Let the Hostilities Commence: Yanks-Sox Gamer I

Screw Bob Ryan; the state of this rivalry is strong. And tonight it will become stronger, as the historic adversaries face off in the first of their 18 meetings this season. The series pits the AL’s best defense against the AL’s best offense. This is, perhaps, a bit deceiving. The Sox are a dangerous offensive team. And while the Yanks have had trouble in their starting rotation (they throw two rookies in this series), their relief squad has been tops in the majors. It’s a short series. Small sample size. Anything can happen. Something odd probably will. We’ll see.

To begin the affair tonight, appropriately enough, are two old warhorses, Andy Pettitte and Curt Schilling, gamers both, each with a long and distinguished history of regular and postseason excellence. A marquee matchup, and a study in opposites. A brunette and a blonde. A lefty and a righty. A contact pitcher and a strike-out artist. A man of few words and—egads!—a blogger. Each has pitched well after a lousy first outing. Now they face serious competition. For Andy, that means a vicious middle of the order—Papi, Manny, J.D.—that seems to be pulling out of its early slumber. And watch out for those sneaky other batsmen. Danger lurks. For Curt, the trouble begins with A. A for Alex. A for A-Rod. He’s been pretty hot lately. You may have noticed. Actually, this is not quite correct. For Curt, the trouble really begins with Johnny Damon, and it runs right to the end of the lineup (or close to it, anyway). The Yankee offense is a violent, deadly beast.

Will Alex drive one over the Monster and out toward the Charles? Is the Old Curt back? Can Andy handle the Sox’s big bats? (Note: Manny is a career 25 for 59 off him, and Ortiz hits over .400—yikes.) How the strike zone is called might be a key factor. At the very least, this should be interesting. Comment on all the action, on and off the field, right here.

397 comments… add one
  • Yankees isn’t the usual feast-or-famine team of yesteryear – it’s scarily dominating because of a willingness to take walks and a few hitters with more than enough capabilities to foul off good pitches (Damon, Jeter, Abreu to lead off). As usual, I follow pitch counts quite a bit, so it’ll be interesting to see if Schill follow the good old baseball cliches of throwing strikes early and often. And if the Yanks will be able to foul them off… and maybe give Schill an earlier shower.
    Not that the Sox’s bullpen is a pushover, anchored by Paps. Nonetheless, if the Yanks are as patient as advertised, if we don’t win this game off the bullpen, the least we can do is make it more taxing for the coming days.
    The Yank’s overtaxed bullpen is a geninue concern. Hopefully AP will have enough to make it a short bridge to Mo. The bullpen’s been spectular thus far, small sample size or not, but might be a bit too stressing for the long run. Will the impending return of CMW (who is relatively efficient) help? Moose can’t tax the pen much more than rookies not finishing 5 IP’s, so it’ll help.
    Is Torre the inverse Baker? I hope not, but we shall see..

    Lar April 20, 2007, 3:37 pm
  • Forgot to mention that while Torre loves small ball, Damon, Abreu and Melky, in additional to Jeter makes this lineup insane – and Torre isn’t afraid to use the good ol’ hit and run, tagging up from 2nd to 3rd, getting steals here and there. And they can get on base – ARod isn’t hitting them homers Bonds-style – there are actually people on base!

    Lar April 20, 2007, 3:41 pm
  • Yankees lineup = Good
    Yankees pitching = Not so much
    However, I will say that the Yanks do feast on mediocre pitching. The Sox bullpen isn’t mediocre, so I don’t see how you get out of there with more than 1 game…probably tomorrow’s.

    jp - SF April 20, 2007, 3:47 pm
  • I liken the Sox bullpen of this year to the White Sox bullpen of 2005. Except for Papelbon, their numbers look great only because they barely pitch, because the starters always pitch those 6th and 7th innings. Likewise in the year of the White Sox Rotation, their starters went amazingly long all year. In 2006 they regressed to their talent level, and the bullpen was exposed to what it really was – mediocre.
    For the Sox’s sake, their starters better keep keeping on, or it’ll get ugly fast. That’s my prediction for this year: if the Sox starters begin to fail, their bullpen will be incapable of effectively bearing the load.
    Much unlike the Yankee bullpen, which is deep in quality (except for Farnsworth), and they’ve shown that they’re more than capable already this year. Of course, the Yankee starters need to pick it up or the bullpen will tire out really fast. Unless they’re all like Scott Proctor and able to get even better as their workload keeps piling on.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 3:48 pm
  • I didnt realize that the 4th best ERA in the American League made a staff “not good” I guess I learn something new every day.

    sam YF April 20, 2007, 3:55 pm
  • PS: The White Sox bullpen was mediocre…cept for Vizcaino, who went on to prove in Arizona that he had it. And now is on the Yankees. Heh.
    But really: remember Hermanson, Politte, Cotts? I dunno how the White Sox did it with the aggregate talent they had, but their starters and a good number of their bullpen all gave career years all at the same time. Then more than half of them dropped off the face of the earth. Must’ve been a contract with the devil, that’s all I can really say. What a team.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 3:55 pm
  • Schilling will be throwing strikes, he will not fool around. The yanks would be better off attacking his pitches than waiting around trying to get high pitch counts. They need to be patitient but you have to figure Curt with be starting off batters with strikes.

    Seth April 20, 2007, 3:58 pm
  • Good point Seth. Curt has had Wellsian controll so far this year. Yanks hitters can hit fastballs so a good cut early in the count could help, certainly dont want to be behind waiting for the splitter.

    sam YF April 20, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • That may well be a good analogy, Andrew. But like you say, I think there’s as good a chance of the Yankee pen suffering a collapse due to overuse as there is Boston’s failing if the starters can’t average 6+ over the course of the season. I mean I just really can’t see Vizcaino, Bruney, and Proctor all staying healthy and effective if they have to throw 90+ innings a piece. There’s depth, but there’s also the distinct possibility of one or more of them going all Ron Villone at some point.
    PS: Zona isn’t exactly a proving ground. Heh…and Vizcaino’s peripherals so far this year aren’t great, even before last night’s blow up. He’s not striking people out, his K/BB is 4/6, (2/4 before last night) and his BAA is 110 points lower than his career average; 90 points lower then last year. If I had to pick one Yankee bullpen arm to fall apart for reasons unrelated to injury, I’d pick him. Based on, like, a tiny sample size.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • Even though the Yankee relievers have thrown a lot of innings for this point in the season, they still have a small sample, which has been warped by one terrible inning by Vizcaino, one terrible inning by Farnsworth, and one terrible inning by Mo.
    Let’s not write Farnsworth off yet. Use him right and he’ll have an era around 2.

    john April 20, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • “Let’s not write Farnsworth off yet. Use him right and he’ll have an era around 2.”
    You mean, use him as a mop-up guy in games that are out of hand so he doesn’t go all mental and he’ll have an ERA around 2? Heh…actually on a serious note, am I dreaming or do I remember hearing something about his velocity being way down last time he threw? I might be thinking of someone else, though…

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • Of course, “Using him right” means never on back to back days, and never for two innings. And not on Thursdays, and only when he has velocity and control, which is iffy. What a guy.
    Farnsworth is currently below Brian Bruney, which means that basically he’s a one-inning mop-up guy. Which is pretty useless.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • Farnsworth 7.11 (4.36 2006 2.32 2005)
    Rivera 5.89 (1.80 2006 1.38 2005)
    Viscaino 4.82 (3.58 2006 3.73 2005)

    john April 20, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • Hah, me and d1 on the same brain wave…only this once.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • The most interesting game for me will be the rubber match on Sunday. How will DM hold up against the best lineup he’ll face all year? Well, except until they add Matsui back into the fold.

    jim - YF April 20, 2007, 4:15 pm
  • Vizcaino was in the NL in 05 and 06 and hasn’t had much control thus far, and Farnsworth was there for half of 05. His MO has always been, “He’s got good stuff, but is completely batsh*t insane and can’t handle pressure.” Detroit back then was hardly a pressure cooker, and Atlanta is Atlanta. I really think NY was just a god-awful fit.
    And nobody’s questioning Rivera. He’ll be fine.
    Heh, I wish Matsui were back for that game. Bob Ryan want a rivalry? How’s about, Matsuzaka plunks Matsui as payback for…something…and sparks a brawl?
    Wow, that’s the first time I’ve ever wished a Yankee back from the DL. Weird.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Maybe Farnsworth should be behind Bruney, but he’s not. Joe has strong loyalty to past performance, and isn’t going to throw Farnsworth over on the basis of one inning.
    The eighth innning every other day or so with an era of 2 – who doesn’t want that?

    john April 20, 2007, 4:21 pm
  • Vizcaino was with the Chi Sox in 2005, and was an important factor in their winning it all.
    A sox fan negative about a Yankee pitcher? Big surprise.

    john April 20, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • d1, you never wished for pavano to come off the DL?
    speaking of which, where the heck is matt clement? did he have some major surgery and i missed it or something?

    Yankee Fan In Boston April 20, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • Whoops, my bad. But with a .275 BAA, 1.47 WHIP, and 43/29 K/BB in 70 innings for Chicago, me thinks that 3.73 ERA was a bit low. Those are not good numbers.
    FWIW, I don’t think he’ll be a bad reliever, I just don’t think he’ll be in the 3’s. Mid-4’s with durability seems reasonable.
    Heh, actually no, YFIB, I’ve always thought that Pavano could be at least a league average pitcher if he’s healthy. As for Clement, yeah, he had major shoulder surgery in September and hasn’t been heard from since. Back in March he was expected back in July or August; who knows where he’s at with his rehab right now, though.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • “[The Yanks] relief squad has been tops in the majors.”
    It’s about time this meme was put to bed. To date, the Yanks ‘pen has the seventh best ERA in the majors, behind the Mets, the Padres, the Dodgers, the Pirates, THE RED SOX, and the Cardinals.
    Yes, I know, the have thrown a lot of innings. But you go to war with the pitching staff you have, not the pitching staff you wish you had. And of course, the Padres have thrown more innings than the Yanks, and have an ERA half a run lower.
    However, if you want to discount things like ERA, wins and losses, saves, blown saves, WHIP, OPS, and other “stats,” you are perfectly free to claim the Yanks pen has been the best in the majors.

    Tyrel SF April 20, 2007, 4:43 pm
  • Let’s be fair…by most measurements the Yanks’ pen has been spectacular, given the workload up to this point. Not as good as SD, you’re right about that…but very good.
    I do find it interesting that the Yanks are 0/4 in save opportunities, though, I didn’t actually realize that. Just shows how many 8th and 9th inning comebacks they’ve managed to mount, I guess.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 4:52 pm
  • Yeah, Tyrel, have you noticed how well Cla is doing?:
    10.3 IP 4 H 0 R 1 BB 7 K
    Pretty tasty.

    jim - YF April 20, 2007, 4:55 pm
  • Just more evidence that Boston needed a new pitching coach. SD changed his approach and fixed him while our crew could not. Farrell’s done a pretty nice job so far, at least.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • Tyrel – they were tops going into yesterday. Giving up 3 earned runs or so does that when the relievers pitched 60 IP only! (Which brings it up slightly less than half a run or so?)
    So the meme doesn’t need to die.. yet.. if they can keep this up, great! But ya, sample size, bah bah bah, if the Sox pen gives up a run or two or three, it’ll be even – there’s more impact (statistics-wise) in that case, because the Sox pen threw less innings!

    Lar April 20, 2007, 5:02 pm
  • d1 – which is kind of scary if you think about it – all sorts of starting pitching injured, saved by the bullpen and hitting, _and_ Mo hasn’t been Mo yet. And they’re going in with a reasonable record. Que the “if only they were healthy” statements!
    By the way, you can also argue that pens on teams the Yanks played also have a higher ERA because the Yanks hit off them – whatever the Indian’s pen’s ERA was, giving up 6 runs will probably skew the small sample size to whatever you want to believe!

    Lar April 20, 2007, 5:05 pm
  • Yeah, but Lar, you can also go the other way and say that Henn and Bruney won’t be sub-1 ERA guys all season, and that Proctor’s 2.89 will probably regress a little too. So I do think it all kind of evens out; just like Boston’s bullpen will, eventually, have to bear some of the weight.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • Thankfully, while Pettitte has enjoyed much regular and postseason success, not much of it has occurred lately against the Red Sox.
    Game 6, 2003 ALCS: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER
    Sept. 15, 2003: 2.1 IP, 9 H, 8 ER
    Of course, the start before Sept. 15, also against Boston, he pitched quite well, and he won Game 2 of the ’03 ALCS. Still, he went all of 2002 without giving up more than three earned runs to Boston, and the same for all but one start in 2001.

    Paul SF April 20, 2007, 5:13 pm
  • “Let’s be fair…”
    Stats are so unfair, D1. But seriously, I look at the Yanks’ middle relief core – Vizcaino, Bruney, Proctor, and Farnsworth – and I see a combined career ERA of around 4 and a quarter. I look at their performance this year, and they’ve had some good games, some bad ones. It’s a solid bullpen, capped by Mo, but the best in the majors?

    Tyrel SF April 20, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • Andy Pettitte vs. BOS:
    Alex Cora, 0/2
    Coco Crisp, 0/4, 1 K
    JD Drew, 3/8, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 K, 1 BB
    Eric Hinske, 1/7, 1 2B, 3 K, 1 BB
    Mike Lowell, 0/1
    Julio Lugo, 4/8, 2 K
    David Ortiz, 9/22, 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 SB!
    Wily Mo Pena, 3/7, 1 2B, 2 K
    Manny Ramirez, 25/59, 7 2B, 3 HR, 4 K, 5 BB
    Jason Varitek, 13/36, 1 2B, 1 3B, 12 K, 3 BB
    Curt Schilling vs NYY:
    Bobby Abreu, 10/27, 4 2B, 8 K, 1 BB
    Melky Cabrera, 1/10, 1 2B, 1 BB
    Miguel Cairo, 3/16, 2 K
    Robinson Cano, 6/17, 1 HR, 3 K, 1 BB
    Johnny Damon, 5/18, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 K, 1 BB
    Jason Giambi, 7/27, 1 2B, 4 HR, 8 K, 2 BB
    Derek Jeter, 9/39, 1 HR, 12 K, 1 BB
    Doug Mientkiewicz, 0/3, 1 K
    Jorge Posada, 10/29, 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 K, 4 BB
    A-Rod, 6/31, 2 HR, 9 K, 1 BB
    Career numbers are fun; not sure if these include playoffs or not, though I don’t think they do. What can we learn? Damon, Abreu, and Posada have hit Schilling extremely well. Cano’s been solid, Giambi’s numbers are OK. Jeter and A-Rod have been pretty bad, and Melky’s done nothing.
    Meanwhile, the 3-4-5 of Boston’s lineup have hit a combined .416 against Pettitte, with a 14/8 K/BB and 6 HR’s. And somehow Ortiz stole a base, which is just weird. Lugo hit him pretty well, too, but given that they were all singles I’m not sure how much stock to put into them. And I’d rather see Pena play then Crisp, since he’s hit him before and is swinging a hotter bat.
    And yeah, you’re right, the Yankee pen hasn’t technically been the best in the majors…but before last night they were pretty close, statistically. So far, at least. Nit-picker. :)

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 5:35 pm
  • I have nothing to add to this. Other than…
    They play the games on the field and that’s why we love the game. Also, people can argue rivalry all they want, but the fact remains, on both sides, every single one of us is more fired up for this game, this series, than any other game this season so far and you know it.
    I have the hotdog bar at the ready, handle of Jack, 60 cans of Bud, 40 inches of HD goodness and I’m ready to rock.

    LocklandSF April 20, 2007, 5:45 pm
  • I’ll be eating out with friends and unable to get to a TV for the first part of the game :-(. Hopefuly I can get back for the end…

    Paul SF April 20, 2007, 5:50 pm
  • Who else is going to Saturday’s game?

    Kazz April 20, 2007, 6:03 pm
  • I complete agree with your first sentence the most. Screw Bob Ryan. When I was a kid, my family’s season tickets were directly behind his, so I used to watch games with him growing up. Literally. It was always fascinating to hear him talk and I, of course, learned a ton from being there. His knowledge of baseball is second to none. But this tirade he’s on blaming fans for ruining the rivalry is just plain wrong. he’s nothing but an old codger upset because nobody is listening to him anymore.

    Greg April 20, 2007, 6:15 pm
  • As a sidenote, Vegas seems to give the slight edge to the Sox. Have a good weekend everybody!

    Lar April 20, 2007, 6:21 pm
  • For the series, or the game?
    Because if I weren’t a YF I’d put my money on the Sox winning the series, too.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 6:41 pm
  • Who is Jack Welch and why are his ramblings given so many minutes on NESN’s pregame show?

    Paul SF April 20, 2007, 7:01 pm
  • I like Jerry Remy. I like the NESN announcers in general.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • OK. Here we go folks. As your moderator for the evening, I ask both YFs and SFs to remember that this is a joint thread; by all means feel free to comment on what you see and what you’re thinking, exclamations of happiness and disappointment, what have you. But let’s keep it all above board, no trolling, let’s not needless provocation, no silly flame wars. Not that you need to be warned!
    Lets run the comment counter high! It’s gonna be fun! Go YANKS!

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • Bahahahahahah, NESN showing a montage of A-Rod’s walkoff to the tune of “Bittersweet Symphony”.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • Lineups:
    Red Sox
    1. Julio Lugo, SS
    2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
    3. David Ortiz, DH
    4. Manny Ramirez, LF
    5. J.D. Drew, RF
    6. Mike Lowell, 3B
    7. Jason Varitek, C
    8. Coco Crisp, CF
    9. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
    SP – Curt Schilling
    1. Johnny Damon, CF
    2. Derek Jeter, SS
    3. Bobby Abreu, RF
    4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
    5. Jason Giambi, DH
    6. Jorge Posada, C
    7. Robinson Cano, 2B
    8. Melky Cabrera, LF
    9. Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B
    SP – Andy Pettitte

    Paul SF April 20, 2007, 7:04 pm
  • Huh? Did i just see Curt in a green uni? Was that b-roll? Don’t tell me the Sox are wearing green tonight?

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:06 pm
  • Are any Sox players wearing VT caps? Youk was waearing one pregame…

    Paul SF April 20, 2007, 7:06 pm
  • Woops. ESPN WRONG. Roger Clemens started the “Aaron Boone game”.
    I think I’ll be watching NESN for the game tonight.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 7:06 pm
  • Today was the reschedule of the rained-out Auerbach celebration… So probably.

    Paul SF April 20, 2007, 7:07 pm
  • What time does the game actually start? MLB Radio isn’t on yet.

    rootbeerfloat April 20, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • GREEN? WTF??? 100 Demerit Points for the Red Sox.
    And get those crazy NBA banners off the Monster.
    A patch would have been fine.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • I’m a fan of green uni’s. Just throwing that out there.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • Let’s go Johnny.

    bloodyank78 April 20, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • Oh jeez. It’s gonna be hard to watch the game with all the Sox wearing green. But classy move wearing the VT letters.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Very nice play by Pedroia. Good start.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Good sign for the pitchers: Schill gets 2 borderline calls to go 0-2 on Damon, then a ground out 4-3 after Damon fouled off pitch 3.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Nice start by Schill

    Rob April 20, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Solid contact but not enough. AP better be on it.

    bloodyank78 April 20, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Not a good pitch to get Abreu, but he hit it to the right part of the park. Other then that, looks sharp. The guys in the booth need to shut up with the, “If he’s gonna miss, he won’t do it over the plate,” it’s bad luck.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Easy inning for Schill. Jeter out on a first pitch pop, and Abreu flies to deep, deep center to end it. Wish we saw a few more pitches there….

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Out of curiosity, what is the NESN gun reading on Schilling? I don’t think he’s breaking 90 anymore, at least on ESPN.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Nice 1st pitch curve by Pettite

    Rob April 20, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Yay, no error!
    Ouch. Not a good move by Pettitte.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Fans should not be booing…don’t start crap. That pitch was not on purpose.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Lugo grounds out to Jeets.
    Youk hit by a high-riding fastball. Drama!
    Note that Pettitte was also getting a wide zone from Marsh, who was actually in the bottom 5 of umps in ks/9 last year, that is, pitchers don’t get as many ks when he’s behind the plate.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Pettite taking amuch different approach on Papi.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Oh gimme a break. You boo when your guy gets hit, regardless of who does it or if it was on purpose. Especially when it came that close to his head.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Ortiz 4 pitch walk. TROUBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This could get ugly real fast right here.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • True D1…

    Rob April 20, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Niiice.

    bloodyank78 April 20, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • That HR yesterday aside, Manny still looks like shit. He’s OWNED Pettitte through their careers…god dammit.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • How about that! Manny—Pettitte’s kryptonite—let’s him off the hook with a 6-4-3 DP.
    Now. Does Schill brush-back Alex? That would set some blood boiling big time.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • The green uni’s are weak. I’m guessing A Rod is going to hit Schill here.

    walein April 20, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Nice offspeed pitch to ARod

    Rob April 20, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • SChilling is already sweating from his cap…the grititude. I give it two more innings before Schilling has a full blown stigmata.

    walein April 20, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Yeah A-Rod’s definitely swinging a hot bat…didn’t look like it’d carry that far when he connected, but wow.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Schill vs Alex:
    curve for a strike 0-1
    high fastball 1-1
    curve high 2-1 (he’d better be careful with that!)
    hard curve in the dirt (nice) 2-2
    fastball low lined deeeeeeeep to center. 2nd yankee to reach the warning track.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Man…that second strike pitch to Giambi was the pitch to hit.

    walein April 20, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • The last three batters have hit long warning track flyballs. Schilling better be a lot more careful second time around on these guys.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • I think there are gonna be a few bombs before this game’s done…that ball is sailing now.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • There is just something fundamentally wrong about the *Red* Sox wearing green. I mean, they’re not the Green Sox. I suppose their tops could be any color as long as their sox are red, but still.

    AngelsFan April 20, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • And Giambi sends Manny back the track. Man, looks to me like the Yanks are gonna catch up to Schilling before long.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • God damn it! Just hit it HARDER!

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • In all honesty d1…very few of A Rod’s homeruns look like they were hit hard. He has that Strawberry stroke…which is also why he looks equally bad when he strikes out.

    walein April 20, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • 3 straight warning tracks, but I can’t say I’m THAT worried…with the exception of Posada’s cut, A-Rod and Giambi didn’t look like they got that much wood on it. And yet they both carried that far…just looks weird to me.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • And Posada puts one to the track. Schilling is living hard on the edge. When the lineup turns over, it’s gonna be interesting. The good news for him is this has been economical.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • …the Sox are wearing green to pay homage to the deceased Red Auerbach. So quit whining about it already…

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Damon has SUCH a girly arm.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • I really like this JD Drew guy.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Single for Drew.
    I appreciate Red Auerbach, but those unis suck big time. Maybe they should have just passed out cigars. (to go unused, of course….)

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Another DP. 6-4-3. Vintage Pettitte.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • …two DP’s in two innings. Vintage 2007 Red Sox.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Lowell grounder. Pettitte also moving along economically. Back to you Curt!

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Schilling looks like shit.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Oddly enough, my Gameday still has a picture of Posada. And seriously, if I have to stare at a Yankee, I can think of other ones I’d rather see.

    rootbeerfloat April 20, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • And Manny’s near-complete lack of range costs Schilling an out.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Cano line single on 3-1 that Manny short hops and then with a barrell role that was less than artful.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • And now he falls behind 2-0 to the second worst batter in the lineup, who’s also 1-10 lifetime against him. I don’t like this.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Melkster with a line single to center on a ball right down the middle on 2-1.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Nice chorus boos for Minky. Nice bunt.

    bloodyank78 April 20, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Eeeek. Back to back singles and no outs!

    rootbeerfloat April 20, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • YES! Mientkiewicz is actually useful!

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Minky sac bunts the runners to 2nd and 3rd for Damon. I know Minky isn’t great, but not crazy about giving up an out so early against a vulnerable pitcher.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • I’m gonna call, either Damon doubles in 2 or he makes a useless out, followed by a double for Jeter. And I’m an SF. Just a really, really negative and pessimistic one.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Niiice.

    bloodyank78 April 20, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • Damn…down 1-0

    Rob April 20, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • I’m never right.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • Damon hard grounder up the middle plates Cano, advances Melkster to 3rd.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • God I hate ESPN broadcasters.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Lets go Schill. Bear down and lets get out of this.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Jeter deserves to be on first. Marsh completely missed that.
    Gets the walk anyway. Justice. And Schilling stuck throwing a few more pitches.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Well I can start to relax again. That had the makings of a nightmare.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Hunter Wendelstedt saves Schilling’s bacon. He’s gonna face Alex with no one on AGAIN. Lucky to get out of there down 1-0.
    Let’s hope for a quick one here from Andy, get Sweaty Cap Curt back out there Fast, do some real damage.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • I’d relaly like to see that check swing strike again.

    walein April 20, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Crisp down 1-2-3.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Clue to Sox hitters…Pettite has started out almost every batter on two strikes so far.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Andy throwing strikes to the scrubs and avoiding the real hitters. I like it.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Rem Dog just called the Yanks one of the two best sports francises in history, the other being the Celtics. Betrayal!

    bloodyank78 April 20, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Nice play by Jorge to get the shallow pop up the third base line. A play that should be made, but a difficult play.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Hey GameDay watcher: if you like last year’s GameDay format better, you can get links at http://6-4-2.blogspot.com. He posts links daily (or close to it) for all the games (you might need to scroll down to see them).

    AngelsFan April 20, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Wow…Lugo walked

    Rob April 20, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Walk to Lugo after having him 0-2.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Hey Andy! Lugo’s not one of those ‘real hitters’! C’mon.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Welcome AngelsFan!

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Youkilis getting really close.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Nice AB by Youk to get the IF single

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • John Kruk: “Sometimes it’s better to just swing and miss.”
    Because those stingy cutters are SO much worse then a strike out.
    Great AB by Youk, even if that is one of those little bleedy singles that’d have me frothing were I on the other side of the aisle.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Crap. Walk. Infield single. Papi. What disasters are made of.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • What was Papi swinging at?

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Men left on again……

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Cano, in Giambi territory, makes the easy 4-3 putout. On comes Alex!
    LETS GO ALEX!!!!!!!!

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • That Ortiz, he sure is clutch.
    Middle of the f*cking lineup is over .400 lifetime against him, and they’ve done nothing but look like little leaguers. Miserable.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • A Rod pads it up!

    walein April 20, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Well at least no on was on base.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • BOOM!!!

    bloodyank78 April 20, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Yep. Schilling looks like sh*t.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Alex vs. Schilling #2
    alex swings through a fastball down the middle 0-1
    ALEX CRUSHES THE 0-1 OVER THE MONSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:08 pm
    Boy, Paul is gonna be disappointed any of his points about A-Rod are entirely nullified.
    And Schilling, with the very visible F-bomb. I am liking this a lot.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • #11!

    Doug April 20, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • This is mindboggling. Wow. That thing was a line drive.
    Just an incredible performance.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Good call YF. Now you have to say that every time.

    john April 20, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Announcers…”What are we witnesing here?”
    Answer….contract year

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Paul SF: Does that satisfy you as off of a decent pitcher?
    (End of needless provocation. Sorry. Uncalled for. Apologies. SO WRONG.)

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Kruk and Co. sound like they want A-Rod to invite them down to the dugout for some…good times.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Posada doubles. Let’s get that run home. Seems like we’re pounding Schill but this thing is only 2-0. That’s beans.
    Cano advances Jorge on the grounder to first.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Remember: Matsui is back on Monday!

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • OK Manny, dunno if you realize this or not, but you’re Manny Ramirez and the guy on the mound is Andy Pettitte. You’re supposed to f*ck him up. Now DO IT.
    On a lighter note, as much as I usually hate BDD, this is actually pretty funny.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Melky pops out to center. Letting Schilling way off the hook in this thing. He should be knocked out by now. Oh well. Back to you Andy.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • And the injury bug bites again.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • That’s not good news (about Posada). Not in the game anymore.

    walein April 20, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • NOOOOOOOOO: Posada replaced by Wil Nieves. God help the Yankees.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Posada out?….hmmm scratching the chin in wonder.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Posada out. Fuck, this makes the lineup much, much easier for Schilling to get through, with 0-for-2 years Nieves smack bad in the middle. Let’s hope it’s just a rolled ankle or something.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Wow Manny…Try to hit the ball. It comes in at various speeds from the pitcher and usually crosses the plate at some point.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Manny ks and he knew it. Nice pitch. Fastball outerhalf low.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Nice hit Drew…at least you showed up.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Terrific play by Abreu to trap the Drew liner.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Lowell: Double or a DP. No in between.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Drew out by a country mile after Nieves double clutches.
    Not sure what that was about.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Boston doing its absolute best to lose this fucking game. Sending Drew was a fantastic idea.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Bahaha, Drew’s costly baserunning mistake costs the Sox a big, big run.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • My how Drew staying on 1st would give this inning a completly different look.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • And it costs.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • El Capitan!!!!

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • O Captain, My Captain!

    Scott SF April 20, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Tek’s got your Bahaha right there

    Tom sf April 20, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • and THAT is why he is the captain!

    TheTree1918 April 20, 2007, 8:26 pm

  • So, maybe Varitek should hit from the right side all the time. Or maybe Pettitte should just pitch to him more often.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • HR given up to Varitek? Toast, himself? What’s going on, Pettitte.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Varitek ties it.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • I knew I disliked that guy.

    john April 20, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • sox should be leading – stupid miscommunication on the hit and run.

    minomni SF April 20, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • crisp an easy out. thought pettitte got squeezed a bit there. no biggie.
    all even after 4. both teams have had their shots. sox i think lucky not to be down by a big number here. okay. here we go. clean slate.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Yes it should be 3-2 with that base running blunder.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Once again. WMP needs more playing time. Especially in this game. Francona’s loyalty is admirable to a point, and I REALLY can’t understand how the f*ck Coco regressed this badly…it just doesn’t make any sense.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Minky flies deep center on the full count. Blah. 1 down.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Schilling got squeezed there on the 2-2 to the scrub you guys have playing 1st whose name I don’t feel like spelling. So it’s going both ways.
    Then he threw a pitch that was either a mistake, or a “You’re Doug M. Try and hit this out” pitch.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • I completely agree on that D1. This is a night we should have WMP hitting.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Maybe instead of bone, his finger decided to heal itself with delicious yet fragile candy.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Damon knew he was meat

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Sit the f*ck down Damon, both pitchers have been getting that call most of the night. Unhittable, yes. A strike, yes.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Posada: bruised thumb on a pitch from Pettitte. Going for precautionary x-rays. Hope he’s okay.
    Damon down looking on an inside hook.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • …how do you bruise your thumb catching a pitch? Especially when it’s Pettitte throwing? He’s not exactly Kyle Farnsworth. Weird.
    And apparently, lots of people think that if Jeter wasn’t with the Yankees nobody would consider him a good player. This is news to me. Did I mention how much I hate ESPN broadcasters?

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • A single for Jeter. Nice job.

    Doug April 20, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • And Schilling’s getting pissed off at the umpire, and I don’t blame him. NOTHING wrong with the 1-0 pitch.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • We need to get Abreau out…do not screw around here.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • let’s have the pre-home run call YF

    john April 20, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Finally, men on for Alex.
    LETS GO ALEX!!!!!

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • A-Rod time! What are the chances Schilling pussies out and pitches completely around him.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Little late there Rob. Schillings getting squeezed, AND he doesn’t have his best stuff. Fantastic combination.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:42 pm

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • A Rod just can’t stop himself from padding his stats. Pretty weak on A Rod’s part.

    walein April 20, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • oh.. my.. god.

    attackgerbil April 20, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • did that just happen?

    TheTree1918 April 20, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

    Doug April 20, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • god damn it……

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • OKAY, YF and the ESPN announcer both called it.

    john April 20, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Curt vs. Alex #3
    fastball strike 0-1
    curve in the dirt 1-1
    fastball inside 1-2 (looks like he crossed up Tek, who wanted it outside)
    ALEX ALEX ALEX !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Yeah Schilling sucks. And I love the way the announcers are openly rooting for the Yankees. No, no ESPN is so biased against New York.
    This game was over two innings ago.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Nice job Curt..the guy is killing everything and you throw a waist high meatball to him.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Arod’s Become Legend for struggling last year. I thank The Baseball God for giving him that gift. :)

    Jt_YF April 20, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • ¡ MR. CLUTCH !

    john April 20, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Giambi singles, then Nieves grounds out.
    Alex continues with his historic run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Move over Papi, A-Clutch has arrived.

    john April 20, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • I think Curt through the pitch he wanted to throw, maybe a tad higher than where Tek had set up. That ball was off the plate, but ARod just went out to get it and somehow hit it far enough the other way.

    attackgerbil April 20, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • …both of the pitches he hit were big fat pieces of crap. ;-)

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • through/threw

    attackgerbil April 20, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • AND he takes out Crisp, too. Awesome.

    Doug April 20, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • MLB Record for fastest to 12 homeruns. Hear that? MLB RECORD.
    3 STRAIGHT homeruns in his last three plate appearances! What’s the record for that? Might be Frank Thomas when he hit like 4 in one game.

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Mayrod is really starting to piss me off….

    TheTree1918 April 20, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • didn’t hit a homer in his first at bat.

    Anonymous April 20, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • they got him on his 1st AB

    TJ April 20, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Well at this rate we do not have to worry about the MVP arguments this year.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Don’t forget Reggie – three home runs on THREE PITCHES by THREE STARTERS in the final game of the WORLD SERIES.
    AND, he hit a home run to start the season next year.

    john April 20, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • I know this has been covered but the sox green uni’s are pissing me off. This should the old school, same uniforms for years…
    I digress.

    sam YF April 20, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Of course some people think Sox / Yankees is bigger than the World Series.

    john April 20, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Mayrod will trail off, he is on pace for 100+ some homeruns, he can’t keep that up…and when the yankee faithful give him a cutain call for legging out a single in spetember as he will choke in the postseason…AGAIN.
    I will smile

    TheTree1918 April 20, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • If A-Rod hits another, the Sox will never wear green agains.

    john April 20, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • I think the thing i wil remember about that run is that it crisp followed it out. everything alex touches goes out of the park. even the opposition is falling out of the park. nothing can contain him. it’s some crazy centripedal force.

    YF April 20, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Man, wouldn’t the Sox kill to have their star player hitting 12 home runs in the first three weeks in the season.
    Of course, I’d also like my star player to be really fat and/or mentally unstable, but que sera, sera.
    Also, another note: A-Rod hit 3 homers in his last 4 at-bats, one to left, one to center, one to right. Since he hits homers in four dimensions, A-Rod has already hit a home run tomorrow.

    yankeesnj April 20, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Wow….a 1-2-3 inning. Did not know Curt had it in him.

    Anonymous April 20, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Maybe we should call him April-Rod. Enough with the hysterical “CLUTCH” screams. It’s freakin April 20th, for Gods sake. The guy is killing the ball, but it’s a given the guy is the most talented player in baseball. You guys sound like you are trying to convince yourselves of his clutchness.

    Tom sf April 20, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Oh, woops. He makes out so little, I forget when he does. It just seems like homerun after homerun…Ah well, still historic :)

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Should be an interesting blog post from Schilling. And I don’t mean that sarcastically — he doesn’t make excuses when he has problems.

    john April 20, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Now’s really not the time to talk sh*t Tree. Just sayin’.
    So if Ortiz and Manny could do…something…that’d be fanf*ckingtastic. 3 runs still isn’t insurmountable, even if it feels that way.
    And here come the trolls.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • “If A-Rod hits another, the Sox will never wear green agains.”
    At this point, that comment is almost enought to make me root for Arod. Those green unis are scary ugly.

    Tom sf April 20, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • 3 pitches….2 outs.
    Nice patient hitting you clowns.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Who’s talking sh*t? We can’t be enthusiastic about our player?

    john April 20, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Maybe we should bat Drew in all 9 spots against Pettite.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Tom:
    No kidding it’s April. Would it please you if he went 0-for-350 until August, and then didn’t make an out until after Game 7 of the World Series?
    And I’m sorry, but if A-Rod wasn’t so clutch in the last few weeks, the Yanks are barely smelling .500. He’s clutch, he’s awesome, the haters were wrong as usual.
    It’s just that A-Rod supporters have had to deal with so many negative voices among Yankee fans and non-Yankee fans. Give us a break.

    yankeesnj April 20, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • 3 pitches, 2 outs. And Drew does his job. Can we MAYBE make this a f*cking ballgame?

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Nieves appears to be a pretty decent defensive catcher, what do you guys think?

    bloodyank78 April 20, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • john, please read more closely. I was talking to another SF.
    Here’s hoping Farnsworth pitches the 8th.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Yanksnj…ARod has held the Yanks up…3 wins off his bat alone already this year and now that he playing Clu Heywood (Red Sox Killer) tonight the guy is getting clutch points.
    Hopefully the Yank fan base does not forget this if he slows down and hits a rough spot this year.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • NIeves is doing fine..looks like no massive change defensively between him and Posada.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Damon with the k. Hoping we get a runner here, and you know why!

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Wow. Terrific play from Lugo to get Jeter.

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Youkilis saving Lugo’s ass there. What a scoop.
    He should have won the GG last season…but whatever.

    Anonymous April 20, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Come on, let’s have some more 2 out trouble for Schill.

    bloodyank78 April 20, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Shush your mouth YF…no need for him to be up again tonight.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Thank god…No ARod this inning, does someone come in from the BP next inning?

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Ks Abreu. My guess is Curt is done. No reason to bring him back out to dance around Alex after 100 pitches.
    Considering what he was showing, not bad to get out of it with just 5 on the board for the Yanks.

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Nice inning by Schill. That dude replied to an email I sent him once, I’ve respected him ever since. Used to hate him, now I realize that was pretty dumb because I didn’t really knew him. Have a lot of respect for the guy.

    bloodyank78 April 20, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • sorry desturbd, i didn’t realize tree was a person, let alone a sox fan

    john April 20, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • yankeesnj- the majority of the criticism Arod gets is from…Yankee fans! That is why I said you sound like you are trying to convince youeselves of his clutchness. The fact that he IS capable of hitting like he is right now makes his failure in REAL clutch situations like the playoffs all the more entertaining. Of course, one of these years he may go off in the playoffs, but until then all of you YFs will doubt him in October.

    Tom sf April 20, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • DP

    john April 20, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Yeah john, Thetree is a person, and a big sox fan….

    TheTree1918 April 20, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • It’s cool, john. I’m snappy when I’m pissed off.
    So, if this lineup were made entirely of Jason Varitek and JD Drew, we’d be in great shape.
    OK, so here’s the plan: Coco draws a tough, 10 pitch walk. Then Dustin Pedroia in all his tiny glory smacks his first homer of the season over the monster, tying the game and sending Fenway into delirium.
    Boston goes onto win, and after the game A-Rod lashes out at his teammates, who in turn lash back and/or cower in deference. Either way, the hot streak ends. :-)

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • until then all of you YFs will doubt him in Octobe
    wishful thinking

    john April 20, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • E-Rod. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    Tom sf April 20, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • triple play?

    john April 20, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • OK that works too, that should go as a hit.
    Haha, Pena instead of Pedroia. So it’ll be 3 pitch swinging, ugly DP, or a 3-run bomb that hits a car outside Fenway.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Alex with a bad error there. Crappy throw and to the wrong base brings the tying run to the plate with no outs. Trouble.
    WMP pinches.

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • WMP at the plate…
    shake and bake

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • K for WMP. Nice sequence from AP.

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Everytime I see WMP swing I think of pedro cerano….hit fastball very far, bat no hit curveball

    TheTree1918 April 20, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Whoa, a Yankee starter past 100 pitches? Did someone tranquilize Joe Torre?
    Okay, preemptive there. Cmon Proctor!

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • “What a job by Andy Pettitte”
    Since when is striking out Willy Mo Pena an accomplishment?

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • well i hope Pena goes to center and Cora to 2B cause Pena could bat again in the 9th if not sooner they better not end his night with that.

    TJ April 20, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • AP done. The Proctologist on. Not crazy about this. Rather like Andy’s DPability here.

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Lugo: 0-2 vs Proctor, 1 BB, 1 K.
    Youk: 2/4, 1 BB.
    Small sample sizes abound.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • nice call rob

    sam YF April 20, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Lugo flies to right.

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Nice timely hitting guys. Let Pettite off the hook.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Youk pops to third on a fastball right down the middle. Proctor started both batters with curves right over the plate. I’d be looking for that against him.

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • And Youk pops up an awful f*cking pitch.
    I said it a long ass time ago, but that really is the ballgame.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • And we’re out of the jam!

    Doug April 20, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • And A-Rod getting some help from the umpire…

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • ugh Stupid Tito

    TJ April 20, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • “Just” a double.

    Anonymous April 20, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • “Just” a double.

    Anonymous April 20, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • “Just” a double.

    Anonymous April 20, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Alex vs JC Romero
    fastball strike outer half 0-1
    ball low inside 1-1
    ball low inside 2-1
    curve outer half 2-2 (that was a ball!)
    fastball over the inner half 3-2 (that was a strike!)
    high ball slapped into the corner for a double.
    ALEX HELD TO A DOUBLE!!!!!!!!!!!

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • I think C is maybe starting to warm up to A-Rod. Starting. I think it might take the whole year.
    I went to the second game of the year at Yankee Stadium, versus the Devil Rays, we were freezing our asses off (it was 33 degrees), though that is besides the point. Anyway, there was a guy behind us who would shout “You suck, A-Rod!” or “A-Rod, what the hell?” after every Yankee misplay, whether or not it involved A-Rod. Good times, good times.

    AngelsFan April 20, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • He gets on again…atleast this one stayed in the park.
    JD throws from the outfield like JD

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • J.C. Romero confirming what most of us already believed…ESPN commentators continuing to fellate A-Rod from the booth. Just another night at the ballpark.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • did damon just throw that ball from right field?
    lit rolled into home plate

    TheTree1918 April 20, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Giambi texas leaguer to right, Alex scores from 2nd. Terrific base running.
    ALEX DOES EVERYTHING. Alex 6, Sox 2.
    Kevin Thompson pinches for Giambi.
    Nieves grounds into an fc.
    Let me just say right now that it’s too early to pull giambi to make your middle of the lineup kevin thompson to wil nieves. not a fan of that move.

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • ARod should not have had a double that AB. He should have been rung up.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Cano drills one off the wall. Clank. Nieves to third.

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • My same thoughts on that throw Tree

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • If I ever see those green jerseys again it will be too soon…

    TheTree1918 April 20, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Well, Romero’s junk. Who’s next?

    Andrew April 20, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • And Cano’s showboating costs him extra bases. I dislike him immensely. Not exactly A-Rod or Manny there…should probably try running.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • I am headed into my driveway to start warming up…

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Spare us Rob. Romero got a break on the 2-2 pitch before Alex got a break with the 3-2.
    Kyle Snyder with the very Arroyo-esque hair.

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • I hope someone hits Steve Phillips with a slice of pizza.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • JC pitched about as well as he did for the Angels.

    AngelsFan April 20, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Ok YF…the argument had little merit.
    I did happen to look back at the curve called a strike that was a ball.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • And I think typepad’s broken.
    As Kyle Snyder makes me look brilliant.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • This is starting to smell like Chernobyl

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Noooo! It’s “This Is Our Country”!!

    Doug April 20, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Whatever, it’s April and Manny/Ortiz are still fairly useless. Hopefully that starts to change tomorrow. At least Varitek showed some signs of life.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Which was worse – Papi’s slide or Damon’s throw? Embarassing for both!

    Tom sf April 20, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • nice slide Ortiz

    sam YF April 20, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • With the way Drew is hitting if Manny and Ortiz starts it will look really wicked in the middle of the lineup.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • …what the hell was that? Reminds me of that Manny slide in left field during the WS, where he got his foot caught and…kinda flipped forward.
    Great job Myers, ya bum. Now look what you did? If Manny and Drew and Lowell go back to back to back…tie game!

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • really hope stranding 3 doesn’t come back to haunt. 4 runs isn’t much of a lead with 2 innings agains the sox in fenway. that can go in a hurry.
    and there’s papi, doubling. big fella sure can pick em up and put em down when he puts his mind to it, though sliding doesn’t really appear to be his game.
    out goes myers, in comes viz. very nervous.

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • …anyone still disagree with my assessment that Vizcaino was the most likely Yankee reliever to start tanking for no apparent reason?

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • manny walks.
    disaster potential high here. a couple of outs, please!

    YF April 20, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Drew advanced the runners at least

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Drew grounder to Cano, 4-3.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • F*ck you Drew. Where’s the passion? You lousy slug!

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • is joe torre sleeping on the bench?

    john April 20, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • I know Jason Varitek, Jason Varitek is no A-Rod.

    john April 20, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Lousy pitch from Viz; curve hanging over the middle and lowell rips it past a diving alex. papi scores. 1st and 3rd.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • See folks. THAT is why Vizcaino cannot expect extended success with his current peripherals. His hitrate is artificially low and stuff like that is bound to start happening with all the walks.
    And Joe Torre decides that Mo won’t be available for tomorrow’s game. I couldn’t be happier; down 4 runs going into the 8th, this is the second best thing that could possibly happen.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Obviously not sleeping…he is going to get his security blanket.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • so it took Torre exactly 14 games, 8 innings, and 1 out to break his promise of only using Mo for 1 inning at a time. Not that im complaining.

    sam YF April 20, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • WHOA. in comes a rusty Mo. Joe not messing around, gonna put rivera out there for 5 outs.
    i really hope mo’s figured things out since his last little adventure in oakland.
    disaster meter ticking into the red here.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Varitek: 7/25, 1 2B, 1 HR career vs Rivera; 3K’s and 2 BB.
    This is actually the best guy to have up right now, if you discount his struggles with the bat thus far.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Tek fouls a mediocre 1-1. Dammit, that was the one he needed to hit.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Mo hasn’t pitched since Oakland. His arm is fine. Sox averages against him are another matter.

    john April 20, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Tek single on a fastball right down the middle. Not sure what the deal is with Mo.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Nice…1 more run closer

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • The vaunted Yankee pen looks shaky…TIE GAME

    Tom sf April 20, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • COCO!!!!!!

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Arods comming up, not a tie for long.

    Anonymous April 20, 2007, 10:09 pm

    TJ April 20, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Catastrophe. You could just see it coming after the Damon out.
    Really not crazy about the way Joe handled the post-Pettitte rotation, but what can you do.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Arods comming up, not a tie for long.

    Anonymous April 20, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Mo’s cutter looks pretty bad, I actually think Kruk is right.
    And KUDOS to the fans for being BRILLIANT and not touching that ball!

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Can we have an out please?

    john April 20, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Ouch.

    AngelsFan April 20, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • And the line keeps moving. This is awful.
    Nothing worse than a blown game. Yanks had this one in the bag, and gave it away.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Throw off and good cath and drag tag catches Cora.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • thank you

    john April 20, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Joe’s removal of giambi looking really horrible now. saw that coming.
    bad game for joe.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • …well I’m uh. Speechless. I’m definitely the most negative person I know with regard to the play-by-play during a game. Holy. F*cking. Hell.
    I’m not saying this to be a dick, and Cora’s single wasn’t exactly scorched, but Mo really doesn’t look right. Velocity seems down, too.
    I’d be mad about the throw out, but you have to be aggressive in this situation. Great play by Cano.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Is Paps warming up?

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • So do we see Paps?

    john April 20, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • There you are mo.

    Anonymous April 20, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Still need 3 outs…three tough outs.

    Devine April 20, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Lugo Ks. I would feel better if they had scored 1 more run.

    Tom sf April 20, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Gawd no….A Rod due up third.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Can’t believe they blew this thing. Yanks have Derek Abreu and Alex, but after that it’s nieves and thompson.
    alex can only do so much.
    this really, really sucks.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • And here comes Okajima. The Third Japanese Pitcher.
    And A-Rod’s due up no matter what happens. This is definitely the best battle these two teams have had since 04…or at least, I can’t remember a more exciting game.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Okajima, I think. Paps threw 46 over the last two nights, right?

    Devine April 20, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • no paplebon

    Anonymous April 20, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Man, you can almost see the ‘unlikely’ strikeout of A-Rod to end the game [/pessismistic sarcasm].

    yankeesnj April 20, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Hip Hip…Jorge!!

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • okajima warming up last I heard…

    TheTree1918 April 20, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • This game is baffling me.

    attackgerbil April 20, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • 1. Really like that they aren’t risking Papelbon.
    2. Baker’s criticizing Tito for not risking Papelbon…surprising? No.
    3. Announcers treat Japanese pitchers like they’ve never seen a baseball before. It’s really disrespectful; this guy’s a vet, he’s been great thus far, and there’s no one else who should be in there right now.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • I guess I prefer Okajima to any of the other options…but it’s not exactly a vote of confidence.

    Devine April 20, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Okajima and Piniero?

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • No way Alex is going to see a pitch in this game, right? Kevin Thompson is behind him.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Mo’s been all over the place this year with his control.

    walein April 20, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Does Okijama have the biggest mitt in baseball or is it just me?

    sam YF April 20, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • depends 2 outs hes walked 2 on he hits

    TJ April 20, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Jeter 4-3.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • One.

    Devine April 20, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • I straight out walk him.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Why is Giambi out of the game?

    walein April 20, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Strike four, no call by ump.

    yankeesnj April 20, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Walk.

    Devine April 20, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Okajima getting nothing from the ump. 1-0. BS.
    Okajima’s either got a sneaky-fast fastball, or Abreu can’t see what’s coming, cuz he’s not looking so good.
    THAT WAS A PERFECT FUCKING STRIKE! Pettitte got that ALL game. Unbelievable.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • clap clap clap

    john April 20, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Abreu walks. Here’s Alex. Boy. Pitch to him? Piniero has the strong record against him.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • This is an…interesting decision. I’ll trust it; Tito’s been on the money thus far.
    And this ump is trying his best to f*ck things up.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • clap clap clap clap clap

    john April 20, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • I’m tired of Torre instantly pinch running for Giambi. F-ing stupid.

    walein April 20, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Two.

    Devine April 20, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • AROD RETIRED!!!!!!!

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Alex lines out. Bah.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Great pitch. Prediction: Thompson pops out to short.

    yankeesnj April 20, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • …great job Oki. Great job. Two fantastic pitches there.
    Deep breaths…

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Kevin Thompson hero?

    walein April 20, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • That scared me….I could just see it hooking around the pole

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Wow that uh…that was a little scary there. Stupid Thompson.
    Haha, half-ass pickoff move. I like it.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • ugh

    john April 20, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Three! Sox win! Great job, Okajima! Great job, offense!

    Devine April 20, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Sox win! Very nice!

    Tom sf April 20, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Dammit.

    Doug April 20, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • SOX WIN! BOOYA! OK OKAJIMA!(sorry for not posting.. I was glued to my TV)

    Dionysus April 20, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • So why did Torre pinch run Thompson in the first place?

    walein April 20, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Damn it. Bad loss for the good guys. Hopefully they can steal one with the rookies pitching Saturday and Sunday.
    Whatever, it’s still party time at UConn, there’s always drinking.

    yankeesnj April 20, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • too much joy in beantown

    john April 20, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Okajima = Money.
    What a game…A-Rod must be kinda frustrated right now.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Wow…what a game. Thankfully the Sox bats woke up and they rallied.

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Real bad loss, especially after the incredible Alex theatrics. Forgetting the rest of this series, have to be a bit concerned about Mo, and even more about Jorge–the Yanks can ill-afford to lose him. Nieves is a rally killer. If Jorge doesn’t hurt a finger, who know how this thing turns out. As it is, it’s a loss.
    Back at ’em tomorrow.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Maybe when Coco fell over the wall and hit head and knocked himself right?

    Rob April 20, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • thank god for the patron saint of sugary cereals…coco crisp.

    sf rod April 20, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Mo owes Pettitte a couple of dinners.

    YF April 20, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • What a freakin game.
    2 more and my Store Manager owes me Lunch

    Dionysus April 20, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Bad loss for NYY, great win for Boston.
    The best part was that Boston’s weakest links, the back of the order and the bullpen, won the game.
    1 down, 17 to go.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 20, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • This is unreal. “Unfamiliar today, but maybe tomorrow or the day after a different story with that lineup.” All they can talk about is how unknown Okjima is. OK fine, we get it, it’s an advantage, but how about giving some credit where it’s due here? Christ.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • d1, a bad loser is still a loser.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 20, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Well, that ruined my night.
    Time to do some laundry. #@$%!!!

    Doug April 20, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • Heh, it’s actually the announcers I’m talking about. Poor announcing and/or cultural elitism really gets under my skin, regardless of whether my team wins or not; I’ve been spoiled by superior Boston broadcasting. :-)

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Can we handle 17 more like that?
    Holy sh!t!

    I'm Bill McNeal April 20, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Very true about the Boston announcers. They’re top notch, all of them.
    Think about me for a sec. I had to watch Dusty manage here in chicago. Talk about a clusterf*ck.
    And screw the rest of it. If we have to play the underdog all season, that’s fine.
    A(pril)-Rod can homer all he wants right now. I’d rather be underestimated and break some hearts than be given the win before the game is even played.
    This was, in so many ways, a perfect win. Perfect!

    I'm Bill McNeal April 20, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • why does everyone keep calling the bullpen a weak link. Statistically its better then the yanks
    Before tonites game
    Yanks Bullpen
    2.69 ERA 5.67 K/9
    Sox Bullpen
    2.53 ERA 7.33 k/9

    TJ April 20, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • Fair enough, TJ. Good point.
    Let’s say, “supposed weak links.”
    (I guess I’m caving in to the NYY excuse makers.)
    I’m gonna go drink a couple more Sammys.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 20, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • In my book, this was my game fo rthe Sox to lose (contrary to Vince – a YF – over at Soxandpinstripes who feels that the one the Sox will lose is Daisuke’s game).
    So to win it… wow.
    The important thing is for once, our starting pitching failed us. It’ll happen, folks. The important thing here is that we picked them up. Thats an important morale booster fo rthe team, and makes the pitchers a little more at ease I hope. Until now, it certainyl seemed that everythign rested on their shoulders.. so, as much as I’d rather have Schill pitch a 2-run game, I feel it was important to see a pitcher struggle.. and us still win.

    Dionysus April 20, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • “This was, in so many ways, a perfect win. Perfect!”
    Heh, it was fun, though I tend to sound suicidal when things aren’t going well. (Not as bad as the kids on the LOHUD Blog though) pI mean Coco wakes up, Tek wakes up…still missing Manny and Pedroia but 2/4 ain’t bad. That said, Schilling’s start concerned me a little bit. He did gut out 7 innings, which is to be commended, but his command was crap and his day could have been a lot worse.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • Sorry I couldn’t be here for all the fun, I had to watch the game on Tivo, so I was about 1 hour behind. I guess it’s a blessing considering the outcome.
    Few Things:
    *Why doesn’t Josh Phelps hit for Kevin Thompson? Thompson should have NEVER been in the game, did we really need a pinch runner on 1st base? In my book you NEVER pinch run until the runner is in scoring position protects against wasting him like he did.
    *What happened to Joe’s “Mo is a 1 inning pitcher” rants? It screams of desperation. Kudos to Francona for not giving in and using Paps. Once you bring him in to get the 5 outs there’s no turning back, there’s no next move, just a dumb move.
    *Why was Doug M. so far off the line on Coco’s triple?
    Anyway, congrats Sox fans definitely a nice win for you folks.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 20, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • “*What happened to Joe’s “Mo is a 1 inning pitcher” rants? It screams of desperation.”
    This raises a point I tried to make several days ago. Is it just me or does it seem like both managers are pulling out a lot of stops to win these early-season games?
    Tito already has used Paps twice to get five-out saves. I thought Torre was managing conservatively when he pulled Pettitte, a move I think blew up on him, and then completely the opposite when he put in Mo with one out in the eighth.
    I thought Torre made many odd moves (letting Thompson bat was another).
    Tito, on the other hand, other than ph-ing WMP, looked like a genius for the second straight game. Letting Okajima pitch the entire ninth was a great move. Holding Paps out was another.
    And thanks, Trisk. It was a nice win, but a not-so-nice loss for you. How long will the sting from this one last? Maybe less than 24 hours.
    Lastly, tonight was the night Hideki Okajima became a member of the Red Sox.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 21, 2007, 1:42 am
    That was Coco who went over the wall.

    Dong April 21, 2007, 3:47 am
  • //Tito already has used Paps twice to get five-out saves.//
    Once. And he didn’t throw all that many pitches.
    The second time, he was brought in to put out a fire in the 8th. He MIGHT have pitched the 9th, but we don’t know that for sure, and it didn’t matter since we got a ton of offense in that inning.

    Steve April 21, 2007, 4:21 am

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