Sox-Jays: The Return of the Big Man

David Wells makes his first start of the season this evening, and though there’s little room to improve on last year’s 8-1 record at Fenway, we’re hoping that tonight is the start of another solid year.  We do expect a good deal of rust from the Boomah, as it’s been a while since he threw with something on the line.  Chat away.

(Freshly cocky Yankees fans welcome as well, of course)

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  • In better news, Crisp got a three year extension. Beckett’s next.

    Brad April 12, 2006, 5:52 pm
  • Wanna know what I’m wondering? Head of BDD, scroll down to the picture headed “Homecomeing King” and have a look at the guy in the upper right hand with all the bio-warfare gear on –
    What the hell?

    Brad April 12, 2006, 5:58 pm
  • edit: head over to….

    Brad April 12, 2006, 5:59 pm
  • Yeah, noticed that earlier. Maybe he was sitting next to a Yankees fan?

    SF April 12, 2006, 6:05 pm
  • Fat bastard…

    Mayday Malone April 12, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Yikes. Wells is throwing BP out there…

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Manny has got his high knee sox on today. I’ve never seen that before…

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • The boo-birds are out. The monster saved a homerun on that one by Glaus.

    whatever April 12, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Still early. Chacin can be hit.

    whatever April 12, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Hey, how come it’s so quiet in here?

    whatever April 12, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Look out for Whiffy Mo against a lefty.

    whatever April 12, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • Lowell, looking pretty good so far.

    whatever April 12, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Lowell has five straight hits, including four doubles. Not bad.
    Chacin isn’t all that either, but we’ve still got to put the runs up, and the end of this lineup doesn’t inspire confidence. We’ll see though. I think the future of this game for Boston rests on whether or not Francona yanks Wells. If you see Wells out there in the third to give up three more then that could put the game out of reach.

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • Aye Carumba, Whiffy! Just foul. Base knock.

    whatever April 12, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • That was a LONG foul ball… Wiffy Mo may be coming around a bit.

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • This is the second at-bat with two runners on the Sox have had in two innings. Lets see how they do with it…

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Youk makin’ him work. I could see him rippin’ one here.

    whatever April 12, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Damn! Same result as before…
    Lets see if Wells comes back out there go give up three more runs.

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Absolutely painful. I hate to say I told ya so (it would be better if I had actually told anyone but myself), but I was not looking forward to today’s debut from Mr. “can’t pitch to minor leaguers” Wells.
    Got 2 quick outs in the 3d though.

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Was that Wells out there?!? I blinked and must have missed it.

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Yet another reason I don’t like the bunt. When you concent to bunt you give up any hope at an extra base hit, and generally you give up hope of a walk too. And with Big Papi and Manny on deck, why don’t you take a few and see what the pitcher gives you?

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Papi!
    SF – where are you?

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Run Forest, uh. Run Papi,run!

    whatever April 12, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Yeah, didn’t like the bunt move either, especially because it’s clear Chacin is hittable.
    Manny remains in his slump :-(

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • that wallball double that Papi legged out is a perfect example of his athleticism that I’m always defending

    airk April 12, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Much as I love the man, Papi scares me every time he tries for 2 on a close play.

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Nice throw! I love the Loretta pickup more and more every day!

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • I agree, Paul. I’d much rather Papi didn’t risk injury and just stay at first unless he knows he can make it. Plus, I don’t know if you’all notice, but (sssshhhhh!) Papi and Manny aren’t the best at sliding. This means that their risk for injury is higher than, say, someone who knows how to slide.

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Wells has settled down (with help from the Gold Glove infield), but unless we can get some timely hits, I fear the damage has been done.

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • most surprising thing I’ve heard tonight is that David Wells has only had 1 20-win season in his career.

    airk April 12, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Mohr!! Makin the case to stay in the big leagues!

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Dustin Mohr for two!

    airk April 12, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Lefty killer Mohr

    whatever April 12, 2006, 8:28 pm

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Is there some rule about wearing stupid looking sunglasses on the mound? If not there should be…

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Mohr looks like he could be Tito Francona’s son

    airk April 12, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Is that three straight takes from WMP???

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Oddly enough, i want Wily Mo to walk more than I want him to hit a home run… sort of.

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Gustavo afraid of Whiffy.

    whatever April 12, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Wow, a four-pitch walk… That makes me feel better than it probably should about the Bronson trade.

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • All right, Yoooouuuuuuk…

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Bathroom Break!
    (thats my nickname for Alex Gonzalez. I’m trying to get it to catch on.)

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • matt, Chacin is definitely trying to audition for a spot in the all-sunglasses, all-the-time Angels bullpen

    airk April 12, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Late calls just mean the ump blinked at the wrong time….

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Crap. Coulda been more. But two down. Three to go.

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • airk, that must be it. I can’t come up with another reason that someone would consent to looking stupid on national TV.
    Tough luck for Loretta there. He hit that one on the nose. At least we got on the board.

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Two line-outs for Loretta. Tough luck.

    whatever April 12, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • No matter what Overbay does on the field, it will never overshadow the fact that his name is Pig Latin

    airk April 12, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Lyle Bover. lol. What a horrible name. No wonder he changed it.
    And Wells wasted no time giving a run back. It’s just one start, but the questions are going to come fast and furious now: What do we do with him if he can’t pitch?

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Thats gotta be it for Wells.

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Well, at least that Vernon Wells homer helped my fantasy team. Small consolation.

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • At least Wells didn’t flip the crowd off.

    whatever April 12, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Say good night, Boomer. *sigh*

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • question: would the fans be booing Wells if he hadnt been such an ass in the offseason?

    airk April 12, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Man, if you’re gonna bitch about getting trraded, and then about being put on the DL to begin the season, it seems maybe you should have the stuff to back it up (a la Manny). Not surprised by the boos I heard.

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • airk, I’d say probably not. It was a tough outing for Wells, but I think his antics this offseason didn’t help him any tonight with the fans. But he’ll be back out there. The Sox aren’t going to give up on him.
    Nice chat’n with you folks (foulkes?). Gotta run to a meeting.
    Go Sox!

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Ugh. I’m off work in 10 minutes, and none too soon by the looks of things. Although I’ll probably just go home and keep watching the game anyway. :-\

    Paul A. April 12, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Wells started slowly last season, too. something to keep in mind.

    airk April 12, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Just back from the family Seder to find the Sox down 8-4. Is Adam Stern playing? Looks like Pharoah’s gonna take this one…..

    YF April 12, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • The shocker of the night (besides Wells looking *even heavier* than last year, which I did not think possible) Wily Mo Pena walked!

    Hudson April 12, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Apropos of nothing: Maddox got win 320 tonight. Wow.

    YF April 12, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Well, that sucked. Sent the Fat Man back to P’tucket- he’s not ready yet (yeah right, like that’ll happen).
    On the brighter side, at least we’re not 4-4.

    Mayday Malone April 12, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Looks like I picked a good night to go out for a long, delicious dinner with the wife.

    SF April 12, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Yeah, you’re not 4-4. But you haven’t had 2 series against playoff-caliber competition either, so foo to you.

    YF April 12, 2006, 10:41 pm
  • The Jays started 8 right-handed hitters against Boomer with a 15mph wind heading out to left. Smart lineup.

    attackgerbil April 12, 2006, 10:56 pm
  • The Orioles aren’t playoff caliber?
    Quick! Someone call the Baltimore Sun!

    Mayday Malone April 13, 2006, 12:07 am

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