July 25, 2008

G104: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0

Yankees - 001 000 000 - 1  9  0
Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0 6 0
Update: "Terrible, Terrible Strike Zone"

"Strike 3" to Lowell is circled. As you can see, the baseball was not close to the strike zone.

***

A few more games like tonight's and I will have completely changed my position on keeping the human element in umpiring.

Home plate umpire Marty Foster embarrassed his entire profession tonight. It's bad enough that no one raises an eyebrow when media talk about umpires having their "own strike zones". But when an umpire is inconsistent all night long, often batter-to-batter -- then it's time to start thinking about phasing out the men in blue.

I have argued in favour of having on-field umpires having the final say in all facets of the game -- for better or worse -- for more than 30 years. However, pitch calling has gotten much worse in the past five years and if the technology now exists to negate the imperfect human eye and render a truer decision on what has actually happened on the field, then why not take advantage of that? As it stands now, I am in full support of MLB's plan to have an off-field arbiter ruling on fair/foul disputes. I'll be thrilled if it's in place by the playoffs (Selig's stated goal).

There were so many blatantly wrong calls tonight -- most of them going in favour of the Yankees (Update: he sucked all night long). I'll comment on the worst one. With Kevin Youkilis representing the tying run at first base and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Mariano Rivera worked Mike Lowell steadily away. Ahead in the count 1-0, he took what looked like ball 2 for strike 1, then fouled off three outside pitches, took ball 2, and fouled another pitch off. Rivera's 8th pitch was well inside and a bit high, clearly off the plate. Foster called it strike 3.

The normally reserved Lowell exploded. He jumped straight up in the air and when he came down, he was giving it to Foster at a volume and intensity I have never seen from him. I have no doubt he was talking about other calls that night in addition to the one that had just retired him. He was quickly ejected. J.D. Drew was also called out on strikes -- ending the game -- but at least that strike 3 was actually a strike.

Beckett (7-9-1-1-6, 110) allowed nine hits, and only a 10-hopper to the shortstop spot with the shift on for Jason Giambi put the Yankees on the scoreboard. And it was Foster's bogus strike zone that set it up. Beckett fanned Johnny Damon and got Derek Jeter to ground back to the mound. He got ahead of Bobby Abreu 0-2, then threw him strike 3. Foster called it a ball, and Abreu promptly singled to center. Alex Rodriguez also singled and Abreu raced to third. Because of the runner on third, Lowell was playing closer to the base. Giambi's squibby grounder went right to the spot where Lowell would usually be positioned. The ball barely rolled out of the infield, but the run scored.

The Red Sox got only three runners to second base -- and no one to third. Their best shot at tying the game came in the eighth. Kyle Farnsworth took over for Chamberlain (7-3-0-1-9, 103) and gave up hits to Jed Lowrie (opponents had been 0-for-their-last-28 against the Mop) and Coco Crisp. Joe Girardi summoned Rivera, who struck out Jacoby Ellsbury and got Dustin Pedroia to tap back to the hill.

Oh: JtC threw yet another pitch at Yook's head, this time on an 2-0 count in the seventh inning. Both benches were warned.

***

Joba Chamberlain (2.52, 163 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (3.98, 110 ERA+)

Showdown!

Plus: The Large Father returns!

The Sox went 26-19 without Ortiz -- a .578 winning percentage, which would work out to a 93.6 win season. Boston's offensive numbers actually improved (slightly) with Flo out of the lineup.

And, thanks to Kansas City, we are tied for first place.

MLB.com:
Chamberlain pitched six strong innings against the A's on Saturday afternoon but came away with his seventh no-decision in nine starts. ... He has not given up more than three earned runs in any of his starts. ... [Beckett] fired a complete game in his last start, though it was in a losing cause. ... Beckett has given the Red Sox at least six innings in 10 of his last 11 starts. In seven Fenway starts, he [has] a 4.82 ERA.
Joba's stats in his nine starts: 47.2 IP, 44 H, 22 BB, 54 K, 2.64 ERA (.249/.337/.316).

George A. King III, Post:
The A's can't hit and the Twins' bowels lock every time they enter Yankee Stadium, so the six wins [following the All-Star break] have a "So What?" feeling attached to them.

The Red Sox ... can hit - and are getting Yankee-killer David Ortiz back from the disabled list tonight - and don't wet themselves upon seeing the Yankees.
Beckett understands that It. Is. On.



Also: Rays/Royals, 8 PM

460 comments:

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phil said...

Fucking ump. Fuck that shit.

andy said...

What is this? He is calling every pitch a strike. Why?

phil said...

Just fucking fuck it.

ish said...

Oi. Just saw Suzyn Waldman on TV walking out on the field for Suzyn's Star. She looks crooked.

phil said...

Foster can fucking die in a fire.

L-girl said...

wow, that's a tough loss.

lowell was tossed early on, then he got his money's worth

s1c said...

the MFY's paid off the the fucking umps again.

what bullshit. absolutely bullshit, those pitches weren't even close.

andy said...

Don't be happy Joba you were gifted that win.

nixon33 said...

i love getting it in the ass, at home nonetheless

ish said...

Payday for Mr. Foster.

andy said...

Was Cashman sitting back there to remind the ump that the fix was in?

ish said...

...Reception on the radio is back.

ish said...

That must've been the longest 1-0, 9 inning game in history.

SoSock said...

Freaking Yankees SUCK!

ish said...

Remy called this a "great pitcher's duel."

Joe Grav said...

Wow.

redsock said...

Only 3:04.
More than an hour short, I'm sure.

9casey said...

Any word on Manny?

ish said...

Only 3:04.
More than an hour short, I'm sure.


I suppose.

If this were FOX or ESPN, it would be longer.

SoSock said...

Oh well...we'll have to settle for 2 of 3.
Manana

L-girl said...

It was a pitcher's duel. With an assist.

ish said...

I'm guessing a low viewership for the premiere of NESN Comedy All-Stars.

nixon33 said...

im pretty fucking irate right fucking now

9casey said...

I tell ya during that last inning and 2/3 if Remy was allowed to go and rest his knees on the rubber he would have blown Rivera in front of 39,000..

ish said...

MDC has a cramp in his forearm, by the way. Don't know if anyone else said that.

L-girl said...

Everybody go grab a drink or a joint. It sucks but it's one game.

redsock said...

he'd have to wait awhile in line because foster would be there in front of him.

redsock said...

Everybody go grab a drink or a joint.

Easy for you to say.

9casey said...

ish said...
MDC has a cramp in his forearm



Thas a new one for me

ish said...

Meanwhile, it's 3-2 Tampa in the 6th.

nixon33 said...

ahhhhhhh.......drugs.

L-girl said...

Easy for you to say.

Actually I'm not doing either. I don't get upset about one loss. I just move on to the next day.

So now I'll go before everyone yells at me.

redsock said...

TB: 100 011
KC: 000 011

9casey said...

L-girl said...
Easy for you to say.

Actually I'm not doing either. I don't get upset about one loss. I just move on to the next day.


That's because Redsock hid all the weed....

L-girl said...

of course drugs are good even when you're not upset.

L-girl said...

That's because Redsock hid all the weed....

Heh. That's funny in many ways.

ish said...

After all this shit, all the media asks Tito is about Manny. And that's all that NESN shows. I'd like to see Tito talk a little about the game, thank you.

9casey said...

In ways that I will never know.

nixon33 said...

check his boots, man!

ish said...

Extra Bases...

Manny Ramirez left the park before the game to get an MRI, which came back clean.

Ramirez, who was scratched from the lineup at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, has had lingering soreness in his right knee, which reappeared on Wednesday in Seattle. He was seen with ice on the knee earlier this afternoon.

The story was first reported by the Providence Journal.

L-girl said...

He doesn't smoke - I know where everything is - and I like drugs more than he does.

Just stuff like that.

But I'll go check the boots, just in case.

Fenway West said...

Maybe Manny can envision a healthy knee since he follows "the secret"

oh that's right he has one he just wants a break since he didn't take the all-star game off this year

L-girl said...

What are you bitching about Manny for? There's a lot to complain about tonight tonight, but Manny didn't cause any of it.

L-girl said...

oh that's right he has one

And how the fuck do you know that?

You're not going to find a lot of takers for that crap around here.

nixon33 said...

get em tomorrow, im not scared of the big chinned one.

L-girl said...

there you go. you must have found it in the boots.

redsock said...

Maybe Manny can envision a healthy knee since he follows "the secret"

oh that's right he has one he just wants a break since he didn't take the all-star game off this year


There are many reasons I no longer read Dan Shaughnessy's columns. One of them is because he often writes shit like this.

redsock said...

I like drugs more than he does.

What?

redsock said...

I want to check out SoSH's game thread for the Lowell AB, but I'm a little scared!

nixon33 said...

redsock said...
I want to check out SoSH's game thread for the Lowell AB, but I'm a little scared!

CAREFUL!

redsock said...

SoSHer Clears Cleaver:
Yanks rookie star outpitches Sox ace in Fenway - check
Sox star LFer out for the game and posibly suspended - check
Rest of lineup hits five balls to the OF all game - check
7th inning releiver needs to be pulled becasue he hurt his forearm - check
Yanks acquire two valuable parts for absolutely nothing - check
Varitek, Crisp and Ellsbury continue to show why they should not play everyday - check
good times"

***

Okay. The Lowell K. Let's see:

Oh that is just fucking BULLSHIT.

Oh fuck that.

Fuck you ump

This ump really blows.

Wow. Just a load of fucking bullshit. Fuck this ump. Mike letting him have it!

Good for Lowell. This umpire has been a piece of shit.

I have NEVER seen Mike Lowell this angry.

About time someone bitched at this umpire.

Marty Foster is a piece of shit. A fucking PIECE of SHIT.

Wow, how often do you see Lowell get that pissed?

I wanted Mike Lowell to go George Brett on the umpire.

Lowell pretty much summing up my feelings on the night.

GameDay has that pitch a foot inside. Literally.

Suck Rivera's cock some more.

Not even fucking CLOSE.

FUCK THIS GAME

not within 10" of the plate

That wasn't even fucking close.

HP umpire fucked us again. And of course Remy doesn't even talk about the call. Would rather ballwash Rivera.

This is the worst umpire performance of 2008
A fucking foot inside

An entire foot inside.

Even by crap 2008 standards, this guy is not an MLB-quality umpire.

Castig and O'Brian are letting him have it. Saying it's the worst umpire performance of the year.

This ump has no place in the Major Leagues. Absolutely horrendous calls all game.

I can't believe how awful this home ump is.

Bullshit game.

Is this guy for real?

What are you fucking staring at Drew?? Fuck this. I'm so fucking pissed off right now.

Christ how much did Hank pay Foster?

Strike 2 was a ball on Drew. Of course Rivera's going to pitch well when he has a fucking 7 foot strikezone.

the one strike that was right down the middle...

Perfect ending. Another crap call.
What a shit show.

Too angry for words. Just going to let this one go for now.

Uh ..... JD? Swing the fucking bat, OK?

I realize the call was bullshit.
But the call has been bullshit all night.
That edge of the plate is insanely generous.

Holy fuck, this umpire is a joke. What a bullshit call. You know an ump's gotta be pretty bad for Lowell to get in his face like that.
Marty Foster should be tarred and feathered.

HP umpire oughta be strung by the balls after that performance. Horrible.

That blew.

I am very, very angry.

**************

G105 tomorrow!

Maybe Foster can fuck us over with some calls at first or third.

redsock said...

Maybe Foster just sucked for everyone: click.

(Though look at that ball right down the pipe called a ball for a MFY.)

Fenway West said...

I love what Manny brings to the Sox but he is a professional who gets paid lots of money, if he does indeed have a serious knee injury he should have told the Sox about it sooner...Tito thought he was well enough to pencil him in tonight yet he was not told until late that he could not play and needed an MRI. Why no MRI yesterday on an off day? If you can jump all over an ump for the game you can also blame Manny...both indirectly contributed to the Sox loss.

nixon33 said...

wow, some of that sounds like me ;) (dont worry , it isnt)

nixon33 said...

from SoSH:
"The place seamed awfully quiet, except for Papi at bats, but may be it was where I was sitting (Conig's Bleachers). If it is any consulation, I told the little boy Yankee fan sitting in front of me that Matsui was in the trade. He started to cry (he was wearing a Matsui jersey)."

hahahahahaha, awesome!

nixon33 said...

people do you understand how much work is put into this blog? im here reading at 5:58 am, skunk drunk, and allan has a perfect summary of the game. i dont kiss ass, i praise good work. think! we take this shit for granted. and he eats this shit for breakfast.
thanks redsock.
fuck it, win today for the A-Man himself...

L-girl said...

I love what Manny brings to the Sox but he is a professional who gets paid lots of money, if he does indeed have a serious knee injury he should have told the Sox about it sooner...

Big fucking deal.

Just the fact that you question whether or not he has an injury shows your hand.

They're all "profesionals who get paid a lot of money". And what the fuck are you? A dittohead that reads the pathetic player-bashing media and repeats it verbatim as if you know the whole story?

We all heard that shit before and during the game. We don't need it regurgitated at us.

Anyone who would watch last night's game and think Manny was the problem has to be completely biased against him, and unable to form a rational opinion.

redsock said...

if he does indeed have a serious knee injury he should have told the Sox about it sooner

How do you know it's serious?

I direct your attention to what Jeff Goldberg wrote in his Hartford Courant blog:

"Ramirez was in the original lineup Friday, although Francona told the media at 4 p.m. he reserved the right to change it if Ramirez indicated he couldn't go. Shortly before 4:30, the revised lineup was posted without Ramirez."

redsock said...

we take this shit for granted. and he eats this shit for breakfast.

"To alcohol! The cause of -- and solution to -- all of life's problems!"

Jack Marshall said...

Thank you for focusing some more attantion on that disgraceful strike-calling performance. And thank-you, Mike Lowell, for finally giving it to him. Both Castig and the NESN duo were screaming about the calls all night, and even they didn't capture how bad it was.

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