But what can we do? Jon Miller almost makes up for it. Consider this your Yanks-Sox Game 4 comment thread.
Al K’s Damon. Kiss that hit streak goodbye?
Al wears 19 in honor of Rags? We guess he’s going to blow the game: just like Rags!
Too early and anything can happen, but I can’t imagine the excuses SF would come up with if they lose this one to Leiter, and 3 of 4 at Fenway.
Leiter got “smacked around” and Wakefield “throws one game away”, and “let’s see where the Yankees are in 2 weeks since the Sox have already played all those teams, twice already”. Hahaha, save it.
Has it not yet been established that Dan Shaughnessy is a moron? I want to pull my hair out. Will people please stop talking about his stupid column!!!???? EEK!!!!!
What excuses would I make? You want to back up your personification of me with some of my past “excuses”? Or are you just a flame-throwing, neanderthallish Yankee fan?
If anything, I am usually pretty overzealous in my criticism of the Sox. You must be new to this site.
Whatever. Renteria walked on a strike.
And that was a BALL!!!
How many breaks do the Sox get tonight?
Sounds like YF is the one making excuses. And up 4-1 no less. Stuff a sock in it, YF.
Al Leiter: K machine!
Hey, don’t steal Bellhorn’s nickname for Al. Marky had it first.
Getting a little testy there huh SF. Simmer down, it can end up being only 3 losses in a 4 game series at home against the Yankees in July.
YF isn’t making excuses, it’s a fact, backed up by K-Zone and every person not a Sox fan watching the game, other than the home plate umpire.
Ah, yes, those unquestionably Sox-biased umpires. Again they strike! When will the league crack down on them!? When will they stop letting them wear “Property of the Boston Red Sox Baseball Club” tee shirts underneath their chest protectors?!
You guys need help.
yeah, no kidding. if only sf was unbiased and willing to look at things from both sides.
you know, more like joe morgan.
leiter’s pitching a good game. wakefield isn’t doing too badly, a couple mistakes notwithstanding. the sox’ bats have got to wake up soon, though.
SF you’ve got to be kidding me and you’ve got to stop using that lame reasoning. Let me see you try to make a logical argument.
Do you agree the umpire blew those 2 calls? Did you see that pitch? I’m not saying anything about a Sox-biased umpire, I’m just saying the umpires have CLEARLY blown 2 calls so far, the 3-0 on Bernie, and this one again on Bernie. Boy you’re getting really testy now, but that’s understandable, it’s got to be painful to see your team about to lose 3 of 4 at home against the Yankees.
We’re talking about the umpires? Guys, the Sox are looking like dog***t.
2 more scoreless innings and Al moves up to staff ace.
Posada’s slump is over and he’s in mind meld with Leiter.
Sheff in this series: 8 for 14 with 2 home runs and 5 doubles.
Leiter in this game: 48 strikes, 28 balls, 7 strikeouts, 2 hits, one of them and the run a result of the Ortiz shift.
Exactly. John-YF is 100% right. The Sox are playing terribly. The Yankees are hitting (and tonight, pitching). What else is there? This formula = Yankee wins and Sox losses, more often than not. Who cares about the umps, besides YF and Al.Bundy?
Leiter’s a nibbler? He is going right at a tough lineup.
As soon as I say that, Leiter falls behind for the first two times and Manny bangs a double. Tired? He’s been home for a week and it’s hot, hot, hot.
Actually, I was away this weekend, but looking at YF’s thread title yesterday, and his initial comments here, it sure looks like someone’s got the umpires on their mind, and it ain’t me. I have much larger things to worry about. Like a teething kid (there’s the “nibbler” for you, John!) And an at- the-moment terrible looking baseball squad.
Okay, I’ll be quiet after this: 6 innings, 8 k, 2 hits, 1 run — if Joe takes Leiter out now he gets an A+. (But lefty Trot starts the 7th.)
The Red Sox know how to hit. This is a great performance.
5 stars to Leiter for the gutty performance. Even if he does nothing the rest of the year, he’s earned his pay from the Yankees ($400,000+) just based on this start.
Edit: His pay from the Yankees = $150,000+, but his total cost to the Yankees is $400,000.
Wang is examined tomorrow. What if he’s NOT out for the season but could start Wed against Texas? Or maybe they’ll get Nomo and he’ll throw a no hitter.
Unfortunately I have to bring this up.
SF in VT “I’d predicted a split before this series started and that’s still a possibility. Wakefield gets the nod tomorrow against…who again? Oh yeah…the emergency aquisition. This’ll be interesting.”
Well now you know the “emergency aCquisitions” statline
6.1 IP, 3H, 8K, 3BB, and most importantly 1ER. Thats who pitched today SF in VT.
And then there’s Air Sheff. Not quite as pretty.
Disaster written alll over this one.
PS: The breaks even out!
3 out of 4. not bad for a very beat-up team.
In Mo we trust!
Despite a hiccup in the 9th, the Yankees come through and take care of the RedSox.
Gutsy performance by Mo, Leiter, A-Rod, and Posada. Great game and I’m glad the Yankees come out victors.
I am officially boycotting this team until both Mark Bellhorn and Kevin Millar are no longer a part of it. I will check the standings every day, but I will not contribute my time and passion to watch these two jerks make this team look bad anymore, especially when the answers are already in the sytem. You’d think that Mark Bellhorn has some kind of revealing photos of John Henry or something as blackmale. Jesus, at least in the NL the pitcher will advance the runners!
Have fun boys.
AB: Sure is easy to complain about bad calls when it’s against your team, huh? (And congrats on being able to spell “acquisition”! We’re all very proud of you.)
Sox are still a 1/2 game up. They go to Tampa while we go to Texas, where we start Kevin Brown and New Starter Number 12. Considering the Texas starters, we should see some high scoring games unless the Yankees have a post-series letdown. But this has become a tough team.
Earl: Sure ignorance is bliss when it comes to calls that go against the Yankees and for your team (in a potentially big situation, 3-0 pitch, ball 4, bases loaded and no outs).
Anyway, for now I’m going to enjoy the win, and look forward to similar results on the road, hopefully with some of our regular starters back 100% healthy.
I understand your frustration after losing 3 of 4 at home against the NYY and the division lead down to all but half a game, but in anycase, simmer down a little and stop being so irritable. Things are getting a little too testy out there in Sox nation.
Mark Bellhorn @2B. – Kevin Millar getting just as bad, and getting beat by Al Leiter of all people.
This all ads up to very, very, very testy situations. It’s not the Yankees that cause it – It’s these STUPID decisions by Theo Epstein to actually keep these Jokers on the team. Everyone is aware that of the 210 plate app this year, Mark Bellhorn has 109 wiffs! Holy Cow! If they continue to start him there, they deserve to lose becase they are essentially giving away an inning every game. At least Alex Cora makes contact; law of averages says that some of them will get through! I’m so sick of him standing at home, looking as if he just got home from rehab, staring into the bullpen to Rent to bring his glove out bc he just wiffed to end the inning.
AB: Given that my comment was the first post I’d made here all night, I’m not sure how you got the impression that I am “blissfully ignorant” when it comes to calls against the Yankees. (Projecting much?!?) Some calls go your way, others don’t — that’s how baseball works.
Yes I’m irritable, even “testy” (your new favorite word, apparently), but it’s because of the Red Sox, not the Yankees. Sorry to disappoint.
Irritable is an understatement…for me anyhow.
Al – you’re a broken record.
Surely Sox fans can’t be complaining about their GM, the diety come to earth, THEO. He who led them to the promised land. Also the way Sox fans are talking about getting rid of players and bringing in new blood, you’d think George was their owner and they played 81 games a year in the Bronx. What happened to all the complaints when the Yankees go out and get a big contract in the middle of the year. I thought the small-market Sox couldn’t afford to do that.
I think I’m pretty sure I said I did not want a superstar or for them to go get anyone, but rather fix the problem from within. So, I guess I do want them to do what the Yanks did at the spot, but you’re way off base here – I mean, even YF’s can understand the Bellhorn issue. :)
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