The Comfort Of Strangers: Sox-Sox Gamer

I frequently wish the Southsiders of Chicago played in the Beast just so there were another Southie to pith upon. The Chief, for whom I have an irrational dislike, throws for Ozzie’s Sox while Jon Lester, for whom I have an irrational like, throws for Tito’s Sox. Comment away.

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  • Oh Boy…The sox are 1-9 when AG does the gamer. SF on the Yankees, AG on the Sox…good news for Yankee fans.

    John -YF August 25, 2009, 6:51 pm
  • See what we did there? It’s the reverse Delta double secret probation jinx.

    attackgerbil August 25, 2009, 7:02 pm
  • Let’s just hope Lester vs. Garcia isn’t a reverse lock.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 7:09 pm
  • Always nice to see a Good Sox pitcher start the game with a 1-2-3 inning.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 7:20 pm
  • Woohoo! Ellsbury!

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 7:22 pm
  • I love Ellsbury so much lately. He seems to hit EVERY ball hard.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 7:22 pm
  • congrats to ellsbury. the sox all time record and the league lead too.

    sf rod August 25, 2009, 7:22 pm
  • Lol, they put up an incorrect graphic that shows Ellsbury now at 56 SB.
    Pedroia grounds out, Ellsbury scores. 1-0 goodsox.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • And Pedroia scores him. A SB both historic and valuable!

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • Yanks up 4-0. Posada just dunked one into the first row.

    SF August 25, 2009, 7:38 pm
  • Ugh, Lester with the leadoff walk and a single.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 7:39 pm
  • Both pitchers with 40 pitches, 23 for strikes.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 7:55 pm
  • God, Papelbon is so dumb.

    SF August 25, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • Lester making some good pitches after giving up the solo shot.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 8:02 pm
  • Jobs coughs back two, Yanks now threatening up 4-2.
    Best result is a ruinous 12-11, 14 inning affair with Joba’s confidence dented.

    SF August 25, 2009, 8:03 pm
  • Youk gets the run back. Everyone swinging very early, so they must like what they see.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 8:09 pm
  • Papi declines to make it a big inning. He got cold quick.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • Speaking of cold, Bay strikes out looking. His off-season situation gets more and more interesting.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • NYY 4, Tex 3, two on, top 4

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 8:33 pm
  • 4-4

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 8:35 pm
  • 5-4 texas

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • 86 pitches for Lester through 5 IP. Joba at 87 in the 4th with 2 out.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • Also, 1 ER for Lester, 7 for Joba. Sweet.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 8:39 pm
  • 7-4 Texas.

    Jesus, we’re making it easy on Garcia.

    I’m off to buy Megamillions tix. If we win, you’re all invited to the celebration.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 8:43 pm
  • Is Freddy Garcia a good pitcher again? Or are the bats just making it look that way?

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 8:43 pm
  • I cannot believe they just let Garcia get through that inning on 7 pitches. That’s crazy.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 8:54 pm
  • Really, Lester? A 4 pitch walk? Again, first and second, no out.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 8:58 pm
  • I fell asleep, just woke up to see the Sox up 2-1 in the 7th, runners at 2nd and 3rd, 0-2 count… and then Lester strikes out Alexei on a great curveball, which takes a funky bounce and ties the game anyways. Goddamnit.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 9:05 pm
  • Well, that wasn’t the way I expected them to tie it. Dammit.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 9:05 pm
  • This is fucking bullshit, I can’t believe this. I just cannot believe those two runners scored that way. Horribly luck for Lester

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • That really sucked. Not one of Lester’s best outings, but more than good enough to win, if the bats would do something.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • Great, let’s lose Beckett and Lester’s starts this time through, make it easy on ourselves.

    SF August 25, 2009, 9:12 pm
  • I’m hoping for a Lowell solo shot to get it back. Don’t want to have to worry about Tek or AGon driving in any RISP.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 9:13 pm
  • I’m furious at the way that inning went. Unlucky wild pitch (which took a funky bounce off the plate), Lowell doesn’t grab the ball, infield single… just a lucky shitshow overall for the badsox.
    PLEASE lets get some runs guys. That was tough to watch, especially since I missed the rest of the game.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 9:13 pm
  • Tek doubles!

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 9:15 pm
  • Me likey Tito’s double-switch. Managery!

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 9:17 pm
    Excellent managerial move, paying off on the first pitch. Lester off the hook.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • Ellsbury singles!
    The offense doing a great job of washing away the bad taste of the top of the inning.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 9:21 pm
  • Awesome! Let’s get Lester the win now, plz. I don’t want the Soxes to have the kind of dragged out extra innings affair that we wish upon the other game thread.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • Hell. Youk was absolutely the best guy to get it done, too.
    When was the last time the Good Sox had a walkoff win, anyway?

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • Okay this is just pathetic. That was a really weird infield pop-up.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • WHAT THE FUCK? VMart throws the ball back to Oki, misses him, and the runner goes to 2nd. Ugh.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 9:35 pm
  • Infield pop-up. We needed that badly.
    Okajima, PLEASE induce a DP.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 9:39 pm
  • AJ has 16 GIDP.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 9:41 pm

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • WOW did AJ look bad on that pitch.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • Whew.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • Inning over.
    Major kudos to Oki and Delcarmen for getting out of that.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • Piceofshitsky, ath?

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • Tex 8, NYY 5, top 7.
    Bummer Joba got his ass kicked again.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Tons of infield outs for Garcia. His sinker was with him tonight.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 9:50 pm

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 9:52 pm
    What a fucking bomb!!

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 9:52 pm
  • Sorry IBM, but Pierzynski is one of my least favorite players. And his name is a little difficult to spell.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • Whoa. Tex 10, NYY 5

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 9:54 pm
  • I understand.
    I think you’d like him if he was one of our guys.

    Check out these picthing likes from the Bronx$:
    Joba 4 9 7 7 3 5
    Gaudin 3 6 3 3 3 1 + 2 HR

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 9:58 pm

    I'mBillMcNeal August 25, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • VMart drives in another!

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • Boy, VMart — what a pick up.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • Probably so, IBM. But he’s definitely a dick, and most people around the league hate him too. Kind of like Youk… if Youk were on any other team I would hate him like crazy.
    But he’s on our team, so he’s our crazy lovable bearded Jew-hillbilly.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • I call VMart “Not-Gagne” in my head.

    Devine August 25, 2009, 10:02 pm
  • What a beautiful 8th, top and bottom, this has been. One more hit away from depriving Papelbon of a chance at save #30.

    Devine August 25, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • Ellsbury singles. I want to have that kid’s babies. In a totally hetero way.
    IBB to Pedroia to get to Drew. That’s a weird move with 2 outs…

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • I call VMart “Not-Gagne” in my head.
    This made me laugh really hard for some reason.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • Paps with the, “can Wagner do this” performance so far.

    LocklandSF August 25, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • Man, when Paps is on, it’s a joke.

    LocklandSF August 25, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Ballgame. It’s amazing that we circle-jerked our way to a win.

    Atheose August 25, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • I should add that the 8th was beautiful after the Pale Hose single to right. Everything before that was horrifically painful (the “I’m a pitcher, I don’t catch pop-ups” pop-up, the missed exchange from VMart to Oki, the brutal would-be inning-ending strikeout that led to a run in the inning previous).

    Devine August 25, 2009, 10:23 pm
  • Uh…the Yankees have the winning run at the plate. WTF?

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 10:56 pm
  • The Yankees now have the winning run on 1st — and just 1 out.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 10:59 pm
  • Melky GIDPs and Texas hangs on.
    What this shows me: the Yankees are an extremely good team and the Rangers bullpen is not good. And when it comes down to it, no matter the consequences, I really, really hate to see them win and am relieved that they lost. A come-from-behind victory like that for them would burned me.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 11:03 pm
  • Lined IDP, that is. Unassisted. Don’t know whether it was hard or soft.

    Devine August 25, 2009, 11:05 pm
  • I stand corrected, Devine. I had Gameday up in another window and mostly had just noticed that they lost. Then I noticed how pleased I was about that, despite the fact that I am 100% convinced they’ve got the division wrapped up.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 11:09 pm
  • Melky ripped a liner, SS grabbed it and may or may not have been Jerry back to the bag. He looked safe.
    Swisher’s bunt was the story. With 1st and 2nd and NO OUTS, Joe had him bunt. He popped it straight up to Young at 3rd. Stupid call but an even worse bunt. That was the game right there.

    krueg reincarnate August 25, 2009, 11:16 pm
  • I dunno, krueg – if Girardi told Swisher to do his kid’s math homework and Swisher fucked it up, do you blame Swisher for messing up his times tables or do you blame Girardi for asking Swisher to do math? Personally, I blame Girardi. It’s his job to know that Nick Swisher is too dumb for math homework AND cannot bunt.

    stuck working August 25, 2009, 11:20 pm
  • I agree SW, but Swish is a major leaguer, he should be able to at least bunt the ball into play, not pop it up in foul ground to the 3rd baseman. Even if a player can’t bunt WELL, they should still be able to bunt somewhat…
    Still pissed about that stupid play. I’m not sure how Swish can look at himself in the mirror today. Sorry to put all this on a Sox gamer, replying to a few SF’s late night. I’m going to slink back across the border now…

    krueg reincarnate August 26, 2009, 9:06 am
  • In commenting on Paps and the Wagner thing, apparently Theo said of Paps, “He’s not a Rhodes scholar to begin with.” That brightened up my morning a bit.

    rootbeerfloat August 26, 2009, 12:30 pm
  • I agree, almost every major leaguer practices a few bunts before taking real batting practice. When you do something every day for 5-10 years you should be able to do it well when called upon.

    Atheose August 26, 2009, 12:44 pm
  • Also, funny story about VMart:
    Francona wasn’t that far off in his prediction for Victor Martinez. “[Monday] night on the way home, we were talking about the Wagner stuff and all that,’’ Francona said. “Victor’s texting me at like 1:15 [a.m.], saying, ‘Let me play.’ I finally wrote back and I said, ‘Leave me alone. You’ll come in, pinch hit, get the game-winning hit.’ He said, ‘OK, good night.’ ’’ Martinez pinch hit and drove in the tying run in the seventh, then added an RBI double in the eighth.

    Atheose August 26, 2009, 12:49 pm
  • One more thing, 5 facts you should know about Wagner:

    Atheose August 26, 2009, 12:54 pm
  • Wake’s back! Giddy with excitement and nauseous about how Vmart will hand the knuckleball, all at the same time.

    rootbeerfloat August 26, 2009, 1:40 pm