September 21, 2008

G155: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0

Red Sox   - 102 000 000 - 3  7  0
Blue Jays - 000 000 000 - 0 3 0
Dice (7-2-0-2-6, 109), Hideki Ojakima (8th: 4-3, K, L4) and Jonathan Papelbon (9th: 6-3, 5-3, 1B, F7) combined to shut out the Jays.

Jacoby Ellsbury tripled to start the game and scored on Dustin Pedroia line drive out to left field. With one out in the third, Lyndon doubled and scored on David Ortiz's dong to left. Ellsbury collected another double in the fifth. Pedroia doubled (#52) in the eighth and stole his 19th base in 20 tries.

Dice kept his pitch count down after a long second inning: 19-26-11 9-16-13 15. He allowed only two hits -- both leadoff doubles (Vernon Wells in the second and Joe Inglett in the sixth).

Matsuzaka went to a three-ball count on only four of his 25 batters: Alex Rios in the first (F7), Lyle Overbay in the second (BB), Travis Snider in the fifth (BB), and Adam Lind in the seventh (K).

The Twins beat Tampa Bay 4-1, so we are back to 1.5 GB in the East.

***

Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.93, 156 ERA+) / Scott Richmond (5.06, 85 ERA+)

Richmond is a 29-year-old rookie from British Columbia. He has made three starts this season (16 innings, 23 hits, one walk, 13 strikeouts). He has not pitched for the Jays since August 10, though he did appear in a minor league game on August 29. He will be limited to 50-60 pitches.

This is the final road game of the regular season. Boston will finish with a losing record away from Fenway Park -- they are 38-42 right now, although they have outscored their opponents 381-357 on the road.

***

If the Red Sox win and the Yankees lose (in the final game at 33-year-old "Yankee Stadium II"), then New York will be officially eliminated from post-season play for the first time since 1993. In the YED contest, Jeff F, Jeff M, Aaron S and Tim J all picked 0921.

And at Stade Fasciste tonight, instead of the usual 400 security personnel, there will be 2,000 (including "city police officers, private security, federal authorities and members of the Bronx district attorney's office").
Twins/Rays at 1:30
White Sox/Royals at 2
Orioles/Yankees at 8
East                     Magic #
Rays 92 61 ---
Red Sox 90 64 2.5 7

Wild Card Magic #
Red Sox 90 64 ---
Yankees 84 71 6.5 2
Twins 83 72 7.5 1
Blue Jays 83 72 7.5 1

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Zenslinger said...

Cheap 201?

Zenslinger said...

Heh heh heh.

nixon33 said...

IS ANYONE WATCHING THIS FUCKING CEREMONY ON YES?????


ITS LIKE FILED OF DREAMS, WITHOUT RAY LIOTTA

Jere said...

ish, you're saying what I've already said in this thread: YS has crappy sound effects and graphics so the "most knowledgeable fans in baseball" know when to cheer. Fenway never has done this. Most other parks all do it the way YS does.

ESPN Classic is showing the ceremony. Oh my lord, they're trotting out actors playing the parts of the '23 Yankees? What the fuck?

ish said...

Nix, I think they should've put the Babe's uniform on Joba and trot him out there. There is a resemblance.

ish said...

This is fucking weird.

Jere said...

Okay, people make fun of Fenway ceremonies--at least we use the actual guys! People are standing up, watching a bunch of actors get introduced.

Okay, now here are the actual players. I guess. Oh, just a scoreboard piece. Just cheer for Bucky Dent already, and let's get on with the featured performance: The Yanks getting eliminated!

redsock said...

Fenway had the Cowsills. The Chokers will have to sink pretty low to top (bottom?) that.

Jere said...

Okay, finally some real players coming onto field, position by position. Why am I watching this?

nixon33 said...

why matsui on the "some of them couldnt be here tonight" video? i thought he was A. Alive B. Still active, C. on the team ?????

Jere said...

WOuldn't it be funny if somebody hacked into their scoreboard and started showing 2004 highlights?

Jere said...

Jeter's parents alert.

Jere said...

Hey, Cora! As in that wife Scooter was always yapping about.

Jere said...

Holy shit I thought Cora had a sleeve of tats, but it was a paisley coat jacket coming out from under a jersey.

ish said...

Here are those September call-ups the Yankees were looking for.

Jere said...

Where's Andre Robertson? Zuvella? Es-pin-osa???

nixon33 said...

FUCK YOU BOGGS

Jere said...

I like how ARod is like struggling to get a spot to see.

Oh it's this fucker. Fuck you Boggs. Burn in hell.

redsock said...

Jeter's parents alert

DRINK!

Jere said...

oh of course Fatty Wells is soaking up the glory--he's standing near Joba. That's 700 pounds of crap right there for ya.

Jere said...

wait wait, this is inconsistent, before they did left fielders, now "outfielders"?

nixon33 said...

anyone know the answer to the matsui question? strange.

efd said...

Boy, you'd think this was the last night for the team, instead of just the stadium.

I am about 20 minutes behind the rest of you, I paused my DVR for a bit. Now hearing the Bob Sheppard pre-recorded intro.

Jere said...

Bruney sitting Indian style to mock the Native American tribes the Nazis wiped out in Viet Nam.....

nixon33 said...

reggie: douche!

Jere said...

god I hope one of these guys trips.

Remember Rizzuto getting knocked over by that "holy" cow?

ish said...

anyone know the answer to the matsui question? strange.

I don't know. But Jeter and A-Rod and Abreu were on the video board... He may still be there.

nixon33 said...

KAY JUST WET HIS PANTS WITH THAT INRO!

ish said...

I'd love it if Paul O'Neill went ape shit for old times sake.

Jere said...

Seriously, it's not like all these guys are gonna be dead next year, it's the stadium that's dying. Good point, efd. (It's kind of like how Fox acted like it was the final year of New York City during the ASG.)

nixon33 said...

i wonder if them re-creating the chants has to kinda take something away from the original memories, no?

Jere said...

They should bring out some drunk guy they found on the street to represent Billy Martin.

Jere said...

Martin's kid also with that stupid cross above the NY on the hat.

nixon33 said...

from abraham's blog

UPDATE, 7:28 p.m: When A-Rod was shown on the scoreboard in a video montage of great third basemen, people booed.


HAHAHA

Jere said...

Too bad Willie's not still a Met. That woulda been funny.

ish said...

Willie slides into second base.

Jere said...

"true Yankee" alert. (Ironically used on Mets manager of the past few years.)

ish said...

That was hilarious. I thought he was seriously going to hurt himself doing that.

efd said...

ok, i am skipping through this part with the actors representing old players and managers, that's just weird.

Jere said...

"And now, a tribute to the old Yankee Stadium, which was defaced in 1974."

Jere said...

Uh, Kay, maybe not a good idea to glorify fans running on field. Those extra cops are probably pissed right now.

Jere said...

I really don't wanna see Kay's semen. Someone do something.

nixon33 said...

THE BAM-TINO! HA, REMEMBER THAT ONE?

Jere said...

the bamtino, the giambino, the polonia-ino...

Jere said...

A direct quote from Kim, who just passed through the living room:

"I don't know how you can stomach this. I'd be barfin' all over the living room."

efd said...

something must be wrong with the Google on my computer... when I search for '2001 world series winner' it keeps telling me it was Arizona, but based on what I'm seeing on my TV it was obviously the Yankees.

Jere said...

Kay said Mooose and Sterling said Gooose, so the fans would know to make the oooo sound. Come on.

nixon33 said...

ron "i lost my job last year" guidry

Jere said...

"something must be wrong with the Google on my computer... when I search for '2001 world series winner' it keeps telling me it was Arizona, but based on what I'm seeing on my TV it was obviously the Yankees."

Don't you remember? "America" won that series. That still pisses me off that the cover of the MLB vid/DVD for that year's WS featured pics of both teams, instead of just the winning team.

redsock said...

A direct quote from Kim, who just passed through the living room:

"I don't know how you can stomach this. I'd be barfin' all over the living room."


Tell her I agree.

It's like how I wouldn't listen to a Bush speech or Limbaugh's radio show.

Jere said...

Wells and Cone consecutively. Two later-Red Sox.

Talk about the catch-22 of all time: Kay about to lose his voice. But if he does, it just means more Sterling.

redsock said...

The Orioles better come out blazin'. I want the MFY loss to be epic.

efd said...

Kay can leave it all on the field since he's not broadcasting the game tonight... Sterling still has a few hours of talking still to come.

nixon33 said...

i heard kay is going to do a couple of inning son radio (not sure if its gonna be with sterling or not as espn radio is doing the game too)
but it'd prolly be with sterling right, like old times.
hahaha

redsock said...

How is the Gestapo going to stop hundreds of fans from running wild after the game if that's what happens?

Actual guns and bullets? Random beating of the people who fall down? Tear gas? Tanks?

efd said...

ah, I hadn't heard that. I would guess it's going to be on WCBS with Sterling.

redsock said...

kay can describe the yankees hat and uniform shirt in minute detail (color, design, etc.) for 4 minutes - like old times.

efd said...

kay can describe the yankees hat and uniform shirt in minute detail

Oh jeez, I forgot about that.

Jere said...

Bernie Williams is the featured guest? Just because they screwed him over?

nixon33 said...

"theres a strike" in stereo
hahaha

Jere said...

what color's the piping tonight, Michael? Huh? Huh? Same as every other night?

Jere said...

there's a FAST strike

redsock said...

"... interlocking N and Y ... number on the back of the uniform shirt ... no name ...



























... of course"

nixon33 said...

FRANK CATA-LA-NOTTO

efd said...

question for those of you watching in real time - is ESPN throwing this back over to ESPN, or are they going to keep it on ESPN2 until the game starts?

Jere said...

Xavier Nady probably feels like a big zero right about now

nixon33 said...

from sosh:

"It would be nice if they left John Sterling in the stadium when they demolish it."

redsock said...

mlbtv not showing anything. are they in commercial or maybe they are showing the game only?

Jere said...

I was 18 the last time the Yanks weren't in the playoffs. Now I'm 33. Let's do this, O's!

Jere said...

they should remove Sterling brick by brick

Jere said...

anybody wanna jump off the upper deck into the screen one last time?

nixon33 said...

HIP HIP, FOURTH PLACE!

Jere said...

The divided family: Some Ruths are Sox fans--this one's a Yankee fan.

A Conformer said...

Do you think that Julia Ruth Stevens really goes by that name? Or did they change her name for the ceremony?

James said...

Hey! I thought there might be some people watching this thing on here.

Pretty freaking dramatic, huh? I can't believe this is the last game of the last world series in baseball history, and after this no one will ever play baseball again, and the hall of fame will be exploded...

Jere said...

Where-is-Rocket?

James said...

I'm sure an awful lot of Yankees fans want to jump off of something right about now.

ish said...

question for those of you watching in real time - is ESPN throwing this back over to ESPN, or are they going to keep it on ESPN2 until the game starts?

It should be going back to ESPN

redsock said...

Some guy named Waters is pitching for Baltimore. If he wins, his nickname will be "Dirty".

ish said...

You know what John Sterling down on the field means? Someone gave Suzyn Waldman a microphone!

A Conformer said...

A leadoff dong would be fucking amazing.

ish said...

Jeter's at a table on the field, being met with his family... Something is waiting for him, I guess.

nixon33 said...

MADE UP AWARDS!

ish said...

waterford crystal bat and ball, presented by Jennifer and Hal Steinbrenner to Jeter.

nixon33 said...

EMF!!! YOU GOTTA BE FUCKING KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!

ish said...

I wish I could see that bat and ball. ESPN cut away.

efd said...

This game isn't going to start until 10 o'clock, is it.

James said...

"This is where the history of baseball started." - John Kruk.

"I won't miss this place... because it's inside me." - Yogi Berra.

They are building a BETTER stadium for you than the 35 year old one!

My god this is gross.

ish said...

This game isn't going to start until 10 o'clock, is it.

Well, about a half hour ago I saw Tucan warming in the bullpen...

Jere said...

where are you guys seeing this EMF stuff? On mlbtv or something? No ESPN channels showed that at my house.

ish said...

Proof that anyone could make a 5 year old ballpark closing feel momentous.

ish said...

EMF?

efd said...

was the crystal bat broken, in honor of the large number of broken bats in the final season at Yankee Stadium?

ish said...

They should have given Jeter a commemorative dancing monkey or something, in honor of his trademark little dance when a pitch is on the inner half of the plate.

James said...

Anyone want to play over/under:

Jeter hits .5
Millar HR .5
Pettite IP 5.9
Times Joe Morgan or Jon Miller says "mystique" or "aura" 100

Under
Over
Under
Way, way over

Oh man! When I was about to press post, Joe Morgan said mystique 3 times!

And Jon Miller said mystique and aura once each! I better press post.

ish said...

Finally, some BASEBALL soon!

nixon33 said...

EMF. they gave the award to jeter and started playing that song 'you're unbelievable" by EMF.

classy.

nixon33 said...

ok any predictions on what the SURPRISE THEY WILL HAVE AT THE END, AFTER THE GAME?

GEORGE?

ish said...

It better be George.

And the O's better win.

James said...

Hey! Gammo mentioned the stadium being "remodeled!" First I've heard about that!

They also showed Jeter's running into the stands... for some reason.

Cool, now they're showing people beating the Yankees! HEY! 2004 Sox!

efd said...

Throw "cathedral" in there with "mystique" and "aura."

James said...

The surprise is that Bud Selig declares the Yankees automatic winners of the 2008 wild card.

James said...

They've got a fun stadium facts ticker at the bottom of the screen. Did you know tickets used to cost fifteen cents?

It's 8:41. Still no first pitch.

ish said...

They showed the first pitched zoomed way out to show all of the stupid people who don't know that flashes don't work for long range shots.

ish said...

Close to a home run! Damn.

A Conformer said...

Shit, not far from a lead off dong

phil said...

BAL - 0
MFY -

redsock said...

Ofer: Read any DFW yet?

James said...

They're chanting "Waters sucks."

James said...

Jeter with a backwards K! Yes sir!

redsock said...

Wow, an ump dared to call CI out on strikes!

ish said...

And Abreu! That's strange. You'd think Bud would have told the umpires not to call anything against the Yankees.

ish said...

2,000th strikeout for Tucan

phil said...

BAL - 0
MFY - 0

ish said...

Sterling: "I got so turned on in those ceremonies..."

And you were worried about Kay having an accident...

Adam Jones hits a triple that took a funny hop off the right field wall

ish said...

Well, not a funny hop, but Abreu was too close to the wall.

efd said...

Abreu was too close to the wall

Bobby being Bobby.

James said...

Does anyone, anywhere play a wall worse than Abreu?

I mean, other than Youk in left back in '06.

ish said...

Millar walks... corners with 1 out.

ish said...

Payton grounds to A-Rod... beat out the DP and Jones scores. 1-0 O's!

phil said...

BAL - 01
MFY - 0

redsock said...

RUN!

phil said...

GDGD's Pettitte photo always looks like he's crying.

A Conformer said...

Ofer: Read any DFW yet?

Not yet. I still have about 70 pages of Dostoesvsky... and I don't like to read two books at the same time.

redsock said...

DFW hearts Dostoesvsky.

There was a great thing he wrote about him that ties in well with the fiction essay in Fun Thing that got pulled from Fun Thing at the last minute, but is in Lobster.

I won't bother you about it anymore! :>)

efd said...

Nice play by The Other Roberts!

phil said...

BAL - 01
MFY - 00

efd said...

and nice bobble by Pettitte!

phil said...

E1. Nice.

ish said...

2-0!

ish said...

Yogi almost said "Oh shit" on the air.

efd said...

I think Whitey Ford almost cursed in the ESPN booth!

phil said...

In play, run(s)

efd said...

oh, it was Yogi!

redsock said...

GO BIRDS GO!!!!

phil said...

BAL - 011
MFY - 00

nixon33 said...

"how'd you get ready for the pregame intros, yogi?"

"Well, i tucked my balls into my sock, and was ready to go!"

redsock said...

all these friggin dopes with their NYY jerseys with names on the back.

redsock said...

though plenty of sox fans have jersery with "Williams" on the back.

Jere said...

Talk about ads in mid inning--I just heard the PC Richards whistle after that K. Looked it up to find they've been doing it on all Ks since the All-Star Game as part of a sponsorship with PC Richards.

efd said...

Redsock, I was just about to post about that... I can't stand those shirts. They make such a big deal about no names on the back of the uniforms, but apparently the fans still need the name on there so they know whose shirt they're wearing.

Jere said...

The whistle over the stadium PA, not on TV or radio

redsock said...

Yep, I've heard that K. ... Hey, the MFY need the extra revenue to compete with the big boys in Pittsburgh and Florida.

Jere said...

speaking of payrolls--didn't work out for the Tigers, either, eh? Theirs was higher than ours.

efd said...

yeah, Jere, I've been noticing that PC Richard whistle for a while. The amazing thing is, J&R is "the official electronics retailer of the NYY" according to promos that the YES announcers read once per game (and the sign out in right field). Somehow the Yankees were able to sign up another sponsor in the same category, which is unusual.

redsock said...

apparently the fans still need the name on there so they know whose shirt they're wearing

"i like the number 7, but i don't know who that player is. and since i am a true yankee fan and i don't know, then no one else will know either and they won't understand how much i like that 7 guy -- whoever he is."

phil said...

Theirs was higher than the Mets' too, which was higher than ours.

redsock said...

Keep doing what you're doing, Waters.

James said...

DFW talk is always good on here, right?

I spent half the day reading a bunch of critical essays about him. For those of us who think the widespread, wanton destructive use of irony needs to be done away with before everyone stops being able to say anything, we lost a big ally. It still bums me out in a big way when I think about it.

So does that Matsui basehit.

phil said...

There goes the nohitter.

phil said...

Having the last toilet game see the MFY no-hit would've been perfect.

phil said...

Outs, please.

Jere said...

Whitey Ford looking like Ozzy in Decline part II pouring the orange juice, trying to pour the dirt into that cup

Jere said...

Ozzy '88

James said...

Goddamn it. That sucks.

efd said...

asshole.

phil said...

I thought they were carting the dirt to the WC Nouveau.

Fucking Damon.

efd said...

what, no curtain call for Damon?!

SoSock said...

I had a feeling you Schadenfreude-loving mofos would be here. ;>
Listening to the game in the other room while trying to get a little paperwork done. Well, just barely listening. I've also got some live Clapton circa '74 going on my puter. It sounds much better than Joe.

phil said...

BAL - 011
MFY - 003

Jere said...

So Damon gets homers in both games that knocked down Yankee Stadium. Whatever.

Jere said...

Gammons, you ol' fuck, don't try to brush off Big Stein's negative points. Easy to do when you leave out his felonies.

A Conformer said...

Now, since it's the Os, and they're making such a deal about the last home run in the Toilet: who will hit the last baltidong there? The suspense is killing me.

ish said...

I'd love it if we could have a bucket head dong to be the final dong.

A Conformer said...

Virgil Trucks- in the automotive roman poets team.

redsock said...

Wait, don't we want Fruitbat to blow the save and get the L?

O's should of hired Mueller for the night!

ish said...

Payton beats out a soft grounder to Tucan... he hesitated and Payton beat it out!

Jere said...

I love how Pettitte made sure to get the ball cleanly, set and throw, but still didn't get him.

phil said...

Can't we replace Wally with Millar in the off season? It's not like he has a BPA pension to fall back on.

A Conformer said...

Wait, don't we want Fruitbat to blow the save and get the L?

O's should of hired Mueller for the night!


They've got Millar and a Roberts...

ish said...

It's so funny to hear Sterling talk about the playoffs - that the Yankees won't be in.

"So, it'll be Tampa, Boston, LA, and either Chicago or Minnesota, in the playoffs."

redsock said...

I love that part in that clip when Chambliss plows straigth right into a guy and knocks him back and flat!

ish said...

Base hit for Roberts that scores Millar! Tie game.

Jere said...

tied.

phil said...

They've got Millar and a Roberts...

They do indeed.

SoSock said...

Yes, they are grotesquely over-doing the sentimental slop about this park. And yes, they are grotesquely over-stating it's relative importance to the sport, (as if no other stadium has seen players of monumental historic significance or iconic records being smashed).
But it IS cool to listen to Whitey and Yogi. I had to get up and go in for a minute to listen. If only the jerks in the booth would just let them go and not guide their words.

A Conformer said...

Hey, hey, hey- they're not eliminated yet. As long as there's a mathematical chance, I will not give up hope.

And Millar and Roberts tie it.

phil said...

BAL - 0111
MFY - 003

nixon33 said...

YEAH CHAMBLISS ABSOLUTELY DECKS THAT FUCKER. FLATTENS HIM!

redsock said...

DFW is always welcome. Just finished reading this.

A Conformer said...

Shit. Joe Morgan just said that we have to wait until the MFY are mathematically eliminated- and unlike me, it seems he meant it.

Anyway, what would they have done if they would've made the playoffs? They wouldn't be able to do any ceremonies- especially if they would've been eliminated on the road. You could never know in advance... they're very lucky, when you think about it.

phil said...

Bleh.

BAL - 0111
MFY - 0032

nixon33 said...

YNAKEE LEGEND MOLINA WITH A CHANCE TO HAVE THE LAST HR IN YANKEE STADIUM!
HAHAHA

phil said...

At least Molina's wasn't a cheap porch fly ball like Damon's.

ish said...

If that's the final dong of the Toilet, people will probably point at Molina's number for significance - 26.

efd said...

Miller going on about Sheppard recording the intro for Jeter as if ht was just for tonight. They've been using it all (or at least most of the) year, ever since Sheppard got sick.

nixon33 said...

girardi "its like a world series"

hahaha

Jere said...

shut the fuck up, assfuck. The Yankees "defending their home turf" didn't lift the "my house" part of the nation. What an arrogant jerkoff. Yankees: LOSERS of 2001. Terrorists beat America, the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees. These fuckers live in a fantasy world, and this is the reason my hatred of this fucking organization will never waver.

ish said...

Betcha ESPN doesn't talk to Captain Kirk.

redsock said...

But Jere -- didn't you hear that after being crowned Mr. November, CI went out and single-handedly captured bin Laden?

redsock said...

Actually, bin Laden ran five feet to Jeter's left and CI missed him.

Jere said...

I thought Michael Kay captured bin Laden.

Jere said...

oh my lord that's funny shit

SoSock said...

RS - that was a great piece about Wallace. He sounds like the kind of writer I would aspire to be, if I ever get off my keister and actually try it.
I am now definitely going to be reading some of his work this winter, altho I had pretty much decided I should already.

Jere said...

Did Arod yelp on that ball that almost grazed his shoe?

redsock said...

Has anyone put forth the idea that the reason for Jetes's 0-for-3 is that he has had many big moments in that park and he is gracefully stepping aside to let his teammates stand in the spotlight on this special night?

Jere said...

I did feel like he swung at that first pitch before to make sure Damon didn't get a curtain call.

ish said...

Has anyone put forth the idea that the reason for Jetes's 0-for-3 is that he has had many big moments in that park and he is gracefully stepping aside to let his teammates stand in the spotlight on this special night?

It wouldn't be that his wrist hurts from being drilled last night and any other night he probably wouldn't be playing, right? Nah, couldn't be.

efd said...

the GiamDPino!

ish said...

Did Molina come out for a curtain call?

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