April 5, 2010

Schadenfreude 94 (A Continuing Series)

John Harper, Daily News:
Opening Day losses don't get more exasperating than this. When your ace can't hold a 5-1 lead, when your bullpen spits up a two-run lead quicker than you can say Chan Ho Park, your first thought is that 2009 suddenly seems like a long time ago. ...

Perhaps Sabathia needed to do a few more wind sprints in Florida. ... [He] seemed to run out of gas in the sixth ... Either that or the Sox aren't going to be as offensively challenged as we've all been led to believe. ...

Damaso Marte once again seems to have lost his way. ... Joba Chamberlain wasn't exactly the dominant reliever of old, either, allowing a vital insurance run in the eighth on a walk and two singles.
Matt Gagne, Daily News:
Is Jorge Posada having early communication problems with the pitching staff?
George King, Post:
On a wonderful spring night to open the season, the World Champions flushed a three-run lead in the sixth and a two-run bulge in the seventh and watched the Red Sox stumble out of New England's living room with a 9-7 victory that was witnessed by 37,440.

[Sabathia:] "It was the season-opener and we got five runs off Beckett. It just got away from me." And from David Robertson, Chan Ho Park, Damaso Marte and Joba Chamberlain.
Brian Costello, Post:
Last year [on Opening Day] in Baltimore, [Sabathia] allowed six earned runs in 4.1 innings and did not strike out a batter. So this year was a step in the right direction.

Last night's stinker comes after a rough spring for Sabathia. He allowed 15 earned runs in 18.2 innings in Florida ...
Ben Shpigel, Times:
The Yankees cruised into Fenway Park on Sunday night as the defending World Series champions. They left on Monday morning thankful for a day off. ...

To dethrone the Yankees, the Red Sox spent the off-season focused on improving their pitching staff and their defense. Questions abounded about their offense, but Boston battered 12 hits over all and scored four runs against the Yankees' bullpen.

The Yankees consider their bullpen a strength, but each of the four relievers surrendered a run or allowed an inherited runner to score. ...

13 comments:

L-girl said...

Don't you love the smell of Schadenfreude in the morning?

Mrs.GotRibe said...

Thanks Allan. I have been looking for this post all morning!

andy said...

Classic game yet again. CC calling out Beckett's ER's despite his own performance was pretty bad.

andy said...

I watched the whole game last night and then I just now looked at the box score. the yankkes(sp?) had a far worse game then did the Sox when it comes down to things besides the score. Our relievers were strong despite Ram Ram. Beckett gave up two HR's one of which was a cheap Pesky shot and the other was expected, but not from a lower order guy. Our money players were money and the Yanks were not so much. I cannot really put too much stock in how this game rates the pitching of either starter as these two teams do this to each other every game. Giving up just 5 runs by both guys was a good outing in this environment.

westcoastsox said...

L-girl, you read my mind.

Amy said...

The first of many schadenfreude posts for the 2010 season! This was a good game to remind me once again not to give up hope just because we are down a bunch of runs.

johngoldfine said...

We showed 'em!!!

L-girl said...

We have an activist-friend here who grew up in Boston, a Sox fan from a long line of Sox fans. (She's been in Canada since the Vietnam War.)

Her dad passed away this morning. He was one of the many senior fans who in 2004 said he could now die happy - but he lived to see 2007, too.

I emailed her condolences and this was part of her reply:

"You both will be interested to know his last dream that he spoke of was that the Red Sox swept the opening series with the Yankees!"

Come on Sox, do it for Tom Egan!

Joe Gravellese said...

Gotta love the psycho overreacting NY media after ONE game.

FenFan said...

The return of Schadenfreude! Smells like... victory!

Amy said...

My condolences to your friend, Laura.

Zenslinger said...

I was in The Bar last night and there were just too many Yankee fans wanting to pick up where they left off with the World Series. One guy was pacing in front of me and putting up the count with both hands like an ump after every pitch. Usually there is a reasonable number of Sox fans, even if outnumbered. But there was only one other Sox fan in there last night.

The Yankee fans weren't being assholes to me directly, but I left and went to a Sox-friendly bar down the street. I decided it was not going to be enjoyable. I went back at the very end of the game and got a ribbing from the other Sox fan, who screamed at the MFY fans that the Sox were going to come back, and had the satisfaction when they did.

I think I'm still glad I left. I'm not sure going on an intense emotional roller coaster equals enjoyment.

L-girl said...

Thank you, Amy.

Zen, I would have left, too. Even though we won, that is so not my idea of a good time. Glad you had a more Sox-friendly place to go.