October 16, 2007

ALCS 4: Spiders 7, Red Sox 3

Red Sox - 000 003 000 - 3  8  1
Spiders - 000 070 00x - 7 9 0
Now we get the pitcher's duel. For 4.5 innings, anyway.

Then Blake banged a solo dong and about an hour later, it seemed, Cleveland had sent 12 men to the plate against Wake and MDC, scoring seven runs on seven hits.

The Red Sox charged right back -- making ALCS history when Youkilis, Ortiz and Ramirez hit back-to-back-to-back home runs. But that was it for the bats. The Red Sox managed only one more base runner in the final three+ innings -- and he was erased within two pitches on a double play.

Off-day Wednesday and then it's Beckett/CC on Thursday.

All we got to do is win three games. ... Last two at home, with Andrew Daisuke bringing the MFing hammer.

Red's got his battle gear on already:
Let them stoke their fires and crank their music and point at us and laugh as we were forced to the back of the bus. We sat and watched and observed and absorbed and kept quiet. And when the time was right ...

One game away from elimination? F@#k that noise. We prefer to think of you guys as three games away from elimination.
***

Tim Wakefield / Paul Byrd

Wakefield has not pitched in a game since September 29, although he did toss a 77-pitch simulated game last Tuesday.

Spiders v Wakefield and Red Sox against Byrd (I wouldn't mind seeing Lyndon tonight, but Coco is 5-for-11).

Curt Schilling:
We haven't had our backs against the wall all year, until now, because during all that panic stuff about the division at the end of the [regular season], we were never in danger of missing the playoffs. We're down, 2-1. I think this is our first true character test, given our lead all year.
Ortiz, rating how his right knee feels on a scale of 1-10:
Zero. ... This is a do-or-die situation. I've got to put whatever behind me. If I keep thinking about my knee, my knee, my knee, it's only going to make it worse. We don't have that much room that we can be thinking about it. ... Unless I can't get out of my bed, I've got to keep on playing.
In addition to a strong start from Wakefield, the bats need to show up. Half the lineup is still in a trance: Varitek and Pedroia are both 4-for 25 in the post-season and Drew is 5-for-22. Against Cleveland, Julio Lugo is 2-for-11 and Crisp 3-for 12.

Damn, wasn't it just a few days ago this team looked like it was set to steamroll through the playoffs? Varitek will sit tonight in favour of Doug Mirabelli, who hasn't had an at-bat since September 30 and only 10 ABs since August 17.

So we need bats and six good innings from Timmeh, then we have Beckett and Schilling kicking off a best 2-of-3 with the last two games at home. I like the sound of that, so ...

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Joe Grav said...

Hey, has anyone heard of this Transformers movie in this ad? Supposedly it's pretty good. I wish I'd been reminded of it earlier.

Amy said...

Hey, I just saw a commercial for Transformers!

ish said...

Feels like it's going to come together for the Red Sox. But every scoreless inning against the Red Sox feels that much closer to Cleveland figuring Wakefield out.

But I'm still optimistic. Wakefield looks very good tonight. Vintage Wake.

Colin said...

Not cool Coco...not cool. Come on...where's LBJ?

thatdietcokegirl said...

omg they showed kelsey grammer in the break.

weird. hehe ;)

Amy said...

keep them quiet and confused.

excellent advice in general


Unless you are teaching a class....

L-girl said...

joe grav, you're a good fan, i can appreciate that

i'm totally un-superstitious, but i'm taking my red socks earrings off this october :)

thatdietcokegirl said...

Hey, has anyone heard of this Transformers movie in this ad? Supposedly it's pretty good. I wish I'd been reminded of it earlier.

i dunno..but i want to see it. i don't know why..i just. need to see it.

now.

SoSock said...

NICE K against thirdner!

L-girl said...

L B J !
L B J !
L B J !

L-girl said...

thirdner :)

L-girl said...

first cleveland hit

thatdietcokegirl said...

*whew*

close. but no cigar ;)

Amy said...

First hit. Damn.

redsock said...

buck says manny knows the LF wall in clev and plays it perfectly.

manny played RF in clev.

SoSock said...

There goes the nono
tdcg - l ing ol

Joe Grav said...

Wake should drill Lofton with the devastating 76 MPH fastball...

thatdietcokegirl said...

nice. inning over.

Amy said...

Wake, I am loving you tonight.

Colin said...

No nono? Doesn't matter because Wake is showing very good damage control.

redsock said...

timmeh doing his job -- could the hitters get a fragging run or four?

L-girl said...

RUNS PLEASE!!!!!!!

Joe Grav said...

Yknow , I just knew Wake would pitch well tonight. The knuckla' is either on or it's off, and it. is. ON.

Now, offense, let's turn on the on switch

Amy said...

We are going to break through now. Byrd will be tarred and feathered.

L-girl said...

And Francona says, thank you for making me look so smart :)

thatdietcokegirl said...

tdcg - l ing ol

is this some mind-control code i'm not aware of? ;p

oh wait. are you lolling? ;)

SoSock said...

RS - that is a GREAT job of spotting a numbnuts moment!
I remembered he played RF as soon as you said it, and thought "Way to show your stupidity", but I would probably have never come up with it on my own!
That's why we follow :)

Amy said...

Yes, I am tempted to say told you so (see posts earlier today), but game isn't over yet.

L-girl said...

let's see the swhb!!

redsock said...

SWHB: justify your existence.

Colin said...

Go deep Dougie go deep! The chicken parm is with you!

thatdietcokegirl said...

THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU [TO SCORE] RED SOX.

i mean it now, c'mon.

Amy said...

SWHB? I hope that's not as dumb as not knowing STFU, but WTH does that mean?

L-girl said...

alright, a visit from the exorcist!

Amy said...

OK, I admit it. That time I saw the damn Transformer subliminal crap.

Colin said...

Guess it was bad chicken parm. :(

Amy said...

I thought that was a hit. Oh, well.

L-girl said...

Amy! I was just saying to Allan, does everyone know who SWHB is, or will Amy ask us?? :)

No, it's not like STFU. It's Mirabelli's old nickname: the Stud Who Hits Bombs. I believe it's from SoSH. Uh, Sam Horn. Too many acronyms there!

redsock said...

THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU [TO SCORE] RED SOX.

you cannot petition the lord ... with prayer.

thatdietcokegirl said...

hahahah..yup. father aslkdjfd in the hizzy.

Colin said...

More early pitch hacking! Jesus on the cross guys...get the round peg through the hole and get wise to this!

Joe Grav said...

I thought his name was SWERS. :)

SoSock said...

OK, so I'm still very new to this whole texting thing.
Yes, laughing, and picturing Homer Simpson :)

Joe Grav said...

Our offense is weaker than a UN General Assembly resolution

Colin said...

Another 1-2-3...

Amy said...

You can always count on me to admit my ignorance! Thanks for the explanation.

1-2-3 again. OK, my prediction now applies to the NEXT inning.

L-girl said...

A good teacher is never afraid to ask questions.

thatdietcokegirl said...

you cannot petition the lord ... with prayer.

if not prayer..then what?

(anyone got any drugs)

Colin said...

Our offense is weaker than a UN General Assembly resolution


It's so true it's tearjerking...

thatdietcokegirl said...

l-girl you sounded like yoda just then :)

tim said...

Well, I'm back. Spinach purchased however I decided to destroy my body when I realized it's "Toonie Tuesday" at KFC here. Spinach just may have to be busted out later...

Joe Grav said...

It's up to you Wake. You need to somehow get them to score -1 run here. You can do it!!!

ish said...

Don't expect Byrd to go too much further tonight.

He's at 66 pitches right now. For most pitchers, effectiveness is lost at around 100 pitches. When Byrd hits 70 pitches, batters start hitting close to .500 against him.

Amy said...

OK, so I'm still very new to this whole texting thing.

It's all good, SoSock. I need the company.

thatdietcokegirl said...

mutha.
fucka.

tim said...

Looks like that spinach's coming out.

Amy said...

Oh, fuckeroo. SHIT. Why can't OUR guys do that!?

L-girl said...

fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck

not very yoda like, i know.

Colin said...

Fuck me...

ish said...

One pitch away from a dong.

5 scoreless innings by Byrd loom large.

thatdietcokegirl said...

He's at 66 pitches right now. For most pitchers, effectiveness is lost at around 100 pitches. When Byrd hits 70 pitches, batters start hitting close to .500 against him.

good to know :))

Joe Grav said...

fgadfakdfalkfjflkjaflkajljfkjfoajeoiawjijsefoioaj#$^#$^#$^#$^#&$#$&#&$#$&#$&#&^#$^#^#%#$%#$^&#&%#&$#&#$&#Y#%#%##OFABITCH!!!!!!

L-girl said...

who here knows what a toonie is?

Joe Grav said...

Game over.

SoSock said...

SHIT!
You just had to wonder how much longer it could go!
It shouldn't matter because our offense should have him sporting a 2 or 3 run lead.
If this damn ofense doesn't hold him up, as well as he's pitching, I'm gonna FIRE somebody!

redsock said...

casey blake the difference in this game?

my fuckin' ass.

Colin said...

Oh, fuckeroo. SHIT. Why can't OUR guys do that!?

Because our guys have:
a.) no motivation
b.) no patience
c.) no energy
d.) no clue
e.) all of the above.

Joe Grav said...

Canadian $2 coin, so it's like a $5 bill USD

L-girl said...

uh oh

i was about to post how it's not a big deal, only 1-0, we are going to score more than 1 run... blah blah blah. now another hit. hmmm.

tim said...

Fucking Franklin's tower

Amy said...

Come on, Wake. Calm down. Don't let them rattle you.

thatdietcokegirl said...

c'mon wake. don't cave. now's the time to show some balls.

L-girl said...

joe grav, right on the coin, and i like your conversion rate!

oh fuck. hbp.

tim said...

Canadian $2 coin, so it's like a $5 bill USD

You must not be following the news. It's like $2.04 US man! :-D

Oh fucking shopvac.

Amy said...

Oh my, two on, No outs.

thatdietcokegirl said...

tito looking ansty in the dugout. shit. fucking bastard pain in the ass inning. gakjsdhfksjadhflkj

Colin said...

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph don't let it start now...not now...

Things were going so well.

redsock said...

MDC up -- tito not effing around

tim said...

One pitch away from a triple play.

Amy said...

c'mon wake. don't cave. now's the time to show some balls.

Or strikes...

Joe Grav said...

I used to say I was going to buy Euros so I'd be rich when the USD $#!t the bed, but damn, if I'd only saved all of those Canadian coins I've tossed over the years...

L-girl said...

Joe Grav said...

Game over.


please explain this before we ban you!

tim said...

Happy Birthday Tim, indeed.

(not really, my birthday's a solid 8 months away)

thatdietcokegirl said...

he's doing the right thing.
they said they'd have wake on a short leash. and fuck it he's done great. just no offense for him.

tim said...

Wow.

redsock said...

Game over

when i think the game is over, i shut off the TV and go to bed.

you?

L-girl said...

omg thank goddess that was foul

thatdietcokegirl said...

SHITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.

Joe Grav said...

I think you know exactly what I meant. How do we score 1 run with the way our offense is playing?

It's not literal of course

L-girl said...

wakefield has been great. a guy has to pitch a shut out to win???

Amy said...

Interesting. No error. And Fox says a good break for the Sox that he lost the ball. Baseball always has a new wrinkle.

L-girl said...

joe grav, if i knew what you meant, i wouldn't have said that!

tim said...

Talk about shit luck.

thatdietcokegirl said...

MOTHERFUCKING FUCK.

Joe Grav said...

I was this close < > to turning off the TV for a few minutes (one of my little hissy fit things I do before turning the TV back on) but instead I opened up my book so I can study for a few minutes, and now I'm just peering over the top of my book from time to time hoping we get out of this.

F.

2-0.

Unbelievable.

Amy said...

Boy, we just are not getting the breaks.

Joe Grav said...

I am going to cry...

Colin said...

Damn it. This is getting fucking retarded, and I'm actually losing all of my patience for our impotent offense.

SoSock said...

SHIT!
That's probably a DP if Wake doesn't touch it!

thatdietcokegirl said...

if he didn't lunge, it would have been in the outfield.

L-girl said...

OUTS PLEASE!!!!!

preferably two at once!

redsock said...

"game over" means only one thing.

thatdietcokegirl said...

LET'S GO

RED SOX!!!!!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

hang in there folks. if we can get out of this w/ 2-0, we're still ok.

we CAN score runs you know. i've seen it happen.

tim said...

How the fuck is

PAUL BYRD IS PITCHING A SHUTOUT!!!!!
PAUL BYRD IS PITCHING A SHUTOUT!!!!!
PAUL BYRD IS PITCHING A SHUTOUT!!!!!
PAUL BYRD IS PITCHING A SHUTOUT!!!!!
PAUL BYRD IS PITCHING A SHUTOUT!!!!!
PAUL BYRD IS PITCHING A SHUTOUT!!!!!

Joe Grav said...

Game over means only one thing

That Gagne has entered the game? :D

redsock said...

pronKKK

thatdietcokegirl said...

SIT YO FAT ASS DOWN PRONKERZ

Amy said...

One more out. Come on, Wake.

redsock said...

That Gagne has entered the game? :D

Err, 2 things.

tim said...

thank god for hafner sasahe

Amy said...

Game over = nine innings played with one team having more runs.

tim said...

That reminds me of a new Gagne nickname I was thinking about earlier.

Fin.

SoSock said...

wakefield has been great. a guy has to pitch a shut out to win???

My thoughts essackly!
There's a 3rd. K against thirdner
Not a lot of pitchers can say that!
He's doing his job, the damn O is just abandoning him!

Colin said...

Red Sox getting run support for our bullpen? Silly ideal wish or emerging reality?

L-girl said...

fin! love it.

are you thinking pronounced en francais, or like a fish's fin?

L-girl said...

amy has the correct definition of game over. this game is not over.

tim said...

are you thinking pronounced en francais, or like a fish's fin?

It's the internet...does it really matter? But I think it works either way.

redsock said...

up for the sox:

yook
flo
mummy

tim said...

Son of a fuckass.

L-girl said...

shit shit shit shit shit

Colin said...

Fuck me...again...

Amy said...

Getting sort of sick feeling here. We need to score runs soon. REally soon. This is just so frustrating to watch.

tim said...

So sick of Presidents of the USA.

L-girl said...

It's the internet...does it really matter?

Am I the only one who pronounces words in my head, even online? I hope not!

Plus Allan and I talk during game threads.

But yes, it works either way.

Colin said...

Guys...I'm getting a little pessimistic about our chances to even approach Game 6 and/or 7.

SoSock said...

I believe I'll PUKE if I hear Cleveland rocks one more time!

L-girl said...

Colin, hang in there. Keep the faith. We can win this game. And once we do, we're fine, back on track.

redsock said...

So sick of Presidents of the USA.

Politics in the Game Thread!!!

Colin said...

Score some runs soon? Nah don't be silly Amy. Our boys don't wanna do that. Something else has gotten them preoccupied...

L-girl said...

Why don't they at least play the original? That at least was a halfway decent song.

Amy said...

It has to be the French pronunciation or else why FIN? Does he look like a fish? Nah.

tim said...

Am I the only one who pronounces words in my head, even online? I hope not!

I definitely do, and sometimes if they come up in conversations with other people, I get blank looks.

i.e.

"if they can get a lead past the seventh than jeemer and snuffer should be able to close it out"

"..."

Joe Grav said...

The past 15 months or so has seen more of my sports teams have dramatically painful endings than I can even begin to believe. Red Sox, do not add yourselves to that list. CMON

tim said...

Politics in the Game Thread!!!

That better have been sarcasm, sir!

thatdietcokegirl said...

i'm filled with demon vengeance.

that's all.

L-girl said...

many of us only have one team. it means even more.

Amy said...

I also imagine voices. Like I really hear the women as female voices and the man as male. So bizarre since I have no idea what anyone here sounds like!

L-girl said...

Amy, I totally do that too. :)

tim said...

FUCKFUAKLDSNASLKDJASDLKASLKASNDXLASNDALSDNASODNASLKDASLKDAS

FUCK
FUICK\
ASJDLKAJFLAKSJDOPFIUFCKFUCK
'UJFKC

L-girl said...

:<(

Colin said...

Sorry guys...I think it is game over. Fun while it lasted...

Amy said...

Hmmm, not sure I can be reassured here. 6-0. Unfuckingbelievable.

tim said...

i'm filled with demon vengeance.

that's all.


I'd hate to see what you're filled with now...yeesh this is fucking shit.

thatdietcokegirl said...

i love how this is all gonna mean shit when we eventually win the pennant ;)

L-girl said...

I'm not trying to reassure anyone. I just FUCKING HATE TO HEAR PEOPLE SAY A GAME IS OVER BEFORE IT IS.

The game is on. I'm watching.

When it ends, it will be over.

ish said...

This has shades of 2004 ALCS Game 3.

tim said...

So...what happened to the best pitching staff in the MLB these past three games?

Joe Grav said...

Sometimes, I wish I only followed one team because following several can lead to continuous kicks in the groin. Other times, I'm happy because it allows me to move on when something $#!tty happens. But it's gonna take me a long time to forget this MELTDOWN if things remain as is.

tim said...

I'm not trying to reassure anyone. I just FUCKING HATE TO HEAR PEOPLE SAY A GAME IS OVER BEFORE IT IS.

The game is on. I'm watching.

When it ends, it will be over.


Very true - these are probably the same people that said it was over after that 19-6 rout three years ago today.

redsock said...

Sorry guys...I think it is game over.

Be a fucking fan, for fuck's sake.

"We are winning this game.

Don't think so?

Fuck you."

Amy said...

Like I said, game ain't over til the end of the 9th. But we sure have an uphill battle ahead here.

tim said...

This has shades of 2004 ALCS Game 3.

Love that we both pull up references to that game at the exact same time.

Colin said...

So...what happened to the best pitching staff in the MLB these past three games?

Apparently they decided to put all their eggs in the one basket known as Beckett and clearly show up to the ALCS with their B-game.

thatdietcokegirl said...

I'd hate to see what you're filled with now...yeesh this is fucking shit.

now i've called on the demons.

heh ;)

SoSock said...

FUCK!!!
I'm really not happy right now

L-girl said...

i love how this is all gonna mean shit when we eventually win the pennant ;)

nice

thatdietcokegirl said...

one thing tho, i don't regret wake starting tonight.

this is just the way it has gone (but sometimes, it goes the other way too)

redsock said...

so it's only "not over" when your team is winning?

fuck that shit. fuck that shit twice. nah, fuck it ten times.

that's not being a fan. that's being the type of front-running idiots we make fun of.

tim said...

Apparently they decided to put all their eggs in the one basket known as Beckett and clearly show up to the ALCS with their B-game.

Beckett-game? :P

Don't worry, we've got Beckett going in game 5 - and we can have him go the next UNFUCKING BELIEVABLE

L-girl said...

anyone who says the game AND ALCS is over is free to turn their tv off and get the fuck out of the game thread

you may turn out to be right, but you're not right YET

Amy said...

I don't think anyone on that team lacks motivation or the desire to win. Sometimes you just don't get the breaks, sometime the other team just outplays you. I find it really unfair to condemn the team or the manager in that way, Colin.

Joe Grav said...

The fact that this happened on the anniversary of 04 Game 3 makes me smile a little bit, and makes me feel a little better, but I still feel like I'm gonna puke.

ish said...

So...what happened to the best pitching staff in the MLB these past three games?

A lot of pressure gets taken off when your team has scored some runs. You pitch differently. You pitch with more confidence. Your manager doesn't need to go to the bullpen so quickly, and the game doesn't get away so quickly.

This is hard to watch.

The last 4 runs have come with 2 out.

Colin said...

I am being a fan and I'm just being a cynical one at that.

And no I'm not going to be the optimistic fan when my team is not showing the stuff to be optimistic about. I still have some hope but I'm not getting way ahead of myself, especially when they're smashing our first reliever!

ish said...

5 runs, actually.

tim said...

Apparently they decided to put all their eggs in the one basket known as Beckett and clearly show up to the ALCS with their B-game.

Like I was saying, after he pitches a CG SHO tomorrow, we can get him to go on short rest for game 6 (hes BETTER on short rest!!!!! havent you heard!) then he can have surgery to beef up his arm for a game 7 relief appearance to toss 7 innings and seal the win!

thatdietcokegirl said...

srsly i don't give a shit. we win tomorrow and it goes back to fenway. then the pressure's on them. then all of cleveland is worried (as they should be)

L-girl said...

"bring the b game" is bullshit. of course they want to win. but they're not machines.

thanks amy, i appreciate your comment.

thatdietcokegirl said...

anyway we can still win this. it's only the 5th. let's get out of this inning and shock'em ;)

L-girl said...

tdcg: *kiss*

Colin said...

And I don't find it unfair to condemn the team/manager. If they wanna swing at the first pitch all the time and ruin a potential run go right ahead. I'm upset Wake got pounded like that after doing so well but I'm just absolutely getting discouraged with all these potential kick-ass moments we're blowing.

ish said...

It is amazing how ONE out can be so illusive sometimes.

tim said...

To hell with the mother's day miracle - how about a birthday miracle?!

redsock said...

colin, you wrote:

game over. Fun while it lasted...

i stand by my comments.

and i'm done paying any attention to this bullshit.

Amy said...

Yeah, if they can score 7 in one inning, we can score 28 in the next four.

They were swinging at the first pitch because those pitches were strikes, so they would have been strikes whether they swung or not.

tim said...

When is this fucking inning going to end?

If they chalk up a few more, look on the bright side guys - we can stick Fin in and grind him down then blame the fact that he never comes into an important game on fatigue ;-)

SoSock said...

MDC - sucking tonight

L-girl said...

"Yeah, if they can score 7 in one inning, we can score 28 in the next four."

Yup. I'm always amazed at how after one team has a big inning, the announcers (and apparently many so-called fans) act like it can never be done again. I'm like, hey, you just SAW a team score 7 runs in an inning. So you know it can happen, right?

redsock said...

long wait = death to byrd.

ish said...

This has been a very, very long layoff for Byrd, though. Maybe that'll work to our advantage.

L-girl said...

amy, can you email me? my full name at g mail dot com

Amy said...

FINALLY.

tim said...

At least the shopvac sucked there.

FUCK YOU POTUSOA

Amy said...

Sure, but first I have to go look up your name!

L-girl said...

ish is channeling don orsillo!

ok folks, here we go. at least 4 innings remain. let's SCORE SOME RUNS.

SoSock said...

Wow!
Finally!
That was the definition of an agonizing inning.
Our turn now :)

Joe Grav said...

Yayyyyyy!

thatdietcokegirl said...

ENJOY YR LAST LEAD INDIANS!!


haha ;)


*sigh*

lg: xoxo

Joe Grav said...

one hit at a time.

redsock said...

3rd missed pitched for fox.

3 out of 11 = bad %.

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK

ish said...

SWEATY DONG TO START OFF THE COMEBACK!!!!!!

tim said...

YOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

YOOOOOOOOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thatdietcokegirl said...

GREEK-GOD DONG!!!!!

Amy said...

Hahaha, suckers. We scored a run. Now what do you say, Colin?

SoSock said...

It's a start :)

redsock said...

yook says: fuck the quitters.

thatdietcokegirl said...

LEAD CUT INTO A 7TH. HAHAH CLEVELAND.

Joe Grav said...

YES.

One at a time.

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