August 18, 2008

G125: Red Sox 6, Orioles 3

Red Sox - 020 000 022 - 6  9  0
Orioles - 000 100 020 - 3 5 1
Lester (7-4-1-1-5, 103) and Jason Bay (two home runs, one single, two runs, four RBI, one stolen base) led the way.

Jonathan Papelbon came into the game with two outs in the eighth inning. He allowed a double to Aubrey Huff, which scored two of Manny Delcarmen's runners and shrunk the Boston lead to one run, 4-3. The Red Sox got some insurance in the top of the ninth, as Dustin Pedroia singled and scored on Ortiz's second double of the game. Ortiz then scored on a fielder's choice from Bay.

Also: Jason Varitek hit a solo homer and Coco Crisp singled and walked twice.

Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles 6-4, so the Red Sox stay 4.5 GB, while the Yankees drop to 10 GB.

***

Jon Lester (3.25, 138 ERA+) / Jeremy Guthrie (3.18, 137 ERA+)

The Red Sox are 28-35 (.444) away from Fenway Park. In other words, they are the Pirates or the Royals or the Reds when they are on the road.

With Tampa Bay hosting the Angels for three games, followed by a weekend set in Chicago against the White Sox, this would be a good time for Boston to close the widening gap in the AL East. The Rays went 7-3 on their just-completed road trip, bumping their divisional lead over the Red Sox from 3 to 4.5 GA.

Boston will play three games in each of Baltimore, Toronto, and New York. Jason Bay: "Three divisional opponents, three teams that I've heard play us pretty tough. ... You have to win on the road."

Guthrie has allowed only one run in each of his last four starts (IP: 6.1, 9, 7, 7) and no more than two runs in six of his last seven outings (2.06 ERA).

Also: Angels/Rays at 7 PM. The Yankees (9.5 GB) are off today before starting a series in Toronto on Tuesday.

***

J.D. Drew left yesterday's game with tightness in his lower back. ... Tim Wakefield tossed a ball for the second consecutive day, but there's no timetable for his return. ... Jonathan Papelbon is still battling migraines.

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nixon33 said...

KEY SERIES FOR US. if the angels can do to the rays what they've been doing to everyone else, than that gives us a SERIOUS chance to gain ground.
WE NEED WINS.

redsock said...

WE NEED WINS.

Fuckin' A right.

nick said...

Who needs wins when you've got love?

ish said...

I'm watching baseball at the Olympics. The USA against China, and the Chinese pitchers have hit 6 US batters with pitches, one of them in the back of the head.

One of the American players, Nate Scherhoultz, blasted through a catcher who was blocking home plate without the baseball and knocked him out of the game. One of the American catchers was taken out as well by a Chinese runner.

The USA in the 7th was at 9-0, one run away from ending the game via the Mercy rule.

Joe Migraine is doing the color for this one.

ish said...

Honey, all's fair in love and war, and baseball.

ish said...

Amazing how much Joe Migraine sounds like Tim McCarver.

L-girl said...

Allan's mad at me because I said (earlier today, in yesterday's gamethread) that I've given up on the division. He's interpreting this all kind of awful ways, so I'm explaining myself publically.

I haven't given up the team. I don't watch my team only if they win. I'm not throwing in the towel on the season. I'll still watch or listen to every game I possibly can.

I know it's theoretically possible for us to win the division, 4.5 games back with 6 weeks to play, and maybe we will. I don't know the future.

But I don't think our pitching is strong enough to get us in front of Tampa. Since they lost 3 key players to injury, we've lost 1.5 games in the standings.

I do think we'll win the wild card, and the Yankees will stay home, and that will be good enough. Once we're in the playoffs, anything can happen.

So I'm not expecting us to win the division, I'll be very happy to be wrong, but either way I am expecting to watch Red Sox baseball in October.

L-girl said...

Allan also asked me what happened to last year's "inevitable".

Here's what happened. We were in first place all season. Even when we played poorly, no one caught us.

nixon33 said...

who needs love when you've got drugs?

nixon33 said...

it was inevitable that some of us would give up on the div.

redsock said...

We play the Rays on successive M-T-W next month:

Sept 8-9-10 at home
Sept 15-16-17 on road

We need to be no more than 2 GB at that point. We go 4-2 -- BAM, tied with 10 games to go!

This stretch kicks off with us playing the dregs of the East (Bal, Tor) while the FKR are battling LAA and the White Sox.

We should be able to pick up a couple of games in the next 21 days before our first showdown with these upstart motherfuckers.

4.5 GB with 12 games to go? Yeah, that's tough.

4.5 GB with 38 games left to go (including 6 head-to-head)? Doable.

ish said...

As for me, I haven't given up on the division, but I am very aware as to how Tampa has played these last two months. It's gone so the Tampa losses come when the Red Sox have lost for the most part, and when the Red Sox win, Tampa usually wins.

If this were one baseball game, Tampa would have a pitcher like Roy Halladay who makes you think that if you're down by three runs it feels a lot more like 10, but like those games, a small rally can get you right back into it. With 37 games left, there's still plenty of time to catch Tampa.

However, you also look at how close Minnesota/Chicago is in the wild card, and the hairs on my back are beginning to stand on end looking back there. You can see their nose hairs! That's how close they are, just a half-game back. Tied in the loss column.

I think right now you can't count on the wild card, so the only choice you really have for any sense of security is to focus on Tampa and winning the division.

Critical trip coming up, that's for damn sure. Toronto, for example, thinks that if they go on a tear here between New York and Boston, they can get back into the wildcard race, so they have something to play hard for, as to the Yankees, obviously.

ish said...

And as normal, I didn't read what I wrote until I posted it. :>O

redsock said...

We have Oatmeal (from the Herald)!

Ellsbury, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Youkilis, 3B
Bay, LF
Lowrie, SS
Casey, 1B
Varitek, C
Crisp, CF

Roberts, 2B
Markakis, RF
Mora, 3B
Huff, DH
Hernandez, C
Millar, 1B
Scott, LF
Payton, CF
Castro, SS

redsock said...

Toronto, for example, thinks that if they go on a tear here between New York and Boston, they can get back into the wildcard race...

Delusional.

nixon33 said...

no drew, boo hoo.
i hope his back isnt too bad.

redsock said...

sounds like keeping him out tonight is a precautionary move.

Zenslinger said...

Casey/Ped/Lowrie/Youk infield = correct

Amy said...

I am here to see a whole game, so they had better win.

I have not yet given up winning the division. But I have at best guarded optimism. I think the Rays will slump at some critical point. The question will be whether our hitters will be healthy and whether our pitchers will get their damn acts together.

ish said...

The Jays certainly are delusional. But I'd rather have that little smidgen of hope rather than nothing at all if I were a Jays player.

As for a Jays fan...? When does hockey start?

L-girl said...

To me it doesn't matter what I'm expecting or hoping for, because what will be will be. The main thing is I haven't given up on the team.

The attitude that bothers me so much - that drove me so nuts last year - is "I'm not watching anymore because they're not going to win".

Amy said...

The attitude that bothers me so much - that drove me so nuts last year - is "I'm not watching anymore because they're not going to win".

Yikes, I don't recall anyone saying that here. That's terrible.

L-girl said...

4.5 GB with 38 games left to go (including 6 head-to-head)? Doable.

It's definitely doable. I just don't think we're playing well enough to do it.

Like I said, I'll be thrilled to be wrong.

redsock said...

not giving up on the team yet giving up on the division -- with six weeks (37 games) to go -- seems odd.

Amy said...

Two batters out on the first pitch.

L-girl said...

Yikes, I don't recall anyone saying that here. That's terrible.

No one who's still here! But lots of people said it last season when we were in a skid.

After the reception they received, they may have never come back. :)

redsock said...

amy:

3rd pitch to lyndon
2nd pitch to fy

Amy said...

At least Papi has made him throw more than one pitch.

L-girl said...

not giving up on the team yet giving up on the division -- with six weeks (37 games) to go -- seems odd.

What can I tell ya. All I mean is I'm no longer expecting it to happen.

L-girl said...

Papi half dong!

Amy said...

No way. Was I sleeping? Typing?

I need to concentrate!

Yay, Papi!

Amy said...

When Laura, the least negative person here (besides Allan) goes negative, then I start to worry.

redsock said...

guess i gotta be 2x positive.

Amy said...

I remember a discussion early in the season when Papi was injured or maybe even earlier when we talked about rates of injury last season v. a typical season and how it seemed we had fewer injuries. I think the stats did not back that up, IIRC.

This season it seems like we have ha MORE than the typical number of injuries. Is that perception also distorted? Did I think we had fewer last season because we were winning, and do I think we have more this season because we are not doing as well?

L-girl said...

I don't feel I'm being negative! I think we'll be in the postseason.

I guess I shouldn't have said anything.

Amy said...

Laura, to me you are probably being realistic, not negative for the sake of being negative. But compared to your usual optimism, it sounds discouraging.

You gotta say what you think. I think most of us are just not allowing ourselves to think that way out loud...yet.

redsock said...

Lester on pace for a 72 pitch CG

L-girl said...

Thanks, Amy. That's all I mean. It's just what I'm thinking and feeling.

Amy said...

GONE! Bay!

redsock said...

I liked that.

L-girl said...

CANADIAN DONG!!!!!

Zenslinger said...

Eat it raw, Guthrie.

L-girl said...

Amy, I really want them to win tonight for you. I know how frustrating it is when you can't see a whole game for a while - when you finally sit down to enjoy one, you really want to see a win.

redsock said...

hard to judge that one with the nesn camera, but seeing payton ease up and stop running to the wall was the key!

L-girl said...

As for a Jays fan...? When does hockey start?

The fans are the most delusional of all. They act like they can still win the division. They're pretty clueless.

Amy said...

Laura, thanks. Of course, I want them to win for ALL of us!

And, Tek, please get over this slump.

YESS!!

L-girl said...

CAPTAIN DONG!!!!!

Right after Don says he has the 3rd lowest BA in the league.

redsock said...

TEK tells Don to stuff his 3rd lowest BA stat up his doughy ass.

Amy said...

Hahaha, OK, Tek, you heard me! KEEP DOING THAT!

L-girl said...

Attack of the Jasons.

Let's go for all the Js.

Amy said...

Nice bunt. Very pretty.

Zenslinger said...

Holy crap!

ish said...

It's the Jason and Jason show! Bay with a bomb, and Varitek with a happy accident!

redsock said...

End of 1:

LAA - 0
FKR - 0

Amy said...

Happy accident, Ish?

Zenslinger said...

Just to give you an idea what we're dealing with out here in San Francisco as far as the local team is concerned:

Vartiek hits his 9th HR today. Aaron Roward hit his 12th -- but leads the Giants in homers.

Jeez.

Tony said...

Evening, all...looks like things are off to a good start. Does anybody know what Drew's injury status is?

ish said...

Happy accident, Ish?

Little jab. He ran into one. That's what they call it when pitchers hit dongs in the NL. They ran into one.

Amy said...

Ah, poor Tek. Can't even get respect when he actually gets some power on the ball.

ish said...

Castig tried to get O'Brien to do his Vin Scully impression.

L-girl said...

That's about right re Tek.

L-girl said...

Well, even a stopped clock...

Tony said...

FU, Blogger...had a whole rant typed out about MLB's dumbass blackout rules and it got eaten. Ah, well. I think not being able to watch the Angels game tonight is retarded.

L-girl said...

Fucking NESN missed the whole AB!

redsock said...

rogers or nesn missed the first out?!?!?!?

L-girl said...

Or wait, maybe Rogers missed it. Too busy showing BJs ads.

Amy said...

Tony, your blog looks quite interesting. No time to read it right now, but I like the idea of writing about every Dylan song. It may help me deconstruct some that I find hard to understand.

kkh said...

Tampa Bay up 2-0 on HR by Hinske.

(Tony, don't get me started on the stupid, stupid blackout crap...)

redsock said...

did nesn miss the first pitch to bay because it was showing the HR replay?

Amy said...

Allan, I am no one to comment on whether NESN missed a pitch. :)

L-girl said...

If you are blacked out, you can listen on MLB audio. Great opp'y to enjoy baseball on the radio.

9casey said...

Doughy ass...?

Is that because it's fat or white? or both?

Tony said...

Amy, thank you very much for the kind words. And don't jump the gun just yet...there are going to be *plenty* of Dylan songs I will have no chance of deconstructing. :p

And kkh, I'm going to keep my mouth shut on the blackout issue. Just thinking about it gets my blood boiling.

L-girl said...

doughy = fat + white, I think.

L-girl said...

There are many Dylan songs that one can't really understand - we all just understand them in our own way(s).

ish said...

Millar, paraphrased by Castig: "With Lester, he used to be able to command the inside of the plate, which means you could stand back just a little bit and cheat on that and hit the inside pitch. Now, he commands both sides of the plate. You can't cheat anymore."

9casey said...

Pavano to return this weekend?

redsock said...

Pavano to return this weekend?

Yeah, that'll help.

ish said...

If Pavano is returning, it'll probably be just for one outing. Then he'll return to the DL.

ish said...

Castig and O'Brien are making fun of Don Orsillo and his workouts, his clothes, and how Tito makes fun of him and his clothes.

redsock said...

remy notes multiple baltimore shortstops this year and says having a revolving door at shortstop is not good for a team.

we've won 2 titles with a revolving shortstop door of sorts.

s1c said...

What can I tell ya. All I mean is I'm no longer expecting it to happen.

Which means when it does happen it will be twice as sweet!!!

J-line coming through with single dongs, I like it!!!

L-girl said...

They're very good at making fun of people. I'm enjoying that on weekends.

ish said...

Nomar, Pokey, Cabrera, Renteria, Gonzalez, Lugo, Lowrie.

ish said...

Am I missing anyone? Probably.

L-girl said...

It's funny, but it never seems mean.

ish said...

Someone is using a grill somewhere upwind of here.

Tony said...

redsock, to give Remy the benefit of the doubt (this time), for a team not on the same level as a Boston or Chicago Cubs, a lack of stability at an important position like SS is a definite liability. The Sox have enough strengths to hide weaknesses - Cabrera sucked at the plate, but the lineup could absorb that and he played excellent D. Lugo sucked at both, but the '07 team was strong enough to absorb both.

I do kinda wish that the FO have been able to secure a long-term SS since 2003. Lowrie, knock on wood, will be that SS.

L-girl said...

Which means when it does happen it will be twice as sweet!!!

TOTALLY :-D

redsock said...

angels get 1 back on the fkr

s1c said...

Nomar, Pokey, Cabrera, Renteria, Gonzalez, Lugo, Lowrie

ish - I think you've named just about everyone, but I think Remy's point was you can't win with revolving during a season. Only 2004 and this year can you say the Sox were playing revolving door SS's (Gongzalez missed due to injuries).

L-girl said...

heidi sighting

yawn

Amy said...

No one had any response to my question/comment re injuries this season v the average v last season? Or did I miss the response?

Every time I turn around, someone else is on the DL.

ish said...

Okay, this is the absolute WORST national weather service break-in EVER.

The National Weather Service this year has been able to pinpoint where severe thunderstorms are and where they're going, and they issue warnings only for where they're going instead of putting an entire county under the warning.

What they haven't learned, however, is how to deliver the message a storm is coming, only to the people that would be AFFECTED.

I am down along the ocean. Southern Maine. Eight miles from the very southern tip of the state of Maine.

The warning that interrupted the game was for an area along the Canadian border. The severe thunderstorm is 140 miles away from here!

/rant

s1c said...

heidi sighting

yawn


no comment (must get mind out of gutter).

Am glad last week is over, BH's family on the way back to FL to batten the hatches for Fay. Which means I can sit and relax and comment on JOS!!!

ish said...

I've gotten so used to seeing Heidi, every time she comes on I think, ho hum.

L-girl said...

Amy, I don't think you missed an answer. I guess no one has done the research.

Amy said...

Tek hasn't made an out yet!

L-girl said...

heidi sighting

yawn

no comment (must get mind out of gutter).


She's not my type. :)

Amy said...

Eh, ok, I am too lazy to do it myself, so why should anyone else do it?

s1c said...

No one had any response to my question/comment re injuries this season v the average v last season? Or did I miss the response?


Amy - if someone replied I also missed it, but I really don't think that injuries are necessarily any worse this year, its just that they seem to happen at same timer or one person comes off of the list only to be immediately replaced ie Lowell hurt in april, comes back and boom Papi went down.

Amy said...

Heidi is invisible to me. I almost never notice when she is on screen. Sometimes I hear her voice, but it only is noteworthy because it is a woman's voice.

L-girl said...

Man, when the food in the fast food ads looks bad, you know it must suck! Usually the food looks so much better than it really is, but these Arby's commercials... *shudder*

The "cheese" (pronounced chez) (not in French) looks like some kind of blob.

Amy said...

Thanks, S1C. Like I said earlier, I think it's more about perception for me. When we are winning, I don't think about injuries. But when we are struggling, it seems we are having more than normal.

redsock said...

you can find dl'd players in the transactions menu at redsox.com, but it doesn't give days missed. still you could see if it was big players or bench guys.

s1c said...

no comment (must get mind out of gutter).

She's not my type. :)


Actually, I was telling me to get my mind out of the gutter.

Tony said...

Man, my Internet connection is crapping out. I'd really prefer it not do that in the middle of an f'ing Sox game.

L-girl said...

s1c, I meant... never mind. It's too confusing to explain. Also too guttery.

Amy said...

Huff huff.

redsock said...

huff jerks it out.

Tony said...

God damn you, Huff. His resurgence this season is one of those baseball things I'll never quite understand.

kkh said...

FKR 5, LAAA 1, bottom of the 3rd.

redsock said...

5-1 Tampa?????????

jesus christ

Amy said...

Where the hell did these Rays come from?? Guess dropping "Devil" has paid off.

redsock said...

i never get tired of seeing millar take a walk. leans foward over the plate, drops the bat, off to first. always reminds of you know what!

Tony said...

That Rays team is fucking unbelievable. You could probably crack Pena's kneecap and snap Cliff Floyd's elbow and they'd reel off 10 straight wins. It's almost getting into Monty Python levels of absurdity at this point.

Amy said...

Dave Roberts....

L-girl said...

Re Rays, that's why I've been laughing at people predicting their demise. They are a really, really strong team.

redsock said...

remy being extra doltish tonight.

what's that race? 100 meters? i don't know. (then stfu)

tampa walked a guy with the bases loaded. (what's his name, jerry?)

happened several times to barry bonds. (NO! once)

Tony said...

Blargh...it's looking like one of those games tonight. I'll be happy to get Guthrie out of the game and see the Sox feast on the O's crappy pen.

L-girl said...

"What do they call that race? The hundred meters or something?"

Yeah, the 100 meters. Tough one, Jerry.

redsock said...

Blargh...it's looking like one of those games tonight.

A one-run victory?

L-girl said...

2-1 in the 5th? Game's not over yet.

Amy said...

2-1 in the 5th? Game's not over yet.

Now, just how did you mean that? Is the bizarro world L-girl saying we will blow it, or is the real L-girl saying shut up, we are winning?

redsock said...

Blargh...it's looking like one of those games tonight.

You do know Boston has scored more runs than Baltimore, right?

Tony said...

Unwarranted pessimism...my apologies. I always forget that lots of guys on base and lots of LOB go hand in hand. Complaining's part of being a fan, though, right? :p

At any rate, Lester's still pitchin', so I'll quit my bitchin'.

L-girl said...

Just because I think we're not going to win the division doesn't mean I think we can't win a game! It's only 2-1 in the 5th - there's no reason to think we're going to lose!

That should answer your question, Amy. :)

s1c said...

Amy - 2008 - 14 players, 16 DL, 406 games missed.

2007 - 8 players, 9 DL, 430 games missed.

2006 - 15 players, 17 DL, 716 games missed.

2005 - 11 players, 14 DL, 510 games missed.

2004 - 16 players, 19 DL, 1,164 games missed.

So maybe running higher than past years, but not as bad as 2004 or 2006.

L-girl said...

PLUS WE'RE AHEAD!!!!

redsock said...

2004 - 16 players, 19 DL, 1,164 games missed.

I remember that season -- IT SUCKED!

L-girl said...

s1c, impressive homework!

Tony, yes, bitching is part of being a fan, but why not save that for when we're losing????

That was my whole thing last year. The gloom-and-doom crowd was going nuts, and we were in 1st place!

Amy said...

Wow, interesting stats, Allan. I sure don't remember the 2004 season being particularly injury stricken, and yet we won the WS that year.

That is comforting information. If we did in 04, we sure can do it this year.

Thanks for collecting the data.

Tony said...

Seriously, my face is red right now. I think I've reached a low in my fandom...complaining about a game that my team I'm rooting for is winning.

s1c said...

I remember that season -- IT SUCKED!

Yep, it sure did.

redsock said...

good stats, s1c, but it can be deceptive.

30 games missed by tiz or manny is much different than 30 games missed by lugo or cash.

Amy said...

Yeah, I knew it wasn't really bizarro world L-girl. :)

L-girl said...

Well, if you're gonna rag on yourownself, then all if forgiven. :)

Amy said...

Oops, sorry, I should have thanked s1C.

redsock said...

i don't recall 2004 like that either. our main starters were healthy all year, right?

redsock said...

tony: plus as far as LOB today, we have left 4 on in 5 innings. 1 each in the first 4 innings, 0 in the 5th. not too bad.

s1c said...

Redsock - I agree, can be deceiving, but injuries as a whole can be pretty random. 2004 - 486 games were missed by Sheil, Garcia, and Thomas. However, 6 players missed over 45 games that year besides those three players.

This year it just seems like one starting comes off the list and then boom another starting player goes on the list.

redsock said...

GDGD has an ad for the 2009 WBC -- register for the opportunity to buy the best available tix!

jeez. thanks!

s1c said...

amy - you are welcome.

L-girl said...

Kind of a quiet thread tonight. I guess it reflects the quiet game.

Amy said...

Yeah, not much happening to get too excited about.

s1c said...

Actually spending part of the time looking at the weather for Fay. BH's family got there today (they left 1 day early) from their visit, one of the main reasons why I have been absent from the game threads).

Right now they are looking at Fay coming right at their house.

L-girl said...

I really want to see at least one of the WBC games that are in Toronto.

L-girl said...

Right at their house, wow.

L-girl said...

Yeah, not much happening to get too excited about.

Not even an interesting off-topic conv.

9casey said...

I believe Cancer made Jon Lester better the same way it made Lance Armstrong better.......to take such a negative and turn it into such a positive , says so much for him as a person.....

efd said...

hi, all... late start for me tonight, this game is flying along!

Not sure if I can do anything to liven up the conversation, though.

ish said...

Luckily Fay isn't quite as strong as expected. Let's just say if Cuba wasn't where it is, and Fay didn't have to cross it, things would be very different.

s1c said...

From Chad Finn -

So now that Jed Lowrie has won over the faithful with his spot-on Bill Mueller imitation lately, here's the question that must be asked: Will Julio Lugo get his job back when (or if) he returns from his injury? I'm not saying Terry Francona is loyal to a fault when it comes to his veterans, but if he coached the Patriots, Drew Bledsoe would still be the starting quarterback. Then again, Lugo was so consistently brutal that even Tito might be able to resist writing his name on the lineup card. Come to think of it, this might be the ultimate test for him.

10 will get you 1 that Lugo starts the first 3 games at SS with Jedi at 3b when he gets back.

ish said...

By the way, the guy who won that 100M dash, I figured out, since I've been curious, that he was running at just over 23 mph.

ish said...

Dammit, Coco.

efd said...

I do hope Rocky Cherry makes it into the game, though... that's almost as good a name as Lance Broadway!

Crisp anxious to get into the dugout, apparently.

L-girl said...

Hey Efd!

9C, I have seen that a lot with disability, too. Kids that become very mature, super compassionate, wise, for their age. Living with adversity, they are strengthened. I've been inspired so many times by it.

s1c said...

Luckily Fay isn't quite as strong as expected. Let's just say if Cuba wasn't where it is, and Fay didn't have to cross it, things would be very different.

Yep, still better to be safe than sorry, which is why they headed home early Sunday.

Jeez ocoC, not the time to run there.

efd said...

hi, l-girl!

the guy who won that 100M dash, I figured out, since I've been curious, that he was running at just over 23 mph.

Thanks, ish - my gf was wondering about that over the weekend, but neither of us was motivated enough to do the actual math!

Amy said...

Hey, how is the skunk smell these days?

How is your sister's cat, Laura?

9casey said...

L-girl said...


9C, I have seen that a lot with disability, too. Kids that become very mature, super compassionate, wise, for their age. Living with adversity, they are strengthened. I've been inspired so many times by it.


How could you not be inspired it's a lesson that can not be taught, and a lesson you wish on no one.

redsock said...

84 thru 6 for lester

L-girl said...

9C, and it's so cool, because they're 8 or 10 or 12 years old, people feel sorry for them b/c they use wheelchairs, but they have so much going for them - very smart and strong.

L-girl said...

Amy, no skunk, but the cat didn't make it. They tried everything, but had to put her down.

efd said...

(btw, Redsock, my condolences on your grandmother - haven't been on a thread since I saw the news.)

Amy said...

I am sure surviving cancer has given Lester a new perspective on life, but I have a feeling his native talent was always there. As I recall, he was quite impressive before he got sick two years ago.

redsock said...

thanks efd!

9casey said...

L-girl said...
9C, and it's so cool, because they're 8 or 10 or 12 years old, people feel sorry for them b/c they use wheelchairs, but they have so much going for them - very smart and strong.



Amazing people, and the people who work with them amazing as well...

L-girl said...

Surviving cancer can't give you talent. But it could help you focus and strengthen your resolve to work hard, stuff like that.

phil said...

Hey, folks. Back from Rhode Island and internet diaspora.

Whole Foods in Providence had these cupcakes. Bay already rates. I'm not surprised Coco's hadn't sold. No idea how they taste.

redsock said...

also:

my grandmother and her husband (who died way back in 1967) had a connection with jimmy piersall, which i may write about when i get some more info.

Amy said...

Oh, Laura, I am so sorry to hear that about your sister's cat. My heart just breaks for her and her family. It is awful enough to lose an older pet who has lived a full life, but losing one who was younger and to an accident is just awful. We lost one cat that way a number of years ago, and I was sick about it for a long time. (He got into flowers we had that turned out to be poisonous.)

L-girl said...

Amazing people, and the people who work with them amazing as well...

Totally. I just try to tell their stories, so other kids (and parents) in their position can take strength from them. Also to help the kids feel good about themselves.

9casey said...

Amy said...
I am sure surviving cancer has given Lester a new perspective on life, but I have a feeling his native talent was always there. As I recall, he was quite impressive before he got sick two years ago.



He used to pitch with fear , not wanting to give up hits and runs, so he had a tendency to walk guys....that fear is gone....

phil said...

Cabinmiller :(

9casey said...

redsock said...
jimmy piersall,


Waterbury Native

L-girl said...

Thank you, Amy. My sister is very upset, for exactly the reason you said. I'm sorry to hear you've been through it, too.

The dogs we lost when they were not old were especially painful.

I'm glad Judy has another cat and her little dog.

Amy said...

Yes, I agree with you both, Laura and Casey, about Lester. I wasn't suggesting otherwise---just that I was always impressed with him.

efd said...

Phil, those cupcakes are great!

Sorry to hear about your catniece, Laura... that is always a terrible experience for all concerned.

L-girl said...

OMG everybody look at the cupcake link!!! That is SO cool!!

redsock said...

i hear patrick's dog was hot for the catniece.

L-girl said...

Phil, thanks for taking the pic and posting it here. And since they're Whole Foods, they are probably deee-licious.

9casey said...

L-girl said...
Phil, thanks for taking the pic and posting it here. And since they're Whole Foods, they are probably deee-licious.


And expensive....

Amy said...

Those cupcakes look yummy! Whole Foods, Phil? Where is the Tek cupcake? LBJ? FY?

L-girl said...

Thanks Efd. She fell off the terrace. Miraculously didn't break anything, but her lungs filled with blood. After a week of trying, it was finally time to let her go.

My sister and I have been talking every day, I've been trying to help her with the decision. She is very indecisive, and I have been there several times. (Although not the terrace part.)

L-girl said...

See, we got a little OT convo going!

L-girl said...

yoooooooook

efd said...

i hear patrick's dog was hot for the catniece.

HA!

kkh said...

Lugo swings for first time since injury

So if Jed's at 3B, would you rather have Lugo or Cora? (Is this what they mean by a Hobson's Choice?)

LAAA just scored, so now 5-2, top of the 5th.

9casey said...

Lester's the real deal....

L-girl said...

And expensive....

Oh yeah! "Whole Paycheck"

Amy said...

There was an interesting article about Whole Foods and its reputation for being pricey a few weeks ago. They are apparently trying to battle that image. There was a table which showed that on some items they are actually no more expensive or even less expensive than a chain grocery store.

L-girl said...

I spelled "check" in USian so you all wouldn't make fun of me.

L-girl said...

Their own brand (365) is very reasonable. But the prepared food and specialty stuff is still really expensive. And even more so in Canada (where there are only 3 WF stores).

s1c said...

Here he is Rocky Cherry!!!

phil said...

The cupcakes on the far right edge were blank. Maybe you could convince them to write another player on one. I wonder what the missing sixth cupcake said.

Amy said...

Trying to decide what to do with an injured or ill pet is one of the hardest things I have had to do. Usually I have to reach the point of saying that the animal is suffering just because I don't want to feel guilty about putting him/her down before I can let go.

L-girl said...

Rocky Cherry: girls team??

phil said...

Maybe Royce Clayton finally got his cupcake.

Amy said...

Millar can't laugh at Papi now.

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