Oh baby. This is as good as it gets right here.
Good Looks Mike.
why isn’t ellsbury at first for ortiz?
Why is Ortiz even in at this point, he hasn’t done anything.
I’m going to continue screaming for Price until he’s put in. This is the playoffs, pitch like there’s no tomorrow and use your best arm. Can Kazmir give an inning?
Grant Balfour gave up three dingers all year (58.1-IP), why is Bradford in the game? I don’t like this.
Can’t Blame Maddon there. Bradford gave up one homer to a righty all season and probably wanna save Balfour for the 9th.
That was Ball Four, Youk.
I don’t know if I would put Price in the game. When was the last time he pitched? A week or so ago? He may not have his best stuff and that could lead to problems. Probably don’t have a choice though.
He’s got the best arm in that bullpen at this point, why not. Its Maddon’s fault for not giving him work earlier.
Best arm on that staff. Best arm in this series.
I know. Drew actually hit southpaws (.284/.426/.500/.926) better than right-handed pitchers (.279/.403/.524/.927) this season.
Virtually no difference though. And Price from the left side is better than anyone from the right side.
True, and he proved it.
David Price Here?
JD screwed. Please not let be like dis.
I have never been so nervous for a non-Yankees’ game in my life. Maybe for the Super Bowl last year, but that’s it.
Just was thinking that. I’m extremely scared right now
Agreed, I’ve been on pins and needles for this game.
The Price is er….right, bitch.
Is “Maddon” French for “Torre” or something?
I still don’t get why the starter was pulled. It was an error…..not his fault in pitching.
Was looking great. I’m sure we can say Joe Madden screwed up this one. No way the bases would be loaded if the starter stayed in.
Yeah, but he was up at 118 pitches….I know it’s the playoffs, but.
116 pitches, could only keep him in there so much longer, im kinda surprised he started the inning
I don’t know about that. Garza’s not known for his command, and with THAT many pitches, it’s not like his command was going to be getting better.
That said, the pen was pretty horrendous.
If Price doesn’t come out for the ninth, I hope the courts grant immunity to whoever shoots Joe Maddon.
Say they escape le “jamois jam” here in the 8th….Price in the ninth?
Hope so. That inning may have worked out great in a way. Get thru the heart of the order, and now it’s the slop at the end with a 2 run (at least) lead in the 9th.
Come on, one more fucking strike!
Lets Go Price.
lights out by Price
The Price is Right Bitches.
Fuck yes!!!!!! My mutha fuckin’ dude!!!!
And that’s why you bring in David Price.
Late is better than never I guess.
Thats why you go with Price. This should have been over if Price would have closed out game 6.
You mean 5?
It must be tough to pitch when your balls are so very, very huge.
If only Price had some arm troubles, he’d be a Yankee.
well actually some said Brackman would be the #1 pick over price if he was healthy…
HAHAH! So True!
David Price is the fucking man!!!!!
Price just made Nancy Drew his bitch.
Maddon really gave me a scare using that scrap heap bullpen…thankfully he came to his senses.
This begs the question.
Why the hell wasn’t Price brought into Game 5?
Because Maddon wanted to make the series interesting?
That question was asked a million times during game 5. There is no possible good explanation.
If Maddon is smart, he keeps Price in to finish this off. If he gets into trouble, then goto Balfour.
Garza should have finished that inning and Price should have finished the 9th.
I still would leave in Price. He’s the top pitcher in the pen and he’s unknown to the batters.
Suddenly the magical eminence of the Red Sox just got hosed. Sweeet.
BTW anyone else think that ball was way outside? (Note: I am not complaining at all with the call)
Yeah I thought it was a bit outside, but hey I’m not the umpire.
It was, but Drew couldn’t check his swing.
Ah, saw it on the replay makes better sense now.
My bad, didn’t realize he was punched out on the check swing
Drew went around.
David Price could blow out his arm tomorrow and never throw another pitch in his life, and he’d still get a spot in the Rays Hall of Fame. They already got a full return on that $8.5M bonus.
Do you leave Price in? I’m thinking yes. With Mark Kotsay due up second in the ninth, why not?
Yes, yes, a million times yes. Best arm in the big spot.
for sure… and make him a major part of the WS pen
Did they just laud the Tampa bay pen??!?!
Considering that the next three hitters for the Sox are Bay, Kotsay and Varitek and if anybody gets on Coco Crips, Gotta keep Price in the game.
Nobody warming up. This game has been incredible
Anybody feel, watching Garza and Price, that we’re getting what we wanted all year with the Big Three? Granted, we probably would have put our money on Garza and Price at this stage in their careers at any point in and before the season, but this is a sweet salve for the ’08 Yanks…gotta say.
“Granted, we probably would have put our money on Garza and Price at this stage in their careers at any point in and before the season”
Thing is…Garza’s 24, Hughes is 22. Garza’s spent a bunch of time in the majors already. That’s the thing…PATIENCE.
And Price is Joba. Sans the DUI. (too soon?)
Alright Price, here’s your time to shine baby. Finish it up and shut it down.
They really should make him a reliever. There’s no guarantee he’ll be that good in the pen, and they’ll need a successor to Percival.
Grade A reliever > Grade B- starter, right?
I mean, we KNOW that he can be a good reliever. What possible gain is there to be had from converting him into a starter? I mean, the only things that happen are what I see on TV when I look up from my boxes of donuts. He’s probably never even started a baseball game before.
Hey, thanks 1B umpire. The Red Sox haven’t had enough extra chances in this game. Better give them some more!
Mike Francessa agrees with ya.
How the hell am I supposed to fall asleep tonight?!?!?!
Sleep after the release of sweet, sweet endorphins from watching the Red Sox get eliminated.
i’m ecstatic/frightened as hell watching Price pitch so well in this game. We’re gonna be playing against him for the next decade! but i want him to get the save here.
I am glad that Price put an end to that BoSox comeback but I could not help imagine A-rod swinging out in the same position, i.e.: if our beloved yankees are ever to get back to the WS (atleast within the next 3-4 years), the road will go through Tampa and we have to beat the likes of Garza, Kazmir, Shields, Price year after year – not a fun scenario!
Imagine: Joba vs Price, Hughes vs Garza, Wang vs Shields, Kazmir vs Andy…WoW!
you forgot about CC!
That only makes it more interesting: Kazmir vs CC.
In any case, many of those names can change but the starting pitching is going to a whole another level in the AL East in the next few years – hard to think of any other division so loaded with good pitching.
Lets go, 3 more outs.
With Varitek up 3rd, how sweet for him to be the final out? Goodnight, faux dynasty.
How is there not a single Yankee moment in that montage of WS highlight ?
David Price is an animal
I wonder if Gammons will mention “The Ghost of David Price” now.
i love how the announcers just found out about price 5 min ago and are reading off a fact sheet to talk about him.
Why am I sooooo nervous? It’s not even my team!!!
3 and out….because for the love of God, we can’t let this game get in Alex Cora’s hands.
it was OVER!
Wow. Really? That’s not an out?
Apparently, the umps believe in “Red Sox magic” too. Another magic comeback for the “dynasty” is just such a better story for the media. We should all really try to make that happen.
Joe Maddon’s doing his part. Why not the umps?
That’s cool. He walked Bay, but you got Kotsay and Varitek coming up.
Walking the leadoff hitter is never cool.
You really think Varitek and Kotsay would touch Price.
Price blows get him out of there!!!1!
The A.L. East is fucking amazing. Including this season, the American league would have been represented by an A.L. East team in eleven out of the past sixteen Fall Classics (no Series in 1994). Just think about that. That’s amazing.
Toronto Blue Jays (1992-1993)
New York Yankees (1996, 1998-2001, 2003)
Boston Red Sox (2004, 2007)
Wow, great stat
Here’s a good question, which is the tougher division/conference?
AL East or the SEC college Footbal?
SEC is deeper.
That really is pretty awesome.
Mike Mussina has spent literally his ENTIRE career pitching in that environment. I guess 01 and 2 were a bit softer for him, since he was on the Yanks and no one else in the division was good yet.
But other than that…He’s been pitching in a division with one or two legit world-series contenders nearly every single year.
There you go, Price.
Kotsay really had no chance.
varitek for the dp??
If David Price gets the save will the Tampa media clamor to keep him in the pen and focus on college failures as evidence?
does the Tampa media care that much?
This is absolutely unbefrickinlievable.
Varitek: no chance.
Cmon Price…. Get this done buddy……
i read that “holys hit”….but Alex Cora is no savior.
Last Plate Appearance by the All-Star as a Red Sox? I sure hope not!
Gosh, this Price in 9th fellow should really have closed more games for the Rays this year. They don’t have a spot in the rotation anyways….that’s his only spot come next year. In the bullpen.
David Price: The man who should have pitched in game 5.
Varitek had no chance. None.
Come on baaaaabbyyyyyy!
THERE IS A GOD!
DAVID PRICE, EVERYONE.
So I ESPN scrambling to have a list of excuses on my the Sox lost
they’ll have a 2 hour special on it
I mean, once Mike Lowell went down…it’s amazing they were able to come even this far, with their miniscule payroll and roster of journeymen pitchers.
And to have to rely on such an inexperienced pitching staff! Shocked they even made it to the playoffs!
FUCK AND YES
Great series. Congrats to Tampa, nicely done.
Game over, ALCS over, The Rays win, Thhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Rays WIN!!!!!
Looks like a manager grew up right before our eyes. Thank you Rays. Too bad the Yanks will be whoopin’ dat ass next year. Go Phillies!
Pedroia looks like he misses being pummeled by a group of men.
F*** THE SOX!!!
GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD……….
SO GOOD! SO GOOD! SO GOOD!!!
Congradulation TB. And as for the Sox, well fuck off.
EAT A BIG SHIT FLAVORED PEACE OF HUMBLE PIE BOSTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
D.PRICE JUST SAID FUCK YOU BOSTON…. FU PAPLENUTS AND YOUR “ONE MORE GAME” bs.
Seriously.. if the Sox won today, there fans would feel as entitled as us yankee fans.. no probably more.
suck on that boston
Garza = MVP.
Congrats to the Rays. This was fucking awesome in every way.
Nice pick by Iwamura too.
Fucking thank u god. I would have killed myself if the sox came back to win this series
You mean thank u Mo.
Man…how much would it suck if somebody got hurt in that pile?
Hell of a job by the rays
All this being said, I’m pulling for the Phils now.
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is fucking insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why am I this excited!?!?!?!?
Let me correct this shit:
Toronto Blue Jays (1992-1993)
New York Yankees (1996, 1998-2001, 2003)
Boston Red Sox (2004, 2007)
Tampa Bay Rays!!!!!!!!!!!!! (2008)
Seriously Toughest division in baseball period. Is it better than the SEC football?
I was thinking about that as I was doing the research. Is the A.L. East the best division in sports? I have no idea (I can’t answer your question, not a NCAAF fan).
I would say SEC football is tougher to navigate
since 92, in 17 seasons, 11 of those seasons the AL was represented by the AL East. Impressive.
Craig Sager had no idea who David Price was when he put the microphone in front of him
Unbelievable. The Rays are insanely likeable and fun to root for. Congrats to them. Fuck Boston, over and over
i agree! there are so many fun players to watch on the rays. longoria, carlos pena, upton, and PRICE
I think I just woke up like half my apartment building with my celebration!
Welp, now its time to root for the Phillies.
Screw that. Rays all the way!
I’d be happy for either team, to be completely honest. I’m just a big Chase Utley fan.
Karl R (ESPN BBTN): So Steve, why do you think the BoSox lost to these rays?
Steve Philips: Well Karl, if I were the GM of the (sucks ass) mets, BoSox would have never been in this position. I would have driven the Mets to a record of 30-130 for consecutive years which would have allowed the Mets to pick #1 in the draft and they would have drafted DAVID Price. And if that happend, Boston would have won today. Also, I think the Yankees should have kep Joba in the bullpen all year long, that definietly lead to the BoSox downfall…
I hope Youk and Pedroia choke on each others sausages tonite.
Sox payroll: $133,440,037
Rays’ payroll: $43,820,598
Yanks payroll: way more than both
but that is not the point…
Thank god, no more hearing about the 7-0 game.
Steve Phillips: “Jed Lowrie, David Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis aren’t great at any one thing. They know how to play he game, they are best at playing the game. They showed a lot of grit overcoming injuries.”
John Kruk: “If it wasn’t for injuries, you would probably think they would be in the World Series against the Phillies.”
The apologists are out in force already?!!
Are you making this up or is this really on ESPN? If this is for real – those guys should be ashamed of themselves for making excuses. Give the credit to the Rays – their young pitching has showed up all year long.
p.s: I got rid of ESPN (and cable) once I found RAB. I get all my baseball here…
Yeah, they said if it wasn’t for injuries, the Sox would be in the WS.
The Cock tatse too good for them.
Slurp slurp slurp. The media loves them some Red Sox.
No more talk about this Sox team being a dynasty.
It never was.
I missed what 9=8 means… anyone?
Yeah I didn’t get that at all.
Play hard for 9 innings and you’ll be one of the 8 teams in the playoffs at the end of the year.
thank the lord
The Red Sox scored one run on three hits in Game 7 of the ALCS. You media assholes still think they are a better team without the clubhouse cancer?
Or maybe Manny gets owned by Garza, who was incredible tonight. Great pitching > great hitting everytime
Yeah seriously, how can you make a point about the being a better or worse team by referencing one game against some sick pitchers.
Wow just listening to Phillips and Kruk, you would thought that the Sox should of won this series.
Bull shit, they beat them fair and square. This series should have been over a few days ago.
ESPN is unbelievable. Can’t even give the Rays credit where its due.
Well they’re not the world wide leader in red sox sports for nothing folks!
John Kruk was worried that David Price couldn’t close out the ninth because he pumped his fist to finish the eight, showing too much emotion.
Fuck John Kruk and everything he worships.
If he actually said that, men in black suits should have come into the studio, grabbed him by the scruff of his fat neck, and dragged him out of the building & into the streets of Bristol.
Where he’d have been celebrated as a hero.
I guess Garza showed the twins for trading him
Clearly the Rays are a poor team and were destined for failure. If only the Baseball God’s didn’t strike down Boston’s players in their prime. DAMN THE INJUSTICES!
Hah, Garza just cursed on national TV.
Hmm, Garza over Upton for MVP? Eh, whatever, both were deserving.
Garza outpitched Lester The Invincible. Twice.
Did they present the trophy yet?
Yeah, just did.
Dammit. I wanted to see how the players were reacting. Who was presented with the trophy? Andrew Friedman should have been up there with all his bitches and ho’s.
Heh. Friedman was up there, Hunsicker and Maddon. Garza too because he was getting the MVP.
Bottom line the Red Sox have Manny their in the World Series.
As much as I hate him he would have been the difference in this game.
I’m sure Manny was sitting at home and watching this game, laughing his ass off.
Yeah Terry, because they also give out big trophies for being a ‘fun group of guys’… ;-)
kruk reminds me of giambi. he always looks sweaty and gross.
Really? I mean Giambi gets and looks and acts cool.
I mean Giambi gets bitches.
oh, i agree that giambi is waaay cooler, but they each have greasy hair and are sweating all the time.
the similarity ends there, though.
THANK GOD. oh wait, i don’t believe in god. Thanks anyway.
It’s scary when you think just how good the Rays are, at such a young age. If the ownership will stand behind them and keep them together long-term, they could be scary for a long long time.
Someone call Curt Schilling.
I’m sure he’s already furiously blogging away.
He can take is bloody sock and shove it up his a**. This feels so good – you can not find a bigger bunch of tools than the Red Sox & their fans. The thought of all those jackasses crying tonight over their Red Sox after having to absorb their Pats losing Brady is gonna make me sleep so well tonight. :-)
This is hysterical, now Kruk said, that the Phillies are the favorites to wim cuz the Phils beat the Brewers and Dodgers in 4/5 games.
Really Kruk? Don’t you know that the Rays will be by far the toughest team the Phils will face.
I’m telling you, the only games the Phils will win are the ones Hamels pitches.
Does anyone really think the Phils will put up more of a fight than the Sox just did?
I’ll be surprise if the Rays don’t win.
The jury is still out IMO — look at what St. Louis did 2 years ago…
Good job Kruk, because the Red Sox are in no way comparable to the Brewers or Dodgers. I mean shit, it was as if the Rays were facing a AAA team.
the sox have won 2 non-consecutive ws in 5 years. when they win 3 in a row and 4 in 5, they can be called a dynasty
i’m so glad i don’t have to hear about dustin f-ing pedroia any more!!!
congrats to the rays, they’re a fun team to watch
* Baseball will have its seventh different champion in the last eight seasons now that the Rays will meet the Phillies in the Series. The days of a dynasty may be over now that so many teams have become adept at building rosters.
Yet people still bitch about the Yankees’ payroll. Jesus.
To be honest, I think the Rays have a chance to build something special. They’ve got alot of young talent that hasn’t even come up yet (Niemann, Davis, Brignac, etc.) to go along with that strong core.
And 11 different teams have playing in the WS this century. Only the Yanks, Sox and Cards have been there more than once.
Can fans/players and front office people stop with that it’s WS or bust crap.
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