    Eric Hinske, 1B
    Wily Mo Pena, RF
    Coco Crisp, CF
    Doug Mirabelli, C
    Alex Cora, SS

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 6:54 pm
  • Thank effin’ Christ for that Sox lineup. That’s the best thing I’ve seen in weeks concerning this team…now if only it would stay consistent. VOTE YOUK FOR LEADOFF!

    Devine August 18, 2006, 7:02 pm
  • I enjoy that lineup too. Wow, that’s really a very strong, very good lineup. Nice indeed.

    Paul SF August 18, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Stat of the night:
    Papi vs Ponson over last 13 plate app:
    6 BB and 6 H

    Rob August 18, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • Sheesh. With that kind of line, Ponson should just hit him with a soft curve on the first pitch and save his arm.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • I guess this is the way that Torre is going to try to play this from now on. Give Giambi days off against lefties (.889 ops this season). I understand wanting to give Abreu a rest in the DH spot; but Bernie in right field seems insane considering how unfair it is to baserunners trying to go on his Classical Guitar Arm.

    walein August 18, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Maybe I’m glad ESPN was only covering the first game.

    walein August 18, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Walein: you make the dangerous assumption that Ponson’s pitches are actually going to stay in the park.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • More Ponson vs Boston info from ESPN
    Ponson made 18 starts against Boston while with Baltimore, going 3-10 with a 6.37 ERA. He won his last start here, however, allowing three unearned runs in six innings of a 9-3 triumph on June 1, 2005.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • YES just showed a graphic of Manny vs NYY this season. How can someones OBP be lower then his batting everage?
    AVG vs NYY .500
    OBP vs NYY .428

    TJ August 18, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • It goes to show that Ortiz is wildly over-rated. ;)

    walein August 18, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Annnnnnnd we’re off as Lester deals strike one to JD.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • Kaat: “He [Lester] is not bashful about throwing strikes…” Has he seen the scouting report on that kid?
    Damon’s got one of the ugliest swings in memory.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • What a GREAT at-bat for Johnny! Infield single after 10 pitches.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Damon with a squibber up the middle to start it off. Woot.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Great…10 pitch AB for Damon and then he singles.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Allright Johnny. I figure we need another 12 runs to keep Ponson in the game through 5.

    walein August 18, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • Lester starts Jeter out 2-0…The kid must have wasted all of Jeter’s strikes on Damon.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Not the best start by Lester thus far.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • For those interested, I just posted the Cold Pizza segment, at the top of the blog.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Jeter takes ball one, then a pitch away for ball two. The 2-0 is a straight fastball for strike one. The 2-1 is a fastball half a foot low for 3-1. The next pitch looked low but is called a strike at the knees. Full count.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • Uh…that was ball four, ump. And thanks for the charity.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • We’re back to the HP ump hijinks it seems….

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • Thanks, SF.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • Lester on a pace to throw 100 pitches…in 5 innings.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • [feck]

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Jeter is down on strikes and Damon is out by, oh, a mile and a half trying to take second.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Holy crap. What the eff happened there?

    Devine August 18, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Awesome Video…

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • All right lads I’ll be joining the party for this game.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Do the Sox employ their own umpiring crew? Is that why they couldn’t afford Abreu?

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Damon gets nailed trying to be sneaky!!!

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Welcome, BY.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • YESSS now that’s the kind of ply I like right there, strikem out throwem out!

    Brian August 18, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Abreu out to center.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Nothing positive from that half inning except Johnny’s 10 pitch AB and his single.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • The MLB Gamecenter photo of Abreau is just horrible.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • BY…at least from the Sox perspective we did not give up any runs.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Get ready Soxfans, the fireworks are about to begin.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Agreed, Rob. I want to laugh every time I see it.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • I dunno I thought the strike out and trow were pretty fabulous, actually

    Brian August 18, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Damon pulled up part way down the line after the swinging K by Jeter (who as Devine pointed out definitely got the wrong end of the call on that 3-1). It almost looked like he thought the play was dead. Very strange, and I can’t explain it at all. I was almost worried he pulled something running, the way he came up out of the sprint.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Good news for Yanks: 20 pitches for Lester in the 1st.
    Bad news for Yanks: they’ve got nothing to show for it…

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Gawd…Ponson’s Yank photo is even worse. What did they hire Austin Powers to shoot the new guys pictures?

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • A-Rod, you heartless SOB.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Youk lines out. One less person for Papi to drive in!

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • ARod says, “If I just catch it, I don’t have to worry about the throw.” Sit down, Youk.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Billy Crystal is morphing into Harry Carey. Imagine some coke bottle glasses on him. It’s uncanny.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Ponson still has his Cards hat on in the GameCast photo. Heh.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • When did Billy Crystal stop being funny?

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Loretta out on a check-swing K. Please walk Ortiz.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • In ESPN Gamecast he has the Cards hat…on MLB Gamecenter he has the Yanks and looks like there was a Amber Alert from Krispy Kreme on him.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • How’d that stay in the park?

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Ponson says, “So what if I spike my coffee with butter?” and ks Loretta.
    Then Papi hits a pitch as far as you possibly can in Fenway without it leaving the field. Double.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Stat of the night:
    Papi vs Ponson over last 14 plate app:
    6 BB and 7 H
    This could really get ugly.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • eh, not that ugly.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Yay, Manny and Papi!

    Devine August 18, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Manny Ortez!

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Manny with the opening RBI

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Fireworks Soxfans, they’re starting.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Who is bigger, Ortiz or Manny? Manny seems like a large dude, but Ortiz is like a mountain out there….
    Obviously Ponson didn’t see how Wang pitched to Manny in the afternoon. 1-0 Sox.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Why would he pitch anywhere near Manny? What’s the point of that?

    walein August 18, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Single to right scores Ortiz. Abreu would not have been able to get Papi at the plate, for all you Bernie Haters.
    SF: Crystal never stopped being funny. It’s just that image of him chewing gum right there was pretty funny.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • Manny is much shorter than Ortiz but has longer hair.

    walein August 18, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • I think Crystal stopped being funny a while ago. I used to love the guy, now I find him to be smarmy and self-important.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • ok, only one run. Not bad. To be expected.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Ponson retires Hinske on a groundout to self. All told, not too bad….after 1 inning, that is.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Hinske loses that midas touch he had in the first game

    Brian August 18, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Frankly, I am very happy with Ponson’s performance in that inning. If he only gives up one run each time he faces 2-3-4 and contains the rest of the time, NY can hang in.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Wow, our standards are so low with guys like JJ and Ponson where a 9.00 ERA is “not too bad”.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • So Fatboy got out of the inning w/ just 1 run,
    eh.. I’ll take it. He should just picture Aruban judges up there in the batter’s box when the Sox are up and he might have more success.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Yes , SF me too about Crystal, but darling, yew look mahvelous

    Brian August 18, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • For those not watching the LLWS…There is a 1st Baseman playing for Saudi Arabia who is 6’8″ and weighs 200+ and is 13 years old.
    Perspective they pointed out is that he is 2 inches taller than Shaq and weighs like 30 pounds more than him at that age.
    Also is two shoe sizes larger. Watching the game the kid is a monster. They asked his favorite player and he says “David Ortiz.”

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • I haven’t seen anything Crystal has done in the last few years, including both of those “analyze something” movies, but on stage with Robin Williams, I think the two of them are brilliant.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • BY78: you want him to HBP the bases loaded???

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Is the kid for the Saudi’s last name “Al-Giambi”? Check his Gatorade bottle…

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • The problem with my theory is I have no facts to reason that Ponson can contain when facing 1-5-6-7-8-9.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • SF…the kid did appear to have a tube of “clear cream” in his hand.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • NO LEADOFF WALKS, ROOK.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Darn it. I went for a bike ride and stopped in at a mostly Red Sox bar to visit my bartender friend (a Yankees fan in a stormy sea), and now I need to get home, but I don’t want to leave this game.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Good for the Red Sox for running a telethon for the Jimmy Fund during this game.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Adventures of Mr. Robinson!
    Tie game.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • Robi hit that rilly hard. Tie game.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • yeah and no wild pitches after you do…

    Brian August 18, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • No, I was thinking more along the lines of dial up the velocity on his fastball, but your scenario would probably be the most likely result. LOL

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • Robi pwns Lester.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • aww crap…

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • YF checkin’ in, finally. Been listening to today’s action on the radio, away from the laptop, and am back with John and Suzyn now–boy are they grating.
    Cano!

    YF August 18, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Hey, Jon! I was *looking* for that one run. Thanks for giving it right back.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Lester working really efficiently, as usual.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • I’ve been so happy w/Robbie as my fantasy 2B this year.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • and then no run scoring doubles ROOK …aw geez

    Brian August 18, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Jim Wolf drives me crazy when he is HP ump.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Wilson mashes leftys

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Great 4 pitch walk to Wilson.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Urge to kill…rising…

    Devine August 18, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • The millionth reason why Javy Lopez sucks: he really needs to give Lester some kind of confidence boost. Walks Wilson on four pitches.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • This weekend is shaping up to really, really suck. And the worst part is I saw it coming a mile away.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Wilson BB. 2 on, no outs…
    Was that a cheer for Bernie from the Fenway faithful??

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Arrrrr!!!!! It’s Graybeard the Pirate at bat.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Lester on a pace to throw 100 pitches…through 4 innings.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Okay….Wallace needs to go out to the mound and Man-Whore slap Lester.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Lopez finally decides to visit the mound.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • YFDC: That’s Belli back there.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • So you’re a team with just a half-decent lineup. How can you not think you have a pretty darn good shot at beating the Red Sox, what with our pitching staff? Serious question. Our squad is not intimidating at all.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Sorry, Javy: It’s Mirabelli who I just realized is catching the game. What’s up with his lackadaisical attitude to Lester?

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Hey YF. Sterling had a great quote this afternoon: “I have a tendency to be melodramatic.”
    I have no idea how someone so overemotional could be so understated.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Suzyn Waldman now on record that Lester, Delcarmen, and Hansen have all been “rushed” to their detriment.
    Bernie BB. Nice.

    YF August 18, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • mea culpa, yankeemonkey.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • That’s like me saying “I have a tendency to be bald”.
    No pictures necessary.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Lester’s in trouble.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Tavarez sighting, wooohoo!

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Tito is reaching for his thermos with the Nyquil in it. You know the guy has been drinking between games to get ready for tonight.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • wow, Lester has 39 walks over 73 innings?

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Suzyn Waldman now on record that Lester, Delcarmen, and Hansen have all been “rushed” to their detriment.
    What is she, Nostradamus? How can she know this?

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Although not w/ Fasano coming to the plate.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • I wonder, does Suzyn think John Smoltz was rushed to his detriment those first years in Atlanta?

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Fasano with a sharp hit to third. Lowell throws home for the force but Doug messes up the transfer missing the chance to get the slow-running Fasano at first.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Fasano…You can only hope to contain him? Hold onto the stash and enjoy the ride?

    walein August 18, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Fasano grounds into FC to Youkilis, who throws out Bernie at home.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Looks like a plumber, hits like a plumber.

    YF August 18, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Ron Jeremy helps the rook out…Belli doesn’t. That should’ve been a DP.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Cano out at home.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • how was that a strike the home plate ump is drunk

    Bozo August 18, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Melky strokes it to left to score Wilson.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • LECHE!!!

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • I think if you work in the grand sample sizes of one game against the first place team of the division that Waldman is working with–it’s just basic math.
    Did you see Pedro yesterday (or two days ago)? Totally rushed to his detriment. Facts are facts.

    walein August 18, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Melky bats in Legolas.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Bozo, GameCast thought it was a strike.
    Melky with a single to drive in Wilson.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • T-minus six minutes to the five run deficit.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Walein, for some reason your last post makes me feel quite queasy.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Johnny needs to step into the box to Danzig’s “Am I Demon.”

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Damon having one heck of a day….

    YF August 18, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Coco almost made the play of the year.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • damon would’ve had that ;)

    Bozo August 18, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Coco is hurt, it looks like

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Instead it’s a single and another run comes across.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Nice try by Crisp but he can’t make the catch and it falls in for a single and a RBI for Johnny.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • He’s alright. I don’t know why he won’t put his hat back on though.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Good night, everyone. Gotta get up early tomorrow to go drive to Fenway to have the baseball equivalent of a colonoscopy.
    Thanks, Sox!

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Gerb, even if Coco cought it, Melky robbing Manny at the Stadium would still be the better play.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • This is going nicely.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Coco’s grab against the Mets might have been the catch of the year.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Could be, YFinDC. Still would have been one of the more athletic grabs I have seen.
    SF/YF, have a great time in Fenway tomorrow!

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Since Johnny Damon was nicknamed Jesus when he was with the Sox, now that he’s with the “Evil Empire” should he now be called Johnny Demon?

    Bozo August 18, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Tito: get Seanez up. Pitch him until he has to go on the 730 day DL. Do to his career what he’s done to our team this year.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Did DJ just kill someone with a foul ball?

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Also, just to say it, that Gary Matthews Jr catch really was awesome.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Lester on a pace to throw 100 pitches…in 3 innings.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Jeter only kills people with his mind.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • but Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is rumored to have weaponized Jeter’s forthcoming fragrance.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • The Aaron Rowand catch with the face plant was the catch of the year, hands down.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • I know Tito’s in a bind with his bullpen, but WTF? Lester has nothing, and if Tito doesn’t act soon this season is going to be just about over. Is anyone even warming up?

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Jeter sat down as Lester climbs the ladder.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Holy Crap….Lester just got someone out!

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • Two Ks for Jeter tonight.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • What’s up Captain K?

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • Cap’n Clutch kills the rally. With a clutch strikeout, of course.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • I think Francona’s wisdom and patience should be examples to us all.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • And the game gets the doors blown off.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • Abreuuuuu

    YF August 18, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • Does “Abreu” mean “doughily ugly” in Spanish?

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • But Bobby picks him up! Another 2 runs in.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • SF: Now they are finally calling the pen.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • Atta boy Bobby!!!

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Rally killed? Abreu disagrees.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Jeez, so my 6 minute countdown to the 5 run deficit was darn close.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Fortunately, it’s Tavarez warming up.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • You mean nobody’s even been warming, Gerb?

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Gerb, we’ve got Ponson on the other end, don’t forget.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • This is ugly. Lester is getting slapped around worse than a guy his first night in prison.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • I wonder, is there some sort of record for a team batting around the most times during a double header?

    DC YF August 18, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • ARod pops out to end the inning. It’s almost 6:00 and we are just getting to the bottom of the second.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • Way to go, Alex…

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • Atta boy Arod, you rally killing bastard.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • The clutch commando ends the inning thankfully.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Now ARod rilly kills the rally. Ah well, 5 runs is nothing to sneeze at…

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • This thing is gonna be a slugfest.

    YF August 18, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • What a sorry, sorry team we are fielding. The team didn’t even show up today, for the BIGGEST SERIES OF THE YEAR. Pathetic.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • SF, no. They called the pen after Abreu’s double.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • I love it.

    walein August 18, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Now lets see what Sir Sid does w/the little gift the Yank offense just gave him.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • The Sox have given up 17 runs in 11 innings. You deserve nothing when you play like that.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Whoever picked 21 as the over/under on the total runs for today, was waaaaay underestimating.
    What a play by Robbi!

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • GREAT catch by Robi.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Way to go Willie!! Work that pitch count with a meat pitcher on the mound.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • SF hittin’ the sack in the second, before 9? Our dinner hasn’t even arrived. And I haven’t even thought about packing. Gotta get all my awesome new YANKSFAN gear into the bag. That should play well in Fenway, right?

    YF August 18, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Ticket to tomorrow’s game for sale. All you have to do is somehow get YF from here to Fenway and it’s all yours for a pittance.

    SF August 18, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Robi with a fine catch in Affleck territory.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Coco Chanel with a single.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Gamecast is sloooooow tonite.

    YF August 18, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • YM: I don’t understand it. I thought my prognostication was flawless. I feel shame.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • I want to see the Super Mario Brother gun down Coco when he’s trying to steal.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Gerbil, any advice on the stock market?

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • What’s worse: the Yanks blow this lead, or SF bellyaching for the 4 hour drive to Boston tomorrow. Almost makes me want to root for the Sox.
    But not quite.

    YF August 18, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • NESN attempts to hex Ponson by showing his record since May.
    Jim Wolf, you drive me bananas. Call the effing pitch, darn it.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Ponson reminds me so much of Hideki Irabu.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • A lot of lonely road between there and Boston YF.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • YF: pop in a CD of the 2004 playoffs and slip him a vodka roofy before you hit the highway.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • I won’t be bellyaching – I plan on subjecting YF to four hours of Howard Stern, which has been just brilliant since the move to Sirius.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • Now lets see what Sir Sid does w/the little gift the Yank offense just gave him.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • Bloodyank has the nickname of the evening for Fasano.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • Payoff to Cora is fouled and Crisp has to return to first, having already run a mini-marathon in this at bat. Then a walk.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Ponson gets a gift strike one to Youk.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Then Youk singles to the corner to score a run.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • Ponson decides to give back one of those runs.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • correction: double.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • I much prefer Coco in the leadoff spot, I don’t care how good Youk is up there.
    Just channeled Tito for a second, sorry.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • Wow, we scored a run.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Come on, you fat f*cking toad.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Yeah, we’re on a pace for 9 runs today, usually that’s good enough. Except that our opponents are on a pace for like 23.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Ponson looks like Rob Dibble on Devil Dogs.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Hope the guys in the scoreboard have some extra paint tonite.
    If it’s a Howard roadtrip, SF, we’ll be in very good shape.
    I’m totally ready for some alcoholic-dwarf-strippers-with-flatulence.
    Christ. 5-4.

    YF August 18, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Ponson goes full against Loretta, who doubles to the corner to make it 5-4 NY.
    This two-out, can’t shut it down, BULLSHIT is really getting to me.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Big hit from Loretta into the corner!

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • UGH

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Hmmm….Papi walking to the plate.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Soxtoddler Isaac actually says “Bababooey” now. No joke.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • What does Gator say to Ponson? Stop being you?

    YF August 18, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Immediate Coaching visit to the mound posts on gamecenter.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Overpriced for $150 K.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • You’re a Sternfan SF? Fantastic. Although it was the Friday show again today, the lazy bastard was probably in the Hamptons w/Beth.
    On another note, Ponson’s just vomiting up all those nice runs the offense gave him.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • “I am not Sidney Ponson…I am not Sidney Ponson…”

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Gift call for Ponson on that 0-1 pitch.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Ponson should be stripped of Tino’s number.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Yeah, another Friday show today. They’re not that bad, honestly – I like some of the old stuff. But it’s not the same. He sure does have a nice, relaxing summer, doesn’t he?

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Ponson gets a foul, then a generous strike from Wolf, who still drives me nuts. Then a ball. The 1-2 is in the dirt. The next pitch is a breaking pitch that catches the outside corner to rack Papi.
    We are 1:05 into the game just ending the second inning.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Ponson finds a way to get Ortiz out.

    Rob August 18, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • I’m guessing Ponson gets the Jason Johnson treatment after the game.

    Nick-YF August 18, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Ok, Toad, K’ing Papi was a nice touch.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • That was a tough pitch, but also not over the plate. Ortiz had one clear ball called a strike, and another borderline one called a strike in that at-bat. Somehow it doesn’t seem like Ponson deserves those calls, but what can you do.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Woot! Fatboy rings up Papi to keep the lead (albeit a smaaall one).

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • I’m guessing Ponson gets the Jason Johnson treatment after the game.
    What, they are stripping him naked, putting rubber cement all over him, sticking hundred dollar bills on him, and letting him loose on Yawkey Way?

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Give out all those f’ing runs and K’s ORTIZ. What a weird pitcher.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • As bad a job as Lester has done, Ponson should be ashamed for handing 3 runs back immediately. Not sure which is worse: putting your team in the hole, or being the guy who fills the hole back up about two seconds later.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • Lester Ks Robi with high heat.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • The worst part was that he walked freaking Alex Cora with 2 outs. WTF?

    Nick-YF August 18, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Ponson is worse. Lester is a rookie. Ponson is a veteran toad.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Alex Cora will surprise you with his keen eyesight.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Seems like the umps in both games have completely f*ed up. The strike zone is all over the place, to both teams. Blech.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Just a reminder that I have put up our Cold Pizza appearance at the top of the blog.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • SF: Two comments:
    1. I am positive that the 0-1 to Papi was a ball, and the k was sketchy.
    2. The Ponson running Yawkey with C-Notes is hilarious

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Hey Bloodyank – you think YF is ready for four hours of the Sybian?

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Zone goes both ways as Bernie takes a low strike one, then grounds out to Cora to end the inning.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Who is this guy and what has he done with the real Jon Lester?

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • 1-2-3 for Lester.

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Scariness: The Sox could score 11 runs this inning and I’d still go to sleep very nervous.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • This game is going to end around 1am. And they’re back at it tomorrow afternoon. Urgh.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Stung by Manny to the left-center gap, Manny loafs it a bit around first, probably knowing that Noodlearm is in center, resulting in a double.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Ha Ha Ha!!! It will blow his mind. How about Carmen Electra almost going through w/it?

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Bye, Toad. You should be pitching to Jose Canseco for whoever plays the Sun Devils.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Hinske whiffs on another really poor call by the ump on a high and outside pitch. Not only that, but it crossed up the catcher which made it look even worse.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • I hope Torre plays it like a house-money game and keeps Ponson in the game for at least 6, no matter if he gives up 20 runs.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • SF: it was a strike. A high strike.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • I hope Torre plays it like a house-money game and keeps Ponson in the game for at least 6, no matter if he gives up 20 runs.
    Me too.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Leadoff double, man stands at second two batters later. Can you say “bad baseball”, everyone?

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Johnny wants vengeance on Sox fans.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • How do exert vengeance making a catch on a modest can of corn?

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Billy Bucks!!!!!!!!! Tie game.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Buckner’ed it.

    Bozo August 18, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • A Buckner moment. Yay.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Coco Crisp gives Legolas a case of the Soggies.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Now what was wrong with that pitch??? Right over the heart of the plate.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • This is just ugly all around, from both sides.
    “No action in the Yankee bullpen.” No shit, Michael. There better not be.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Allright guys I’m out. I’m going to see the Fenians at this really great Irish Pub.
    LET’S-GO-YANKEES!!!!!!!!!

    bloodyank78 August 18, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Is it tomorrow yet?

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Ponson should be ashamed of himself. Pavano should be ashamed of himself. Two clubs with a combined $320m being spent on payroll should be ashamed of themselves that this is the best they can put out in a major league game. Jesus wept.

    Sam August 18, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Nothing wrong with Ponsonm from my perspective

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Yes, but Sam if they fielded offenses more representative of the average payroll neither pitcher would look as bad as they have. Remember, both of these lineups are pretty darn scary.
    And I say this with much disdain for both pitchers tonight, I am not trying to claim that they have done well by any means, just that they are facing off against high-class offenses.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Chris Dodd: shut up.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Leche with a 1 out single. WTG, kiddo.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • JD!!! One-man wrecking crew!

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • OK, forget what I said, Sam, this is pathetic.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • POint taken SF – but 5-5 after 3IP is a joke.
    JD!!!

    Sam August 18, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • JOHNNY GODDAMN

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • 2 HR 6 hits 7 RBIs!
    Susan: “You’re a human being, I know you want to do well here.”
    Damon: “I want to do well everywhere.”
    Right.
    Take that boo birds

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • stirling: “johnny damon having a game he will never forget for the rest of his life.” mr. hyperbole might be right at that.
    again, they better have a spare can of white paint in the scoreboard.

    YF August 18, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • geez, well Lester is done… Such fine pitching on display, not going to get better either

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • SF, you were trying to be charitable to folks who don’t deserve your charity.
    Question for all SFs: when is it time to pull Lester?

    Sam August 18, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Right after the first inning, Sam.
    Oh, wait…

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Damn it the LEAST Lester could have done is hand a hat trick to Jeter…but Nooooo

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • It’s an interesting point, SF, and one I was thinking about too: there is a fine line between a quality pitcher and a mediocrity, and these vicious lineups expose that difference, which is blurred with lesser teams.

    YF August 18, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Lester just went from “nearly buying himself the chance at making lemonade out of lemons” to “sucking ass” in 287 feet flat.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Swamp thing is in!!!

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • I seriously want to know why anyone thinks the Sox can get to and go deep in the playoffs with this pitching staff. Seriously.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Lester was done already, Francona is just waiting till the game is out of reach, that’s the only time he ever pulls anybody

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • 2 runs and Sidney Ponson is not out of reach.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Boston’s pitching is grotesque, figuratively.
    The Yankee’s pitcher tonight is grotesque, literally.
    But just when you thought it could not get more ugly — literally *and* figuratively — here comes Julian “The Orc” Tavarez in relief.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • You only need 3 starters in the playoffs. The third doesn’t even have to win if the first two dominate.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • 7-5 in the 4th with Sir Sid as your opponent is hardly out of reach.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Who on the Sox has dominated this year, HF?

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Nice baserunning with two outs there, Abreu.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • As I said before the pitching won’t get any better either

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • “I seriously want to know why anyone thinks the Sox can get to and go deep in the playoffs with this pitching staff. Seriously.”
    1. because no other team has a world beating staff
    2. they have some pitchers who could improve
    3. because they can score a shitload of runs.

    YF August 18, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • I have a 540i with top of the line seats, premium sound system and built in iPod. Think about it YF.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • YF, you have drunk some serious Kool-aid. You’ve been rooting for an all-slug, no pitch team for too many years now.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Schilling still has it. Beckett has the stuff. Boomer … is Boomer.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Cano wishes he had that cupcake back!

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Beckett needs Tek giving him unconditional orders on what to throw.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • On pace for about 45 hits and 35 runs in this game.
    Suzyn Waldman: “Joe Torre would love to have a scoreless inning here from Ponson.”
    Thanks.

    YF August 18, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Beckett needs Schilling to teach him a splitter, if his hands are big enough.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • I still stick by my theory that we need at least 12 runs to get Ponson thru 6.

    walein August 18, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • It’s true that there isn’t a consistently awesome pitching staff out there. Twins had it when Liriano was healthy but they won’t get too far with Santana alone. ChiSox? Hardly. Detroit? Possibly, but they’ve been slipping a bit lately.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Of course Suzyn (sic) is saying Ponson has great stuff as we speak.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Hey, at least Suzyn didn’t talk about slavery and it’s relationship to baseball etiquette.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • On a totally unrelated note: David Wright and A-Rod have almost identical offensive stats this season, and yet in NYC one is seen as a legend-in-the-making and the other a total bum. Now sure, I know all about the contracts and age difference, but let’s not forget that Wright also gets to pad his stats in the NL. The difference in perceptions of the two is laughable (like this game).
    Ponson continues to disgrace himself in the 4th.

    Sam August 18, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Okay, YF and SF are both listening to CBS. Whassup widdat?

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Ghastly.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Ponson only a slightly less horrific 75pitches with no out in the 4th

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • All those things may be true about the other teams, but the Sox have no bullpen either, besides Papelbon. Timlin hasn’t been the same since he got hurt and nobody else out there has proven anything. So the Sox have a short rotation and an empty relief squad. That’s a bad recipe, no matter what other teams have.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Liriano won’t be back this year?

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Suzyn and John have already said about 12 times that Ponson’s “big mistake” was “walking barely-singles hitter Alex Cora.”
    Someone on the Yankees Radio Network evidently has determined that New York fans must hear the exact same observation a dozen times before it sinks in.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Nice wheels, HF! But I’ll only take it if you have an “ILUVJEET” vanity plate.

    YF August 18, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Okay, I had a good ride home on my bike, made better by the fact that NY got a couple.
    Now Donald Trump is on NESN vouching for George’s character? Interesting.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Sam, Wright doesn’t get to pad his stats in the NL. If anything, his numbers would be depressed in the NL. So the fact that they are equal actually is in his favor.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • I don’t think they know for sure with Liriano.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Bases loaded, no outs.
    The two Monster Mashers coming up.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Detroit is supposed to have a good staff, and Boston just beat them two out of three.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • this is the type of pitching that sends managers to an early death

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • JOE, GO GET SIDNEY OUT OF THERE NOW.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Um, that would be LOST two out of 3, HF.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Nice wheels, yes, but he’s feeding a great stereo system with an Ipod. Wasn’t that what you were saying, HF? Or am I missing something?

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Villone v. Ortiz.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • I WISH the Sox had beat the Tigers 2 out of three

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • SF – the point still stands.

    Sam August 18, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Not only that, but the game they won was off the Tiger’s best pitcher, a big boon. The Tigers looked far better this week than earlier in the season. And Joel Zumaya is a monster.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • OK, *this* is where it gets really ugly.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • This game is ridiculous.
    Suzyn Waldman’s “Ponson has great stuff” comment perhaps the capper of the evening.

    YF August 18, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • What point, Sam? You used their stats to show some sort of unfairness, but Wright’s stats would surely be better than A-Rod’s when transplanted to the AL. That’s not a fair argument you make.

    SF August 18, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • I’m feeling sick…

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Perfect situation for the Sox to…leave the bases loaded! BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • No outs, bases loaded, bottom of the 4th (??!!?!!?!) 7-5. This sort of crap is going to KILL me.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Oy – this home plate umpire sucks. Ortiz should have been rung up there.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Jim Wolf again with one of the latest calls in the game on the 1-1.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Why would Wright have better stats in the AL?

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • And to be fair, playing in Shea–that’s no hitter’s park. Also, Wright occassionally gets a hit when it counts…..KIDDING!….Mostly…..

    YF August 18, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Villone was low on the 1-2.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • Because offenses are depressed in the NL due to the pitcher’s spot in the batting order. Fewer baserunners means fewer runs scored. Wright, without a doubt, loses opportunities to drive in runs because of the lack of the DH.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • 7-6, 1st and 3rd for Manny, 1 out.
    Ortiz gets it done even when he doesn’t.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • The point that even if playing in the NL tips things in Wright’s favour (not forgetting that the Mets play with what is basically an AL lineup), their stats are broadly similar. And yet to hear it, you’d think Wright is hitting like Beltran and A-Rod is hitting like Andy Phillips.

    Sam August 18, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Stirling’s call: “Grounder to short, out at second, throw to first, double–safe!”
    Great.

    YF August 18, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Villone growing the mustache too.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Manny! Rips another one, single to left. Tie game.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Manny!
    7-7, 1st and 2nd, 1 out.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Ortiz shows surprising speed; that’s great hustle out of the big guy.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • What’s Manny’s B.A. this year against the Yankee’s now? Pushing .600 I’d guess.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Sevens!

    YF August 18, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Another tie game. Sweet baby Jesus.
    Also, Yanks should’ve turned a DP on Ortiz. Thanks Jeets.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • See, now that first pitch to Hinske was no better than the one to Ortiz that was called a ball. This guy is all over the place.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • I love it when Ortiz runs at full speed. You can feel the earth shake hundreds of miles away.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Oh crap! My Tivo was paused. I was behind the live feed. Sorry. Actually, now would be a great time for my Tivo to go t*ts up and let me get a relaxing evening in with the girl. Not gunna happen.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Yeah, Hinske really not good against lefties

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • SF: keep your eye on Wolf from now on. He will drive you crazy.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Sam, they don’t play with an AL-like lineup. They play with a black hole at the bottom of their lineup. The Sox, who field Alex Gonzalez, still have a guy who hits .265 there. And two years ago it was Bill Mueller, a batting champion. So to say that the Mets field an AL-like lineup is just wrong, no matter how good it is from 1-6.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • You can go now, Gerb. It can only get worse from here.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • YF: Did he really say double-safe? That’s a good addition to the Sterling lexicon, right there with “It is high, it is far, it’s a ground rule double”

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • Tito and Joe should go meet with Wolf in the tunnel between innings and agree to make this thing a 5 inning game.

    YF August 18, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • One other thing, Sam. Is A-Rod matching his expected career output? Is Wright exceeding his? You have to consider context, expectations, and past performances.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • I don’t get it…on the GameCast Kzone thingie, almost all the pitches called balls are on the edge of the strike zone. Is it Gamecast being generous, or the ump being sucky?

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Sometimes Joe Castiglione would say “fly ball, deep left field…caught on the grass by the shortstop”. Or at least that’s how I heard it.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • WMP pick a very bad time to be slumpimg

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • MLB’s gameday or whatever it is called was being VERY generous earlier in the game. If a ball was out of the zone yet called a strike, it seemed like the data entry guy was just putting it as close to the edge as possible yet still in the strike zone. Don’t trust it.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Nice job by Villone to limit it to 2 runs, by the way.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • I bet Stirling botched that call, right YF?

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • YM: I already left and got home. It was a great bike ride by the way, downhill and into the sunset.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • I was starting to feel good about this game again, then I remembered: Oh yeah, The Orc is still in.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • downhill and into the sunset
    Just like the Sox’ season!

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Okay, I do want the Orc to throw strikes, I mean walks kill, but please Orc, not right out over the plate!

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • This game requires chemical alteration to watch.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Bernie with a standup double.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • nice, bernie.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Yep, Sterling botched it. He started into a home run call… then Manny catches it at the track.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Some 46 year old guy just drilled a fastball off the wall in center.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Yes he said it.
    SF: I’m not sure how many rbi Wright loses because he’s in the NL. He generally hits at 5 in the lineup. I’ve never seen a study on how being in the NL depresses a player’s performance. My guess is not much at all.
    Stirling “That ball is hit high and deep to left..and Manny catches it on the track.” MoFo was practically into his HR call. Stirling sux.
    Gets the Bernie 2b call right.

    YF August 18, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Sal Fasano looks like a man that I would totally trust to be the GC on my bathroom remodel.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • Orc versus Super Mario.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • How can a dead spot in the lineup not cost a team runs? It certainly has to cost him at-bats over the course of the season.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • This talk of Bernie wanting to play another year is scaring me. I have a feeling he just might. And the Yankees might resign him. Terrifying.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • See even Bernie Williams in his dotage can hit a ball RIGHT OVER THE MIDDLE OF THE PLATE!

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • Tavarez better not come out next inning. He’s getting ripped all over the place by the bottom of the lineup.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • 20 hits and 14 runs, now, still in the top of the 4th. sheesh.

    YF August 18, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Melky gets a break.

    YF in DC August 18, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Who’d replace him? It’s still only the 5th.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • 5th, YF.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Uh, my mom is available, YM. And she throws a mean forkball.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:18 pm
  • C’mon Orc pretent you know how to pitch, get an out!

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • That sucked. Melky struck out, the ump says the check swing was held, and Tavarez loses him with the walk. Now it’s Damon’s turn to stay hot.
    Meanwhile, it would be nice if Francona popped a gasket at some point, did something besides just sit there and shrug. A good old screamfest can be therapeutic, for everyone.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • Great, walk Cabrera to get to the Anti-Christ.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • And Damon gets called on a check swing that was not even as much of an offer as Cabrera. WTF?

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • SF – these are valid points you’re making, but again, A-Rod is on course for 35+ HR and 110+ RBIs this with an OPS around 900. That’s broadly similar to Wright – better in some areas and worse in others.
    Now, A-Rod is considered as being a drag on the Yankees at the moment, and Wright is thought…excuse me, my cat just pulled the tablecloth and all that was on it off the table.

    Sam August 18, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Alex: 118 games, 445 ab, 69 bb
    Wright: 117 games, 448 ab, 52 bb
    Doesn’t look like he’s losing a lot of at bats.

    YF August 18, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • Holy cr@p, The Orc actually stopped the bleeding.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • MOTHER F**KER he struck him the f**k out!!!!

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Yes, but if A-Rod is being considered a drag on the Yankees then those fans who think that are idiots. If that’s your point, then I am with you. But A-Rod has also established that he’s better than a 35-110 guy, which is part of why he’s hearing it – it’s simple: he’s not playing up to his abilities.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • YF, a long time ago I had a cute Tufts New Yorker girlfriend who said if you drove 95 all the way from Manhattan to Somerville the highway patrol never caught up to you to give you a ticket. My smile’s not nearly as cute as hers, which may have counted for some of her success, but we could try it.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • Damn, that had all the look of a Tavarez blow up… And he gets a clutch K… amazing

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • How do you NOT pitch to Coco, Villone? Let him put it in play.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • Coco walks to get it going again.
    This game is going to midnight at least, at this rate.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • Fasano has a much better arm than I knew.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • So he might have 25-30 fewer plate appearances over the season. I don’t know if that’s statistically significant, but I am guessing when you combine that with lost RBI opportunities and hitting 5th he’s at a disadvantage.
    But my point isn’t that Wright is better than A-Rod, of course, but rather that the statement that an AL lineup with the DH and the Mets lineup with the pitcher are not qualitatively different is false.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • Villone and Fasano are crossed up. That’s not the pitch Sal called for on the 1-0.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • How much does Wright get paid per year?

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • HF: the tickets are off the table, sadly. I realized that I could drive up there with YF, then scalp the tix and leave YF in all his Bombers gear to the wolves on Landsdowne. That would be far more entertaining than any baseball…

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • Nice play, Alice!

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Your catcher with the crummy bat has a better BA but ours has more HR and RBI’s

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • ARod will get away with that one, but GD it, Alex, we NEED you there.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • In fairness to the anti-Wright, that ball did hit off the bag. But Mr. “I work harder than everyone else” should be able to anticipate that, right?

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • The Sox were 0-16 with RISP in game one. Ick.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • So you’ll be the one on 84 with the LUVUTEK plates?

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • SF: yes, that’s a play that a player of ARod’s caliber should make.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • David Wright makes A-Rod/67.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Cora lines to right to score Crisp.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Hilarious photo of Trump trying to throw out the first pitch tonight:
    http://tinyurl.com/h8ku8

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • A lead!

    Devine August 18, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • How many pitches did Wright throw yesterday? There are still 3 1/2 games to go.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Villone’s breaking pitch didn’t move at all.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • I dunno, Gerb. That ball glanced off the bag and changed direction on him. I have a hard time faulting A-Rod for not grabbing it. I think that’s a tad unfair to him.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • “So he might have 25-30 fewer plate appearances over the season.”
    Fewer than Alex, but that’s not because he plays in the NL. That’s because Alex plays with Jeter and Damon and Giambi and Jorge and the rest of a team that is constantly on base. Jeter and Jorge are probably where he gets the at bats from, as much as the 9 slot.

    YF August 18, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • Devine, you think the Yankee scoring is over for the night?

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • Villone… not his best performance

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • Nah, but I don’t exactly think the Red Sox are done either.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • How the f*ck are we losing this?

    YF August 18, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • Sox have scored at least one run per inning so far.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • Yes, true enough YF. But I’d be interested to see the sample expanded past just the Yanks and Mets. Like you said, it’s unclear the difference, but my hunch is that NL #5 hitters, on average, get fewer at-bats than AL #5 hitters. But I certainly do not have the information at hand to back myself up.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • Good play by A-Rod there.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • Brian Bruney looks like a young Wells who hasn’t mastered the art of the donut dunk.
    ARod makes a fine play across the diamond.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • 2nd and 3rd, 1 out.
    Is it just me, or do the Sox barely ever hit sac flies this year?

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • (Of course, I far prefer a 2-RBI single to a sac fly.)

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • How the f*ck are we losing this?
    1. Sidney Ponson started.
    2. Sidney Ponson was left in for more than 3 innings.
    3. Ron Villone has been overpitched.
    4. The Sox can score, as you stated earlier, a “shitload of runs”.
    Want more reasons?

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • Pile it the f*** on. Let’s burn some bullpens, people.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • There goes his 0.00 era.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • Yankees relief sucks Aspartame™.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • HF: Sounds like I should be riding with your ex. We could talk about Tufts, one of my alma maters.
    But my first question for her: What’s the rush to get to Somerville?
    10-7 now. In the fifth!
    Who the heck is Brian Bruney? Did they get this guy out of the stands?
    Boy am I out of it.

    YF August 18, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • I googled “incompetence” and tonight’s partial boxscore came up.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • “The Sultan of Bruney”.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • Can’t it just rain really hard for them to call the game already? I don’t see the point of continuing here. Both teams will just run their pens into the ground *groan*

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • YF: Now that you mention it, I only remember her talking about it going south. And she did have a killer smile.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • Loretta is really an overlooked story on the Sox this year. Batting .310 now, 4 RBI tonight. He’s performing way above expectations.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:39 pm
  • YF: see you at 730. I have got to go to bed. No way I can deal with tomorrow’s emotions on 4 hours of sleep…
    Enjoy the rest of tonight’s “game” everyone!
    (that’s a generous term for what we’ve all been witnessing, I suppose)

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • Incompetence, thy name is middle relief.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • 1st and 2nd for Manny with one out.
    Boy, it would be a relief if he could blow it wide open here.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • Bruney – 2 years on the D’backs, released.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • Hudson, this latest spell the Sox have suffered through that’s all they had it seems
    sac flys

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • So what are the odds we get a double-dip of the Proctologist today? I lay even money Proctor’s in this thing before the 8th.

    YF August 18, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • Manny is 17 for 34 with 5 home runs vs. the Yankees this year, according to GameCast.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • ‘night SF. Sweet dreams of a blown Papelbon save!

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • Manny can’t touch this guy.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • Good night, SF. Hopefully we get a good one tomorrow.

    YF August 18, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • Retahded. Out by approximately 800 feet.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Melkster with his 12th OF assist!!!

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • BOS 10, NYY 7, one out, bottom of the 5th. Someone tell me why this is good baseball. Yes, I would type the exact same thing if the scores were reversed.
    All this tells me is NY and BOS should fear pitchers that can actually contain.
    Cabrera with another outfield assist.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • DeMarlo Hale chose a fine week to quit not being Dale Sveum…
    And now, g’night.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Huh, Brian. You’re surely right, but it has felt to me like they rarely convert.
    Ramirez hit, but Loretta gunned down at home.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Okay, I’m back now – and I see SF’s off to bed. We’ll continue the discussion later.
    Paul seems to be this site’s resident statistician, perhaps he can up with the number of ABs and RBI chances that NL hitters have vs AL hitters…
    I have absolutely no idea who is pitching for the Yanks right now. HF, when was he released by the D’backs?
    This is possibly the lousiest game of baseball I have ever seen.

    Sam August 18, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • 6, 7, 8 and 9 are going to be Bruney’s 15 minutes.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • One last note before you depart SF, and for everyone else here: It looks like, about 10 minutes ago, we had our 1000 comment of the day in the combined double-header game threads.
    Thanks everyone. It’s been a crazy ride. Not that I’m going anywhere. Hope everyone tune’s in tomorrow.
    Congrats to all of us. Except Ponson and Lester.

    YF August 18, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • This is vaguely reminiscent of the season opener that the Yankees played against the A’s (?) a few years back, that they ended up winning like 16-15.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • Orc has pitch acceptably well considering he sucks but really after sitting this amount of time I give him ONE batter to screw up maybe two…
    I just love it when Jeter boots one

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • Bruney hasn’t looked that terrible, honestly. And now I REALLY have to go to bed.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • Bases loaded for the Wily guy.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • WMP hasn’t made much contact lately.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • good walk by Hinske…

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • Torre looks like he’s about to lay that bat to something/someone in the dugout. Hopefully(?) Ponson is hidden in a Krispy Kreme somewhere.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • Wily Mo is streakier than four day old underwear.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • Can’t stop watching the train wreck, huh, SF?

    Devine August 18, 2006, 10:49 pm
  • I can now. Later, all.

    SF August 18, 2006, 10:49 pm
  • Who do we see on the mound now?

    Devine August 18, 2006, 10:49 pm
  • Suzyn or Sterling said something like “How could the Diamondbacks release a guy with stuff like that?”
    I guess he was released sometime after the 2005 season:
    2005 Career Highlights:
    By Year:
    Made the opening day roster with a strong spring training. … Was the D-Backs closer for part of the season and was 12-for-16 in converting saves. … Was optioned to Triple-A Tucson Aug. 19 and went 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four appearances there.
    http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/team/player_career.jsp?player_id=430663

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 10:50 pm
  • Wily Mo K-ena strikes (out) again, missing the chance to put this one (mostly) out of reach.
    Sox have had 19 baserunners through five innings.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:51 pm
  • “Julian Taverez has a three run lead.”
    Yankee fans laugh.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 10:52 pm
  • Question is, if this game does remain 10-7, would the Sox burn Timlin and Paps to keep the lead in the 8th and 9th?

    Sam August 18, 2006, 10:52 pm
  • I can not see how either of today’s games bode well for NY _or_ Boston. Both of the pitching staffs have been truly dismal tonight. Boston has scored a run in every inning. Wolf continues to piss me off. I’m going to go eat dinner and see you all later.

    attackgerbil August 18, 2006, 10:53 pm
  • I seem to have entered an alternate universe. Julian Tavarez just threw a clean, quick inning against New York’s 2-3-4 hitters.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 10:56 pm
  • Damn, Bruny threw 32 pitches to get out of that inning… and Villone also threw 16 in the inning a grand total of 48 pitches in the inning for Yanks hurlers

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:56 pm
  • Hudson,this is bizzaro world for certain when a 123 from Orc occurs

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 10:58 pm
  • 475 posts already. Why don’t we have lives?

    I'm Bill McNeal August 18, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • I totally agree with AG’s comments. And i have to go pick someone up from the airport now, so I’m off too. Here’s hoping the rest of you “enjoy” a see-saw 20-19 game.

    Sam August 18, 2006, 11:00 pm
  • You know what really gets me, look at the production from Youk at the top of the order and Crisp at the bottom of the order…
    Youk with two runs, 2 hits and an RBI
    Crisp with two runs, 1 hit and a walk

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:04 pm
  • Cora — the “barely singles hitter” endlessly talked-down by Sterling/Suzyn tonight — is 3 for 3 with a walk.

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • GREAT AB for Cora there, what a utility player

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • What the over/under on the final combined score?
    Anyone?

    I'm Bill McNeal August 18, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • Hudson, that’s a reflection of the sucky pitching he’s facing more than his hitting prowess.
    Myers coming in for Loretta (!). Now the SFs can probably head to bed secure.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:10 pm
  • Over/under? 22 and I’ll take the over.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:11 pm
  • Joe C. says the WEEI Jimmy Fund radiothon total is now $2,496,998.
    If you have not yet, make a donation.
    You can do it at weei.com.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 18, 2006, 11:11 pm
  • It’s like we’re arguing ina pile of pooh.

    Anonymous August 18, 2006, 11:11 pm
  • Steinbrenner gave $10,000 this morning.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 18, 2006, 11:12 pm
  • So, just as a point of curiousity… Our two FINE pitching staffs, with two outs in the bottom of the 6th have combined to throw over 300 pitches SO FAR…

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:12 pm
  • Hansen to pitch the 7th.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 18, 2006, 11:13 pm
  • Hansen in = gasoline on the fire, no?

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:15 pm
  • He was all right in his last outing, but as a rule, I don’t trust Hansen to hold the line.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:16 pm
  • Bruney still has his 0.00 era.
    Time for Robi to lead the way.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 11:18 pm
  • Loretta having a monster day with the stick, is currently 6 for 9 with 4 rbi

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:19 pm
  • What is that stuff on Hansen’s face? Is he trying to grow a Papi-like beard thingie? SHAVE!!

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:19 pm
  • 11 hits 8 runs 9 innings for Hansen
    Do the yankee hitters have anything left in the tank?

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 11:20 pm
  • This is kind of like watching the late rounds in the later Rocky films where the intense pounding with no defense whatsoever makes you feel queasy and afraid for the people involved.

    Anonymous August 18, 2006, 11:20 pm
  • Hansen has a split personality, I swear, never know which one will be pitching

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:22 pm
  • and he can change from inning to inning and batter to batter

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:23 pm
  • Giambi still has a walk left in him!

    Anonymous August 18, 2006, 11:24 pm
  • Kay just said the record for the longest 9-inning game is 4:27. I’d say they have a good shot at breaking that tonight.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:24 pm
  • As I was saying…

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:25 pm
  • Yep… just never know, he could just have easily struck Bernie out there… but no

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:26 pm
  • Single by Graybeard brings the tying run to the plate. Hansen = embedded Yankee mole?

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:26 pm
  • Timlin up

    I'm Bill McNeal August 18, 2006, 11:28 pm
  • Yeah…that sort of expresses what I was trying to say.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:28 pm
  • Yankees mole? maybe more like Hansen just freaks out

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:29 pm
  • walks them loaded for Melky.

    Anonymous August 18, 2006, 11:29 pm
  • Ahhh Timlin in. Things are getting good.
    I swear, if this game goes to extras…*weeps*

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:29 pm
  • Lovely, okay, I don’t know who we have but it’s friggen time Tito

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:30 pm
  • I like the Yankee mole scenario better. Adds a little intrigue to a game that has none (or had, until now).

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:30 pm
  • Not a walk, though. A single to left by Posada.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:31 pm
  • Who knows if THIS is a good move though Timlin did pitch well his last outing

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:31 pm
  • I think it was better than the alternative, Brian. No matter how it turns out, I approve of the move.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:32 pm
  • This situation right here… makes me very sad that WMP struck out with the bases loaded… very sad

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:34 pm
  • Yep, he’s been prone to that. The Yankees score one on a single to right.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:36 pm
  • Leche! Down by 2. And Damon up.
    What’s the over/under again on runs? 30?

    YF August 18, 2006, 11:36 pm
  • friggen good AB by Cabrera there, of course

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:36 pm
  • John at the bat.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:37 pm
  • John pops to left.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:37 pm
  • Soooooo scaaaaaary.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:38 pm
  • Jeter, with bases loaded that is.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:38 pm
  • Time for Cap’n Clutch. If he makes an out here, I never want to hear about ARod’s unclutchness again.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:39 pm
  • Can we tilt this thing in our favor?

    Anonymous August 18, 2006, 11:39 pm
  • yahhhhhooooo Damon down do we dare hope to escape further damage?

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:40 pm
  • Despite the quality, I do wish I could see this on tv. It sounds like they’re staggering.
    Captain Jeter hits 70 points higher than Ortiz with men in scoring position.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 11:40 pm
  • Brian: no.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:41 pm
  • geeez this is horrible for my health

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:41 pm
  • Does Francona have Absolut in that water bottle?

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:42 pm
  • There it is.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:43 pm
  • CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 11:43 pm
  • YES!!!!!!!!

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:43 pm
  • DEREK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I guess we can still complain about Alex?

    YF August 18, 2006, 11:43 pm
  • Jeter!!!!

    walein August 18, 2006, 11:43 pm
  • YM, right you are…

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:44 pm
  • We need at least 12! C’mon Bobby!!!!!!!

    walein August 18, 2006, 11:44 pm
  • YF:….Not until after this AB.
    You can’t stop Derek Jeter, you can only hope to contain him!

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:45 pm
  • what truly horrendous pitching

    BrianSF August 18, 2006, 11:45 pm
  • Clutch Alex! 12-10.
    Will Proctor pull an Ernie Banks?

    YF August 18, 2006, 11:46 pm
  • AROD CLUTCH!!!!!

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:46 pm
  • That’s what you get for walking to get to the best player in baseball.
    What a dumb move.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:46 pm
  • Is it clutch for A Rod to egt a RBI hit here?

    walein August 18, 2006, 11:46 pm
  • whatever happens, it’s great to see the sox burn up their pen too

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 11:47 pm
  • Brutal.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:47 pm
  • Wow. The floodgates have opened.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:47 pm
  • farnsworth one mo one?

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 11:48 pm
  • If Arod continues doing this, they’ll stop walking people to get to him. Hopefully.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:48 pm
  • CANO!!!!! 14!!! 7 in the inning.
    SF is lucky to be asleep, but my guess is he’s not having sweet dreams.

    YF August 18, 2006, 11:48 pm
  • Well Giambi’s back up. Good chance he’ll knock one high but to an outfielder.

    walein August 18, 2006, 11:48 pm
  • Suzyn: “He’s fooling no one.”

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 11:49 pm
  • I say they keep Myers in for Ortiz, then go to the Farnswacker.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:50 pm
  • Well, shoot.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:50 pm
  • Is this a new version of the famous 4 game weekend in August 78?

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 11:50 pm
  • 24 runs and 30 hits, and we still have 2.5 innings left. Over by 1:30? Possibly.

    YF August 18, 2006, 11:50 pm
  • HF, don’t jinx it. Or I might go Kay on you.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:51 pm
  • Is there anyone besides Farnsworth and Mo? Who throws their ‘pens today?

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 11:52 pm
  • Please note:
    Derek Jeter = MVP

    YF August 18, 2006, 11:52 pm
  • Timlin threw 32 pitches in 2/3 of an inning. Who the hell is going to pitch the 8 and 9th for the Sox? Doubt they want to burn Paps unless they retake the lead…

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:53 pm
  • HF: Lidle, possibly, but he’s on bereavement list.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:54 pm
  • Myers vs Manny? Get ready for 14-11.

    YF August 18, 2006, 11:55 pm
  • Ahh, a smart manager is finally pitching a lefty against Manny. I’ve been waiting for this.
    But he singles.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:56 pm
  • This thing is gonna end up 17-16. Who ends up with 17 is anyone’s guess.

    YF August 18, 2006, 11:57 pm
  • The last three days were Moose, Lidle, Wright? Wright had a short start. If the series continues like this, we’ll either see starters relieving or some new pitchers called up. But we need the bench too. Too many games.

    halffullYF August 18, 2006, 11:58 pm
  • A double play followed up by the next 12 players regardless of team going down on first pitch groundouts would do me just fine right now.

    walein August 18, 2006, 11:58 pm
  • SF is going to be in for a surprise when he wakes up.
    What a travesty. I’m very tempted to say “season over.”
    Good thing Theo made all those moves for more pitching at the deadline. /snark

    Hudson August 18, 2006, 11:58 pm
  • Wait, so Joe pulls Myers with the lefty Hinske coming up???

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:58 pm
  • This game is so very bad. The only good that will come out of it is the W for whoever gets it. What a way to begin a long weekend.

    Devine August 18, 2006, 11:58 pm
  • Hopefully Johnson can get that lease on his soul back for tomorrow’s game and go deep into the game.

    walein August 18, 2006, 11:59 pm
  • Oh. Lowell PHing. Missed that.

    yankeemonkey August 18, 2006, 11:59 pm
  • 26 runs from Boston pitching in less than 12 hours.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:00 am
  • I don’t know, Devine. It’s a Pyrrhic victory regardless. The ‘pens will be shot for the next 3 days.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:01 am
  • Who pitched the only shutout inning? Myers.

    halffullYF August 19, 2006, 12:01 am
  • The best thing will be when Fraconna and Torre, in a fit of collective genius, decide to bench Abreu, Giambi, Ortiz, and Manny for tomorrow’s game.

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:01 am
  • yes, but until the sox took the lead they might not have burned timlin, who obviously could have used another day of rest

    halffullYF August 19, 2006, 12:02 am
  • Oh Kyle. How about pretending you’re a set up man?

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:03 am
  • Off the wall, but Manny gets stuck at 2nd. Then a Pena shot off Farnsworth. 2nd and 3rd, 2 out.
    I’m actually not sure if I am all that excited about the Sox possibly making this close again, and forcing me to get back in the game. I’m that disgusted.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:03 am
  • no no no no no

    halffullYF August 19, 2006, 12:03 am
  • THAT sucks

    halffullYF August 19, 2006, 12:05 am
  • Isn’t what I said describing a Pyrrhic victory, YM? One that comes at great cost, the only good of which is the win.

    Devine August 19, 2006, 12:05 am
  • “Off Farnsworth” as in “off his knee.”
    He’s coming out, looks potentially bad, especially considering how hard Pena hits the ball.
    Proctor coming on in his place.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:05 am
  • Are there two outs at least?

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:06 am
  • Yeah, two down, 2nd and 3rd, Crisp to bat.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:06 am
  • Already a four-hour game.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:07 am
  • Oohhhh, hard hit, but foul.

    Devine August 19, 2006, 12:08 am
  • Worst part of this is that this guarentees us seeing Ortiz and Manny again. I don’t like seeing them so much.

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:08 am
  • Horrible swing at a high pitch for strike 2.

    Devine August 19, 2006, 12:09 am
  • This game is a catastrophe. Let’s hope Farns isn’t DLed. Jeez.
    Proctor’s arm is going to fall off tomorrow. Clean off.

    YF August 19, 2006, 12:10 am
  • Icky. Hope Farnsy is OK…

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:10 am
  • Sox squander the runners as Crisp lines out to J.D.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:10 am
  • Too bad, so sad. I have to get up early tomorrow, so I’ll go to bed now, methinks. Enjoy the game, Yankee fans. I know I didn’t.

    Devine August 19, 2006, 12:11 am
  • Everyday Scotty needs to have a monument built for him in Monument Park. Right now.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:11 am
  • If any of the contenders in the A.L. Central or West have decent pitching, I can’t see either the Yankees or Sox going past the first round of the playoffs based on this horrible game tonight.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:12 am
  • Devine, we aren’t either, trust me. Just want it to be over regardless of who wins.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:12 am
  • Some guy named Keith Foulke on the mound for Boston.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:13 am
  • Looks like Bernie had a flashback.

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:16 am
  • Foulke with a K in his return to Fenway, followed by a double.
    I’m actually glad to see him back. Can’t be worse than the rest of the members of the pen not named Jonathon.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:16 am
  • Interestingly enough…so did Posada.

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:16 am
  • Aside from the starters, Rivera is the only usable reliever left in the pen for the Yanks. Torre said Dotel is not pitching tonight. Who’s left for the Sox, aside from Paps?

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:19 am
  • Maybe we can get another run or two and bring in Cancesco.

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:20 am
  • Me. Tito just called.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 19, 2006, 12:20 am
  • Giambi used to be a pitcher…maybe he can get a couple of outs?

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:22 am
  • I guess Boston could throw Delcarmen back out there.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:23 am
  • The Captain back up.

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:24 am
  • Suzyn has sounded like she wanted to get the hell out of there and hit the hotel bar for the past hour or so.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:24 am
  • Oh, I forgot TJ Beam. And it’s not like Jaret Wright even broke a sweat yesterday.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:25 am
  • You also forgot Classical Guitar Arm Bernie Williams.

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:26 am
  • Wow..DJ hitting just .261 w/RISP. And they say Arod is unclutch. Grumble grumble.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:27 am
  • Hudson, can you blame her?
    This might be the worst game I’ve ever witnessed, and that stands even if the Sox rally to win.
    And this doubleheader might be the worst ever played by the Sox.
    This is just awful, awful baseball.
    I’m not trying to begrudge you your sweep, Yankee fans.
    The Red sox might have fooled some of the people for the first 90 or so games, but now we have a clear understanding of what they mean by “transition year.”
    And this had better be ONE effin transition year.
    Good luck from here, Yankee fans.
    Take it. You can have it.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 19, 2006, 12:29 am
  • Holy cow, guys!!! What the bloody hell is going on? I really didn’t expect, a) the Yanks would be up, b) this game would still be going and c) we’d ever see Mo in a game like this, but that’s what it looks like it’ll be. Sweet criminy, this is one mad, bad game.

    Sam August 19, 2006, 12:32 am
  • Can we call the Red Sox and say the season is over? That would be awesome.

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:32 am
  • Here’s the stat that should embarrass us all: 44 combined LOBs in the DH.
    Forty-effin-four!
    That’s sh!t baseball right there.
    Yeah, I’m ranting now. I’m p!ssed.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 19, 2006, 12:33 am
  • Bill, even if Yanks win, I can’t feel good about this. Horrible, horrible baseball from all sides. The next 3 games had better all be pitchers’ duels with complete games being pitched by both sides.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:34 am
  • Frankly, the LOBs are the only reason this game might actually have a conclusion.
    Also, Proctor has only thrown 18 pitches. Do you try to send him out for the 9th?

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:35 am
  • This was the first 1-2-3 inning by Yankee pitching all night. Rejoice, it might be over by 1am.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:35 am
  • YM – I certainly hope so.
    Bill – i think that these games reinforce what our esteemed co-host has been saying about the Sox for the past couple of weeks. Even if they come back and win this game in the 9th, they just don’t look like a good team.
    But this sort of appalling play…at what point does this rebound to Tito?
    Longest 9 inning game in baseball history.

    Sam August 19, 2006, 12:36 am
  • You shouldn’t YM.
    Neither of these teams is worth a crap.
    Teddy and Joe D and Henrich and DoubleXX are rolling in their graves right now. And the Babe is saying, “What are you guys bitching about? I played for both of them.”
    And then he has a big pull of Scotch.
    Because that’s what the Babe does.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 19, 2006, 12:37 am
  • Not something to be proud of, Sam….

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:38 am
  • Sam, I’ve been saying that, too.
    But, obviously, I didn’t believe it or I wouldn’t be here.
    Hey, anybody really give a crap that Junior Seau will play for the Patsys this year? how soon ’til he gets hurt?
    And what kind of crap is that where a player can unretire less than a week after he retires?
    (Rants. Feel the love.)

    I'm Bill McNeal August 19, 2006, 12:41 am
  • Now at 617 comments.
    Is that a record?

    I'm Bill McNeal August 19, 2006, 12:42 am
  • I don’t know that you can say Yankees are completely worthless…Ponson sucks, but we knew that coming in. Aside from that, Villone is just overworked right now. Everyone else was pretty decent.
    Good news on the Farns: day-to-day, Xrays negative. Whew.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:43 am
  • Did he retire to get out of the contract? If so, that seems shady to me.
    YES say that Farnsworth as a contusion on his lower leg. No broken bones and day-to-day. Thank goodness for that.

    Sam August 19, 2006, 12:43 am
  • I’m glad I”m on the West coast tonight. It’s Vampire hours over there now.

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:44 am
  • It certainly is! But, heck, it’s a Friday night…
    how many runs did Ponson give up? I do agree with the notion that the bullpen for the Yanks hasn’t done too badly. Trouble is, ALL of them have pitched today. (Except Dotel.)

    Sam August 19, 2006, 12:45 am
  • Rivera in to put an end to the insanity.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:46 am
  • Sam, it ain’t Tito.
    He doesn’t have sh!t to work with out there, especially in the pen.
    He has one dependable starting pitcher, one who could fall apart at any second, one who needs to think a little more and prepare a gameplan and two who just SUCK!!!
    And an office that couldn’t get a clutch hit if the ball was lobbed in there underhanded.
    It ain’t Tito.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 19, 2006, 12:46 am
  • Ponson gave up 7, 6 earned and by “earned” we mean “destined.”

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:47 am
  • 7 runs, 6 earned.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:47 am
  • Ortiz to cut the lead to three with two outs left in the game.
    Kind of sad. This guy’s talent is being completely wasted by the pitching staff.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:47 am
  • One pitch, one out for Mo. Now comes Papi…Damn
    I getcha, Bill.

    Sam August 19, 2006, 12:48 am
  • Bah. You know it’s bad when Mo is giving up HRs.
    Another E for Arod. STOP!!!!!

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:48 am
  • Office?
    Offense.
    See what happens when you rant?

    I'm Bill McNeal August 19, 2006, 12:48 am
  • Okay guys, so four runs in six innings at Fenway is not too bad. Bruney could be a steal – Leiter said he couldn’t understand why the D’backs had given up on a 24 year old who can throw 97mph.
    Shit – another A-Rod error. if the Yanks lose this game now, I fear he’ll never be allowed back in NYC.

    Sam August 19, 2006, 12:49 am
  • A Rod error? Someone needs to hypnotize him or something. The fielding thing this year is becoming pathological.

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:50 am
  • [sobs quietly]

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:50 am
  • Heh. An A-Rod error to keep this ridiculous game going.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:50 am
  • By the way (sorry if I missed this earlier) what the hell is the deal with taking that error away from Pay-Rod and giving it to Jeter the other night?
    That’s crap.
    Some of the worst rationalization i’ve ever heard.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 19, 2006, 12:51 am
  • Okay, I’m starting to get a little nervous here…

    Sam August 19, 2006, 12:51 am
  • It seemed to me on the Papi HR that Bernie could’ve had a play on it. It *just* cleared the fence.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:52 am
  • Wily Mo vs. wiley ol’ Mo.
    This should be an ugly at-bat.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 19, 2006, 12:52 am
  • It’s over? Someone carry me to bed. Night everyone.

    walein August 19, 2006, 12:53 am
  • Finally…mercifully…it’s over. Good night, all. Let’s hope tomorrow is a better day.

    yankeemonkey August 19, 2006, 12:53 am
  • Thank you, Wily Mo Pena, for putting this game out of its misery. A mercy groundout, as it were.
    That was the least energetic “Theeeeeeee Yankees win” I’ve ever heard from Sterling.
    25 baserunners ought to be enough to win a ballgame.

    Hudson August 19, 2006, 12:53 am
  • YM – the play was there, just not with Bernie in RF.
    Thank God for Mo, yet again. Game over. Goodnight all; try to sleep well and not suffer baseball nightmares…

    Sam August 19, 2006, 12:54 am
  • Do we HAVE to do it again tomorrow?

    Lafester, Illinois August 19, 2006, 12:55 am
  • Saturday I would play Wilson, Cano, Jeter, Green, Melky, Bernie, Abreu, Fasano. Sunday, Bernie moves to right, Green to short, Abreu to DH?, Cano and Melky are youngsters. Bruney and Dotel to see action.

    halffullYF August 19, 2006, 1:12 am
  • halfullYF, for all comments pertaining to today’s (Saturday’s) game, please post in the thread at the top. It’s non-stop. This is a rave!!!

    Nick-YF August 19, 2006, 1:15 am

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