Lift Foot, Place on Throat: Sox-Angels ALDS Gamer II

With one win, it all changed.

Monday morning, the Red Sox were underdogs. They were banged up, out of sorts, missing a slugger, missing their ace, facing a team that had destroyed them all season long. The line of doubters ran long.

Tuesday morning, the Red Sox were favorites. Battle-tested, experienced, a powerhouse, doing what it took to win against a team who last beat them in the playoffs before some of these players were even born.

It all changed for a reason — the Sox are in control. Had they lost Monday, tonight would have been a must-win. Instead, the pressure’s all on Los Angeheim, in danger of going down 0-2 with Josh Beckett seemingly ready to go in Game 3. Tonight’s the time when Daisuke Matsuzaka must buckle down, when the Red Sox must remind Ervin Santana that he’s the only Angel pitcher with a loss against them this season.

So far, all the teams who have won the first games of their series have won the second, as well. Keeping that trend going would put the Red Sox in fine position heading to Fenway. Fine position indeed.

Comment away!

Lineups and stats courtesy the Globe:

SAWX:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (.000/.000,/000, 3 at-bats)
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (.000/.000/.000, 3 ab)
3. David Ortiz, DH (.556/.636/1.111, 9 ab)
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B (.500/.667/.500, 2 ab)
5. J.D. Drew, RF (.286/.286/.429, 7 ab)
6. Jason Bay, LF (Has never faced Santana)
7. Mark Kotsay, 1B (.389/.450/.500, 18 ab)
8. Jason Varitek, C (.000/.111/.000), 8 ab)
9. Alex Cora, SS (.667/.750/1.667. 3 ab)
— Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP

That’s a bottom third to be ashamed of.

No word on the Angels lineup yet.

67 comments… add one
  • Yeah, that bottom third makes me a little queasy. I wish the game would just start already so we can see which Dice-K got out of bed this morning.

    rootbeerfloat October 3, 2008, 6:13 pm
  • I’ll be Friday-Night-Lightsing it up, so I’ll be texting for updates on my non-Internet-connected phone (that’s sooo 2005).

    Paul SF October 3, 2008, 7:09 pm
  • ya know, i warned paul about gloating…here’s hoping the angels break out a can of whoop-ass on dice-k tonight and beat the sox by double digits…i try to be objective, but when a sox fan starts acting like what they hate most about yank fans, it makes me want the other team to snap that sox fan back to reality…i’m probably wrong, but hope is what makes us, uh, hope…

    dc October 3, 2008, 7:32 pm
  • I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 8:06 pm
  • Glad to have you along, dc.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 8:07 pm
  • Man, at work today yfsf.org wouldn’t load at all. Glad to see it’s working at home!
    I know Kotsay has a good record against Santana, but I still cringe to see him in there over Casey. Then again I didn’t like Ellsbury leading off on Wednesday, and we all know how that worked out. In Tito we trust.

    Atheose October 3, 2008, 8:07 pm
  • Wow, this place really does have an extreme Sox bias. You’ll talk about politics and post homages to Torre but you won’t link to Simmons’ ode to Manny? Why won’t the YF moderators, at least, link to something very relevant for this site? But pissing on Yankees reaching milestones is fair game?

    davey yf October 3, 2008, 8:19 pm
  • Aww, bitter davey?

    Atheose October 3, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • Not at all – I’ve seen the Yanks win four rings in my brief life and one in person. It’s good that the wealth gets spread around – to the Rays especially. The brand new stadium also helps too.
    But this site – call it what it is: 90% sox fans. It sure as heck ain’t a 50/50 split and especially with how the moderators treat content. That Simmons article is fantastic but not a peep here. Somehow I think “bitter” has ALOT to do with THAT.

    davey yf October 3, 2008, 9:00 pm
  • Well, you caught the site at an interesting time, with the Sox in the playoffs and other teams, not. So that might explain the disparity right now.
    The Simmons article was a decent read (took two sittings). Not quite vintage SG, but close to what he does best. The thing is though, Simmons isn’t a journalist, and he’s not a Baseball analyst along the lines of BP et al. He’s just a fan. A sometimes entertaining fan, but I don’t really see how that Manny article is breaking news or anything. The Manny issue was hashed out around here for the entire month of August.

    FenSheaParkway October 3, 2008, 9:06 pm
  • Another point on Simmons: He’s a Sox fan, but not really a Baseball fan like he is for football and basketball. So his Baseball articles include a lot of hyperventilating. I mean, what was his thesis? That Scott Boras is a greedy d-bag? Gee, thanks Bill.

    FenSheaParkway October 3, 2008, 9:11 pm
  • You’re right, it’s not a 50/50 split–it’s actually 6 Yankees Fans and 2 Sox Fans that moderate the site. Perhaps the fact that the Yankees are out of contention and have been for several months is the reason for the lack of YF posters recently?

    Atheose October 3, 2008, 9:14 pm
  • I’m not buying it. There were alot of good nuggets in that article that I’ve never read anywhere else and especially good analysis of the Sox and their management (like how they completely control their entire media market). I just want to know why the SF moderators post negative Yankee stuff, even when there’s so little of it, but I never see contrary opinions from the multitude of YF moderators. There can be a glaring homage to Torre alongside a takedown of Moose but a huge profile on the real guy behind the Dodgers’ success, and examining why it went bad with the Sox, isn’t linked by anyone?
    I mean if you guys admitted the extreme Sox bias that would be one thing. But it’s like you want to pretend it’s all equal (and I’ve been reading off and on since earlier in the season), when it’s clearly not.

    davey yf October 3, 2008, 9:19 pm
  • I’m done. I’ve got better things to do, and more enjoyable, than slam my head repeatedly into a wall of willful, and spiteful, ignorance.

    davey yf October 3, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • Davey, if you don’t like it you can watch Gilmore Girls.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 9:22 pm
  • Is davey really a yf reincarnated?

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 9:22 pm
  • willful and spiteful ignorance.
    WTF does that mean?

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • Or, since the article just came out and we’re in the middle of the playoffs, we wanted to focus on the good things going forward? Peruse the past posts; there are plenty of negative articles about the Red Sox, Red Sox players, or front office.
    Or you can jump in here, complain, and then run away saying “I’ve got better things to do.” Typical internet troll.

    Atheose October 3, 2008, 9:24 pm
  • You’re probably right Bill!

    Atheose October 3, 2008, 9:25 pm
  • By the way, I know we complain about the Red Sox stranding runners, but that White Sox game today was horrible. 15 baserunners and only 2 runs.

    Atheose October 3, 2008, 9:28 pm
  • I hope no one spent a fortune printing “Windy City Series” t-shirts last week. Not unless they were planning on selling them exclusively to St. Louis fans.

    FenSheaParkway October 3, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • And what’s the point of posting the link if he’s already read it.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Two on for Nancy.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • NANCY!
    1-0 good guys.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 9:45 pm
  • JD JD JD!!!

    mike c October 3, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • JB JB JB!!!

    mike c October 3, 2008, 9:48 pm
  • FUCKING CRUSHED TO CENTER!!!
    3-run dong from Bay!!
    4-0 SOX!!!

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 9:48 pm
  • Jason. Fucking. Bay.
    Manny who?

    Atheose October 3, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • i’m a bayliever…
    hey bill, the gilmore girls joke is mine…
    glad to be aboard…let’s quit the bickering all and enjoy some baseball…

    dc October 3, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • Didn’t mean to steal it, dc. Just came to me.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 9:58 pm
  • maybe i missed it, but how come nobody’s commented on vlad’s clever impersonation of the playoff arod…i think he just got his 2nd hit in 52 at bats…did i hear that right?

    dc October 3, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • Damn. Needed to shut them down.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • Jesus. 5 outs, 8 hits so far.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • But at least Dice-K is throwing strikes.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • Even arod’s been better than that.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • “I hope no one spent a fortune printing “Windy City Series” t-shirts last week. Not unless they were planning on selling them exclusively to St. Louis fans.”
    They’re already on their way to Burma.
    These people just realized they’re now stuck with the Bears.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • On that run-scoring play, anyone think Cora might have had a play at 2nd if Pedroia went to the bag?

    Bkln-SF October 3, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • ya just watching the replay on my iPhone – Pedroia ranged way into SS territory and boxed Cora out – love Ped but he’s still young and eager I guess

    Bkln-SF October 3, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • or maybe it would have been past Cora and Pedey was aiming to stop the runner at 3rd – talking to myself about trivial stuff … what is it, Friday around here?

    Bkln-SF October 3, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • Close call–Hunter injured on the play. Cora should have charged it.

    Atheose October 3, 2008, 10:40 pm
  • Torii Hunter = Martin Grammatica

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 10:40 pm
  • I LOVE that kid!

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • Yeah Jacoby!!

    Bkln-SF October 3, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • All five Red Sox runs – all six in the game – with 2 outs.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 10:49 pm
  • YES!

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 11:05 pm
  • Just logging in – glad to see the score. Didn’t anyone think to mention to that davey character that stuckworking linked to the Simmons article sometime yesterday? I don’t really know how to point to the right place but it’s somewhere in the thread with “Bayby” in the title.

    rootbeerfloat October 3, 2008, 11:08 pm
  • Papi fouls one off his foot, crowd cheers. WTF?

    I'mBillMcNeal October 3, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • Was that Drew catch at the wall as close to a home run as ESPN Radio made it sound?
    I’m stuck with radio, since my local Red Sox bar in Upstate New York lost its liquor license and is dark tonight (don’t ask).

    Hudson October 4, 2008, 12:05 am
  • Wow. Rough inning for the pen. 5-4 now. Might we see Paps for two?
    More likely, I guess we’ll see Masterson start the eighth and Paps come in at the first baserunner.
    Insurance!

    Paul SF October 4, 2008, 12:39 am
  • Masterson gets out of it. Whew.

    Atheose October 4, 2008, 12:40 am
  • Remember, this time last year when the Sox bullpen had The Gagne in it, and everyone was dreading his appearance in a game?
    Good times.

    SoxFan October 4, 2008, 12:44 am
  • Pedroia really unlucky tonight.

    Atheose October 4, 2008, 12:51 am
  • Should have gone with Lopez against the lefty. Papelbon in for a 6-out save with the tying run on 3rd.

    Atheose October 4, 2008, 12:54 am
  • Great 3 outs by Papelbon, only 7 pitches. Unfortunately there was a runner on 3rd, so the game is tied.
    Please no extra innings?

    Atheose October 4, 2008, 1:03 am
  • DREW TAKES THE LEAD!

    Atheose October 4, 2008, 1:12 am
  • DREW
    that is all

    Dionysus October 4, 2008, 1:12 am
  • Bay and Drew have had wonderful nights.
    Come on Paps. You can sleep all day tomorrow, just KILL

    Dionysus October 4, 2008, 1:17 am
  • Incredible play by Youk

    Dionysus October 4, 2008, 1:27 am
  • Aaaaaannd J.D. and Paps combine to break the Halos’ spirit.
    Take that, K-Rod.
    (I don’t know what it is about the Sox and the Angels in the postseason, but I likes it.)

    Hudson October 4, 2008, 1:28 am
  • The fat lady is starting to sing.

    SoxFan October 4, 2008, 1:30 am
  • BALLGAME!

    Atheose October 4, 2008, 1:30 am
  • Woooo! I was in my car, middle of nowhere West Texas, hitting “Scan” on the car radio, hoping some vestige of an AM ESPN Radio affiliate would come through so I could listen to the game.
    I found one with papi ons econd and Drew at the plate. Just before the home run. I started screaming in the car, pumping my fist and baging the steering wheel. Great ballgame. Just great.

    Paul SF October 4, 2008, 2:10 am
  • I was sitting outside with friends, at a campfire, completely disengaged from the conversation, antisocial. Then Drew goes tater.
    Wow. Fucking wow. I love this game.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 4, 2008, 2:18 am
  • Oh. We had it on the radio.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 4, 2008, 2:19 am
  • My buddy is a White Sox fan. Completely depressed and pissed, despite the fact that the Cubs are on the brink of a monumental choke.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 4, 2008, 2:20 am
  • I was jumping up and dancing, screaming, throwing things after Nancy’s homer. They’re laughing at me. What a night, what a game.
    Drew comes up in the 9th, I say, C’mon, Nancy.
    She says, “Huh?”
    I say, “He seems to do better when I call him Nancy.” Then I blew on the fire.
    One pitch later …
    BLAM!!!
    Look at me jump and dance. I’m half drunk.
    What a game.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 4, 2008, 2:23 am
  • just back from the bar out here in so. cal. angel fans are a very angry breed tonite. must have spent $80 in jameson shots for broken hearted baseball brethren. why should the sox winning cost me money? at least the guy who accused me personally of killing donnie moore apologized.
    oh, yeah…the juice is going to jail for life.
    today was a good day.

    sf rod October 4, 2008, 4:34 am

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