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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.

81 replies on “The Comfort Of Strangers: Sox-Sox Gamer”

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.

I love Ellsbury so much lately. He seems to hit EVERY ball hard.

Lol, they put up an incorrect graphic that shows Ellsbury now at 56 SB.
Pedroia grounds out, Ellsbury scores. 1-0 goodsox.

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.

Youk gets the run back. Everyone swinging very early, so they must like what they see.

Speaking of cold, Bay strikes out looking. His off-season situation gets more and more interesting.

Is Freddy Garcia a good pitcher again? Or are the bats just making it look that way?

I cannot believe they just let Garcia get through that inning on 7 pitches. That’s crazy.

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.

This is fucking bullshit, I can’t believe this. I just cannot believe those two runners scored that way. Horribly luck for Lester

That really sucked. Not one of Lester’s best outings, but more than good enough to win, if the bats would do something.

Great, let’s lose Beckett and Lester’s starts this time through, make it easy on ourselves.

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.

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.

Excellent managerial move, paying off on the first pitch. Lester off the hook.

Ellsbury singles!
The offense doing a great job of washing away the bad taste of the top of the inning.

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.

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?

WHAT THE FUCK? VMart throws the ball back to Oki, misses him, and the runner goes to 2nd. Ugh.

Sorry IBM, but Pierzynski is one of my least favorite players. And his name is a little difficult to spell.

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.

What a beautiful 8th, top and bottom, this has been. One more hit away from depriving Papelbon of a chance at save #30.

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…

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

Wake’s back! Giddy with excitement and nauseous about how Vmart will hand the knuckleball, all at the same time.

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