Oct
11

ALCS Game 2: BoSox @ Rays

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Two safe, polished, high probability college pitchers with long & successful track records high risk, super high reward high school arms from Texas face off tonight, as Scotty Kazmir looks to even the series at one against Josh Beckett, a.k.a. TEH AWESOMEST PLAYOFF PITCHER EVA!!11!1onehundredeleven!! Superstud Evan Longoria really needs to figure it out and quick for the Rays, he’s only 1 for 16 since his 3 for 3, 2 HR showing in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Rays’ fill-in closer Dan Wheeler has thrown a grand total of two innings in the last 18 days, so he’s got to get some work in today with the off day tomorrow, right?

Boston
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, RF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Jed Lowrie, SS
7. All-Star Catcher Jason Varitek, C
8. Mark Kotsay, 1B
9. Coco Crisp, CF
- Scott Kazmir, P (12-8, 3.49) Josh Beckett, P (12-10, 4.03)

Tampa Bay
1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
2. BJ Upton, CF
3. Carlos Pena, 1B
4. Evan Longoria, 3B
5. Carl Crawford, LF – I can’t help but think they’d be better off sliding everyone down a spot in the order & letting him bat leadoff … lengthen the lineup a little bit
6. Cliff Floyd, DH
7. Dioner Navarro, C
8. Gabe Gross, RF
9. Jason Bartlett, SS
- Josh Beckett, P (12-10, 4.03) Scott Kazmir, P (12-8, 3.49)

Oh, and how about them Rangers? Where can the Yanks get a kid like Brandon Dubinsky?

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435 Comments»

  1. Mike A. says:

    I love how TBS gave the weather report for inside the dome.

  2. Mike Pop says:

    You hear how Hank regrets not pushing harder for Johan ?

  3. Ivan says:

    Yo Whats up Kazmir.

  4. Ivan says:

    Just a bad inning for Kazmir. Can’t do that.

    • Steve says:

      Cant lose the first 2 at home, either. Especially when you’re as young as the Rays are and had a ridiculous record at home this year.

      We all wondered how the Rays would handle the pressure, and its becoming clear. No hit through 7 vs a Dice K that could throw strikes for the first 3 innings, and now this.

  5. Steve says:

    2008 World Series-Sox vs Phillies, who ya got?

  6. Mike Pop says:

    Cmon Rays

  7. Ivan says:

    Talk about a “No shit sherlock” scouting report for beckett.

  8. Mike Pop says:

    Phillies over the Rays in 6

  9. Steve says:

    BTW-RIP NY Sun.

    Just checked to see what Marchman’s been writing, and saw that they closed shop at the end of September.

    Sucks, but its tough being a neo-con newspaper in NYC. Its like being an atheist in the Bible Belt. The newspaper biz in general is going the way of the horse and buggy, much less these niche daily pubs.

  10. Mike Pop says:

    Josh has it tonight

  11. Mike Pop says:

    I think we messed up cutting Pena eh ?

  12. Mike A. says:

    Carlos Pena is a beast. Even his batting stance is intimidating.

    • Steve H says:

      Why can’t we get guys like that?

      • Mike Pop says:

        I know….we can never get lucky with those kind of guys

        • 27 this year says:

          I think it is more that we don’t give them a chance. Navarro took years at the major league level to have a good year and same with Pena. Did we really want to deal with that much time of suckiness for the “slight” possibility they don’t do good. Basically to get lucky like that, we would have Kennedy pitch a lot and maybe he will become good like those guys. They just needed an extended chance.

  13. Mike A. says:

    Teh awesomest postseason pitcher eva!11!1

  14. Ivan says:

    Finally Longoria. For a while, you was hitting like Eva Longoria.

  15. Mike A. says:

    Alright Kaz, they bailed you out. Now do your part.

  16. RichYF says:

    Beckett is in the dugout explaining why he wears the sign of the vagina around his neck.

  17. Joey says:

    Love how Kaz and Becks must have been traded before the game (thats how we know Mike doesn’t need to copy anyone elses lineup!)

  18. Mike Pop says:

    Could Ajax be our Longoria ? Or will it have to be Jesus Montero ?

  19. Mike A. says:

    “We have been down 0-1 before.”

    Actually … no, they haven’t. But nice try Buck Martinez.

  20. Mike Pop says:

    Beckett iss sooooooo ggoooooood !!

  21. Mike A. says:

    Jason Bartlett is the most indispensable Ray? Really?

    I mean, I understand he came in and did a good job shoring up the SS position, but is he that important?

    • Ivan says:

      He was the Team MVP, go figure.

    • Mike Pop says:

      they OD on that kind of talk

    • Steve says:

      Typical post season baseball broadcast

      Guy who is an unsung hero-check

      Guys who is good defensively who we call call the “Glue of the infield/outfield”-check

      Kid who came up from the minors (preferably a 27 year old career minor leaguer) who made the starting lineup-check

      Pitcher who has come back from horrific injury-check

      Anyone on either team who had somebody close to them die or get horribly sick during the past year-check

  22. Ivan says:

    Fuckin Bitch.

  23. Mike A. says:

    That little shit.

  24. RichYF says:

    Wow did Scruff McGruff just hit a homer? Jeez.

  25. Mike Pop says:

    Cmon Scotty you usually dominate the Sox

  26. Ivan says:

    Yo Scott Kazmir is ticking me off.

  27. Ivan says:

    71 pitches in 3 innings already for Kazmir.

  28. Steve says:

    6-9 for the BoSox

    J Lowrie SS, J Varitek C, M Kotsay 1B C, Crisp CF

    Not exactly your classic Sox lineup. A lot of outs in that lineup.

  29. Mike Pop says:

    Cant wait till Pedroia goes bald hehe

  30. Mike Pop says:

    Sucks that we have to compete with these teams

  31. Mike Pop says:

    Wow !!!!!!

  32. Steve says:

    Beck Joshett (his evil twin) let up that HR.

    As we all know, Josh Beckett doesn’t let up any HRs in the post season.

  33. Ivan says:

    Upton in the mothafuckin House bitches.

  34. Mike A. says:

    Upton’s shoulder must really be bothering him.

    TEH AWESOMEST PLAYOFF PITCHER EVA!!111!!!

  35. Mike Pop says:

    Man Beckettt is soo freaken good its crazy

  36. Mike Pop says:

    Maddon told Longoria to be more selective and Longoria said ..wateva wateva i do what i want

  37. Ivan says:

    No excuses, hey CHW was hurting and sucked in the postseason, and the world gave him grief.

  38. Steve says:

    Josh got nuthin.

  39. Mike A. says:

    Maybe I was wrong about batting Crawford leadoff…

  40. Mike Pop says:

    TB still owns Boston in my opinion

  41. Ivan says:

    The way Beckett is going, he’s gonna lose that postseason arguement when people say he’s overrated.

  42. Ivan says:

    What the fuck Crawford.

    • Steve says:

      Never trust a man with a tattoo on his neck.

      • Steve H says:

        1) Never get less than twelve hours sleep, 2) Never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city, and 3) Never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Y’know what? Everything is still cream cheese…

  43. Mike Pop says:

    Beckett proved his grit with that pickoff

  44. Mike A. says:

    Oof, Crawford fell asleep there.

  45. Ivan says:

    Nice Play Pena.

  46. RichYF says:

    Is it just me or should Crisp have been on the verge of scoring there? I thought he was “speedy?”

    • RichYF says:

      Disregard that, I thought someone was on first. I was reading something and I have the game muted so I don’t /wrists.

  47. Ivan says:

    Come on, Kazmir.

  48. Mike A. says:

    I love hearing that Ellsbury’s 0 for his last 15, or seeing the Sox pen active in the 3rd inning of a Beckett postseason start, stuff like that.

    Bring them back down a peg.

  49. Mike A. says:

    OMG Beckett is soooo awesome.

  50. Steve H says:

    Who’s next in Home Run Derby??

  51. dkidd says:

    tim kirkjian called josh beckett “one of the top 5 post-season pitchers ever”

    not so much

  52. Mike A. says:

    New York Rangers, 4-0-0.

  53. dkidd says:

    dave stewart called

    he wants his reputation as a big game pitcher back

  54. Mike A. says:

    Three more outs then hit the showers, Scotty.

  55. Joey says:

    damn you you freakin balding midget

  56. dkidd says:

    will pedroia win the al mvp?

  57. RichYF says:

    Scrappy McBaldspot again? What the hell. Who does this guy think he is? Jose Vizcaino?

  58. Steve says:

    2009 Red Sox prediction-

    Beckett-Finally gets shoulder surgery for the labrum issue he’s had all the way back to his days in Florida, the one that almost nixed the trade to the Sox. Turns out he was hiding it all post season.

    Dice-K turns into a latter day Hideo Nomo, and begins to realize that you cant walk 6/9IP and be successful in the bigs.

    Lester-Has an off year. It happens.

    Wakefield, Byrd and Masterson pitch like Wakefield, Byrd and Masterson.

    84-78 record 4th place finish, behind the Blue Jays. Dynasty over.

    • Mike A. says:

      Dynasty over.

      Well, it hasn’t exactly started yet.

      • Ivan says:

        Not what ESPN is saying.

        They basically saying they are better than the yanks of the late 90′s.

      • Steve says:

        Close enough.

        Seriously, if Beckett is hiding something serious you can imagine they will be very serious bidders in the Peavey sweepstakes. They could outbid anyone else involved (inc the Yanks) if they want.

    • Steve H says:

      Let’s hope so. Oh yeah, and Big Papi finally gets busted for roid/hgh use.

      • Mike A. says:

        Big Papi finally gets busted for roid/hgh use.

        Hah, not a long as George Mitchell is on the Red Sox’s payroll.

        • Steve H says:

          Oh come on now, totally impartial. Just like the leaked Paul Byrd story right before he had to face the Sox in the playoffs. Of course now that Byrd is on the Sox, Gammons puts out stories that it was legit use of HGH. Except that it was prescribed by………….a freaking dentist.

    • Reggie C. says:

      Dice-k strikes out more than his fair share and so he’s able to get out of most self-induced jams.

      Lester is still a wild card for next year. He so surpassed expectations this year that i think its unfair to expect a repeat … or is it..

      All i’m saying is that the RS are not a 4th place team. Bay jacks the RS ahead.

  59. Joey says:

    you’ve gotta be shittin me……..

  60. Steve says:

    Bastards.

    Oh well, next year they’re going to suck.

  61. Reggie C. says:

    the bushwacker strikes again … walk him next time !!

  62. dkidd says:

    don’t call it a dynasty if they don’t win the series this year. 2 titles in 5 years is not a dynasty!

  63. RichYF says:

    I think I’m going to move out of where I am on the sole basis that my roommate and her boyfriend are Sox fans. Annoying ones.

  64. Mike A. says:

    Going to Balfour in the 5th, huh? Guess they’re going with him for the rest of this inning + the 6th, then Howell for the 7th + 8th, with Wheeler backing him up.

  65. Mike A. says:

    Wow. Just … wow.

  66. Steve says:

    Geez Louise.

  67. Ivan says:

    Get the fuck outta here.

  68. RichYF says:

    If Beckett wins this game he’ll retain his status as the best post-season pitcher of all time. Why? Because he gutted it out, stuck in there, and put his team in a position to win the game. That’s what players who are the best ever do.

  69. Ivan says:

    Great, now Balfour is sucking now.

  70. Steve says:

    Prediction-Balfour’s gonna throw a fastball here

  71. Ivan says:

    come on, you can’t walk Varitek.

  72. Reggie C. says:

    boston on the verge of an even bigger inning … if that’s possible.

  73. Bill N says:

    Seriously…….. quick throw that kid in the tank with the rays in it. The world doesn’t need more sox fans.

  74. Ivan says:

    With all this action in this game, it’s quite amazing were only in the top 5th inning.

  75. Ivan says:

    Wow Maddon really going to his go to guys early.

  76. dkidd says:

    this inning started in 1973

  77. Ivan says:

    You gotta get Crips out no?

  78. Bill N says:

    Holy crap did you guys see that ? There is a blood spot on Becketts vag. He is giving it his all his grit tonight ala Schilling

  79. Mike A. says:

    Carlos muthaf%^&#n Pena.

  80. Bill N says:

    And yes Buck plently of runners take off for an unoccupied base when the tag is firmly still placed on them. Thank you Pena….

  81. ohbwonhomie says:

    I’m starting the trade for peavy campaign, I said it a while back that the yanks can probably put a package together. Cano, hughes, ipk and two others maybe mid-level. gotta happen gotta happen. i’m losing my mind here. just wanna run down all these sux fans while driving thru the boston streets. peavy would be great for joba as well. he’s a brain out there.

    • Steve H says:

      way too much. he pitches in the nl, in a pitchers park. way way too much to give up for peavy

    • RichYF says:

      Mike, what’s it take to get Peavy?

      CC and Peavy. Screw offense. Just get that.

      I love Hughes as much as the next rebuilding lover thingy person, but he’s dispensable for a 27 year-old stud (as Mike A. would say).

      All the Yanks have to do is get to the big show and then ride CC, Peavy, CMW, Joba, whoever to victory. One of them has to be hot no? I’d love Teixeira and some other bats, but to me it’s like this: If your pitcher is “on,” it doesn’t matter who he is facing. If your pitcher is throwing meatballs up like Kazmir and Beckett tonight, everyone will light him up (especially some of the quality bad pitch hitters that we have *cough* ARod *cough*).

      That’s the stance I’ve had for a while now. I see our “1000 run” lineup just failing miserably to these quality starters. When a guy is dealin’, a guy is dealin’.

      • Mike A. says:

        To get Peavy? Lots and lots. I’d say at least 3 young, ML ready players with <3 yrs of service time for starters, then add a prospect or two that’s not far off. I have no idea what that would be for the Yanks … Hughes, Kennedy, Melancon, Miranda, Jackson?

        They have no reason trade him because he’s signed so cheap for so long. If they aren’t blown away by an offer this winter, see what gets offered at the deadline, and if you still don’t like it you can trade him next offseason.

  82. Mike A. says:

    Holy shit. We have ourselves a game fellas.

    TEH AWESOMEST PLAYOFF PITCHER EVA!!11!1!!

  83. Steve H says:

    $10 says Beckett feigns an injury after this postseason to justify his suckiness.

  84. Reggie C. says:

    Why don’t the Yanks have any of these type of players?!?!?!

  85. NYFan50 says:

    Beckett’s final line is a masterpiece:

    4.1 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR.

    pwned.

  86. Reggie C. says:

    Whose ceiling is higher: BJ Upton or Jacoby Ellsbury ?

  87. Joey says:

    Ellsbury bunting = epic fail

  88. Ivan says:

    Gardner could of done that.

  89. NYFan50 says:

    I thought perhaps Price was going to pitch this inning.

  90. Reggie C. says:

    Has Cano dropped to 3rd best 2B in the AL East ?!?

  91. Ivan says:

    Pedroia can suck on a penis.

  92. Joey says:

    Announcer: “He’s gritty, he’s dirty, he’s… he’s just one of those guys you’d love to have on your team”

    Can anyone guess who he’s referring to?

  93. Reggie C. says:

    HOLD. THE. LEAD.

  94. Mike A. says:

    David Ortiz, meet Uncle Charlie. He’ll be staying for dinner.

  95. Ivan says:

    Ortiz sure misses manny. All those fastballs gone.

    • Steve H says:

      He also misses the days before they had steroid testing.

      • Mike A. says:

        I actually just checked the stats…

        Ortiz before the Manny trade: .266-.360-.498
        After: .262-.381-.519

        Remember the wrist was bothering him before the deal though. Those numbers are definitely skewed somehow.

    • RichYF says:

      I was just about to say the same thing. I know Bay homered tonight and has been pretty good this postseason (I think anyway, I’m not bothering to check stats), but is there any way you pitch to Ortiz knowing Manny isn’t behind him?

  96. Ivan says:

    Everybody looks like a genius when ya team is winning uh?

  97. Mike A. says:

    This is going to be fun. It’s the 6th inning and Maddon’s used all his main bullpen bullets. David Price, come on down!

  98. dkidd says:

    chad bradford vs youk = “moneyball” reunion

  99. Mike A. says:

    Erg, come on BJ. Gotta throw to the cutoff man there, keep Youk at second.

  100. Ivan says:

    Wow what a game uh.

  101. dkidd says:

    chad bradford’s first ever post-season run allowed

  102. Reggie C. says:

    What do the Yanks do to become a vaunted offense once more?!? Watching the RS and Rays trade runs is sickening b/c i know this is a game the Yanks would not keeping up with either squad.

  103. Mike A. says:

    Something tells me this game isn’t going to end 8-7.

  104. Ivan says:

    Jason Bartlett, the most valueable 85 OPS.

  105. Whitey14 says:

    Bang, Bang

  106. Ivan says:

    David Price top of the 7th no?

  107. Reggie C. says:

    BJ UPton is a weird dude. How do you go from slugging .500 to .400?? He hit that monster shot earlier but then he looks lost at the plate.

    • Mike A. says:

      He separated his shoulder and tore his labrum on a swing in May – he’s having surgery to fix the labrum in the offseason. That had to contribute to the power outage.

      That’s why I’m scared of this team; Upton, Crawford, Baldelli, even Pena to some extent had down years, and no one had a career year.

      • Steve H says:

        Agree on the offense, but their offense wasn’t why they were so good. They had all 5 starters in the rotation all year once Kazmir started in early May. That won’t happen again. Granted the rotation will be improved with Price, but they are due for some fall off from Jackson/Sonnanstine, and they are due for some injuries. Plus, who even knows what to expect from Kazmir going forward. For all of his promise, I’m not sure he’s ever going to put it all together.

        • Mike A. says:

          I can totally see Edwin Jackson pitching for the Mets next year. Not sure who they’d trade for him though. Ryan Church would be perfect, but no way Minaya deals him, he was one of his guys from his days as a scout with the Expos.

        • Ivan says:

          And were lucky with Balfour and Howell having big years out if the pen. Matt Garza having a great year.

        • Reggie C. says:

          so you think the Rays are another hitter away from becoming a stable power-house? They can afford a drop-off in their 5th spot in the rotation b/c the other four guys are going to be really good: shields, price, garza, and kaz. Unless Kaz goes under the knife this offseason, you gotta think he’s healthy.

      • Ivan says:

        Yea but remember, when teams like TB have almost everything break right for ya, that usually doesn’t happen the next year.

        Not to take anything away from them but they have overachieve a little. None of their pitchers got hurt this season.

        • Mike A. says:

          That’s true, but their depth is better than most. They have Niemann, Talbot and Davis waiting down at AAA, and those guys would be starting for most teams.

          • Steve H says:

            Just like Kennedy and Hughes, they can’t totally rely on those guys if they are going to be contenders. They might pan out if called on, but they might not.

            • Reggie C. says:

              Right now , unless Kaz is hiding an injury, the Rays won’t be dipping into that AAA crowd. They don’t have to. Unlike the Yanks, the Rays have 2 ready made guys in Garza and price.

              • Steve H says:

                Yeah, but one of them could get hurt running in an interleague game. One could pully a hammy. One could pull a quad and they would have to dip into their AAA reserves. Injuries aren’t mutually exclusive of each other.

          • Ivan says:

            Yea but, if your a TB fan, to even have a remote chance to have the year their having, you need the big two of the sox and yanks to have a bad season, which they got. Next season, that’s probably not gonna be the case.

  108. Mike A. says:

    Heh, I love that even Bradford’s pickoff attempt throws to first are submarine.

  109. Bill N says:

    Ahhh I cannot escape the shitty announcing, just got to work get in the truck and yep Joe Morgan amazing simply amazing.

  110. Mike A. says:

    Ugh, why is Pena bunting. I know the left side of the infield is open, but swing away dammit.

  111. dkidd says:

    is it me, or have we seen a ton of stupid bunt attempts in this post-season?

  112. Mike A. says:

    Check out Chad Bradford coming out for the 8th.

  113. Mike A. says:

    OMG why didn’t Betemit go for that ball?!?!

    /forceofhabit

  114. Ivan says:

    David Price time?

  115. dkidd says:

    betemitesque at first

  116. Ivan says:

    No Shit Buck Martinez.

  117. Ivan says:

    Maddon you could of had price for that one.

  118. Mike A. says:

    Oh boy. Rays are going to earn this one.

  119. Ivan says:

    Not enough grit there.

  120. Mike A. says:

    Walk Bay. Just do it.

  121. E-ROC says:

    Grit base running by Pedroia

  122. Ivan says:

    Why Im not surprise.

  123. dkidd says:

    are you kidding me?

  124. dkidd says:

    someone please murder buck martinez

  125. Joey says:

    “Pedroia’s showing the flair of being an MVP-type player” Alright, get off his dick and do your job for once announcer guy

  126. Mike R. says:

    “This Red Sox team is relentless. They found a way to tie it.”

    Apparently Pedroia’s grittiness caused the wild pitch and wusslike underarm throw by Navarro and his great baseball instincts told him to run.

  127. dkidd says:

    rays up last. that should help in this game

  128. Mike A. says:

    Can this game end please? I’ve got Forgetting Sarah Marshall on Blu-ray waiting for me…

  129. Joey says:

    Ok Mike, top 5 games I need for PS3 are:
    1. NHL 09
    2. Madden 09
    3. Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway (? Heard it was very good)
    4. ?
    5. ?

    • Mike A. says:

      Never played #3. I usually stick to sports games, but Call of Duty 4 was awesome. Can’t help you any more than that. My attention span is legendary, I can play one game for months without getting bored of it.

  130. Bill N says:

    Who gave Pedrioa the Gorilla Mask ?

  131. Mike A. says:

    Yikes. They got lucky that ball bounced over the wall.

  132. Ivan says:

    Ellsbury sucks.

  133. Mike A. says:

    Nice job by Wheeler.

  134. Mike A. says:

    Not for nothing, but the Yanks would have found a way to lose this game a couple of innings ago. They don’t seem to have the balls to handle a game like this.

  135. Mike A. says:

    OMG where’s the grit?

  136. Ivan says:

    Cano could of made that play.

  137. Mike R. says:

    That must have been a very tricky hop because Pedroia is the greatest defensive 2nd baseman since Alomar. And I am sure that Robbie is estatic to be mentioned in the same breath as Dusty.

  138. Mike R. says:

    What part of Boston exactly did that 3B umpire grow up? How much money do you think he owes Sully?

  139. Mike A. says:

    Oh shit, they won’t let All-Star Catcher Jason Varitek catch Papelbon.

  140. Lanny says:

    TB. The best running team in the game has 1 steal in 2 games?

    Masterson isnt exactly Pettitte-esque holding runners and Iwamura doesn’t try for it? It’s the 9th here, Joe Maddon.

  141. dkidd says:

    bringing your closer into a tie game on the road. in florida.

    joe torre, please take note.

  142. Bill N says:

    Lets hope Anus Face blows this

  143. Ivan says:

    Pena miss that one.

  144. Bill N says:

    got a bad feeling about this inning

  145. Lanny says:

    They go to Price here? TB is going to have some staff next yr.

  146. Ivan says:

    No Price?

  147. dkidd says:

    harold reynolds just sexually harassed cal ripken

  148. Lanny says:

    Question:

    Where is the talk about making Price the closer or 8th inning guy???

    He’s big and has great stuff.

    Nothing??

  149. dkidd says:

    still wheeler?

    • Mike A. says:

      Price just pitched yesterday. I can understand not wanting to use him on back-to-back days since he’s so young and so important to their future, but come on man, it’s the ALCS!!!

  150. Ivan says:

    Kinda tells ya what they think off Edwin Jackson no?

  151. Lanny says:

    Now here is the guy who has given me nightmares since 2003.

    My one wish the past decade was that George would have been more forceful in signing the guy he wanted. Papi.

  152. Mike A. says:

    Routine fly ball power for Papi.

  153. Ivan says:

    Ortiz is lost.

  154. Ivan says:

    End this game Longoria.

  155. Lanny says:

    TB is due here.

  156. Mike A. says:

    Carl Crawford walk-off inside-the-park homer.

  157. Bill N says:

    I hate being at work when playoff baseball is on…. take that back i hate being at work… stupid people and needing water to survive

  158. Bill N says:

    way to take a pitch Evan

  159. Lanny says:

    Longoria can do no wrong to me. How and why did he sign that contract?

    He cost himself 70-90 mill bucks.

    • Mike A. says:

      I can see that argument, but man, at that age I think I would have taken the security too. He’s guaranteed $17.5M, and the total deal could be worth $44.5M if they pick up all the options. The kid is still going to get paid on way or the other, at least now if he gets hit by a bus he’s still set for life.

      • Lanny says:

        Tough to turn down 16 mil when you haven’t played a game but you have to have faith in your abilities and his agent should be fired for gross negligence for letting him sign it.

        What agent lets a stud like that sign such a below market deal? the players union couldn’t have been thrilled.

        He waits 2 years and he even gets Wright money which is under market.

  160. Ivan says:

    Come on Crawford get on base.

  161. Mike R. says:

    Great defense by Papelbon! :|

  162. Lanny says:

    No luck for TB there. Crawford is on 3rd there with his speed and stolen base prowess

  163. Lanny says:

    Bostons pen turns it on in October.

  164. Mike A. says:

    Oh. My. God.

    Wheeler’s still out there.

  165. Ivan says:

    Wheeler again.

  166. Lanny says:

    No faith in jackson or price?

  167. Ivan says:

    They must not like Edwin Jackson then uh.

    Price is warming up.

  168. Lanny says:

    Rays’ fill-in closer Dan Wheeler has thrown a grand total of two innings in the last 18 days, so he’s got to get some work in today with the off day tomorrow, right?

    This counts as getting some work in.

  169. Accent Shallow says:

    So I checked Wheeler’s gamelogs for this year, and he’s never gone more than 2 innings.

    Yikes.

  170. Ivan says:

    Here comes price.

  171. Lanny says:

    Buster Olney just got excited in pants.

  172. Ivan says:

    Come on Price, calm down.

  173. Lanny says:

    Strikes, David. Strikes.

  174. Ivan says:

    Gotta get Kotsay out Price.

  175. Mike A. says:

    You know, the last time David Price pitched out of the bullpen in extra innings of a playoff game he gave up the go-ahead homer to a freshman hitting under .200 in what would eventually be the upset loss that ended Vandy’s season in the 2007 Regionals.

    Just sayin’.

  176. Ivan says:

    Wow Price got a gift there.

  177. Mike A. says:

    How did this game go from all offense to a pitcher’s duel?

  178. Lanny says:

    TB should take all the rev sharing money and think out of the box and sign Manny this off season.

    With all this great young pitching and cheap contracts they can afford to make a splash.

  179. Mike A. says:

    So who’s left in Boston’s pen? Timlin and Byrd? Is that all? I guess Wakefield too.

  180. Mike A. says:

    Glad to see Navarro’s developed into a BoSox killer.

  181. Mike A. says:

    Oh man, Francona brought Timlin in…

  182. Accent Shallow says:

    Timlin’s in. Guess the Red Sox are fine with the series being 1-1?

  183. Lanny says:

    Timlin?

    Giambi just smiled from a Vegas club surrounded by 20 gorgeous girls.

  184. Ivan says:

    Come on TB, it’s fucking Timlin, you gotta get a run no?

  185. Manimal says:

    I can’t believe im still up but theirs nothing better than a GREAT ball game. Doesn’t matter who it is.

  186. Bill N says:

    They have to win off Timlin right ?

  187. Lanny says:

    Navarro has really developed into a solid catcher.

    Who says we cant develop position players???

  188. Manimal says:

    I have to piss wicked bad but I’m waiting for Timlin to blow it. Should be any second now…

  189. Mike A. says:

    Hah, my Red Sox fan buddy just IMed me:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    I think we all know what that’s in reference too.

  190. Lanny says:

    Darling and Martinez and Carey are the best booth I’ve heard in a long time.

    Darling might be the best analyst going right now.

    The SNY team is top notch.

  191. Manimal says:

    Throw him out. What the hell. MLB has strict rules and they obviously dont apply for the red sox.

  192. Mike A. says:

    How the hell can the manager and pitching coach walk out of the dugout with the sole purpose of arguing ball and strike calls and NOT get thrown out?

  193. Lanny says:

    Timlin can’t even let the guy bunt???

  194. Lanny says:

    How does Bartlett, a light hitting SS, not get a bunt down?

  195. Ivan says:

    Let Bartlett Bunt.

  196. Lanny says:

    I’ll give it up for Maddon.

    Great run call there.

  197. Manimal says:

    Oh man, I might not make it to the bathroom

  198. Mike A. says:

    Gotta walk Iwamura here.

  199. Manimal says:

    Timlin walks in the winning run. Im calling it now.

  200. Mike A. says:

    Get the guy with the cowbell away from the fucking microphone please.

  201. Ivan says:

    Walk off GS is coming soon, any fuckin minute now.

  202. Bill N says:

    Big spot Upton

  203. Lanny says:

    I know the Rays have made some good trades and signings but really. They got like 5 core guys who were picked in the top 10 here.

    And that is with them missing on 4-5 pitchers in the top part of the draft.

  204. Joey says:

    Yeah baby, yeah!

  205. Accent Shallow says:

    What did I say earlier?

  206. Ivan says:

    Now that’s speed holmes.

  207. Manimal says:

    oh my god I can pee now.

  208. Mike R. says:

    Those relentless Rays found a way to win this game! Right? Right?

  209. Mike A. says:

    That was a damn fine game.

  210. Lanny says:

    Maybe 4 guys could have scored or attempted to score there. The Rays might have 3 of them.

    Speed on the bench. How novel!

    Cashman you watching??

  211. Bill N says:

    sweet deal

  212. Manimal says:

    Yeah, what is that 9 8 thing that was on the shirts

  213. Manimal says:

    Super stud Longoria even talks like a superstar. Too bad we are all going to hate him next year.

  214. Manimal says:

    Football in 11 hours. night guys.

  215. Joey says:

    any minor leaguers that played tonight Mike?

  216. Lanny says:

    Will Lester throw in an average game here and put the pressure on Wakefield??

  217. Lanny says:

    Glad to be going to Fenway.

    I hate that Cowbell.

    TB should get Will F to do it at the games.

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