October 1, 2008

ALDS 1: Red Sox 4, Angels 1

Red Sox - 000 002 002 - 4  8  1
Angels - 001 000 000 - 1 9 1
Jason Bay crushed a high fastball from John Lackey to deep left with two outs in the sixth, giving the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. RBI singles from Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz provided some ninth-inning insurance.

Lester started off on the wrong foot, allowing two hits and a walk in the first inning. He left the bases loaded and although he allowed an unearned run in the third, he also stranding two more baserunners. After Torii Hunter's single gave LA a 1-0 lead, Lester retired 13 of his next 15 batters, including striking out the side in the sixth. Only one of his 21 outs was hit beyond the infield.

Justin Masterson allowed a couple of singles in the eighth, but a bone-headed baserunning play from Vladimir Guerrero cut a potential rally short. Vlad, who can barely jog, tried to go from first to third on a pop single to short right and Kevin Youkilis gunned him down by -- seriously -- 35 feet.

Jonathan Papelbon took care of the Angels in the ninth -- as many of the "fans" had packed up their noisemakers du jour and gone home.

Ellsbury had three hits and a stolen base; he also reached on a three-base error by right fielder Gary Matthews. And he made a diving catch on a sinking liner for the first out in the LAA eighth. ... Pedroia walked twice, Yook singled and walked, Bay doubled and donged, and Lowrie singled and scored.

In the NL: the Phillies beat the Brewers 3-1 and the Dodgers beat the Cubs 7-2.

***

Jon Lester (3.21, 143 ERA+) / John Lackey (3.75, 116 ERA+)

Results of the ALDS Poll:

Corrected Lineups:
Red Sox                Angels
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Chone Figgins, 3B
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Garret Anderson, LF
David Ortiz, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Kevin Youkilis, 1B Vladimir Guerrero, DH
J.D. Drew, RF Torii Hunter, CF
Jason Bay, LF Howie Kendrick, 2B
Mike Lowell, 3B Mike Napoli, C
Jed Lowrie, SS Gary Matthews Jr., RF
Jason Varitek, C Erick Aybar, SS

IP H BB K WHIP AVG OBP SLG

Lester 210.1 202 66 152 1.274 .256 .320 .368
Lackey 163.1 161 40 130 1.231 .260 .315 .435
Lester finished 4th in the AL in ERA.
          W-L    RS   RA   DIF  EXPWL  OPS+ ERA+
Red Sox 95-67 845 694 +151 95-67 108 114
Angels 100-62 765 697 + 68 88-74 96 109

AVG OBP SLG RS/G RA/G ERA
Red Sox .280 .358 .447 5.22 4.28 4.01
Angels .268 .330 .413 4.72 4.30 4.00
So we hit better, get on base more often, have more power, score more runs, and allow fewer runs. ... Tell me again: Why the Angels are favoured in this series?

Is it their closer? Which of these three closers do you like?
    IP    H  BB   K   ERA  OBP  SLG  WHIP IR/S
A 68.2 54 34 77 2.24 .314 .316 1.288 18/7
B 69.1 58 8 77 2.34 .245 .315 0.952 30/4
C 67.1 39 19 66 1.60 .248 .255 0.861 6/2
Closer A has walked a ton of batters and his ability at preventing inherited runners from scoring is putrid. At least one writer gives huge weight to a worthless stat and thinks A is the AL MVP. ... I'm assuming you know who A & B are (think Angels and Boston). Any writers considering Frod for MVP should probably slot Joakim Soria (C) even further up on the ballot.

***

Lackey's last outing? 2.2 IP, 12 hits, 10 runs! In four September starts, batters pounded him to the tune of a 1.042 OPS (.356/.420/.622). Since July 5, he has a 5.42 ERA in 94.2 innings. ... He did well in his two starts against Boston, though: July 18 (7-5-3-2-6) and July 29 (9-2-2-2-4).

Before the issue of Josh Beckett's oblique forced a shuffling of the rotation, there was talk that Lester should pitch Game 3 at Fenway because of his poor road record this year. That will not happen, though Lester would be pitching Game 4 in Boston, if necessary.

Lester's splits from this season:
      GS   ERA   IP    H   BB   K  AVG  OBP  SLG
Home 17 2.49 115.2 103 35 86 .240 .303 .361
Road 16 4.09 94.2 99 31 66 .275 .341 .375
I think the home/road ERA split is exaggerated -- and, ultimately, should not cause anyone to worry. (For those who care, his home/road records were 11-1 and 5-5.)

First, let's note that in both 2006 and 2007, Lester did not have much of a split.
2007   IP     ERA    OPS
Home 23 4.30 .775
Road 40 4.72 .740

2006 IP ERA OPS
Home 49.1 4.74 .807
Road 32 4.78 .825
So why the bigger split in 2008? Well, two of Lester's worst starts of the year came on the road. He allowed six runs in five innings in Houston on June 28 and gave up seven runs in 2.1 innings in Toronto on August 23. If you toss out those bad days, his road ERA drops a full run -- from 4.09 to 3.09.

Of course, those starts did happen, but when you are working with a small sample size, a crappy outing or two -- for whatever reason -- can have a larger than deserved effect. Also, there is a touch of poor luck with his road BABIP (batting average on balls in play) -- a somewhat high .321.

Lester saw Los Angeles once this year -- April 23 at Fenway. 5-9-4-2-1, 80. The Angels won 6-4. Lester has pitched in Anaheim twice (once each in 2006 and 2007), allowing 14 hits, seven walks and eight runs in 8.1 innings.

According to the Globe, Beckett threw lightly on Tuesday: "30 throws from 60 feet, moved back to 90 feet and made 20 throws, then moved back to 60". Francona: "Everything was very encouraging. Everything was real positive." ... Plenty of additional links in Art Marrone's column.

BP's Joe Sheehan agrees with me: Red Sox in 4 (though he adds: "There is no result — a sweep, a five-game series, either team winning — that would come as a surprise.).

Finally: The Boston media is misrepresenting Manny Ramirez's latest comments about his time in Boston. The Herald's Gerry Callahan writes that Manny's "problem with Boston [was] us. You and me. Fans and media." Actually, what Manny said was this:
The fans in Boston got your back no matter what, but I'm talking about the people who write all this bull because it means so much to them.
So: the fans are great and the writers are dicks. And that's the reason for the media's negative spin.

Remember: SHOTS = VICTORY! We're 7-for-7!

***

Other games today:
NLDS 1: Brewers at Phillies at 3
NLDS 1: Dodgers at Cubs at 6

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redsock said...

Remember: Show your support for Joy of Sox by clicking here!

...

Boston roster (and lineup?) will be announced after 1 PM.

L-girl said...

Please note. I am not doing shots of Jack Daniels at 10 pm, or I will be sleeping by the 2nd inning!

redsock said...

Pedroia (Goose Killer), at Monday's rally:

"I know it's going to be late ... get a few cocktails in you and root for us, alright?"

L-girl said...

Tell me again: Why the Angels are favoured in this series?

They are fooled by the Angels huge lead in their division. But their division sucks.

ish said...

I don't know if you're threading at all during the two NLDS games today... If not, and if there's anyone who wants to thread, I'll host on my blog. Yay playoffs!

ish said...

By the way, what's the HTML for how you get the statistics lined up properly? Also the lineups. Never could figure that out.

FenFan said...

Use the PRE tag to get that nice, clean stats look.

Manny's comments reminds me of Bill Buckner's comments after the Opening Day ceremony - the fans were great; it was the media that made life difficult.

Hey, spend eight years listening to someone bad-mouth you and I might have a strong opinion, too!

redsock said...

Yep. [pre] and [/pre] before and after the info, though with < and > instead of the brackets.

I have an appt at 2 (bringin' home a CPAP machine!), but I should be back by 3 or not much after. I can open things up then -- or have L do it.

redsock said...

Roster: No Old Yeller!!!

Projected
Ellsbury, cf
Pedroia, 2b
Ortiz, dh
Youkilis, 1b
Bay, lf
Lowell, 3b
Drew, rf
Varitek, c
Lowrie, ss

Kotsay
Crisp
Casey
Cora
Cash
Ross

Lester
Matsuzaka
Beckett
Wakefield
Byrd
Lopez
Delcarmen
Okajima
Masterson
Papelbon

ish said...

Wow! No Timlin! That's just weird.

tim said...

No old yeller OR aaahdsma! yes! I likey.

Oh and of course, it is ON!!!

Amy said...

Wow, no Timlin?? Why didn't they think of that earlier in the season? Or are they just saving him for the ALCS?

ish said...

Unless one of the five relievers shits the bed, I don't think Timlin would be on the ALCS roster, either. They wouldn't remove any of the five starters, that's for sure. They might substitute a position player (like Ross) for a pitcher, though.

tim said...

Guess Tito didn't feel this series would require a mop...

ish said...

I like Ross being on there, though. Tito's announcing to the world that although he didn't do this much in the regular season, he will pinch hit for Varitek and Cash if the situation calls for it.

James said...

We should have went with Kottaras instead of Ross, so we could have an all hard-C bench.

L-girl said...

That's just weird.

That's just GREAT!!!

ish said...

Sounds like Don Orsillo will be doing the Tampa/Chicago series! Interesting.

ish said...

Unless, of course, TBS lets him do the Red Sox/Angels series, which I find to be unlikely.

nixon33 said...

I CANNOT WAIT!
WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!

ish said...

In the meantime... What do we have to keep us occupied before baseball starts at 10?

Um.... BASEBALL!!!

ish said...

Playoffs = Way too much Bon Jovi.

ish said...

Cole Hamels throws a 1-2-3 first inning with 2 strikeouts. He's loose.

ish said...

1-2-3 for the Lamborghini as well.

ish said...

The play-by-play man for this game is a local Brewers pbp guy. Maybe that means Don will be doing the Red Sox/Angels series. Hmm.


Raining in Philly now.

nixon33 said...

WOW> i am listening to Kay and Phillips do the game on ESPN radio.
ALLAN'S WORST NIGHTMARE!

ish said...

WOW is right!

ish said...

My local AM station which usually has the playoff games is not playing it now. :\

ish said...

Looks like it was a quick shower.

ish said...

Still raining, actually.

ish said...

Listening to a local classic rock station... the DJ is bashing Phillies fans who've taken shelter from the rain, haha.

nixon33 said...

kay REALLY goes overboard on the descriptions. next he's gonna describe the cup the guy is wearing.

ish said...

"It's SO huge!"

ish said...

Wow. I don't remember the play where Gallardo tore his ACL, but they just showed it on TBS. He was running to first base and got tangled with Prince, jumped over the runner, landed and blew out his knee.

But, he finished the inning, then pitched ANOTHER inning before leaving the game!

nixon33 said...

ish, that reminds me of a funny Ricky Gervais story.
(anyone who doesn't know who this man is, SHAME on you).

he tells a story about him buying a protective cup in his younger days.
Getting home trying it on, feeling great about himself because:
"Ha, this cup is too small for me". I'm a really stud, he's thinking.
So he goes back to the store and says to the clerk,
"Uh hey mate, I dont want to brag, but uh, this cup is too small for me".
The clerk says, "I can see why, as its a kids protective cup"

EDIT: THE BREWERS DEFENSE IS FUCKING THIS UP FOR THEM

ish said...

One pitch away from being shelled.

ish said...

LMAO Nix.

ish said...

I went through the whole AM band and no stations I could pick up are playing the game. Bill O'Reilly dominates the waves.

ish said...

Hamels is gonna go to town on these guys now with a 3-run lead.

ish said...

Cole's got no-hit stuff today, that's for sure.

nixon33 said...

ish, if you like gervias, GET HIS PODCASTS. GENIUS!

nixon33 said...

kay just jinxed him, "Hamels perfect thru 4 innings!"

ish said...

44 pitches through 4 for Hamels.

ish said...

70 through 3 2/3 for Lamborghini

tim said...

I wear my suuuuunglasses at night...

ish said...

75 pitches through 4 for now for Gallardo. !!!

redsock said...

The extra off-day in our DS schedule means Tito can carry one less pitcher (White Flag) and one more bat (Ross).

That will change for the CS, so we may not have seen the last of Yeller.

ish said...

There goes the perfect game/no hitter.

ish said...

WEEI still talking about Manny. Two months after he was traded.

L-girl said...

(anyone who doesn't know who this man is, SHAME on you).

What if we know him but can't stand him?

redsock said...

I posted the poll results:

20% of voters picked LAA?

Are people not hopeful (but honest), or did a bunch of Angels (and Yankees?) fans stop by?

I went with Sox in 4.

ish said...

I went with Red Sox in 5, I believe.

redsock said...

I was thinking of turning off the avatars in the hopes of making the page load quicker during the game. Does anyone know if that will actually help?

L-girl said...

Are people not hopeful (but honest), or did a bunch of Angels (and Yankees?) fans stop by?

You got so mad at me for my last honest but not hopeful statement (re division) that I've switched to declaring hopefulness whether I feel it or not.

Sox in 5.

L-girl said...

Does anyone know if that will actually help?

It helps on my laptop. Sometimes when a page is slow to load, I see that it's gathering data from various Blogger, Photobucket, Flickr, Picasa, etc. sites.

nixon33 said...

im fine with no avatars.
we know who we are!

redsock said...

For the contest, I was not mad. I requested honesty.

Now, in general discussions of whether the Rays were definitely better than the Red Sox, yeah, I got mad!

redsock said...

There is a new guy at L's blog who comments as "Allan" (his first name). I hope he's not a baseball fan, because that could get confusing. If he comes over here, I'll have to make him change his name to "Not That Allan".

L-girl said...

There is a new guy at L's blog who comments as "Allan" (his first name).

It even confused me! Until he said he read Chinese.

I know you only read Japanese.

redsock said...

Okay, bye-bye profile images -- for now.

ish said...

I really think the Red Sox have the upper hand in this series, IF... IF IF IF they play like the Angels. If they're aggressive on the bases and they manufacture runs (because you know this Red Sox offense - sometimes the power is not going to be there)...

L-girl said...

Fundraiser is up to $1630!

ish said...

Page does load better without avatars.

redsock said...

I know you only read Japanese.

It's been so long, though. I'm barely conversant anymore. :>)

redsock said...

I meant to include this in the main post.

LAA: 129 SB/48 CS - 72.9%
BOS: 120 SB/35 CS - 77.4%

Fuck the Angels and fuck their supposedly superior running game!

ish said...

It's amazing how almost all of the statistics are in the Red Sox's favor.

nixon33 said...

THE LOST ANUSES ANGELCUNTS OF ASSHOLEHEIM

ish said...

Going to be a bit of a break between games, it looks like. Quick one in Philly. Betcha Hamels will finish it out.

nixon33 said...

Lidge 1st blown save of the year?

Joe Grav said...

WHAT?? NO AVATARS?!?!?!

Go Brewers!

Joe Grav said...

In not so fun news, I am working at the dining hall tonight. During the mother fragging game. Thankfully, we have a TV, plus I will be getting out by 12:30 AM. I'm hoping for a 4 hour affair [well, I'm hoping for a win, even if it's 90 minutes long, but you know what I mean].

ish said...

Wow. The Crew really made that one interesting!

nixon33 said...

lidge still "perfect"

ish said...

Not sure the rest of us are looking for a four hour game tonight... :P

ish said...

DODGERS:
1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Russell Martin, C
3. Manny Ramirez, LF
4. Andre Ethier, RF
5. James Loney, 1B
6. Matt Kemp, CF
7. Blake DeWitt, 2B
8. Casey Blake, 3B
9. Derek Lowe, P

CUBS:
1. Alfonso Soriano, LF
2. Kosuke Fukudome, RF
3. Derrek Lee, 1B
4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
5. Geovany Soto, C
6. Jim Edmonds, CF
7. Mark DeRosa, 2B
8. Ryan Theriot, SS
9. Ryan Dempster, P

ish said...

Meanwhile, the Red Sox oatmeal is out. Not exactly the same as Mazz projected.

Jack Marshall said...

Good luck to the Joy of Sox gang for the post-season. Sox in 4 and on to the Series.

ish said...

Wow. The Dodgers and the Cubs have never met in the postseason.

9casey said...

Jack Marshall said...


HE LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ish said...

Thank you, Jack... Haven't seen you around these parts in awhile. Hope you're doing well - enjoy the postseason!

ish said...

Heh. It takes Casey TWO words!

ish said...

I'm getting sick of the stranglehold Bon Jovi has on the playoffs and his ONE fucking song!

ish said...

Manny getting booed at Wrigley...

nixon33 said...

QUESTION:

who is everyone rooting for in this red sox west vs. cubs series?

im torn cause i love me some red sox west, but if the RED SOX dont win it, i'd love to see the cubs finally get theirs.

ish said...

Nix: 100% with you.

ish said...

TBS threw a stat up there that said in the history of the Dodgers and the Cubs, all the way back through the Brooklyn Dodgers, etc., they've played each other 2,024 times.

Their record in that span?

1012-1012.

nixon33 said...

have they made a "theres only one october" with red sox players?

ive seen a couple of one for other teams, just curious what players they chose?

nixon33 said...

who are these guys on tbs doing the game? is one of them dick stockton?

Zenslinger said...

they've played each other 2,024 times.

Their record in that span?

1012-1012.


That is fucked up.

Funny and interesting playoffs all around. Both Chicago and both LA (well...SoCal) teams in it.

And no New York teams! I don't hate the Mets -- '86 was a long time ago -- but I can't feel sorry for them these days.

ish said...

2-run dong by Mark DeRosa puts the Cubs on the board first. Landed about five feet left of the right-field foul pole.

ish said...

who are these guys on tbs doing the game? is one of them dick stockton?

Dick Stockton, Ron Darling, and Tony Gwynn.

ish said...

I haven't seen a "there's only one october" for the Red Sox yet.

ish said...

Zen, I think it was just as well that they didn't make the playoffs, but honestly, they were most likely going to get swept by the Cubs anyway. They would have been dead weight. The Dodgers have their hands fun enough as it is, and they've had time to get ready.

nixon33 said...

surprised i didn't recognize darlings voice as i watch a lot of mets games and think he does a fine job.

Zenslinger said...

2-run dong by Mark DeRosa

Given up by Future Yankee D-Lowe!

nixon33 said...

Given up by Future MET D-Lowe!

ish said...

Funky play. Fukudome slipped on the bullpen mound, lunged backwards and still made the catch.

ish said...

The way people talk, it sounds like the Yankees are going to end up being Red Sox south.

Not that it hasn't happened before... Remember a time Damon, Embree and Bellhorn were on the Yankees at the same time.

ish said...

I'd much rather see the Dodgers remain Red Sox west.

ish said...

I like Ron Darling too.

Zenslinger said...

Remember a time Damon, Embree and Bellhorn were on the Yankees at the same time.

I had forgotten Bellhorn was a Yank briefly. .118/.250.294 in nine games.

redsock said...

Jack: If you're planning on commenting here again, be aware that you've got an awful lot of shit to clean up first.

ish said...

Of course, that was a different time... Embree and Bellhorn were basically picked up by the Yankees.

Lowe, Manny... They'd be signing.


You can thank the wind for that one.

ish said...

Manny looks like he's smelling dong.

ish said...

Not quite then. But he beats out the grounder. Ah, the LA transition.

ish said...

Dempster's lucky that was just looped foul. Missed badly inside and into Ethier's wheelhouse.

ish said...

Wow.

Amy said...

Hi, everyone. Isn't this fun watching Manny and Derek Lowe?

FWIW, I am rooting for the Cubs.

Amy said...

Oh, I am rooting for Cubs because I think a Sox/Cubs WS would be beautiful. Two old time parks, two great cities, two teams with lots of history.

ish said...

This series is weird, because I want the Cubs to win, but I'm not rooting against the Dodgers. Just kind of seeing what happens.

Zenslinger said...

a Sox/Cubs WS would be beautiful.

I would feel kind of bad beating them, though.

Amy said...

And like Nix, if the Sox are not in the WS, I will root for the Cubs.

nixon33 said...

dempster's glove thing he does in his delivery is annoying.

Amy said...

I like that there are so many old teams in these playoffs: two Sox teams, Cubs, Dodgers.

Amy said...

Another random observation: two LA teams, two Chicago teams. And yet...no NY teams!

ish said...

Not to mention the Phillies who have lost over 10,000 games.

ish said...

Chocolate Axe? Seriously now.

ish said...

5 walks for Dempster so far tonight. Yet he's the one with a 2-0 lead.

Zenslinger said...

5 walks for Dempster so far tonight. Yet he's the one with a 2-0 lead.

Downright Matsuzakian!

Amy said...

Oh, yeah, I forgot to include the Phillies on the list of old teams.

Amy said...

Manny down 0-2.

ish said...

Baseball games seem a lot quicker when you're watching three in a row rather than just one.

Amy said...

And he works a walk.

ish said...

You're not going to see too many pitches to hit if you're Manny.

Amy said...

Yikes, walked the bases loaded.

s1c said...

Can the Cubs escape another bases loaded 2 outs situation? Looks like we are about to find out!

(hi everybody)

ish said...

Hey, s1c. It's (feels like) been awhile.

ish said...

GRAND SLAM!!!!

s1c said...

well it looks like no they can't!!! 4-2 dodgers.

s1c said...

Hey, s1c. It's (feels like) been awhile.

Lots of family time lately, b-fly and I have been watching the games together with no phones, computers etc. Its been a blast but with school now hitting her hard shes doing the homework while I can spend time here.

s1c said...

driven from the mound. actually, he walked himself from the mound.

Zenslinger said...

After Loney's Slam I am chilled to think I compared Dempster's performance with Dice-K. Yeesh.

I don't dislike the Dodgers. But between the inveterate hatred for them where I live (San Francisco) and my pique with Manny for hitting so much better on his new team, I can't say I'm rooting for them one bit.

Oh, uh, sympathy for the Cubs' long plight figures in as well, I suppose.

Jere said...

I agree on the Trolley Dodgers/Infant Bears series--if the Cubs win, great, if the Dodgers win, we get to see all our old faves* advance. Either way.

*or if you believe the media, "the guys we totally hate"

Jere said...

"my pique with Manny for hitting so much better on his new team"

Yeah, poor us, he only gave us two World Series titles. Did you think he'd suddenly not be a good player when he switched teams? I'm so completely happy for Manny.

s1c said...

Yeah, poor us, he only gave us two World Series titles

He helped give us two world series. MVP of 04 was a media slam at Theo. imo - there were many MVP candidates in that series.

Jere said...

I happen to think we don't win either of those championships had Manny never existed. Just my opinion.

s1c said...

did you guys see where LBJ is doing a blog this post season for MLB.com?

s1c said...

Jere - That is probably a correct assumption. While I was not a Manny fanatic I did not hate him. I just got tired of all the BS, some media generated some Manny generated. Loved the hitter hated the soap opera.

ish said...

The Manny era ran its course. Plain and simple. Every year is different and in sports people change over time. That's why the 2007 Red Sox were able to win the World Series with Manny Ramirez, but I don't think the 2008 Red Sox win the World Series with Manny.

Jere said...

Thanks for the Jacoby link, s1c. If you've got an hour to kill, try hearing the post in your head in Jacoby's Audi commercial voice.

ish said...

Ivy Double for Aramis Ramirez

ish said...

You mean Volvo? Not that it matters...


I looooooove my Volvo.

ish said...

Here come the Cubs.

Zenslinger said...

I was assailed by a Manny Love in 2007 and this year that I didn't feel before. So I'm a little put off with his great hitting with the Dodgers -- I'm annoyed with him, but the annoyance you feel for a friend. In the big picture, I wish him well.

Jere said...

"The Manny era ran its course. Plain and simple."

Again, I just happen to think that's neither plain nor simple. Nor true. Just how I feel about it. People wanted him gone last year, and we kept him and won it all.

Jere said...

Right, Volvo. Advertising fails again! Ha...

Jere said...

I can't forget "O Water," though.

Jere said...

That's why me...and Joe... Castig...lione... drive .... Vol...

vos

s1c said...

Hey, I still have the Manny home run call on my desk top (thanks to ish). At least once a day I just click on that little icon and relive the deep into the night call.

I just think that there were way too many straws put on the camels back this year and I agree with Ish, if Manny was still on this team the Sox would be sitting on the side lines right now.

andy said...

I got my Jack Daniels ready.

nixon33 said...

MBM!!!!!!

Jere said...

HUGE dong for Manny!

s1c said...

MBM being MBM, Cubbie fans being Cubbie fans.

5-2

Jere said...

I estimate that at 444 feet.

ish said...

(delayed reaction)

BEING!!!

nixon33 said...

what was a lefty doing pitching to manny anyway?
i know theres lefties up after him but, come on...

lou being lou.

Zenslinger said...

(way delayed reaction)

Speak of the friggin' Devil.

s1c said...

Well, time to take a break from this game (bh wants to watch america's got talent). See you guys later!

ish said...

but the annoyance you feel for a friend. In the big picture, I wish him well.

I agree with that. In the long run I'm still a huge Manny fan. But you know what they say about a change of scenery for a player. It can help a lot of guys.

That was a CLASSIC Manny shot.

nixon33 said...

j. miller cant get over the fact that manny hit a dong with that pitch that had him of balance and was way low and outside with one hand on the bat. he's going on and on about it!

ish said...

If this guy is blue and can turn into a gel and move around... why does he wear a helmet?

ish said...

I actually got in the car and drove down the road in search of a possible good picture to take. I heard the shot on the radio, and how much Jon Miller was raving about it after. Luckily I was able to see the home run on TV when I got in.

ish said...

Cubs fans want to write a new movie called Forgetting Sean Marshall.

andy said...

I am sorry for my next offensive comment:

This is war time. It's October.Manny can eat a dick with his dong. He wears a different uniform now. Fuck him.

Jere said...

they just said 390 feet--if that's the official measurement, I was way off. But I figure, 368, plus 20 rows, each row 3 feet, that's 428, plus the fact that the 60 feet is angled up, so add a few more feet=444.

ish said...

Jonathon Broxton warming for the Dodgers... Upper 90s fastball and good slider.

Jere said...

Dodgers truly making it the Fuk U. Dome tonight. Except that it's uncovered.

andy said...

Fuck the Dodgers too and that other team from LA that used to be from Disneyland and before that was just from California.

nixon33 said...

i hadnt realized that bon jovi had written the theme to "Full House".

ish said...

Time for the Dodgers to STOP.

Zenslinger said...

I'll be at the Bar for the game.

Enjoy it!

andy said...

For real nix?

andy said...

JD for your first drink Zen.

Jere said...

Haha, real funny, fucknut. (I'm talking to the guy on TBS who said at Fenway Park pre-2004, we expected the worst. Yet I went to scores of games there pre-2004, and cheered along as we all desperately tried to urge our team on to victory while behind, plenty of times.)

Jere said...

also I doubt crowds at Fenway Park in, say, 1917, after watching their team win back-to-back championships, expected the worst.

ish said...

All of the anxiety usually happened inside of homes. Here you can see psychological effects of the number 100.

nixon33 said...

no not really andy, i was just commenting that his shite new song sounds like some TGIF show theme...

Zenslinger said...

JD for your first drink Zen.

Ugh...that's no way to pace yourself! Even a 7pm start seems late to me these days.

Ah well. Maybe one!

Go go go Sox.

Jere said...

D. Lee Plaza to lead off the next inning for Chicago.

Never knew Bon Jovi wrote Full House either. I mean, he didn't sing or perform it, right? I would've guessed by default that it was an Alan Thicke number.

ish said...

You're lucky it's a 7 PM start, Zen. Very lucky.

ish said...

Either way after 4567 times, the song is damn annoying.

Jere said...

Oh--okay, just some Bon Jovi humour. Hey, why the fuck do they think America is constantly craving Bon Jovi in all aspects of life? Because that seems to be what we're gettin'.

ish said...

Castig would say Broxton is very burly.

I say he's not aerodynamic.

Jere said...

He's like Francis Buxton.

ish said...

NASTY.

ish said...

Wow. Good thing Aramis didn't get hit there. 99 mph.

redsock said...

Okay, we're here. L is back from her meeting and we're watching the Canadian election debate. French tonight, English tomorrow.

We got the Jack and L brought home some doughnuts.

ish said...

Doughnuts! Damn! I'm jealous.

ish said...

There's like, a sort of constant boo going on at Wrigley.

Jere said...

84 and sunny in Anaheim right now.

ish said...

Francona, on Drew: "He's going to go out there and play without limitations, and that's great."

Went on to say Lowell will probably come out of games early if he needs to. And probably will anyway.

ish said...

"Can you believe it? Beckett can't start... Fill in a guy like Lester and everybody still feels like we can win."

ish said...

84°... It's been so long since we've had that. I think it's been close to a month.

ish said...

Another Dodger Dong!

ish said...

This game so far is easily the surprise of the day.

ish said...

Saito and... Greg Maddux, warming in the Dodger bullpen.

nixon33 said...

im with you ish!

Jere said...

I can't be the only one who keeps thinking they're saying "psycho."

Jere said...

Remy in studio with TC

tim said...

here we gooooooooo soon!

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