Where it All Started: Rays-Sox Gamer II

On this Independence Day, the Devil Rays visit the Sox and historic Boston, Massachusetts.  We should all remember that if it weren’t for a brave band of Bostonians (and Lexingtonians, and Concordians, etc.) we might still be playing cricket, eating tea and crumpets, and flossing our decaying sets of chompers. That’s right, New Yorkers: it all started in Boston (and it’s ‘burbs).  Deal with it.

Happy Fourth of July, everyone, and go Sox! 

Discuss all the action here.

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  • C. Crisp cf
    A. Cora 2b
    D. Ortiz dh
    J.D. Drew rf
    M. Lowell 3b
    E. Hinske 1b
    J. Ellsbury lf
    D. Mirabelli c
    J. Lugo ss

    SF July 4, 2007, 1:06 pm
  • This lineup makes me cry a little.

    SF July 4, 2007, 1:06 pm
  • Egads, Mirabelli, Lugo, Cora, and Hinske all in the lineup. Add in the youngster Ellsbury (who has to be considered a wild card offensively), and the Sox look tremendously beatable today. Why ALL these guys?

    SF July 4, 2007, 1:10 pm
  • Wakefield gives up the two out double, then gets wild. Two on, two down.

    SF July 4, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • One pitch popup to Lowell, Sox coming up.

    SF July 4, 2007, 1:12 pm
  • suicide squeeze??? wow….

    TJ July 4, 2007, 1:18 pm
  • Happy Birthday America! And thanks for that game called baseball–Cricket just wouldn’t have cut it in these parts.
    Used to think Ichiro patrolling centerfield at Fenway would be fun to watch, but Ellsbury more than does the trick for me. Does anyone know if they plan to keep him up for a while?

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 1:38 pm
  • Real quiet. Maybe everyone’s voting for Okajima.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 1:43 pm
  • I read he’s likely up until one of the bullpen guys on the DL is ready to come back.
    I also think if he can keep sparking the team like he has and if he continues to hit decently and get on base Boston very well could try to move Crisp by the deadline and bring Ellbury back up fulltime.

    TJ July 4, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • I think I must be up to about 800 ballots cast for him :p

    TJ July 4, 2007, 1:45 pm
  • Thanks for the info TJ. I like Crisp, but if Ellsbury can do the job, might as well make the future now. Crisp and Pena could probably be part of a nice deal, but when you’re winning and leading like the Sox are I imagine the sense is to just leave things alone and get out of the way. The knowledge about how to vote for Okajima is finally seeping into Japan, hopefully it is not too late, and the legions of fans and supporters are ramping up the campaign. Unlike the all-star ballot, there isn’t a version in Japanese, so it’s no easy thing to vote for most of us over here, but if the learning curve can be mastered I’m sure he’ll sew it up. Red Sox nation and a nation of 120 million is a hard combination to beat. I imagine Okajima’s High School, which is just down the street from me, will be having a special English lesson for the next two days. I’m way behind your 800! so I better get cracking too.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:00 pm
  • Dang. Wish I could watch this game instead of having to listen to it on the radio. Would’ve loved to have seen Jacoby run. Nice clutch hit.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • 4-1 Sox. With two outs Ellsbury and now Mirabelli are clutch.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • i told all my japanese friends online its their patiotic duty to make sure Okajima is in the all star game :p

    TJ July 4, 2007, 2:16 pm
  • Lugo resting on yesterday’s laurels flies out to end the inning.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:16 pm
  • Hey Kyoto… not sure if u can get it in Japan but I notice the other day that the next day you can vierw the games on mlb.com for free. I have been atching the games the next day after listening its not the same buts its kool to see some of the action even though I already know what happened.

    TJ July 4, 2007, 2:17 pm
  • Well done TJ. We’re big on the “duty” thing! (But the fact he really deserves it makes it a duty easy to fulfill! Plus I would love to see his deer in the headlights look during all the pomp and circumstances of the All Star spectacle. Not to mention he’s got really adorable kids and a nice wife who would enjoy the experience immensely.)

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • Thanks for the info. I use MLB.com for the radio feed, and when Daisuke pitches I can watch on Sky/Perfect (and some other Sox games too). But it would be great to be able to go back and watch things like Jacoby hoofing out a double. Or a Manny homerun (if it should happen?!)
    Say what you will about this line-up, but it is fast. Real fast.

    Kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:24 pm
  • HR Lowell 7-1

    TJ July 4, 2007, 2:30 pm
  • Drew having a nice day. 5-1 Sox. With Risp with two outs the Red Sox are on fire. And as I type fire Lowell bangs a two-run homer! Glad I can’t type fast….avoided the jinx!!

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:30 pm
  • I can’t remember if the first run came with two outs or not, but the last six all have come with two outs. Lots of good discipline at the plate. Lots of pesky, fast guys slapping the ball around. Clutch homer. Good day for the good guys. (update: all the runs with two outs)

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • Crisp led off witha triple and Cora squeezed him in this there was 0 outs when the first scored :P

    TJ July 4, 2007, 2:35 pm
  • Lugo has hit the ball very well today – both outs were loud, the first a liner to center, the second a very deep fly to center. He looks to be swinging better.

    SF July 4, 2007, 2:37 pm
  • Supah quick inning from Wake, going to the bottom of the sixth, 7-1 Sox.

    Anonymous July 4, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Thanks TJ. I could’ve sworn the radio broadcast said “all the runs”, but I must’ve heard it wrong. Was it a true squeeze, or one of those delayed deals?
    Wakefield out in seven pitches.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:39 pm
  • no idea i aint watching or listening today just game day

    TJ July 4, 2007, 2:41 pm
  • Safety squeeze. Cora bunted, Crisp broke when it hit fair ground.

    SF July 4, 2007, 2:42 pm
  • Lugo flies out to center, can of corn. Crisp flies deep to the wall, inning over.

    Anonymous July 4, 2007, 2:44 pm
  • Always thought the safety squeeze is under-utilized. Nice way to start off a game.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • Leadoff single. Then another single. Someone warming, Terry? Please?

    Anonymous July 4, 2007, 2:47 pm
  • Mohr whiffs. Nice work from Wake with the curveball.

    Anonymous July 4, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Another single lashed to left. Wake is cooked. Bases plugged, game one swing away from being a game again. Here comes Tito.

    SF July 4, 2007, 2:50 pm
  • Strike-out! Then Iwamura gets a hit and loads the bases. Uggggh.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • OK, it’s a six run lead, but we need the bullpen here.

    SF July 4, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • Lopez in, quickly falls behind 2-0. THROW STRIKES DUMMY.

    SF July 4, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • Lopez throws a strike, and Crawford drills it to left. Nice work, Javier. 7-3. This game is going south really quickly. A single makes it a two-run game. Pathetic.

    SF July 4, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • Uggggh.

    Anonymous July 4, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • Cruise control off. It’s a game again.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:56 pm
  • Umpire squeezes Lopez on the 1-1 pitch, which looked just fine. Things are not going well. Full count now, one pitch from having the tying run ome to the plate in Carlos Pena.
    Harris whiffs. Phew. Now get Pena.

    SF July 4, 2007, 2:56 pm
  • kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:57 pm
  • Get Pena and all (or most) is forgotten.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 2:57 pm
  • Anonymous July 4, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • Well that’s just awful. Lopez gives up a hit to Pena, and it’s 7-5. Nice work, fellas. This is all on the pitching, mostly Lopez, who simply sucked.

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • At least one reliever got the job done.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • MDC comes through with the K.
    A run or two (at least!) would be a relief…

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • Special seventh inning stretch. Happy Birthday America! To the Marines down in Okinawa, Semper Fi.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:05 pm
  • Jonny Gomes’ body parts are all out of proportion. He seriously looks like a comic book character. Someone get that man a pee cup!

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:07 pm
  • Twins go up 4-2 in the Bronx. Mike Mussina immediately trying to find someone to blame.

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • Yanks down 4-2 in the seventh.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:10 pm
  • Don’t have time to do the stats work (just got in from a wedding), but I’d be willing to bet that Javier Lopez’s numbers since J.C. Romero was DFAd are pretty terrible.

    Paul SF July 4, 2007, 3:11 pm
  • Ortiz walks on a check swing, very close, and the home plate ump refuses the appeal to third, infuriating Maddon and Fossum, rightfully so.
    Ortiz still seem lost at the plate to me, despite an earlier single.

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:11 pm
  • Lopez inspires nothing in me at all. What’s the possibility of Breslow coming back up? I thought he looked good in his cup of coffee last year. Why has he had no shot?

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:11 pm
  • I’m always a minute or two behind. Dang slow-ass satellite switching stations up in space and, while on the subject, the speed of light is over-rated. But I still respect Jacoby’s speed.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:13 pm
  • Drew rung up on a pitch that was borderline at best, with the catcher having to lunge inside for the ball. Very suspect call there.

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • Well, I’d be wrong. Entering today’s game, eh had a 2.70 ERA since Romero was cut, but he also had walked more than he struck out and walked nearly 7 per 9. So he might have been getting by on some luck…

    Paul SF July 4, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • Lowell taps to third, inning over. Going to the eighth and we have a bit of a nailbiter instead of a foregone conclusion, thanks to Javier Lopez.

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • Drew’s having a good day. I’d trust his eye on this one, but the radio guys are saying it was an okay call. Seventh is over. Would’ve been nice if they could’ve bounced back in the bottom, but the bullpen will have to make amends and finish this one out. Oka-Pap.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:17 pm
  • Delcarmen back out for the eight, Young grounds out to start the inning.

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:17 pm
  • Del continues. Gets an out. Snyder loosening. Oka must be busy on the computer voting for himself.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • Madden does a good job of messing up Delcarmen’s rhythm. Intentional or not.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:20 pm
  • 1-2 count to Wigginton, who Ks on the fastball. Nice work from MDC to this point.

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:21 pm
  • First pitch from MDC to Casanova appeared at least as good/bad as the strike three to Drew, but it’s called a ball. All I ask is for consistency, if the ump is going to have a big strike zone that’s fine, but at least be consistent.

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:22 pm
  • Rather, the psy-ops have no effect on Del.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:22 pm
  • Casanova walks on a high borderline pitch. MDC got nothing from the ump at all.

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • Delcarmen a little wild all of a sudden, or at least nibbling too much. Tying run at the plate. Okajima clearly not available today, and Tito unwilling to go to Papelbon for a four out save (Paps pitched last night, not even sure if he’s available today either).

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:24 pm
  • Amen on the consistency. What’s separates the men from the boys. I wonder what percentage of Major League Umpires are consistent? Consistently.
    Tying runner up.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:24 pm
  • 3-0 to Mohr. It’s sickening to think that in two pitches the Sox could be behind.

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:24 pm
  • Mohr gets shafted on the 3-0 pitch, which was clearly low.

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:25 pm
  • I wonder why Oka is not available. I don’t think he’s been working too much lately.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:25 pm
  • MDC works back to 3-2. Big pitch coming.
    the K!
    Lucky deal there, Mohr should have walked.

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:26 pm
  • Ellsbury coming up.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:28 pm
  • Eight going by in a flash. A few pitches, two outs.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:31 pm
  • Onto the ninth and Papelbon’s game to save. In other news, Kobayashi with a potentially career ending jaw injury will not be defending his title this year. The sport of eating is looking for a new hero.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:34 pm
  • Gotta run out – come on Paps!

    SF July 4, 2007, 3:35 pm
  • Actuall;y he was there to defend it and broke the world record, however Chestnut had 3 dogs in his mouth when the buzzer went off and won 66-63.
    My man Kobi will be back next year to kick chestnuts ass :)

    TJ July 4, 2007, 3:36 pm
  • Iwamura made into a fool. One out.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:37 pm
  • Red Sox win! Nice win, especially considering the line-up they fielded.
    So Kobayashi was there. The last I heard his jaw was shot and he couldn’t train at all. If it got any worse they were going to have to put him down. Nice to learn he made it over and was able to compete. Tough loss though. Three in the mouth. Swallow dammit. Swallow.

    kyoto July 4, 2007, 3:50 pm
  • I have nothing to add but that without New Jersey, Washington wouldn’t have had an opportunity to cross the Delaware River and surprise those jerk Hessians. So there.

    yankeesnj July 4, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Happy Independence Day to you guys, from the Philippines.
    Sox win three straight!

    Rain SF July 4, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Looking forward to the Sox playing this team 16 or so more times this year…

    Hudson July 4, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • You would think that after all these years, we’d be able to speak the language. “And it’s ‘burbs.” Me things you utilized an apostrophe that shouldn’t have been there, you typical pompous, holier-than-thou Sox fan. I’ve been on this blog for a year or so, and I just can’t take it anymore. You, SF, are what they call “smarmy.” I’m just so sick of the typical Sox fan that tries, often in vain, to pontificate using big words and semi-intellectual banter to make themselves feel somehow superior to everyone else. I have news for you. I’ve lived in Boston for several years, and Fenway is an overrated piece of shit. Easily mistaken for any local amateur ball pak, Fenway is an overrated piece of shit. Just being old doesn’t make it austere. So write your stupid blogs in which you try to wax poetic and sound smarter than the average bear, but the fact remains that you’re simply not. You’re a baseball fan, nothing more. Don’t try to be Hemingway. Sure, you may chalk this post up to sour grapes over a thus-far shitty Yankees season. But after following this blog for a few years, including those in which the Yankess put the Sox in their rightful place (2nd), which they still may do this year, I feel compelled to speak on behalf of all real Yanks fans. You’re not as smart and witty as you think you are, and your team isn’t as great as you think it is. The second half of the season starts soon enough. Time for the “Manila Folders” to start their annual second half meltdown. If the Yanks can pull it together, the Sox are toast.

    chad July 4, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • chad:
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha:
    “If the Yanks can pull it together, the Sox are toast.”
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haha ha ha ha ha ha ha haha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    snicker, snicker
    ha ha ha ha ha, good word: “austere”
    ha ha bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    crthesoxfan July 4, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • I’m not sure if you’re on my side or not, but I appreciate the fact that you liked “austere.” HAHAHAHAHAHA, austere rules!
    I apologize, SF’s, I’m drunk and frustrated, and felt really brave behind my keyboard. Please forgive me. I’m really not a bad, unreasonable fan.

    chad July 4, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • That being said, be careful how much you “ha ha” and “bwuhahaha.” Remember 1978.

    chad July 4, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • And, to put it all into perspective, I’d rather have the Sox win the world series than root for ANY cricket team! Happy Independence Day everyone, and GOD BLESS AMERICA and America’s favorite pasttime!

    chad July 4, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • Happy 4th to you, too Chad. Hope you’re not driving!

    crthesoxfan July 4, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • Luckily no, I’m safely on my couch! Happy 4th to you, as well, cr!

    chad July 4, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • Ok, fess up, which one of you regular posters is “chad?” Whoever you are, it’s a brilliant troll.
    Loved the use of the word smarmy and all of the random misspellings. Nice touch…really. :)

    jp-sf July 5, 2007, 12:00 am
  • Chad, you forgot to remind us to kkount tehh rinnggz.

    Hudson July 5, 2007, 4:21 am
  • I was still in my dad’s n-sack in 1978.

    Ric July 5, 2007, 9:53 am
  • I feel compelled to speak on behalf of all real Yanks fans.
    I am sure the almost universally cool (and real!) Yanks fans who post at this site are thrilled that you’ve spoken on their behalf.
    I do apologize for the grammatical/spelling error, though. It will never happen agenn.

    SF July 5, 2007, 9:56 am
  • Sure, you may chalk this post up to sour grapes over a thus-far shitty Yankees season.
    May. Can. Did.

    Paul SF July 5, 2007, 10:42 am
  • Have real Yankee fans even spoken a word here in say the past week? I think they have taken to getting drunk during games instead of actually watching them.

    TJ July 5, 2007, 11:39 am
  • “put the Sox in their rightful place (2nd)”
    What? 2nd? I thought their rightful place was 3rd, like last year… :)

    Andrews July 5, 2007, 11:42 am
  • TJ, I’m taken to getting drunk during games in winning seasons, so this year is no exception…

    Andrews July 5, 2007, 11:44 am
  • Andrews – Glad to see you guys holding down “our” rightful place this year.

    jp-sf July 5, 2007, 11:45 am
  • HA!

    Andrews July 5, 2007, 12:12 pm
  • As painful as 1978 was (and it was) the thought of the Yankees’ braintrust dragging Bucky Dent out of mothballs to throw out the first pitch in game 7 of the 2004 ALCS to try and summon the ghosts of Red Sox past as a last-ditch effort to stave off a humiliating collapse, should silence Yankees fans from ever mentioning 1978 again!

    crthesoxfan July 5, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • So true. That was indeed pathetic.

    Paul SF July 5, 2007, 2:15 pm

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