• Ivan

    Thanx Mike.

  • Mike Pop

    Fuck Fuck FUck Fuck Fuck FUCk Fuck fcuK

  • Patrick T

    Bleh.

  • Ivan

    come on Pena, it’s not like your facing Mo.

  • Mike Pop

    Ya Mike thanks that one was getting brutally slow

  • Manimal

    Seriously though, Edwar + Melancon for Crawford. Would you do it?

    • Mike Pop

      they wouldnt lol.. they got wade davis, niemman and other great studs in the minors no reason for them to do that

    • pat

      no im not trading melancon for ANYBODY

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Uhh, the dude is a relief prospect, I hope you were joking.

        • pat

          AAAAAAANYBODYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  • gxpanos

    My Yankee Fan comrades, i say unto thee:

    It’s cool: 3 in 5 years is still worse than 4 in 6!

    • gxpanos

      4 in 5

    • Mike Pop

      they arent going to the series relax

      • gxpanos

        I mean, no, they have to play a few more games against the Rays.

        But, they win this game, there’s no way they don’t win it all.

  • Mike Pop

    O Man if this happens Im gonna be real depressed

  • CavGuy

    Had the rays pen not blown this one, tomorrow everybody would have been hailing Maddon as a genius for starting Kaz over Shields (though that was clearly the right thing to do in my book, even if it didn’t work out).

    But now…

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Sox have this one in the bag. They’ll win it before they make an out.

    • Patrick T

      Nicely done, Mike.

  • Patrick T

    Tonight notwithstanding, the bullpen has been a strength for the Rays. They’d laugh for a while then hang up on Cash with that offer. You don’t trade established young talent for relievers.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    At least he took Wheeler out. What a play by Bartlett.

  • Accent Shallow

    Any idea why Maddon didn’t pull Wheeler?

    • Manimal

      Crack.

      • Mike Pop

        lol he prob didnt want to put that pressure on the rookie

        • Steve H

          why would he be afraid, Francona brings in Masterson, who’s not 1/2 the pitcher Price is. I don’t get it.

  • Manimal

    longoria must be so confused on how he got out.

  • Ivan

    Iight look, Rays can still win this game. They still got Howell and Price who are there best relievers and the rays if they just chill out can win here. There’s no Papelbon or Oki or Delcarmen. Yea the rays took a hit but they ain’t KO’d yet in this game.

    • Manimal

      I hope they bring in Timlin.

      • Mike Pop

        all of us do

  • Mike Pop

    No way Sox win this inning, Longoria or Floyd is gonna win it for th Rays while Price will close it out.. Its destiny Sox lose tonight

    • whozat

      Floyd was pinch hit for several innings ago.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I was just reading some potential top ten lists for the Oakland A’s, can you believe some are ranking Michael Inoa as high as #3?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Anderson, Cahill, Cardenas

      everyone else.

      • Mike Pop

        Doesnt Inoa throw like 96 at 16 ?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          So what? Anderson & Cahill have dominated at AA. gimme them first.

          • Mike Pop

            Lol i was just asking if he threw that hard

      • Ivan

        how about Chris Carter?

    • Ivan

      Not surprising especially from BA. They love guys Inoa even though he hasn’t a professional pitch or done anything.

      • whozat

        BA loves a big fastball.

        I kinda feel like part of the reason “prospects are always suspects” is that a lot of kids are rated really highly on “stuff” and never really figure it out, like Homer Bailey or Edwin Jackson. So, they’re “busts” because we all heard they were the next coming of Nolan Ryan, and it turns out they’re just another guy who has no idea where the ball is going.

        I think command needs to play a bigger role in pitching prospect ranking.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Nah, it was a poster at Project Prospect. However, one of the authors ranked him #9.

  • Manimal

    They would boo Ortiz after he FUCKING HIT A HOMERUN TO GET YOU BACK IN THE GAME. Dumb fucks.

    • Mike Pop

      Lol I dont know for a fact but Id bet that happend to Arod a couple times lol

      • Manimal

        but Arod is Arod ;)

  • frank

    I couldn’t stand the Red Sox dick sucking when they were trailing 7-0… I’m certainly not pleased now.

  • Accent Shallow

    One nice thing about the Rays pen: they don’t have an established closer, so Maddon won’t be hesitant to use his best relievers just because it’s a tie game on the road.

  • whozat

    Um…Why wasn’t this guy in the game to face the lefties LAST time they were up??

    • Manimal

      Hello,

      I am the GM of the Tampa Bay Rays and I would like to offer you the job of head coach. Your outstanding knowledge is far more advanced that Mr. Maddon. We will keep in touch.

      • whozat

        Wait…you’re telling me you think Maddon was right to stick with Balfour and then Wheeler?

        He had three lefties in the pen and went with guys who have spotty command.

  • Patrick T

    Toughness to their at-bats? Someone pass the barf bags.

  • Mike Pop

    OMG THE ROOK WTF

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    You had more time, Longoria.

  • E-ROC

    Nice pick; terrible throw. No biggie.

  • Manimal

    I would have rather he booted it. Tard.

  • gxpanos

    Falling apart.

  • Pedro

    This is just crazy.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Walk Bay, let Howell pitch to Drew. No brainer, my specialty.

  • Mike Pop

    Ugh

  • Ivan

    That was a terrific pick by Evan Longoria but he threw the ball like Eva Longoria.

  • frank

    TBS was panning over the 1918 championship banner in the 7th inning talking about how the Sox hadn’t been shut out in the playoffs at home since that year……

    Meanwhile the Rays were winning 7-0.

    Youkilis was fouling off pitches in the 7th and the announcers were complimenting him on how that’s how “tough” he is and “that’s what he does best.” In the next half, Aybar was fouling pitches off Papelbon and the announcers were complimenting PAPELBON on how “tough” the pitch was and “that’s what he does best.”

    Meanwhile the Rays were winning 7-0.

    I’m sorry but I had to vent this. The Red Sox dick-sucking festival must end TONIGHT.

    • usty

      I agree. You’d think Boston was up 3-1 listening to them talk about this game and the Rays are just lucky to be here.

  • Accent Shallow

    Almost looked like Longoria was planning on underhanding that ball. He looked odd pulling that out of his glove.

  • Mike Pop

    My heart is beating faster than ever lol

    • Manimal

      and this game is important to you because….

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Ever heard of Schadenfreude?

    • Ivan

      While I want the rays to win alot, just chill. It’s not like the Yanks are playing here.

  • pat

    i never thought id be this stressed about playoff baseball that didnt involve the yankees

  • Mike Pop

    Nervous as hell

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Really? I’m not feeling much of anything. Enjoying the game though, best I’ve seen in a while.

      • Mike Pop

        I was saying Howell is nervous as hell

        • Mike Pop

          MY bad shoulda specified

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I vote after tonight that the Rays have to become the Devil Rays again.

    Who’s with me?

  • Accent Shallow

    If they’d just pushed Kazmir over 150 pitches, none of this would have happened . . .

    How many of those articles show up if the Rays lose tonight?

  • Mike Pop

    I really cant believe this is the situation right now

  • CavGuy

    This is nerve racking. I can’t start writing my paper until this game is over.

    • Manimal

      Im doing one during the game. You guys need to chillax, this game is tense but totally un necessary.

  • Mike Pop

    WTF !!!!

  • Manimal

    fucking retarded.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I don’t believe it

  • usty

    I hate them.

  • Mike Pop

    Is this the most disgusting thing you have ever seen ?

    • usty

      No. That was 2004.

    • Patrick T

      No, that would be 2004.

      • Mike Pop

        I forgot thos memories

  • gxpanos

    Series over, calling it,

  • Ivan

    Oh well, what ya gonna do.

  • jersey

    rays are done….boston philly here we go

  • E-ROC

    There are ghosts at Fenway Park.

    Lets see how ESPN and every other friggin’ news outlet spins this game. Its all grit, I tell ya. All grit!

    • whozat

      It was incredibly gritty of the sox to avoid swinging at the pitches that were two feet out of the strike zone. It takes HEART to stand there while guys throw ball after ball until they give in and lay one down the pike.

  • Steve H

    David Price threw ZERO pitches in this game. Are you fucking kidding me?

  • Pedro

    Great job by the RF coming in and then going back. Between Maddon’s lack of common sense and the players choking, TB just didn’t deserve to win tonight.

  • pat

    ugh the suckfest continues for another game

  • frank

    They’ll win the World Series now. Absolutely no doubt about it.

    • Steve H

      They’re going back to Tampa. Sox were under .500 on the road this year, Rays had one of the best home records in baseball. I wouldn’t end the series quite yet.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    These are the type of games that managers get fired for. Fucking idiot.

  • Ivan

    There still losing this series, so the sox might as well just celebrate as hard as possible tonight cuz they ain’t winning game 6.

  • Mike Pop

    Wow thats the word that comes to mind, craziest thing I ever seen man.. Shields has to go like 8 tomorrow

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      They’re playing Saturday. They get more days off in the playoffs than they do all damn year.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Sheesh. You’d think they were up 3-2 going to Fenway, not down 3-2 going to Tampa.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      True, but when you score eight unanswered runs to avoid elimination, any type of celebration is warranted.

      • Ivan

        that’s true.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I was referring to the way some people are predicting the Sox will win the WS after the win.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Oh, my mistake.

        • Ivan

          oh okay.

    • Ivan

      Word. Just suckin them off.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      Well gee, they came into Yankee Stadium down 3-2, no?

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Yeah, and 2004 was the norm?

        • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

          They were down 3-1 last year too.

          • Ivan

            There gonna do it again? Again Pete?

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            Again, coming back from these deficits are not the standard.

            • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

              Seems to be for this team lately, no?

              Just annoys me to no end. Go away already so I can enjoy my winter.

      • Ivan

        What year is this? 08, nuff said.

  • whozat

    Terrible managing by Joe Maddon. Just awful. He needed nine outs, had seven runs to play with, and pitched guys who can’t throw strikes. He kept his lefties in the pen when Ortiz and Drew were coming up with guys on…just awful.

    • Steve H

      If he’s not going to use Price, why the hell did they put him on the roster? It’s brainless.

      • whozat

        Yeah…what, was up 7-1 in the 7th inning too tight a spot for the kid?

        • Steve H

          he’s on the roster, use him. pretty simple

  • Ivan

    If Joe Girardi was in the postseason, he wouldn’t fuck up like this.

  • MasterShake

    Isn’t it bad enough we have to watch the Yankees miss the playoffs in their final year of the original Yankee Stadium…

  • CavGuy

    I’m afraid to even go to ESPN to see what stupid headline they are blasting across the main page.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      “Don’t Stop Believing”

      • CavGuy

        Meh, could be worse I suppose. They’re probably still brainstorming.

  • MasterShake

    why is there a small smiley face at the very bottom of this webpage…its antagonizing me

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Who cares, just keep posting here, your name is awesome (so is that show).

  • Ivan

    I forgot one thing, Wheeler is garbage. He’s trash and sucks balls. Garbage ass dude. Why the fuck he’s in games like this with his trash self. Maddon do not use him. He sucks, you don’t see the Sox use Timlin unless they have no choice. Well Wheeler should be held under that group.

  • stuart

    ouch…man the rays blew that game.. worse then game 4 2004 for the yanks, up by 7..

    un freakin believable….

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    It only takes one game to change a series.

    We know this the hard way.

    • Lanny

      Momentum is just on your next starting pitcher.

      In 2004 we didn’t have a shutdown pitcher to end it. We had Lieber and Brown in 6-7. Ouch.

  • Lanny

    That is why you don’t bet against Ortiz.

    • Ivan

      Im still betting against him.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      What? Fuck Ortiz. This had to do with Dan Wheeler’s unbelievably lucky season (.202-BABIP, 4.49-FIP) finally catching up with him (1.36-HR/9), and Joe Maddon’s idiocy.

      • Ivan

        Wheeler made a slow bat hitter like Ortiz look good. He made hitters like Coco Crips look like Ichiro.

  • pat

    you dance with who brung ya, those guys have been maddons boys all year

  • Dimaggio5

    Ugh, I’m getting 2004 flashbacks. This is not good – not good at all. Tell me the Rays are gonna pull this off………

  • CavGuy

    On the brightside, at least the Rays have Shields going against Beckett and his 2008 postseason stats of 11.57 ERA and 2.46 WHIP on Saturday. I’m still confident they can pull out a win.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      On the other hand, we’re getting set up for the ‘gutty, gritty’ performance by Beckett and his strained oblique on Saturday.

      God help us all.

      • Steve

        Oblique my ass. Something else is going on with him.

        and I dont buy the “its spring training for him” either. He had pitched all year and was only out for a few weeks.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Does anyone think that Matt Garza should start Game 6? He does have a little Carlos Zambrano in him, who knows how he’ll react if he had to start a Game 7.

    Then again, it’s the postseason, you have to manage for the here and now.

    • Ivan

      Especially considering that he tend to be predictable with his FB and struggling with his secondary stuff. Oh well what ya gonna do.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Weren’t the Sox down 3-1 last year, too?

    • Ivan

      Yea but this isn’t 07 or 04.

  • Anthony M

    My eye has started twitching uncontrollably. This is all my fault. I started texting trash to my friend in the 3rd inning. Started way to early. All my fault.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      And whadayaknow, your first name begins with the letter “A”, and your last name begins with one of the consonant letters in the English language, “M”. You know who else has a first name that begins with the letter “A” and a consonant letter to start his last name, Alex Rodriguez.

      Mike was right, it’s always his fault.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Damn yo, some people here need to chill the fuck out. If I had told you a week ago that the Rays would be going back to Tampa up 3-2 with Jamie Shields set to go in Game 6, you’d all be ecstatic.

    I want the Sox to lose as much as anyone, but I’m not going to lose sleep over it. Bahston still has a long way to go.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.
    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      I’ll chill when the Rays are pouring champagne on each other.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Not like we got anything else to be excited about…

  • PhilK

    Why did the Rays not bring in Shields to relieve Kazmir???

    • Ivan

      cuz shields is pitching game 6.

    • pat

      because they were up 7-0 with 9 outs to go

      • Lanny

        That is a retarded question. Retarded

        • PhilK

          OK – if Shields holds the lead, there is no Game 6 and he gets till next Wed. to rest. The Rays may not ever get that close to winning this thing again and they went down with their best pitcher on the bench, never entering the game even though he was fully rested. I believe I have made an compelling case and Lanny is a nitwit.

  • Axl

    How does one team falter this bad in all aspects of a game??? A total 180 in EVERY single way….

    Pitching starts to suck….hitting starts to rally kill into double plays….and the defense, that has been stellar, all of the sudden goes sour as well….

    HOW DOES IT HAPPEN ALL AT ONCE?!?!?! HOW?!?!?!?

    I DONT UNDERSTAND IT!!!!!!

    I live in Massachusetts too and was at a bar with friends…you can only imagine how annoying it was and how thoroughly I looked for blunt weapons to use on several people…

    • pat

      unless you’re typing this from prison you didnt look hard enough…jk