Home at Last: Mariners-Sox Gamer I

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Fenway Park, 1:21pm, 4.10.07

Where’s a hot stove when you need one? Mother and Father of SF are in the house up in Boston (as usual), and the word of the day is COLD.  Somehow through the chill my tech-savvy (NOT!) mother was able to send me a shot of the field during warmups, and if she has a few Fenway Frankless moments during the contest we hope to post more of her fine work.  Today’s game features the Sox and Mariners, with Josh Beckett taking the hill for our beloved Beantowners.  The Mariners sic World Series hero Jeff Weaver on the Sox, and there’s hopefully a little rust all over Seattle: they haven’t played a game since last Wednesday, in part due to blizzards, monsoons, tornadoes, locusts, and at least three more of the ten plagues. 

This is your game thread for today’s Fenway opener.

[ED: New pics after the jump, updated as they come in from the stadium]

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  • SF –
    Are these your parents season tickets? If so, they’re very, very near some of my family as well…

    Brad April 10, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • Yep, season tix that have been in the family for about 65 years, maybe 70. Great seats.
    I have never been to opening day, though. Only two seats and two parents. There’s the math.

    SF April 10, 2007, 1:40 pm
  • Yeah, they’re sitting, I’d say, within five or six seats of my Aunt and Unlce. Somehow, the math always ends up that way with me too! Although, I do get to go to a lot of games on them though throughout the season.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • looks like a new center sponsor on the monster.

    YF April 10, 2007, 1:49 pm
  • Listening to the opening day announcement of the starting lineups.
    The team interpreter just got a really nice ovation, almost as loud as the ones for Schilling, Ortiz, and Matsuzaka. Too funny.

    Scott SF April 10, 2007, 1:49 pm
  • question for ma & pa: any japanese signage up in the place? any visible signs of the sox trying to recoup some of their $102 million?

    YF April 10, 2007, 1:52 pm
  • HAHAH… Bobby Goullet (sp) singing now! All I can ever think of when I see this guy is that Will Ferrell skit on SNL when he does Bobby singing the new(er) hip-hop songs…funny stuff.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • Or, they’re 51 million, but whatever. You say potato, I say posting fee and contract are not the same. Hey! We should start a post on this so we can argue about it some more! hahahah.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • Or, their 51 million, but whatever. You say potato, I say posting fee and contract are not the same. Hey! We should start a post on this so we can argue about it some more! hahahah.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 1:59 pm
  • On opening fricken day, why can’t mlb.tv just cut to the NESN broadcast ten minutes early? I don’t know or care who Seth Everett is, but his hair is pissing me off.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 1:59 pm
  • sorry for the double. I tried editing my very bad choice of words too late.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 2:00 pm
  • Agreed, d1, though I don’t mind occasionally glancing up to see Papelbon going all Tourette’s (sp?) on Tek after getting the save in that last game.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 2:01 pm
  • Ask and ye shall receive. New pics posted above of the Dunkin’ Donuts ad over the bleachers, in full-on Japanese. Not quite a “new revenue stream”…
    I’ve got Mom looking for more.

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:04 pm
  • Yeah, that’s always nice, but the crappy public access feel of the pregame stuff just grates on me a bit.
    Another funny Goulet bit: His Emerald Nuts Superbowl commercial.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:06 pm
  • The whole flag over the green moster thing is awesome. I wish I could get tickets to opening day once in my damn life.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 2:06 pm
  • It’s like Jasper Johns was given a massive canvas.

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • Beckett with K#1.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • ugh, I’m already getting the typad thing.
    One pitch to Beltre..another out.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • yf- i noticed a bunch of trash blowing around yankee stadium this weekend. were you guy’s trying to recoup some of that kevin brown money?

    sf rod April 10, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • easy inning there for Beckett.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • Beckett gets through the first on 16 pitches and strikes out Ichiro on the way. Not bad.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 2:16 pm
  • Lugo walks on four pitches.

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:18 pm
  • Now this is Jeff Weaver. The guy who showed up for the Cards in the postseason must have been Jered in disguise.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:19 pm
  • Joe Castiglione just called him “Jeff Weaver, post-season hero”. My eardrums bled.

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:19 pm
  • He reminds me of Derek Lowe. Only he looks really angry, instead of just…dejected.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • Weaver’s gameday mug is awful. Looks like he’s been doing meth.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • Woohoo! Walk Lugo, single to right Youk. C’mon, big bats.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • Wow, what a terrible pic. Looks like Weaver’s missing about three teeth and spent all night forcing himself on someone on a seedy bar’s pool table.

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • can i just reiterate….thank god we didn’t do something drastic to get lidge.

    sf rod April 10, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • did mom sf get a picture of the giant rising sun flag when they unfurrelled it over the stars and stripes?
    [we kid]

    YF April 10, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • I like that. “Weaver in the midst of a meeting with himself behind the mound.” Good one.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • it’s called meth mouth. it’s very common in the pacific northwest.

    sf rod April 10, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • Mom SF was lucky to get the pictures she did. Knowing her technical skills I am surprised she didn’t accidentally call Kyoto and rack up an enormous cell phone bill.

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:24 pm
  • Papi! Single fills the sacks.

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:25 pm
  • C’mon Manny…here’s a shot at getting closer to Gehrig on the granny all-time list.
    (just don’t swing at a ball)

    Devine April 10, 2007, 2:25 pm
  • That’ll do, Manny. That’ll do.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 2:28 pm
  • Good start…..

    Brad April 10, 2007, 2:29 pm
  • The Sox’ new color man just said something like “it’s like the Mariners are bringing the weather with them”, regarding the pending snow/rain coming to Boston.
    Of course, the Mariners’ road trip did go from West to East, so that’s not all that weird.
    Manny! Single drives in Lugo. 1-0 Sox.

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:29 pm
  • Jeff Weaver, still killing the Yankees.

    YF April 10, 2007, 2:29 pm
  • Yaaay. Gotta wonder why Youk couldn’t score after the absolutely horrendous throw. If he’d been a few steps down the line when it came home, it’d have been a close play. Guess there’s no reason to push it with Weaver as likely to walk in a run as give up another hit.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:29 pm
  • Come on, Nanc- JD!

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:30 pm
  • lets hope for some of that June 27, 2003 magic :D

    TJ April 10, 2007, 2:30 pm
  • He got more of that then I thought he did. Drew’s gonna have a lot of fun with that Wall this year.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:32 pm
  • JD sac fly to deep center knocks in Youk. 2-0 Sox. Ortiz tags to third – good baserunning from the big guy.

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:33 pm
  • It’s not greedy of me to say I expect at least four runs out of this.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 2:33 pm
  • Well that was unfortunate. Bad ab by Lowell.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • Weaver up to 36 pitches.

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:35 pm
  • Toast walks. Breaking it open would be a nice thing.
    Crisp follows Toast. That’s got a ring to it!

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:36 pm
  • That was an…interesting called strike on the 2-0 to Tek. Certainly hope Beckett gets those calls.
    I’m predicting a fly out on the fourth pitch for Crisp. If Weaver actually throws a strike.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:36 pm
  • I can’t really bitch about the Red Sox batters not working the counts this inning, can I?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 2:37 pm
  • Coco! Double down the right field line, 2 runs score. 4-0 Sox!

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:39 pm
  • That’s awesome, Coco. GRD down the right field line. 4-0.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 2:39 pm
  • Stupid fan. Nice rip by Crisp.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • Bill, your four run dreams are answered.

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • That called strike 2 to Pedroia was BS. Yes I’m being greedy.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 2:41 pm
  • yfsf > gamecast
    in espn world, it’s still 2-0. maybe that’s better?

    YF April 10, 2007, 2:41 pm
  • Damn, not quite far enough. I didn’t like that strike-2 call to Pedroia…but can’t complain too much about four runs in the first inning.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:42 pm
  • 47-pitch first inning for Weaver. Here’s hoping he comes back for the 2nd.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:43 pm
  • That fan should be escorted out of the park immediately. I hate stupid people. If you don’t know the fecking rules, don’t sit there and wait to interfere with the play! Jesus.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 2:44 pm
  • Weaver got up to 47 pitches for the 1st inning.
    It can only be good for the Sox in this series to get deep into the Seattle pen today, which would have benefits beyond this one game.

    Anonymous April 10, 2007, 2:45 pm
  • Beckett getting the curve over. Effing yes.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • Nice play on the slow roller by Beckett. He looked like he was getting squeezed a bit…I wonder if our run of umps has really been bad or if I’m just completely incapable of looking at it objectively, no matter how hard I try.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • Weaver got up to 47 pitches for the 1st inning.
    It can only be good for the Sox in this series to get deep into the Seattle pen today, which would have benefits beyond this one game.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 2:47 pm
  • Friggin’ super, Beckett. 2K’s, 27 pitches through 2.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 2:48 pm
  • Beckett appears to be cruising so far, with 27 pitches and 2 Ks through 2 innings. Having a 4-run cushion can only be adding to his confidence…

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • sending nine guys to the plate in the first aint a bad thing. beckett no hitter through 2.

    sf rod April 10, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • Lugo…double, and six more pitches from Weaver.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • And Lugo leads off with a double… Boy, Weaver is having the kind of game today that Ponson had yesterday.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 2:52 pm
  • Tch, why couldn’t that ball have kicked into the garage area? Would have been good for a triple, instead of some crappy double. Heh.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:52 pm
  • 5 zip.
    Nice.
    Classic Weaver.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • Youks doubles, too, Lugo scores. This is getting ugly (pretty from a Boston perspective).

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • Leave it to Jeff Weaver to wake up an offense. He’s better for a team’s psyche then an entire army of sports psychologists.
    And did Big Papi just enter to Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy?” That’s pretty sick.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • Weaver just looks awful. His control is awful, his pitches even when executed are awful, and his personal hygene looks awful.

    mattymatty April 10, 2007, 2:56 pm
  • Wow, you turn around for 4 minutes and Beckett glides, Weaver throws about another 76 pitches, and the Sox go ahead 5-0. Nice!

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:56 pm
  • …that was a pretty nasty pitch to get Papi.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 2:56 pm
  • “I remember when, I remember, I remember Papi in Game 5…” [that’s for you Gnarls fans]

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 2:57 pm
  • How much you want to be the Mets and Tigers are all sitting around, gritting their teeth, and thinking “how the f*ck did we ever lose to this guy?”

    SF April 10, 2007, 2:58 pm
  • Let’s just hope Josh doesn’t get cold during these long Weaver half-innings…

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 2:59 pm
  • Man, how could the yanks ever have let Weaver slip our grasp.
    God he sucks.

    sam YF April 10, 2007, 2:59 pm
  • I like me some JD Drew, he crushed that.
    7-0

    LocklandSF April 10, 2007, 2:59 pm
  • Hell yeah, JD DREW! Homer to dead center. 7-0. And my fantasy team thanks you too.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 2:59 pm
  • JD Drew with a dead-center dingdong! 7-0 Sox.
    Like we have said all along: Sox fans are gonna hate the way this kid plays.

    SF April 10, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • Wow. That ball was just…crushed. I don’t blame Weaver for being a little surprised, either; he had to reach out for it and still managed to drive it out of dead centerfield. Welcome to Boston, JD Drew.
    Wonder when the next “JD Drew is a slug” Bob Ryan column will be coming out?

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 3:01 pm
  • Oh boy, JD homers to make it 7-0.
    You just know there is some 8-year-old kid seeing their first ballgame, who will never forget opening day at Fenway 2007.
    (It is incredible having Drew in the 5-hole behind Papi and Manny; just when a pitcher thinks the worst is over, he clobbers ’em.)

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 3:01 pm
  • THE Hawk Harrelson?
    Quick, Don and Remy, kill him!

    Devine April 10, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • That ball Drew hit was a change-up, too. To straight center. The look on Weaver’s face was priceless.

    Steve April 10, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • Bill Bavasi is the worst Gm and signing Jeff Weaver … hahah, This guy is horrible

    Jaycee-Yf April 10, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • Heh, Beckett’s relaxing now. 2nd and 3rd, nobody out.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 3:05 pm
  • Beckett in a spot of trouble here, 2/3 none out.

    SF April 10, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • Ground out scores one. Get outs, give up the two runs if you have to. Not the end of the world.

    SF April 10, 2007, 3:08 pm
  • Wow. Ichiro does not like Josh Beckett.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • The M’s get a run on a grounder, man standing at third, one out, 7-1 Sox. Beckett has 5 more to give.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • got him again!

    Brad April 10, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • Big K there. Now the really big out – stranding that runner at third would be very nice.

    SF April 10, 2007, 3:10 pm
  • has ichiro ever k’d in consecutive at bats?

    sf rod April 10, 2007, 3:12 pm
  • Nice job under the circumstances, Mr. Josh-dude.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 3:12 pm
  • You have to wonder if Beckett maybe lost a bit of concentration in the beginning of that inning.
    Aww, they took Weaver out. I’d have left him in until his arm fell off. They you could turn to the GM and say “He’s hurt, we need someone else.”

    mattymatty April 10, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • Okay, so Beckett is looking a little more mortal, but with 45 pitches over 3 innings and a 7-1 lead, is still on track for a fine outing…

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • At least Ponson pitched five solid innings than Weaver..

    Jaycee-Yf April 10, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • “has ichiro ever k’d in consecutive at bats?”
    When he was 18 and in his first season as a pro in Japan, Matsuzaka K’d Ichiro in 3 straight ab’s. :-)
    Here’s video of the ab’s, courtesy of Deadspin.
    http://tinyurl.com/2ok5r6

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • I love that they are wearing out this bullpen today, but with the matchup tomorrow, there’s a real chance that they won’t need them tomorrow for much of anything, so it may not matter! I think we’re going to see a gem of a game tomorrow.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 3:17 pm
  • I gotta admire Pedroia’s plate discipline this year (as he walks, moving Tek to 2nd, with one gone).
    When does Dustin get a nickname? I haven’t heard one yet.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 3:20 pm
  • thanks d1. seems like you had that one ready to go.

    sf rod April 10, 2007, 3:20 pm
  • Hee hee! Now *this* is a home opener.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 3:21 pm
  • how about dPod

    TJ April 10, 2007, 3:22 pm
  • Lugo gets Tek home with a chopper past Beltre… 8-1.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 3:22 pm
  • Heh, I saw it yesterday and found it fairly entertaining. It’s still on Deadspin’s front page, so it’s not really too hard to find.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • Great play by Betancourt to save another run.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 3:25 pm
  • what about “trot jr.” for pedroia. i see some similarities.

    sf rod April 10, 2007, 3:29 pm
  • Man, it’s like the team was just waiting until they got to Fenway to start hitting.
    I sure hope this is a sign of things to come and not just the fact that Weaver blows.

    LocklandSF April 10, 2007, 3:30 pm
  • Hudson, he’s had one for a while, Munchkin.

    LocklandSF April 10, 2007, 3:32 pm
  • llewoLowell

    Devine April 10, 2007, 3:35 pm
  • I’m pretty sure the team BA and OBP will be about 150 points higher after this game.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 3:35 pm
  • This rocks. I hope they can score tomorrow.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 3:36 pm
  • TEKKIE

    TJ April 10, 2007, 3:36 pm
  • Great to see Varitek getting in on the action, too.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 3:36 pm
  • A Lowell double to left and a Tek single to center make it 11-1. The mercy rule may have to be invoked soon. It’s like that R.E.M. song, “Everybody Hits,” I mean “Hurts.”

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • Tch, Sexson came far too close to catching that ball. As a fan, if your team pops a foul into the stands near you, you are obligated to interfere as much as physically possible.
    But at least he smells like cheap beer.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • Wakefield must be sitting there saying, “save a few for me, fellas.”

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 3:40 pm
  • Blech, Seattle showing why they continue to be one of the worst teams in baseball.

    Andrew April 10, 2007, 3:41 pm
  • Now Woods is over 50 pitches.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 3:41 pm
  • Yeah Andrew, I’m looking forward to the Red Sox facing a real power housee like Tampa Bay or Baltimore.

    LocklandSF April 10, 2007, 3:46 pm
  • Beckett’s been getting that curve over for strikes more then he’s been missing with it…or at least, it seems that way. And he’s using it fairly often…if he can do that, it doesn’t matter who he faces, he’s going to do well.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 3:48 pm
  • 7 pitch inning, rolling.

    LocklandSF April 10, 2007, 3:48 pm
  • Beckett cruising… 7 pitches and through another one!

    Brad April 10, 2007, 3:49 pm
  • Beckett is croooooooo-zing.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 3:49 pm
  • “toast” got 2 hits???????…………..
    …yyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!…

    dc April 10, 2007, 3:51 pm
  • Beckett has thrown 10 fewer in five, than Weaver in two.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 3:51 pm
  • Quick inning for Beckett, 60 pitches through 5, 3 Ks, 1 run.
    Brandon Morrow in to pitch for Seattle.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • Beckett looks great, but the Mariners are helping him out by swinging at the first or second pitch a fair amount. Thats not a knock against Beckett so much as it is a knock against the Mariners.
    Yr never as good as you look when you win and yr never as bad as you look when you lose, but the Mariners look awful in all phases of the game.

    mattymatty April 10, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • but beckett’s doing it against the undermanned mariners…

    dc April 10, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • This kid can bring it….

    Brad April 10, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • Hahaha, that was the absolute worst ball four I’ve ever seen somebody throw. Holy hell…I know it must have slipped but jeez…

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • This kid can bring it….
    Welcome to opening day second stringers!

    Brad April 10, 2007, 3:54 pm
  • I was just about to ask “how long before Francona starts pulling guys?” and before I could get the words out of my mouth, here comes Hinske to hit for Manny.

    mattymatty April 10, 2007, 3:54 pm
  • I think Mike Hargrove is an idiot, but you have to feel bad for him today. Everyone who he’s put out there has looked bad, pitchers, batters, fielders, everyone.

    mattymatty April 10, 2007, 3:55 pm
  • Jesus. I turn off the game to do some work and miss 6 runs.
    “Mercy.” — Ned Martin.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 3:55 pm
  • C’mon, rook, I’m all for the Sox scoring a couple more, but you’re down 10, throw some strikes.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 3:56 pm
  • Wily Mo in the house.

    SF April 10, 2007, 3:57 pm
  • Wily Mo plunked.

    SF April 10, 2007, 3:58 pm
  • Matty, I agree, but if Beckett is dropping that hook in on the first pitch, a batter can’t necessarily sit back and wait on the fastball, and he’s certainly been able to get it over for strikes today.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • I feel dirty getting mad at Lowell GIDPing to push the 12th run over, ruining a potentially big rally. Therefore, I will not get mad, and save my energy for another game.

    SF April 10, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • 12-1 Sox on a DP grounder by Lowell.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • Did you know a game in which a team scores in every inning is less common than a perfect game? Sadly, even if the 6th, 7th, and 8th have runs for the Sox, I don’t know if it’ll count since they likely won’t have a 9th.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • Tek so far: 3 for 3 with a walk and 3 RBIs.

    mattymatty April 10, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • Bummer that WMP got hit. I was fully expecting him to hit a 500-foot bomb to right-center.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • the sox offense broke MLB gameday.

    sf rod April 10, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • With that twelth run the suspense is gone. I’m outta here. GO SOX! (not that thats necessary now)

    mattymatty April 10, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • Toast! 3-3 with 3 RBIs. How promising.
    On the other hand, it’s just the Mariners, to channel YF circa Daisuke’s first start.
    ;-)

    SF April 10, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • In games like this I always recall the very first ballgame I ever saw, at Fenway. The Sox went up 10-2, and as a kid I was in heaven. But the Royals came back and won it, 19-12. I’ve never seen so much hitting in one game since. I forget the year, but it was the George Brett era for KC.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • I’m glad to know it’s not just mine.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • Yeah, I mean, *everyone* scores 13 runs against the Mariners on cold days.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • speaking of yf’s “undermanned” comment….will tomorrows contest have an asterick as well? just wondering which teams are properly manned?

    sf rod April 10, 2007, 4:06 pm
  • THREE K’S AGAINST ICHIRO!

    Devine April 10, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • Hoooo now, Ichiro Ks for the third time.
    (If the Sox win the A.L. East, YFs will be saying “what do you expect, in such a weak division?”)

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • Let me just say, Holy Crap.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • Anyone that can strike out Ichiro THREE times is a pretty good pitcher.

    LocklandSF April 10, 2007, 4:09 pm
  • Beckett on a mission to piss of Nick.

    Brad April 10, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • Beckett has 7 Ks through 6 innings.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • 7 K’s through 5. (Can’t believe it’s only the 5th inning…)
    72 pitches through 5 isn’t fantastic, but it’s not bad, either. On pace to go 7 strong, 8 if they hack like they did in the 4th inning.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • Much as I’d love to see a CG from Beckett today, this is an ideal game to give Timlin a little workout.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:12 pm
  • Whoops. Dumb mistake…72 pitches through 6. That’s actually really fricken good.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 4:12 pm
  • nick- feel free to comment on becketts start.

    sf rod April 10, 2007, 4:14 pm
  • desturbd, Beckett has thrown 72 pitches through 6 innings, not 5.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:14 pm
  • Even when he makes an out, Pedroia usually hits the ball hard. And Cora got robbed…oh well.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 4:14 pm
  • Youks doubles again, almost over the wall.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • What if someone gets hurt?

    Devine April 10, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • Man, maybe even Mirabelli can get a hit today…

    LocklandSF April 10, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • Six Sox doubles on the day, according to EEI.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • Or not.

    LocklandSF April 10, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Damn, Belli Ks, ending the possibility of scoring in every inning.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:19 pm
  • New picture at the top of the blog, thanks to Mom.
    Fenway Franks. Mmmmm.

    SF April 10, 2007, 4:22 pm
  • I just saw a previous post about Ponson. I don’t understand how his five innings qualify as “solid.” He was positively awful. Not Weaver awful, but awful. There was nothing solid about that start at all.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • Beckett gets his 8th K in 7 innings.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • 15 in a row, 8 K’s, 84 pitches. Incredible.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • Fenway Franks: Now with 10% less sawdust and shredded cardboard filler!

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • Beckett has 84 pitches through 7 and looks like a thoroughbred..
    You let hime come out for 8?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • Maybe Beckett can come back for the 8th, and intentionally walk a couple of batters to get at Ichiro for a chance at a 4th K… Okay, I’m getting greedy here.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:29 pm
  • Hinske with the Sox’s 7th double of the day… I almost forgot he was on the roster. This is a deep bench.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • Yes, you are getting greedy, Hudson, but I like the way you’re thinking.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • 179 pitches from Seattle hurlers today already, as Lowell sac’s Hinske to score the 14th run.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:34 pm
  • Man, M’s fans don’t like us Bostonians too much. I don’t blame them for being bitter, but the guys at Lookout Landing have been talking a ton of sh*t about Boston fans. I’d reccomend starting a rivalry, but…they’re the worst team on the West Coast, and have been for quite some time. Doesn’t seem worth it.
    Hinske piling it on. I like it.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 4:35 pm
  • Don’t know if I missed the discussion in an earlier post, but did anyone read about Jim Ed’s recent comments to the Pawsox?
    Kind of, um, disturbing.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 4:35 pm
  • There’s no upside to bringing Beckett back for the 8th in this weather. Why?
    Let there be mopup men!

    SF April 10, 2007, 4:35 pm
  • Nuh uh, Bill. Got a link?

    Devine April 10, 2007, 4:36 pm
  • Beckett’s done, Donnelly’s coming in. Can’t really complain about the move; it’s been fun to watch Beckett, but I suppose this is an ideal time to get Donnelly and Timlin some work.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 4:37 pm
  • the donkeys assumes mopup duty.

    sf rod April 10, 2007, 4:38 pm
  • Here’s Donnelly in the 8th. Still hoping to see Timlin in the 9th.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:38 pm
  • Speaking of nastiness toward Boston fans, Deadspin, as it slides into oblivion, started piling on, too. Especially on the Patriots.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • Weird. Wonder what they said to each other during that minor dust up.
    And he hits Johjima (on purpose?) and gets thrown out of the game. So weird.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 4:43 pm
  • After having words with Guillen, Donnelly hits Johjima and gets ejected. Pointless and stupid, but the crowd seems to be enjoying it..

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 4:44 pm
  • Gimme a minute, Devine.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 4:44 pm
  • Wow. Uhh…Donnelly doing his own thing to endear himself to the Boston fans. Wonder what he said to Guillen…guess he could have just looked at him wrong or thought something mean in his general direction; he is a fricken nut case after all.
    Didn’t look like an intentional bean. If they retaliate, though…tomorrow’s gonna be even more interesting.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 4:45 pm
  • Try this for the Rice comments.
    http://randomthoughts.ianbethune.com/?p=880
    There might be more at ProJo.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • That HBP was in no way intentional, just awful timing.

    LocklandSF April 10, 2007, 4:49 pm
  • O’Brien says Timlin is warming in the pen.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 4:50 pm
  • Thanks, Bill.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 4:52 pm
  • Yeah, some…interesting comments from the man looking for a HoF berth. Seems like tone and context might help for some of them, but doesn’t sound like a guy trying to make friends.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • FYI: My roommate remembered reading a book about the Nationals’ first season, which talked about the history between Guillen and Donnelly. Apparently the two didn’t get along when they played on the same team, and when Donnelly got caught with pine tar, it was because Guillen ratted him out. So…that probably explains the 8th inning exchange.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 5:03 pm
  • Timlin’s wild…that single wasn’t his fault, though.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 5:06 pm
  • Radio team also said Guillen-Donnelly have a bad history.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 10, 2007, 5:06 pm
  • Guy’s a billion years old and can throw 92. Man…

    Devine April 10, 2007, 5:09 pm
  • a billion in baseball years, of course.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • If he’s a billion, then what is Julio Franco? A gajillion?

    SF April 10, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • Not exactly an auspicious debut for Timlin.

    Andrew April 10, 2007, 5:14 pm
  • I know…immediately afterward I started thinking, “Clemens, Ryan, Franco…”
    PS I only just got CAPTCHAed on that last comment.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 5:14 pm
  • And, to understate the matter, the Sox win.

    Devine April 10, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • …Timlin’s still a tad rusty. Or, he’s the same pitcher he was last season, in which case he won’t be particularly useful this year. I’m optimistic…hopefully they go slow with him and he can go back to being a suitable late-inning guy.

    desturbd1 April 10, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • Eh, who cares about Timlin today. Perfect chance for him to get into a game situation with zero pressure, see how his body is feeling without much worry and to see how it recovers tomorrow from his first appearance in a long time. If he pitches like this in a tight game in the next few days, then that’s something to worry about a little more.
    Today’s effort reveals just about nothing useful, at least until tomorrow, when Timlin wakes up and feels his own body’s reaction to real game action.

    SF April 10, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • My only concern after today is that sometimes a team’s bats go quiet after a blow-out like today. The best that can be said of the Mariners is that they faced tough pitching almost all day, and thus are arguably more prepared for Matsuzaka tomorrow than the Sox, who feasted on mediocrity all day, may be for Hernandez.
    But I’d much rather a 14-3 win than a 4-3 win, and tomorrow’s another day for pro athletes who invariably claim, at least, to just take it one at bat at a time…

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 6:15 pm
  • WOW.
    This was the welcome home ye sick exhausted child from a long day or work and no power, I needed.
    I worked till 3pm (started at 6am), to see my house had no power do to some construction being done, so taken away from any of the game at all I went to bed. Power didn’t come back till 30 minutes ago.
    I awaken to see… 14-3????!!! Holy smokes! Offensive slump, my butt.Only Crisp and PEdroia did not COMPELTEY ‘tear it up’ so to speak.. and Crisps lone hit still got two runs in! Beckett sharp two starts in a row? Praise Zombie Jesus!
    WOW. WOW.

    Dionysus April 10, 2007, 6:50 pm
  • Hernandez – Matsuzaka is the matchup of the young year. Throw in Ichiro stepping in for Dice-K’s first pitch in Fenway and you’ve got quite a game.
    If Schilling, Beckett and Dice-K all pitch well, Andy better go get his friend Rocket. (And don’t forget the Wanger is coming back.)

    john April 10, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • …yyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!…
    …toasttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    …yyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!…

    dc April 10, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • dream on john

    dc April 10, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • My girlfriend said Weaver looked like “a cat that got thrown in the bath” after Drew’s home run.

    Kazz April 11, 2007, 8:54 am
  • Dear SF-While trying to get you your photos Opening Day, accidentally called Osaka(not Kyoto) and used up so much time and money that the family seats to Fenway might have to be sold off to pay the bill. Who said I’m tecnically challenged?

    SF's mom April 11, 2007, 11:11 am

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