June 10, 2008

G67: Orioles 10, Red Sox 6

Orioles - 040 000 303 - 10 15  0
Red Sox - 102 030 000 - 6 8 1
Beckett (6-8-4-1-3, 113) allowed three doubles, a walk and a HBP in the second inning to put the Sox in an early hole.

Back-to-back home runs from Drew and Manny gave the Red Sox a fifth-inning lead, but Okajima and Hansen each allowed three runs out of the pen to give it back. It was Jeemer's 6th blown save.

Boston hit into four double plays: Ramirez, Varitek, Cora (2).

***

Early game time!

Daniel Cabrera (3.98, 107 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (4.07, 108 ERA+)

Make it happen.

***

Stats 'N Stuff:

Manny Ramirez has a 13-game hitting streak (.380/.466/.780 in 58 plate appearances). For the season, Manny is 5th in the American League in OPS and 3rd in total bases.

J.D. Drew is 5th in batting (.318), 2nd in on-base (.419), 8th in slugging (.523) and 4th in OPS (.942).

Jacoby Ellsbury leads both leagues with 28 stolen bases.

Since May 22, Dustin Pedroia is 7-for-58 (.121/.212/.259).

In 13 games since May 24, Jason Varitek is batting .152 and slugging .174. Included in that time is a 3-for-4 showing on May 31; without that, the average drops to .095.

In the six games on this homestand, Boston (5-1) has a team ERA of 2.33. The Sox's season ERA of 3.87 is fifth-best in the AL.

In his last six appearances, Craig Hansen has pitched 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and two unintentional walks, while fanning seven.

Since May 8, Manny Delcarmen has allowed two runs in 12.2 innings (1.42).

Jonathan Papelbon has recorded 25 outs in his last eight appearances, 12 of them by strikeout.

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Ofer said...

It just really sounds like a Hebrew name, Zarfati. If it's pronounced that way.

Jere said...

That actor that came on the screen for the Jumper ad. Reminded me of Theo.

Amy said...

Phil---lots of shitholes!!

L-girl said...

The tide place is Bay of Fundy, but that's in NB. So never mind.

Re Nova Scotia, we've heard the Cape Breton coast is spectacular.

phil said...

Nah, Yankee Stadium isn't in an outhouse.

L-girl said...

Ofer comes back and gets the 201! (Were we even doing that when you were last here?)

Jere said...

"A replica of YS?"

Which is what they play in now, as we know...

Jere said...

There was no 201 until this season. Meaning Blogger didn't do that thing...

L-girl said...

Amy, I think you emailed with my SIL. They are really from East and South Brunswick too. They probably know your brother.

phil said...

Put in Lugo.

Joe Grav said...

I am putting in for my passport tomorrow. I'm not entirely sure whether or not I need it for my potential excursion to Toronto this summer, but I figure it'll be good to get, so I can have it to make other trips in the future.

My wallet is quite thin at the moment, however.

Amy said...

OK, now I am confused. We were never in New Brunswick, but we saw the Bay of Fundy. We did not get as far north as Cape Breton, unfortunately. It looks gorgeous. We just didn't have enough days to do it.

redsock said...

sar-foddy

Ofer said...

No 201s when I left, but I am aware of it. So that makes me 1/1. Would that count as a modest 201 streak to start of my career?

ish said...

I've been to Fredericton once. And yep, it was cool. One thing that's fun is that little one-hour time difference when you cross the border. Which means there will be the last bit of light in the sky at 11pm in the summer.

Joe Grav said...

a MArcus Thames-esque start to your 201! career.

Amy said...

Laura, you mean my SIL's parents. (My Machatunim?) My brother lives in DC. :)

Ask your sister if she knows Stan and Lisa Fischer. They are a bit older than I am, so probably an older cohort than your sister.

Joe Grav said...

I've been to Fredericton once. And yep, it was cool. One thing that's fun is that little one-hour time difference when you cross the border. Which means there will be the last bit of light in the sky at 11pm in the summer.

Awesome. I doubt it's like that in Jan., though

L-girl said...

Maybe Fundy is accessible from more than one province. I saw it a Maine/New Brunswick trip with my parents a very (VERY) long time ago.

Joe Grav: if you have a passport, bring it. It's much easier that way. If you don't have one, you need a driver's license and birth cert.

Amy said...

SIL = son in law. Hence the confusion. Not sister in law.

redsock said...

GDGD sez MDC in; but it's Jeemer.

idiots.

Joe Grav said...

Punchado!

L-girl said...

I thought I saw an earlier comment of yours on this thread that said brother. I'm losing it. :)

I think you and she chatted about it anyway on our group email exchange.

Joe Grav said...

Well I don't have a driver's license, so passport it is.

Ofer said...

GDGD said MDC was coming in, and then that Oki was relieving him, but he didn't throw a single pitch. What happened?

L-girl said...

Ah, son in law. :)

I don't have a son in law so my SIL is a sister in law.

Joe Grav said...

GDGD fouled up. Oki came in, not MDC.

phil said...

Why Okajima over a thoroughly rested MDC for the seventh?

ish said...

Awesome. I doubt it's like that in Jan., though

Nope, you're right. Sunset is around 5:00, and sunrise is 8:15 or so.

From the Dept. of Homeland Security website...

Land/Sea Travel

Beginning January 31, 2008, the United States will end the practice of accepting oral declarations of citizenship at the border.

* U.S. citizens ages 19 and older must present documentation that proves both identity and citizenship. Identification documents must include a photo, name and date of birth. View the complete list of acceptable documents at CBP.gov.
* Children ages 18 and under will only be required to present proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.

redsock said...

i think the L/R matchups favoured jeemer.

gdgd just effed up

Ofer said...

Good. I though MDC might have hurt himself in the warm up tosses, or something.

Amy said...

Like Jere and the Amy confusion. I just generate confusion!

Joe, no driver's license? How do you get back and forth to the North Shore?

Joe Grav said...

Well, I live in Revere, and the stadium in Lynn is like 10 minutes away; I take the bus. (Rt. 450)

Joe Grav said...

Fuckk

Amy said...

I think you're right, Laura, that your sister and I played that game and there was no connection.

Oki not looking too sharp. Okajeemer, says Remy.

Amy said...

It's hard to imagine getting around without a license. But I hate to drive, and with the cost of gas these days, you are better off using public transportation. I would use it if we had any decent options around here.

L-girl said...

Trust me. Trying to cross the US/Cdn border without a passport these days is difficult. No matter what any websites say, the border guards want to see passports.

L-girl said...

Amy, that's why we call him Jeemer. From Remy.

Jere said...

1-2-3 DP, let's do this!

Joe Grav said...

It was part my laziness and dislike of driving, and part reason that led me to decide to not bother.

At BC, you can't have a car until junior year,and even then, you need to pay ridiculous fees for parking; plus, living right in town, the T is more convenient than driving. So I'd not even be able to drive most of the year.

Add that to the cost of gas, and the fact that the T basically gets me everywhere I need to go (albeit often late, goddamn T), and I just don't see the need to drive.

COME THE FUCK ON OKI!

Amy said...

What is wrong with Okajima? I think I asked this last time: is he worse, or have the other teams just figured him out? He sure doesn't seem to have much control.

redsock said...

come on jeemer, get lucky and get some outs.

Jere said...

That poor CF camera man, filming all game for no reason save for an occasional replay, while a shaky robot cam shows us every pitch.

L-girl said...

DP PLEASE

Joe Grav said...

Ass.

Amy said...

Heh, I never made the Remy connection to the nickname. Silly me.

Joe, my two daughters also avoid driving (though they do have licenses). City life makes that possible. Living out here in western MA would be impossible without driving.

FUCK! Get Okajima OUT.

L-girl said...

the o's love jeemer

Joe Grav said...

Where do your daughters live?

My dream is pretty modest - to have a job that does not require driving.

The only thing I don't like about not driving is not being able to take road trips.

I don't even mind the poor, late service of the T. Grumbling about the T has kind of become a comfortable part of my existence, kinda like grumbling about the Sox when things are going wrong.

L-girl said...

I've had my driver's license since I was 16 (grew up in the burbs) but never owned a car until we moved here. 5 years in Philly and 23 years in NYC, never needed a car.

I drove rental cars many times (vacations and such), and would never just not have a license, but def'y didn't need a car on a daily basis.

As long as you live where there's good public transit, why not.

Ofer said...

Oh, Tito... made the same mistake he did last time.
MDC to the rescue?

L-girl said...

Joe, road trips are why it's worth having a license, even if you don't own a car. So you can rent a car or share the driving with your friends' car.

Joe Grav said...

I want to get my license, maybe next summer or something, but I defo don't want a car. I want to live along the T, and have a bike.

7-6 Baltimorials, fucking christ.

L-girl said...

pfft

7-6

Ofer said...

I wish GDGD would've been right when they said MDC was in...

ish said...

I live about 9 miles away from a good public transport system. Southern Maine/NH, you need a car. Although if you live in Portsmouth, you could get anywhere you need to go within a 20 miles radius (except north), just about, with public transport. But they don't have any stops on the other side of the state line.

Amy said...

Joe, my older daughter lives in NYC, my younger one in Boston. Neither owns a car. When my older daughter and SIL (!) leave NY, they rent a car.

Do you get teased because you don't drive? It seems so contrary to the image of the American male; I am virtually phobic about driving on highways, but have no problem with local roads, and I get teased all the time for not driving on highways.

Jere said...

1 run in three innings, we can swing that.

Joe Grav said...

K!

It's not that I'm afraid of driving (there goes that male defensiveness again), I just really don't like it.

Amy said...

Too bad we didn't just start with MDC.

No one has a theory on Okajima?

Ofer said...

So, when's ON FIRE batting next?

L-girl said...

I can't imagine anyone thought you were afraid of driving. :)

I love driving. Despite that its bad environmentally and we should try to minimize our driving, I completely love it.

After all those years of shlepping on public transit, I am so happy to be tooling around in a car again.

Jere said...

I love to drive but unlike the "average" male, I have no idea how they work nor do I care.

redsock said...

no control tonight, lots of stuff up, curve not breaking. when jeemer hits spots, he's still sharp. maybe inconsistent release point? tired arm? can't recall reading anything.

Joe Grav said...

and I don't really correspond much with the stereotype of the American male, aside from being fanatical about sports and enjoyireports by heidi watney.

Joe Grav said...

enjoying*

Jere said...

I should amend that. I love driving...anywhere but in Boston.

redsock said...

pedroia led off 3rd: we got 2
pedroia led off 5th: we got 3
pedroia led off 7th: ?

Joe Grav said...

Maybe I'll like driving some day, but for now, I just don't like it. I hate having to pay attention to the road. I like to sit back and read on the train.

L-girl said...

the supposedly typical american male wouldn't get on very well on our gamethreads. the males here are all way better than that.

Joe Grav said...

Plus I am a terrible driver, as I am very bad at most things requiring reflexes/motor skills. It's pretty sad, and I'm sure I have some kind of medical issue.

Joe Grav said...

ditto the supposedly typical female. What's the typical Canadian male and female stereotype anyway? :P

Fuck no.

L-girl said...

City driving is not much fun - Boston, NY. Highway driving is the easiest of all. But I guess that is not a universal opinion. (Like what is.)

Jere said...

Shatner makes the pitching change so.

Joe Grav said...

Haha, I just realized "Motor skills" was a pun.

Amy said...

Good for you, Joe. Pretty tough to resist peer pressure.

L-girl said...

I don't even know what a stereotypical female is. Which stereotype?

Jere said...

L: For me--I LOVE driving in Manhattan. I can't figure out Boston...

Joe Grav said...

D-Lowe's K to end the 2003 ALDS... still my favorite non-championship-year red sox memory.

L-girl said...

motor skills, good unconscious pun :)

Ofer said...

I love to drive but unlike the "average" male, I have no idea how they work nor do I care.

Come on, standing next to a broken down car, looking into the engine and saying "I think it's the carburetor" doesn't mean you know something about how they work.
(and yeah, I know that modern cars don't have carburetors)

Jere said...

"strip down to bra and panties, have a tickle fight"

Amy said...

I'm with you, Joe. Hate driving, prefer reading on a train or even a bus. And I don't think I am very good at it. The roads are safer without us on them, I guess!

redsock said...

not sure what brought up lowe's K, but yeah, that was up there. i still remember jumping out of my chair and scaring the hell out of (and then hugging) our dog nearby.

man, that pitch was fucking extra-nasty.

fuck you miggy!!!!

Jere said...

Good point about cars. All my friends who are really "into cars" always seem to have something wrong with their car. Whereas I just leave it alone and usually everything's fine.

L-girl said...

Jere, that's cool re Manhattan. I got over my fear of driving in NYC when I was a nanny and had use of the family's car. And once you drive in NYC, I figure you can drive anywhere.

But maybe not Boston!

Joe Grav said...

To me, a stereotypical female loves really crappy music by people like Natasha Bedingfield, wears too much makeup, giggles a lot over stupid crap, and thinks of themselves and their friends as the silliest people ever.

This is for college-aged girls, though; I'm not sure I know of a stereotype for adult females.

L-girl said...

tickle fight, sign me up!

L-girl said...

hey, i like reading on trains too!

Jere said...

Manhattan: a grid of streets in numbered order. Boston: ??????. and train tracks and rotaries.

redsock said...

alright, being, time to take chadford deep once more time.

L-girl said...

I don't know any women like that.

I never knew them in college either. It sounds more like junior high.

Joe Grav said...

not sure what brought up lowe's K, but yeah, that was up there. i still remember jumping out of my chair and scaring the hell out of (and then hugging) our dog nearby.

man, that pitch was fucking extra-nasty.


They showed it in a commercial on NESN.

I did the same thing (jumping out of my chair and scaring the hell out of, then hugging, a living being), except it was my mom, not a dog. I remember her yelling at me because I crushed her from hugging so hard. Then I sort of started to sob.

Amy said...

Stereotypical female: interesting that that is harder to define these days than stereotypical male. I think that's why it may be harder to grow up male than female in some ways these days. But maybe I am wrong. I know my daughters felt much freer to do things like sports and debate than I did until the 1970s came and changed things for women. But are boys still supposed to love sports and avoid dolls?

Joe Grav said...

Manhattan: a grid of streets in numbered order. Boston: ??????. and train tracks and rotaries.

Cow paths.


I never knew them in college either. It sounds more like junior high.


I guess society has regressed.

Jere said...

My problem is, NYC has such great public transportation, I didn't need a car, but I love driving there. Boston, I do need a car since I'm far from the T, but I hate driving here.

Joe Grav said...

There isn't really one stereotype any more for boys or girls, but there are like 8 or 9, one of which most people militantly fall in line with by age 15.

Ofer said...

NYC (Manhattan) is the worst place I've driven in, probably. But only when I was looking for a parking space. All the rest of the time it was fine.
Buenos Aires is probably worse, though.
And my favorite place to drive is the Ohio Turnpike. Nothing like getting to a 110 mph without noticing.

ish said...

I love driving most of the time. I really wish fuel economy and environmental impact were better, because I just love to get out there and drive around aimlessly. And I love to go take pictures with my new camera. Hard to justify that these days.

Highway driving is great when it's not around here. We talked about this before - the highways here in New England and in the northeast. They're terrible.

And my biggest problem with driving is all the stupid drivers out there who are either too lazy to do the right thing, try to pressure people, or are just naive. And there's nothing you can do about it. And I end up taking things personally, which I'm trying to teach myself not to do.

L-girl said...

I won't venture which is harder to grow up, but stereotypes are more restrictive for males than females. Women have more latitude.

Joe Grav said...

the worst drivers i've ever seen = bermuda. they srun down pedestrians for sport.

Joe Grav said...

run*

Jere said...

My stereotype of everybody: selfish, on the phone all the time. Likes Coldplay. Says "it is what it is" constantly.

L-girl said...

I love driving most of the time. I really wish fuel economy and environmental impact were better, because I just love to get out there and drive around aimlessly. And I love to go take pictures with my new camera. Hard to justify that these days.

Ditto!

Amy said...

Driving in Boston is like those dreams where you are stuck in a maze and can't find your way out, where every corner leads to another maze, another dead end. Only it isn't a dream----it is REAL. Plus no one signals, no one looks before driving into intersections, and everyone drives too fast.

Joe Grav said...

I won't venture which is harder to grow up, but stereotypes are more restrictive for males than females. Women have more latitude.

That's probably right, although girls have all kinds of crazy things to deal with, so all in all I consider myself fortunate, as far as gender goes.

L-girl said...

Bermuda? Almost no cars there. Everyone's on mopeds.

Worst drivers I've ever seen - Italy. No contest. Complete insanity.

Jere said...

"NYC (Manhattan) is the worst place I've driven in, probably. But only when I was looking for a parking space."

Try the side streets. Literally thousands of free spots, if you can find one. Do a couple concentric circles, you're gold.

Joe Grav said...

Nick Hornby once wrote that girls have interests and boys have obsessions; he loved how his girlfriends dabbled in music, poetry, fashion, television, reading, and more; while he was stuck with basically two obsessions, soccer and pop music.

ish said...

And I have a big problem with most of the speed limits on the roads. I usually drive 5-10 over the limit, but the limits don't fit the road. Too slow for the roads, and everyone else seems to just go however feels comfortable. If I do that, I know I'll get pulled over.

Amy said...

I hate "It is what it is." Harvey uses it all the time, and I always roll my eyes. Which Congressman was it who looked it up and said it was a NY expression at the Clemens steroid hearings?

Joe Grav said...

Bermuda? Almost no cars there.

--

But all the drivers are batshit insane. I've heard horror stories about italy, and england.

L-girl said...

You'll never hear me say it's easy to grow up female. And in most places, it's much, much harder.

Jere said...

"and everyone drives too fast. [in Boston]"

See, that's where I disagree. Maybe it's because I grew up in the NY metro, but these people up here can't go any slower. I turn into the Hulk when I drive here.

But I agree with the "crazy dream" part.

ish said...

Boston driving is fun when you know where you're going. You get into this different mindset. You drive offensively, rather than defensively. Bad bad bad for mpg.

L-girl said...

Nick Hornby is 100% full of shit. If it was possible to be 110% full of shit, he'd be it.

L-girl said...

UK drivers are fine. Nothing at all strange or reckless about them.

Joe Grav said...

I wouldn't say he's 100% full of shit. I don't necessarily agree with the simplicity of his statement, but the way he describes it, it makes sense.

Jere said...

"Boston driving is fun when you know where you're going."

I always know where I'm going, I just can't get there.

Amy said...

Boston drivers drive too fast on local roads to be sure they get into intersections first. There are also those wonderful rotaries where it is like the Wild West---the rules seem to be that whoever gets in first has the right of way, so LOOK OUT. No one yields.

Joe Grav said...

Boston drivers drive too fast on local roads to be sure they get into intersections first. There are also those wonderful rotaries where it is like the Wild West---the rules seem to be that whoever gets in first has the right of way, so LOOK OUT. No one yields.

Oh man.

Bell Circle in Revere was named one of the 100 most dangerous intersections in America on some travel channel list. It's insanity. More crashes than a demollition derby.

L-girl said...

I know you wouldn't say it. But I'm saying it.

I can't stand him. As you may have noticed.

Jere said...

Nick Hornby is no Nathaniel Hornblower.

ish said...

Problem with the UK is all those speed cameras and all of those different driving regulations that are much more strict than here. Imagine if speed cameras were installed everywhere here. Although I think they should be to some degree. Ticket people who are going 15 mph above the speed limit. Have some sort of an acceptable range of speed rather than a speed limit that is very fuzzy.

They say don't exceed the posted speed limit. But you can really go 5-10 above the limit without getting pulled over, but it all depends on where you are, who the cop is, and what time it is. And your general appearance.

Amy said...

There is a rotary in the town next to us where six busy roads converge. I will often drive a mile out of my way just to avoid it.

Jere said...

nice job, MDC

Joe Grav said...

MDC is the new On Fire.

L-girl said...

mdc for president!

Joe Grav said...

I can't stand him. As you may have noticed.

Not to get into this too deeply, but I'm curious: why? I've quite enjoyed several of his books.

Jere said...

yeah speed limits are like the strike zone. Can you just tell me exactly how fast I'm allowed to go please?

L-girl said...

But is he a Nathan Hale?

redsock said...

6 outs to get 1 run.

dr
new calm yook
tek
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ish said...

Bell Circle in Revere was named one of the 100 most dangerous intersections in America on some travel channel list. It's insanity. More crashes than a demollition derby.

The Portsmouth traffic circle is very well labeled and it's easy to tell. If you want to use the first exit, you stay in the right lane. If you want to go into the circle, you use the left lane. And you always yield. But anybody, and I mean anybody from Massachusetts who have those crazy Arc de Triomphe-type circles where anything goes, will not understand that, and do what they please.

L-girl said...

Because he's a piece of crap writer who is enormously popular.

If he was a piece of crap writer who no one read, I wouldn't care. But when someone is that crappy and that popular, it drives me nuts.

Amy said...

I was wrong: seven roads converge.

From Wikipedia: "East Longmeadow's central rotary is featured in Ripley's Believe It Or Not! for being an intersection between seven roadways and featuring no traffic lights, the most of any known rotary on the planet. "

Jere said...

L's one regret is that Nick Hornby has more than but one pretentious novel to write for his country.

Joe Grav said...

Which books of his have you read?

redsock said...

BEAT LA?

Hey assholes -- how about BEAT BALTIMORE?

L-girl said...

I've only ever heard "Beat L.A." in San Francisco. I loved that about Giants fans.

Joe Grav said...

I'm not gonna try to defend him (everyone has their own taste), I'm just curious as to where this hatred came from.

Amy said...

One on, time for Youk to break out of the slump and smile again.

ish said...

I liked Long Way Down. It was a bit of a run around but it was a good book.

Joe Grav said...

Oh man, a sweaty dong would be sweet.

L-girl said...

I tried all the popular ones, and hated them all. Please do not tell me it's because they are guy books. Think it if you must, but do not insult my intelligence by typing it. Thanking you in advance.

Joe Grav said...

Long Way Down was solid, not great.

Ofer said...

Ticket people who are going 15 mph above the speed limit. Have some sort of an acceptable range of speed rather than a speed limit that is very fuzzy.

They say don't exceed the posted speed limit. But you can really go 5-10 above the limit without getting pulled over, but it all depends on where you are, who the cop is, and what time it is. And your general appearance.


That doesn't go well with my 110mph comment from earlier...

nick said...

hey chatty bunch. haven't had time to sit at the computer, but I got in in time to see Okajima load the bases.

Here we go, though!

Joe Grav said...

I wasn't gonna say that. My girlfriend loved Fever Pitch, and she's neither a guy nor a sports fan.

L-girl said...

Comes from crappy popular writing. I hate when crappy writers become popular.

It comes from being a writer.

Amy said...

FWIW, I have never read Nick Hornsby so I have nothing to add.

Joe Grav said...

I didn't know he was so popular as to be hated for his popularity. I guess I hear ya, although I disagree with your assessment of his writing; I can see how that would be frustrating.

Amy said...

TIme for Tek to break out of HIS slump.

Joe Grav said...

Come on VTech.

Jere said...

It'll have to be a walkoff

Joe Grav said...

are you FUCKING shitting me

L-girl said...

bah

nick said...

nick hornsby reminds me of brett easton ellis.

fuck. a DP is not the way to do it

Amy said...

OH dammit, Tek. How can I defend you if you keep failing me?

Ofer said...

Fuck!

SoSock said...

Sure would like to see Youk do a little something here.
Oh, hi.
Just lurking, trying to get my GDGD to work right, it's giving me fits tonight.
Shit, Youk!
BTW - there's a rotary in Springfield MA near where they do the Big E that was killer, worse than any of the one's I was on in Boston, although I certainly wasn't on anywhere near all of them there. The one near the Expo was pretty bad though.

Jere said...

That may be the rotary Amy mentioned.

redsock said...

Hornby:

Expected to totally relate to Fever Pitch, but it failed to get to me. It was okay, but I expected so much more from people who said it nailed the mindset of an obsessive fan.

High Fidelity was worth finishing, but it read like a movie screenplay -- NOT a good thing.

That's all I've read.

Joe Grav said...

fuckin tek man. fuck.

The movie version of 'High Fidelity' was one of the few movie versions of books that I've enjoyed. Never saw the original movie adaptation of Fever Pitch.

Come on Hansen.

redsock said...

Fucking Varitek.

May need to start PHing Cash.

Joe Grav said...

I thought Fever Pitch was perfect. Although everyone is a different type of fan, and his fan style is similar to mine, I think.

Amy said...

Yup, I know that one also, SoSock. It's on Route 5 and leads to the road where the Big E is in West Springfield.

The one I mentioned above is in East Longmeadow.

And you want to know why I hate to drive!!??

Joe Grav said...

It helped that I like soccer.

L-girl said...

I don't mean frustrating to me as a writer. I mean annoying to me as someone who appreciates good writing, to see people praised so highly who are so completely mundane.

nick said...

read "high fidelity" and kind of liked it. Little details were kind of interesting, like when he went to buy the records off of the ex-wife. appreciate record-collecting geekdom.

maybe more like douglas coupland. not quite as psuedo deep as elliston, breezier in its psuedodom.

L-girl said...

Like how Jere feels about Coldplay.

Jere said...

I can't believe Lugo wasn't involved in that play.

Joe Grav said...

Oh my god. WTF.

L-girl said...

It shouldn't matter whether or not you like soccer. A good book is a good book.

Amy said...

I thought the movie Fever Pitch was "cute." Never read the book.

High Fidelity was a good enough movie, but I have heard it was different from the book.

Did he write About A Boy? I saw that movie also. Also cute.

(Cute = entertaining, but not a great movie.)

Joe Grav said...

Shit shit shit

SoSock said...

Route 5, that was it. It's been a few years.

nick said...

um. I waited a day off for this game?

Jere said...

Get 3, infield.

redsock said...

... to see people praised so highly who are so completely mundane

Welcome to YALA.

Joe Grav said...

Amy, that works 'cause I wouldn't call Hornby a great writer, but entertaining.

Fever Pitch was wayy different from the book; High Fidelity was very similar, plot-wise, they just changed the setting and stuff.

Amy said...

Is this one of those times you all think Tito should have put in Papelbon?

Our bullpen has sucked tonight, except MDC. Very frustrating.

L-girl said...

High Fidelity was worth finishing, but it read like a movie screenplay

That to me is the single worst thing one can say about a book. It exactly describes why I hated it and couldn't finish it. (Thanks Allan.)

Increasing numbers of books are exactly that.

nick said...

nice catch by vtech there.

L-girl said...

Welcome to YALA, but I don't have to like it.

Joe Grav said...

Jeez

ish said...

Comes from crappy popular writing. I hate when crappy writers become popular.

Seems to be that way with a lot of things. People somehow get popular from something, and then it doesn't matter either how good or how bad their stuff is, whether it be writing, t-shirts, music, art... they're set for life. Or however long people stay interested.

I've been on that rotary in West Springfield. Pretty bad, that is. Another bad one is in Newburyport near the T commuter rail station.

And yeah. I'd love there to be a road here that you could choose to go as fast as you like. Used to be Montana, but they decided that speed kills. What ended up happening was the vehicle death rate in Montana went up by almost twice as much after they enacted the speed limit.

L-girl said...

Yes he wrote About A Boy.

Joe Grav said...

YALA = ??

SoSock said...

GDGD says "missed catch error by Pedroia, assist to Cora"
WTF?

redsock said...

I'd like to see the original Fever Pitch (soccer, like the book). No real idea why they needed to credit it for the baseball movie.

Joe Grav said...

FUCK

redsock said...

shitty throw, dusty!

Amy said...

YALA?

DAMN. Now we need two runs with three outs to go. Not a good feeling.

ish said...


Increasing numbers of books are exactly that.


Probably because they want the books to be made into movies. More money.

L-girl said...

Seems to be that way with a lot of things. People somehow get popular from something, and then it doesn't matter either how good or how bad their stuff is, whether it be writing, t-shirts, music, art... they're set for life. Or however long people stay interested.

Yes. And imagine if they're never good at any of it.

"Welcome to YALA" is an old Allan-and-Laura expression. I used to work at a place called YALA, and if you complained about anything, that's what people said. Like "welcome to planet earth, get used to it" kind of thing.

Joe Grav said...

Now it's over.

redsock said...

just FUCKING lovely.

L-girl said...

fuckety fuck!

Amy said...

Ugh, this one is UGLY.

Jere said...

Sosock--Cora fielded, threw to second for the out. Only it wasn't an out because Dustin dropped it, thinking ahead to his throw.

L-girl said...

looks like we'll need a "our friend carolyn is there" miracle in the 9th!

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