I think these games are supposed to anger up the blood, but I just don’t get it. In any case, it is baseball, so have at it in this joint inter-league gamer thread.
Penny, Clay, Lugo, Bowden straight up for Hanley right now, before the game! Do it! Make it happen!
I’m only half kidding.
Games like these two make me despise interleague play.
Anger up the blood — I assume that’s a Satchel Paige reference?
John Baker catching for the Marlins. Why isn’t Ponch pitching?
Looks like either Wakefield has the k-ball moving well tonight, or the Marlins just don’t see his type of pitching that often: three quick outs on 9 pitches, including 2 Ks. Nice.
Awesome first for Tim “No Way in Hell Do You Take Him Out of the Rotation” Wakefield. 9 pitches, 3 outs.
Big Papi is inching up in the lineup — fifth tonight.
1-2-3 first for CC…like 8 pitches. NIce.
At least the Sox/Marlins series might be competitive — having the Nationals play *any* AL teams is cruel, nevermind the Yankees.
Thank God we get the Gnats, too, sw.
I just cannot get hyped for a series against the Nationals.
I understand, krueg. Three games we each should win easily, and i’m not excited about the pissibility of any loss. Pure humiliation.
Dunn just got the craziest infield single I have ever seen…it was like a trick pool shot with mad english.
Hooray I’m home. Smoltz Thursday? Nice. Sox not yet losing? Nice. Yankees playing the Nats? Not nice.
Sox are now beginning an insanely easy stretch of baseball — something like 24 straight games against sub-.500 teams, including 16 at home and the next what? Nine games? against the NL.
DP…let’s put these fools away early.
These two series just shouldn’t exist. What little justification there is for interleague (novelty, local rivalries, etc.) is shot to pieces by this imbalanced garbage.
Looks like I’m the good luck charm: Uggla GIDP.
Penny, Clay, Lugo, Bowden straight up for Hanley right now, before the game! Do it! Make it happen!
That hypothetical trade makes my mouth water.
Classic Wakefield inning. In the non-pejorative sense.
Cano singles…then hip hip follows suit. 1st and 2nd, no outs. LET’S GO YANKEES!!!
> Satchel Paige
Indeed. Avoid fried foods, good sir.
God-ZEE-ra moves the runners over…not on purpose I might add but it works. Melky time!!!
At least you can compost some of that.
Oh…my bad, Swish is up…
I agree SF…interleague sucks. Especially when you have to play 9 straight in the NL.
I am so sick of seeing Nick Green. I’d much rather be watching Lowrie put up slightly worse numbers — rehab quick, Jed!
I love Ellsbury on this team so much.
…walks the bases loaded for Melky…BRING IT!!!
Infield single and Ellsbury scores from second, EASILY. Did I mention I love his presence in this lineup?
This is just effing stupid. I don’t get it. Play more games against teams to care about. Marlins commentators RAIL on the fact there was no play on the dribbler. IMPOSSIBLE play. GAH.
SAC for Melky…1-0.
Um…AG? What game are you watching???
Captain grounds out…1 run out of bases loaded and 1 out. Not great but whatever…
HOLY F*CKING SHIT, Sosa was on the list of 104? Holy crap. I mean I guess I’m not surprised that he was a user, I’m just shocked that another one of the names on the list was leaked.
Okay seriously let’s have all the names please.
Seriously, Ath? This strikes me as a complete non-story. Is anyone on earth surprised by this?
Again, I’m not surprised with the name itself (because I always assumed he was a user–it was somewhat obvious) but the fact that another name on the list was released is what has me surprised. Can we please have all the names at once?
Ugh, this is an annoying game.
Is it me or is Wakefield throwing a ton of fastballs tonight?
Ground-rule double for some scrub…2 outs.
Agreed Ath…release all the names. now.
Marlins tie it up.
Glad Smoltz will join the rotation soon, if only because I’m so sick of the near-daily “Smoltz getting closer” articles in my RSS feed. Tracking his rehab has been like watching the proverbial drying paint.
And count me among the Interleague haters. Loathed the idea from the beginning.
Weak grounder for Johnny…throwing error, 2nd, no outs…
Pedroia really having a tough stretch. Makes it harder for him to make up Chuck Norris facts about himself.
Tex moves johnny to 3rd…ARod? RBI? Please?
> Um…AG? What game are you watching
little tiny inset of the marlins feed on the corner of my box.. looks awful, and have no desire to continue watching.
So, I go. Later.
Cano rips a liner off Nick Johnson’s melon almost…2-0.
Wait, Sosa was a juicer? I’m shocked, shocked. Who will they out next, Canseco? Palmiero? McGui—-oh, rrriiiight.
It’s really not fair how the Yankees are getting on base tonight.
I think Sal Fasano juiced for sure…
Shut up Ath you nipple!!! :)
krueg, if Fasano juiced, it was by putting Rogaine on his upper lip.
Bay knocks in a run, 2-1 Sox.
hip hip misses the fastball right down main street…pops out. 2 outs.
Jason Bay with yet ANOTHER rbi, though he gets caught in a rundown. I’m cool with that. 2-1 Sox.
His porn stache is where he derived his power SW…the stache was clean.
Nieves catching for the Nats…good for him. He kinda sucked for us but seemed like a good dude.
Helloooooooo Mrs. Masterson!
meh…god-ZEE-ra swings through a pitch that bounced about 2 feet in front of the plate. 2-0 after 3.
The crowd is…YAWN…electric tonight.
ARod robs Nick Johnson, future Red Sox great…1 out.
Not only is Mrs. Masterson smokin’ hot, but she apparently bakes delicious cookies!
Papi!! Hot, baby, hot!
Holy crap crushed! PAPI!
Eckersley about 0.5 seconds after that hit: “See ya”
OK, now we know that Papi can hit against the Yankees and the NL…
Papi goes yard. Ahhhh.
All Papi needed was to play us to get going…what a surprise.
Aflac Question: “Who is the Marlins leader in HR, RBI and hits?”
Gotta be Lowell, right?
Great game at the plate and the bases for Ellsbury so far.
“These two series just shouldn’t exist. What little justification there is for interleague (novelty, local rivalries, etc.) is shot to pieces by this imbalanced garbage.”
I second that.
Prediction: Ellsbury goes back to the leadoff spot, permanently, tomorrow.
Now accepting applications for the Nick Green fan club.
I am going to have to insult Nick Green more often.
Green knocks in Ellsbury with a double, 4-1 Sox.
Anyone want to venture a prediction of the Boston record after this upcoming run of 24 games against sub-.500 teams? They’ve already got the best winning percentage in the East at .603. No jinxes.
SW – maybe you should consider insulting Dice-K
Marlins = slumpbuster for Pedroia.
Aaand Kottaras piles on, singling home Green, 5-1.
Pedey follows up with a single (end of the slump?), 1st and 2nd, 1 out, Drew up.
I’m liking Interleague a little better all of a sudden.
Funny thing is, no matter the Sox lead after this inning, Wakefield if perfectly capable of giving it all back next inning. Or, alternatively, of pitching a CG 6-hitter. Who knows?
RBF: Remind me, when’s Dice-K’s next start? I have a lotta good material saved up.
Bay walks, Papi up with lots of RISP.
Somehow, that AB makes me feel even better about Papi than his last one this inning.
0-2 count punched through the shift? ME MOTHAF*CKIN GUSTA.
8-1, Papi’s BA cracks the .210 line.
Burke Badenhop is no Seth Schwindenhammer.
Cody Ross looks kinda like Don Rickles in his Gameday photo.
Don Orsillo and Eckersley talking about how two weeks ago DO was right in predicting the 6-man rotation.
Stuck, I think Francona has the right zen attitude about watching Wake. You just have to let it go, relax, roll with it.
Even if he weren’t 8-3 on the year, I’d much rather watch Wake than Dice-K any day.
Oh yeah, Hudson, I love Wake, frustrating as he can be. SF, on the other hand, cannot stand his games, as I recall.
I like these joint gamers.
Wow, I didn’t think the Nats would have the lead once in that series.
Who the hell is Anderson Hernandez?
Gotta run, you dope.
If you pretend that the good knuckleball is some mystical beast like Sasquatch or the Lochness Monster, it becomes a lot easier to have patience and just let it happen. Maybe we’ll see the good knuckleball, maybe he won’t.
Wow, just saw the replay of the Hernandez homer: those Yankees fans sure were booing.
HAHAHA Kottaras pushed that ball fair before tagging the batter out. That was hilarious!
That’s deep, ath.
Green foul ball liner just missed Ben Afflek.
Kottaras continues to not embarrass himself.
A six man rotation is not “one time through”. That’s a rotation adjustment. I can’t see any reason to deprive Jon Lester and Josh Beckett of 8-10 starts combined.
For the record, I like Wake as a player, and have nothing bad to say about him. I do not enjoy watching him, though.
Hanley out at 2nd!
Hanley runs into an out half an inning after this error. I doubt either will matter, though.
When did I say they would keep the 6-man rotation all season? I thought it was somewhat obvious that if they implemented it, it would be for a while to let things pan out. I thought it would be at least a month though, whereas Francona says it will be 2 weeks.
Wow, Nats with the lead through 6! They’ll give it up as soon as Washington goes to its bullpen, though, presumably next inning.
Not criticizing you, Ath, but rather the idea that the Sox are “going to a six man rotation” in general. I just don’t look at it that way – if the Sox use an extra starter a couple of times through to me that’s just not a six man rotation. It’s a blip. A six man rotation is when the team starts six pitchers consistently as their featured starters. One or two times through is not a rotation.
It’s semantics, I guess, but it annoys me.
Yeah, I can definitely see that SF. I guess everyone has been using the term a little too liberally.
In any case, I love the idea. I’m excited to see Smoltz pitch.
Wake pulled after 93 pitches? He’s done well the last few innings.
yeah, surprised not to see Wake come back out. MDC pitching well, though.
I guess with the off-day yesterday Tito wants to give some guys in the bullpen a workout.
Double off the wall.. off the top of the wall.. really should’ve scored easily for Damon..
Teixiera with another RBI though it was close. Thanks Villone!
Well, it was cute while it lasted — Nats bullpen gives up the lead in its first two ABs. Oh well.
Yanks tie it.
This blog’s “post another comment” link is annoying, instead of just giving me the textbox like it used to! Why is typepad keep onn making this worse?
Anyhow, ARod strikes out with the tiebreaking run on second. Not clutch. Needed to at least move him to third on that one..
Got a nice surprise today. A friend of mine in Aurora, Ill., gave me a cap from the Greenville Drive, courtesy of Drive pitching coach Bob Kipper, also an Aurora native. They’re good friends.
$100 says the Yankees have another walk-off tonight.
8-2 lead is safe enough for Deadliest Catch.
Did anyone hear the story today that the Sox had worked out a deal to send Saito to Texas for Blalock, but Texas pulled back when Hamilton went on the DL?
“In play, run(s)”
Damn you Cano! Yankees have 7 hits, and 4 of them are from Cano.
Cano ripped one over Dukes’ head – looked like he kind of misplayed that one a little bit.
Cano tries for a triple and thrown out, just barely, at third. Yanks with the lead.
Looks like Cano hung out a little bit at home plate for a second, and that second was the difference between reaching third. Still, Yanks up 4-3, hard to complain with that and here’s Posada.
Wish I’d acted fast enough to take your bet, Ath. That game is O-V-E-R. No way Nats come back to even tie it.
IBM, I saw that on mlbrumors today while I was looking for Penny news! He’s only 28, and that would have been a good move all around.
Though the idea of Nick Johnson excites me more.
Anyone else think we can start making the argument for Wakefield as an AL All-Star this year? If Sox don’t blow it, he’ll be second in the AL in wins with 9.
Posada grounds out but Yanks retake the lead. 2 innings to go, 4-3 Yanks.
Uh oh, Sabathia back out there in the 8th! I bet he gives up a hit or two, then Aceves comes in and slams the door on the 8th.
Jeter out, Pena in – defensive purpose or is he tired? Hope everything’s okay..
CC out in the 8th. I know you _can_, but it doesn’t mean you should! I don’t have the pitch count in front of me though..
He’s at 105 now, after getting Guzman out on one pitch.
CC does maybe prove me wrong though, but still.. 2 easy ground outs..
Nick Johnson with a stash looks kind of like Palmerio. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe he looks like Mario. Haha..
Wake for ASG? Nah. Wins are not the measure of a pitcher. Is Wake one of the top 12 or 13 pitchers in the entire league? No way.
Now, if the players vote him in that’s another story. That would be pretty cool for him to make the trip at this point in his career. But chosen by the manager? I don’t think that would be right.
CC is going to lock this down. It’s the NATS, guys.
Nick Johnson walks! Is Girardi going to leave him out there to possibly get the loss?
2 out walk with Zimmerman up. Yes, you take him out now.
Thanks Joe for not being stupid this time. It’s purely to protect CC and why not? Bruney comes in immediately in a maybe rough spot, except it’s the Nationals. Okay, I’m totally jinxing it..
Brian Bruney in. Good job Girardi.
Zimm comes out swinging, fouling off the first pitch..
Bruney throwing 96 fastball 1-1 pitch, getting the crowd into it..
Zim fouls off a pitch and then holds up on the high 1-2 heat. Zim hits it to the right side, and Cano was solid in throwing the Teixiera out.
I think when Wakefield retires, he should be the designated pitcher in the ASG if they go into extra innings. Then it’ll become a home run contest! ;)
I would love that Lar! Or let him pitch those 73mph fastballs for everyone in the HRD.
Apparently Jeter is out thanks to a take out at 2nd from Zimmerman.
Ballgame, Sox win!
Zimmerman with a great play to get Swisher out at first.. Gardner goes to third on the play.
So here’s a real and “easy” chance to score an insurance run.. got to get this..
Pena now in what would’ve been a good Jeter spot as Melky was walked. 1 out and Pena dumps one to left field and the Yanks lead goes up 5-3.
I have four goddamn lead-off guys on my fantasy team, and they all suck tonight:
Jeter: 0 for 3
Scutaro: 0 for 5
Roberts: 0 for 4
Soriano: 0 for 0 (rain out)
That last one doesn’t count, but still. Throw in the fact that Howard and Ibanez are 1 for 8…
Ath – in my h2h league, my opponent has Cano, Ortiz, and a few others. He is currently 12/20 with tons of RBIs. Haha.. I’m so down.
Whoa, I had no idea that Joolian Batshit Tagarbage was on the Nats’ roster. Oh, that’ll be *tons* of fun when Boston plays them.
Damon up, and they bring in someone else..
Damon destroyed that pitch, but it was foul..
Fielder’s choice for Damon, getting the runner at second. Melky moves to third and here’s Teixiera trying to pad it just a little bit more..
Teixiera pops it up and now top of the 9th we go.
Amusingly, Gardner is playing CF. He came in for Matsui, so Mo would bat err.. if it comes to that.
F*ck you Hudson, I loved leatherface!
1-2 pitch looked good, but no dice.
Dukes looked overmatched for the first few pitches, but now fouled off a few pitches..
And now he grounds out to Cano, one away. That was a nifty pick on a ground ball up the middle.
Got Dunn looking on a K and there’s two away.
I was in Tampa visiting family two years ago, and the Sox happened to be playing. So I made a sign that said MVP, but it spelled out Most Valuable Pornstar. Well the guards at the gate took it because it was “vulgar”. I later saw Jools warming up in the outfield about 15 feet from where we were trying to catch batting practice balls, so I yelled to him “Tavarez, most valuable pornstar!” He looked up at us, did two pelvic thrusts in the air, flashed me a thumbs-up and went back to warming up.
Hey, now. Hoolian was pretty good for us in 2007. He was key when we needed him to be. He might be batshit, but I’ll always give him a pass. The man loves baseball.
And Yanks win! Ground ball and Mo gets a save.
From the AP write-up of the game: “Wakefield made his 380th career start for Boston, two behind Roger Clemens for the most in Red Sox history. He has 90 wins at Fenway, five behind Clemens.”
Man, I cannot wait till Wakefield takes those records from Roger. It’s going to be SO SWEET.
Me, too, stuck.
Interesting. No posts about Sosa tonight. What does that tell us?
I totally posted about it and got made fun of, IBM!
No one in the Greater Chicago Area was stunned. But how’s this quote from Cubs GM Jim Hendry: “As soon as somebody writes a story saying somebody did something, that doesn’t make it a fact,” Hendry said.
OK, Jim. You get back to me when you file that libel suit.
And ath, the response you got (which I missed the first time around), is my point. No one is shocked about it. Everyone has assumed for years that he did it. Now we have something more concrete.
Now, the other 102 names, please.
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