Hard to Be a Fan: Sox-Squared Gamer

If you play the game of baseball, a dispiriting game like Sunday's — which leaves the one sure thing you've had all season very much in doubt — can be erased in the preparation for today's game. 

Not so for the fans, who have hashed and rehashed every subpar Josh Beckett fastball and curve for the past 20 hours or so. It's easy to forget that the Sox are still technically a playoff team. So they continue their efforts to fend off the Rangers and Rays with a set against their paler counterparts.

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  • Man it’s good to hear Remy.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 7:06 pm
  • Woah, how on earth was Pedroia safe? Oh wow, check out that replay… kudos to the ump watching it to the end, instead of just calling him out cause the throw beat him.
    Though he was still out by half a foot.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 7:22 pm
  • Joe C, Obie say Pedey was out.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 24, 2009, 7:24 pm
  • Rays up 3-0 in the first inning.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 7:27 pm
  • Off Halladay.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 24, 2009, 7:29 pm
  • I’ve got that good Bucky feeling tonight.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 24, 2009, 7:30 pm
  • Or not. Bucky gets a man on, then gets excessively deliberate.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 24, 2009, 7:33 pm
  • Why hasn’t he figured out that when he gets THAT slow that he’s not effective?

    I'mBillMcNeal August 24, 2009, 7:35 pm
  • Two walks and a slow-dribbler, and now it’s 1-0 badsox.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 7:36 pm
  • Craptastic.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 24, 2009, 7:36 pm
  • IBM, you jinxed him!

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 7:37 pm
  • Alexi. It’s about to be 4-0.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 24, 2009, 7:37 pm
  • Bay scores on the run-down, but Drew is out. I guess that’s okay, trading an out for a run there, but what the hell is up with our baserunning tonight?

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 7:54 pm
  • Shit, 4-1.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 7:59 pm
  • “technically”
    not for long.
    The biggest wolf cry on earth right now is the one from YFs touting how dangerous the Sox are. Please. This team is a threat to nobody.

    SF August 24, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • Hey, Toronto is now beating the Rays 5-3!

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 8:03 pm
  • Bases loaded for Papi!

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • 3-0 with the bases loaded. I say take three straight strikes, with Bay on deck.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • HOLY SHIT! Ortiz swinging on 3-0, and dribbles it down the first base line. Contreras bobbles it though, and everyone is safe. That was a Cano-esque error.
    I kid, I kid.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 8:19 pm
  • Wow. I will take it though.

    LocklandSF August 24, 2009, 8:20 pm
  • Haha!!!!!!!

    LocklandSF August 24, 2009, 8:21 pm
  • Another run scores on the walk.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 8:21 pm

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • Wow…

    Rob SF August 24, 2009, 8:27 pm
  • The biggest wolf cry on earth right now is the one from YFs touting how dangerous the Sox are. Please. This team is a threat to nobody.
    Posted by: SF | Monday, August 24, 2009 at 08:01 PM

    A+ reverse-jinx right here

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 8:28 pm
  • The best part about mlb.tv is that we get the game feed, but not the other NESN stuff. So for instance, they were talking with the host of Pocket Money during the inning there, and after the host left they went to a 15 second field-report from Heidi Watney. However, my feed didn’t show that, and instead had the audio of Remy and DO giggling in the booth and making fun of Fitzy, the Pocket Money host.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • That was an epic meltdown by Contreras. Spec-f*cking-tacular.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 8:50 pm
  • OMG, wha’d they say, Ath?

    Devine August 24, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • 9-4 Crimson. This is an excellent chance to eat their bullpen. Offense has really been awesome the past week.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 8:53 pm
  • Devine, Remy said: “Fitzy was a little, uhh, wound up”. And DO said something along the lines of “Yeah, I wonder what else he tries to sell on the street.” Hilarious in either case.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • Now if pitching could catch up to the hitting, we could have ourselves a ball team.

    rootbeerfloat August 24, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • The iPhone app Sportstacular is ahead of the TV, that’s kind of amazing. Although I don’t like the moment being spoiled.

    LocklandSF August 24, 2009, 8:56 pm
  • Shit, TB is up again, 8-6.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 8:56 pm
  • Had to run errands earlier this evening. What a relief to come back and see this score. I hope Clay can keep them down here.

    stuck working August 24, 2009, 9:01 pm
  • Hee hee, thanks Ath. That’s cool.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • “Now if pitching could catch up to the hitting, we could have ourselves a ball team.”
    Brad Penny not starting ever again (crossing fingers) is a great beginning.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • Aw, fuck.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • Shit. Buchholz gives up a 3-run homer, and is consequently pulled. Ram^2 time

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • Ugh, forget I ever said anything about feeling relief.

    stuck working August 24, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • Like I said: not a threat. The bullpen is going to be utterly gassed
    in about three weeks.

    SF August 24, 2009, 9:12 pm
  • Off-topic, but Johan Santana is likely heading for elbow surgery. That sound you hear is Epstein and Cashman breathing humongous sighs of relief.

    AndrewYF August 24, 2009, 9:17 pm
  • Eh. In the Yankees series, as the regulars go, they threw Saito for 2 innings, Delcarmen for 1, Ram-Ram for 1, and Bard for 1 (also Gonzalez and Bowden). I don’t think the bullpen is in trouble on that score. Plus Lester’s going tomorrow.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 9:21 pm
  • Nice pick, Youk. A-Gon, you’re supposed to be here for your defense, bro.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 9:23 pm
  • Agreed, Andrew. Though you hate to see that happen to a player of Johan’s calibre.
    Agreed Devine, especially since Beckett went 8 last night and we have Lester and Wakefield coming up.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 9:23 pm
  • I, uhh, didn’t mean to say agreed twice.
    3 innings to go, let’s get some insurance boys. When was the last time Papelbon pitched?

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 9:24 pm
  • I’ll answer my own question: Papelbon last threw 1.1 innings on Aug 18. Before that was 1.0 on the 14th, and before that 1.0 on the 11th. So he’ll probably get used tonight no matter what.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • Error puts Ellsbury on 1st. Get the record please? Right here?

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 9:28 pm
  • Pedroia singles, which lowers the chances of the record getting broken. Unless we get a double steal here…

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 9:30 pm
  • The two walks are infuriating. I thought maybe they should have pulled him after he walked Podsednik.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Not watching b-ball tonight as Yanks are off, but just to say, if someone large on the Sox were to manufacture a play at the plate so as to demolish Pierzynski, I’d be all for it.
    Where did anyone hear about surgery for Johan? All I heard is elbow discomfort, skip next start, and see team doctor. Could be terrible but could also be minor. Was there more than that??

    IronHorse August 24, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • TB has put it away in the 9th. 12-7 tuberculosis.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 9:52 pm
  • For a sec, I wondered why they pulled Oki after the 1 out, but after looking at his splits, I can see why they pulled him.
    And Bard hits Konerko, of course. Does that work for you, IH?

    Devine August 24, 2009, 9:58 pm
  • Shit, I meant to say Pierzynski, because I thought it was him (they have a similar facial structure). So now I just seem like a complete fool.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 9:59 pm
  • Wow, are we really going to make this interesting guys?

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • IH, everyone around the Mets, even Johan, expect the news not to be good. In any case, I don’t think you’ll see Santana again this year.

    AndrewYF August 24, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • Phew, escaped.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 10:02 pm
  • Not watching b-ball tonight as Yanks are off, but just to say, if someone large on the Sox were to manufacture a play at the plate so as to demolish Pierzynski, I’d be all for it.
    I hate AJ too, IH. So does most of the league.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 10:02 pm
  • Hey, insurance run from Drew. Nice.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 10:08 pm
  • J.D. Woo! Thanks for the breathing room, pal. Up to .260. Get hot, J.D.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • A rare left-field triple, as Remy says. Nice job, Sox.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • Pedro doubles, 12-7 Sox.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Heck yeah! What a rally with 2 down and no one on. 12-7.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Four straight XBH, including a homer and a triple.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • I love Dotel. He was as good to us when he was with the Yankees.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 24, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • You all would love Pierzinski if he played for you. He’s like Danny Ainge.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 24, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • Such a garbage hit by Ramirez.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 10:23 pm
  • What happened with the Ramirez hit, Devine? I missed it.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 10:26 pm
  • Chopper in front of the plate, rolled STRAIGHT down the third-base line, on the dirt right next to the grass.
    Kotsay grounder, but only one out.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 10:27 pm
  • Damage minimal.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 10:30 pm
  • 11 of RS 12 runs tonight w/ 2 outs.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 24, 2009, 10:33 pm
  • End it, Paps, for f*ck’s sake.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 24, 2009, 10:49 pm
  • K Dye, K Thome, BB Konerko. Hmph.
    Quentin flies out on a full count.
    Good on ya, offense. Good on ya, bullpen.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 10:52 pm
  • Ballgame. 1.5 lead.

    Atheose August 24, 2009, 10:52 pm
  • F7. I’ll take it.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 24, 2009, 10:53 pm
  • Lowell’s at-bat in the third was tits. Contreras had no chance. Lowell had him timed.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 24, 2009, 10:55 pm
  • And come to think of it: good on ya, Contreras. We pretty much owe that game to your error and subsequent giant eff-up.

    Devine August 24, 2009, 10:57 pm
  • So…are you guys rooting for us against the Rags this series or what???

    krueg reincarnate August 24, 2009, 11:35 pm
  • Hey, I just now saw that the Yanks have that 3 game set against Texas. And you know what? While I don’t think one could call what I’ll be doing to be “rooting” for the Yankees, I do want them to win all three games. I’ve always had a grudge against the Rangers anyway since the late ’90s, so why support them now against all reason?
    Umm, Go Opponent of the Rangers! Now pardon me while I become sick.

    FenSheaParkway August 25, 2009, 3:11 am
  • No matter what the standings, I can’t make myself root for the Yankees. Go Rangers.
    Did anyone see Spilborghs’ walk-off granny in the 14th? He SPRINTED around the bases! Someone needs to tell him to take his time and enjoy it next time.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 7:16 am
  • So you would rather have the Rags sweep us then the opposite which would help you guys greatly in the Wild Card race??? You need some hater-rade bro! ;)

    krueg reincarnate August 25, 2009, 10:00 am
  • Sorry Krueg, but I’m a Rangers fan too. And I expect our true Wild Card competition to be the Rays, not the Rangers.
    And deep down, a VERY small part of me still wants to win the division.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 1:13 pm
  • I gotcha Ath…

    krueg reincarnate August 25, 2009, 2:43 pm