May 12, 2006

G32-33-34: Red Sox at Yankees

0512, 7:00 PM -- One of the Yankees' biggest weaknesses this season is their lack of a bench. Boston's group of subs was one of Theo Epstein's off-season coups. Right now, Bubba Crosby and Melky Cabrera (and Bernie Williams) are playing in place of Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui, who broke his left wrist trying to catch a line drive by Mark Loretta. Shemp had surgery Friday morning and could miss three months or perhaps the rest of the year. (Damon is also bruised.)

Both Sean McAdam and Chris Snow (as well as one Yankee beat writer) said last night's win felt like a playoff game. The teams used 11 pitchers, seven by the Yankees, including four for four Sox hitters in the sixth -- Scott Proctor for Loretta, Mike Myers for David Ortiz, Tanyon Sturtze for Manny Ramirez, and Ron Villone for Trot Nixon. The Sox got some great pitching from Tim Wakefield, Mike Timlin, Keith Foulke and Jonathan Papelbon.

David Ortiz has the highest batting average against the Yankees (.360) of any Red Sox player since 1960 with at least 100 AB. The rest of the top six: Jody Reed (.355), Jim Rice (.336), Manny Ramirez (.324), Nomar Garciaparra (.298) and Reggie Smith (.293). ... Boston has won three of its four games against New York, and has come from behind in all three victories. The Sox have 12 come-from-behind wins.

No one knows why Curt Schilling left Yankee Stadium for approximately an hour before yesterday's game for what the club called a "non-pitching-related medical issue". Schilling: "It's nothing. I'm fine. It has nothing to do with baseball."

David Wells's advice for Alex Rodriguez: "In order to get the respect of George, you have to fight back. He can be tough to play for, but if you can overcome the jabs, it's great. You've got him in your hip pocket. ... I think [Rodriguez] cares about what's written about him in the papers instead of letting it go in one ear and out the other."

0511, 4:30 PM -- And the pendulum swings back again.

The Globe's Chris Snow wonders whether it's a coincidence that Curt Schilling was 4-0, 1.61 before throwing 133 pitches in Cleveland, and 1-2, 6.20 in his four subsequent starts.

Schilling on his troubles last night:
Early on, I could tell the way Mike was throwing that it was a small strike zone. Not having corners, he figured it out and I didn't. Any time you're facing either one of these lineups and the strike zone is smaller than you're used to, you got to make adjustments. He did it and I didn't.

Random Stuff: Manny Ramirez, who has not missed a game this season, is playing with a sore right knee. In his last 21 games, Manny has hit .386 (27-for-70), lifting his average from .205 to .321.

On Tuesday night, Wily Mo Pena became the first Red Sox outfielder in at least 46 years to play all three outfield positions in the same game. ... Before homering in his first AB last night, Mike Lowell's previous eight hits were all doubles. It was the longest such streak in MLB since 1995. ... David Wells threw approximately 75 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday, will pitch another simulated game Saturday, and is on schedule to make a rehab start for Pawtucket on May 18.

David Ortiz went 4-for4: "Hitting is just crazy, man. Sometimes you can put a perfect swing on the ball and you'll hit it right at somebody. This past week, at home, I felt like there were 20 guys playing defense, three pitchers on the mound and I was guessing who was throwing the ball." ... Coco Crisp is sick, likely pushing his return back to around May 22-23. ... Before last night's game, Kevin Youkilis led all leadoff hitters in on-base percentage (.438). ... David Riske, on the disabled list since April 12 with a lower back strain, threw 26 pitches (2 walks, 2 strikeouts) for Pawtucket last night.

After his horrible start on Tuesday, the Yankees sent Randy Johnson for an MRI, which revealed no structural problems with his left shoulder. The ProJo quoted a longtime AL scout:
It looks to me like he doesn't trust his fastball (which registered mostly 91-92 mph Tuesday). He threw an awful lot of sliders. ... I think he's kind of in transition, going from power pitcher to a guy who isn't quite as dominant and he's not sure how to go about it. Pedro did it; Tom Seaver did it. I don't know if Randy knows how. He's so accustomed to intimidating hitters, and he can't do it anymore.

0510, 12:30 PM -- Here are some snips about Game 1 from the New York papers. Enjoy!

Joel Sherman, New York Post
Slowly all Randy Johnson's weapons are oozing away. His fastball, his menace and precision have all degenerated. But most disturbing of all is the absence of anything resembling a fight.

He lost more than the strike zone and a game last night. Before a full house that included George Steinbrenner, Johnson lost his nerve. He sure appeared like a guy who wanted nothing to do with being 60 feet, six inches away from the Red Sox. And we are all going to love to hear how that is Jorge Posada's fault. ...

Joe Torre alibied for his pitcher in the aftermath of a humiliating 14-3 loss to Boston, saying the defeatist body language was "frustration" not surrender. Thus, Torre had more spin than any of Johnson's sliders. ...

What can the Yanks now think they are getting in 2007? Johnson took a step back from being an ace last year. This season he looks as if he is sliding further down the rotation hierarchy. At this rate, he will be Jesse Orosco next season. ...

In both the third and fourth innings, Johnson was set up for big damage by being unable to subdue eighth and ninth hitters Dustan Mohr and Alex Gonzalez, the kind of batters he had spent his career overwhelming. Johnson was booed vehemently off the mound in the fourth, and it was only partially about the numbers.

Johnson has no goodwill here. He is a snarling outsider who came for the money. And the fans could sense that when the going got tough last night, Johnson got timid; afraid of the strike zone, afraid of the Red Sox. The Yankee faithful might be able to accept him as less than an ace, but not as the Small Unit.
Jon Heyman, Newsday
An open letter to Randy Johnson:

Perhaps you were on to something when you recently said you'd "walk away" if you could no longer pitch like you used to.

If you think about it, retirement to your home in awfully idyllic-sounding Paradise Valley, Ariz., offers you a lot of pluses. ...

There are no teammates to let you down, to fumble grounders and to drop fly balls. You and I know who I mean, Randy. Yes, Alex Rodriguez, who makes more than you (the indignity of it all!), and that famed Triple-A stalwart Melky "Shaky" Cabrera, who teamed up to sabotage you in your 14-3 defeat last night.

In Paradise Valley, there are no pitching coaches to annoy you, no ill-informed writers to rip you, no nosy cameramen to snap your picture. ...

If you left, you'd never again have to deal with, listen to or see Jorge Posada, Joe Torre, Charlie Reliford, big hitters like Mark Loretta and Alex Gonzalez, tabloid writers, the clubhouse rubdown guy, or anyone else you'd normally care to blame for making you look bad last night. ...

You've had your Hall-of-Fame career. You've had great moments, many against the Yankees, and practically none for them.

This is no time, 20 years in, to start injecting Rick Ankiel moments, Randy. You have to know that.

The one and only reason for you to stay would be to collect all the loot you have coming to you. Since you probably came here for the green stuff, anyway, the guess here is you ignore my advice - and your own promise and you keep pitching.
Murray Chass, New York Times
After the debacle at Yankee Stadium last night, the Yankees will invoke in mind and matter tonight the baseball cliche that momentum is as good as the next game's pitcher. Or how about the one that the baseball season is not a sprint but a marathon? Or the one that says one game is just that — one game, one-162nd of the season. ...

[Those cliches] had better be right and meaningful in order for the Yankees to have hope for the rest of the season, because the Yankees played a game last night that would be enough to bury a team of mere mortals.

The game would have been bad enough had the Yankees played the Tampa Bay Devil Rays or the Kansas City Royals. But they played the Red Sox, their archrivals, the team that lives for their death, the team whose chief executive labeled them the Evil Empire.

The Empire did not look so evil last night. Ugly, but not evil. The Empire wore no clothes. With no clothes, the Empire was ugly, oh so ugly.
Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant
Johnson will be 44 when his contract expires at the end of the 2007 season, and it has grown clearer through the first six weeks of 2006 that the Big Unit is an intimidating legend of yore.

The present-day Randy Johnson is not nearly as menacing.

The 2006 Johnson is hittable for righthanders.

The 2006 Johnson doesn't scare lefties to tears anymore.

And the 2007 version doesn't figure to get any more frightening. ...

The Yankees had averaged 9.3 runs through Johnson's first seven starts, and there have been times when it looked like he has needed all 9.3. ...

If this was a statement game, then Johnson's statement is this after allowing seven runs, albeit only two earned: I'm no longer the dominant pitcher in the game. Not even close. ... Johnson can't overpower his way out of trouble anymore. ...
George King, New York Post
On a night when the Yankees were Coyote Ugly, it wasn't hard to spot the most unattractive man in pinstripes. Randy Johnson could be midget and he would have stood out because he was putrid. ... In Johnson's last five starts, he is 3-2 with a hefty 7.09 ERA. During 26.2 innings, he has allowed 30 hits, 14 walks and notched 16 strikeouts.

If his name wasn't Randy Johnson and the Yankees weren't paying him $16 million this year and next, Scott Proctor would replace Johnson in the rotation and nobody would growl. But he is who he is, and that's too much money for a long reliever, so Johnson will remain in the rotation - and remain the Yankees' biggest worry.
Mike Lupica, New York Daily News
The Yankees, who often buy the past, thought they were getting the old Randy Johnson, the one who started Game 6 of the 2001 World Series and finished Game 7. They thought they were getting the lefthanded Roger Clemens, thought it wouldn't matter that he was old the way it didn't matter that Clemens was old and he got here after winning all those games somewhere else. Sometimes it works out when the Yankees pay you all that money for what you used to be. Not with Johnson. Not now in New York, maybe not ever. He is just another pitcher now. The idea that the old Johnson is going to show up any day is getting older by the day, the way he is. Big Unit last night at the Stadium? Not even close. Big Mess is more like it.
Steve Politi, Newark Star-Ledger
Johnson was all over the map in this one. He threw 92 pitches to 21 batters, nine times reaching a three-ball count. He fell behind guys like Wily Mo Pena and Dustan Mohr like they were Gehrig and Ruth. ... A-Rod tried his darnedest [to absolve Johnson], but he wasn't exactly convincing when he mused that Johnson "maybe he probably would have thrown a shutout or something" had he made the play in the third inning.

Johnson wouldn't have thrown a shutout against a Little League team, or even the Kansas City Royals, the way he pitched in this one. Taken alone, maybe the Yankees could dismiss this as one in 162, a night to forget. But they have to know something is very wrong with their supposed ace. ...

A new sign that Johnson isn't what he once was seems to pop up every start. In the fourth inning, light-hitting Mark Loretta came to the plate with runners on second and third and two outs. Johnson quickly fell behind 3-0 in the count to a guy with a lifetime .075 average against him, and that wasn't the surprising part.

Boston manager Terry Francona gave Loretta the green light, and he lined the pitch from Johnson down the left-field line for a two-run single.
Bob Herzog, Newsday
There was a good reason why George Steinbrenner left last night's game after only seven innings. The Boss had seen enough.

"What did you think of the game?" a writer yelled at Steinbrenner as he was about to get into his blue Lincoln Town Car outside the press entrance at Yankee Stadium at 9:50. Then he stopped briefly and barked, "What'd you think of the game?" To emphasize his displeasure, Steinbrenner pointed at the trio of writers and repeated, "What'd you think of it?"

As an angry Steinbrenner was climbing into the rear seat of his car, a Newsday reporter shouted, "Are you a little upset at Randy?" The Boss stopped again. "I'm upset at a lot of them," he snapped, then so there was no mistaking one of his targets, added a closing statement. "The third baseman!"
Mike Vaccaro, New York Post
That's the way of Alex Rodriguez' world, of course. He wasn't the only blight last night, the only reason why Yankees fans had indigestion as they left Yankee Stadium after watching the Red Sox lay a 14-3 pasting on the Yankees. A-Rod carries a Grade-A persecution complex on his back like a set of wrought-iron shoulder pads, but there's never anything about the Yankees that's completely his fault.

It just seems that way sometimes. ... [T]here is always something extra special about the struggles of Alex Rodriguez, especially against the Red Sox, because it is his fate and his destiny. That is the way he is forever going to be judged. These are the games that define him, that will always define him.

And so last night, with a chance to end the third inning with a routine ground ball, Rodriguez let David Ortiz dribbler eat him up, then couldn't find the ball, then couldn't throw Ortiz out, and before long three unearned runs came trotting home and Johnson's night took a permanent turn for the worst.

There was another error later on. There was another ultra-soft 0-for-3 collar, dropping his batting average to .259. ...

On a night that was a complete washout for just about everyone involved, Rodriguez should have just blended in with the rest of the banana peels. But that's not the way it works for Rodriguez. He's never been a blender. He's the red sleigh on a mountain of untouched snow, the yellow jacket in a glee club of blue jackets. He stands out. He always has. He always will.

And in this series, this rivalry, that will be the case forever - partly because he was almost a Red Sox player, partly because last year he won a close MVP battle with David Ortiz, a race that was too close to call the whole way and one that many people still think went the wrong way. Naturally, last night, Ortiz seemed to break out of a terrible slump. A-Rod had his 0-fer.
John Harper, New York Daily News
All we know for sure is that A-Rod failed the Yankees again at an important moment, this time with his glove instead of his bat. And so you begin to wonder if he is ever going to win over this town, no matter what kind of numbers he puts up, or how many MVP awards he wins.

You begin to wonder if he is ever going to do something big to beat the Red Sox. They seem to bring out the worst in him, which is why Yankee fans are always ready to boo him at their first opportunity, as they did last night.

It has nothing to do with the money, either. This town gave A-Rod a hero's welcome upon his arrival, and New Yorkers wanted to love him as much as they love Derek Jeter. But you can't fool the fans. They know who produces in the clutch and who doesn't.

It's not as if A-Rod has never delivered for the Yankees. It's just that the failures have been so much more memorable: the 1-for-17 on his first trip to Fenway as a Yankee; the silent bat over the final four games of the 2004 ALCS, the historic collapse against the Sox; the double-play ground ball in the ninth inning last October against the Angels.

His glove has been good, except for that ground ball against the Red Sox early last season with the bases loaded. And now two errors last night, including the big one in the third inning, to go with an 0-for-3 night at the plate. ...

The good news for the game's highest-paid player is that there are always chances to redeem himself against the Red Sox, win his way back into The Boss' heart. Two more games in this series. Still 17 more to play against them this season.

Surely it has to change at some point, doesn't it? ...

0510, 11:30 AM -- Game 1 is a laugher ... with season highs in runs (14) and hits (16).

Facing a lineup with a collective .176 career batting average against him, Randy Johnson lasted only 3.2 innings -- his shortest outing against the Sox since September 7, 1991. He walked five batters for the first time in almost four years. His ERA this season is now 5.01. ... Jon Heyman of Newsday suggests that Johnson retire -- now!

And although yesterday's New York Post suggested the Yankee pitchers should "DROP PAPI"
The Yankees have to droppy Papi. They need to brush the beast back. They need to pick out one of David Ortiz' chins and let a little music dance across the whiskers. And they need to do this immediately. ...

It's been three-plus years now, and it's time. Look, Ortiz has battered and butchered American League pitching of every stripe, rank and pedigree ... And in The Bronx, he is otherworldly. ...

Part of that is sheer skill, of course. Part of that is confidence. Part of that is the nervous buzz that fills Yankee Stadium - a nice bookend to the electric jolt that consumes Fenway Park - whenever Ortiz digs in 60 feet, six inches away from a Yankee hurler.

And that's the problem. That's what's maddening. If Ortiz were any more comfortable at the plate, he'd bring a chaise lounge, a pitcher of Pina Coladas and a couple of Cuban cigars with him to the batter's box. If he were any more settled in, he'd hang a badminton net on the grass.
there was no chin music.

Johnny Damon now says the poor reception he received at Fenway Park was "pretty vicious". Maybe it would have been less harsh if he had kept his yap shut all winter. Also, no word on what he thought about the Yankee Stadium yahoos booing Randy Johnson last night.

Alright, I admit it, sometimes when Curt Schilling runs his mouth, I like it. On Yankees fans:
They don't like us, and they're not shy about expressing their dislike for us. Part of the experience of pitching here, for me, is the fans. I know they are waiting with baited breath for that first mess-up. If you're a Yankee, they're phenomenal fans. They're not stupid - well, most of them are. ... [T]hey love their team, and they hate everybody else. And in a nutshell, that's Red Sox fans, too. That's the beauty of playing there.
and on the Gotham media:
Most of the guys and gals that write [in New York] are such horrific hacks anyway ... I mean, seriously, I've played in a couple of cities before coming to Boston, and the dredge of the places that I played in respect to the media, the people who wrote there have left those cities and come here, and they write here now.

0509, 3:00 PM -- Josh Beckett returns to Yankee Stadium for the first time since Game 6 of the 2003 World Series (October 25), as do former Marlins Mike Lowell and Alex Gonzalez.

The last out, that was the most exciting moment, the most exciting time of them all. It was almost like a surreal feeling. It took a good, solid three weeks or so for that to go away.
Beckett Stats:
                IP   H  ER BB  K  HR HBP  ERA
1st 3 starts 21 16 3 6 12 0 0 1.29
last 3 starts: 16 16 17 10 11 6 3 9.56
The Red Sox have called up lefty Mike Holtz for the New York series, sending Manny Delcarmen back to Pawtucket.

The Yankees put Garry Sheffield on the 15-day DL. ... Also the Post suggests the New York pitchers throw at David Ortiz.

Roger Clemens will decide by mid-June if he will pitch this season, and one subplot to this series is that both Boston and New York are in the running.

In The Bronx.
New York 18 11 .621 --
Boston 19 12 .613 --
Toronto 16 14 .533 2.5
Baltimore 14 19 .424 6.0
Tampa Bay 13 19 .406 6.5
Tuesday, May 9 - Red Sox 14, Yankees 3
Wednesday, May 10 - Yankees 7, Red Sox 3
Thursday, May 11 - Red Sox 5, Yankees 3


Danie said...

I thought I read somewhere that they were thinking about having Clement in there somewhere instead of Wakefield?? I could totally be wrong of course...

redsock said...

today's papers said clement would pitch on friday against the rangers -- curt and wake will go on normal rest.

suzy lux said...

haha, johnny's gonna get booed at home too ;D

Jack Marshall said...

Permit me a word on Lenny. That was NOT a slot-saving performance today. Anytime you walk 4 straight, you are lucky to stay in the game, much less win. And that error shows that he's too tight...can't deal with the pressure. The Sox got him an early lead and the O's are stinking, so he got a win. I wasn't impressed.

I have no objection to DiNardo as a lefty long-reliever...soft tossing lefties often take a while to get grounded. But he's not a 5th starter for a team with championship aspirations.

Peter N said...

Agreed, Jack. 100% . I think most of us realize that.

Devine said...

I'll be there tomorrow night. I hope Beckett will be, too.

Zeke Hunkaburning said...

‘He just got a little bit out of wack . . .”

- Tito Francona, on Josh Beckett -

Josh Beckett’s next three or four starts may prove telling about what kind of pitcher we have on our hands, a potential Ace, or an Ace in a hole, and I don’t mean the ace in the hole so desirable to be holding in a poker game. Hopefully, Beckett’s competitive nature will win out and he will rise to the occasion and master pitching in the American League’s highly competitive East.

After a great start, Beckett’s ERA has run helter skelter up the ladder at an alarming rate of speed. Like some other Red Sox pitchers, he’s caught base-on-ballitis, and half of the freebie base runners he’s allowed have scored. When he hits ‘em with a pitch, they score then too.

Always a gamer for a good quote, Beckett tells the Globe’s Chris Snow, “Pitching against the Yankees is no different. Except they are maybe the best of the best.”

That’s kind of like saying, “Military intelligence is an oxymoron, except when it isn’t.”

Both teams enter the series pretty hot with the Yankees on a 5 game win streak and the Sox on a 4 game streak, although the yanks are 8 – 2 in their last ten while the Sox are 6 – 4.

The Sox bats really came alive at Fenway, and it will be interesting to see if our boys can maintain that batting prowess with the towering Mr. Johnson on the mound in the Bronx. RJ’s lanky old bag of bones can be rattled these days, especially if you get to him early and often. Still, despite RJ’s ERA being a whooping 0.16 runs higher than Beckett’s, Johnson brings 5 wins and 2 loss to the game while Beckett’s record has remained 3 – 1. Johnson’s stayed in games longer too logging 43 innings to Beckett’s 37.

New York’s Mr. Big Unit owned the Red Sox last year, going 5 – 0, 3 – 0 in New York. This year’s 5 -2 record with a 5.02 ERA reflects the fact that Big U. enjoys the most run support in MLB with over 10 runs per game, scored behind him, another factor to considering, if you like considering statistics.

These two competitors should bring an interesting intensity to the game, as if a Yankee Red Sox game would need any added intensity.

Millstone or Milestone?

Of worth noting, Joe Torre passed a milestone in his career Sunday, winning his 1000 game as manager of the Yankees. That stint includes six pennants and four World Series championships. To paraphrase Bob Lobel, “Why can’t we get managers like that?”

Front Page Pedro

A wonderful, long, front page article in today’s NYT about Pedro and his passion for gardening on his mini-estate in Connecticut, his new wife, whom he met while she was at BC, his three 3-month old puppies, and his life off the mound.

Grist for the Mill/Subplot to the Season Department

In the GftM and SttS department, nothing new to report.

suzy lux said...

oh so now bostondirtdogs want us to boo jd.

James M. Cole said...

Dirt Dogs suck. Since the Globe bought it, it's just another arm of the Globe/NY Times/ machine. Way out of touch with the fans.

Zenslinger said...

Thanks for the runs, A-Rod.

I only saw this game keeping up with the box score online. Did anyone watch it? Devine, was it divine to sit in a quiet Yankee Stadium?

Johnson got away without earning many runs, but what was with the walks and the wild pitches? Is he hurt? No big surprise if he gives up some homers, but wildness?

Nice to see Gonzalez get his whacks in.

Zeke Hunkaburning said...

Well, Beckett showedup and done good. I was watching on TV and the Stadium looked half empty at game time? Unit? Eck was flubbergasted at Big's un-performance. To putit, politely RJ looked discombombulated, and A-rod's errors didn't help. A-Gon got it on, though, and that was good. Nice slide, Papi! Strange game, all and all, but a win is a win, and a win over there is a big win, so we'll take it. No walks, that is big, and no errors again, with some good infielding with a nice scoop outta the dirt by Youk. How was it in person, Devine?

Jack Marshall said...

Saw the game on YES. Boy, did I love it:

I loved how Michael Kay and O'Neill were knocking the Sox N.L. imports, saying that "the numbers may look good, but when you get to this league they may just not be there," and then Loretta AND Lowell AND Gonzalez nailed them. [Maybe Gonzalez IS the big game player everybody said he was. This was really his first big game. He had a key AB against Unit, working a walk, then a big single, then the homer...loved it!]Loved ARod making two errors (the second one, a bad hop on a bullet by Lowell, should have been a hit); Loved Damon going 0-4, loved the defense (great plays by Lowell, Youk, Wily Mo.)Loved Manny's ABs...he looks really locked in, and Ortiz beating out a hit and then scoring from second ahead of Matsui's throw. ABSOLUTELY loved the Yankee broadcasters setting up the Sox as a weak offensively, a "contact team that has to move the runners along" ...PLEASE!!!!...and having the Sox then CLOBBER the ball like the last three years. And LOVED LOVED LOVED the Yankee fans showing their true character (A-holes!)booing a Hall of Fame pitcher who had a bad night.

Oh...Beckett, once he got thru his usual early inning shakes, was terrific.

The bottom line is that the Sox have been without a key player for a month, have no 5th starter, with their catcher not hitting much, their offensive gun at DH starting slow and their shortstop and second-baseman in slumps, and they're in first.


As for the Pinstripes, everyone acted like they were a jugggernaut because they beat up on the Rangers, who are not very good and were riding for a fall.

Oh...Kay and Kaat went on about how well Tanyon Sturtz was throwing after he had just one out, whereupon he fell apart. And Ron Guidry, who in middle age really looks like a character out of "Deliverance," sat through the last four innings with his head in his hands.

So much to love!!!

Devine said...

Wonderful game to be at. Quite the introduction as far as live Yankees-Red Sox goes. Morons booing Randy Johnson. Idiots.

Man, did the nine-year-old in front of me give me shit when Giambi hit that home run. It was cool, though. We were friends by the 4th inning (his caretakers and he left in the 5th when it started to get really awesome/ugly).

Something you probably didn't see at home: Manny, on deck, (during a pitching change, I think--Small?) doing some practice swings and absolutely flinging the bat over his shoulder on one of the backswings. He looked a little sheepish even from several hundred feet away.

Thank you, A-Rod! Thank you, Melky Cabrera! Thank you, Johnny "0-fer-the-Red-Sox" Damon.

Thank you, Mike Lowell! That leaping grab on the chopper was something else. Thank you, Wily Mo! That was some catch. And thanks, Manny, for hitting one out in my first Yankees-Sox game.

Jack Marshall said...

One more little thing...nothing shows how ridulously lucky the Yanks were to tie the Sox last season than Aaron Small's performance. This guy went 10-0???? That's beyond's wierd. And it continues to irk the hell out of me every time some clown talks about the Yankees "winning the East" for the 8th straight year because the calendar didn't allow a play-off. If the division title is supposed to mean something, then there has to be a play-off. If no play-off, then the season is just a seeding method, and there's no title. The two teams had the same record, and the Red Sox did NOT finsh second...they just got the Wild Card slot in the play-off seeding because of an arbtrary tie-breaker. GRRRRRRR....

Sean O said...

I was there. It was magical.

Not the park, which is built like a fortress designed as a "screw you" to the poor fans who have to watch games there. And certainly not the "mystique and aura" of the Yankees, with their 3 errors, their roided up cleanup hitter, or their poorly thought out chants (I heard someone say "heh, that's Wily Mo Strikeout". Come on people, Wily Mo Punchout is far, far better.), or their classiest player throwing a helmet at an umpire.

The good guys were brilliant, and it was as much fun as I've had at a game. Wonderful, wonderful experience.

redsock said...

So lovely to wake up, walk along the Pacific Ocean (we are now in the northern beach town of Huanchaco), find an internet cafe and see the laugher of a score. Great comments, too, about the crowd (esp. Jack on the YES Morons)!

Having a great time, but I'm really missing this team. I'll be back for the game on the 17th.

Zeke Hunkaburning said...

WOW! Baseball fans are beginning to scare me!!!

Read this first person account of Red Sox fans sitting in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium, wearing red, Red Sox shirts, for last night's game.

Zeke Hunkaburning said...

Woops, that link did not wrap:


That's better.

Jere said...

Great coverage as usual, BUT, did you just call the Hartford Courant a New York paper? Hartford's in New England, home of one team, the Boston Red Sox. (We CT natives are a little picky about this stuff). I'm surprised Peter N. let that one go...

I'm in the Bronx for Game 2.

s1c said...

can't believe you called the Courant a NY paper. The filing cabinet city takes great pride in being right down the middle of these two teams and right down the middle between the two cities. Jacobs is usually pretty good though.

redsock said...

jeez, sorry.

i guess i should have said "tri-state area papers".

tj said...

Hmmm... I wonder what Joe "I was a little disappointed by the reaction of the crowd" Torre thought about the reaction of his fans to a current player on the home team. CLASSY!

Jack Marshall said...

That was a shame…it wouldn’t have taken much for the Sox to really put
the Yankees in a funk tonight. Three really bad Schilling mistakes to Giambi, ARod and Posada in the midst of a lot of good pitches; Varitek failing in a bases-loaded situation when Mussina was on the ropes; Manny fouling off a meatball from Procter. I watched the game on YES again…these guys are unbelievable. O’Neill explains how Mussina’s array of pitches has Ortiz “swinging defensively…he can’t wait and whale on a fastball.” WHAM! Moose throws a fastball that Ortiz hits in the upper deck! Kaat, after Lowell’s homer and last night’s pasting, actually says AGAIN that Willie Harris is symbolic of the new Red Sox…“they’ll be bunting, stealing bases”…Yeah, right. Morons!!! I worked out the projection of runs for the Sox at the current rate, which figures to improve: 880.
Later Manny catches a fly to make two outs and runs in a few steps, so the YES trio concludes that he forgot the number of outs in the inning and launch a lecture from O’Neill about how the Indians are at fault for Manny “never learning how to play the game right.” In the 8th, Johnny Damon does EXACTLY the same thing except it’s clear he forgot the number of outs because he turned and checked the scoreboard. No lecture for Johnny!

I switched back and forth with ESPN guys (I cannot stand Chris Berman) and caught Morgan pointing out that Cano was positioned in the Ortiz shift so far out that he wouldn’t be able to throw out Ortiz on a typical ground ball. Sure enough, Ortiz hits one right at him and beats it out.

This game was an example of Francona’s periodic denseness. I know center in the Bronx is tough, but why not give Wily Mo a shot at taking Mussina deep? I’ve seen enough of Harris…he looks like a Double A hitter to me. The new Dave Roberts? He isn’t even the new Dwayne Hosey…he makes Alex Gonzalez look like Wade Boggs.

suzy lux said...

moose pitched really well. too bad curt couldn't have kept pace.
in the post game they brought up whether or not the 133-pitch game he threw before has had an effect on him.

lol, they think willie harris is symbolic of the new red sox? that's pretty funny.

Devine said...

The A-Rod homer was clutch (my very being trembles against writing that sentence). Curt looks to keep the game tied, strikes out the first couple batters, pitches inside to A-Rod, then he hits the go-ahead and it unravels from there.

On the bright side, it makes the classless NY fans who booed him look (even more) like complete assbuckets.

And the bullpen (minus Holtz) held it down really well for the Sox.

Jere said...

The most ridiculous thing in sports is how those cretins at yankee Stadium ever have the nerve to talk about "class."

And you don't even get the New York local TV stations up in Hartford. "Tri-state" covers my old stomping grounds of Fairfield County, and a little beyond, but not all the way up to Hartford. I'm just sayin'.

Zenslinger said...

Reading that account of the Yankee fans enraged me. Would only be angrier to hear about such crap in our own park. Not one fucking Yankee fan could stand up and tell those idiots it was enough? If I was at Fenway and heard that kind of crap towards a female Yankee fan I hope I would have the nuts to say something.

The booing of Johnson and A-Rod is a shame. When I try to think objectively about why I dislike Yankee fans, it's this kind of thing. People were howling for Johnson's head last year after a bad outing or two, that he be taken out of the rotation. He ends up leading the team in wins, IP, etc. What the hell did they think, the rare air of Yankee stadium was going to take ten years off of him?

redsock said...

a further clarification -- what i meant was "new york yankee press", shortened to ¨"new york papers".

when i mention "boston press", i would include hartford and projo in that group, because i see them as red sox press, since they have beat writers cover the sox.

that's all.

jack, i wish we could get transcripts of game broadcasts, so insane people (like me) could archive exactly how dumb these announcers are.

do you get yes as part of the mlb package or are you in their broadcast area? i forget.

Jack Marshall said...

Redsock...I get YES a lot on the DIRECT TV MLB package when the Sox play the Yanks. O'Neill is a terrible homer..really inexcusable. I kind of like the Yankees radio team, though, I must admit. Partisan, but generally tough and fair....and distinctive!... with a woman in the mix.