ALDS Game One Thread: Red Sox @ Angels

Sherman: In ALCS, Gaudin starts with Joba in the pen
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Six games into the 2009 postseason, the Angels and Red Sox will finally start their series tonight. John Lackey (11-8, 3.83) and Jon Lester (15-8, 3.41) are your starters, and you can check out KLaw’s series preview here if you’re an Insider. Like all the others, this game will be on TBS. First pitch is set for 9:37pm ET. Feel free to chat about the game here if you want.

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Sherman: In ALCS, Gaudin starts with Joba in the pen
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  • Dela G

    over under for angels’ steals this series i would set at 12.5

    i’ll take the under at 12

    • vin

      Over. Just like the Sox season, hopefully.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

    Is the announcer with the gray hair the same dude who broadcasts Orioles games?

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      Yes.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    This is one of those series that I have a hard time watching, I want neither team to win…

    • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

      I’m going to sit back and enjoy the bloodbath.

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

      I don’t care, really. I just hope they beat the crap out of each other.

      • Steve H

        5 game series and I’ll be happy.

    • pat

      I don’t know about you, but I’m rooting for a Meteor shower.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

        “I’m rooting for the meteor”

        /ksk

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

    Tonight, TBS has swapped V-Mart behind the plate for Bon Jovi.

    How long before either team notices the difference?

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      We weren’t born to follow.

      • ZacheryStripes

        Bon Jovi generic song >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> George Lopez best material

    • Jose

      As soon as a runner is thrown out at second, people will become suspicious.

      • Steve H

        IETCVM.

      • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

        +1

  • Don

    The Red Sox run??? Other than Ellsbury, who exactly runs well on the Red Sox?

    • GG

      Tek.
      -Gammons’ed

    • JGS

      no one

      Ellsbury–70/82 (85%)
      Pedroia–20/28 (71%)
      Bay–13/16 (81%)

      no one else has more than 10 SBs

  • Dela G

    by the way, i am playing nba 2k10 and this is the best basketball game ever made

    playing this while watching october baseball is excellente

    • Ivan

      That game is sick yo

      Wats ya game tag?

      • Dela G

        my gamertag is eatbevo

        holla at me on xbx live my man

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      I only fucks with the Live.

      • Dela G

        live can’t even sniff 2ks jock man

        • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

          Word I’ll give it a shot. I’ve been stuck on Madden since it came out.

          • pat

            I love how madden will never fix the draft pick glitch.

            • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

              Which glitch? Trading them in Franchise mode?

              • pat

                Oh yea. I’m a dirty cheat. No salary cap + first 4 picks every draft= dynasty.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

    Abreu having a Gold Glove pretty much tells what a joke the people who vote for these things are.

  • Will

    I’m just gonna say it, I think Buck Martinez is the best color analyst in baseball broadcasting. Really, this crew is eminently watchable.

    • ZacheryStripes

      Ron Darling will like to have a word with ya, Willy !

  • Manhattan Matt

    Why do Red Sox fans get their own play by play guy from NESN on these games? Seems to me if TBS really wants Don Orsillo he should not be allowed to do Red Sox games. Not that I miss Michael Kay, but we get the horrendous Chip Caray and Boston fans get their own guy. Doesn’t seem right.

    • Don

      Wouldnt mind Orsillo if “The Wonderdog” was in there with him.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Orsillo is actually a decent announcer.

      • pete

        i actually like Remy and Orsillo. Eckersley gets on my nerves though

    • ZacheryStripes

      Why do Red Sox fans get their own play by play guy from NESN on these games?

      Easy, they get whatever the hell they want. Don’t you know Matt, the roid sux don’t have to follow the rules and everybody else better get used to it!!! BwHaHahhahaha!!!!!!!!!!

      / Selig & his merry Umpires’d

  • The Evil Empire

    Rooting for the sox because i want to beat them in the ALCS. Simple.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Plus, if the Angels win, the fans in California wouldn’t know if they should riot and destroy LA or Anaheim or all of Orange County. It just doesn’t feel right.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        Sox.

        i dont want the cross country flight until the dodgers.

        • Jersey

          I’m sure The Angels of The Angels feel the same way.

      • ZacheryStripes

        George Lopez having a Late Night show…. just doesn’t feel right!!!

        Jon Bon Jovi having to shill their music for a crappy TBS promo… really doesn’t feel right!!!!!

        Chip Carey having a broadcastng job…….. JUST DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dela G

    good start for lackey

  • MikeD

    Ummm, why the Angels? Because they were the only team to offer him money.

    My guess is Abreu is on the Mets next year.

  • Dela G

    man abreu is such a pest at the plate

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

    Uhh no…the Red Sox have a pretty shitty defensive outfield.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Did he just say that Ellsbury is a young superstar developing?

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

    Bobby should run here.

  • Dela G

    damn vlad, that would be a sure steal for bobby

  • Dela G

    WOW mike lowell got to that??

    incredible

  • Brazilian Yankee

    What a play by Lowell.

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

    Since when did Mike Lowell get his range back?

  • TheLastClown

    I’m not a big fan of the Adenhart narrative.

    Especially not a fan of the commercials featuring it.

  • MikeD

    No disrespect to the memory of Nick Adenhart, but this is just TBS capitalizing on the misfortune. Just shut up.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      Dude, they have nothing to gain by mentioning him.

      His picture is painted on the outfield fence, would you rather they ignored it?

      • MikeD

        That wasn’t “a mention,” that was the beginning of what will no doubt be a never-ending theme that will be brought up every game, and will build the further the Angels go. I don’t believe TBS cares about the memory of Adenhart, they care about capitalizing on emotion.

        Call me jaded.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          jaded.

          :)

          • JadedMike (a.k.a. MikeD)

            Okay, for tonight, I will embrace my jaded self, and will be JadedMike!

        • Pasqua

          Do you mean that you think they’re exploiting his death?

          I don’t know. I’m not a fan of the schmaltzy, “every team needs a story” approach to the playoffs, but that was a pretty intense and upsetting event. I don’t begrudge the Angels for keeping Adenhart in the forefront, so I guess I can’t blame TBS for running with it.

          • JadedMike (a.k.a. MikeD)

            I certainly don’t begrudge the Angels at all and think it’s great they are dedicating the season to him in such a visible way. They are the ones who truly feel the pain. TBS should acknowledge it, but I fear they are going to make it their running theme.

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

              That’s exactly what happened to Lester and his cancer. We heard about it so damn much, that it lost all meaning. No one cares, he’s just “that pitcher who had cancer.”

  • Accent Shallow

    I hope this series goes five games, which each game going deep into extras.

    • Salty Buggah

      ~150 innings for the series

  • Dela G

    where was the interference anyways?

    i didnt see it in the replay

    • MikeD

      If you saw the replay you still wouldn’t have seen the interference, because there wasn’t any. Bad call by the ump that fortunately didn’t lead to anything more than Lackey throwing a few more pitches.

      • ansky

        Hmmm a bad call by “Country” Joe West in the playoffs?…the unheard of.

  • ansky

    I’d rather face the Angels b/c I dont want to hear loser Red Sox fans use the “at least we lost to the WS Champs” excuse.

    • Pasqua

      Huh?

    • A.D.

      Either the Sox lose to Angels who lose to the Yanks, or Sox beat Angels lose to Yanks. Either one is just fine

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        NO! dammit!

        no cross country flights until games 3-4-5…Sox win in 18 in game five.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      I’d rather face the Angels b/c I dont want to hear loser Red Sox fans use the “at least we lost to the WS Champs” excuse.

      fixed.

      • ansky

        I meant once we beat the Sox, then the Dodgers to win WS…Sox fans can say well we lost to the champs. Sorry, I have a co-worker that does that. Pulled the same shit wit the Giants SB win over the Patsies. He said “well at least we lost to the champs”

  • Dela G

    boy lester is working like a dog

  • Dela G

    man if i’m lester i go kill that home plate umpire

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Joe West baby!

      • ZacheryStripes

        Please, buy my country album!!! Or Else… I’ll eat a salad!

  • Jersey

    Gameday says Fester hit 98 three times in that AB.

    • Dela G

      he throws very very hard

      incredible

      • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

        Throwing gas + pumped demeanor = LESTER TO THE EIGHTH.

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

        I’d love to hit em for 5 runs in 2 innings again. Him and Beckett both.

        • Jersey

          I sorta, kinda hope the Sox make the ALCS, just so we can slap them around a little bit one last time.

          • Pasqua

            Beware the law of averages.

            • Jersey

              Keep the faith.

    • ZacheryStripes

      Fester..hahuhah!! Oh goodie, oh goodie, grandpa!!

      / Herman Munster’d

  • Dela G

    vlad guerrero choked like mary carey…

    wow i knew he would swing at that garbage

    • ZacheryStripes

      Yeah, but people actually would pay to see Vlad choke, while Mary needs to pay me to see her choke anything down.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Vlad is not clutch like A-Rod.

  • The Evil Empire

    Wait wait wait wait X 2

    Pete Abe, yes Pete Abe from LoHud, is saying

    “It’ll be interesting to see where this will leave Chamberlain come 2010. The pitcher Red Sox fans love to hate may be no better than a set-up man after all.”

    This is a joke, wasn’t he the one rambling all year long about Joba as a starter is better than a Joba out the pen?

    Link:
    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....ll#addComm

    • Jersey

      This does not surprise me.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      He’s just a tool. Typical Red Sox fan.

    • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

      Curse his sudden but inevitable betrayal!

      • whozat

        I _love_ that show. Fuck Fox.

        • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

          FOX has canceled some of my favorite shows in ten episodes or less. They pull the plug way too quickly.

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

            The Loop was freaking awesome.

        • ZacheryStripes

          And let’s not Fuck NBC, too ;)

    • JGS
      • The Evil Empire

        I guess this post is more suites for the subject.

        Haha, no but seriously, it’s pretty humorous stuff.

        • Mike Pop

          Aren’t you a B-Jobber though?

          • The Evil Empire

            Yes I am.

            IF Joba can have more velocity on his fastball and IF he can be more dominant out of the pen, then that’s where i want him.

            Sure you can say that using him as a starter will give you more innings out of the man, but would you prefer 5 below average innings, or 2 outstanding ones? IF you picked the first option then consider this:

            There are tons of pitchers the Yankees can sign to get a moderately good outing from, why waste Joba as a starter? Oh the irony.

            BTW if Joba can prove that he can be a consistent, and good starter, I might change my mind, until then, send him to the pen.

            & No, I do not prefer Hughes in the pen for 2010.

    • Jaded Mike (a.k.a. MikeD)

      Just took a spin over to PeteAbe’s new home. He’s not getting anywhere near the volume of postings he had at LowHud.

  • pat

    BURNETT HAS RACING STRIPES DOOOOPE

    • ZacheryStripes

      Kewl :D

  • ansky

    Man, CB Buckner has needed Lasik for years. Thanks for making Jester throw more pitches.

    • ZacheryStripes

      Amusing Nicknames for lester:

      Fester> Jester> Jon Arbuckle Lester> Jance Leststrong

  • Jaded Mike (a.k.a. MikeD)

    I need to pick someone to root for here, and every time I settle on one team, I start rooting for the other. I think I want the Sox to win since I want to beat them in the ALCS and the Angels have given us trouble, yet it’s in my blood to always root against the Sox!

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      Root for marathon games. That’s what I’m doing.

    • Mike Pop

      Word.

      I can never root for the Red Sox unless they’re out of the playoff race and trying to knock off a team that we’re going against in a race.

    • Hobs

      not ever no way.

      Go Angels

      • Jaded Mike (a.k.a. MikeD)

        No problem. I was cheering when Hunter hit the homer.

  • Salty Buggah

    Lester = Beast

    • Mike Pop

      His K/9 is just ridiculous.

    • Hobs

      Agreed. Hopefully Joba and Hughes unlock beast mode next year in the rotation (as well as continue to pitch well in relief during these playoffs…)

    • JGS

      agreed–been saying for a year and a half that he is the only Sox pitcher that truly scares me

  • dygg

    Sorry if I’m repeating, I just got in. Is it just me or are the Angels swinging at everything? I keep hearing about how Abreu taught them patience, but I don’t see it.

    • pat

      Only against the Yankees. Angels are world beaters against us but blow donkey dicks against the Sox.

      • JGS

        they were 5-4 against Boston and 5-5 against New York

        • pat

          Enough of your facts and whatnot. A good rant has no room for truth.

          Jerk.

          • ZacheryStripes

            You Tell’em, pat!!! Angels Suck… yes they do!!!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I didn’t realize Abreu stepped in the bucket so much. Damn.

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

      Did you not watch him when he was with the Yanks? He’s always done that.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        I guess I just never noticed it so much. Damn my ignorance.

        • pat

          buttfucker.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn, Angels and their bunting.

  • Salty Buggah

    Abreu = Walk-Machine

  • BigBlueAL

    Is the weather really lookin bad for tomorrow’s game???? I really hope not because I already missed Game 1 and I made sure I didnt have a game to ump tomorrow night to be able to watch Game 2 but if it gets pushed back to Saturday I am screwed cause Im working all day Saturday and the game would be during the afternoon.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Looks like a 60% chance of rain.

  • A.D.

    Anyone see the stat they showed before that Pujols and Abreu are the only guys with 100+ RBI each of the past 7 years….missing A-Rod there

    • Jaded Mike (a.k.a. MikeD)

      They weren’t counting on that 7-RBI inning on the last day!

      • whozat

        That game didn’t happen, because it was just for stat padding.

    • Jason

      they also forgot Teix

  • danny

    woop woop!

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

    And boom goes the dynamite.

    • whozat

      Old-fashioned Angels baseball.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I have never liked Torii Hunter at all. I’m a fan right now.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Except that scowl is making me regret that decision. You just did something awesome. Smile.

  • Salty Buggah

    Haha, I totally called that HR to my friend, who is unfortunately a Sux fan.

  • Jersey

    Torii Hunter, killing rallies like always. Prick.

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

    Good thing Scioscia had Figgins and his .395 OBP give away that out.

    • Jaded Mike (a.k.a. MikeD)

      He was worried the slow-footed,OBP-challenged Figgins might, kill the rally.

    • danny

      dont pretend like you dont love teh bunt!!!!1!1!

  • Salty Buggah

    Only Vladdy can hit a pop-up on a pitch heading towards his feet.

  • danny

    lester is such a great story, i want to like him, but then i remember he plays for the sux haha

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      You can certainly still like him. He seems like a very likable guy. I’d prefer that the Yankees beat him, but I can’t say that I dislike him. I wish him well. He’s not exactly Youk, V-Tek or Papsmear.

    • Tank the Frank

      Yeah, Lester is totally likable. He’s a great story no matter what team he plays for and he’s a HELL of a pitcher. He’s a real class act…in no way like many of his teammates.

      • pat

        Word, Lester shuts his mouth and plays the game, no whining no bitching. The rest of the team is a bunch of complainers. Every fucking call that goes against them they cry about.

        • ZacheryStripes

          which ain’t that many, pat!!

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Alex Gonzales is trollin’ with that catch!

  • Jaded Mike (a.k.a. MikeD)

    Who is this other announcer? I don’t like him. I actually want to hear the Red Sox announcer. Something is wrong.

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      That’s Buck Martinez.

    • whozat

      Hey, Don Orsillo has a good voice, and honestly…he’s less of a Red Sox homer than some of these national announcers.

      • ZacheryStripes

        Don Orsillo less of a homer than the entire NESPN BBTN crew and Buck & McCarver…… My mind is freakin BLOWN!!!!!!!

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    I like Buck but sometimes it sounds like he’s been drinking during the game.

  • The Evil Empire

    Yes I am.
    IF Joba can have more velocity on his fastball and IF he can be more dominant out of the pen, then that’s where i want him.
    Sure you can say that using him as a starter will give you more innings out of the man, but would you prefer 5 below average innings, or 2 outstanding ones? IF you picked the first option then consider this:
    There are tons of pitchers the Yankees can sign to get a moderately good outing from, why waste Joba as a starter? Oh the irony.
    BTW if Joba can prove that he can be a consistent, and good starter, I might change my mind, until then, send him to the pen.
    & No, I do not prefer Hughes in the pen for 2010.

    • whozat

      “Sure you can say that using him as a starter will give you more innings out of the man, but would you prefer 5 below average innings, or 2 outstanding ones? ”

      False dichotomy for the win!

    • whozat

      “BTW if Joba can prove that he can be a consistent, and good starter, I might change my mind, until then, send him to the pen.”

      How, pray tell, would he prove that he can be a consistent and good starter IF HE’S IN THE PEN??

      • Jersey

        Magic.

      • The Evil Empire

        Although he belongs in the pen, he will not be there. The yankee brass has stated many times that they’d transition Joba into a starter, therefore he will get another shot as a starter. Simple.

        • pat

          WHY DOES HE BELONG IN THE PEN THAT IS AN OPINION AND ENTIRELY SUBJECTIVE

          • The Evil Empire

            EHH!? UHHH! RETARDS?

            What Joba has done as a starter can be done by guys like Gadin, in fact Gaudin has out pitched joba.

            Joba’s stuff is not the same when he’s only pitching an inning or two of relief. It’s much better.

            That’s why he belongs in the Pen.

            You want something objective, then look at his ERA as a starter and as a reliever.

            • whozat

              Hey, I have this burrito for you. You just have to microwave it. I’m gonna take off while you do that, though.

            • pat

              Yeah but EVERY pitcher would be better out of the bullpen. That is not a logical argument.

            • Salty Buggah

              Jeez, Im not even going to jump in. I have an essay to finish (only done 1/3 of it though) by 11 (1 ET)

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              What Joba has done as a starter can be done by guys like Gadin, in fact Gaudin has out pitched joba.

              Yep, you’re right there. However, I’d say it’s unlikely that Gaudin outpitches Joba in the future. The great thing about Chamberlain is that he just turned 24 less than a month ago. He’s got a long way to go.

              Joba’s stuff is not the same when he’s only pitching an inning or two of relief. It’s much better.

              The same could be said of a lot of people. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that CC Sabathia would be unhittable if he were a closer.

              Also, stuff does not equal value. I’d rather have a guy throwing 92-94 for 180-200 innings than a guy throwing 98-100 for 70-80 innings at the most.

              You want something objective, then look at his ERA as a starter and as a reliever.

              Here’s a few reasons why his ERA as an RP is lower:
              1. Doesn’t have to cycle the lineup.
              2. Throws fewer innings, therefore faces fewer batters, therefore has fewer chances to give up runs.
              3. Can throw “max effort” with little regard for tiring.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            Relax, Pat. Take this flute of champagne I have brought you and don’t mind the quaaludes. You’ll feel better. Promise.

            • pat

              hahaha thanks bud

              • ZacheryStripes

                Hey, hey!!! You better have directed some great movies & have mighty Hollywood behind you
                -OR–
                you’ll have some ‘splaining to do!

        • whozat

          By “transition Joba into a starter,” do you mean “return him to the role he has played for all but about 40 innings in his life”?

          Just checking.

          2006: 7-2, 4.76 ERA, 81.1IP, 5.4 innings per start, 1.65 WHIP, K:BB < 2
          2007: 4-0, 4.57 ERA, 63.0IP, 5.1 innings per start, 1.46 WHIP, K:BB < 2

          Should that guy have been given a chance to start?

    • JGS

      reply fail

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        All kinds of fail.

      • The Evil Empire

        Yeah, and no JMK.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          I know you are but what am I!

    • Tank the Frank

      “There are tons of pitchers the Yankees can sign to get a moderately good outing from, why waste Joba as a starter? Oh the irony.”

      No, there aren’t. Perhaps the most valuable commodity in baseball is young, cheap, power arms under team control. It is absolutely crucial that the Yankees give Joba every chance to develop as a starting pitcher; just as every other young pitcher on other teams not named the Yankees get time to develop. Nothing is being “wasted” by having him in the rotation.

      “BTW if Joba can prove that he can be a consistent, and good starter, I might change my mind, until then, send him to the pen.”

      That doesn’t make sense. How can he prove he can be a good starter if he’s in the bullpen? I think any patient fan who believes in the Yankees plans will want to see him improve next season, and possibly in 2011. If it doesn’t happen after that, only then would I think it would be prudent to think about making a permanent move to the bullpen.

      Every other team – and their fans – have patience with young starters and allow them to develop. Give me one young starter over the past few years that has come up and dominated…and I’ll give you three that have struggled mightily. Joba, and Hughes for that matter, deserve the same patience. The Yankees have done a good job IMO in that respect by balancing winning now and winning in the future.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    The wheels on the bus are falling off, falling off, falling off. The wheels on the bus are falling off…all the way to LA/Anaheim/wherever it is they are.

    • whozat

      Seriously. What the hell, Lackey?

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      I speaketh too sooneth.

      • whozat

        Well, just because Youk took two meatballs doesn’t mean the wheels weren’t still falling off. 7 straight balls? Jeez.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          Good point. Too bad that ‘pen is an abomination. I’m not sure they’re a better option than a struggling Lackey.

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

    The Red Sox hitters are looking rather shitty at the plate. Looks like they’re squeezing sap out of the bat. Everyone but V-Mart.

    • whozat

      But…I thought only chokers like ARod did that…BALLPLAYERS don’t do that.

      • ZacheryStripes

        Ssshhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone!

        / NESPN’D

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Plavix Dad’s daughter is fine. I bet her knees aren’t even sharp. SO WANT.

    • Jaded Mike (a.k.a. MikeD)

      She must be fine because she made me watch the commercial.

    • whozat

      I would talk to her dad about his cholesterol or whatever.

      Also…Youkilis was blatantly on the bag in time.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Yep. Umpiring crew is top-notch tonight.

      • Jaded Mike (a.k.a. MikeD)

        whozat, are you saying you like her Dad…not that there’s anything wrong with that…even though there is.

        Yes, Yuckalis was on the bag.

        • whozat

          No, I meant because then she would see how sensitive I am, and her dad would trust me enough to let me head upstairs to her bedroom for some afternoon delight.

  • whozat

    Guys, this Red Sox defense really is stellar.

  • Joey

    Kick that douche out! But noooooo it’s the redsox, so everybody can yell as much as they want

    • whozat

      Honestly…when the call is THAT wrong…

      • Joey

        Yea I know, I just hate Youk… Bucknor is horrible though, but we all knew that

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      I dunno, man. That call was EGREGIOUS. If that had happened to the Yankees, we’d all be at that ump’s house with pitchforks and torches.

      • whozat

        Wait…should I not be here right now? Was…was that wrong?

        Seriously, this torch is really hot, and I’m worried I’ll burn myself…should I leave?

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          I usually bring birthday candles as my torch. If anything goes wrong, at least you seem festive. Then again, my pending sex charge suggests this was also a poor idea…awkward…

  • JGS

    wow, another awful call from Bucknor

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    Bucknor fail.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Umpire to Francona: Did anyone ever tell you, you look like a penis with that little hat on?

    • Tank the Frank

      I LOVE that line from League of Their Own!

    • Mario Speedwagon

      I actually met that guy! The Umpire Tom Hanks says that to. He lives near Umass Amherst in Sunderland. He writes plays and stuff now I guess. I also partied with younger Pete from Pete and Pete at Umass before…and he really doesn’t like being called “Pete” haha

  • Nikhil R.

    Wow another terrible call. I;m surprised Francona actually went back to the dugout without getting ejected.

  • Jersey

    Well, that’s one way to avoid a DP.

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

    MLB should be embarrassed by this umpiring tonight. This is completely unacceptable, especially in postseason play.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      The fact that it’s worse than what we’re used to says it’s beyond shameful.

  • BigBlueAL

    If CB Buckner is a MLB umpire than so should I. It is embarrassing to miss calls like that at 1B. I wont give HP umpires much shit because I know how hard it is to ump the plate with kids who throw in the mid to high 80’s so I can understand how with some of these pitchers who throw straight gas and have nasty curve balls how they can miss some pitches but missing blatant calls like that on the bases really is pathetic.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Tacoboy just bettered his UZR to -3.1459 with that play alone!

    • whozat

      That’s the thing…without any context about where the ball really was, I have no idea if that was an awesome play, or if he took a bad route and his speed allowed him to make a spectacular catch on a ball he should have gotten to easily.

      Probably not, but my point is that it’s hard to tell just on TV whether a guy has great range, or just makes plays that should be easy look spectacular.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        I really hope sometime in the near future we have reliable, less subjective defensive metrics. As you mentioned, it’s hard to tell whether that was a really great play or he boofed on it and salvaged the play.

        • whozat

          Well, as I understand it, the underlying data for UZR is not based on watching on TV, but I’m not sure.

        • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

          Something akin to what you’re speaking about should be ready in the near future (if it isn’t already being used by FO’s) in which they track players through a GPS-type system.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            I heard they use the speed of the ball off the bat and the amount of space the defender can reach. Could be wrong, though.

            • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

              Well, UZR takes into account how hard the ball was hit, the zone in which the ball lands, what type of ball it is (groundball, line drive, flyball), and the direction then runs how often balls with those paramters turn into outs. plus/minus and PMR do something similar, I think.

              What I was referring to was instead of that you would have a system actually measuring stuff like the speed and spin of the ball off the bat, the distance a defender covers, and velocity of the the ball thrown from the defender to better gauge how good a player’s defense is. This would be a little different from the zone based ratings.

              • JMK aka The Overshare

                Sounds promising. Thanks for the info.

  • adeel

    I am in New Oreans for work related stuff. Anyone out there know a good place (preferably yankee-biased) I can catch the game tommorrow?

    • Tank the Frank

      I don’t think there are any bars in NOLA.

      • Mister Delaware

        No shit? I’m flying in Monday for work.

        (Don’t know any sports bars. Jackson City Brewing has better beer than most places there and a big screen behind the bar.)

        • adeel

          that sounds nice. Really I just want a place where people are going to actually watch the entire game together.

          • Jaded Mike (a.k.a. MikeD)

            That’ll be tough to find if you’re outside of NY. New Orleans is not a baseball town, and even those who are watching are probably anti-Yankee fans. Best chance would be to find a bunch of other NYers who are in town on business.

            • adeel

              I think that’s whats going to end up happening…. I hoped there would be Pettite thing here (kind of like ching ming wang in taiwan)… but I guess not…

              • JMK aka The Overshare

                He’s from Texas. I know Louisiana is like a blend of Texas and France, but I’m not sure Pettite is the glue.

                • adeel

                  your right…. i dunno why i thought he was louisianna….. I think I remember in the offseason they were trying to sign him and were meeting with him in new orleans

      • adeel

        I’d rather watch the game in my room and go out afterwards than try to enjoy a game in a random bar w/o sound and with people that are more interested in getting drunk than watching the game.

        The game starts at 5:00pm new orleans time.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          I have a cousin going to Tulane and she likes Johnny White’s. Somewhere on Bourbon Street.

          • adeel

            yeah i was there last night. at least i think i was.

      • Tank the Frank

        I was trying to make a joke. Didn’t work.

        Like…there are no bars in New Orleans…it’s not really a party town.

        I suck.

        • adeel

          it did work

          its not really a party town if your Rush Limbaugh

          that’s your opinion.

          • ZacheryStripes

            Good luck to Rush and Checketts with the St Louis Blues. Seriously, i hope they do well. It’s not like they are in the Rangers conference or anything.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      I’d find one above sea level.

    • pat

      Don’t go to Bourbon street unless you wanna get wild and shit and pay out the ass. My favorite bar is on the corner of Magazine and Napoleon called Miss Mae’s. Yeah it’s kinda a dive BUT it will have the game on, has 1 dollar mixed drinks and is open 24/7. Place is the shit. New Orleans in general is teh awesome.

      • adeel

        Miss Mae’s… I will try to remember it.

        Bourbon street is a cross between Vegas and a frat party. It is pricey though.

        • Mister Delaware

          If you do find a legit sports bar somewhere near the French Quarter would you mind just shooting me a quick email (same name I use here @gmail.com)? I’m there 3 of the next 5 weeks and hope to spend a lot of nights watching baseball.

  • ZacheryStripes

    BRAWLL!!!!!!!

  • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter with a tender moment there, huh.

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

    Ramon Ramirez could close for 29 other teams, plus all of the ones in Japan.

    What a failure.

  • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Big Game Ramon is really showing Dirty Chimichanga-like poise here.

    • JMK aka The Overshare
      • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        It’s not racist if Sexy Rexy says it. It’s just sexy.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          Bistecs y blowjobs (couldn’t find a translation, hombre)!!!!

  • Tank the Frank

    About to see another implosion from the best bullpen in baseball. This guy could close in the NL, you know.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      He could close for the Yankees!

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        The Tampa Yankees, that is.

  • whozat

    Wait, I thought if the catcher and the pitcher had to talk, it meant that the catcher should be benched for the nearest Molina?

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Is this gun right? I don’t remember Saito throwing 95.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Ball beat Hunter to the bag therefore he was out. Don’t need no tag.

  • Salty Buggah

    Juan you suck balls big time

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

    A comedy of errors…

  • Salty Buggah

    Haha, Bay sucks

  • Jaded Mike (a.k.a. MikeD)

    Fortunately, the Angels have a lights-out closer they can call on in Brian Fuentes…oh shit!

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      I just lost my boner (I’ve been replaying the Plavix commercial with the DVR). Thanks.

  • whozat

    Wait, how many passed balls and wild pitches have we seen on the catchers tonight?

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Did he just say the Red Sox defense has been good this year?

  • Jaded Mike (a.k.a. MikeD)

    Big Papi strikes out. Perfect ending.