May 30, 2007

G52: Cleveland 8, Red Sox 4

Paul Byrd (3.81, 113 ERA+) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (4.43, 100 ERA+)

David Ortiz will be back in the lineup tonight!

Q: Does Byrd belong on the All-Animal Team even though he spells his name with a "y"? Laura says Yes. I'm not so sure. (Do nicknames count (e.g., Richard Michael Gossage, Richard Paul Burleson and Frederick Stanley McGriff)?)

The All-Animal Team:

P: Doug Bird, Steve Trout, Randy Wolf, Jim Panther, Dean Crow, Bob Moose, George Haddock, Moses J. Yellow Horse (really)
C:
1B: Jimmie Foxx (?)
2B: Nellie Fox
3B: Mike Lamb
SS: Bobby Sturgeon
OF: Tim Salmon
OF: Kevin Bass
OF:
DH: Rob Deer

104 comments:

efd927-google said...

long-time reader, first-time commenter...
How about John Buck for catcher?

Jere said...

Is this a last-name only all-animal team?

Jere said...

You could throw Jay Gibbons into that third outfield spot, if you accept plurals. Or add Joe Gibbon (1960-1972) to the staff.

Zenslinger said...

In college we threw a party we called Insane Fauna.

We served:

Wild Turkey whiskey
Crazy Horse malt liquor
Mad Dog fortified wine

Ugh, does not sound appetizing, does it?

Jere said...

Two borderline guys I thought of, who, interestingly, both have "oe" in their names:

Ron Oester and Joe "Don't Call Me Beaver" Boever.

Allen said...

I think Gossage should be allowed, since he was primarily known by his nickname.

Jere said...

--which he got because of Goose Goslin, who'd also have to be in.

"He don't wanna walk you!"

Vancouver Boston Boy said...

If nicknames count, include Dick "Ducky" Schofield (Red-Sox '69 and '70).

Jere said...

That would open a whole new can of worms. Hey, Fred "Wormfood" Worthington! Just kidding.

L-girl said...

Nicknames definitely count! And first names are fine too.

Signed, the team-name adjudicator.

***

Nellie Fox is also on my all-girl team, along with Babe Ruth, Pete Rose, Alex Cora, Mark Loretta, Mark Grace, a host of others...

L-girl said...

Gibbons, that's a great one! I like the insane fauna, too. Although at this point in my life, if I attended the party, it would my last.

L-girl said...

Buck, I never would have thought of that, oh strangely named efd927-google.

redsock said...

Is this a last-name only all-animal team?

No. Pitcher Robin Roberts.

...

Goose Gossage, Rabbit Maranville.

redsock said...

1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Jason Varitek, c
8. Alex Cora, SS
9. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

Cleveland
1. Grady Sizemore, CF
2. Casey Blake, 3B
3. Travis Hafner, DH
4. Ryan Garko, 1B
5. Trot Nixon, RF
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. David Dellucci, LF
8. Josh Barfield, 2B
9. Kelly Shoppach, C

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Tery: Lugo is out, so who should lead off? Hmmmm ...
Coco? .298 OBP
Pedroia? .391 OBP
...
Clearly, Coco is the right choice.

L-girl said...

Mark Fidrych, obviously.

s1c said...

Since you are accepting nicknames you have to have the old Dodger Fred (The Weasel) Bessent.

Am surprised Manny is playing, I figured that with the last place Yankees (god I love saying that) coming into town he would give him a night off to get ready for them.

redsock said...

I disagree on Fidrych. He was not called the Bird in the way that Gossage was called Goose.

If we allow Fidrych, don't we have to allow Fred McGriff and Rick Burleson?

redsock said...

Can I get a 15.5 from the congregation? Praise Papi.

Jess said...

How about Catfish Hunter?

redsock said...

We probably could do a All-Fish team.

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CaKeY said...

Andre "The Hawk" Dawson
Jim "Catfish" Hunter
Fernando "El Toro" Valenzuela
Ron "The Penguin" Cey
Mo "Hit Dog" Vaughan
Fred "Crime Dog" McGriff

redsock said...

Oral H on ESPN: "Sizemore brings the intangibles to the park every day and that's why the Indians can ham and egg it."

WTF?????????

redsock said...

Orel, that is.

redsock said...

Noodle - HR. 1-0 Chokers.

Hey Jays: Make Gibbons apologize!!!!!

phrenile said...

Loving Trot Nixon with the dp, the embedded Red Sox.

redsock said...

GIDP from Nixon gets Dice out of trouble.

Let's go bats!!

s1c said...

4 - 0 MFY

redsock said...

coco.

redsock said...

MFY out of the 1st, ready to blow their 5-0 lead.

s1c said...

I want to be like Mikey!!!!! We need the big hit here Tek.

redsock said...

dumb gamble from lowell, but an amazing avoidance of the tag.

redsock said...

One of my favorite nicknames from the 19th Century: Chicken Wolf.

L-girl said...

Andre "The Hawk" Dawson
Jim "Catfish" Hunter
Fernando "El Toro" Valenzuela
Ron "The Penguin" Cey
Mo "Hit Dog" Vaughan
Fred "Crime Dog" McGriff


They all count.

Andres Gallaraga, the Big Cat

Nicknames count, spelling variations count.

Come on, that's the rules!

And we just saw Ducky Medwick in an ESPN screen graphic.

L-girl said...

Coco can be on the all-beverage team, and the all-cereal team. It might be kinda lonely, tho.

Jackie said...

22 game streak!

I wish I could Youk it up, but I am at lab and would attract some seriously strange looks.

redsock said...

Anyone else suffering with ESPN?

Orel Hershiser and Steve Phillips are engaged in an epic battle -- trying to out-cliche and out-moron each other. This one is going to go down to the wire.

redsock said...

Jays gets 2 in the 3rd, MFY 5-2.

Happy Birthday MANNY!!!

redsock said...

Jays still batting in 3rd, bases loaded, two outs ...

...

fly out. boo.

chokers 5-2 after 3

The Frenkels said...

5-3 MFY after 4. Just one run per inning, Toronto! We must win this game to push it over 15! (Remember when 8.5 seemed like a lot?)

redsock said...

jays get a run in the 4th, trail 5-3.

redsock said...

Orel: "Manny can be lazy out there, but he threw a laser that time."

Dan Shulman: "That wasn't Manny being Manny at all. That was a heads-up play."

GOD I HATE THESE FUCKING FUCKERS.

Jere said...

That pisses me off that they're allowed to say that shit. Glad I'm not watching on ESPN.

If you include nicknames, we could go on all night. But I'll throw in the Hit Dog, Mo Vaughn, and the Big Cats, Andres Galarraga and Johnny Mize.

Jere said...

And the Chicken Man Boggs, and Fred Chicken Stanley.

Jere said...

TB 6 outs away from keeping the Yanks at best tied for last.

redsock said...

Catfish Hunter is one thing -- that's what he was called 95% of the time, like that was his first name. Mo Vaughn was called Mo Vaughn, not Hit Dog Vaughn.

So bzzzzt to Hit Dog and the like.

...

Good night for a walk off!

Jere said...

Okay--but Fidrych, he really was called "The Bird" a lot. Not like people said "Bird Fidrych is on the hill," but they might just answer your query as to who's going for the Pawsox with a simple "The Bird."

What can I do to put you in a Jeff Burroughs today?

Jere said...

2 in the seventh, 2 in the eighth, 2 in the ninth on the Papi walkoff.

redsock said...

If you go to a player's Baseball Reference page and his nickname is given as his main playing name, then it counts.

Without looking, I'll bet Catfish and Goose are there, but Fidrych and Burleson have their birth names.

redsock said...

tek and cora - so far so good.

Jere said...

Big rallies in both games! Two pitching changes at once.

redsock said...

3 singles to start the sox 7th. loaded and no outs. we need *at least* 2 runs.

redsock said...

6-5 mfy!!!

ODawg said...

Wow, the '87 Cubs had a Bull, a Ryno, a Hawk, a Mad Dog, and a Trout. (A Penguin the previous year and a Goose the next.

redsock said...

fuckin blake.

lets go yook. slam???

Jere said...

Tribe gets just what they want, popu p and K. Terrible. Thank Papi it's Papi now.

redsock said...

shit. just shit.

LOB-otomy.

redsock said...

oh nice romero.

a HR to fucking shopvac.

Jere said...

Cano gets caught stealing to end the top of the eighth. Jays down one. Rays have won...

Fall of Rome-ro right now at Fenway.

redsock said...

well this sucks.

go jays, go royals.

thatdietcokegirl said...

losing sucks. even when yr 12 games up on the second place team.
jc romero is useless as well. i want to lop his head off with a dull blade.

thatdietcokegirl said...

well this sucks.

go jays, go royals



exactly.

redsock said...

6 runs before we make 6 outs?

why not?

9casey said...

thatdietcokegirl said...
i want to lop his head off with a dull blade.


I was thinking maybe they will just relase him.

redsock said...

hey now!!!!

Jackie said...

Anyone else feel like every time we load the bases with NO outs, it's a virtual guarantee that we won't score? This has become something of an inside joke between my husband and me. Who has the stats?

I am apparently growing unaccustomed to this "losing" thing. 12 games up or not, I don't like it. Not one bit.

redsock said...

Anyone else feel like every time we load the bases with NO outs, it's a virtual guarantee that we won't score?

In 01-02, this happened all the time.

redsock said...

losing a game is one thing.

blowing multiple scoring chances and have pitchers allow a lot of crap is another.

thatdietcokegirl said...

I was thinking maybe they will just relase him.

psht. no mercy.

redsock said...

right. no mercy.

tho they can release his headless corpse! lips can go bowling with the head.

Jere said...

Anyone watching the Yanks game? A-Rod has been accused of out-bushleaguing even himself...

Jere said...

Pop up would've ended the ninth. Guy about to catch it, A-Rod runs past, between second and third, and the guy lets it land. Run scores. Guy starts yelling at A-Rod, accusing A-Rod of yelling "I got it!" as he runs past.

And now two more runs score. A-Rod cheats in baseball and in life.

redsock said...

ugh. jays let an inf pop drop. 10-5 mfy

redsock said...

stupid moron jay is a pro and should catch the fucking ball.

will the tabs proclaim this is the beginning of the yanks comeback? also curious how much ink the stray-rod story will get.

redsock said...

slappy broke no rule.

pros should be used to fans and people yelling.

redsock said...

the jays infielder whining and blaming april-rod is bush league.

imagine if yook yelled "i got it" and slappy dropped the ball, then started making excuses, pointing at yook.

we'd be laughing our asses off.

thatdietcokegirl said...

the stray-rod story is clearly a publicity distraction to imagize a-rod as being a partying, adulterous stud.
when he's just a loser. he cheats in baseball; his whole dimeanor and behaviour is lame and low. off with his head too ;)

Jackie said...

Actually, here's another one for you - what's the Sox record when the game is broadcast on ESPN? I feel like we've lost every damn game on the Worldwide Leader this year.

Jere said...

Aprod didn't break a rule, but that is a bushleague play--I just hate when I have to hear stuff like "we'll all be rooting for A-Rod to break the HR record in a few years because he's such a great guy." Maybe if the sneaky play on the field doesn't stop people from rooting for him, the cheating on his wife thing will.

If you're going for a pop up, and someone yells from the crowd, you should catch it. When you've got another fielder right near you, who's the shortstop, aka king of the infield, and *someone* calls you off in your ear, you have to step aside. But who knows what happened. But I'd bet money it was A-Rod.

thatdietcokegirl said...

magine if yook yelled "i got it" and slappy dropped the ball, then started making excuses, pointing at yook.

we'd be laughing our asses off.



yeah but that's yook. c'mon redsock! ;p xo

redsock said...

tdcg = the lizzy borden of rsn.

L-girl said...

You gotta include Fidrych! You just gotta!

I'm ok with throwing out Hit Dog and Crime Dog and even El Toro. But Goose, Catfish and Bird have to stay.

If you don't approve, you can file a grievance.

thatdietcokegirl said...

tdcg = the lizzy borden of rsn

hahah ;) she was innocent!

L-girl said...

tdcg = the lizzy borden of rsn.

If we call tdcg "lizzie", that would be a nickname for a nickname. :D

Vancouver Boston Boy said...

Has anyone said Steve Lyons yet? And does that count? (It's borderline for being spelled wrong, and plural.) And someone's probably already said Ken "Hawk" Harrelson.

thatdietcokegirl said...

tdcg = the lizzy borden of rsn.

If we call tdcg "lizzie", that would be a nickname for a nickname. :D


oh? ;p


brb my dad just got home.

(not really. really)

thatdietcokegirl said...

for the first time, i swear, i can't wait to play the yankees. bring. it. mf. on. ;D

Jackie said...

Okay, I had to know, so I looked it up - our record in nationally televised games:

ESPN: 4-4
4/2 v. KC: L
4/8 v. TX: W
4/20 v. NYY: W
4/22 v. NYY: W
5/17 v. DET: W
5/21 v. NYY: L
5/23 v. NYY: L
5/30 v. CLE: L

FOX: 2-1
4/14 v. LAA: W
4/21 v. NYY: W
4/28 v. NYY: L

We have lost four of our last five nationally televised games.

Vancouver Boston Boy said...

And I just found an 1880's catcher named Dave Beatle, but he spelled it wrong too.

redsock said...

I found an old paperback book in someone's trash in New York that was about the Borden case. Published in the early 60s maybe, traditional PB size with very small type.

Included a shit load of court transcripts and whatnot. I think the author felt one of the family's maids killed the parents.

thatdietcokegirl said...

We have lost four of our last five nationally televised games.

well i think everyone knows what i wanna do.

thatdietcokegirl said...

Included a shit load of court transcripts and whatnot. I think the author felt one of the family's maids killed the parents.

it's one of those 'never gonna get solved' cases. like jack the ripper. just too long ago, not enough evidence, etc. i personally don't think she did it. and if she did, she wasn't working alone. her sister and/or the maid was in on it too.

redsock said...

well i think everyone knows what i wanna do

???

redsock said...

sucky loss before a day off.

ah well ...

36-16 > 22-29

L-girl said...

Lyons totally counts.

I found an old paperback book in someone's trash

A little microcosm of Redsock there.

Lizzie Borden fans should read "Alias Grace". Terrific book. Plus Canadian.

G'night all. Can't wait for this weekend series! (Hooray for unemployment!)

thatdietcokegirl said...

well i think everyone knows what i wanna do

???


lol precisely!

damn. what is hotter than a woman in a full-length skirt brandishing an axe? for reals.

Jere said...

"what is hotter than a woman in a full-length skirt brandishing an axe?"

http://capefeare.com/capefeare25.jpg

(It took me a loooong time to find a pic of this!)

s1c said...

What digression this thread became. Lizzie Borden! With the loss tonight perfect symmetry - Home Record 18 - 8, Road Record 18 - 8.

thatdietcokegirl said...

What digression this thread became. Lizzie Borden! With the loss tonight perfect symmetry - Home Record 18 - 8, Road Record 18 - 8.

what, like, -chop-?

i guess LB still just pwns us, that's all...

jere, you just won the internet ;p

tim said...

redsock said...

[ultra italics] well i think everyone knows what i wanna do [/ultra i]

???

Wed May 30, 11:33:00 PM


hahaha glorious. i know i wanna lop some heads off. didnt see tonights game, but read these comments and sounds like romero was schitty again...

if i was putting together the sox pen (besides bot, of course) before the season i wouldve had (depth-wise):

Donnelly, Romero, Timlin, Okajima, Piniero

point being that romero was highly favored upon by me...not the case anymore, as i think he should get the snips. too many poor performances. when anyone else goes out there, even joel, i have the confidence in them that they'll get every batter out. i dont have that with JC, im sorry JC but ive been forsaken...:P


must sleep now, went to the pub for the hockey game and had a few pints. soooo incredibly tired. time to go play madden 2006 and try to win this game for the 4th time with the pats...stupid Chiefs in Franchise mode won't lose! [/mildly buzzed rant]

L-girl said...

what is hotter than a woman in a full-length skirt brandishing an axe?

Oh my.

tim said...

^that is why i shouldnt be allowed near a keyboard upon returning home from the bar. Oy. what a mindless ramble.

L-girl said...

^that is why i shouldnt be allowed near a keyboard upon returning home from the bar. Oy. what a mindless ramble.

We've seen worse. :)

And most of us have done worse. Goddess knows I have!

Glad you had a fun night.

tim said...

And most of us have done worse. Goddess knows I have!

lol, you're not the only one. that post was probably one of the tamest things ive done on a computer while wasted.

like the time that a package showed up at my house, about a week after a "fun night" and i had apparently ordered a wireless router online.

then of course there was my old blog, featuring many an alcohol-infused, curse-filled rant on people i went to highschool with...now if i ever wanted to lop off heads, theres a pack of low-grade morons who should be smashed in the face with a baseball bat swing similar to the final swing of game 4 in the 2004 alcs.