Game 12: Hoping for a Bull Moose


For some reason, this game sticks out in my mind from last year. We were kind of rolling, leading 5-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth. And then Moose blew it, giving up back-to-back shots to Lowell and Varitek. I also probably remember it because we bombed Schilling that day — or, rather, Jorge bombed Schilling. Of course, Proctor went and blew it some more, and we went on to lose a winnable game.

That was Mussina’s last start at Fenway. We’ll need a much better job out of him today. Hopefully he can keep the Sox hitters as off-balance as he did the Rays hitters last time out. With Wang giving the bullpen a full night off, Moose just has to give us six solid…considering the offense can muster a few runs off Beckett.

Here’s the lineup. Looks pretty standard considering the injuries.

1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Melky Cabrera, CF
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Jason Giambi, 1B
6. Jorge Posada, DH
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Jose Molina, C
9. Alberto Gonzalez,SS

And on the mound, number thirty-five, Mike Mussina.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. DanElmaleh says:

    Is it just me, or should Betimet be getting more PT out of this than he is. Is anyone a big fan of the past Attorney General?

    • dan says:

      he seems to have forgotten how to hit. a-gon is also a significantly better fielder, and is hitting well in limited playing time

    • Mike A. says:

      Betemit’s better suited for the NL. He’s a great, great pinch-hitter, and he can play all over the IF.

      • DanElmaleh says:

        I guess my point is, what’s the point of having WB if we are not going to play him some. I do think AG is a good move with Wang and Moose (pitch to contact guys).

  2. Link says:

    Betemit- 13 AB’s 7 SO’s .368 OPS
    Gonzalez – 8 AB’s 1 SO 1.069 OPS

    very small sample yes but Joe G has already said he will ride hot hands and sit cold ones…except the $20 mil cold ones (Giambi lol)

  3. Link says:

    oh definitely i think he’s breaking out….at least i hope.

  4. Mike A. says:

    Joe Buck and Tim McCarver … I wonder if my TV goes any lower than mute.

  5. bostonsucks@life says:

    I can’t understand what buck and mcgarver are saying with becketts cock in their mouth.

  6. Jamal G. says:

    Per PeteAbe:

    Notes: It’s a sunny, nearly cloudless day in Boston and actually 72 degrees. … Just talked to Phil Hughes, a former Red Sox fan who will be starting at Fenway Park for the first time tomorrow. Clay Buchholz told the Boston writers he used to be a Yankees fan because he played shortstop growing up and idolized Derek Jeter.

    Pretty damn cool, we all knew about Hughes but no idea about the discount electronics dealer.

  7. Ben K. says:

    Are these guys going to fellate Josh Beckett until he’s taken out of the game? Please. I did not mess Tim McCarver or Joe Buck this winter.

    Actually, it’s hard to miss Joe Buck when does football and just won’t go away. At least they put Tim McCarver back in the freezer after October.

  8. Ben K. says:

    Generous zone for Beckett. I hope Moose gets the same benefits. It would do wonders for his pitching.

  9. bostonsucks@life says:

    Buck-”gargle gargle beckett gag gargle strike”
    Mcgarver-” gag gargle balls on chin nice pitch”

  10. Jamal G. says:

    Is Sean Casey that out of shape he can’t read nine names without losing his breath?

  11. Mike A. says:


  12. bostonsucks@life says:

    Buck-”gargle gargle beckett gag gargle strike”
    Mcgarver-” gag gargle balls on chin nice pitch”and we’ve learned that sean casey can’t read

  13. Mike A. says:

    Look how cute Ellsbury is with the eye-black, he’s trying to be a “grinder.”

  14. moose pumped that first pitch up to 82.

    • Ben K. says:

      He really dialed it up for that one.

      I like how the FOX scouting report says “Rarely hits 90 MPH.” I haven’t seen him hit 90 since at least last season and maybe even not since early last season.

  15. Ben K. says:

    Pedroia opened the World Series with a HR in Game 1, says McCarver. Really? I figured he opened the World Series with game 5. They wanted to mix things up last year.

  16. Mike A. says:

    What’s with the one sleeve on Ellsbury? He’s only half cold?

    • Mac says:

      Superstition apparently. Started wearing it with the sea dogs to keep his throwing arm warm or something. Hasn’t stopped. It is retarded looking.

  17. Ben K. says:

    I see the umpire has a few different strike zones. Why is it so hard to get some guy willing to call consistent zones?

  18. Mike A. says:

    Somehow it’s QuesTec’s fault. Dunno how, but it’s the built-in excuse de jour these days.

  19. Ben K. says:

    There ya go. Nice fielding there.

  20. Mike A. says:

    David Ortiz is so clutch. Clutchity clutch clutch clutch.

  21. bostonsucks@life says:

    Guess ortiz’s vitamin water isn’t helping, maybe he should stick to badmitten

  22. Jamal G. says:

    Two on, nobody out for Ortiz & Manny and Moose gives up ZERO runs. I’d say the Red Sox just got bitch-slapped for the 10th straight inning.

  23. Mike A. says:

    How the hell was that a strike? It almost hit A-Rod in the foot!

  24. Jamal G. says:

    That Mets game was funny. Rickie Weeks and Bill Hall sent moonshots to LF off Santana.

  25. Jamal G. says:

    He’s “dealing” after 4 outs, really Tim McCarver?

    What an asshole.

  26. Jamal G. says:

    Who is that guy in the light blue jacekt directly behind home plate? I swear I’ve seen him there every game.

  27. Ben K. says:

    Ya can’t throw 85 mph fastballs down the middle of the plate. Moose’s stuff just won’t work like that.

  28. Jamal G. says:

    So Dustin Pedroia is better than Robbie Cano defensively huh Chris Russo?

  29. Ben K. says:

    This is the last time I will say this today: Is Tim McCarver really an Emmy Award winning commentator? This guy is the pits. Just awful.

  30. Jamal G. says:

    That sir was a strike.

  31. Mike A. says:

    The Red Sox are doing everything possible not to score.

  32. Jamal G. says:

    Varitek was thrown out at 2B because he is a grinder, gutsy type of player so it’s all good.

  33. bostonsucks@life says:

    Smart baserunning there by the ” most important player to his team as said by Mr. Gammons what an assclown

  34. Yankee1010 says:

    At what point does MLB replace Sandy Alderson so that these men in blue have even just a shred of accountability? It’s appalling.

  35. Jamal G. says:

    That PRIMIGI commercial is like a porno for pedophiles. Bunch of children in wide-open, non-supervised areas.

  36. Mike A. says:

    I’m calling it, Robbie’s going to park one in the bullpen right now.

  37. Jamal G. says:

    Another understandable play because of his scrappy gutsiness.

  38. Mike A. says:

    Erg, why is Alberto sliding into first.

  39. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, just noticed the smiley face at the bottom of the page.

  40. Mike A. says:

    Tim McCarver finds it hilarious that Manny left his hat on the field.

  41. Yankee1010 says:

    It’s nice to know that Damon not only has a wet noodle arm, but now he also has a wet noodle bat. Let’s keep batting him leadoff.

  42. RichYF says:

    I’m pretty sure if these two blew the Red Sox any harder they’d be getting dividends

  43. Jamal G. says:

    Anyone just hear Ken Rosenthal in the background talking about a MRI?

    Didn’t hear a name though.

  44. marc says:

    all i wanna know is… where is Phil’s velocity? lol

  45. Mike A. says:

    We’re going to hear about this effing travel schedule of the Red Sox all season long.

  46. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, the stations that have these national Yankees games are going to hate us this year with all this effective pitching we’ve been doing which trims these game times so much.

  47. Jamal G. says:

    Damn, the fog looks like something out of The Mist.

    Patience guys, whadafuxup?

  48. Mike R. says:

    I heard that Tim McCarver is starting a petition to posthumously give Cy Young the “Josh Beckett Award” for best pitcher.

  49. Mike A. says:

    Okay Mr. McCarver, tell me how Ortiz’s first inning check swing GIDP relates to the lazy fly he just hit. Aaaaaaand go!

  50. Mike A. says:

    Bah. It was bound to happen eventually.

  51. RichYF says:

    Mistake pitch AND you don’t throw him breaking balls. I’m pretty sure Moose will never learn that.

  52. Batty says:

    Yeah – didn’t think Moose would be able to pitch to Manny and Ortiz the entire game unscathed.

  53. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, you could tell he was sitting slow that whole AB. He just reacted to FB after FB, I was hoping they would throw that two seamer in but they went breaking in.

  54. dan says:

    Manny Ramirez “The most unaffected hitter in baseball with 2 strikes” according to McCarver. His career line with 2 strikes: .227/.322/.422…. You would think they might look something up before saying it.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Yes but compared to what? That line could be well-above league average. Or it could make McCarver look like a jackass.

      • dan says:

        Well he said he was unaffected, so I figured that meant Manny wasn’t bothered by having 2 strikes on him…. meaning that he does just as well in that situation. Baseball reference doesn’t have sOPS+ for that split for some reason.

    • Mike R. says:

      They have pepole that are paid to look stuff up. McCarver is paid to ignore them.

  55. Mike A. says:

    “A pitch rattling homer” says Buck. As if Moose never gave up a homer in his life. Plus he just threw the same exact pitch Manny hit out to Youk for a strike.

  56. RichYF says:

    Why does Fox have the most useless stats ever?

    Career homeruns vs. the Yankees? Who the hell cares?

    Next inning they’ll show us “Most Yankee strikeouts against right-handed Cy Young candidate on Saturdays”

    Can’t wait for the relevance. It will ring so true.

  57. Jamal G. says:

    Man, Giambi has been having some great swing his last couple of games.

  58. dan says:

    What was the funny commercial you guys were referring to yesterday?

    • Mike A. says:

      The Avis “we’re also fans commercial.” It’s bunch of Avis employees standing around having a cup of coffee, and their boss comes and introduces the “new guy,” who happens to have a thick Bahston accent. They so crazy!

    • Jamal G. says:

      The AVIS commercial where the employees are talking in NYC lingo and the new guy comes in and says “Hey guys, ready to sell some cahhrs?”

      They all have that look like “Dude, WTF”. It’s hilarious.

  59. Mike A. says:

    I tell you what, if Joe Girardi is the reason Yankee games aren’t 4 hour marathons anymore, give that man Manager of the Year right now.

  60. RichYF says:

    I’m 95% certain these guys have a list of stats for every player in front of them with instructions: “Read all of this information before the game ends.”

    Granted Michael Kay has asked Coney about the Red Sox and his “experience” every single day for the past week, but I’m not really interested in these “stats for casual fans.” Honestly, with the Internet, I don’t think baseball should be covered the way it is. It’s not the same game. Fans know more than announcers. I don’t know if it’s ALWAYS been like this, but these guys probably know squat about these teams. They’re just “doing a job.”

  61. Mike A. says:

    That pitch was unhittable because it was 6 inches off the plate dumbass!!! These umps are atrocious.

    • RichYF says:

      Yeah, I noticed that there are no overhead replays of any of these “excellent” pitches. It’s a good pitch, but I’d like to see how much “plate” it actually caught before going ahead and giving the guy the Cy.

  62. Chip says:

    THIS IS HORRIBLE!! I could win the Cy Young if I got an extra 6 inches off the outside corner!

  63. Mike R. says:

    Joe Buck – “When you hit those spots those pitches are just unhittable”

    Yes Joe. There is a scientific explination for that. It’s because they are not strikes.

    That “Outside corner” has moved more than a military family.

  64. Ivan says:

    Well so far moose is pitching well.

  65. RichYF says:

    That wasn’t a bad baserunning play?



  66. Jamal G. says:

    Yes it was you lying bitch. Varitek should know of Abreu’s arm, he saw him cut the ball of. He knows his own speed. It was a bad play you asshole.

  67. RichYF says:

    Hey Casey quit your bitching, Beckett is getting those extra 20 inches too

    • Chip says:

      That’s the first time I’ve seen Moose get that call so far.

      • RichYF says:

        Hopefully Moose will stretch the plate. That’s his best defense for this nonsense. Just keep hitting spots off the plate. Nobody is better at that then Moose. He missed his spot in a big way vs Manny. If he is given those extra 6 inches, he can shut this team down. Now, if he gets squeezed, then I think he needs to give Manny 84 MPH of gas up and in!!!

    • Mike R. says:

      What I wouldn’t do with 20 extra inches…

  68. Mike R. says:

    McCarver is an IDIOT!!!!! He’s defending Varitek trying to take secondin his last at bat.

  69. gxpanos says:

    Hey guys: First time commenter, love RAB and love the game threads.

    Can anyone decipher what T-Mac was babbling about there? Sounds like he was rationalizing some horrid baserunning by Varitek.

    • Jamal G. says:

      You have to understand something about idiotic baseball analysis. When a “gutsy” or “grinder” type player is involved in a bad play, it’s never his fault. He’s just showing his love of the game and how much he wants to win.

  70. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, anytime I see Melky Cabrera make a play coming in from CF I have flashbacks of that inside-the-park HR by Coco Crisp (it was Crisp wasn’t it?).

  71. Mike A. says:

    It’s not a bad baserunning play because he’s a gritty Red Sox. If he was a spoiled brat Yankee, then yes, he should have known better.

    • RichYF says:

      Summed up perfectly.

      It’s not his fault he doesn’t know his own speed. He’s thinking smart.

      “Hey if I were useful, I’d go for second on this play.”

      I don’t understand how that logic can be faulty. Give me a bat, I’ll try to get a hit every time. If I go 0-200, it’s not my fault. I’m thinking smart. I’m not going for homeruns, I’m just thinking single. Not my fault I can’t hit a fucking lick.

  72. mvg says:

    did mccarver really just try and justify varitek running to second on abreu’s arm? how does this man have a job again?

  73. Mike A. says:

    Nice at-bat A-Gonz.

  74. RichYF says:

    Oh come on, he only had to move his glove 6 inches to get it near the plate. That’s a strike if I’ve ever seen one.

  75. gxpanos says:

    I mean Jesus. You think McCarver spits on it before slipping it in to Varitek?

  76. Jamal G. says:

    How the hell did the Red Sox lead the AL in ERA with guys like Matsuzaka and Wakefield making two-fifths of the starts?

    • RichYF says:

      Matsuzaka is bound to improve this year. He was just adjusting to the league last year. His ERA+ will be way over 100 this year. Count on it.

  77. Mike R. says:

    Molina should have tried for third there. That’s the “smart” baserunning move.

  78. Manimal says:

    Just got home from baseball practice, NICE game by Moose so far, and Way to go Former Attorney General

  79. Yankee1010 says:

    That’s about the only thing that Damon can do at the plate these days.

  80. Jamal G. says:

    Strike zone surely tightened up this inning.

  81. Mike R. says:

    I have faith in A-Gon developing into an everyday SS.

  82. RichYF says:

    1-0. A fastball count. Take notes people.

  83. Manimal says:

    Atleast hes developing into trade bait.

  84. Mike A. says:

    Melky is just helpless against those high fastballs. Always has been.

  85. Mike R. says:

    Great AB by The Melk man.

  86. Jamie says:

    The dive is not necessary Jacoby

  87. Mike A. says:

    Heads up play by A-Gonz going to third on the fly. Tim McCarver won’t talk about that.

  88. Jamal G. says:

    Alright, I’m soooooo loving Alberto Gonzalez.

  89. gxpanos says:

    former ag getting on pretty well in his retirement.

  90. Mike R. says:

    Boy that Gonzalez is FEISTY!!!!!!!!!!!

  91. RichYF says:

    LOL, I love the “Yankees Suck” chant.

    We should trade AGon to the Sox. He’d fit right in. He’s so scrappy!

  92. Yankee1010 says:

    Wow, the strike zone has really changed this inning.

  93. Jamie says:

    What’s AG’s speed like when it comes to stealing bases?

  94. Jamie says:

    If only AGon was white… he’d be starting for the St. Louis Cardinals right now

  95. Mike A. says:

    I’m pretty sure A-Gonz has made Betemit completely irrelevant. Time to start shopping Wilson.

  96. Ivan says:

    Boy that RJ trade is pretty solid trade for the yanks uh?

    • Mike A. says:

      Can’t complain at all. Looks like we’ll get a decent middle reliever, a decent utility infielder and whatever the compensation pick for The Viz yields at the least.

  97. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, it’s nice to hear McCarver giving the credit to Gonzalez for the heads up play. However I bet money that if it was Pedroia who made the same play, McCarver would have been talking about the Red Sox way, Theo Epstein drafting guys who knows how to play the game the right way, and the aura of Red Sox Nation willing the runner to score from third.

  98. Ivan says:

    If A Gone could just hit a just enough to be solid, why not if he can start. The guy can field like crazy.

  99. dangerous?! yea, like something is going to happen to an 8 year old. retards.

  100. Manimal says:

    Wow that angle that they had when it happened live made me jump up and want to tackle beckett out of the way. Amazing dive, for one thing Gonzie has balls.

  101. gxpanos says:

    spending your birthday at fenway: priceless;

    anyone using the ‘priceless’ thing for the rest of my natural born life: cliched.

  102. Jamal G. says:

    Oh NOW you complain about the zone?

  103. Mike A. says:

    Matt Cain’s going to burn out by time he’s 28 with all those low scoring games he’s been/going to pitch in.

  104. Jamal G. says:

    Should we see Joba for 1.2 innings here with Traber pitching to Ortiz if Moose goes 1-2-3 here?

  105. Ivan says:

    Matt Cain 6 no hit innings.

  106. gxpanos says:

    haha melkman doesnt let damon do anything out there

  107. gxpanos says:

    so plucky

  108. Manimal says:

    Moose zipped an 85 mph fast ball =|

  109. gxpanos says:

    or theyre called strikes when theyre strikes

  110. Manimal says:

    Amazing pitching by moose so far. I give him all the credit in the world for atleast keeping this game close.

  111. mvg says:

    way to go moose on the k to papi

  112. RichYF says:

    I really need to get me one of those awesome green Boston hats. And I need to make sure the bill is as flat as possible. That’d be frickin’ sweet.

  113. Mike A. says:

    David Ortiz is so clutch.

    Now walk Manny.

  114. Manimal says:

    PAPI! Now that your off of roids you suck?

  115. Jamal G. says:


    Now IBB Manny.

    BTW, why does EVERY Red Sox fan look like an asshole, no matter the age?

  116. Jamie says:

    wow. Ortiz hits that pitch a mile in the middle of the season. thank god.

  117. Jamal G. says:

    What the fuck…

  118. RichYF says:

    I just cursed so many times asking Moose why he doesn’t walk Manny there. I’m pretty much pissed.

  119. Manimal says:

    FUCK, I thought they were buying time for Bruney to come in. You left him in too long Joe.

  120. Mike A. says:

    Why, why the fuck would you even think about pitching to Manny in that situation?!?!

  121. Jamal G. says:

    Can someone offer a reason as to why the IBB was not issued to Manny?

  122. Yankee1010 says:

    That wasn’t particularly brilliant. I’ll take my chance with Youkilies over Manny any day of the week. How was he not walked? Just unreal.

  123. gxpanos says:

    apparently everyone in the entire world besides moose thought an ibb was the right call.

  124. Josh says:

    Why do you pitch to Manny there?

  125. Mike says:

    Can anyone explain to me why he is pitching to Ramirez there instead of putting him on with the base open?

  126. LiveFromNewYork says:

    No one in the entire world would have pitched to Manny. Except Moose. It’s that Stanford ego of his.

    • Mike A. says:

      It’s not Moose’s fault, it’s Girardi’s. He was a catcher, he should know this shit. Don’t ask the pitcher if he wants to IBB their best hitter, tell him too.

  127. How many times must Manny Ramirez beat you before you walk him? That’s on Girardi, it shouldn’t have been Moose’s decision. You put him on and that’s that.

  128. Ben K. says:

    You gotta pull Mussina before facing Manny. There’s no excuse for it considering how Mussina had been playing with fire all day.

  129. Manimal says:

    WTF, Know your count and know your stuff Bruney, 0-2 you do NOT throw a pitch in his sweetspot god DAMN he got me pissed.

  130. RichYF says:

    Hopefully Girardi doesn’t let Moose make his own decisions anymore.

    I don’t really give a shit who he thinks he can get out at this stage in his career.

    You aren’t getting an 84 MPH fastball past Manny. He can sit on your breaking stuff all day and just react. Jesus. Offense needs to salvage this.

    Moose needs a conference with the manager.

  131. mustang says:

    Can someone tell why the HELL is Girardi letting Moose face Manny !!!!!!!
    Why are facing Manny period !!!!!!!!!!!!

  132. Mike A. says:

    Nice job by FOX jinxing Cain’s no-no.

  133. Mike A. says:

    This game is far from over and they’re already annointing Manny the game’s Pepsi clutch player, or whatever the hell it’s called.

  134. Jamie says:

    Beckett is cooked

  135. Mike R. says:

    Youkilis CAN DO IT ALL!!!!!!

  136. Mike A. says:

    Nice of Giambi to pull up before reaching first.

  137. Mike P says:

    The manager needs a mirror.

  138. Manimal says:

    Has Giambi ever tried Bunting to the third base! What the hell man.
    LMAO, My dad told Giambi to grab his 20 Million and go to hell

  139. Ben K. says:

    Why is Jason Giambi hitting fifth in this lineup? He’s had one good AB this season and that was more a function of Mike Timlin than anything else.

  140. mustang says:

    I’m so sick of Fox kissing the Red Sox ass. I know YES are homers, but damn can we be a little neutral.

  141. Jamal G. says:

    Horrendously off-topic but it’s too unbelievable.


  142. RichYF says:

    Seriously Robbie. I know you’re like origami when it comes to pressure, but do something useful.

  143. At what point do we start to call out Giambi’s selfishness in not usuing the “shift” to his advantage to get on base? In that instance, he could have easily bunted the ball and had two runners on with no one out. Giambi’s approach at the plate leads you to believe he feels that he’s a 40 HR player. I just don’t see that anymore. He has to learn his limitations at the plate.

  144. Ivan says:

    Boy Matt Cain one day will get a no hitter. It just seem every year he has a start or two where he’s three, two or one inning away from a no hitter.

  145. Jamal G. says:

    Yes baby, dammit Bruney.

  146. RichYF says:

    Another note: These cameramen are so bad.

    The angle on AG’s run was terrible.
    Now, they don’t even show Robbie going to 2nd. Just focus on Posada…

  147. Nice double play Giambi. Way to kill a rally.

  148. mustang says:

    YESSSSSSS Fox can kiss my ass

  149. Mike says:

    Seriously, Giambi looks terrible this year (even with the homerun he hit last night).

  150. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, Pedroia just dove into Cano’s ass.

    Me thinks Papelbon has an apprentice.

  151. Ivan says:

    that’s totally unfair to even think that. If that is the case then guys like Ortiz, Howard, Fielder or Delgado or cliff flyd are selfish. When you are pull LHH, that’s who you are.

    Besides he has worked hard to hit the ball the other way.

  152. Manimal says:

    That, in a nutshell is why Giambi should be DFA’d. Cano hit the double and now we are still losing. BTW, Lugo’s K pitch should have been the pitch to manny.

  153. Ben K. says:

    Sorry about that, folks. Site went down for a few minutes.

  154. Mike A. says:

    A trick trivia question? Now you’ve pissed me the fuck off Fox.

  155. Manimal says:

    I’m arguing with my brother, is it EYE-lend or EE-lend

  156. Whitey14 says:

    To read the posts today, it seems as though the whole world is against the yankees and the umpires are the reason why they’re only 6-5.

    • Mike A. says:

      Oh puh-lease. Like Red Sox fans should talk.

    • RichYF says:

      I don’t think FOX represents the whole world.

      I don’t think the umps are against the Yankees, I just think they’re inconsistent. It goes both ways.

      I don’t think there has been much “zomg everyone hates us wahhhh” today. Most of the conversation has been tongue in cheek or just anger toward bad plays.

      But you’re right, Yankees fans only whine and Red Sox fans never complain. Move along now.

      • Whitey14 says:

        Red Sox fans do complain, but I’m not one of them who does and I won’t apologize for those who do.

        But thank you for the invitation to stick around for awhile today :-)

  157. Manimal says:

    Jesus cano, ITS ABREU’S BALL.

  158. Chip says:

    You know, Beckett seems to tire down the stretch so maybe Rosenthal should start talking about moving him to the bullpen? That’d be a great bullpen too! Suck it Ken

  159. Whitey14 says:

    I’m just saying Mike, you guys have been crying about the Umpiring quite a bit this season.
    I suppose we could complain that Posada should have been out on strikes in the seventh and it should still be 4-2, but what’s the point?
    And also, Red Sox fans these days do feel like the world is on our side, but I’m not hearing prejudice towards Boston from mccarver the ex-ny announcer. he’s always been biased towards the yanks. Seems like you guys are just looking for things to bitch about.

    Nice catch J.D.!!

  160. gxpanos says:

    c’mon melkman, deliver our dairy over the monster.

  161. Jamal G. says:

    Melky Cabrera has been looking great at the top of the order.

  162. Manimal says:

    If anyone up there loves the yankees Arod will hit a hr

  163. Mike A. says:

    Let’s go A-Rod.

  164. Chip says:

    I seem to remember this Alex kid hit an important homerun off this guy last year. I hear he’s pretty good

  165. gxpanos says:

    arod can take the pap smear

  166. Jamie says:

    wow that is bullshit

  167. Jamal G. says:

    Those cheating bastards, are you serious?

  168. Mike A. says:

    A perfect, they put the tarp on the field just in time to ice down A-Rod. ;)

  169. Ben K. says:

    Conspiracy theory for the hell of it: McCarver and Buck note that Papelbon didn’t have enough time to warm up, and then the tarp comes on to the field. How convenient :)

  170. Chip says:

    This is crap!! The Yankees start to threaten, the Red Sox are about to bring in their NOT WARM closer and suddenly the tarp comes out. I’m sick of this

  171. Jamie says:

    only reason they did this was because paps didnt have enough warm up pitches.. this is TYPICAL BOSTON CRAP

    absolutely. no. class.

  172. mustang says:

    Well put RichYF. Red Sox Nation the home for common sense in Baseball. Also the home of the Super Bowl XLII Champions….oooops..sorry..forgot.

  173. Manimal says:

    2 years ago Arod came in the 9th with 2 outs and they delayed the game and after the delay, he ended up striking out but in extra’s melkman hit a walk off hr.

  174. Whitey14 says:

    Umpires decision idiots, get a fucking clue!

  175. gxpanos says:

    ban ‘im.

  176. whozat says:

    “Giambi’s approach at the plate leads you to believe he feels that he’s a 40 HR player.”

    In his last healthy season, Giambi had 37 homers. It was only two years ago.

  177. RichYF says:

    This is an excellent game. Hopefully FOX will check in on the World Polo Championship as well. Might be too exciting though.

  178. Whitey14 says:

    Yeah, ban me. I already know none of you like a dissenting opinion. You don’t want to acknoweldge if you’re ever wrong.

    • Mike A. says:

      We’re not going to ban you. Everyone’s just pissed off about the game and is looking for someone to take it out on. You were an easy target.

      • Whitey14 says:

        I apologize for spouting off, it’s innappropriate.

        I guess I was miffed because many of you have commented throughout the off season that yankees would have some growing pains this year, it may not be a playoff year but that’s okay if it’s building a better future for the team and so on and so forth. However their slow start just seems to have people upset with the umps and making excuses rather than undertanding it’s still early and the weather hasn’t been conducive to hitting yet.

        If people want to hate me because they think I’m a dick that’s fine, but to hate me because I root for Boston is just dumb. I’ve been eating, sleeping and drinking baseball for over thirty years now and I think I know just as much about it as the yankee fans here do.

        I just think we should all be honest. Biased yes, but honest too.

        And I agree with you man-ram is a gay nickname.

  179. mustang says:

    I would even bother guys. Let him talk all the shit he wants. It’s so much more fun that way when they fall on their ass.

  180. Jamal G. says:

    I thought Justin Upton was not going to start raking until the second half, god damn was I wrong.

  181. Jamal G. says:

    I don’t think Whitey is bad a all, he’s not a jackass of a Red Sox fan nor does he troll. Also, we get that it’s the crew cheif’s call but you can’t deny how questionable it is with 2 outs in the inning that a rain delay was called and it rained in a 60 sec burst then stopped. It probably is continuing as I type but it doesn’t change the fact that the inning more than likely could have been completed and the delay could have happened in the middle of the 8th.

    • Whitey14 says:

      I guess it could look suspicious to a degree, but that’s why the umpires go tell the managers the decision rather than confer with them about it. It was raining pretty hard for a bit there. Hopefully they finish it up soon.

      And just a point I’d like to make for anybody that cares…I’d challenge you to find a comment I’ve made that trashes the yankees players. I joked about giambi last night, but I respect the players as a whole. I trashed anybody whose here making exceuses for the yankees slow start and I do the same on Sox sites if people make excuses about japan or any other ignorant rants as to why they’re not hitting or fielding up to their potential.

  182. mustang says:

    By the way Whitey14 I’m one of the most dissenting opinion on this site and all I ever get is good argument. But I also don’t have to use profanity to get my point cross.

    • Whitey14 says:

      You know what mustang, you’re absolutely right. I sincerely apologize for the profanity and I will curtail it.

  183. Link says:

    10 run rally by the Rockies coming lol…

  184. bostonsucks@life says:

    Seriously is there enough boston sites where you guys can go jerk off about the thought of rat boy pedrioa and fuckstick ellsbery go play in traffic you cock monger

  185. Mike A. says:

    Guess who hit another homer in Triple-A.

    (I’ll give you three chances, but you’ll only need one.)

  186. Mike A. says:

    Okay, they seriously need to stop calling him Man-Ram. That’s easily the gayest fucking nickname in the history of man.

  187. Nefarious Jackson says:

    everyone who is sick of coming here and reading posts by whitey14 raise your hand… why do you come here? why do I wanna read this sox troll PLEASE 86 this guy, enough- GO AWAY

  188. Mike A. says:

    I’m hitting the PS3. If/when the game comes back on, someone please give a shout.

  189. RichYF says:

    So, what’s the status of the day at the stadium?

    • Mike A. says:

      The turnout in the post was a little disappointing, but we’re still working out the details. I personally think it would be better with a group of like, 10-15, rather than a group of say 30-40. We’ll certainly keep you updated.

      • RichYF says:

        How many did you get from the post? I agree a small crowd would be better than a large one. I’m going to a game in July if anyone has tickets. My buddy and I scored some solid seats but I’m taking the day off work so we’re going to go out before/after the game I reckon

  190. Jamal G. says:

    Yeah Mike, Im hitting The Show on PS3 as well. Thank God for that feature where you can save in the middle of a franchise game.

    • Mike A. says:

      Yeah no kidding, that was a huge upgrade. Who do you use in your franchise? I only ask cause I decided to go with the Rays this year after using the Padres last year. The game is way too easy using the Yankees I think.

      I’m going to have to trade one of Pena or Kazmir because they’re too damn expensive. The Rays have like, zero money.

      • Jamal G. says:

        I use the Yankees because in all sports games I feel weird using any other team than my favorite. Then again your idea sounds gret, I might start a second franchise with the Angels or Twins.

        OK so this rain delay must be in our favor because Papelbon is about to blow out his arm with all this warming up.

  191. Jamie says:

    I think Papelbon’s dog is smarter than him. Anyone oblige?

    • Manimal says:

      Good news, 1st part of storm left, bad news Second part is right above me as we speak and it is NOT good. Thunder and Heavier rain than before.

      FOX just said 7:30 start

  192. BigBlueAL says:

    i just got home from working (actually umpiring 3 games earlier today) right befre the rain delay. im sure it has been discussed already, but after seein the highlights, WTF were they doin pitching to Manny in the 6th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if Youkilis was the guy on deck, than they absolutely blew it. and even if u do want to for some reason God only knows, pitch to Manny, you bring in someone else to face him (Bruney or Ohlie). what has been the talk here so far??????

    p.s. yes im lazy to not go back and read, but shit there r already 280 comments, and i just got home now, havent been able to follow throughout the game.

  193. Link says:

    good grief. i just want a 3 run jack and finish bottom of eighth and then we can stop it at 8 innings

  194. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, I guess it’s back to The Show. I have the bases loaded with one out in the top of the second with Wilson Betemit at the plate up against Edwin Jackson and The Rays at Tropicana.

    • Mike A. says:

      Heh. I just started my franchise last weekend (so I could download the Opening Day roster update), and I just wrapped up the 4 game set with the Yanks in the Bronx that was played last weekend in real life. It was a massacre. I lost the first game due to a Cano walk-off, lost the next two by double digits, then Percival blew a save in the last game and Wheeler gloriously coughed up a 3-run walkoff shot to Matsui in extras. It was … humbling.

  195. Mike A. says:

    I swear, if they don’t show the rest of the game because “contractual obligations” force them to show the NASCAR race, I’ll will march down to FOX’s headquarters and beat their executives with a hose.

  196. BigBlueAL says:

    ok, ive gone back and read all the comments, and obviously everybody was pissed about the decision as i was. BTW i gotta say, I LOVE THIS SITE!!!!!!! reading all the comments, its fuckin great!!!!! and hilarious!!!!!! keep it up guys….

  197. Mike A. says:

    They’re not going to show the rest of the game. They’re going to show this stupid race and give up “updates” of the game. I can’t fucking believe this.

  198. Jamal G. says:

    What’s the radio station for NYC, 880 AM?

  199. Jamal G. says:

    WCBS just said 10 minutes, give or take a couple.

  200. Mike A. says:

    We want base-ball!!!

    (clap, clap, clap clap clap)

    We want base-ball!!!

  201. Mike R. says:

    According to Pete Abe:

    “UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: The game is scheduled to get started at 8:25 p.m.

    Gameday link is http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....b_bosmlb_1

  202. Jamal G. says:

    So I go from Joe Buck & Tim McCarver to John Sterling & Suzyn Waldman to Joe Miller & Jon Morgan tomorrow night, yuck!

  203. Jamal G. says:

    Game is on FX! LoL, these damn people. So if you have FX tune to it when FOX cuts the feed.

  204. Mike A. says:

    Play ball! (for reals this time)

  205. Mike A. says:

    You believe that was a splitter? I think it might have been the eliminator, or the humiliator.

  206. Jamal G. says:

    Could the runners set in motion have forced A-Rod to swing at a pitch he saw outside of the zone?

  207. Mike A. says:

    Well, that was a bit anti-climatic.

  208. Manimal says:

    Congradulations Arod. You are officially the most distracted and not-focused baseball player in history. Good luck hitting 700hr, you’ll probably kill yourself before that happens.

  209. Batty says:

    Arg – could you have made it a little more interesting. Sigh…

  210. Manimal says:

    Latroy… Is this supposed to be a smart move?

  211. Jamal G. says:

    Any opinions as to why Hawkins was chosen to start the 8th?

  212. DanElmaleh says:

    Hawkins now at 13.50, woo hoo!

  213. Mike A. says:

    See, Hawkins is actually pretty good when he isn’t booed unmercifully for simply wearing a stupid number.

  214. Jamal G. says:

    Strange move, but damn it worked. Hard hit ball by Youkilis but that’s it. Should do wonders for his confidence and Girardi’s willingness to go to him.

  215. Link says:

    If we were up it would have been Joba..seemed like it worked out ok though.

  216. Jamal G. says:

    That MONSTER commercial was amazing.

  217. Manimal says:

    Posada is our last hope because cano doesnt do shit.

  218. Mike A. says:

    I can’t help but wonder how this game would have played out if Matsui was batting 5th instead of the the Big G.

  219. Jamal G. says:

    Why does Papelbon always act like he just snorted a half kilo of coke?

  220. Link says:

    well if any lefty can pop one over the monster on the yanks….it’d be cano

  221. Manimal says:

    Im calling it, Cano walk Molina walk off

  222. Ivan says:

    Why are guys swinging at the split if he can’t throw it for strikes

  223. Batty says:


  224. Link says:

    well that sucked.

  225. Jamal G. says:

    Very questionable Mr. Girardi on not issuing IBB to Manny Ramirez. I’m watching the YES post-game just to hear his side of it.

  226. Whitey14 says:

    Looking forward to the rubber match tomorrow, see you then!

  227. Batty says:

    All of a sudden I got Nascar, tried to put the radio on and it was over already. Why couldn’t they fucking wait two more pitches?!?! Arrrrrg – we waited this long.

  228. Manimal says:

    -Moose looked very good but lost it toward the end.
    -Molina is almost a better option than posada for the long run.
    -Latroy can pitch with number 21 on his back. Just not at Yankee stadium.
    -RAB hit 350 comments in one game thread!
    -Giambi is the biggest piece of Shit ever. We REALLY don’t need him
    -The yankees are veterans. Doesn’t mean they always know what they are doing. Joe should have taken out Moose against Manny or atleast Walk him to face a not-as-threatening Youk.

  229. Mike A. says:


    No wait, it’s just April. See you tomorrow everyone.

  230. Randy says:

    i missed the game and the post game. can someone tell me if girardi commented on why he gave matsui the day off right after he got on base 4 times the night before? if you are struggling for runs why sit one of the few guys who has been hitting the ball well since the season started. its april. why do they need a rest twelve games into the year? i don’t get it.

  231. Jamal G. says:

    I think Mussina has looked good in every start this year. Obviously the second start was his best and if not for a very questionable managerial decision, this could have been just as good if not better considering the opponent. So we have earned so far this season that Mussina’s stamina deserves more eyes than his velocity, he seems to just hit a wall in his sixth inning of work.

    Offense is getting hits and doing their thing, I really believe that Alex Rodriguez could have had a different result if there was no rain delay. It seems that the slump is beginning to finally dissipate as for three games now the Yankees have had good to great games at the plate.

    Melky Cabrera is having a good start to the year and like I noted before, he looks like he knows what he’s doing at the top of the lineup. If Johnny Damon and Cabrera stay on the paths they’re on right now for the next week could we see a change in the lineup?

    Absolutely loved LaTroy Hawkins outing, getting out the 3-4-5 hitters of the Red Sox and he looked great outside of that hot shot by Kevin Youkilis that was caught by A-Rod. Please, if this message gets out to Yankees fans all over NY, please shut the fuck up. Harassing your own player for wearing a jersey he wears to honor a legendary player is fucking stupid and it’s a detriment to the Yankees, so please shut the fuck up.

  232. UDAR says:

    how come no one even mentioned bringing in Joba to face manny (or Youk after assumed IBB) in the 6th? The yankees BEST pitcher NEVER entered the game (nor the series for that matter).

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