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These things take time

Steve:
I don't care if we are up 12½ games, dropping a series in Fenway to the Yankees is painful.

 

Mike:
No kidding. I mean it's like losing to the Yankees and the Kansas City Royals at the same time. We're supposed to kick the crap outta the cellah dwellahs, you know.

 

Steve:
Bottom line, though, I'd rather be us than them. They needed the sweep and didn't get it and still aren't even a .500 club.

 

Mike:
What's more, we saw a side of this Red Sox team that is some ways is more important for the long haul than an extra win or two over the weekend … from Lowell's version of the "dropping the shouldah move" to Youks forsaking his 23-gam hitting streak to take 3 walks on Saddadee, these guys are all balls to wall.

 

Steve:
Seriously. I've got a good feeling about the next 130 games before facing the Yankees again at the end of August.

 

Comments

All in all, a fun weekend. Love the taht masks on Friday. Now a stretch of days where I get to 1) stay up past my bedtime or 2)log on the intahwebz during my 4 am sojurn to the loo to see what happened.

What, exactly was Alyssa Milano doing there Saddaday other than making the booth smell good?

Just wondering..

lc


[hb, "typo in 23-gam"

Seeing Slappy hit that out hurt. Especially at 12:15 or whatever the hell it was. But I suppose "the greatest player of the generation" is going to occasionally hit an important home run. I'll tell you what though, the real hero of that game was Bobby Abreu. That catch saved their asses.

As do I, my bespectacled Asian friend.
As do I.

I lost Steve in the 3rd frame :(

Blustery night in the Fens last evening, but the $7 beers never tasted better. Amazing game, as per usual when these two teams meet. Not the best outcome, obviously, but it was worth the achy-head, sleepy state I find myself in this dreary Monday. I wish you all could have seen the guy who sang God Bless America. He was totally into it, and completed the song with a really awesome, over-the-top fist pump. We laughed for a good two innings after that...

Oh, and can we agree that anyone who does not get goosebumps, find themselves choked up, and/or can't control their giddy grin (or in my case all three) when they walk up the ramp and see the field for the first time should not be allowed in the park?

And, in re: Saturday, listened to the last half of the game in the car on the way to dinner on the North Shore... I have to admit, Obie is growing on me. He and Joe seem to be developing some real chemistry. He's no Trup, but I am no longer gripping the razor as tightly to my wrists. Geffner, on the other hand...

Friday's game was bad enough that I switched the TV over to the CT legislature debating an energy bill. At least Christie Brinkley still looks good.

Saturday's game was just all-around fun. Plus, I watched it at work. Time-and-a-half to watch that game made up for a lot. Like having to listen to Joe Morgan on Sunday night.

Who is the scheduling guru that came up with two months between series against the Yankees?

Steve's speech bubble in frame three extends off the top of his frame. I can't see what he is saying there.

I have the same problem as Harwich Rich -- lost the third frame. Maybe Steve was talking about the ninth inning...

I think 3rd frame, Steve meant to say:

"Bottom line, though, I'd rather be us than them. They needed the sweep and didn't get it and still aren't even a .500 club."

hb beat me :-)

Actualy, ESPN showed us a little of the "God Bless America" guy... Good stuff...

And, Bob, re: Abreu... You meant to say those TWO catches... First Pedroia in the 8th, then Papi in the 9th... (The one on Pedroia was definitely more huge, though). That bahstahd...

I'd rather have buried them this weekend, but even winning 1 kept them from barely making up any ground. I don't remember the last time I came out of losing a Yanks series feeling better. Mike's got it dead-on... These guys are all balls-to-wall.

For me, it's the time of year when I go to bed mid-game, then wake up early to watch the rest from the TiVo before heading to work.

I wish Joe Morgan would have elaborated a bit more on Manny playing shallow in left field. I still wasn't clear on it even after beating the point to death for nine innings.

I thought Steve's missing comment was a take-off on the Cingular dropped call commercials.

Got it now. I think he tried to self-censor because deep down he doesn't really believe it. It's baseball, not arithmetic. Admit that the 12.5 isn't creamy delicious and richly rewarding. The patient has a pulse. We were not incinerated cow by cow, pig by pig. Mission was not accomplished, and the insurgency lives.

130?

Was anyone else having trouble with the site? I was getting a File Not Found for today's strip all morning. Could just be me... Carry on :)

Death rattle on hold
Beware incoming assholes
Please don't feed the trolls.

Nat,
I get goosebumps thinking about that initial walk through the tunnel...Man I miss the fens. Oh well, a mere 3 months till I make the trek from KC to see the sox woop the cellar dwellars on Sep. 16th.

I'd love to hear Remy debate Joe Morgan about Manny playing shallow as he regularly extolls it's virtues.

FYI, lc, Milano was pushing her line of clothing with MLB. And letting us know that she's slept with Brad Penny, Barry Zito and Carl Pavano.

Last time the Sox played the Yankees in a 3-game series (and lost 2 games), the Sox lead was 9.5 games. This time around, it's 12.5. I have no complaints. As Mick Jagger said, you can't always get what you want, but you get what you need.

Agreed, lc, but I found Alyssa much hotter a few years ago circa 2002 in Charmed, when she was 10 lbs or so thicker...muy delicioso.

Jason O., I still wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating crackers. Well, maybe if she didn't share the crackers. Can a bruva get a wheat thin?

Watched the game at the bah last night. Enjoyable except for the ending. BA did win the game for them.

A bit concerned about Papi's health. Does he rest the hammy's for the AZ series?

Is Wakefield 1-10 against the Spankees since 2003? Should Tito have started batshit instead in game 1?

Headed to Phoenix this Friday for all 3-agmes with 8-guys from Denver. Very excited. Any other Soxaholix fans going?

A late game last night. A flight to the West coast following the game. A night game in Oakland this evening. Bring back the greenies!

Nat et al. I got goose bumps and a giddy grin watching Mo rip through Papi, Manny and Lowell the way he's supposed to, but that's just me... Tonight you get Haren. Enjoy.

//Oh, and can we agree that anyone who does not get goosebumps, find themselves choked up, and/or can't control their giddy grin (or in my case all three) when they walk up the ramp and see the field for the first time should not be allowed in the park?//

My ticket contact came through big time yesterday. About 25 more sleeps for me!!

Excited downunder!

I had some weirdness with the site overnight, too.

//Mo rip through Papi, Manny and Lowell//

Manny and Lowell, yes. But Papi hit a friggin' laser beam (no shark attached)off of him. And don't forget Rivera hit Youk before Lowell came up, bringing the winning run to the plate.

Better than the Mo we've seen lately, to be sure, but far from vintage.

As to closers - did anyone else think that bringing Papelbon into Saturday's game with a 5 run lead was stupid. I know the threory is to work him but wasn't his fast ball well, not so fast, on Sunday when it was needed. And then, why try to throw an 0-2 pitch past A-dick?

Oh, BTW, H.B. thought you'd like to see my good friend Brian at Friday's game, wearing a little something from yours truly:

http://picasaweb.google.com/emptyflask/Boston530To62/photo?authkey=MDO33xoa7ek#5071690441343239154

//did anyone else think that bringing Papelbon into Saturday's game with a 5 run lead was stupid. I know the threory is to work him but wasn't his fast ball well, not so fast, on Sunday when it was needed. And then, why try to throw an 0-2 pitch past A-dick?//

Papelbon did need the work Saturday. You have to use these guys but not overuse them - there's a fine line, and I think the medical/coaching staff knows what it's doing in that respect.

That 0-2 pitch to A-Rod was a superb pitch, knee-high on the outside corner. Only three AL hitters would be capable of hitting that out of the park - A-Rod, Vlad G. or Manny. A great pitch by a great pitcher to a great hitter. Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you.

Bob -- Don't think you'll see vintage Rivera again. After a decade of total dominance (slight detours in `97, `01 and `04), he's earned the right to a few intimations of his mortality. I'll settle for crafty, and the cut fastball was still being clocked at 92/93 on the radar gun... down from 94/95 in his prime, up from 90 in April and May. Rivera has always been something of an adventure in the ninth... fewer 1-2-3 innings than you might think, even in his heyday. Ortiz did hit a laser (BTW, absolutely great at bat on both sides), but I'll take it as long as somebody's there to track it down. Piazza ended the 2000 WS (of course I remember it fondly) with a 400-foot shot to center off Rivera, but it was just another long out (ref: Willie McCovey and the screaming liner to second to end the `62 WS).

Griffin is right. Perfect pitch. Papelbon is still a kid. In a few years, he'll know those few hitters who can hit even his "unhittable" pitches.

Griffin, I stand corrected.

It was a stupid pitch to A-Rod. Allie can't hit anything fast and inside on the zone. He rips crap over the plate and outside. Varitek actually set up further outside and I think Papelbon was supposed to burn a pitch outside to setup another inside strike. He just didn't throw it far enough outside (and you can watch Varitek throw his glove back inside and then bam). This isn't the first time this year that Papelbon has missed his spot with an 0-2 pitch and it probably won't be the last. Sometimes it happens. I just wish we'd be certain when throwing to a good hitter that we just don't even try to paint their hot zone. A walk to A-Rod leads to outs...people aren't afraid to walk Papi or Manny, we shouldn't be afraid to walk an A-Rod or a Posada.

Kaz-
I think Pap was afraid to come inside because he heard somewhere that Manny was playing too shallow....
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SDU- I'm with you... no way they needed to use Papelbon with a 5 run lead and another "big" game the next day coming up

Somebody at Espn please fire them two morons

Thanks BWF - are you still up for a drink in the environs of Fenway Park b/w June 30 and 5 July. I now have tickets for six games in a row!! Yippee.

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