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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
When Papi was at bat with the bases loaded, I'm sure I saw him wearing a red Youk shirt under his white uni. I know I saw Y-O-U- when I scrambled to see if there was a number, but he turned away before I could confirm it. Did anyone else notice that? Is that his version of Giambi's lucky thong?
Mike Lowell sure has been silencing his critics: .328 BA, .625 SLG, and 22 RBI's. Despite his .229 BA, Tek has a .542 SLG, and only 8 RBI's, but that's only because he has Lowell cleaning up in front of him. Lowell's 22 RBI's puts him in 1st place in the AL so far this season.
In the top of the 9th, Jeter hit a foul ball, to which a fan responded loud enough to be picked up by TV, "That would have been a home run in your stadium."
This is the first time since 1968 the Yankees have blown a 6 run lead to the Sox that late in the game.
Kansas City and Seattle are in 1st place in their divisions. (Huh?! Yes, it's true.)
Is Hank still around? Who got him to shut his trap? Bloggers everywhere must be chomping at the bit waiting for his next nugget, just as comedians are missing Bush.
Thanks to ESPN for the post title.
I don't have any fancy MLB.com or cable TV packages, so I wasn't sure where or even if I was going to watch tonight's Red Sox-Yankees game. Jimmy and I had discussed going over to Tom's place on Saturday since he has a huge wide screen digital HD TV screen, and it would be on neutral ground since Tom is a Giants fan. Saturday's plans fell through as Tom had to suddenly move. During the course of discussing Plan B, I decided to watch tonight's game at Jimmy's place since he has a wide screen TV and the MLB TV station.
Well, I'm glad to report that we're both alive and well. Fortunately, it was one of the best games that either of us had ever watched. I don't have to recap the details, but we both agreed that a 2 run lead in a Sox-Yankee game means absolutely nothing. Nothing! And so it was proven, yet again!
Jimmy took the loss as graciously as anyone could expect. Of course, he would have liked to see the game end differently, but y'know what? There's another Sox-Yanks game tomorrow, and the day after that, and 15 more after that. No tellin' what the final tally will be at season's end, but we both agreed that baseball is the greatest game ever!
Dave & Jimmy take a break.
A friend's dog: Joba the Mutt (Really!)
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tim Wakefield started the first game of today's twin bill, which is now in a rain delay in the bottom of the 7th inning. I cannot say enough about this man! Total class act both on and off the field for starters, but he certainly still has his best stuff on the mound! After flirting with a perfect game for 5 innings and a no-no for almost 8 last week at Oakland, he follows that with another gem today: 7 IP, 5 H's, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K's. This leaves him with an ERA of 2.45!
Hopfully this performance will quiet all the Wake naysayers once and for all.
Now for bright spots on offense: 6 of the 9 starters today have at least 2 hits, with Drew and Lowell each getting 3 apiece so far. 3 hits for Lowell? That means he's raised his BA about 150 points or so in the past week, to a nice .315! Papi's bat has come to life as well with two hits today. He's raised his average a good 50 points this week. Winter question marks answered!
Nick Green is swinging a hot bat with a 2B and a HR today, but I think he may be using Lugo's old glove, as he has 2 errors today, too.
The game is in a rain delay at the moment, with another game scheduled for later today. Both the Sox and the Twins have Thursday off. The Sox will stay at home for a series with the Yankees starting on Friday. The Twins will be heading off to CLE for a series starting on Friday. Weather.com calls for showers and rain for the rest of the day in Boston, so it remains to be seen whether or not ball will resume today, or whether or not any games will be made up on Thursday.
UPDATE: The game was called after a 1:25 delay.
SOX WIN 10-1 BOX SCORE
"I've always been lost when a reporter asks me what my most embarassing moment was because I never know what to say. Now I have my most embarassing moment."
Nick Swisher leads the Yankee pitchers in ERA: 0.00
Wily Mo Pena has signed a minor league with the NY Mets. The Sox acquired Wily Mo in the trade that sent Bronson Arroyo to the Reds. In 2006, he hit .301 with a .489 SLG in 84 games. His BA sank like a rock in 2007 and the Sox traded him to the Nationals after 73 games and a .218 BA for prospect Chris Carter, who is now on the Sox roster.
You can't tell me Theo doesn't know what he's doing.
The bullpen studs came through again, this time it was Delcarmen, Okajima, Lopez, and Hunter Jones (who?), allowing only 1 H and 1 BB in 3.2 innings.
Have you been wondering about the top of the line-up? Well, today Ellsbury, Pedroia, and Papi combined to go 9 for 16, scoring 7 times, and knocking in 6 runs.
Two of the big question marks over the winter were Lowell and Varitek. Both went 2 for 5 today, and combined for 3 R's and 3 RBI's.
Kevin Youkilis had only 1 H today. He also drew 3 BB's, 1 of which was an IBB. (No explanation necessary.) His BA stands at a FAT .469.
The Sox have now won 5 in a row, sweeping the O's and climbing into a tie for 2nd place after a 2-6 start that had them in the cellar (gasp!) for a couple of days.
When all was said and done, the SOX plated 12 men, beating the Orioles 12 - 1. BOX SCORE
Tim Wakefield gets the start tomorrow against the Twins.
Lester dominates Orioles as SOX win 2-1
Masterson gets the start tomorrow.
Monday, April 20, 2009
No, not football. Yes, baseball. The 2009 New York Yankees have set a new franchise low record by allowing 14, yes that's 1-4, fourteen Cleveland Indians to make a round trip around the diamond in one inning at the brand spanking new Yankee Stadium. Former ace of the Lowlanders, Chien-Ming Wang was chased off to the showers in the 2nd inning after allowing 8 runs. Anthony Claggett (who?) came in and promptly allowed another 6 runs in that inning, and another 2 runs before he got the hook as well. The Indians would not relent until they had scored a total of 22 runs by the end of the game. The Indians belted 6 home runs in the game, including a grand tater by Asdrubal Cabrera. The Yanks should have sent in Nick Swisher instead of Claggett (who?)
Now I'm wondering where the Red Sox can get a few cans of that whoop-ass that Cleveland found.
Nick's new shirt
Well.... Wake was still spinning a gem, and on Jackie Robinson day, too. Unfortunately, when the Sox bats come alive while Wake is pitching, he has to sit, and that is not good for a knuckleballer, thus the H's, BB's, and R's in the final innings. Still a fantastic, memorable game. Let's hope that momentum continues tomorrow.
Wake showed the utmost in class during the post game interview when asked about his performance. Instead of talking about his masterpiece, he immediately shifted the focus onto Robinson before he said anything about the game.
Somehow, we were able to find a few minutes to drill a few shots of the Sawxheads that were in attendance in Section 209 yesterday. Nick, aka CaliGrown was there, as well as the Emperor of RSN-CA who was there raising awareness for The Jimmy Fund, (as does Rocky Rhodes on his X-C trip in the Rolling Green Monster), and also a few other Sawxhead friends of Nick's whose names escape me at the moment. Fenway West was in the house on his spring tour (4 games and a Dead show in 4 days), but alas, he was on the other side of the stadium.
What more, you say? Well, we left Oakland heading for San Francisco, when I spotted a commercial truck with an interesting company name. I wondered, "Does A-Rod have a new side business?"
A-Rod diversifies his portfolio?
Monday, April 13, 2009
Last year during a game between the Mets and the Yankees in which the Mets pummeled the Yanks 11-2, (aamof, it was a game that I was watching, and enjoying, now that I think of it), home plate ump Davidson overruled the call by the third base umpire on a home run by Carlos Delgado. This botched call was more fuel for the instant replay debate, which was instituted last year for home runs only.
The call belonged to the third base ump, but Davidson blew it, and admitted it in a post game interview in which he littered with several expletives that were deleted. Sign of a small mind? limited vocabulary? short on intelligence? poor vision?
Money for nothing? Hey Steinbrenner! Got some chicks you can have for free! I can't wait for tomorrow's Daily News headline. ROTFLMAO!
From the Daily News:
The Yankees' rotation was supposed to be their strength in 2009, but Sabathia and Wang have looked more like Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy circa 2008. The two pitchers have combined to throw eight innings in the two losses, allowing 13 runs on 17 hits and eight walks without zero strikeouts.
Here's another look from Politico:
Beckett spins a gem: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 10 K's!
As previously posted, 8 of 9 starters had hits, including HR's by Pedroia (1st inning, his 2nd pitch) and Captain 'Tek. Mike Lowell had an RBI double, Youk went 2 for 4, Papelbon got the save.
Only 24 hours into the '09 season, Red Sox are tied for 1st place, with the Yankees and Rays tied for last place.
8 of 9 starters have hits already, including:
Ortiz- 1 for 3
Lowell- 1 for 3 (Double)
Varitek- 1 for 3 (Home Run!)
Josh Beckett is looking good! 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB's, 10 (ten!) K's, 93 pitches (61 strikes)
Recap coming after the game.
I found this LOST parody on youtube today, but before you watch it, I must briefly explain something for those who have not been following the show. There has been a set of numbers that keep showing up in different episodes for different reasons. 'Hurley' played these numbers in the lottery and won bazillions of dollars. However, as soon as he won the jackpot, bad, really bad things started happening.
Warning! Serious Yankee abuse ahead!