October 16, 2008

ALCS 5: Red Sox 8, Rays 7

Rays    - 203 000 200 - 7  8  1
Red Sox - 000 000 431 - 8 11 0
ALIVE!


Tampa Bay was seven outs away from the American League pennant -- and the Red Sox were down by seven runs.

The Rays recorded only six of those outs -- and the Red Sox scored eight times to complete the greatest comeback by any team facing elimination and the second biggest comeback in post-season/World Series history and send this ALCS back to Florida.

David Ortiz's three-run dong to right in the seventh was a big blow -- cutting the lead from 7-1 to 7-4 -- but it was J.D. Drew who was the hero. After Jason Bay walked on four pitches to start the eighth inning, Drew clubbed a two-run shot to right off J.P. Howell to bring Boston to within 7-6. With two outs, Mark Kotsay doubled off B.J. Upton's glove in deep left-center and Coco Crisp capped off a 10-pitch at-bat with a line drive single to right. Gabe Gross's throw did not make the infield on the fly and Kotsay scored the tying run.


With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Kevin Youkilis reached second base on a throwing error by Evan Longoria. Jason Bay was walked intentionally. Drew then lined a 3-1 pitch over Gross's head in right field and Yook scored the game-winning run.



***

Lineups:
Crisp, CF        Iwamura, 2B
Pedroia, 2B Upton, CF
Ortiz, DH Pena, 1B
Youkilis, 3B Longoria, 3B
Bay, LF Crawford, LF
Drew, RF Floyd, DH
Lowrie, SS Navarro, C
Varitek, C Gross, RF
Kotsay, 1B Bartlett, SS
***

BR Preview: Scott Kazmir / Daisuke Matsuzaka

Fact: Tampa Bay is three games away from elimination. The Rays have been conducting a Totally Kicking Ass 101 seminar since last Saturday, but the real ALCS begins tonight. Fenway Park will be rocking. We will make our own destination.

Joe Maddon has altered his pitching rotation, not to go for the kill in Game 5, but to set his team up for a better Game 6 matchup. Big mistake, Joe. Big. Tito the Assassin knows that when you have your target lined up in your sights, you fucking fire. You don't stop and check if your shoelaces are tied.


Choosing Kazmir over Shields has left the ALCS door a bit more open than it was 24 hours ago - and the Large Father & Co. are gonna barge in and make themselves at home. Backs to the wall -- win or go home -- "got to make it interesting" -- this is what we do -- and this is when we do it -- because "If you wear a Red Sox uniform jersey, you're a bad motherfucker."

Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now
Bob Dylan - "Mississippi"


***

It worked in 2004. It worked in 2007. It'll work in 2008.
One. One game. One win. That's all.

Not three, not two.

One.

Tonight.
***

Matsuzaka, October 21, 2007:
I don't know if the term "switched on" is the right term or the right way to describe, but I am all on for [tonight].

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efd said...

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A Conformer said...

They are just so fucking locked in. FUCK

ish said...

Jeemer warming.

Amy said...

Oki up? That seems odd so early in this game.

L-girl said...

My connection's been down, but it's just as well.

thatdietcokegirl said...

So once again we are down 5-0 in the third fucking inning.

I think that's what we were all thinking 'if we just don't get down by alot, early, things will be ok'. I really didn't think that would happen AGAIN.

efd said...

probably Oki because as a late-game pitcher he's able to warm up fairly quickly.

Patrick said...

You can call me a loser if you want. I give up.

Good night all.

redsock said...

these fuckers are so hot, it'll take them only 3 ws games to sweep the phils.

not that i think they're winning the pennant of course ..............

ish said...

Dice-K's not had real bad stuff... Look at the changeups he's been throwing.

Pitch selection. But we'll never hear a word about it.

ish said...

Obviously his location on those few pitches has been shit, but why are you throwing a fastball to Pena?

ish said...

FY, Tiz, and Youk up.

L-girl said...

It sucks, but I guess I've been somewhat prepared.

thatdietcokegirl said...

What are these stupid fucking vw commercials all about. ??

L-girl said...

Wow, Patrick, I'm surprised.

It's not being a loser. I just can't imagine turning the game off before the last out. But each to his own.

I'm here for the duration.

Amy said...

Patrick, I pretty much have given up, but will watch til the bitter end. And I do mean bitter.

redsock said...

, but why are you throwing a fastball to Pena?

GEE, I DON'T KNOW -- VARIFUCKINGTEK, CAN YOU TELL US?

5-0 ain't deep -- but we gotta HIT and then HOLD these fuckers.

A Conformer said...

Have to get to fucking Kashmir right here. No time to lose.

redsock said...

miller making highly unfunny jokes in the booth -- "we need a computer to keep track of all these home runs"

annoying.

plus he called the rays the "jays"

Amy said...

Allan, I admire your hopefulness. Just can't say I share it. A five run deficit against this team just seems insurmountable, given our hitting and their pitching and their continued hitting.

ish said...

Now they're fucking hacking at stupid shit down and in, down and away.

Ben said...

they're booing papi?

i'm sorry, this sucks, but fuck you if you're gonna boo papi.

L-girl said...

Amy, I think everyone's expectations are pretty much the same. We just cope with it differently.

redsock said...

i don't really share it either.

boos for flo????????????????

those people are at the TOP of my assholes list.

L-girl said...

I can't believe people are booing Ortiz. That is so low. They should be banned from Fenway for life.

ish said...

The way Ortiz has been running down to first, he deserves some boos.

efd said...

I was thinking the same thing about the Ortiz boos.... no class or respect at all.

I'm surprised those fans haven't left already.

redsock said...

2 doungy runs would make me somewhat glad.

L-girl said...

I was once at Yankee Stadium when people were booing Mariano. I thought my head was gonna explode.

BOOING DAVID ORTIZ AT FENWAY???? You fucking assholes.

ish said...

But only some. A grounder right to the first base bag is understandable. But we've seen times where he should have run a little harder. He hit the ball hard but right at Pena, shouldn't have gotten booed there.

L-girl said...

The way Ortiz has been running down to first, he deserves some boos.

Are you being sarcastic??

Amy said...

Booing Papi is Yankee fan behavior.

ish said...

Don't mind me. I'm just pissed off a bit.

Ben said...

Booing Papi is Yankee fan behavior.

I was thinking Philly fan behavior, but yeah.

ish said...

What I meant is I'm not surprised this Fenway crowd would boo him. And if this game gets any worse people will start leaving again too.

phil said...

I haven't given up, but these fuckers make me feel like it.

thatdietcokegirl said...

BOOING DAVID ORTIZ AT FENWAY???? You fucking assholes.

Agreed x1000. They're why the atmosphere sux and we've been losing.

Amy said...

Hmm, got awfully quiet in here. More noise at Fenway.

efd said...

not that much to talk about, sadly - gamewise, at least.

Although if Tek can get on that might perk things up...

Amy said...

I keep thinking of the line from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when the posse after them keeps reappearing and they cannot escape them: Who ARE those guys?

That's how I am feeling about the Rays. Just cannot escape them.

efd said...

They are relentless, I'll give them credit for that. Not that the Red Sox haven't looked flat in this series, but they're being beaten (so far) by the team that was in first place in the toughest division in baseball for most of the season.

Amy said...

Times says this could be Tek's last game for the Sox. That makes me sad. Though it may be entirely deserved and correct.

Ben said...

A little luck there. Don't squander!

efd said...

sigh....

redsock said...

we've been losing our connection.

one comment i lost and am typing again -- if there are only 5 innings of red sox baseball left this year, i'm sure as shit gonna watch them all.

p.s.: fucking rays

redsock said...

tek sasahf

(f = feet)

L-girl said...

We don't need Jack Curry to tell us this may be Tek's last game with the Sox.

L-girl said...

The thing about sports is you need to score more points than your opponent in order to win.

It's really hard to win if you don't.

redsock said...

miller saying the rays have had three straight games of 10 home runs.

it's been bad, but not THAT bad.

Ben said...

This game is aggravating enough without the TBS announcing crew.

efd said...

i guess Francona doesn't want Dice-K facing Upton again

A Conformer said...

miller saying the rays have had three straight games of 10 home runs.

it's been bad, but not THAT bad.


It certainly feels like that.

ish said...

I hate this feeling, though. Where you're looking at the beloved ballpark and the team you've followed for 170 games, plus spring training, all the way since March. This long, arduous campaign and this night, you can't help but feel like this is the last time you'll see this before the rest of the leaves fall and the snow starts.

Amy said...

True, but I guess I hadn't really thought about it that way (Tek not being signed again after this year).

L-girl said...

You guys should watch the rest on mute. It will be a bit less painful that way.

A Conformer said...

The thing is that Daisuke didn't pitch badly today. He had good stuff. They're just amazingly locked in, and they're not letting Sox' pitchers do any mistakes.

redsock said...

could we have another brawl?

Amy said...

Well said, Ish. That's why I would never turn off the game. It may send like blasphemy, but it is not ONLY about winning.

ish said...

Playoff Ish has creeped back in. It's the 5th inning. Down by 5. This shit's doable.

I'll tell ya this. If the Red Sox find their bats and get back into this thing and win it... The Rays won't win again. I think that.

Amy said...

Sound, not send.

A Conformer said...

I'm pretty sure Tek will get signed for a 2 year contract, or something like that. I just hope he'll be platooned with a left handed hitting catcher (or another switch hitter).

ish said...

I'd love to have another brawl, btw.

L-girl said...

It's not all about winning. It can't be. Being a fan is about being there win or lose.

Hey, you can't win the world series every year. Not even the Red Sox can do that. :)

ish said...

Pena's been wanting to do that for donkey's years.

redsock said...

see that, papi? free hits over there.

ish said...


Hey, you can't win the world series every year. Not even the Red Sox can do that. :)


I just hate thinking about that. I try not to look year by year. It takes away from the meaning of each season when you step back and look at multiple years.

A Conformer said...

Hey, you can't win the world series every year. Not even the Red Sox can do that. :)

You should have tried saying that after game 7 of the ALCS in 2003. Or after game 3 in 04. (:

ish said...

see that, papi? free hits over there.

Fucking right. Seems like every time he did that he fired up the offense and good things came out of it.

SHAKE THINGS UP!

L-girl said...

Who is the GM of the Phillies?

ish said...

Pat Gillick.

Ben said...

You can't complain about your team going to the ALCS, though. That's a good season no matter how you cut it.

Not that this is over yet.

redsock said...

joe, i wanna club you over the head with a JUG.

redsock said...

jon miller: "could the mighty 1927 yankees have been any scarier than these rays?"

then he tells a story about the 1927 yanks and the pirates -- but the story is actually about the 1932 yankees and the cubs.

he's annoying me more than morgan.

ish said...

The Rays are showing the Red Sox how the Red Sox should be playing, and how they could be playing. They're doing things that almost guarantee success in the right spots, like Pena's bunt and their steals. When was the last time the Red Sox stole a base? When was the last time they dropped one down and legged it out?

L-girl said...

It takes away from the meaning of each season when you step back and look at multiple years.

It's the opposite for me. It puts everything in perspective.

It's why I don't get too upset over any given loss during the season.

You should have tried saying that after game 7 of the ALCS in 2003. Or after game 3 in 04.

Couldn't've said it then. :)

I think it's amazing and wonderful I can say it now.

To me, we were a good team this year, but not a championship team. I'm glad we made it this far, and now... it sucks, but it isn't a huge heartbreak.

Amy said...

Allan, so glad you are seeing why I detest Jon Miller (not that I would have known about the mistake you are referring to---I just hate his attitude in general).

redsock said...

jeem keeps it at 5.

rally time from ococ.

L-girl said...

Gillick, thanks.

You can't complain about your team going to the ALCS, though. That's a good season no matter how you cut it.

That's how I feel. Especially given how many games we won and our pitching.

A Conformer said...

jon miller: "could the mighty 1927 yankees have been any scarier than these rays?"

then he tells a story about the 1927 yanks and the pirates -- but the story is actually about the 1932 yankees and the cubs.


Come on, you can't possibly expect Jon Miller to know these kinds of things. He's only been ESPN's main PBP guy for 20 years...

L-girl said...

Allan, so glad you are seeing why I detest Jon Miller (not that I would have known about the mistake you are referring to---I just hate his attitude in general).

As soon as I read Allan's comment, I thought, ah, he's joined Amy in that. :)

L-girl said...

I can't see detesting either Morgan or Miller. They're stupid, but they're just there.

I'm grateful I had a non-TBS option!

redsock said...

amy, yeah, he's having a gay ol' time.

ish said...

To me, we were a good team this year, but not a championship team. I'm glad we made it this far, and now... it sucks, but it isn't a huge heartbreak.

The combination of things, not just the losing, but all that brings with it. Seeing the Rays move on, seeing the World Series and knowing when the Red Sox are done, so is summer.

I felt sad about it even when the Red Sox won the world series.

Amy said...

I guess I am somewhat philosophical about where we are. If we were losing these games by one run or losing because of errors, I would feel much worse. Close games are just so frustrating. Sloppy play makes me mad. But we are losing these games because they are just better than our team...at least in this series.

A Conformer said...

Does anybody in the world besides TBS call Shields "big game James"?

Ben said...

My secret weapon for keeping things in perspective: being friends with a lot of Cubs fans.

redsock said...

miller says iwamura "gloves it, spins and throws".

radio is ahead, so i wait. then i see him run in and throw it. no spinning.

thatdietcokegirl said...

Despite everything, I always think we can win. Just one little spark can make so much happen. All I ask for is that one spark.

ish said...

I guess I am somewhat philosophical about where we are. If we were losing these games by one run or losing because of errors, I would feel much worse. Close games are just so frustrating. Sloppy play makes me mad. But we are losing these games because they are just better than our team...at least in this series.

I get frustrated by these types of games when guys get desperate, start hacking at bad pitches, and make things easier on the other team. And the pitchers kinda let things happen as well.

If the Red Sox got a little more tough and a little more creative, and still lose, I'd feel better about it. It's so frustrating to see them basically counting down the outs.

Amy said...

That part, Ish, I completely get. I hate when baseball is over. I watch the WS even when my team is not in it because I love baseball. When it ends, I know there is nothing but winter ahead. That does make me sad.

ish said...

Does anybody in the world besides TBS call Shields "big game James"?

Now other people do. Because TBS did.

L-girl said...

I think we are all out of spark.

A Conformer said...

I guess I am somewhat philosophical about where we are. If we were losing these games by one run or losing because of errors, I would feel much worse. Close games are just so frustrating. Sloppy play makes me mad. But we are losing these games because they are just better than our team...at least in this series.

That game 2 is just looming huger and huger (is that even a word?) every minute. I'm not going to play the if game, I'll just say that that that was key.

thatdietcokegirl said...

could we have another brawl?

Seconded.

SoSock said...

PEEEEEYEEEWWWWWW!

When this game started we had the Rays RIGHT WHERE WE WANTED THEM!
They are no longer right where we want them.
Bob was already here when I got home from practice and we were down 2 - 0. Sure would be nice to see a little something to cheer about. And 1 for 17 isn't it.

BUT - going over goal IS!!
YAY!! and thanks many many times over to all of you who pitched in and to RS and L-G for all of their enthusiastic prodding.

Amy said...

Ben, how true! I really felt for the Cubs fans this year. Imagine being one of the best teams in the league all season and getting swept in the division series.

L-girl said...

I always watch the World Series, no matter who is in it.

But I look forward to the off-season. Following a team this closely takes so much time. It's good to have a break. Movie season.

ish said...

What I see here is a Red Sox team that is following the rules of momentum, etc. Unlike past teams, who fought their hardest when down and out.

This Rays team, however, will never follow the rules. It wouldn't have surprised me if the Red Sox had won tonight, and Saturday night, then lose Sunday night. The way the Rays have been, they are seemingly immune to momentum changes.

A Conformer said...

My secret weapon for keeping things in perspective: being friends with a lot of Cubs fans.

After tough regular season losses, I used to go to USSmariner and read a bit. Always made me feel better (and they're great baseball writers).

L-girl said...

Sosock, it was great to be able to do something. You and Cat gave us a gift, we just shared it.

I'm so happy it worked out.

Ben said...

That game 2 is just looming huger and huger (is that even a word?) every minute. I'm not going to play the if game, I'll just say that that that was key.

Yeah, I was saying exactly this earlier. It would've changed the tone of the whole series.

Amy said...

SoSock, so glad you are here and that your goal was reached.

Talk about putting things in perspective!

ish said...

All in all I don't mind dipping down into late fall and winter. If that was just it. But part of the problem with dipping down into winter is the lingering of the snow and brown and mud through March and April here. I can tolerate December and January, and most of February, but by March and April I go crazy, especially seeing so many other places in the world already blossoming into Spring. Here we don't see our first leaves until late April - toward the first of May.

thatdietcokegirl said...

These shutout innings from Oki would be awesome(er) if we could just score some flipping RUNS for him.

ish said...

And then of course, turning the clocks back and artificially making the night time longer...etc.

Amy said...

Again, I am right there with you, Ish. I find other things to do in winter---reading, watching regular TV, skiing, etc.---but the dark, the cold, the lack of color just makes me feel dark, cold and colorless. So it isn't just that there is no baseball--it's that it means winter, my least favorite time of year, is around the corner. I hate seeing the damn leaves falling off the trees.

ish said...

The season ending also means the end of these game threads, which is something I look forward to every day. Something you grow very used to and will suddenly end.

Ben said...

I know it's not a favored topic around here, but I do enjoy the football season too. It's very fun game in a completely different way than baseball.

phil said...

Well, baseball ends eventually, even for the winners. There's a reason the hot stove is kept hot in the winter.

redsock said...

wow - morgan is the voice of reason in the booth. miller has the world series starting in 3 minutes -- morgan is saying hey there is still 12 outs to go. talking miller back to the game every 5-10 minutes

L-girl said...

You guys are so morose! Is it the game and the series, or do you complain all winter?

SoSock said...

C'mon Youk, How 'bout a little spark or something?
shit
Yeah, I always watch the W_S. After all I'm a bseball fan.
But the end of the season is really a drag for me as well.
Although there is no denying that the first couple of weeks after the last game are some of my most productive weeks of the year.

SoSock said...

If that had been a R-S player, he would have struggled to make that catch instead of galloping

SoSock said...

If that had been a R-S player, he would have struggled to make that catch instead of galloping

ish said...

I really don't like football. I used to watch the Patriots each week, and I definitely understand the game - I allowed myself to learn the game and be able to watch it and know what's going on. And I'll probably still watch the Patriots. But I'm just not into it. I hate how it dominates every day headlines like hockey does in Canada.

I do love hockey, though. It will be fun to watch the Bruins this year, and I'll try hosting some game threads for Bruins games - maybe Tim and Joe or others will be interested. It'll be fun to see how the Bruins will fare this season. Sometimes I think I feel the same for them as I do the Red Sox. But they're still just one thing that helps bridge the offseason gap.

It also helps that the Celtics are a good team again. I'll watch those games when the Bruins aren't playing. Or maybe fire up the two televisions in the living room and watch them both at the same time.

There are regular TV shows like House that I like, but it seems like my favorite TV shows are on in the summer also.

Amy said...

I don't complain all winter. I just cope and don't like it much except when we are outside skiing.

And yeah, I feel a bit morose.

redsock said...

kaz at 111 - should be done.

maybe we can slap the pen around.

Ben said...

Yeah, we definitely need to cheer up. This is not over. All we need is a couple of productive innings.

ish said...

You guys are so morose! Is it the game and the series, or do you complain all winter?

Winter has its own charm but I have never liked it. I like being able to have my window open and let the fresh air in, and not have to worry about how much energy is being used to heat the house, and having to go to a gym to exercise rather than go for walks or bike rides. I've just never been a fan of winter.

Maybe it'll change in a couple years when I might be better able to step out of this climate for a winter vacation here or there.

ish said...

I love big snow storms, though. But we don't get as many of them here as places further inland do. Instead we have to deal with rain-snow lines and sleet and that thick, heavy snow. It can rain in January and snow in April.

L-girl said...

Yeah, it's not for everyone. I like summer a whole lot more now that I have a backyard, but in NYC and Philadelphia, I hated it. So I can relate.

thatdietcokegirl said...

I'll come and slap the pen around if the Red Sox don't.

Ben said...

I'm in Colorado, so we're not exactly lacking in winter activities. Haven't been taking as much advantage as I should the last few years, though.

thatdietcokegirl said...

Dude, you guys are talking about the weather.

Sayin. xo

redsock said...

BOT up

L-girl said...

I'm trying to remember how I felt in game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. But that was so different b/c of 2003.

SoSock said...

I think Ish touched on one thing that a lot of us cannot deny. The game threads here become like my morning coffee ritual at the bagel shop. It's just a comfortable routine with a group you feel completely at ease with, even if there are differing viewpoints and philosophies.
That's why I'm so happy that THIS GAME IS NOT OVER YET!

efd said...

Sosock, congrats on hitting your goal, that is great news!

ish said...

For all of his wacky colored suits, Craig Sager's not so bad. He's a sideline reporter. He's kind of a loose guy. He's comfortable with what he does. He's not real wordy. He's no Ken Rosenthal, and that's a good thing.

phil said...

Chaos theory suggests that Tek's whiffing in Boston can cause a blizzard in Colorado.

redsock said...

fucking a manny
it's garbage time. throw strikes.

Amy said...

Yes,I also miss the group in the off season, though many of us still commented throughout the off season. Not the same as the thread chats, though.

ish said...

It was easier last year with the end of game threads because we were so happy about winning the World Series. Winning the Series helps to ease the transition away from summer and baseball.

Ben said...

Chaos theory suggests that Tek's whiffing in Boston can cause a blizzard in Colorado.

Guess I better bundle up tomorrow, then...

ish said...

7th inning Bot.

Playoff Assassin doing all he can.

L-girl said...

Chaos theory suggests that Tek's whiffing in Boston can cause a blizzard in Colorado.

I heard it was a Tiz dong that caused the big tsunami. That's why he's afraid to hit them now. Too much damage.

ish said...

Funny watching the CF camera with Bot warming up, with Bartlett on second. It's like the game is going on but without a batter.

A Conformer said...

Tito trying to get a sense of urgency back into this game with Bot?

SoSock said...

Ish, will you do you threads at the same site that you "fiiled in" with during our host's absence?

ish said...

Trying to keep the game 5-0.

ish said...

Ish, will you do you threads at the same site that you "fiiled in" with during our host's absence?

Yep.

Amy said...

Funny to see Papelbon in in the 7th with a 5-0 score. Bizarro world baseball in the playoffs.

tim said...

Here now, all.

Goddamn this has been hard to watch. Talking about inevitable in 07...thats what it feels like again. Only, its inevitable for TB. Just seems like it is inevitable.

So this is how Cleveland felt last year.

SoSock said...

damn, my spelling has gone the same direction as the Sox' offense

Amy said...

Who ARE those guys?

Amy said...

Yup, Tim. Except Cleveland did win three games and then lost the series. At least we never had it in our grasp. That would feel worse.

tim said...

Fuckton.

Amy said...

So....when do we start talking about the offseason moves?

SoSock said...

dammit

efd said...

jeez, not even Bot is immune.

phil said...

Do those runs end Pap's post-season streak? (They're credited to MDC.)

SoSock said...

Screw those "fans"

Ben said...

I'm wondering what the chances are of Manny being a Yankee next year. I almost think they'll do it just to piss us off.

thatdietcokegirl said...

*bewildered face*

phil said...

Real fans can barely afford regular season tickets, much less playoff tickets.

Ben said...

...Not that this is over yet!

thatdietcokegirl said...

*channels the mother's day miracle of 07*

redsock said...

could ya get a fucking out?

Ben said...

I could stab my ankle to give us some bloody sock mojo.

Amy said...

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, Phil. Who gets these playoff tickets? A bunch of corporate accounts with season's tickets and people who will spend more money on one night than most of us would spend on an entire vacation. (Besides Jere and his mother)

vrictare said...

My uncle's a Phil's fan.

He'll never let me live this down.

Shit.

tim said...

"Fenway Faithful" heading for the exits my fucking ass. More like Fenway Fairweathers. The same fuckhats that will be wearing Longoria jerseys for opening day 2009 probably.

tim said...

This John Madden guy reminds me of the main character in that Capote movie. Truman Capote.

L-girl said...

Talking about inevitable in 07...thats what it feels like again. Only, its inevitable for TB. Just seems like it is inevitable.

I have felt that way for a long time, hoping I was wrong, but thinking, this is the Rays' year.

ish said...

Nobody asks how long you've been a fan or if you actually are a fan or what. As long as your name is picked in the "lottery" and you've got $250 to blow, or you know somebody...

Fuck. Most of these people just want to be seen. They don't give a shit about the actual game.

9casey said...

Chip Caray said earlier the Rays are 41-12 when Longria has an RBI, He has 85 RBI"s?

ish said...

It's definitely a different crowd than the regular season.

L-girl said...

Feels like a long time ago we woke up early to watch opening day from Japan.

Not in a bad way. Just a long season, a lot of ups and downs.

tim said...

Fuck. Most of these people just want to be seen. They don't give a shit about the actual game.

Sounds like your typical Toronto Maple Leafs crowd. All the good tickets are taken by big corporate customers who send employees + clients to the game, don't even bother looking up for the entire game.

Same as the superbowl, etc...fuckin thing, sucks.

SoSock said...

Wow, I didn't see that ball hit the ground and thought for a split second we were going to get three.
DP not bad tho

ish said...

Not in a bad way. Just a long season, a lot of ups and downs.

It was really fun, though. Especially waking up early for the Japan games. Driving my father to work on a freezing cold morning with snow on the ground at 7 AM and listening to a regular season Red Sox game, live.

9casey said...

The playoofs did one good thing ......lasted long enough for sosock and his wife to raise the money......

L-girl said...

My uncle's a Phil's fan.

He'll never let me live this down.


No call for that. You have two WS in 4 years under your belt. Your uncle's team can't come close.

ish said...

Sounds like your typical Toronto Maple Leafs crowd. All the good tickets are taken by big corporate customers who send employees + clients to the game, don't even bother looking up for the entire game.

The game I went to I knew somebody who got the tickets through work... advertising perks for advertising with WBZ. The seats next to us were empty the whole game. Also WBZ seats.

redsock said...

phillies have 1 title since 1876.

tim said...

Feels like a long time ago we woke up early to watch opening day from Japan.

:( so long ago...was feeling so good, so different then...

but that was last co-op work term...i've done a school term and back at co-op and guess what?

i'm still working on the same file that i was at that time! haha

also - excellent to see that the sosock petition met its goal! i wish you guys the best of luck with getting the car and hope to see you at the first annual JoS Fenway trip in 2009!

Ben said...

Not in a bad way. Just a long season, a lot of ups and downs.

In a way, it's been more interesting that way. Last season was exciting, but this season has been way more dramatic. There were times when I thought we were going to miss the playoffs, which made every win that much sweeter.

thatdietcokegirl said...

lol

vrictare said...

I-girl: Yeah, but we had bets on this.

efd said...

I was able to get two tickets for World Series game 3 in Philly, and I was surprised the tickets weren't more expensive - $125 each. A splurge, I admit, but when I got the email saying I'd been selected for the "opportunity" to buy tickets I was thinking that they would be closer to $200 apiece (which I wouldn't have paid). Granted, they're not the greatest seats -- pretty far down the LF foul line -- but I'm still psyched.

Although I'd be even more excited if it looked like the Sox were going to be playing there next weekend instead of the Rays.

ish said...

The playoofs did one good thing ......lasted long enough for sosock and his wife to raise the money......

That's very true. Would have been harder to do in the offseason. Wouldn't have been impossible, though.

A Conformer said...

My uncle's a Phil's fan.

He'll never let me live this down.

No call for that. You have two WS in 4 years under your belt. Your uncle's team can't come close.


Your uncle's team will most likely get swept.

tim said...

Driving my father to work on a freezing cold morning with snow on the ground at 7 AM and listening to a regular season Red Sox game, live.

That just sounds awesome.

9casey said...

redsock said...
phillies have 1 title since 1876.



who are you going to root for....I hate to see expansion teams win so early, no time to gather a fan base of feel the pain...

L-girl said...

Nobody asks how long you've been a fan or if you actually are a fan or what.

I used to say there should be a pop quiz. You should at least be able to name the starting player in every position and all starting pitchers. If you can't do that, no tix for you.

But it also sounds funny to me to hear people complaining about the corporate tix and the expensive seats. Unfortunately that's what I expect from MLB. They are extremely un-fan-friendly.

thatdietcokegirl said...

I'll be routing for Philly tho actually. I like their accents and Gia Carangi was from philly.

ish said...

Bottom line: I'd rather not face the World Champions 18 times next season.

redsock said...

GRANT BALL 4 in

phil said...

no time to gather a fan base of feel the pain...

To be fair, the FKR have been feeling nothing but pain since they were founded.

So is Papelbon's streak over or not?

tim said...

who are you going to root for....I hate to see expansion teams win so early, no time to gather a fan base of feel the pain...

Unless its AZ or FL vs. MFY...

Ben said...

I know a couple of people who went to WS games last year. One just got lucky with the online thing. (dammit, I tried! I swear I almost got fired for how long I spent at work try to get a ticket.) The other has an uncle who is high up in the Cardinals organization.

ish said...

To be fair, the FKR have been feeling nothing but pain since they were founded.

But this is the first season for most of their fans. Not even a full season, either.

thatdietcokegirl said...

Yay Ball Four is pitching.

redsock said...

HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fuck yeah

ish said...

GASP.

A white jersey... On second base! A double!

L-girl said...

Here we come! ;)

SoSock said...

I have felt that way for a long time, hoping I was wrong, but thinking, this is the Rays' year.


When I read that comment about the "inevitable" feeling, I immediately recalled Laura saying several weeks ago, or more maybe, that she had the same inevitible sense about the Rays this year that she had about the Sox last year.
Getting close now.
I'll watch the series, but I definitely don't want to watch any celebration that might happen tonight.
Meantime,
It's a start :)

ish said...

String 'em together boys! Let's put on a show! Make 'em sweat a little!

9casey said...

Scoot Boras had an interseting interview on Kay's show today.....Kay asked, did you tell Manny to work on getting his way out of Boston....He first said I don't have that kind of influence, then went on to say to maximize his earning potential he had to be a free agent so , I guess you have to read between the lines....

L-girl said...

I've been to lots of playoff and WS games. It's not impossible. Ask Jere - he got lots of playoff tix.

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