One for the Pennant: Tribe-Sox Gamer VII

Let’s stick with what works:

WIN.

(the Sox, that is)

That is all.

741 comments… add one
  • ESPN Classic is showing game 6 of the ’75 Series. More mojo. Bernie Carbo!

    Tom sf October 21, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • There’s a lot of chatter out there about how the Sox have all the momentum, how the Tribe look like dead men walking, how the Paul Byrd situation is going to add distraction. I don’t buy this. It’s a one game winner-take-all situation. Byrd’s travails are irrelevant. Both teams can win this game. The Sox have proven that a team can recover from losing multiple games in a row, so why can’t the Indians win tonight? This game isn’t going to rely on momentum from the last couple of games; it rests on the right shoulders of Jake Westbrook and Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will be pitching independent of any team inertia.

    SF October 21, 2007, 2:48 pm
  • Short, sweet and to the point huh SF?
    Anyway, I don’t look for credit too often, but I want credit for telling you Sox fans this series would go 7 games. This team has way too much confidence, even with just 7 players remaining from the 2004 team. It’s never over to them. Really is unbelievable.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • I agree that momentum may not play a big role in this game. As for the pitching, Daisuke and Westbrook won’t get a chance to fail, all hands will be on deck. At the first sight of trouble I would imagine there will be a change made.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 2:56 pm
  • Kudos, John. I am very surprised (not shocked, but honestly surprised) that it has reached the seventh game. I didn’t expect that bats to erupt quite the way they have, and I counted on more from Sabathia and Carmona, even with their prior weak performances. I figured there would be at least a little progression the mean, and that that would pose a difficult situation for the Sox, one which hasn’t materialized. The comeback, to this seventh game, has looked really easy. I think some of that ease goes away tonight, just due to the natural tension of the game and also because of the question marks surrounding Matsuzaka.
    Hopefully the WBC Daisuke shows up; someone should show him some video from that tourney…

    SF October 21, 2007, 2:59 pm
  • Vegas has the Sox as the favorite tonight.
    Indians +145
    Sox -165

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 3:05 pm
  • Vegas sets lines to make money, not to make predictions as to who will win. They have no vested interest in showing respect to any team, they set a line to bring out as much money on both teams as is possible, then adjust based on the betting patterns.
    I have always been irked by discussions about how Vegas doesn’t show one team or another team “respect”. Respect has nothing to do with it.

    SF October 21, 2007, 3:07 pm
  • (not addressed at you, Trisk, just a general comment)

    SF October 21, 2007, 3:07 pm
  • More so with football then baseball SF. Baseball lines, because there are no spreads clearly let you know who is the favorite.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • They can’t hope for a push or some points to help them win the bet. It’s a clear cut favorite/underdog. But even with that said Game 7’s are certainly unpredictable.
    I am off to watch football. If I don’t make it back best of luck tonight.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • If I don’t make it back best of luck tonight
    Jeez, where are you going to watch football, Basra?

    SF October 21, 2007, 3:21 pm
  • A little history:
    On October 21st, three years ago today, the Sox officially beat the Yankees to win Game Seven and complete their historic ALCS comeback. They won at 12:01am on the 21st.
    Let’s celebrate the anniversary with the completion of another great comeback.
    GO SOX!!!!!!!!!!!

    SF October 21, 2007, 3:29 pm
  • Just to show how unfamiliar I am with sports betting/odds, could someone explain to me what this means?
    Indians +145
    Sox -165

    (It often irks me how a lot of newspapers include odds in them, but never provide a key to their various systems.)

    Hudson October 21, 2007, 3:35 pm
  • It means if you bet on the Sox you need to bet one dollar to win 65 cents. A one dollar bet on the Sox returns $1.65 total. A one dollar bet on the Indians, if the Indians win, returns $2.45 (+$1.45). The Sox are pretty heavy favorites, those are not good odds, particularly not for two 96-win teams in a seventh game.
    If that’s wrong, someone please correct me, but that’s my understanding of the money line.

    SF October 21, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • Thanks, SF, that makes sense.
    (I notice some papers use a different schema. Something like “4 1/2 – 5 1/2” would be a typical entry, but again with no explanation. Maybe they don’t want to explain because it would more overtly relate to illegal betting, but it’s pretty obvious what the purpose is to begin with…)

    Hudson October 21, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • Just a sidenote to the betting thing: I would say the true odds are right down the middle, 50-50, with maybe only a slight advantage to the Sox being in Fenway. The game strikes me as a total roll of the dice (no, tired pun not intended) for both sides. The Vegas odds, as suggested above, may have more to do with who is more likely to bet (Sox fans) and on perceptions than on real probabilities…
    A lot may depend on what happens early — if one team can build a big lead — or on the performance of just 1-2 players on each team. A single pitcher for either side could either have a career night, or blow it big time, even with the now widespread premise that everyone will be on short leashes. A booted ball, a bad call, a mental error, or a clutch hit may do it.
    And given that both teams have shown themselves capable of exploding for 6-7 runs in a single inning, normal definitions of “comfortable lead” may not apply.
    Of course I’m hoping for a 2004 Game 7 type of experience, with plenty of breathing room early. But we already had that last night, with the Indians being demoralized from the get-go and getting increasingly sloppy as things spiralled downward for them. I doubt Boston gets the luxury of yet another consecutive laugher, so bitten nails seem more likely.

    Hudson October 21, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • JD JD JD JD JD JD

    mike October 21, 2007, 4:13 pm
  • I also expect this one to be a nailbiter… I anticipate a fair amount of back and forth scoring.
    It’d be amazing if the Sox could jump out to a quick lead and give Matsuzaka some breathing room, because he seems like he’s really putting a ton of pressure on himself – and yes, he’s previously pitched very well under pressure, but I think he had a lot more confidence in himself before he came to the MLB.
    Anyway, I’m anticipating that this will be one for the ages, could really go either way. And I’m already ready to vomit. Oy.

    Jackie (SF) October 21, 2007, 5:37 pm
  • The Vegas odds, as suggested above, may have more to do with who is more likely to bet (Sox fans) and on perceptions than on real probabilities…
    The Vegas odds are only geared to getting the right spread of bets for the two teams involved. That’s it. They really have nothing to do with prognostication. If one of the linemakers in Vegas thinks the Sox are going to win by forty, they would never set the line like that, because they’d never get action on the Sox. They have to set the line so it is enticing enough to get people betting both ways — the casino makes their money on the vig, so they can’t have one team getting all the bets, it puts them too highly at risk.
    Never look at odds for anything other than as an indication of what it will take to get people betting on both teams, it’s more of a guess about the bettors than it is about the teams involved.

    SF October 21, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Actually, I should qualify (and correct) something: if Vegas thinks a team is a mortal lock, they will set the odds at such a point to get people betting the longshot, they’ll move the line until the risk/reward is high enough to move people away from the favorite. They aren’t afraid of setting big spreads, which might be read as an implication of my previous comment.

    SF October 21, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Here’s an interesting article on line-setting – the linemakers have to take into account fan emotion/tendencies, so a balanced line is effectively impossible, though in an ideal world the guarantee of profit. The linemakers have to freelance a little based on the herd.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/05/magazine/05sbgamble_92_94_.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    SF October 21, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Where is everyone? Twenty minutes til game time and nobody around? Is everyone arranging their rooms exactly as they were the prior two games?
    Drinking?

    SF October 21, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • I’m nervous as heck-all. No drinking unless it’s a celebration!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Hey sox fans – good luck to you guys – you’ve made it a series.
    Time for the $103 million dollar question-mark to put up or shut up (though thankfully it doesn’t hurt having, you know, Beckett in the pen!)

    Rob October 21, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Ok as a history student – screw you Fox for trying to use Henry Clay to make you guys sound sophisticated and your coverage somehow “classy”
    No really – Fuck you.

    Rob October 21, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • > Drinking?
    No, not drinking, just preparing for a night of drinking with a few or four adult beverages, with drinking soon to follow.
    Good luck, Sox fans!

    attackgerbil October 21, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Thanks, Gerb. I am trying to remember how I felt going into Game 7 in 2004, but I was at the end of the first week of first-time fatherhood, and I think I was delirious…

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • I feel like I need some tums right now

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • I was a wreck in 2004 game 7, i’m in a wreck now, for my health I hope we can break it open right away

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • I’m here. Just got back from ripping up the bathroom floor (and my right index finger) and taking the dog for a walk. Wouldn’t miss this for anything!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Ed, Rob SF (not sure if he’s here), SF – good luck guys.
    Hope you don’t mind but deep down (of course) I’m rooting for a loss, but at the very least I am rooting for a competitive game.
    I realize that makes me a heartless bastard (how many years would a close game take off your life?) but not going to lie. In any case, I do wish your team a good game, and don’t want this (or any) game to end in either a) an injury or b) a stupid call by the umpire.
    That of course involves putting aside the awful strike-zone fun we’ve had this series.

    Rob October 21, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Thanks, Rob. Glad to have you here tonight. I think…
    !!

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • I remember feeling very confident going into Game 7 in 2004. The Sox then scored early and often, so that confidence was well rewarded.
    I feel less confident tonight, but I still would put our chances at better than 50-50.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • OK, Fox on, sound off. So far so good.
    I can’t listen to these guys.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • I’m glad to see Coco is riding the pine again.

    Pocono Sox October 21, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • SF – Hey I wasn’t going to say “rah rah Go Red Sox” – you’d accuse me of jinxing! :-P

    Rob October 21, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • That ad is annoying: Thierry Henry plays for Barca, has been on that squad for a few months – couldn’t they just recut it or something with a few new clips?

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • God, start the game already…

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • I’m really really hoping for another game like last night’s. Where the bats ultimately make the performance of the starter moot — preferably in the first inning.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • The Diceman Cometh…

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • I know Paul, it’d definitely get rid of the nervous butterflies

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • QUALIFY, PAUL:
    Where the RED SOX bats ultimately make the performance of the starter moot — preferably in the first inning.
    You’ve got to be more careful. PLEASE.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • omg, i’m terrified of the first pitch. If Sizemore hits a homerun, it’s all over for DiceK.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Not surprised the Indians didn’t put Travis “Wiff” Hafner up there for introductions…

    Rob October 21, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Jake “The Snake” Westbrook?!?

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Hehe, I stand corrected, SF.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Look at the bright side – you could’ve had Millar pitching!

    Rob October 21, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • what the… Millar? Is this guy still jonesin’ for the Sox or what?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Anyone think it’s odd that a Baltimore Oriole player (under contract) is throwing out the first pitch? I understand the symbolism and all, but what do the Orioles think of this?

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Millar doing the lineup???? Very weird, but entertaining

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Millar with the throw and the announcement of the lineup.

    Anonymous October 21, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Is he really still under contract? Wow, strange indeed

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Ok, Rob, there’s your Hafner reverse-jinx. Nice try. Not gonna stand for it.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Kevin Millar does a good lineup. Except for mispronouncing “Jacoby.”

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • I believe that Millar’s option vested, so he’s an Oriole for 2008.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • //but what do the Orioles think of this?//
    It will take another 3 months before Angelos hears about it and make a decision on the matter.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • OK, nice first batter, Sizemore gets sawed off, one down.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Good first out – especially since they always highlight how the Indians really need Sizemore on base to get things going.

    Rob October 21, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • “Superman just broke his bat”… god I hate these guys

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Home run swing. The results, not so much. Good start.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Millar doing the lineup freaks me out. “Daniel” Matsuzaka??!!
    Go away, bad mojo, go away.

    academic-SF October 21, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Buck and McCarver contradict Kennedy by saying Matsuzaka should use all his pitches.
    They all miss the point: It’s location.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • When did this “stand up on every two-strike count” thing start. First inning? Come on, I find that annoying, just a little.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Daniel is redneck for Dice.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Dice K throwing more strikes here… yet Indians also getting solid contact thus far…

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Cabrera grounds to Dusty. Two down.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Two exclamation points after “Wins!!” Why??

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Drink every time you hear: “Two nations.”

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Bad to see that full count – that was an issue last time. But first two batters does suggest he’s on his game.

    Rob October 21, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Dice K is throwing pretty hard tonight, doesn’t appear to be overthrowing

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Gah, full count.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Paul SF – Two nations? So glad I’m not really listening to what they’re saying….

    Rob October 21, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • K!!!!!

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Hafner down swinging. Inning over.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Here we come “Snake”

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • DICE-K!!!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Is there any professional athlete (or wrestler) whose first name is “Jake” whose nickname is not “Snake”?

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • 1-2-3 inning for “Daniel” Matsuzaka!

    SoxFan October 21, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Pronk go bye-bye!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • I don’t care how much he’s struggling, a K of Hafner is always a good sign.
    Rob, the line, variations of which I’ve heard several times since the end of last night’s game: “Two nations hanging on every pitch.”

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • What, exactly, makes Jake Westbrook “snake-like”? Or Jake Plummer? Is it the scaly skin? The molting? The long, forked tongue?
    Idiots.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • 13 pitch inning from Dice.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Paul SF – Again so glad I’m not listening lol.

    Rob October 21, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Perhaps their teammates don’t like their continuously duplicitous nature?

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Time to slap Westbrook about.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • C.C., still eating…

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Yes, Dusty!!!

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Pedroia!! Nice start!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Chickenhawk with the leadoff single.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • DUSTIN!!!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Chickenhawk? I like that, where did you get that from?

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • I chose that nickname for him a few months back. Reminds me of the chickenhawk from Foghorn Leghorn.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • the crowd is so damn loud, I love it

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • YES! Youk with the seeing eye single to left. Off the bat, I feared a DP.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Youk!!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Aw… Chickenhawk makes him sound like a pedophile. :( Since old men prowling for boys are called chickenhawks.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Youk!!
    Papi headed to the plate.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • looks like we still may get some good bounces here… make a statement in this inning boys!!!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Do you bunt here?
    Kidding.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • NSTB…really did not know that. I guess I will go back to my standby..Geico Gecko.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • homerun foul ball, sooo close

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Papi takes a heart stabbing swing at the first pitch.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Ortiz pummels one the other way, well foul though, and over everything.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Me too, SF. That was some lucky placement there. Not that I’m complaining.
    AGAIN with the comps to Vaughn. Stop it!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Good pitch on 1-1 to Tiz, who swings and misses at an inside slider. Now it’s 2-2.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Come on Papi!!

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Crap.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • no prob, damage was done last night with two outs… come on guys!!!!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Ortiz swung at two bad pitches in that K.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Gah, Tiz swings at ball three. Well set up by Westbrook, he pitched Ortiz nicely there.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • shiteous.
    c’mon Manny!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Nice as it was to get 12 runs with virtually no production from Ortiz/Ramirez, I’d like to avoid trying to duplicate that feat.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Damn, the opening pitch to Manny was fat, and he fouled it off.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Is it me or are we going after Westbrook early in the count? Is this due to the last game with the number of 1st pitch strikes?

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • manny just missing those…

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • And shit, another one. Both those pitches were utterly hittable. Fudge.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • YEAH!!! I’ll take it!!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • looks like we might be getting some good luck this game… mojo mojo mojo

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Manny hits one to Peralta..OLE!! Ball goes into left field, Pedroia scores.
    1-0.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Yes!! What the hell was THAT bounce?
    Sure 6-4-3 turns into a ball out to Lofton, off Peralta’s glove, Pedroia scores. 1-0 Sox.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Rob SF – Makes sense – your problem was getting behind on him early – so why not be aggressive?
    Lucky bounce = Run.

    Rob October 21, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Wacky! Hard hit and E6 I’m sure! 1-0 Sox!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • that was our offense, ironically, in game three against “the snake”

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Even Fenway is cooperating tonight… so far.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • No, NSTB. RBI single. Bad hop, nothing Peralta could do.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • 3-1 to Lowell…single!
    Juiced for, uh, JD.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Lowell with the hit!
    Drew up with bases Jacked AGAIN!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Bases loaded…guess who is up.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • What are the odds that Drew does this again?

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • I never thought i’d be somewhat optimistic with J.D. coming up in a big situation

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • you’re right Paul, I’m extra zealous tonight.
    Can Drew do it again?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Just hit the ball in the air, J.D., and I’ll be happy.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Thank you, DeMarlo – that ball was scorched and even Lofton would have had Youk at home.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Agreed, Paul, a sac fly will do me just fine.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Real question for me is who do you bring up for Westbrook isn’t on? It’s not like you have an “ace” in the Pen (sorry CC = “Can’t Cut-it”)

    Rob October 21, 2007, 8:46 pm

  • Back to form, I see.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • That… was not in the air. Damn damn damn.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Nope, GIDP.
    Fudge.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Not exactly what I thought Drew would do there. That just took the wind out of me.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • that’s the J.D. we know

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • 23 pitches for Westbrook.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • hey, we got a run, hopefully Dice can get another quick inning and we can get back after snakey

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • maybe that was karma for the first double play they botched

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • JD swinging at the first pitch, and it doesn’t bother me – the pitch was very hittable, the D was lined up perfectly. JD nearly beat it out, too.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Yeah, I really thought he’d at least hit a liner or get it deep enough to right for a run. *sigh* As it is, he almost got an RBI out of it except for some nifty defense by Cleveland.
    Still, we got a lead and Westbrook doesn’t look good.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Come on Dice.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • I mean, that was a hell of a play by the Indians to turn two, have to give them credity. If they don’t execute perfectly, JD’s got a rbi and the Sox are up two.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Nice snag by Lowell.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • 1 out, nice.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Scorcher from Victor, but right at Lowell playing WAY off the line, almost near the third base side of the SS position.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Dice-K’s “playoff beard” is pretty suspect.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Garko grounds out to 3rd.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Lowell again, soft hop over to Youk. Two down.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • 1-2-3!

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • You know, people talk culture and approach as key points for Matsuzaka — which is true. But they neglect the change in ball surface, mound density, etc. Very physical adjustments that directly affect the pitcher’s control and use of his pitches.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Peralta grounds out to 3rd.
    Mikey with a clean sweep of all three outs.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Just what we needed, Snake round 2!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • 8 pitch inning from Dice

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • I like that there inning from Dice. a lot.
    More runs!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Lowell after a shaky start to the season has definitely regained his status as a human vacuum.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • looks like you guys are getting the bounces tonight…boy do i love being right, even if it means the sox win…i called the comback…i’m smart…oh, and cowboy up guys…

    dc October 21, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • i didn’t think drew would f-up with another double play…my prediction [not published here] was that he’d win the mvp, in addition to my “on the record” prediction of the comeback

    dc October 21, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • VARITEK with the first-pitch double!!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Tek just misses a homer. Ends up being a leadoff double.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Oh Great. It’s Dane “There’s only ONE October!” Cook.

    SoxFan October 21, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • V Tek almost out at second! Yikes… here we go boys

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • boy do i love being right, even if it means the sox win…i called the comback
    This game is so far from over, dc, nice try!

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • even varitek with a hit?….wow

    dc October 21, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Did Jacoby offer or was that a called strike? Sure looked low, and I thought Ells pulled back.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Man, if only the Indians hadn’t played that DP so smoothly… Ah well.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • no jinx sf…nice try from you…stick around ’til the end of the game and we’ll discuss…

    dc October 21, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Jacoby a little tentative so far.

    SF October 21, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • can’t get them all right DC… man all the bounces going our way… mojo mojo mojo mojo

    Ed October 21, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Ellsbury with a flare to left, Tek to 3rd.
    Time to send the lad to 2nd.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Ellsbury again with the hit! Two on, none out. Awesome!!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • ha ha…ellsbury with a seeing eye…think i got it wrong?…no chance

    dc October 21, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • And Ells squeaks, and I mean SQUEAKS a soft liner between Peralta and Blake. Lucky, he got very little of that.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • I agree. Send Ellsbury.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Anyone else think this ‘Westbrook’ chant is a little stupid?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • sorry ed, try to enjoy the good fortune…there’s no mojo…it’s called the law of averages

    dc October 21, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • The Indians were happy to trade the run for the outs. I’m kinda happy to trade the outs for the run.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • but the run scores…2 big runs…

    dc October 21, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Ha, Lugo gets the rbi even with the dp.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Lugo with the DP, Tek scores.
    2-0
    Should have sent Ellsbury.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Lugo GIDPs. Way to kill a big inning, Julio, at least the run scored.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • nice lugo, 2 double plays, come on guys, gotta capitalize on this guy!!!!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • it COULD have been worse… inning not done yet

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • No RBI on a DP, nstb.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • flyballs on a sinkerballer, never a good sign Snakey

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Wedge looks like he’s staying with the Snake.

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Let’s keep it moving, Daisuke! Don’t let Westbrook catch a breath.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • 9 pitches for Westbrook.
    Not sure if I want to work the count or keep going the way we are. But these nickel and dime innings of 1 run may not be enough.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • I will gladly take one GIDP an inning if it also means one run an inning. Give me nine of each, and I’d at least like our chances.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • sf will be my best friend when this is over…and will have a new respect for my powers of prognostication

    dc October 21, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • We’ve actually hit three double play balls in the two innings, got lucky with Manny’s.
    Two runs is a good start, wish it were more but it’s better than a sharp stick in the eye, or a first inning deficit.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • ah, I keep effin’ up. I’m too excited.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • I agree SF, I just fear he one inning from Dice. I would like to think that 9 runs would win you a game.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • No worries, NSTB

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Lofton flies out to right.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • *phew* Anyone else scared of Lofton v DiceK like I am?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • I won’t say Matsuzaka looks great, but he looks good, and that’s all the Sox were needing coming into tonight.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • I met Eric Wedge today.
    Walked down the street, and there he was, asking me if I could spare some change for a hot meal. I was like, “Dude, don’t you need to get up to Boston?”
    He muttered incomprehensively to me about the apocalypse and shuffled away. Glad he got back in time.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Another full count. Not good for the blood pressure.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Gutierrez pops out to 2nd.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Popup to Dusty. Two down.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Matsuzaka’s getting the first-pitch strikes. That’s a good sign. Oooh, robbed on the 0-1.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Jeez, not a nice call on that 0-1 pitch, looked nearly perfect when it crossed the plate.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Wow, what was Lugo doing?? A weird, awkward dive that was tw steps too soon.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • so much for the no hitter… come on Dice!!!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Blake singles up the middle, looked like a half-assed dive by Lugo.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Blake rips one back up the middle past a diving Lugo. Bad pitch, fat inside half of the plate.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Blake to second on pitch in the dirt.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Good, aggressive baserunning by Blake there on the pitch in the dirt. That’s good baseball right there.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • 1-2 to Sizemore now. Big out, here, Dice. Bear down.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Sizemore saves Matsuzaka a ball by calling time.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Hmmm, that looked like a strike. Maybe a tad high. I bet that’s a strike in Japan.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • That was a tad high, but this strike zone is looking smallish, now.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • YES.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Sizemore K’s. Inning over.
    19 pitch inning for Dice.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Five strikes later…

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • DICE-KK! Big strikeout there!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Lookin’ sharp

    Pocono Sox October 21, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • A little tougher for Matsuzaka that inning, but none of the problems he usually has — command looked good, pacing looked good, wasn’t rattled by the baserunner/WP combo…

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • nice K there, let’s get back to it with Snake Bite

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Come on, haht of the ordah.
    YOUKOUY!

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • YOOUUUK! Another double!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuk

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Youk with a leadoff double.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • SF, like the accent… Chowdah Time

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Atonement for Papi? Double the lead, big man!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Blech, the displaced prepster cardigan sweater-wearing squash-playing dink named “Jensen Lewis” is warming.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • I’ll take a single run, Paul, for now! Keep that line moving.
    Westbrook with a nice pitch there.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • I agree that I’d rather the fans cheer FOR the Red Sox instead of AGAINST the Indians. But maybe it gets inside Westbrook’s head? Who knows?

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Then Papi rips one foul past first. Not a bad pitch, too in for Papi to do anything with it. Westbrook is pitching Papi well, I have to say, if not everyone.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Papi gets Youk to third on a weak tapper to first. Good job by Westbrook on Tizzle again.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Advancing the runner, with Manny up. Not bad. Papi’s definitely cooled a bit.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Papi grounds out to 1st, Youk to 3rd.
    We definately need a Manny moment.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • IBB to Manny to set up the DP. Please, not another DP, unless it’s in a rundown after Youk scores.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Walking Manny. Definately need Lowell to hammer Westbrook.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Come on, MAKE THIS GUY PAY.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • The Plain Dealer is making it sound like Westbrook’s pitching a helluva game, if it weren’t for his bad luck.
    There’s some merit to that, but not much.
    Let’s go Lowell!!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Why do I see Lowell walking, then deja Drew?

    academic-SF October 21, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Come on, Mikey…
    And Paul, stop looking at the Plain Dealer!!!

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Good eye Lowell… the streak continues

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • All right! Sac fly! 3-0… A run an inning is a pace I will gladly accept.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Lowell with a fly to right. Scores Youk.
    3-0

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • lol, I like to see what the enemy is saying…

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Sac fly, 3-0 Sox.
    JD, keep it going, get on base and it just brings that top of the order around faster.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • lets get another one here!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • It’s almost like J.D. alternates which at-bats he’s going to swing at the first pitch on, and which he’s going to work a deep count on.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • he gave it a ride, oh well… keep the pressure on them Dice!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Almost, JD, almost. Attempt at wallball falls just a few feet short.
    A run is a run is a run. Come one, Dice, get through the heart here.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Drew with a flyout to left.
    Inning over.
    Westbrook now at 51 pitches.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Drew almost scrapes the wall. Still, the runs keep a-coming, and Daisuke has a fairly comfortable margin with which to work now.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Sox still on track for that “score 1 run an inning thing.”

    SoxFan October 21, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Daisuke has a fairly comfortable margin with which to work now.
    Says who? Three runs and the Cleveland lineup aren’t strangers, Paul.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Really, how many times this season did we see Youk or Pedroia or even Lowell lead off with a double and still be at second when the inning was over? Instead, we had Ortiz going to the right side, then Lowell getting the sac fly. You can tell the Sox’ offense is clicking because that is a run they wouldn’t have scored in June or July.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • It’d be huge to have a 1-2-3 here, come on Dice

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Fairly comfortable in that a baserunner doesn’t bring the tying run to the plate. Every inning he comes out, Daisuke gets a more and more comfortable margin.
    And the first pitch popout is very nice.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • See, Paul, it’s comments like those about three run leads that makes me just KNOW you didn’t grow up with those 70s and 80s Sox teams…
    ;-)

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Good point Paul, we’re scraping out runs, that’s the key, if we keep this up we’ll have a mammoth inning at some point! (I hope)

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • why the HELL do they do those interviews in the MIDDLE of an at bat???

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • I need to correct myself. I will take EIGHT one-run innings. If it’s nine that’s bad news.
    EIGHT, just to reiterate to the baseball Gods…

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Pronk gets a double.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Haha, SF. True. I did not lead nearly as tortured an existence as some of my older SoxFan brethren.
    Though my first concrete memory as a Red Sox fan is crying after a playoff loss (1990), so I think I have my bona fides in order. ;-)
    Wow! Thought that was gone. Glad it’s only off the wall.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • o.k., Pronk was due, shake it off Dice K!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Hafner with a double off the monster.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Pronk scrapes the wall off a hanging changeup, Daisuke’s worst pitch of the night. Double.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • This is when DiceK starts to get rattled. Hope it doesn’t happen tonight.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • The Sox have been successful these last few games in part because they’ve kept runners off the bases in front of Martinez.
    Nice play by Daisuke!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • That was freaking LUCKY. Runner didn’t have a chance to move and he still gets the out.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • kept the runner back, finish this inning right here

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • I’ll take ALL the luck we can get

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Is Daisuke sacrificing velocity for command? He’s at 92/93 after being 96/97 in the first.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Heck of a battle shaping up here.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Sure looks that way Paul. Or is he changing his approach as he goes through the lineup again?

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Welp, that sucks. Still a two-run game though,

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Man I hate Garko, hate him

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Cripes, that’s two monster shots this inning. Seems like they are getting a bead on Dice.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Matsuzaka lucky Garko hit it to the only part of the park that wouldn’t have held it.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Beckett standing up.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Or, that would have held it, I mean.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Peralta makes me really, really nervous.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • That was really a terrible pitch.

    Tom sf October 21, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Put them away, Dice. PLEASE.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Diasuke needs to start pitching them inside. They are sitting on that outside breaking pitch.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Hmm, strike zone fairly inconsistent this evening.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Outside, definitely.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Dice K ought to try coming inside, everything is away.

    Tom sf October 21, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Inning over.
    Dice at 6 pitches.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Let’s get it back right here…

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Lugo with the nice play!!
    We didn’t think Matsuzaka was going to pitch a shutout, did we? 3-1 is still a great score.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Yes. 3-1 thru four. Quick hook with Daiuske, Tito. If he can get through 7-8-9 next inning I’d consider calling it a night for him, depending on the score.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Dice got away with some cookies there… time to defang the snake

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Tek, Go-Go and Lugo up.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Time for the Sox to get their mandatory run per inning.

    SoxFan October 21, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • omigosh, I’m stressing. More runs, less double-plays.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Yeah, the score will be key. If the Sox get a four-run or better lead, I’d let him keep going until he loses it. Still 3-1, I’d pull him after five and bring in Beckett for the heart.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • looks like 3 run is not enough. let’s score more!

    mike October 21, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Westbrook showing no signs of settling — can’t throw strikes at all.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Eric Wedge doing his best hobo impression tonight

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • 3-1 pitch to Tek was a real cookie, that he misses.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Leadoff runner on again.
    Tek 2-2

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • this snake has no venom

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Tek singles. I sense a hook.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • bring in C.C. Wedge…

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Let’s go, Jacoby!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Garko looks like Mirabelli.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Wow. Ellsbury hits a liner that was almost a double, then almost a double play, and ultimately a forceout. Crazy game, this base ball.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • bad luck, but at least not a double play, here we go, Ellsbury, steal second!!!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Damn, bad luck play there. Tek out.
    Ellsbury needs to steal to avoid the DP.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Come on, Jacoby, steal.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Julio Lugo is useless. Utterly, completely useless.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • YES!!!! REVERSE JINX IN FULL EFFECT!!!!!

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Nice reverse jink, SF

    rootbeerfloat October 21, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • *ahem* You were saying, SF? ;-)

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Lugo with a grounder back up the middle. Go-go to third.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • go lugo!

    mike October 21, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • HELL YEAH

    Ed October 21, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • 9 hits. Three f*cking runs. LET’S GO.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • *ahem* You were saying, SF? ;-)

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Sorry for the doubler.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Come on Pedroia. We need a shot here.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Paul, I put that up prior to Lugo doing anything, with intent.
    Can’t use all the bullets, though, so those won’t be happening too often.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Without Ellsbury going, that was a double play ball. Good call there.

    Tom sf October 21, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Ellsbury fast enough to steal home?

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Come on, Dusty, be productive.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Fucking hell.

    SF October 21, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Arrrrgh, that was unlucky….

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • I hate Jake Westbrook.

    Tom sf October 21, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • How does Lugo not slide there? He may have missed the tag going down.
    Another damn double play.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Damn it! 3 double plays… come on guys… let’s go Dice, keep at em

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • The way the fourth — both halves — transpired does not make me happy one bit.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Lugo definitley could have tried to slide and disrupt the throw, oh well

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • We need to start moving the fast guys sooner. If that means stealing more bases then so be it. Hitting into DPs is getting old.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Slowly the game starts to tip from the “near cakewalk” to “how the f*ck did we lose that game to Jake f*cking Westbrook by hittig into umpteen double f*cking plays”…

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Matsuzaka has yet to make it through 5 innings this series. Let’s hope that changes.

    SoxFan October 21, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • At the very least Lugo should have stopped, forced a throw to first, seen if Tek could have scored by taking the force off. Bad baserunning by Lugo. I was right about him being useless.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • I’m nervous for the first time all night.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Quick hook Tito, quick hook.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • OUT AT SECOND!!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • MANNY. Nails Lofton at 2nd. Brilliant!!!!

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • SWEET!! Lofton got GUNNED DOWN!!! Thank you Manny!!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Actually, not brilliant, he was safe. Ump botched that call.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • couldn’t happen to a nicer guy… is our bullpen warming up yet????

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Maybe time to start the pen up. Dice is looking vulnerable.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • On second glance, how the hell did the ump miss that call? He looked to be clearly safe.
    And a single. Come on, Tito…

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • 1 out, 1 on- can the Indians hit into a doubleplay now?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Lofton was definitely safe, but credit to Manny for the great throw — which probably saved a run, as Gutierrez singles.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Okajima warming up.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • pen’s alive… let’s go Dice

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • I think they caught a break on that Lofton call.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • I’d love a revenge DP right here.

    Jackie (SF) October 21, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • I think this is Dice’s last inning. He doesn’t look good enough to risk with a two-run lead past the fifth when you got everyone ready in the pen.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Double play would be nice here. Turnabout is fair play.

    SoxFan October 21, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • take him out now

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • He’s done Tito.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • I take my prior comment about Lugo back. No way could he have reacted fast enough to stop running.
    Tito needs to go get Dice. That’s five hits in 7 at-bats.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Pull Dice. He is done.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • now NOW NOW, not fooling anyone in this inning

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Wow, Daisuke doesn’t have much anymore. Pretty clear. Why can’t we just get one of those line drives to be hit right at someone?

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • oh christ, here we go…

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • LEAVING DICE IN THE GAME?

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • This has a very ominous feeling…

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Lit up two innings in a row, yank him

    Pocono Sox October 21, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • I want to cry.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Tito Tito Tito…what are you waiting for?

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • I hate agreeing with McCarver, but he’s right — no more Matsuzaka.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Get Sizemore out, please!!!

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • First time I have really disliked Tito’s tactics, all playoffs.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • SAC fly for Sizemore.
    3-2

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • I cannot believe this is a one run ballgame. What a massive motherf*cking missed opportunity so far.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • one run game now… just get out of this inning with the lead dice… come on

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Is the out more important than the run? In this case, absolutely.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Could have been a lot worse.
    Wedge has to pull Westbrook, his team has fought back to get into the game. Has to pull him.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • fuck.
    okay, last out. He must get it here.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Hafner now looking very ominous in the on-deck circle.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • All right, 0-2. Finish him!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Jeez, do NOT hang another one like that, Dice.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Seems like Dice gets a ton of 2 strike counts, but then struggles once he gets there, really odd. I think he gets too fine with his pitches.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • God, this is too much to take!!!

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Seems like Dice has not had a problem getting two strikes on batters, it is the third strike that seems to have eluded him in a number of at bats tonight.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Holy crap on both those fouls.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Thinking the same thing Trisk.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • I think he gets too fine with his pitches.
    Trisk:
    I have maintained that the primary problem for Dice is that his “miss” pitches haven’t been good enough. They aren’t close enough to entice.
    He does nibble, though, for sure.
    This has been one scary at-bat, and I want Cabrera OUT.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • This is killing me. We should be up like 40-2 right now.

    Jackie (SF) October 21, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • The longer batters foul off DiceK, the less confident I get.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Well, THAT looked like a strike,

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Oh my lord…he has been calling a strike there all night.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Damn that pitch was close.

    Anonymous October 21, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • You’re right SF, there best swings are coming with 2 strikes.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • “…Lofton was definitely safe, but credit to Manny for the great throw…”
    right paul, gettin’ the bounces, gettin’ the calls, and grady sizemore looking more like grady little…i’m not just smart with my prediction, i’m brilliant…
    in the meantime, the homeplate ump blows the strike 3 call…i love baseball

    dc October 21, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • K!!!!!!!!!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • By the skin of his teeth… go to the bullpen now Tito… NO excuses

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Assdribble goes down. Thank goodness. I have to throw up now.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • OK, Dice goes five innings, two runs, leaves with a lead, right?
    No complaints. If the bats had done their jobs this game would be 4 or 5-2 right now, instead of this one-run crap.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Dice finally gets Cabrera.
    He better be done for the night.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • K for Dice!!! I fully expect Okajima in the 6th,

    Jackie (SF) October 21, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Finally! Exhale….

    SoxFan October 21, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Not to needle, because I don’t, but he got very lucky with that pitch it was a breaking pitch up. Either way inning is over.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • If there is any sign of Daisuke on the mound in the 6th, I’ll be in the market for a new T.V. because this one will be in pieces

    Pocono Sox October 21, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • So Okajima for the sixth, Beckett for the seventh and eighth, Papelbon for the ninth, and the bats realize that when runners are on base they need to BRING THEM HOME!!!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • He left a few breaking pitches up, Trisk. The 0-1 was a terrible pitch to get him to 0-2, if Cabrera had been looking offspeed it would have been big trouble.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Wedge is pusing the envelope here. I am shocked. Shocked!

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • This is the inning we need to get to Westbrook. I have no desire to see Betancourt for 2 or more innings leading by just one run.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • The last two innings from Dice K have been near disasters, the positive is we’ve survived them, no more chances though Terry

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • oops…Should be PUSHING.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • That was Westbrook’s best pitch of the night.
    Don’t go silent, bats. PLEASE.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • Youk swings and misses, K. Drat.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • damn it… come on papi and ramirez, one of you is due right here!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • This is what I was afraid of. Suddenly the Sox can’t touch Westbrook, as Youk strikes out on five pitches.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • Youk K’s…first inning we have not had the leadoff guy on.
    We need some of that Papi/Manny magic.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • the westbrook chants have to stop, root FOR our guys, positive vibes

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Paul, you were commenting earlier about how this didn’t look like the Sox of earlier this season, missing opportunities, but it looks a LOT like that team to me.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Yeah, a couple innings have passed since that statement. They’ve gone back to a lot of their old tricks.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Papi is looking bad tonight. We desperately need him to do something.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Not good, we can’t have the Indians eek their way back in here and we can’t have the bats drop dead in the 3rd.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Westbrook with 9 hits and a walk allowed through 4.2, and he’s almost through the woods having “done his job”. What a joke.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Figure Betancourt can go two, so that means the Sox are getting a bit tight with their opportunities, once Westbrook leaves.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Sox bats gone dead. Nice timing, guys.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Jesus, Manny down looking. Time to go find a bottle.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • You have to be f*cking kidding me.

    Jackie (SF) October 21, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • oh no.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Sabathia is out there SF, you think he comes in at all?

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Son of a bitch.
    The momentum seems to have shifted in this game.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Isn’t it weird, now I WANT Westbrook out!

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • I can’t believe Westbrook’s through 5, and he appears to be getting stronger, wonder if we go to Oki here

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • re: Sabathia, I dunno. Figure Westbrook for one more, at least starting the sixth, then Betancourt for seven and eight. Hopefully that’s all the at-bats the Sox get, honestly.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • We HAVE to go to Oki here.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • break out the tums

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • Who is on the mound…?

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Okajima in the game

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Oki in. Come on, Oki.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Sox pitchers need to get 12 out with no runs. Well, here we go…

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Beckett warming up in the pen

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Beckett and Timlin getting warm right now. Good to see Tito with the arms up.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • All right, one down!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Hafner flies to Manny on the track, towards the line.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Hafner flies out.
    11 outs to go.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Okajima okie dokie!

    Jackie (SF) October 21, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • A 1-2-3 inning from Oki could really boost the club — and the fans, which are not unimportant in such a game, I think.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Rob-SF – please no counting the outs this early. Not until the eighth or ninth, if we have the lead, ok?

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Oh lord, back to the “Okajima doesn’t look at the plate when he pitches” discussion.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Fair enough SF….but damn, my feet are sweating.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • The Indians have a flat-out excellent lineup.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • And the “he did great after giving up a HR on the first pitch” discussion.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Honestly, I can’t take this…the nerves are brutal.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • How many full counts…

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Two down on the fly to Drew.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Fly out to right.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Beckett in the 7th, please?

    mp (SF) October 21, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • I’m gonna take a break from commenting. I’ll be here, but I need to walk around and talk to myself or something. I’m gonna explode otherwise.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Garkobelli.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Ground out to short, inning over.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • yessssssssssssssss

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Yes OKI!

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • I’d love (a) run(s) this inning

    mp (SF) October 21, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Okajima was efficient enough — put him back in for the seventh?

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • I know this is from the “department of the obvious” department, but a handful of runs — scratch that — a run or two — would be VERY WELCOME.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Finally, someone sees what I see… Mirabelli’s long lost brother

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • I am going to end up with no sleep tonight. I have to get up at 4 to go to work.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • anything is welcome, any amount of runs is welcome…. i need to walk around

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • Oki was good but we need some production now.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • Oki again next inning? He only threw 11 pitches so sure, with a very short hook.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • Might I add, I love that Roger Clemens phone commercial now. I used to find it annoying, now it’s downright hilarious.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • Ryan Garko should have learned from Jerramy Stevens and kept his trap shut.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • anything is welcome, any amount of runs is welcome…. i need to walk around

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • Were those Thunder Stix in that shot? I am embarrassed.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • Westbrook is missing low now, that’s good for his sake, and it’s showing.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • Offense???? Where did you go?

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • SHIT!!!!!!!!
    Lowell down looking.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • Westbrook very solid right now… knock this bastard out right here

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • Westbrook has pitched very well these last two innings, the bats are really more to blame for the first four, not the last two – gotta give some credit where it’s due – he’s looked sharp in the fifth and here in the sixth.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • Betancourt warming up.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Buck on Westbrook’s nuts now

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Westbrook sitting at 89 pitches.
    Just make a mistake here to someone.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Westbrook now looking like he should just keep pitching, even with Betancourt out there.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • Well, Rob-SF, there was the mistake, on 1-1 to Tek, and like last at-bat he fouled off a fatty.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • This is like Bizzaro World…Who is this guy?

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • oh man, we are in for a dogfight now.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Yowzer, that was a bad swing from Tek.
    Pitching. It’s all on the pitching.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Yes he did SF, Tek K’s.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • BOOOOOOO

    mp (SF) October 21, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Westbrook is looking sharp, I wouldn’t pull him either if I was Wedge

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Westbrook wasn’t throwing that changeup before. What, did he forget he had it?

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Welcome to the Battle of the Pens

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Westbrook has been the Indians’ best starter this series. Who knew.

    SoxFan October 21, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Well, the Sox had their chances to put up a nice number early, and they didn’t do it.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Yeah, if you’d told me we’d win three of the four games vs. Sabathia and Carmona, I would have picked Sox in five, six max. Crazy.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • I honestly won’t mind if we don’t score in the next two innings, as long as those are our only at-bats for the rest of the game.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • I think I would have Timlin up in addition to Paps.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • Fly out to right.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • Gah, those balls towards the Pesky Pole scare the crap out of me. One down.
    Keep that hook handy, Tito.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • GOD DAMN YOU LUGO!!! IF YOU CALL IT YOU BETTER HAVE IT!!!!

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • Julio Lugo better hire armed security.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • fuck

    mp (SF) October 21, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • Julio Lugo better hire armed security
    Better be a firm from Cleveland.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • i’m losing it here

    mp (SF) October 21, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • Paul:
    Men left on base, some bad baserunning, poor fundamental baseball – the worst elements of the regular season Sox have shown up tonight.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Better be a firm from Cleveland.
    Ha.

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • DAMN YOU LUGO

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Joel Skinner is awful.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • THANK YOU BABY JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • That’s why…Joel Skinner you just cost your team a chance to go to the WS. Pansy.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Can NOT believe Skinner held Lofton.

    attackgerbil October 21, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • WOW!!!!!!!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Thank you JOEL SKINNER!!!1

    SoxFan October 21, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • I don’t think Skinner did… looked like Lofton got confused… I dunno… now can we score a run or two so my heart gets back into my chest

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • did he really stop “The Mayor”?

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • “…Can NOT believe Skinner held Lofton….”
    they’ll be talking about that play all winter in cleveland ag….wow

    dc October 21, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • So lucky. Need runs!

    MRhé SF October 21, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • We need RUNS!!!!

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • I cannot believe we just escaped that inning.
    Cannot.
    Believe.
    It.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Ed: Lofton looked confused because he couldn’t believe he wasn’t being sent home. Skinner held him up immediately.

    attackgerbil October 21, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • aint over yet… please, some runs, please?

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Two mistakes, one Skinner not sending Lofton and two Blake going after the 1st freaking pitch.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • WHEEEEEEEE
    My brain can’t take this!!!!!!!!!!!

    SF October 21, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Will Buck mention the screws in Betancourt’s elbow?

    Ed October 21, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • I don’t think you realize the magnitude of that call holding him up…Wow, that’s a “Yankee” type break, given to you by an ex-Yankee.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • We need runs! Can’t rely on stupid luck like the top of the 7th, that was very fortunate.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • Just checking in..wife has the laptop. Anybody else about to have a stroke???
    GO SOX!!!

    Bostondreamer October 21, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • And off come the wheels.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Ellsbury to 2nd base with a ball off of Blake’s glove.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • YES!!! LEAD OFF CRUCIAL DOUBLE!!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Wow, luck is now on the Red Sox side. Could be a good sign. Lugo now up.

    SoxFan October 21, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Lugo bunts Ellsbury to 3rd.
    Nice fly needed by Pedroia.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • PEDROIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YES!!!!!!!!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • PEDRO PEDRO PEDRO PEDRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GECKO TO THE RESCUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • That was, indeed, a nice fly by Pedroia.

    Josh-SF October 21, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • WOWEE!!!!

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Come on, bullpen…
    Come on, bullpen…
    Come on, bullpen…

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • Props to that little guy I despise for no good reason.

    attackgerbil October 21, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • Woke the kids up screaming through the house.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • The Sox development staff is happy tonight — Ellsbury and Pedroia with the big hits!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • I think I traumatized the dog by attempting to dance with her across the living room… Wow! What a huge hit! HUGE!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • Hey AG, at least it’s not at our expense…Always looking for the silver lining.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • Poppy?

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • bucky dentish
    hey sf, whaddya think of me now?…yeah, i know, i’m brilliant…

    dc October 21, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • game isn’t over yet… come on pen

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Out of curiosity, I am wondering why Okajima is in there other than maybe to pitch to Sizemore?

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Yeah, why on earth is Oki still out there? That’s just a dumb risk to take, no?

    stuck working October 21, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • Because Hafner is next.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • i heard someone handcuffed gagne to a water pipe in one of the men’s johns underneath the stadium…unconfirmed, but probably true

    dc October 21, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • Time for Oki to go.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • JFC, WHY did Oki pitch this inning?
    What the fuck!?

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:12 pm
  • Yeah, but John, why’d Francona just pull him then with Hafner up?

    stuck working October 21, 2007, 11:12 pm
  • Hey DC you get some props from me bud, I predicted a game 7, you predicted the Sox in 7. You are definitely more of a Karnak then me.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 11:12 pm
  • I would have had Beckett or Timlin pitch this inning.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:12 pm
  • grady, i mean tito, coming out to make the pitching change…just kidding…this game is over now with pap coming in…i could make money if i was this good at picking the horses…

    dc October 21, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • Regardless of the lefty-lefty thing, it was Oki’s THIRD inning. DUMB. He’s not accustomed to that at all.
    Stupid move on Tito’s part, just plain greedy.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • Well, to be fair, Sizemore snuck his way on base, so it’s not like Okajima started giving up line drives all over the place.
    Still, would have rathered to see Papelbon in the eighth — or even Timlin or Beckett.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • dc, can you stop it, please? Whether you are being completely sincere or not, it’s bad form to keep saying stuff like that. You’ve stated your mind, can you just let the game go now, I will be happy for you to come back and crow if the Sox hold on, for sure.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • I give up SF and SW, I have been proven wrong every move of this game. If you weren’t going to let Okajima pitch to Pronk, why let him pitch to Cabrera, makes no sense. But then again I would have pulled Westbrook much earlier.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • i can’t take as much credit as i’m trying to trisk…i remember your 7 game prediction, but i didn’t think it would get that far until the sox went down 3-1…then of course, it had to for the sox to win at all…

    dc October 21, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • Agreed, and why not have Papelbon START the inning, which he is very accustomed to doing. I don’t get these moves –
    I mean, you are six outs from the Series, why not go Beckett for one, then Papelbon?

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • SF, I have learned from some of these moves why I don’t manage in the major leagues.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • Why did Tito have to hold in his worst brainfart and rip it off now?

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • Hafner down swinging.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • Yeah, I know, Trisk. I’d have the Sox down about 43-2 right now with my tactics…
    Still, this one is a bit on the mind-boggling side, just because Oki is a MAX two inning pitcher, rhythm-wise.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • Damn, that was the double play ball we wanted. Pedroia and Lugo both play hot potato.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • Lucky Lugo wasn’t called for a phantom tag there. Not turning two sucks.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • you are mean sf…
    one final comment…a theory as to why pap is so effective…the batters are cracking up at the little troll face he makes when he stares in at them…just a theory…
    ok, in deference to sf, i’m out for good…

    dc October 21, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • God, this is so hard to take, nerves-wise.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:19 pm
  • dc:
    please stick around, I just don’t want all these “foregone conclusion” posts!

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:19 pm
  • Thought Pedroia held it because Lugo was slow to the bag.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:19 pm
  • Imagine if you were Joel Skinner SF.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • YES!!!!
    Scary, but YES!!!!
    One more inning, Paps.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • loud out, but DAMN!!!!
    YES!!!!!

    mp (SF) October 21, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • My nerves are gone.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • Papelbon is PISSED at himself for that last pitch.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • Imagine if you were Joel Skinner SF
    They’d have to call be “Fatter”, based on my body shape.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • Wow, games don’t get much better than this, do they? In 2004, Game 7 was anticlimactic to the extreme. This is the Game 7 I think everyone thought they would get then.

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Definitely hear you on the nerves, SF. I was hoping to hold off on the alcohol until the game was over, but that’s just been impossible.

    stuck working October 21, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Wow, Garko took that one for a ride.

    attackgerbil October 21, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • SF: skinner… *chuckle*

    attackgerbil October 21, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • I prefer not working on my ulcers during Game 7s but I rather like the score we’ve got going on right now.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • lol, Hope you’re not still “stuck working,” SW, otherwise you might be in a bit of trouble…

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • what a game, come on boys, knock a few more in here!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • If the Sox can hold on (please, HOLD ON!), the Fox TV truck editors better get that little scramble-grid-thing in use to cover up Paps’ nads, which are sure to be bouncing all over the clubhouse during a (hypothetical) celebration.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • I hope Stuck Working isn’t a pilot or a bus driver…

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • I think Garko thought it was gone

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • Not sure if I can handle Paps in his spandex with the beer box hat doing the riverdance again.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Manny pops up, not wasting any time. Are the Sox just trying to get Paps back out there as fast as possible?

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • If I could post from a cockpit, I’d be most impressed with myself.

    stuck working October 21, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Heart a thumpin

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • I will take a nekkid, scrotum-jiggling, irish-jig dancing Paps if it means we’re going to the World Series.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Beckett should be loosening, honestly.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • we haven’t won yet… three more outs ladies and gents

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • lowe my man

    mike October 21, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • Guess not on the “let’s get back in the field quick” thing, as Lowell doubles to the left-center gap.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • Totally agree about Beckett, SF.

    stuck working October 21, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • Lowell doubles, chance for Drew to add a run.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • please, more runs, more runs here

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • Come on, JD…

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • I am pretty sure Jensen Lewis is loose…

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • Naw Trisk, he needs at least 100 pitches

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • Loosening? Loosening what the champagne bottles? Relax SF you are going to give yourself a heart attack.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • Hang in their Drew, be the man Drew, be the man

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • Will the Sox put Coco in center for the ninth, move Jacoby to left?

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • J.D. “Who Knew”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • Padding the lead, never a bad thing.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 21, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • drew my man. JD JD JD JD JD JD JD

    mike October 21, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • JD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HATAHS SHADDUP!!!!!

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • Drew singles, Lowell scores.
    6-2

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • hmmm, I would bet on it SF, but we need some more runs here to moot that point

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • As a person who questioned Drew’s play most of the season, I am extremely pleased to see him come alive at this point of the season.
    He should (given things end good for us) be a valuable asset for Tek in regards to the Rockies pitching staff.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • Varitek one out bunt?

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • Goodnight fellas, this one is dunzo. Not jinxing, not being a doink, just calling it as it is. Congrats.
    PS-I couldn’t root for the Indians because of them giving us the boot, but I will once again be your rival come WS time. Go Rox!
    Just to get the juices flowing early…Reason #1 to hate the Rockies: Tulo’s favortie player…Derek Jeter, they are both #2.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 21, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • Rob, we need to get there first, still three more outs left

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • Joel Skinner for Red Sox nation MVP?

    walein October 21, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • I have completely regressed to my teens and twenties, moving to spots in the room whenever situations arise (men on base for Cleveland, I go stand in the kitchen), items have to be where they were at the outset of the game, and the exact same web-browsing windows have to be open and clicked to at certain times, just to keep the karmic vibe intact.
    I have OCD again. Thanks, Sox.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • SF, to answer your question, Coco to center and Ellsbury in left. I agree.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Gotta counter that last claim by Trisk, even though he says it’s no jinx:
    Three outs to go, still, I can’t count any chickens.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Yes Trisk, well aware of Mr Tulowitzki’s affinity for Jeter… could choose a lesser idol I suppose, say A-Rod

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Julio Lugo plays for the Indians?

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:36 pm
  • Must be a bad spot in the field over there.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:36 pm
  • Blake and Peralta each go back for a popup by Tek behind third, collide, knock each other over, and the sky-high fly bounces into the stands for a double, Drew to third.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:36 pm
  • I am SO glad I’m not an Indians fan. Even if the Indians go on to win, that’s just excrutiating to watch.

    stuck working October 21, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Walking Jacoby?
    MAKE THEM PAY LUGO!!!!

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • What a weird game, lots of errors and just freakish stuff… Lugo gets a chance to attone for his misplay by knocking in the strike out blow

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Jacoby being walked for Lugo. Julio, just knock a single run in, that’s all we ask.
    Wedge out for Betancourt, Jensen Lewis coming in?
    Nope, Wedge leaves Rafa in to face Lugo.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • Buck and McCarver now talking about the Rockies… Lugo looks like a deer in the headlights, come on Julio

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • This game has certainly not gotten any less bizarre as it’s gone on…

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • I am SO glad I’m not an Indians fan. Even if the Indians go on to win, that’s just excrutiating to watch.
    Uh, what? If the Indians go on to win, I imagine Cleveland fans will just laugh at what happened. And we will be crying.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • I agree, if the seventh blew up in our face, Mr. Lugo would be tarred and feathered

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • God, Lugo, come ON.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • “Back towards us.”
    why couldn’t that foul ball hit Buck’s face?

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • I would not have wasted Tar or Feathers on Lugo.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • I didn’t mean excrutiating in retrospect, SF. I meant at the time.

    stuck working October 21, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • Lugo is really shitty.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • maybe he’ll be tarred and feathered anyways… ASS!!!!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • Lugo K’s….Little Big Man on campus is up.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • OK, that’s easily the worst line of the night: “A big hand for a little man.” Lord.

    stuck working October 21, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • DUSTIN!!! YEAH BABY!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • And Pedroia NAILS one to the gap. Absoltuely AWESOME. 9-2.
    Pedro with just a HUGE game.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • PEDROIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU NASTY LITTLE SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    9-2

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • …uh, wow. AWESOME.

    stuck working October 21, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • You know what I love about this, our homegrowns have largely won this one for us, couldn’t be happier right now

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • 5 RBIs for Pedroia tonight.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • The “Little Man’s” having himself a career game… to think so many fans wanted him gone in the beginning of the season

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • Pedroia giving Beckett a run for his (potential) ALCS MVP money now.

    stuck working October 21, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • Great sign: “There’s no crying TOWELS in Boston”

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • I think Beckett gets it because Pedroia’s heroics parallel Drew last night, and Papi and Manny in the first games… but we’ll see, Gagne’s 1-2-3 last night makes him a darkhorse

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:46 pm
  • OFF THE FRIGGIN COKE BOTTLES!!!!!!
    11-2

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • YOUUUUUUUUK!!!!!!! A LAUGHER!!!!! 11-2!!!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • Good God.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • Ok, Youk throws his hat in the ring too now.

    stuck working October 21, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • The Cleveland Fans are going to really hate us now.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • Beckett is the MVP, no questions asked. The ONLY way he doesn’t get it outright is if he shares it with Youk.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • Indians’ inexperience definitely showed tonight, I have trouble feeling that sorry for them though, they have a great future ahead of them

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • And Beckett didn’t have to pitch tonight, which means he can start Game 1 on full rest.
    That is, if we can get three outs before the Indians score nine.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • See, SF, the REAL Sox were just biding their time! ;-)

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • Must’ve been hard for Papelbon to keep his closer jerk-face on during this.

    stuck working October 21, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • Ortiz K’s.
    3 outs to go.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • Honestly, I am an idiot:
    “Manny pops up, not wasting any time. Are the Sox just trying to get Paps back out there as fast as possible?”
    Sayeth me, at the start of the inning.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:50 pm
  • The only member of the Indians I feel any remorse for is Trot.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:50 pm
  • Rob, have you been on ESPN, talk about trolls, they were HORRIBLE during those three games we lost, so damn obnoxious, equal to the worst of our fanbase

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:51 pm
  • Anyone catch Pedroia lazily leaving the box on his dinger, then speeding up a tad just before it cleared the wall, then slowing down when it ended up over the monster?
    Channeling Manny, he was nearly stuck with a single…

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:51 pm
  • Yeah, not much sympathy for the Indians or their fans, who seem to still hold it against the Sox — and THEIR fans — for signing Manny Ramirez seven years ago (and maybe for the humiliation we inflicted in 1999). I’m guessing it won’t get much better from here on…

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • I saw some of it Ed. It shocked me because I really did not think there was enough of a history between the two teams for it to get that bad.
    Looked at Lohud earlier and they are just dreading the Sox going to the WS.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • Coco in

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • I still think we should have someone up in the pen.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • Come on, Paps. No funny business!

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • Nice grab by Ells. There’s the defensive switch paying off.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Yeah Rob I was just shocked to be honest, then my thoughts strayed to the Bengals-Patriots game and the fans, such obnoxious people… all summed up with their moto: “Who Dey?”
    That being said, Red Sox fans can be pretty horrible too…
    No way does Manny catch that!

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Ellsbury steals one from Lofton.
    1 down.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • now tito looks like a genius

    Josh in NY (SF) October 21, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Papi already wearing the goggles

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Ha, Papi with the goggles on already.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Don’t tempt fate like that, Papi! My God!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • Ortiz with the goggles on already.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • their hatred for us mainly came from the press, constantly feeding the whole “East Bias”

    Ed October 21, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • Garko’s comment about champagne seems to have been forgotten today.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • Paps getting tagged this inning, at guys. Pitching to contact, I guess.

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • WE’RE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’ve bee reading the blog and watchign the game all night long. Last night too. Just wanted y’all to know I have been around.. just.. I wasnt posting when we started winning.. and couldnt START y’know?

    Dionysus October 21, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • irony of ironies with coco’s catch

    Josh in NY (SF) October 21, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • Coco smashed into the wall on that. Damn fine catch.
    oh yeah…………..
    World Series time.

    Rob SF October 21, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • Did you see that catch that Coco made?!
    AL CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SF October 21, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • AL CHAMPS!!!!

    Paul SF October 21, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • Wow. Now that is a good defensive outfield.

    stuck working October 21, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • Off the grab champagne!

    Anonymous October 21, 2007, 11:58 pm
  • Phew, what a nailbiter, at least until the bottom of the 8th. Even if we don’t like them hats off to a tough Indians team … It’s 5:59 a.m. where I am (Germany, in case you’re interested), but I’m gladly looking forward to a few more sleepless nights now.

    pale blue eyes October 21, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • I don’t share the animosity for the Indians that some of their fans seem to share for the Sox, and I can understand why they feel that way (’99, Manny). The Indians are a good team, and I honestly thought they had the series. I didn’t lose faith, I just had a lot of respect for their team and their talent.
    Let’s see what the Rockies have, now. Congrats to the Sox on a FANTASTIC comeback.

    SF October 22, 2007, 12:00 am
  • Should have said: even if they don’t like us …

    pale blue eyes October 22, 2007, 12:00 am
  • world series here we come: “ROX vs. SOX”
    Jeez, VMart in tears… I feel SOMEWHAT bad for him… good night all!!!! SEE YAH SOON… FOR THE WORLD FREAKIN SERIES!!!!!

    Ed October 22, 2007, 12:00 am
  • Watching Manny get interviewed on Fox is surreal.

    stuck working October 22, 2007, 12:01 am
  • Also, Paps’ eyes just made me flinch when he started that interview. That guy’s nuts.

    stuck working October 22, 2007, 12:02 am
  • This game ended on October 21st (just before midnight), three years to the day that we beat the Yankees in Game Seven.

    SF October 22, 2007, 12:02 am
  • hopefully the Rockies’ divine hand has left the building… yesssss

    Ed October 22, 2007, 12:03 am
  • YES! World Series! Another Comeback! Go Sox!

    bostondreamer October 22, 2007, 12:03 am
  • A great three games. Overall, a great series. The Indians will be a force for years to come. So will the Sox. This could be the first chapter of a great interdivisional rivalry for some time to come.
    BRING ON THE ROCKIES!!!

    Paul SF October 22, 2007, 12:05 am
  • This is the fourth world series for me, in my fortieth year. I last went to a WS game in 1975, at the age of eight, when our family had four seats instead of two.
    Gonna have to sweet-talk the ‘rents out of a ticket, somehow!

    SF October 22, 2007, 12:05 am
  • SF: Coco’s was one of the best I have seen. Flat out sprint, no regard for the fact he couldn’t stop if he made the play. Quality ball there.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2007, 12:05 am
  • Papelbob running around with goggles. Reminds me of a character from Mad Max.

    Rob SF October 22, 2007, 12:06 am
  • There’s something singular in the nature of that play. He could have let it drop in, giving up a two bagger or a trip that probably wouldn’t have mattered, but in that singular moment, he had that ball. Period. That’s a beautiful way to end a game.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2007, 12:08 am
  • SF…if you get those tickets, post pictures.

    Rob SF October 22, 2007, 12:08 am
  • That was one of the best ALCSs.. .best serieses.. Ive ever seen in my life.
    Wow.

    Anonymous October 22, 2007, 12:09 am
  • Extend Tito, now.

    SF October 22, 2007, 12:09 am
  • Beckett is deservedly the ALCS MVP.

    Paul SF October 22, 2007, 12:10 am
  • Josh IS the MVP! WOOOO! Eat it, Sabathia!

    Anonymous October 22, 2007, 12:10 am
  • Definately extend Tito.

    Rob SF October 22, 2007, 12:10 am
  • Good night guys, enjoy your drinks, if you’re drinking, I gotta get up again in six hours

    Ed October 22, 2007, 12:10 am
  • > Extend Tito, now.
    Bookmarking that comment… ;)
    Yes a great series, anon. Phenomenal baseball.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2007, 12:10 am
  • SF October 22, 2007, 12:11 am
  • All those blanks are me BTW! Sorry!

    Dionysus October 22, 2007, 12:11 am
  • Without a doubt.
    Maybe, what? $5M a year with incentives? Sound good? No?

    Paul SF October 22, 2007, 12:11 am
  • I don’t feel too bad for the crying Indians. That’s what the rally towels are for, after all… ;)

    Jackie (SF) October 22, 2007, 12:12 am
  • > Maybe, what? $5M a year with incentives?
    Cruel, Paul.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2007, 12:13 am
  • Yeah, they’ll finally be able to use them, Jackie. Har!

    Paul SF October 22, 2007, 12:13 am
  • Champagne tastes WONDERFUL!
    And, elst we forget the guys who stood out these alst two games.
    Dustin Pedroia
    Kevin Youkilis
    Jonathan Paplebon
    Jacoby Ellsbury
    Homegrown POWER!

    Dionysus October 22, 2007, 12:14 am
  • At the bar tonight, we were all on tenterhooks through the 6th, especially after Lugo’s brainfreeze in left and his weird non-double-play.
    Then suddenly with Dustin’s home run, it became comfortable. And then a laugher.
    Wow, just wow.

    Hudson October 22, 2007, 12:16 am
  • A beautiful night. I’m purposely suppressing my desire to look ahead to Wednesday because for one night we should savor the fact that the Red Sox are the top team in the American League.

    Paul SF October 22, 2007, 12:18 am
  • By the way… Kenny Lofton has some of the weirdest/worst karma ever. WTF?

    Hudson October 22, 2007, 12:19 am
  • A) SOX GOING TO THE WORLD EFFING SERIES!
    B) Hudson – Kenny Lofton is the poor man’s A-Rod.

    MRhé SF October 22, 2007, 12:21 am
  • Big props to the Sox’ pen — four scoreless innings. If the Sox’ bats hadn’t erupted, Boston still would have won the game. That’s realy impressive.

    Paul SF October 22, 2007, 12:23 am
  • (Heh, MRhé.)
    I have to say, though I was very glad Crisp got lifted for Ellsbury (and I hope Jacoby starts Game 1 vs. the Rockies), you gotta be happy for Coco that he got to show his skills and professionalism and heart on that last out.

    Hudson October 22, 2007, 12:23 am
  • Fox just stopped broadcasting. Jerks. I wish I had NESN,.. I wanna see Paps dance. I suppose thats what Texas Gal is for

    Dionysus October 22, 2007, 12:23 am
  • I’m so excited and I tip my hat to the Indians- they’re badass.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 22, 2007, 12:26 am
  • Absolutlely on Crisp, Hudson. He didnt have to, but he did anyway.
    God.. this feels SO GOOD.
    On a lesser not, whats the over/under on Skinner getting fired?

    Dionysus October 22, 2007, 12:26 am
  • One of the many benefits of this becoming a laugher is that the Manny-gunning-out-Lofton and the brainfart by Cleveland’s 3rd base coach were rendered irrelevant. The most Cleveland fans can claim is that the momentum of the game might have been different if those plays had gone differently, but really the Sox showed very firmly who was boss.
    Of course, the Fox Sports bimbo whose name I’ve blotted out from my memory said that it all came down to home field advantage.

    Hudson October 22, 2007, 12:35 am
  • Augh, I hate living without NESN… neither Fox nor ESPN is carrying any of the postgame stuff. Because you know everyone would rather watch poker and Pats highlights… and Seinfeld clips (no lie, that’s what’s on my Fox affiliate.) My head is going to explode. Nothing like being miserable after a win.

    Jackie (SF) October 22, 2007, 12:37 am
  • P.S. I loathe Dim McCarver and Blow Buck more than ever. They were running down DiceK and praising Westbrook to the skies in the first 5-6 innings.

    Hudson October 22, 2007, 12:37 am
  • If moment exists, it shifted with Skinner.
    Still.. Dustin, man. He’s so awesome.

    Dionysus October 22, 2007, 12:37 am
  • Jackie! Go to redsox.com
    Postseason covereage ONLINE! I jsut found it!

    Dionysus October 22, 2007, 12:40 am
  • ! Awesome, Dio! I was looking for sites that would stream NESN live… but didn’t occur to me to check redsox.com. Thanks!

    Jackie (SF) October 22, 2007, 12:42 am
  • Postgame I mean.
    champagne hitting me… woooooo

    Dionysus October 22, 2007, 12:42 am
  • Paps was dancing, he is a nutball.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 22, 2007, 12:54 am
  • JACOBY INTERVIEW! I LOVE YOU JACOBY!

    Dionysus October 22, 2007, 12:54 am
  • I think I twisted my ankle.. hurts liek hell… I was trying to imitate Paps’ dance…
    SOlutionm? MORE CHAMPAGNE!

    Dionysus October 22, 2007, 12:56 am
  • SO FUN!!! Scary as hell for 7 and a half, but fun in the end.
    I took a Pepcid AC at the beginning of the game because I was really heartburny by the end of last night in a relatively easy game.
    Can’t believe how well they responded. Great call, Hudson, on Coco getting to do what he did best for us all year to end that series.
    Beckett clearly MVP. 3-1 on the road about to lose ignominiously changes to 3-2 and going home. Amazing.
    I was never suicidal or in disbelief it could be done, but I can’t believe it actually was done. Great comeback, great season, great postseason.
    AL CHAMPIONS!!!

    Devine October 22, 2007, 12:58 am
  • I’ll say this (I said it to a Cleveland fan at Jasons Woods – a PA Halloween atrction while wathcing hte game on my phone – last night) .. if ANY pitcher could stop the Rockies’ momentum.. its Josh “Commander Kick-Ass of the FUck Yeah Brigade” Beckett.

    Dionysus October 22, 2007, 1:03 am
  • Jsut showed CoCos play to win it again.
    Jsut amazing. Give that guy a ‘gus and heart’ medal. Eckstein is gritty? NO! THAT is grit, motherfraker! Runnign into a wall on a play that BARELY makes a difference? THATS RIGHT! BOOYA!

    Dionysus October 22, 2007, 1:05 am
  • I love you, drunk Dio. :D Hilarious. (I too was jigging to the DKMs this afternoon in my kitchen… and I wasn’t drunk…)
    And agreed on Commander Kick-Ass’s streak-stopping powers. Ohhhh I am so psyched for Wednesday!

    Jackie (SF) October 22, 2007, 1:22 am
  • You should see mt in person, Jackie!
    i’M toasted! WEEE!
    Just finished an entire bottle of.. well.. itsd a bloack bottle.. starts with an F.. I dunno… cheaper stuff (expensive stuff is for a WS).
    Abnyway! I wont be aroudn for the first few games of the Series. I have to work clsoing shift (3-12). So, I’ll be watchign the game replay online.. I tersted the prtocedure tongiht and it works. I cna bring up the game without seeign the score first.
    I want to go to Vegas. I’d put money on the following. Josh Beckett wins Game 1. Ellsbury starts Game 1. Dustin Pedroia wins the Awesomest Guy Ever Award. Papelbon wins the Craziest Mofo in Baseball awars!
    Id ahve to invent the last two first!

    Dionysus October 22, 2007, 1:29 am
  • Gotta love Coco’s new Krusty the Klown hair…

    Hudson October 22, 2007, 1:37 am
  • whats the word on Coco anyway? Is he ok? he hit taht wall HARD

    Dionysus October 22, 2007, 1:41 am
  • Rotoworld’s got nothing on Coco, I think he’s okay. Great plays out there in center! I love him as a fielder. (just wish he could hit)

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 22, 2007, 2:05 am
  • I love Coco as a defensive replacement. Moving Jacoby to left and Coco to center in the late innings…. all three catches in the 9th were pretty damn amazing.

    Jackie (SF) October 22, 2007, 2:36 am
  • Amazing game. My voice is hoarse and I’m dehydrated like hell at work this morning, but I don’t care. There’s a World Series game in Boston on Wednesday!
    There’s a World Series game in Boston on Wednesday!

    Atheose October 22, 2007, 8:39 am

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