May 2, 2008

G31: Red Sox 7, Rays 3

Rays    - 000 010 200 - 3  7  0
Red Sox - 001 500 01x - 7 13 1
in the bottom of the fourth, with the Red Sox ahead 1-0, Mike Lowell struck out and Kevin Youkilis lined to shortstop. Two quick outs.

Then Brandon Moss homered to deep center field. Jason Varitek singled to center, Julio Lugo walked, Jacoby Ellsbury singled to left-center, scoring Varitek, then he stole second base, Dustin Pedroia singled to center and Lugo and Ellsbury scored, David Ortiz banged an RBI single through the shift, bringing Pedroia home -- and giving Boston a 6-0 lead.

With the run the Red Sox scored in the third inning -- on a one-out double from Lugo and a two-out double from Pedroia -- Boston had scored in consecutive innings for the first time since the second and third frames on Wednesday, April 23.

Buchholz (5.1-5-1-4-6, 96) had an eventful outing, but was able to work out of trouble. He walked the first two batters in the second, but got a strikeout, a fly out and an out at the plate (Moss to Tek) on a single. In the next inning, he allowed a single and a walk, then struck out the side. His only 1-2-3 inning was the fourth. Another leadoff walk, a double and a wild pitch brought in Tampa's first run.

Javier Lopez allowed a couple of runs in the seventh, but Manny Delcarmen got the final out (albeit after putting two runners on base). Hideki Okajima pitched a perfect eighth and Jonathan Papelbon threw a perfect ninth: 7 pitches, 7 strikes.

There was a 2:27 rain delay before the start of the game. ... Tampa was attempting to go five games over .500 for the first time in club history. ... Boston collected 13 hits and five walks -- but Manny Ramirez went 0-for-5, with three strikeouts.

***

Edwin Jackson (3.86, 110 ERA+) / Clay Buchholz (4.08, 109 ERA+)

Red Sox record when scoring:
4 runs or fewer: 4-11

5 runs or more: 13-2
Here's something I would not have believed five weeks ago:

"On May 2, Kevin Cash will have a higher OPS -- by almost 150 points -- than David Ortiz."
         OBP   SLG   OPS
Cash .395 .406 .801
Ortiz .301 .355 .656
Also: Julio Lugo is outslugging Mike Lowell .313 to .244.

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redsock said...

Iwamura, 2B
Crawford, LF
Gomes, DH
Pena, 1B
Longoria, 3B
Hinske, RF
Navarro, C
Gross, CF
Bartlett, SS

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Lowell, 3B
Youkilis, 1B
Moss, RF
Varitek, C
Lugo, SS

Bold Crazy-Assed Predictions:

1. We will have at least 2 runs by the end of the 3rd inning.

2. We will score 5 runs tonight.

3. And win: 5-3.

redsock said...

My top 10 search strings (# of times typed):

28 - roger clemens
22 - clemens stripper
16 - roger clemens stripper
12 - joy of sox
5 - roger clemens and stripper
3 - clemens affair
3 - everything he has done is geared to self-destruction, he said. it's like watching a lemming heading for the waves.
3 - mccready and clemens
2 - clemens roger stripper
2 - youtube pedroia

***

plus:
roger clements stripper
clemens affair stripper
stripper affair with roger clemens
stripper has affair with clemens
roger clemens stripper affair
roger clemens latest affair stripper
roger clemens affair stripper
clemens and stripper
stripper who had affair with roger clemens
roger clemens and the stripper

:>)

nick said...

What does that say about you, RS?

Sadly I'll probably miss this game too.

Jere said...

I'll go ahead and predict an 11-1 win.

redsock said...

Also at 7: Bedard/Wang at the Terlit.

ish said...

I'll make my usual second-half drop-in tonight. Enjoy the first half.

Pokerwolf said...

I'll go on the record for a 4-1 win.

tim said...

I'll go with a wet 6-2 victory. Gonna be a soggy one tonight at the fens.

redsock said...

What does that say about you, RS?

I guess it means that JoS comes up near the top of Clemens stories.

I'm glad to be the capital of TCM Hatred!

redsock said...

I'll post about this over the weekend, but L and I are going to Detroit to see the Sox for 3 games next week.

Cakey has ThreadSox up and running and is expecting you guys for the games. Or you can take a computer break and come back on Thursday night.

Jere said...

TC just said doubtful this game starts on time.

"I'm glad to be the capital of TCM Hatred!"

I won't go down without a fight!

phil said...

So those are referrer strings for JoS rather than searches you personally have typed into Google? Your comment's a little ambiguous.

Off to get my non-broken-ass laptop, but I'll be around later.

L-girl said...

Phil, they are referrer strings from Statcounter.

Glad to hear we may have a rain delay. I may just finish all my stuff before game time.

redsock said...

yeah, someone typed "clemens stripper" or whatever into a search engine and a list of sites came up -- jos was among them and they clicked.

redsock said...

Extra Bases:
"Red Sox officials just announced that the game is officially delayed past the 7 o'clock scheduled start time. Rain is expected to remain in the area for the next hour or so."

redsock said...

I guess I'll check out the MFY game.

redsock said...

Re the lemmings reference to Fat Billy:

"While many people believe that lemmings commit mass suicide when they migrate, this is not the case. ... The myth of lemming mass suicide is long-standing and has been popularized by a number of factors. In 1955, Carl Barks drew an Uncle Scrooge adventure comic with the title: The Lemming with the Locket. This comic, which was inspired by a 1954 National Geographic article, showed massive numbers of lemmings jumping over Norwegian cliffs.

"The suicide myth was further propagated by Walt Disney documentary White Wilderness in 1958 which includes footage of lemmings migrating and running head-long over a ledge.

"An investigation in 1983 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Brian Vallee, showed that the Disney film makers faked the entire sequence using imported lemmings (bought from Inuit children), a snow covered turntable on which a few dozen lemmings were forced to run, and literally throwing lemmings into the sea to show the alleged suicides."

tim said...

Finally out of tax season and i get a rain delay! Great!

redsock said...

Yankees #4 hitter tonight? ... Shelly Duncan!

bwwwhahahaha

redsock said...

Wheat Thins is slugging .222.

Sarah Gates said...

I wish EI didn't yank the feed the instant they hear the words "Rain Delay". I don't really want to listen to their muzak but I also want to watch the game as soon as it starts. (Assuming it does. What's the weather like up that way, anyone?)

Joe Grav said...

GRRR. I have to go to work at 8. GRRRR. Now I'm not going to get to see any of the game.

GRR.

redsock said...

Mariners go 1-2-3:
F9 (deepish RCF Ichiro)
1-3 (oops swing from lopez)
F7 (ibanez deep LF, shemp twisted around and got it)

redsock said...

OBP -- Right Now!

CI: .317
Lugo: .324

redsock said...

Shit, Duncan's OBP is higher than Jetes too! .318.

Plus he has 1 RBI.

redsock said...

MFY 1st:

M. Dud: F8
CI: E6
Abreu: bloop single, short LF
Duncan: K
Shemp: single, short LF, 1-0

redsock said...

HGH: 3-1.

Sea: 0
NYY: 1

If Girardi is going to have a .160 hitter bat cleanup, why not HGH?

redsock said...

No updates from the Globe or SoSH.

Joe Grav said...

NESN: 815-830ish window

L-girl said...

EI here has Hazel Mae. So I'm watching The Simpsons.

L-girl said...

You are telling me lemmings do not jump into the sea en masse? This is hard to believe. Wikipedia has been known to be wrong, you know. I will investigate a bit more.

L-girl said...

Snopes confirms the Wiki entry and has some pretty good-looking sources.

Wow. Another childhood myth busted! I like it.

The Arctic Studies Center also confirms it is a myth.

tim said...

and if i get drunk well, i'll pass out on the floor now baby

you won't bother me no more

if you're drinkin' well, you know that you're my friend and i say
i think i'll have myself a beer

ohh reel big fish, how you rock.

tim said...

tims random musical interlude up there...dammit, i was lookin forward to some gamethreading!

for the first time in 3+ weeks i dont have to work the next day. rain gods wont let me enjoy a nice game of baseball...damn you!

tim said...

Snopes is awesome

tim said...

Oh btw, not sure if i should email you this or not - but i'm confirming my attendance for the WMTC BBQ, June 7.

The wife and I will be attending.

L-girl said...

Excellent!

Email, comment, whatever works.

We can celebrate our birthdays together, I think they are right around the same time.

L-girl said...

Congratulations on making it through tax season. Can't you just gamethread later?

L-girl said...

Yes, Snopes IS awesome!

redsock said...

SEA: 00 -- 0 0 3
NYY: 12 -- 3 4 0

jeez.

Joe Grav said...

any updates

redsock said...

Globe has not updated since 6:46.

SoSH:

TFisNEXT:
Once this little batch moves out, I suspect they'll take the tarp off. It'll probably be like an 815-830 start if I had to guess.

Frisbetarian:
Maybe, but the rain seems to be coming from the northwest and there is a long strand coming from that direction. 45 and rainy at Fenway right now ...

Joe Grav said...

I called out of work, I'm gonna take advantage of this non-sox time to work on some of my final paper for imm. and wait for the sox to come on.

Jack Marshall said...

Bedard looks mediocre. Of the three stud pitchers the Sox could have picked up with a barrel of prospects, I figured one would shine, one would be a slight disappointment, and one would disappoint, if not outright suck like Zito. Too early to tell, of course, but early returns are that Haren is a great pick-up, Santana may not be, in fact, the best pitcher in the game (and hence not worth the U.S. Mint) and Bedard is in for a tough year.

L-girl said...

Hey Jack, see my comment in some earlier thread re Red Sox fans in Anchorage.

Jere said...

"So those are referrer strings for JoS rather than searches you personally have typed into Google?"

I understood what he meant--but maybe because I'm a blogger, too, and have been looking at these search strings for years? Is it possible non-bloggers don't know what the hell we're talking about when we do this stuff? I know L posts those a lot on her blog, too...

Tim has a "wife" and "cares about tax season"? Is he older than I thought?

redsock said...

L: He may still be out there.

I mentioned him in a post here (May 2006).

redsock said...

Perhaps by "wife" he meant "my 10 gallon drum of booze"?

L-girl said...

Jere, I think Tim is who you think he is. He is in school to be an accountant, I believe. "The wife" is (I think) an expression.

Now to wait to find out if I am right!

And yes, I love a good search string! I have a whole category for that on wmtc. I lost them for a while b/c of a strange URL set-up, was happy when I got them back!

L-girl said...

"L: He may still be out there."

Cool! It was a long time ago.

L-girl said...

So it's 8:30. Anyone have a game? Update?

It is so cold here again. Where did spring go?

redsock said...

Globe: "The latest announcement in the press box at Fenway Park has the Red Sox-Rays game starting at approximately 9:30 p.m."

***

Ahhh ... just hold off until 12:30. Then I'll be home to watch.

L-girl said...

Oh shit, that's bad for me, practically a west coast game. I'll only get a few innings in before conking out.

Sarah Gates said...

If we don't get some baseball goodness here soon, I'm going to fall asleep. A 70 hour work week is getting steadily more difficult the further I get from 20, back when that seemed reasonable.

L-girl said...

Ability to work OR play long hours rapidly declines with age! The work part is fine but the play part sucks.

Jere said...

I know about the "wife" expression--it's just that after the "tax season" comment, the "wife" just further made me think of a 50-year old man with a briefcase which is the opposite of my image of him.

Joe Grav said...

hey, cool, the celtics are winning. and team usa is beating latvia (oooh) in the world hockey championships.

Joe Grav said...

I know about the "wife" expression--it's just that after the "tax season" comment, the "wife" just further made me think of a 50-year old man with a briefcase which is the opposite of my image of him.

same.

L-girl said...

"made me think of a 50-year old man with a briefcase which is the opposite of my image of him"

indeed

L-girl said...

go latvia! :)

Joe Grav said...

Also, I know of this one guy named tim who's the most stereotypical irish person (from ireland) you'll ever meet, and that shapes my mental image

Joe Grav said...

boooooooo latvia.

Canada beat Slovenia 5-1.

L-girl said...

go canada, beat those lousy slovenians.

or whatever.

Joe Grav said...

In slightly more hilarious news, Italy is playing Russia. There is one guy on Russia, Alexander ovechkin, who has more shots on goal and more goals than the entire Italian team. no lie.

The score: Russia 6, Italia 0

redsock said...

Canada beat Slovenia 5-1

YEEEARRRRGGGGHH! You don't know who yer fuckin' wit, Slovenia!

....

What sport is this again?

Jere said...

USA up 2-0 after 2. I say Latvia comes out fightin' in the 3rd. Go Lats! orrr.... Vias!

Joe Grav said...

Men's Ice Hockey.

Canada's got Latvia Sunday (that one will be ugly) and the US on Tuesday (a little closer, but probably still ugly)

Canada will be unchallenged until they play Sweden or the Czech Republic.

Also, it's in Canada, so they have that going for them too.

Joe Grav said...

But hey, the US won the Women's World Championships over Canada. One of my friends from school was on the team, so that was pretty cool.

Joe Grav said...

Something tells me Slovenia and Latvia probably aren't that formidable in any sport. Is it mean to have that assumption

L-girl said...

They play hockey in Italy? "I did not know that."

I have read that baseball is catching on in Italy.

L-girl said...

"Ice Hockey"

That's known as "hockey" up here.

Joe Grav said...

Yeah, I had no idea either. Not only do they play hockey, they are ranked in the top 16 in the world. I guess it shows how few countries play at a high level. They have a really cool promotion/relegation system amongst national teams in hockey that will be familiar to anyone who follows international soccer.

I know a guy who played pro baseball in Italy. He said it was a fun experience, but most people were out for the novelty of it.

Another guy I know, who owns the minor league team I will be working for this summer, helped start the Israel Baseball League w/ dan Duquette.

Joe Grav said...

It's known as hockey here too, I was just trying to be foolish. :-p

redsock said...

Is it mean to have that assumption

"I come from Ukraine. You not say Ukraine weak."

Joe Grav said...

Also: The US won the World Cup of American Football. Fuck yeah.

If I recall correctly, we played South Korea in the final, and won like 84-0. Korea had around 9 turnovers, -22 yards of offense, 1 first down, and like 10 players had to leave because of injury.

redsock said...

Same episode:

Jerry: You go out with a guy one time, you ask him to go upstairs like you're Mae West? Of course he's gonna try and get you alone for the weekend.

Elaine: You mean just because I asked him to go upstairs, he thinks he's going downtown?

...

Jerry: I don't trust this guy. I think he regifted, he degifted, and now he's using an upstairs invite as a springboard to a Super Bowl sex romp!

Joe Grav said...

regifted/degifted are quite possibly the best words seinfeld has contributed to our society, out of many

Joe Grav said...

SCOREEEEE ITALY!!!!!!!!!!!!

6-1, Italia's coming back, wooooo

The mostly-Canadian crowd is going nuts for them.

Joe Grav said...

Italy's goal scorer, some guy named Cerrone, was actually born in Canada, so that explains it.

He played for the dearly-departed Winnipeg Jets in 1991.

Christ, that guy's old.

redsock said...

He played for the dearly-departed Winnipeg Jets in 1991.
Christ, that guy's old.


Timlin played for the Blue Jays in 1991.

L-girl said...

"The US won the World Cup of American Football."

I can think of few things less meaningful.

Just saw the Seinfeld ep with The Man In The Cape (Larry, of course) and Donna Chang.

Joe Grav said...

Timlin: also old.

Sarah Gates said...

NESN's back on EI - 9:30!

redsock said...

SEA: 000 001 - 1 3 4
NYY: 120 000 - 3 4 0

L-girl said...

Israel baseball league - I wonder if Ofer knows of it. He's off in South America, I think.

"we played South Korea"

We? Speak for yourself. ;>)

Sarah Gates said...

And in the time it took for me to type that, they took it away again. Wouldn't want me getting anything EXTRA with my Extra Innings package.

Joe Grav said...

I can think of few things less meaningful.

http://www.2camels.com/world-championship-cribbage-tournament.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Cup_of_Soccer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tour_de_georgia

that's all i got

redsock said...

girardi pulled his wang out
farnsworth in -- let's go mariners!

Joe Grav said...

hey L, US national sports teams is the one way in which I would like to see us dominate the world

Too bad we suck at almost everything

Joe Grav said...

woooo 3-0 usa

is baseball on yet? :/

Joe Grav said...

YEah, I'm watching the video stream of the game and they are very audible (and visible)

I love the passion! It's too bad their team is so terrible

There's one guy with a red jester cap, full red body paint with white stripes, red and white shorts, an air-horn, and the latvian flag draped over his shoulders

9casey said...

It must be raining hard in Boston, not much here in Ct just steadt drizzle all day .just back from the Rockcat game and they played that with no delay...Jere is it still raining there?

Time to clean up the avatar for a little while...with my 2 good luck charms....

Joe Grav said...

www.wscn.com

It's $5 for the entire tournament.

There are less legal routes (sopcast, TVU player, etc), but for the video quality and to not break the law, the $5 is worth it.

Joe Grav said...

WCSN.com ***

L-girl said...

Magnolia2000? You are a friend of wmtc, no?

L-girl said...

And you can always jump in on a game thread - that's what they're for!

9Casey, nice work on the avatar. Not that I minded the old one.

NESN!!!!! It's on!

redsock said...

I Got NESN!!

L-girl said...

"hey L, US national sports teams is the one way in which I would like to see us dominate the world"

Not me. I always liked the US to get its comeuppance in sports, too.

But anyway, your "we" is not not my "we".

Game time! YAY!

Sarah Gates said...

yay! Baseball! And I'm still awake even!

redsock said...

nesn's got the straight on angle.

good for seeing pitches break,.

Joe Grav said...

well, it's still my we. :)

phil said...

Well there goes the nohitter.

9casey said...

redsock said...
nesn's got the straight on angle.

good for seeing pitches break,.


You will notice that a lot called strikes seem low.....

Joe Grav said...

I like how they keep playing around with angles.

Joe Grav said...

This one might be my favorite

L-girl said...

It was never my we. But the Red Sox are my we.

I haven't seen NESN in ages. Fox morons, then MLB audio, then Buffyvision. This is a nice change!

redsock said...

i want this angle for every game i watch. LOVE it

nixon33 said...

I CANT DECIDE IF I LIKE THE NEW CAMERA ANGLE OR NOT! Makes me feel like im watchin FSN ort something...whattaya guys think?

Joe Grav said...

WE would like a strikeout

Joe Grav said...

WE got one. :D

nixon33 said...

but i like how you can see better movement on the pitches, i think im not used to the batters being further away...hmmm.

Joe Grav said...

this angle = Win

L-girl said...

Totally love it.

Nix, why does it make you think of Fox?

redsock said...

HH's curve is a thing of beauty.

Joe Grav said...

looks the same as a lazy flyout in the box score

L-girl said...

red sox = we = good :)

phil said...

Eep. I was going to knock Pena for jumping on the first pitch, but that one looks far on GDGD.

L-girl said...

yay, my boy is back

redsock said...

soshers were raving about seeing wakefield's knuckler with this angle. esp. a pitch that was somehow breaking left to right.

redsock said...

i have trouble figuring how what pitch is what. much easier here.

Joe Grav said...

i love looking at the standings in april and may

nixon33 said...

l-girl, a lot of the fox channels seem to have an angle thats further away like this.

L-girl said...

A, what does that mean?

L-girl said...

Re Fox, I never noticed that. I will start to look.

magnolia_2000 said...

i am here by way of wmtc yes. kinda feel like i'm eavesdropping since i'm not a baseball fan. i'm an avid reader of wmtc, love the way you write and your passion. btw how did a new york girl become a sox fan?

L-girl said...

Shoulda taken care of the dogs before the game started...

nixon33 said...

a couple of makrets have a similar, but not so straight away and as high up angle, i believe.
i think the angels market uses that sort of camera angle.

redsock said...

i have trouble figuring out which pitch the pitcher is throwing. this angle makes his easier -- to see buchholz's slider as opposed to fastball, for example.

L-girl said...

Wow, magnolia, that's very cool. When I saw you here, I assumed it was the opposite - that you were a JoS reader who checked out wmtc.

Thanks for saying such nice things about my blog. :)

As for your other question...

L-girl said...

A, I agree. This is great.

Sarah Gates said...

I'm really a fan of the camera angle too. I'm wishing I'd gotten to see Wake with it - very cool.

redsock said...

i look forward to seeing it on our tv -- as opposed to a box 1/3 the size of my computer screen streaming at 400K

magnolia_2000 said...

ha..i bet it had something to do with your partner????

phil said...

Outs would be good.

nixon33 said...

yeah just surfing thru my MLB package channels theres a couple of markets that are using this camera angle st. louis cards is one of them.
its amazing to see the movement on the pitches!
i guess i just like seeing the hitters a bit more up close.

L-girl said...

Magnolia, I used to be a diehard Yankees fan. The first 15 years of our r'ship, Allan and I were diehard fans on opposite sides of the most heated rivalry in US sports.

Then in 2003 I had a religious conversion. (Exorcism?)

I fell out of love with the Yankees and now I'm on my second marriage.

Proof that life is stranger than fiction. Something no one could believe happened, including me.

I tried to keep it short-ish, since I'm sure everyone here is sick of my stupid story.

L-girl said...

"ha..i bet it had something to do with your partner????"

Nope. :)

Well, only in the sense that I was exposed to a lot of Sox.

Sarah Gates said...

I tried to keep it short-ish, since I'm sure everyone here is sick of my stupid story.

Actually, Laura, I always like hearing it, no matter how many times you tell it. Especially the marriage analogy.

redsock said...

is nesn showing the score bar on the CF camera shot only?

that would cut down on clutter

redsock said...

L: you could provide the magic link!

magnolia_2000 said...

i've never really understood the whole fan-for-lifetime thing for sports. i love hockey but pull for all the canadian teams although the habs are my favourite. guys tend to go nuts over their sports teams so i understand.

L-girl said...

nesn, yes, i think so. it's good! i can't believe it - new things on a baseball broadcast that i actually like!

sarah, thank you very much :)

when we were younger i used to say we should be special envoys to the middle east, to teach the palestinians and israelis how to get along.

Sarah Gates said...

Yeah, they appear to be only showing the bar on that center camera, Allan.

Joe Grav said...

ewww the habs

Joe Grav said...

DAMNIT.

Joe Grav said...

OHHHHH OUT!!!!! MOSS MAN!!

L-girl said...

HE'S OUT!!!!!

Sarah Gates said...

Excellent! Thanks Moss-man!

redsock said...

MOSS DEF!

L-girl said...

magnolia, i *only* understand fan-for-life and only understand one person, one team. this was not a casual change. it changed my life.

nixon33 said...

i agree , l-girl that story is pretty awesome. although i dnt think i heard the whole thing!

redsock said...

I wasn't sure. Sometimes the mlbtv feed is different. they don't give the studio updates -- it's just quiet with a field shot -- and for all of last year (i think), they had no score bar at all, ever. also sometimes the stat graphics don't appear

L-girl said...

"the magic link"

Magnolia, if you want to read the whole damn story, look on the wmtc sidebar under "some of my stuff". There's an essay about not standing for the nat'l anthem in Yankee Stadium... and another called "Now It Can Be Told - A Fan Confesses". I think it's called "an important addendum" on the sidebar.

Probabl way too much detail, but there it is.

L-girl said...

The Doctor is in!

Joe Grav said...

I find that NESN is so much the gold standard of hockey + baseball broadcasting that everyone else pales in comparison.

Announcers, camerawork, graphics, everything.

magnolia_2000 said...

well it seems like you guys really enjoy the sox. it sounds like fun. i'm going to run now. hope the sox win. everybody have a good weekend.

L-girl said...

hey, thanks nix. it's crazy.

it is SO much fun for me and allan to love the same team.

L-girl said...

plus i fell in love with the sox just in time to have my heart broken. so i feel that gives me a bit of cred.

in 2003 i was still in the closet. i went to the 1st game of the WS against florida. they showed the you-know-what HR on the scoreboard and i had to fight back tears. i felt sick to my stomach. that's when i realized it was permanent.

nixon33 said...

without all the banners it reminds me of the way nesn looked when i was a kid..

Sarah Gates said...

It's not just guys either Magnolia - I'm pretty mad for my Sox. It makes my boyfriend a bit crazy.

There's actually a whole hierarchy of teams for me, as I do just like watching baseball, and it's more fun if you pick sides, but the Sox are my one true love and the others I might pull for situationally (the Cubs, for example) are more like buddies I might meet up with occasionally at a bar for a pint.

L-girl said...

bye magnolia! thanks for stopping by.

L-girl said...

i know this goes against my usual MO, but i like that ad with the guys playing poker. "the tens, george. you been eating the tens".

Joe Grav said...


There's actually a whole hierarchy of teams for me, as I do just like watching baseball, and it's more fun if you pick sides, but the Sox are my one true love and the others I might pull for situationally (the Cubs, for example) are more like buddies I might meet up with occasionally at a bar for a pint.


I feel the same way about a lot of teams.

magnolia_2000 said...

i will go and read. i've been reading alot of your past blogging. it can be almost addictive! last night i read up on your writing career and the whole thing about "luck". i usually take a category a night. ok. i'm gone now. bye.

redsock said...

look - i'm going to praise mlb

last year, they used to have commercials btw innings -- not all the time -- but they were beyond annoying.

so far this year, just quiet with a mlb.tv logo.

not sure if that is a corproate decision, but if it is, it's a good one.

L-girl said...

yeah come back here, it's not just guys!! :)

redsock said...

last night i read up on your writing career and the whole thing about "luck". i usually take a category a night.

wow!

L-girl said...

my mother must have paid her to say that.

redsock said...

final
nyy 5, det 1

L-girl said...

A, they probably didn't sell the ads for a national market. Don't worry, you're not praising MLB, you're just enjoying an absence of ads.

It's like you told me: I didn't agree with Margaret Wente, she just occasionally agrees with me.

Sarah Gates said...

Re: NESN, I honestly think that my little brother may have chosen Harvard over Georgetown for his masters partially to get NESN all the time. Just don't tell my mother, she's not at all amused that he's going to Harvard in the fall and not staying down near them!

Joe Grav said...

I'm about to order food. Any recommendations? I'm notoriously indecisive

redsock said...

final
tor 2, white sox 0

jays get 2 in bot 1st, marcum and 4 relievers combine for a whitewash

Joe Grav said...

I'm not going to lie, missing the Sox and B's was a big CON for me in deciding whether or not to go out of Boston for school.

I'm glad I stayed! (but not just because of sports)

redsock said...

hitting send too early. white sox got only 2 hits.

Joe Grav said...

That was way back in the day before Slingbox.

What masters program is your brother in at Harvard?

L-girl said...

pizza?

if you get into harvard, why would you go to georgetown?

Joe Grav said...

Georgetown is a great school, and has some incredibly strong programs that are just as good as H's. Ditto for my school.

Sarah Gates said...

I'm about to order food. Any recommendations? I'm notoriously indecisive

I'm having the exact same problem, Joe. I'm thinking it might be pizza.

redsock said...

the between innings commercials were for mlb, i think. with fans of teams being annoying. i recall a yankee fan saying something like:

it's about doing .. what it takes ... to win

Joe Grav said...

I would get a pizza, but I'm by myself, so I dunno.

Joe Grav said...

I wish I had gone down to Fenway tonight. Going to the Fens during a rain delay has become a tradition for me - it's easy to scalp face value or below tix for rain-delayed games.

L-girl said...

hey, nothing against georgetown. i just don't think they are in the same league when it comes to opening doors. from what i have seen, that's why you want a name-brand school, and nothing will do it like harvard.

(i have no connection to either school)

Sarah Gates said...

He starts in the fall at the Kennedy School for a Masters in Public Policy. Georgetown was very tempting because they also have an excellent program, they offered him scholarship money (and the tuition is about 2/3 Harvard's to begin with) and DC isn't such a bad place to be if you're trying to advance your policy wonk career.

I'm really glad he picked Harvard, and not just because my slingbox i going to move up there with him! He's always done the safer thing (undergrad in our hometown at William & Mary), and I'm happy to see him go the more adventurous route.

I'm not totally proud of him or anything, am I?

redsock said...

hell yeah -- HH with the currve!

Joe Grav said...

He starts in the fall at the Kennedy School for a Masters in Public Policy.

I am so jealous. That's pretty much my #1 goal right now.

Very happy for him though, yay!

In the world of politics, GTown is as good a 'name brand' as any.

Joe Grav said...

plus I am biased toward Jesuit schools. holla!

but Harvard KSG is incredible

Joe Grav said...

SIT DOWN!

Sarah Gates said...

There's an inning to love, Clay!

redsock said...

after the walk put 2 on, clay throws 13 pitches, 11 strikes -- and one of the 2 balls was a waste pitch. attack those devils!

he's the anti-lester!

L-girl said...

"In the world of politics, GTown is as good a 'name brand' as any."

That's what people who don't go to Harvard tell themselves.

Joe Grav said...

I'm not sure about that one L. There are schools with much more loyal alum networks and schools that are just as prominent in certain areas. GT + politics is one of them.

SLUGO!

L-girl said...

sarah, nice bragging on your bro :)

SLUUUUGO!

Sarah Gates said...

Hey there Slugo!

Joe Grav said...

I almost don't pay attention when we're up anymore becuase I expect to go 3 up 3 down

Joe Grav said...

My grad school wish list is a little eclectic - harvard, university of liverpool (UK), wisconsin, BC, northeastern, minnesota.

Clearly I have no idea what I want to do with myself. :)

Thankfully I have a few years to figure it out!

Joe Grav said...

GRR out.

Sarah Gates said...

Actually, I think Joe's right about Georgetown in this case, Laura. Overall, Harvard is much more prestigious but in that area Gtown's a big name.

Sarah Gates said...

Let's go Dustpan!

L-girl said...

i'm sure of it. i never understood it when i went to school, but out of school, i have seen the difference between harvard and everything else.

that doesn't mean there aren't many other ways to get to the same places.

and it's utterly meaningless in most people's lives, including mine.

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