Reflect, Revel, Return: Royals-Sox Gamer II

Don’t the hours grow shorter as the days go by
You never get to stop and open your eyes
One minute you’re waiting for the sky to fall
The next you’re dazzled by the beauty of it all
     – Bruce Cockburn

It is a bit hackneyed to quote somebody else’s lyric poetry when trying to add a personal perspective to an accomplishment as uplifting as Jon Lester’s performance in the face of the trials overcome by the young man, and for using that crutch I apologize. A story that transcends a sport to the become a story of the human being is welcomed by us all.

The Royals return for the second of four at Fenway with Gil Meche coming off a victory in a somewhat shaky outing at home against Detroit. Rookie Justin Masterson did his part in his major-league debut for the Sox, but run support lacked and he wound up with a no decision despite allowing only one run in six innings. Clay Buccholz recorded a no-no in his second outing; Lester got one last night. It’s Masterson with his second start tonight. Likely? No. Curious? Yes. Eyes open.

Lineups to follow, comment away.

post edited for atrocious oversight. Sorry.. I’m running on two hours sleep in the last 36 preview


CF DeJesus
2B Grudzielanek
3B Gordon
LF Guillen
RF Teahen
DH Butler
1B Gload
C Buck
SS Pena

P Meche

Red Sox

CF Crisp
2B Pedroia
DH Ortiz
LF Ramirez
3B Lowell
1B Youkilis
RF Drew
C Varitek
SS Lugo

P Masterson

71 comments… add one
  • Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester each recorded no-hitters in their second major-league start for the Red Sox
    Who does fact-checking for Yahoo sports, Jayson Blair?!

    SF May 20, 2008, 5:49 pm
  • That’s my fault.. fixing it.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 5:57 pm
  • The guy that buried the Red Sox shirt in the new YS is now claiming he also buried a score card from the 2004 ALCS and he’s not telling anyone where he buried it.
    Haha, love it, it’s stupid and maybe not true, sure, but I love it.

    LocklandSF May 20, 2008, 6:46 pm
  • ag – thanks for doing the gamer bro…you do realize that anything great that happens tonight, like maybe a nice win, means you may have to force yourself to do them till they lose.
    Just saying.
    The alternative isn’t so pleasant. :)

    Anonymous May 20, 2008, 7:05 pm

    rootbeerfloat May 20, 2008, 7:47 pm
  • Nice snag by Pedroia.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 7:51 pm
  • Holy Cow. Just enjoying the game, click over to YES, and am more than mildly surprised.

    Anonymous May 20, 2008, 7:56 pm
  • > thanks for doing the gamer bro
    My pleasure!
    > more than mildly surprised
    Me too, except by “mildly” I meant “violently” and by “surprised” I meant “nauseous.”

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:13 pm
  • Justin having a pretty nice night so far, but I think we ARE goign to need more than just 2 runs.

    Dionysus May 20, 2008, 8:23 pm
  • Anyone else having troubel connecting to SOSH?

    Dionysus May 20, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • funny, ag.
    But, if it xrays like anything it looked like, no worries – The Yanks just inherited yet another excuse for the year. And, I don’t mean excuse as a snide. Explanation maybe.

    Anonymous May 20, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • Millar..

    Anonymous May 20, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • My God, Youk is an amazing fielder.

    Dionysus May 20, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • This offense needs to score some runs for this kid..yet another good young pitching performance from him, and yet another sorry day for the bats to support him.
    Come on wood.

    Anonymous May 20, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • If nobody else has seen the video over on Dirt Dogs, do yourself a huge favor, and watch it. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve seen in quite some time. Really. It’s so funny.

    Anonymous May 20, 2008, 8:34 pm
  • All Anons were me. TypeKey forgetting me!

    Brad May 20, 2008, 8:34 pm
  • Hey guys, just got home from work. Looks like Masterson is pitching well, and holy crap Moose only lasted .2 innings? Niiiiice.

    Atheose May 20, 2008, 8:40 pm
  • yes it is, Atheose. Yes it is.

    Brad May 20, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • Brad, were you talking about the Joba video? I guess it was a little funny, but kinda amateurish ;-)
    Masterson only at 82 pitches after 6? Very, very nice.

    Atheose May 20, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • Gah. Would have liked to get something from Youk there. Meche’s pitching a pretty good game himself.

    stuck working May 20, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • 91 pitches for Masterson. 6.1 innings, 3H, 3BB, 5K, 0 ER. Great outing.
    Please don’t f*ck it up Lopez.

    Atheose May 20, 2008, 8:53 pm
  • oh yeah, ametuerish for sure. But funny.

    Brad May 20, 2008, 8:53 pm
  • Like all other SFs, I enjoy it when things go poorly for the Yankees (though I really don’t like seeing their players get injured, as much as I dislike Jeter). But I have to feel that as low as they sink now, the Yankees are gonna rise up just as high at some point this season.
    So I hope the Sox build up a big enough lead in the division that I don’t need to worry when it happens. I’d much rather worry about Tampa getting the wild card and making a run against the Sox in the playoffs — at least that’s novel.

    stuck working May 20, 2008, 8:53 pm
  • Holy crap, Lopez did his job!
    I’d love to see the Rays get the wild card, both to keep the Yankees from getting it and to see their club enjoy a little success. I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for underdog teams, despite the Sox having turned into the Goliath of the league.

    Atheose May 20, 2008, 8:58 pm
  • And here comes MDC…. crap

    rootbeerfloat May 20, 2008, 9:01 pm
  • Lil Manny!

    Atheose May 20, 2008, 9:02 pm
  • Woah woah woah, how the hell did they score a run? I didn’t even notice!
    Okay I’m pissed now. Masterson’s ERA just doubled.

    Atheose May 20, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • Walk, groundout moves runner over, RBI single off MDC to answer your question, Atheose.
    And yeah, it’s totally 2 a.m. here and I’m watching Gameday.

    Devine May 20, 2008, 9:06 pm
  • Come on, Oki.

    stuck working May 20, 2008, 9:32 pm
  • Oki has loaded the bases and gotten two outs. Papelbon is coming in for 4 outs. I’m sweating.

    Devine May 20, 2008, 9:32 pm
  • Phew. Paps comes through.

    stuck working May 20, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • Papelbon Ks him. Honestly, it’s unfair how much I kind of expected that. Could we score two or three here?

    Devine May 20, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • Paps gets the K.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 9:38 pm
  • Where are you, Devine?

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 9:39 pm
  • Luke Scott homers, Bal 12, NYY 2, top 8.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • This would be a good time to break out of it, Manny.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Looking at Manny’s stats, what’s amazing is that he’s fallen almost as far as Ortiz has risen — their stats are much closer now than I would’ve expected, given how bad Papi started out.

    stuck working May 20, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • Halftime, Bos 41, Det 40.
    Fnck. Manny Ks for the third time tonight.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • Manny hasn’t been the same since that pitch behind the head.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • The hard way. Is this the first time Papelbon will try to get a 1-run save since he blew two in a row?

    Devine May 20, 2008, 9:48 pm
  • London, IBM.

    Devine May 20, 2008, 9:50 pm
  • I think so.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 9:50 pm
  • Uno.

    Devine May 20, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • For how long, and where are you staying? I haven’t been to London since 1985.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • Another K. 2 outs.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 9:53 pm
  • Dos.
    It’s my first time. Staying at fiancee’s boss’s flat near Hyde Park (Kensington?). Till Monday morning. It’s been fun so far. Westminster Abbey was the sh*t.

    Devine May 20, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • Aw man, I wanted Callaspo to be at bat for the final out again.

    stuck working May 20, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • I hope to be buried there.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • And tres! Congratulations to Masterson! The bullpen (barely) got him his first win THIS time.

    Devine May 20, 2008, 9:56 pm
  • K! that’s it. Back to 10 over .500. …
    Buried in Westminster Abbey, I mean.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 9:56 pm
  • I figured you meant the new Yankee Stadium, Bill — it’d be the ultimate curse, right?

    stuck working May 20, 2008, 9:58 pm
  • Are you getting out of town much? I highly recommend Salisbury and the Abbey. Stunning.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 9:58 pm
  • I long to make a joke about that, IBM, but haven’t found the perfect reply yet. Something about you working there as a custodian to earn the privilege maybe…?

    Devine May 20, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • I *think* we’ll go to Bath, but not sure yet. Anyone got any other recommendations?

    Devine May 20, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • A Westminster custodial job would probably pay more than I make now. But it wouldn’t be as much fun.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 10:00 pm
  • And since things are going pretty well with the Sox right now, let me register a small complaint about the typepad-mandated comment-per-page limit — it’s lame and they should nix it.
    Other than that, it’s all smiles from me.

    stuck working May 20, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • What do you do, Bill? (The next reply’ll probably be my last, as I should sleep…)

    Devine May 20, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • Bath is interesting. Salisbury is beautiful. Canterbury is beautiful, too. you should be able to take the Rail to either.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • (PS Nice one RE: curse, stuck working.)
    (PPS: Cockburn (in the post lead-in)…hee hee!)

    Devine May 20, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • Im the public information officer for the local prosecutor, after 18 years in newspapers. At the courthouse every day. I love it.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • Salisbury has the highest spire in England, and it’s not far from Stonehenge (where the banshees live and they do live well.) Salisbury Abbey architecture is stunning. Well preserved. The local brew is mighty fine, too, if I remember right.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • That’s awesome, IBM! I’ll add one more: what does that entail exactly? Looking up info available to the public the prosecutor needs?

    Devine May 20, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • Basically. I do a lot of press releases — we have gang issues in Aurora, Elgin and Carpentersville. A lot of gangbangers have moved out to Aurora from Chicago, and the suburban juries bury them, not to mentionm our lawyers. They’re very good. .. I do a couple of newsletters and talk to the press all day. Get the poop on cases and charges. Like today, I found out that a kid from aurora got charged with a misdeemeanor for shitting in a dude’s oven. Shit was takenas evidence. Really. No, um, shit. that’ll never make the papers, but I laughed for an hour.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • Hope I get to read your reply tomorrow, Bill, but I really should get to bed. Good night!

    Devine May 20, 2008, 10:12 pm
  • Bath is GORGEOUS, visit Stonehenge along the way if you get a chance. My great great great grandfather was the Bishop of Bath, he has a tomb burried in the western-hall of the cathedral there. It’s right across the street from the Roman baths.
    My family lives in Ascot, where the racetrack is. I HIGHLY recommend visiting a big racetrack on a Sunday, it’s a very social event to go to and drink and gamble. A lot more fun than in the States.

    Atheose May 20, 2008, 10:12 pm
  • Oh, that is awesome, IBM. Just awesome! I love getting inside info (especially hilarious inside info) the public doesn’t have access to.
    And now good night for real!

    Devine May 20, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Drinking is more fun in Britain.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Adios, amigos.

    I'mBillMcNeal May 20, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • I imagine it is important to keep a toilet paper trail of the chain of custody when dealing with that kind of evidence.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 10:17 pm
  • Bath: highly recommended.

    SF May 20, 2008, 10:22 pm
  • not to toot my own horn but………
    i’m officially starting the justin masterson hype machine. get on board now. he’s the next (your favorite pitchers name here)! yeah, he’s only faced 19 and 20 year olds, but that k/bb ratio spells HOFer to me. sure, he’s only pitched at lowell, but the sox are holding him back cause he’s that great.
    Posted by: sf rod | Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 04:45 PM

    sf rod May 21, 2008, 6:42 am

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