Oct
06

ALDS Game 4: Angels @ BoSox

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The Angels lived to fight another day last night, and now they’re right back at it ready to do it again. Even though the game went 12 it should have never been that close to start with, except that Howie Kendrick/Torii Hunter’s brain fart led to the first 3 RBI single in postseason history.

The last time John Lackey pitched in Fenway, he did pretty well, but he still sports a 6.34 career ERA in the little league field. Jon Lester has been close to unbeatable at home this year, going 11-1 with a 2.49 ERA at the Fens. I dunno though, those stats are so one-sided that this game might have reserve lock written all over it.

In what must be a new rule, the Sawx dropped Mikey Lowell off their postseason roster and replaced him with some guy named Gil Velazquez. As Chip Caray has reminded us numerous times last night, Lowell has a torn labrum in his hip and has basically been useless on both sides of the ball. This has to be a brand spankin’ new rule, because the only time you were allowed to change the roster was between rounds as recent as last season. If a guy got hurt, too bad, you were stuck with him.

Anaheim
1. Don’t Call Me Sean Figgins, 3B
2. Garret Anderson, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Vlad Guerrero, DH
5. Torii Hunter, CF
6. Mike Napoli, C
7. Juan Rivera, RF
8. Howie KKKKKKKKendrick, 2B
9. Erick Aybar, SS
– John Lackey, P (12-5, 3.75)

Bahstin
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. JD Drew, RF
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Mark Kotsay, 1B
8. Jed Lowrie, SS
9. All Star Catcher Jason Varitek, C
– Jon Lester, P (16-6, 3.21)

The winner of this series will take on the Rays, who sent the ChiSox packing earlier tonight.

Categories : Game Threads
  • steve (different one)

    This has to be a brand spankin’ new rule, because the only time you were allowed to change the roster was between rounds as recent as last season. If a guy got hurt, too bad, you were stuck with him.

    it’s new, but not this year. it’s a year or 2 old.

    • http://pinstripealley.com Edwantsacracker

      brand new last year. Remember we put Clemens on the DL during the postseason?

  • dkidd

    hoping this game is as good as last nights/this mornings and ends the same way

  • Joey H.

    Fuckin devil rays..

  • dkidd

    the actor carrying the big red umbrella in these dumb traveller’s ads was the bad guy in raider’s of the lost ark

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

    Heh, I found out today that Teixeira has been living out of Scott Boras’ guest house since the trade.

    • steve (different one)

      yup.

      the rent is 1%/month of his next contract.

    • dkidd

      that’s like a gus van sant movie waiting to happen

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Mark Texieira = Kato Kaelin

  • dkidd

    another great jacket by craig sager

  • Alex

    Didnt the yanks use the same rule last year to replace Clemens on the postseason roster?

  • Alex

    I think ARod was living in that same guest house last offseason – fortress of avaricious solitude

  • UpStateYank

    holy hell has lester always thrown 98? I didn’t think he could get it that high

    • dkidd

      that doesn’t look like 98

      • UpStateYank

        One of his last fastballs on TBS had him hitting 98

      • whozat

        check on gameday. Their gun is pretty accurate. I guarantee the TBS gun is juiced.

        • UpStateYank

          gameday has 97,98, and 97 to Tex….f’ing A must have been the chemo

          • UWS

            Yeah, it mutated his DNA. He’s like one of the X-Men now. Hmmm…what would Lester’s X-Man name be?

            • UpStateYank

              Chemomaniac

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

    Okay, that last Frank Caliendo commercial was funny. As John Madden: “You take away the M in Mets, put in a B and a R, and you get the Brets!”

    • Steve

      That one got me too.

  • dkidd

    playoff beard for lackey

    • Manimal

      Its actually called the Grit Beard.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Faustino.

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

    Dustin Pedroia, 0 for October.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      DUDE, SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT THAT ALREADY!!!!

      For Diamond Cutters, I’m Peter Gammons, ESPN.

  • UWS

    Pedroia now 0-14 in the playoffs. Does he get the choker label yet???

    • Ivan

      He needs to get into his inner grit.

    • Mike R.

      Never!!!!!!!!! He is CLUTCH damn it!!!! Clutchity clutch clutch clutch.

    • dkidd

      is it possible to choke in gritty fashion?

      • Mike R.

        Now that is a question!! I think so. I say yes. It takes big swings on strike outs, diving at every chance and bending foul poles during BP, but it can be done.

  • Manimal

    OMG Heroes tonight, almost forgot.

  • Ivan

    I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait for the start of AZL.

  • Manimal

    It took me a post season with out the yankees for me to realize, It really isn’t that hard to make it to the LCS. Yankees make it look so much harder than it is.

    • UWS

      The Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers would like a word with you.

      • Steve H

        Nevermind all the teams who couldn’t even make it to the LDS, who would also argue that getting to the LCS may be difficult after all.

  • UpStateYank

    And the Beckett sob-story continues

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

    God Kendrick sucks.

  • dkidd

    if you’re a red sox fan in the late 90’s, is there any yankee that you hate the way i hate youkilis and papelbon? this red sox team is extremely hate-able…

    • Steve H

      O’Neill

      • Whitey14

        As a Die hard Sox fan, O’Neill was the first name that came to mind…basically because he was Youkilis before Youkilis where attitude and demanor is concerned. I never wonder why you guys hate Youkilis, I’d hate him if he wasn’t a Red Sock.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          Yup, I was about to say that. I’m a Yankee fan who, if you catch me on the right day could be talked into retiring Paulie’s number, and even I’d admit that he was a massively annoying douchenozzle. His nightly histrionics make Joba Chamberlain and his fistpump look like a Buckingham Palace Guard.

  • pat

    watching kevin youkilis strike out is one of the small joys of life

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

    What a scoop by Tex.

  • Ivan

    Tough DP converted by the Angels.

  • dkidd

    nice turn!!!

  • Ivan

    Dice-K/Santana pitches game 5?

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

      Yep.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Advantage Angels.

  • pat

    ahh the mike lowell blowfest continues

  • dkidd

    i missed game 2. how did dice-k look?

    • Steve

      Handsome, as usual.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      “i missed game 2. how did dice-k look?”

      Asian.

  • Steve

    If the Sox lose this game, are they as good as dead?

    I say no.

  • pat

    correct me if i’m wrong but wasn’t mike lowell a throw in player in the beckett deal? As in the redosx did not covet him at all?

    • Samsonov KGB

      diamond in the rough

      • pat

        basically what I’m getting as is the assertion that the bosox specifically targeted him to increase the “blue-collar joe sixpack workman” player quotient is simply not true….

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

          I believe Buck Martinez said “they wanted more Jason Variteks.”

          • pat

            and we know that jason varitek is king joe six pack

            • Whitey14

              But remember, 3 years ago, Jason Varitek was one of the better Catchers in the league. Just because he sucks now….well, let’s not go there, it’s too depressing to see a good guy and the Captain of your team deteriorate so quickly. You guys will know what I mean in a couple of years and I don’t mean that as a slam either, just the natural process of aging and skill loss that hits every guy eventually.

              You guys are right about Lowell, they took his salary to get Beckett and he’s the type of hitter who fits well in Fenway. I’d jettison him in a minute though if it would mean Teixeira at 1st and Youkilis at 3rd next year. Bias aside, would there be a better 1B/3B tandem in baseball, both offensively and defensively? I’m asking seriously….obviously if Teixeira ends up in NY it would be the same situation….

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

                would there be a better 1B/3B tandem in baseball, both offensively and defensively?

                Off the top of my head, the only one I can think of is Longoria and Pena, but Longoria would have to keep improving and Pena would have to revert to his 2007 form.

    • Steve H

      Salary dump. Then he found the fountain of youthgh.

      • Steve

        . . . . . located in the Green Monster for a deal pull hitter like him.

  • dkidd

    what if the angels lose this game? it’ll be tough to recover…

    • Steve H

      why? losing to the defending champs who won 95 games while playing in the (by far) best division in baseball?

      • dkidd

        was trying to make a joke. stupid internet

  • Ivan

    Come on Tex, for every big hit, you add another comma to ya check.

  • pat

    hes gonna look great in pinstripes

  • Ivan

    Vlad hit a Homer.

  • dkidd

    another good at-bat by texiera

    • Steve

      He’s such a no-brainer for the Yanks (or any team that needs a 1B), its ridiculous.

      Patient, switch hitter, hits for power, fields his position, runs the bases well. Perfect #3 to slot in right before A-Rod, or #5 to hit right after him.

      He’s pretty much as close as you’ll ever come to a perfect ball player at his position.

      • pat

        and hes cute as a button

        • UWS

          That he is…that he is.

      • Ivan

        Lets be real here, he’s in a similar situation like Beltran. And Beltran is the better all-around player albeit not as good of a pure hitter.

        • Steve

          “And Beltran is the better all-around player albeit not as good of a pure hitter.”

          Huh? We all know Beltran plays CF, which makes him a better athlete. But as you just said, he’s not a better all around Baseball player.

          BTW-I dont get the ‘Beltran situation’ part at all.

          • pat

            free agent to be playing his ass off in the playoffs

  • pat

    vlads constant hacking at every pitch is pretty annoying

    • Ivan

      Hey that’s what makes Vlad, well Vlad.

      • Steve

        Vladi being Vladi.

  • Ivan

    Vlad has swung at every pitch thrown to him, of those pitches, all of them are balls.

    • Ivan

      until now.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      I don’t think Vladimir knows you’re allowed to not swing.

  • Ivan

    Geez, Vlad can’t run for shit.

  • dkidd

    we’ll be seeing that play every 5 minutes on espn for the next 10 years

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

      Haha, I was just about to say that.

    • UWS

      Was it just me, or was that play nothing special?

      • Steve H

        May Peter Gammons have mercy on your soul

  • dkidd

    it’s too bad, because pedroia isn’t a bad player, but the excessive media hard-on is unbearable. not to mention that if he was black, no one would care…

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      Because he’s an example of scrappy clutchitudeness that would make David Eckstein’s grandmother weep for joy!

      FEEL THE CLUTCHITUDENESS!!!!

      • UWS

        Nah, it makes David Eckstein weep for joy, that’s how clutch/gritty he is!

  • pat

    you know you”re a big timer when you get junk mail from Benjamin Kabak

    • Whitey14

      Damn, and I thought I was special!

      What’s that all about anyway? Is Ben trying to send me a virus??? :-)

      • UWS

        Drat, I thought *I* was special!

      • pat

        i have a feeling ben has a little side project selling calendar organizers and that was a prematue e-blast requesting donations

        • UWS

          You mean Ben is a Nigerian prime minister in exile who will soon need our help in transferring tens of millions of dollars into a secure account in Antigua? I’m in!

    • AndrewYF

      Oh, that’s who that was. When did I ever give him my email address?

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

        We’ve got them all. If you’ve ever commented on RAB, we have your email, your home address, home phone, credit card numbers, social security numbers, everything. It’s part of our master plan to take over the world.

        I mean, uh, we get all the comments emailed to us, so it was probably automatically saved in his address book by gmail. Yeah, that’s it.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          Google says hello.

  • Ivan

    Boy that was a quick inning.

  • pat

    shit i completely forgot mnf is on

    • Mac

      Shit. So did I.

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    Wow that inning must have been fast — didn’t even register past the 1st batter on Fox’s Gametrax…

  • UWS

    0-15.

    • Steve H

      When does Francona decide to bat him 8th?

  • Ivan

    Great D by Figgins.

  • UWS

    Angels have $$$ on this series.

    • UWS

      …as do the umps.

  • Ivan

    Lets go Lackey.

  • dkidd

    another great at-bat by kendrick

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

      Quality. Really gritted it out.

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

    Juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust a little outside.

  • dkidd

    beat me to it

  • Ivan

    iight lets go angels.

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

    “Jon Lester is becoming a man” says Chip Caray. “Well, his body’s changing” replies Ron Darling.

    Heh.

    • Steve

      Puberty?

  • Ivan

    Garret Anderson sucks.

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

    Reggie Bush’s ball control ability is teh suck.

  • dkidd

    come on tex!

  • Ivan

    Come on Tex.

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

    Lester, you punk bitch, on the mound.

  • Ivan

    That’s a pitch Vlad would of swung at.

  • pat

    these boston kids are such cocky sonsofbitches runnin off the mound and shit

  • Ivan

    Okay, did he just calld that pitch a ball.

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

    Wow, how does he get that call after practically walking to the dugout and bitching about the previous pitch in the same spot? Rapuano’s a bitch.

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

      That he is. Both calls were correct, but come on, you are a Major League umpire, man up.

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

        Seriously dude. He showed him up big time, and he took it.

        • Ivan

          That was a pussy move by the ump. It was basically the same pitch, and he called it strike 3.

      • Ivan

        and both pitches were balls and and yet he called one of them strike 3.

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

    The extra two-inch break on that heater bought that strike.

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

    Nice job, Padawan.

  • UWS

    No, Buck. Tampa Bay didn’t come out of nowhere. Anyone who pays any attention could’ve predicted they’d be good. Maybe not WS-contender good, but good nonetheless.

  • Ivan

    oh please, do not walk varitek.

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

    Come on Lackey, it’s Jason Varitek. Give ‘em the heat, the heeeeeeeeeeeeat!!!

  • UWS

    Lame, Lackey. Very lame.

  • Ivan

    Why throw a breaking ball to a hitter who has a hard time hitting a good fastball.

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

    Every time Jason Varitek gets a hit, women in their 20’s suffer early menopause.

    • pat

      i wouldnt mind a gf in menopause giggity giggity

      • Steve H

        alllright

    • UWS

      What, *all* of them?! Shit.

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

    If Howie Kendrick doesn’t stop sucking…

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    I thought this was supposed to be a fundamentally sound team.

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

      I thought Pythagorean records did not mean anything. I thought they were just a bunch of useless numbers for guys living in their mother’s basements.

  • Reggie C.

    1-0 blosox

    • Reggie C.

      2-0 blosox. pedroia loves the monster again.

  • E-ROC

    Those fundamentals

  • Ivan

    Geez Kendrick, it’s bad enough your not hitting but ya can’t field.

  • UWS

    If Howie Kendrick suffers a terrible yet non-life-threatening accident in the near future, I, for one, won’t be too upset.

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

    That’s an out in any other park. Any. Other. Fucking. Park.

    • Steve H

      Your 2008 AL MVP!!!!

    • UWS

      Isn’t that what Yaz said about Dent’s homer? You get some, you give some.

  • Ivan

    A typical Dustin Pedroia hit.

  • Reggie C.

    Go Rays !!

  • UWS

    Yes, let’s throw a party for Pedroia’s hit.

    *puke*

  • Ivan

    Pedroia had twice as many doubles at home than on the road this season. But hey Fenway didn’t help all that much.

    • Ivan

      Fun Fact by the way.

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

      Didn’t help at all, the crowd’s grit rubs off on him when he plays at home, taking him to a whole other level of gritasticalness.

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

    Ed Houchili is having a rough, rough season. Sometimes unfairly.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    If ARod
    If Jeter
    If Posada
    If Giambi
    If any Yankee ever had gone 0-14 before hitting a double in Game 4 to move the score from 1-0 to 2-0, they would have been ex-fucking-coriated for the entire winter.

    But since it’s Pedroia, I fully expect those other 14 at bats to be permanently purged from the historical record, Matrix-style. Dustin Pedroia is now officially batting 1.000 for the postseason.

    • UWS

      Absolutely. And especially ARod.

  • Ivan

    Gritty play by Kotsay.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    BOOOOOOOO-URNS!

  • UWS

    Is TBS doing LCS as well? I don’t know if I can survive any more Chip Caray.

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

      I think TBS does one series and FOX does the other.

      • UWS

        Sob.

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

      Yeah, they’re doing the ALCS.

      *No, Buck Martinez, Jon Lester will never be anything more than a cancer survivor. Never.

    • pat

      does it go to fox so we get joe buck and tim macarver?

  • pat

    shit, lester is a good-ass pitcher

  • Ivan

    Oh Man the Cancer thing is back.

  • UpStateYank

    I shouldnt be getting this pissed when the Yanks are not in the playoffs… I hate the angels so much right now

  • Steve

    One more cancer reference and I’m going to kick my TV.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Wait, Jon Lester had cancer? Really?

    I had no idea.

  • E-ROC

    Any other time that would be a hit; any other friggin’ time.

  • Ivan

    Am I the only one that think the yanks are a better team than the Angels despite the record?

    • Steve H

      Yes. Their pitching is/was far superior.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Watching halftime on ESPN: Does Chris Berman have any reference to anything ever that happened after 1978?

  • UWS

    Yeah, this is ridiculous. Does anyone think Lester wants them to constantly blather on about the cancer thing?

    I must confess, though, I really like Lester, cancer and all. If this is to be the clinching game, I’d much rather he won it than, say Beckett.

  • dkidd

    tex is solid at 1st

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

    Even my Sox fan friend is bitching about the cancer thing.

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

    By the way, did Reggie Wayne make the greatest catch of all-time? I realize I’m only 19, so I can’t speak on it much, but that was the best catch I ever seen.

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

    You know what, fuck the Angels. They deserve to lose. I hope the Red Sox beat them 20-0 tonight.

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

      OK, that’s not true. I know they weren’t nearly as good as their record suggested, but what the fuck is with the mental lapses?

  • Ivan

    Hey Mike, why you hate Buchholz?

    • UWS

      Cuz Mike doesn’t like thieving Thief McThievingson.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    “Mark Kotsay, his wife grandmother died…”

    Apparently, bad things only happen to the Red Sox and not to the other 29 teams in baseball, and they should be spotted two runs in every game. It’s only fair.

    • Steve

      Mike Lowell had his Poodle named “Scruffy” get hit by a car when he was 6. Scarred him for life.

      This isn’t pressure, he’s been to Hell and back.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Jacoby Ellsbury’s not fazed by playoff pressure, he was there dodging army bullets at the Battle of Little Bighorn vs. Custer.

        • Whitey14

          ouch!

      • UWS

        Yeah, I told him I was real sorry about that. Offered to buy him a new puppy, but he refused. Bawled his eyes out, the lil’ tyke.

        • Steve

          Now thats a ‘gamer’ right there.

      • Steve

        This isnt pressure. Jason Varitek’s wife accidentally kicked him in the nuts while she was doing aerobics this morning. Had to get his left nut amputated. This is just a ballgame.

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

    Awwww, Jamie Kotsay’s grandma passed away? How sad. I’ll help her get through this hard time.

    http://i26.photobucket.com/alb.....y-wife.jpg

    • Ivan

      You got a great heart Mike.

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

    For the love of God, can Chip Caray please stop acting like every defensive play a Red Sox player makes is a new entrance in the all-time top ten?

  • Ivan

    Well at least this will be Lester’s last inning.

    • Steve

      Last? What do you mean by last????

      • Ivan

        for the game.

        • Steve

          Oh.

          Never mind.

          • pat

            dont get ur hopes up

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    The black girl from the Sprint commercial: I’d hit that.
    http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dyn.....laix_l.jpg

  • Ivan

    Yo I knew that the Green Monster is benefitial, but yo that thing can turn average players in superstars.

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

      Dustin Pedroia says hi.

      • Whitey14

        Erroneus!! Erroneus!!

        He did beat Ian Kinsler out of a job in college. The ballpark is certainly not a detriment to him, but he’s still better than just average. And by the way, some of his doubles off the wall could have been dingers in other parks. And he’s gritty ;-)

  • UWS

    So is Chip Caray another product of his father’s fame/talent, a la Joe Buck?

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

    The entertainment of the 2008 LDS: http://failblog.files.wordpres.....s-fail.jpg

  • Ivan

    Top of the order coming, gotta score runs no?

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

      No.

    • UWS

      No.

    • Ivan

      maybe not.

  • dkidd

    the next angel who tries to bunt…

  • dkidd

    please pinch-hit for garret anderson

  • Steve

    Somebody tell Tex that’s Edwar Ramirez pitching to him out there

  • Ivan

    The only Angel hitter with great a-bats in this entire series.

    • Steve

      Don’t you mean “Yankee hitter”?

      Oh, that’s right. Not yet.

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

    Justin Masterson’s not fazed by playoff pressure. He replaced 2Pac at Death Row after the drive-by.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    I can’t help wondering how the hell this Angels team has beaten us multiple times in the playoffs.

    Then, I remember Jeff Weaver, David Wells, Randy Johnson, Aaron Small, and Tanyon Sturtze, and I remember…

    • Steve

      We became one of the teams we used to beat in the post season. The ones like CLE, BALT and TEX with big lineups and so-so pitching.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Sad but true.

  • Steve

    Did you know he has a cousin named Mastin Justerson?

  • JeffG

    Francona is smart. Taking Okajima out.

  • dkidd

    now he decides to take a strike???

  • E-ROC

    Which is worse: cancer or a fractured testicle?

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

    Oh my God, did Buck Martinez just say that Friday night starts in college prepare young pitchers for situations like this????

    • Steve

      Dude, he has 3 hours to fill. He’s gotta say something. Not all of it will be pretty.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Did Vlad Guerrero just take a walk? This global warming shit is getting out of control.

  • pat

    torri is gonna k

    • Ivan

      probably.

  • Ivan

    Just a single.

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

    A clutch passed ball by All-Star Catcher Jason Varitek. Pure grit.

  • dkidd

    come on torii

  • pat

    it was a fastball that he ducked outta the way of, but no thats a Wp not a passed ball

  • Steve

    YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!

  • pat

    I love it when im wrong

  • Ivan

    Yes Torii.

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

    No one’s chanting now! Bitches.

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

    Well this wont improve race relations in Boston any time soon. ;)

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Yup. Bostonians now hate both blacks and asians. As opposed to before, when they hated both blacks and asians.

    • pat

      HAHAHAh

  • dkidd

    yay!!!!!!

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    90 Million dollar hit…

  • Steve

    I LOVE how quiet Fenway gets at moments like this.

    You could hear a pin drop in that place right now.

  • JeffG

    Never Mind – Hell yeah Hunter!
    Thought Okajima was doomed but then again Matterson and the BS bullpen sucks! Yeah baby!

  • Ivan

    Melancon wouldn’t do that.

  • Steve

    Lester cant win it.

    Tragedy strikes him yet again.

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

    I like how they cut to the manual scoreboard in LF on the pickoff attempt. Solid.

  • E-ROC

    Torii didn’t bunt!!!! Yes!!!

  • Steve

    The last thing Francona wanted tonight was another battle of the bullpens. His bullpen is much thinnner than the Angel bullpen, and both were taxed last night.

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

    Hey look at that, Kendrick caught it. Nice contribution.

  • Ivan

    If they made a movie on Pedroia, it might be better than Rudy.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      They made a documentary about the media coverage on him. It’s called “Deep Throat”.

      • Steve

        Midget porn is more appropriate.

  • dkidd

    believe it or not, there are other players in major league baseball besides dustin pedroia

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      BLASPHEMY!!!

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

    Reggie Bush is all sorts of fast.

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

      22.67 Molinas, easy.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      And his girlfriend gots all sorts of ass.

      • Ivan

        Who’s his girl?

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

          Kim Kardashian. The new queen of ass (previously J-Lo).

          • Ivan

            Oh yeah, I still can’t believe she fucked Brandy’s brother

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos
      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.
        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          That’s photoshopped. She’s got a big ass, but that’s OBVIOUSLY fake.

    • pat

      i hope it was a screen pass or a dumpoff from my boy drew brees

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

        Punt return. His third in his career, new Saints record.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          Yeah.

          Too bad he’s not a runningback, though.

          • Steve H

            Eric Metcalf the 2nd

        • pat

          ah damn, oh well

  • pat

    now that peoples emotions have settled I can say with impunity that Im pretty psyched for our sweet ass new stadium next year

  • dkidd

    shields dealing once again

  • Ivan

    It certainly hurts Ortiz that Manny isn’t behind. Ortiz, must be saying to himself, “where all those fastballs I saw”.

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

    Kevin Youkilis just got owned beyond belief.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Most annoying bullshit at the plate: Youkilis, Nomar Garciaparra, Craig Counsell, or Julio Franco?

    • Mike Pop

      Youk

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

      Oh man, Nomar, easily. Not even close.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Yeah, but Craig Counsell’s stupid jabbing the bat towards the sky always irked the fuck out of me.

    • Steve

      He’s retired, but Chuck Knobloch was unwatchable.

    • Ivan

      Nomar.

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

      I say Craig Counsell. When you have a career OPS of 78, you better not do anything else to piss people off.

  • dkidd

    chuck knoblaugh

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Is Knoblauch that hard to spell?

      Yankee fans, say it with me:

      K-N-O-B-L-A-U-C-H
      A-B-R-E-U
      B-E-T-E-M-I-T

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

    Dale Cubano!

  • Steve

    You could hear a pin drop right now in Fenway.

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

    Dude, seriously, if they score this inning, just leave Shields in for the 9th. Don’t fuck around.

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

      If anything, get Arredondo up as insurance. He seems to own in that fireman role.

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

    Why?

  • dkidd

    angels are gonna win this series

    • Steve

      I hope so, but I dont believe it. Tell me what the Wed pitching matchup is first.

      Dont forget, the Sox just swept them at home to open this series. Not over yet.

  • Ivan

    You know, I didn’t mind Kendrick bunting there.

  • Mike Pop

    Tito is still the best and smartest manager in the game tho right ?

  • Steve

    You know, if I didn’t know any better I’d say that Masterson sucked balls.

    But as we all know the almighty Red Sox Farm system produces nothing but elite talent. Because they are not only the best team, but the best franchise in all of Baseball.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      If only Masterson had cancer…

    • Mike R.

      Does Aybar realize that a suicide squeeze without a bunt is simply suicide?

  • Mike Pop

    Cmon Aybar !!!!

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

    Squeeze?

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

  • pat

    shit

  • Mike Pop

    OMFG

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Unbelievable.

  • dkidd

    are you fucking kidding me!!!!!

  • Ivan

    OMG! What the fuck was that.

  • dkidd

    scioscia in love with himself and his gutsy style of baseball. he deserves to lose

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    He was out. The ground can’t cause a fumble, right?

    • Steve

      He blew the whistle. Play’s dead.

    • Mike R.

      According to rules you can’t review a non call of a fumble. Although if he were to challenge the spot of the ball for example and the discrepancy came up the call could be reversed.

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

    Ben, I don’t know about you, but I now hate the Angels more than the Red Sox.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Yes. This team, with their smallball bullshit and overrated closer and backup $50M HGH utility outfielder deserves to lose and badly. The 2008 Angels winning a world series could set baseball back a century.

  • Mike Pop

    Boston is unbelievably lucky

  • pat

    this only happens to the redsox

  • E-ROC

    One of the reasons why you don’t bunt. Fundamentally sound Angels.

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

    The Yanks should try some more small ball, you know. More squeezes.

    • Steve

      With Damon.

      • A.D.

        Melky bunting….no way it can’t fail

  • Ivan

    Angels baseball at it’s best.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    If the Sox win, FireJoeMorgan.com servers are going to fucking explode.

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

      When’s the last time they ridiculed a manager not named Dusty Baker?

      • Steve

        That site gets old in 5 minutes.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          Well, that’s because they only update it like once a month…

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Mike Scoscia’s just like Dusty, only with a grotesquely swollen jaw.

    • Steve

      We can only hope.

  • SG

    Grounder would have scored him, adding insult to injury

  • dkidd

    hate the angels so much at this moment

  • http://Chas Chas

    Why Squeeze? That GB would’ve won the game!

    • Steve H

      They would have been playing in, no guarantee.

  • Mike Pop

    Jesus man Angels pretty much had this game locked

    • A.D.

      Well K-Rod in the 9th isn’t automatic

  • dkidd

    this game is over

    thanks mike

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

      What did I do?

  • Ivan

    I swear, if it’s not the dumb moronic a-bats, it’s the dumb moronic base running.

  • E-ROC

    A groundout or a fly out scores that run. A squeeze wasn’t necessary.

  • pat

    the runner should have stopped short and lowered his shoulder into varitek

    • Steve H

      Wasn’t exactly Albert Belle vs. Fernando Vina unfortunately.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      YOU STOP SHORT WITH MY WIFE?

  • E-ROC

    Reggie Bush is feelin’ it right now. Just returned another punt for a touchdown. Wow!

  • Pedro

    Wow, Reggie Bush is amazing.

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

    Reggie Bush with another punt return for a TD.

    • JeffG

      How in hell are you not stuck on this game?

  • Mike R.

    And they’re lucky that the RF wall isn’t 125′ because that could have been a HR. These announcers are SO annoying.

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

    Mark Teixiera is the greatest man on Earth.

  • Mike Pop

    Future Yankee

  • http://Chas Chas

    We have to get Tex!

  • dkidd

    tex!

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

    Holy fuck. Mark Teixeira is man. He’s 40.

    • SG

      “I’m a man! I’m 40!” never gets old

    • A.D.

      what did he do??

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

        Unbelievable diving catch on a rocket down the line. Saved the season. At least temporarily.

        • A.D.

          thank you

  • Ivan

    Add another zero to that potential check.

  • http://Chas Chas

    Oh well.

  • pat

    the angles simply did not deserve to win

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

    Nice job, Mike Scioscia.

  • Mike Pop

    I hate watching this shit

  • Steve

    Where’s that barf bag when I need it?

  • dkidd

    mike scoscia should be shot

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Sadly, I’m not even pissed. Fuck the Angels. They are a mockery and an abomination, and I shun them.

  • Ivan

    Fuck you Lowrie, fuck it, fuck you scioscia.

  • http://Chas Chas

    Socia is only brilliant agiainst us.

    • AndrewYF

      No, Torre is a functional retard. That’s the only way he loses out to Scioscia and Francoma in the postseason.

      Two awful decisions by two *MANAGERS!!!*, but the Angels’ decision will likely go down in history as one of the worst in postseason play, and the myth of the Angels is forever, forever tarnished.

      So at least we have that.

  • Mike Pop

    Francona gets bailed out again ridiculous…

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    “Jed Lowrie has been a run producer since he came up–“”

    OH, SHUT THE FUCK UP, BUCK MARTINEZ. FUCK YOU. SHUT IT. NEVER SPEAK AGAIN.

    • Bo

      I guess Buck doesn’t have the “Shut the Fuck Up” now huh?

  • http://Chas Chas

    How bad did Howie Kendrick look in this series!

    • RollingWave

      Robinson Cano’s April esque no wonder they are compared to each other.

  • dkidd

    mike scioscia is a terminator sent from the future to piss off yankee fans

  • Steve

    Once again, having the best record in your league is worthless.

    Thanks, Bud.

  • E-ROC

    Holy shit, MNF just showed how fast Reggie Bush was going when he return a punt for his first touchdown. He hit 22 mph on the gun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Considering that Usain Bolt runs about 23 mph, I’m about one billion percent sure that that’s some hot bullshit right there.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Hey Craig Sager: Wes Mantooth called, he want’s his suit back.

    • Mike Pop

      lmao anchorman love that movie

  • SG

    why not walk that guy to set up a force? all you care about is the runner at 2nd.

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

    Holy shit, resident RAB author, Mike A., is a prophet:

    22.67 Molinas, easy.

    ESPN just clocked Bush’s speed, it hit 22-MPH during his first punt return TD.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      ESPN is smoking big marijuana.

  • pat

    yay lets check espn and see the suck-fest going on over there

  • Mike Pop

    Dont blame the angels blame erick aybar

  • A.D.

    What did Tex to garnish “the greatest man on earth”

    • Steve

      Garnish? Did he put some parsley on his head?

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

      Made a game-saving catch on a hot-shot down the RF foul line off the bat of Mark Kotsay. Unfortunately, Jed Lowrie followed with the game-winning hit.

  • SG

    Really? We’re going to credit Varitek for successfully executing a rundown? Enough of this Captain BS already.

    • UWS

      Are you SG the stat fiend from RLYW?

      • SG

        afraid not. i wish i could take credit for his work

  • pat

    this champagne and goggles thing is getting pretty old. (says the kid talking shit from in front of his computer :(

  • A.D.

    Lets go RAYS!

  • Ivan

    Dammit, if the yanks played the sox, they could of won that fuckin series.

    • A.D.

      nah, Yanks don’t “make things happen” on the basepaths

  • UpStateYank

    I am going to devour my hand…

  • Steve

    Sox-Rays

    Dodgers-Philly

    I have an old school Sox-Philly WS.

    • Steve

      Sox in 5.

      Ugh.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Dodgers-Rays.

        Rays in 6.

  • Mike Pop

    Tex is coming to New York !!!!

    http://baseball.realgm.com/src....._vacation/

  • UWS

    ALCS will be fun. Go Rays!!!

    My Rays-Phils WS wish is still a possibility :)

    • Steve

      How can you root for the Rays.

      Frankie Cervelli says hello.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    This MNF game is friggin’ bananas.

  • JeffG

    Aybar should have been home if he took third – Major loser. Shields was nasty – should have been off the plate. If anything Tek would have never hit him.

    Go Rays!

  • Mike Pop

    Man I really hope we are in the W.S. next yyear

    • Ivan

      Me too brotha, Me Too.

  • JimT

    What a tough, gritty, scrappy team. Ballgame over, series over, the Red Sox win, THEEEEEE RED SOX WIN!!!!!

  • UWS

    Mark my words: this time next year, Phil Hughes will be pitching in the clinching LDS game (for us).

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

      I’ll remember that.

      • UWS

        What do I win if I’m right?

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

          I dunno, we’ll figure it out when the time comes.

    • Ivan

      Word.

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

    Speaking of Phil Hughes, guess who is the final pitcher in Yankee Stadium history to record a postseason win as a New York Yankee. Yeah, that’s right, the dude who will never become an ace because he *can’t throw harder than 91-MPH with his “straight heater”.

    *Scouting report provided by the Lanny & Hitman Scouting Corp.

    • pat

      brett hart is just mad his wrestling career is over

      • Bo

        Great. Hughes can hang his hat on 3 innings of relief work. That makes him a good pitcher now

  • Peedlum

    In the words of Sarah Palin: Golly gee gosh darn it to heck anyway. Those doggone red sox did it again. Say it ain’t so, joe. Terry Francona is raising his head in our airspace again.