Heck of a Day for a Game: A’s-Sox Gamer X

Ugh. On so many levels.

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  • I’m watching live at work. I’ll give you guys the run-down on what happens in Papi’s at-bat.
    So far Orsillo and Monty haven’t mentioned the news.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 1:34 pm
  • Quick work from Lester. On to the offense.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 1:40 pm
  • Ath – Joe C and Dave OB are talking about it on the radio

    dw (sf) July 30, 2009, 1:40 pm
  • Thanks dw. I’m sure the color analysts will mention it when Ortiz bats in a moment.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 1:41 pm
  • is the stike zone as bad as shown on gameday? lester looks to be getting hosed

    dw (sf) July 30, 2009, 1:51 pm
  • Another good inning from Lester. Still nobody talking about Ortiz.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 1:52 pm
  • David Ortiz boo’ed in the on-deck circle, not by many people but enough that it’s audible. Color analysts still not talking about it.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 1:54 pm
  • Loud cheers for Ortiz, who quickly doubles off the monster. Who needs steroids?

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 1:57 pm
  • Drew walks to load the bases with one out, setting up the GIDP by Varitek.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 30, 2009, 2:01 pm
  • Analysts totally talking about Ortiz, at least right after his hit.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 2:04 pm
  • Green is terrible, as is whoever the color guy is today. Really awful number of miscues so far, like talking about the “couple of years” we had to watch “slick-fielding shortstop” Cabrera play at Fenway.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 2:06 pm
  • Bases loaded and one out, and Green and Ellsbury both K. At least we got one.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 2:08 pm
  • Underwhelming. 1 run off 2nd and 3rd, nobody out, bases loaded, 1 down.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 2:08 pm
  • Devine, I hate him already too. It doesn’t help that he sounds a lot like Remy, but without the insight.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 2:09 pm
  • pathetic display of RISP hitting.

    dw (sf) July 30, 2009, 2:10 pm
  • Is this Bob Montgomery in the booth? I am getting flashbacks from my teen years. Is it him?

    SF July 30, 2009, 2:12 pm
  • If it is Monty, and it sure sounds like Monty, I am really dating myself, as are our commenters. Monty was, with Ned Martin, the Sox’ color man for many years on WSBK, Channel 38. I don’t recall ever being that critical of announcers like I am now. Old age, FJM, etc., have done a number.

    SF July 30, 2009, 2:14 pm
  • Good play, fun to watch, by Pedroier to end the inning.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 2:17 pm
  • Ath called him Monty, SF, so I would guess it is.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 2:17 pm
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Montgomery_(baseball_player)
    For you youngsters out there.
    Man, this is like a summer from 20 years ago, honestly. Whatever verbal miscues Monty might offer are offset by the memories this conjures up for me.

    SF July 30, 2009, 2:17 pm
  • Monty making a couple of nice observations, actually. Then he inserts a “Pedroia is gritty” comment.
    Can’t win’em all, I guess.

    SF July 30, 2009, 2:20 pm
  • Yeah it’s Monty. He looks pretty old, with white hair.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 2:21 pm
  • Monty had white hair 20 years ago!

    SF July 30, 2009, 2:25 pm
  • The bit about Bay maybe noting they are shading him to right-center so they’ll try and keep the ball away was pretty good.
    Too bad Bay K’d.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 2:25 pm
  • Yeah Devine, and it was funniest because they threw him that low-inside curveball right after he said it too!

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 2:26 pm
  • Jesus, it seems like every one of Lester’s starts is filled with infield singles. Nomar hits one there.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 2:33 pm
  • Bad luck BABIP.

    SF July 30, 2009, 2:33 pm
  • Lester looking really good.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 2:41 pm
  • God, Orsillo really jumped on that Tek flyball, which landed short of the track. In left. Bad announcing.

    SF July 30, 2009, 2:44 pm
  • No kidding SF, I thought it was gone based on his reaction.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 2:45 pm
  • Lester looks great but this may take more than one run.

    soxgirl July 30, 2009, 2:50 pm
  • Such a crap play by Bay, overrunning the ball, turning a single into a double.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 2:50 pm
  • Good job Bay.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 2:51 pm
  • mlb Radio died :(. Stuck watching gamecast…

    rootbeerfloat July 30, 2009, 2:51 pm
  • Tim Brown thinks the Red Sox will find a way to get the Halladay deal done.
    Good strikeout there from Lester.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 2:54 pm
  • Luckily didn’t matter as Lester (finally) K’d Powell.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 2:54 pm
  • Bay not adding WAR value with his defense is he?
    Lester looks like he’s not getting the bottom of the strike zone on gameday – anyone watching? Atheose

    dw (sf) July 30, 2009, 2:55 pm
  • I think Gameday is wrong dw; most of those “borderline” calls are much lower than they look on gameday.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 2:56 pm
  • I really hope they do. Despite Ortiz’s assertion they need another bat (he would think so), what this team needs is a 3rd not-crap starting pitcher who isn’t Wakefield…

    Devine July 30, 2009, 2:57 pm
  • Ellsbury has been so good recently.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 2:59 pm
  • Ellsbury picked-off.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 3:00 pm
  • Picked off right on cue.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 3:00 pm
  • Nice running grab in left-center by Davis there.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 3:01 pm
  • Interesting trivia question: who was the last major-league player to bat without a helmet?

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 3:01 pm
  • Weeeeeeeeeeeak.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 3:03 pm
  • who was the player to play for 3 differnt world series teams 3 years in a row?

    dw (sf) July 30, 2009, 3:04 pm
  • Whaddaya know: it’s Bob Montgomery, in 1979.
    Interestingly enough: he was the first catcher to wear a catcher’s mask.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 3:06 pm
  • I dunno dw, that’s a good one. What time period?

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 3:09 pm
  • Jesus, Lester getting squeezed hard. Balls 3 and 4 were both strikes.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 3:17 pm
  • Whoa, Drew nearly screwed up bad there. But just the one expected run in. Will Lester get the 3rd out before there’s another?

    Devine July 30, 2009, 3:19 pm
  • I dunno if that’s true about the catcher’s mask. Didn’t Yogi Berra wear one, for instance?

    Devine July 30, 2009, 3:23 pm
  • I thought so too Devine, but Monty says it was him.
    Wow, bloop single makes it 4-1. Goddamnit.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 3:24 pm
  • This seasons is going down the drain in real time, eh?

    SF July 30, 2009, 3:25 pm
  • Ath – any time period (I think there’s only one)
    this game is unraveling – the mighty A’s have come to town!

    dw (sf) July 30, 2009, 3:25 pm
  • I think he said he wore a special helmet that he wore at all times, both batting and catching.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 3:26 pm
  • Catcher’s mask apparently was invented in the 1870s.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 3:26 pm
  • Okay, time to do something that’s not watching this.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 3:29 pm
  • Yeah that’s what he said Devine, and he said “Since I wore that special one at all times I was also the first catcher to wear a mask.” Sounds like a load of BS.
    Lester pulled, Delcarmen in. Horrible way to end it, considering how well he was doing.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 3:29 pm
  • Bob Montgomery was the first color man I saw on Red Sox broadcasts on WSBK, though Sean McDonough was the guy I remember most.
    Still weirds me out how much Orsillo sounds like a slightly annoying McDonough.

    Paul SF July 30, 2009, 3:35 pm
  • My question on the Ortiz reaction would be, “How many people knew about the news when he came to the plate?” I would guess most of the fans were already in the ballpark when the news broke. I suppose word of mouth would get around, and people would probably get alerts on their smartphones.
    Never mind. That was a very pre-smartphone question. I’m still adjusting, apparently.

    Paul SF July 30, 2009, 3:37 pm
  • Funny you say that Paul, because Monty sounds a lot like Remy.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 3:38 pm
  • The news broke around 11:30, two hours before the game. Surely the news would have spread by word-of-mouth to 90% of the crowd by the time he batted in the 2nd inning.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 3:40 pm
  • D’oh, it was more like 12:30.
    More runs, but still trailing. Hey bullpen, hold them close please?

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 3:54 pm
  • Look at that – another run.

    Brad July 30, 2009, 4:19 pm
  • DAVID ORTIZ! Three-run homer to put the Sox up 6-5.
    Maybe this is all a relief to Papi.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 4:21 pm
  • Wow, timing for this HR couldn’t be more.. odd?

    Lar July 30, 2009, 4:24 pm
  • Funny how that works out, huh Lar? ARod’s first at-bat was a homer after he was outed. Ortiz with a big night as well.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 4:24 pm
  • Weird.

    Brad July 30, 2009, 4:27 pm
  • Wow. I mean, wow. Haha, I don’t even know what to say about that.

    Paul SF July 30, 2009, 4:28 pm
  • Ya, haha.. Well, ARod had to endure months and months + injury off time. I don’t know if this “sinked” in for him yet, though of course, I have no idea what to make of this right now, even..

    Lar July 30, 2009, 4:32 pm
  • Varitek doubles in another run.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 4:36 pm
  • got to get a 3 run lead for Pap…. :)

    dw (sf) July 30, 2009, 4:38 pm
  • That last one they got him didn’t work out so well though. Maybe he needs five.

    Paul SF July 30, 2009, 4:44 pm
  • got to get a 3 run lead for Pap…. :)
    Got that right.

    Brad July 30, 2009, 4:46 pm
  • here we go..

    Brad July 30, 2009, 4:47 pm
  • Hey look a one-out single.
    Kill me now.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 4:49 pm
  • wow. My grandma could steal on Varitek – call it what you want, but honestly, he can’t throw anyone out anymore.

    Brad July 30, 2009, 4:51 pm
  • Pleasant surprise! And not even too heart-attacky of a 9th!

    Devine July 30, 2009, 4:53 pm
  • Errr, post eaten?
    Anyway, I’m happy!

    Devine July 30, 2009, 4:53 pm
  • Oh hey we won a baseball game. How ’bout that.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 4:55 pm
  • Well, him falling behind everybody was pretty heart-attacky, as was the relatively hard liner to 2nd. Still, it’s the best you can expect from Pap these days.

    Devine July 30, 2009, 5:09 pm
  • I just watched Papi’s dinger and Orsillo’s call. I hesitate to read too much into it, but Orsillo was really nonchalant, he almost sounded a little pissed. No reference to the PED story in the narrative of the homer, as might have been predictable. It was a really moribund call on a late-game three run jack to put a team ahead amidst team struggles and a tough personal day. It was very odd.

    SF July 30, 2009, 5:11 pm
  • I think Orsillo didn’t know what direction to take it. He should have been thinking about that before the homer, but it really sounded like he was floundering for the right words.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 5:16 pm
  • Ath, to me he sounded kind of pissed, like “I have to get excited about this lying sack?” kind of pissed. It was totally out of character for a late-inning Papi shot from Orsillo.
    But then again, this could all be projection by me.

    SF July 30, 2009, 5:23 pm
  • I just listened to it again, and he seemed cautious at first and then his call gained more and more momentum after it became obvious that it was gone. Maybe he was hesitant at first after he made that Varitek fly-ball out seem like a homer last night.

    Atheose July 30, 2009, 5:30 pm

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