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So it gets worserer

I went to bed last night with the Sox down 2 nothing …


Now it wasn't so long ago that I'd put my head on the pillow confident that I'd awake and find that the Sox came back late to win it.


Right, but now you wake up, see the score and think, 'fuck, only 9-0? surprised it wasn't 12.' you know?


Just when you think it can get worse, you find out Ortiz is having heart issues.


Yeah, well, what do you expect? The Red Sox are simply detrimental to one's health. Even a monstah like Ortiz can succumb to the bad mojo surrounding these guys.


Seriously, prolonged exposure to this Red Sox team will make you go sterile.




Irregular heartbeat applies to this team.

Ortiz's clearance to travel i.e., he does not have to be hospitalized in SF is a very good sign for his eventual return to normalcy.

To the stalwart regulars here re the Sox in general:

"Everything is only for a day, both that which remembers and that which is remembered."
-Marcus Aurelius

You know when you're getting pity from Jason that there's something terribly amiss with the Red Sox.

When I look at the Sox season at this point, I can't stop thinking of Switch from the Matrix, looking up to Neo and Trinity, and saying:

"Not like this. Not like this."

Yup. Like this.

CHB must be loving this :(

Seanez and Jason Johnson released.

It's a pretty bad spot you're in when just letting players go suddenly makes the team a bit better.

Dave S. -

Good call, Coppertop. Looking less and less like we'll see any bullet-dodging...

Pity? Nope.

Display of respect to deeply passionate fans that a timeless Roman Emperor/philosopher can convey?
More like it.

Jason...I guess I'd call even a shred of sympathy or empathy from you pity. It's less your well-turned philosophy and more bucking up the RSN faithful on Ortiz's health that surprised me. Your respect for the Sox and regard for RSN's fandom has long been clear.

A sunny Patriots Day. Youk legs out an infield hit. Loretta hits a walk off over the Monsta. The season looked so promising. Romans use to tell their sons in the army - 'come home with your shield or on it'. This team will do neither when it returns from the West Coast. They have been branded as quitters.

Marked with a coward's shame.
What do you do when you're branded,
Will you fight for your name?

Not this team.

Astonishing how this has all happened so fast. The slide down the slippery slope from contending for first place to being a bad team in the course of six weeks. I'm not sure they're quitters - more like overmatched and simply not good enough. On the other hand, I haven't watched a game for a couple weeks now...

It's easy to grin,
when you're ship has come in,
and you've got the stock market beat.
But the man who's worthwhile,
is the man who can smile,
when his pants are too tight in the seat.

-Judge Smails

I'm not sure where the quitter stuff is coming from. You have a rookie on the mound who can't even get the memorial Ramon Martinez 4 innings in, and then the husk of Keith Foulke to throw BP. Manny and Papi, who have been carrying the team, are out. While it's great to think this is a matter of the players just sucking it up, this lineup is by and large made up of roll players. If you want to see quitters, search back to those dreary last days of the '01 season.

They haven't quit, they just aren't any good right now. They managed to hang on for as long as they could and when the Stanks exposed the pitching for the mess that it is it broke their back. Nagging injuries (Varitek, largely) that they were playing through have taken a huge toll. Now they have mediocre players doing the best they can and veterans who, try as they might, can't carry the team alone. I continue to hope for the best but they appear to think it's over, so it's hard for me to hold on.

What a lineup last night, huh? Yikes. That was like watching Pawtucket with a couple of rehabbing Red Sox in the mix.

Hey all,

While I confess, I am a Yankees fan - the news of David Ortiz' heartbeat issue has upset me.

I may not route for your team and truthfully, Ortiz makes me guzzle gallons of Pepto Bismol when he comes up to the plate when playing against my Yanks, but I wish nothing but a speedy recovery to Papi, who I secretly just want to give a big hug to! (oops! secret is out!!!) Let's face it, the games between yours & mine just aren't as fun & nerve-wracking without him in the lineup!

Get well soon, Papi!!!!

Ah well...as one fan said, "Sometimes it's a pleasure to be a fan...other times it's a duty."

If it's our fate to go down with the ship, then down we'll go. Back in April (March, really) with hope and health (hopefully) restored.

I still think if they'd kick a little, it would at least not have to be embarrassing to watch the end of this season, but they're not making it easy on me.

I don't think they are quitters. They are just badly outgunned right now. Just as winning begets winning, losing creates a downward spiral that is hard to pull out of when you have a Pawtucket-like roster of pitchers.

I would have to disagree with the "quitters" epithet as well. If this were a talented team not playing up to its ability, then yes, you could say they quit. But right now, this is not a talented team. Last night's lineup featured exactly three regulars, only one of whom was playing in his usual position.

And as for the pitching staff, Beckett is the only one who truly qualifies as underperforming. The others just suck (Schill and Paps excepted, of course.)

The Boston Globe

August 26, 2006

Roxbury MA (AP) - A seven-year-old boy was at the center of a Boston courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible.

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him.

After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.

After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Boston Red Sox, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.

Obviously feeling a little morose around here, no?

HB: Bring out yer dead.
[a man puts a body on the cart]
Louclinton: Here's one.
HB: That'll be ninepence.
Red Sox: I'm not dead.
HB: What?
Louclinton: Nothing. There's your ninepence.
Red Sox: I'm not dead.
HB: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
Louclinton: Yes he is.
Red Sox: I'm not.
HB: He isn't.
Louclinton: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
Red Sox: I'm getting better.
Louclinton: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.
HB: Well, I can't take him like that. It's against regulations.
Red Sox: I don't want to go on the cart.
Louclinton: Oh, don't be such a baby.
HB: I can't take him.
Red Sox: I feel fine.
Louclinton: Oh, do me a favor.
HB: I can't.
Louclinton: Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won't be long.
HB: I promised I'd be at the Robinsons'. They've lost nine today.
Louclinton: Well, when's your next round?
HB: Thursday.
Red Sox: I think I'll go for a walk.
Louclinton: You're not fooling anyone, you know. Isn't there anything you could do?
Red Sox: I feel happy. I feel happy.
[HB glances up and down the 'Net furtively, then silences the Sox with his a whack of his blog]
Louclinton: Ah, thank you very much.
HB: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
Louclinton: Right.

...and since I'm in the mood to feel just a tad hopeful at the moment:

RSN: Who are you who can summon fire without flint or tinder?
Wakefield: There are some who call me... Tim.


Man, it's brutal around here. It hurts my heart to hear the wailing of the rest of the illegal aliens in Red Sox Nation. So we take our lumps. At least we can. As I said to the asshole Yankees fan in sec. 41 last week, gleefully reveling in the win in the way only the BigBri-breed of Yankees fans can, "Congrats! The Yanks finally managed to win 4 in a row against us".

ESPN is reporting that Wells cleared waivers and the Sox are actively looking for a trade before Aug. 31.

Not sure if that would be good or bad at this point. You guys want Pavano?

I don't feel the urge to give him a hug, but I as well wish Papi the best and hope for a speedy end to this issue.

Excellent Python bits. Anyone for nailing the dead parrot's feet to home plate? Or is it just sleeping?

He's only "pinin' for the fjords".

Rob...I just snarfed coffee.

That must have been a pleasure to transcribe.

Leave it to Monty Python references to make this f...ing disaster feel funny. Even next to the ad that HB has running next to the comment area regarding the 12 DVD's 86 years in the making.

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