Game 37, Red Sox at Mariners

DMZ · May 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Beckett v Olson. 7:10.

As much as I’m an M’s fan, it’s going to take a lot to produce a better moment than John Lackey getting tossed in two pitches. That’s just cool. Interestingly, the Sox-M’s game wasn’t the longest odds of the day in Vegas: you could get that for the Mets over SF, NY over the Twins, and Tampa over Cleveland (Twins… value bet?).

Anyway, my point: sure, Olson got called up just over a week ago. But last night the M’s squeaked out a game they didn’t have much business winning. No reason they couldn’t do it again. Hopefully it won’t involve getting Ichiro! plunked.

Comments

152 Responses to “Game 37, Red Sox at Mariners”

  1. bilbo27 on May 16th, 2009 6:07 pm

    Anyone else notice that Raul has hit 3 home runs today with still about 2 or 3 AB’s to go? Also batting about .363 with now 13 total home runs, 33 runs scored and 35 RBI’s all in 35 games.

    I knew he’d be better with the bat in Philli with the weaker league, hitters park, and tons of protection around him, but who knew this much better? He’s even doing it all batting 6th primarily except for today where for the first time he’s gotten to hit in front of Howard. Granted mainly he’s just really drinking the Nationals kool-aid (6 home runs off the Nat’s and something like 18 for 38). But still. Props to him for a nice start to the year.

    Seems like this really worked out for both the M’s, Phillies, and Raul. M’s get 2 extra draft picks and get to see what Balentine can do, Phillies get a guy who’s got better numbers right now than some guy named Pujols. What a funny game. :-)

    The really surprising thing though is those 4 stolen bases Raul has (4 for 4) and his much better UZR rating. 3 of the 4 stolen bases were clean steals too in game critical situations. The fourth being a double steal where he was on the tail end.

  2. DMZ on May 16th, 2009 6:14 pm

    Balentien Balentien Balentien. He’s not a drink you stir into milk.

  3. bilbo27 on May 16th, 2009 6:17 pm

    haha, well at least i got all the letters in there and almost in the right order ;-)

  4. msb on May 16th, 2009 6:23 pm

    Did Bob Davidson really think that Lackey was throwing at Kinsler after sitting on the DL for a month?

  5. Sports on a Schtick on May 16th, 2009 6:24 pm

    “More Balentien please?”

  6. Dixoner on May 16th, 2009 6:33 pm

    “Did someone say Balentien?”

  7. Jack Merridew on May 16th, 2009 6:34 pm

    Did Bob Davidson really think that Lackey was throwing at Kinsler after sitting on the DL for a month?

    He probably threw him out because he presented a tangible threat to the safety of the entire Rangers lineup.

  8. bilbo27 on May 16th, 2009 6:39 pm

    Whatever the reason this could work out for the M’s if they chose to have Lackey go tomorrow. He’ll then miss the M’s series. Granted he’s still not probably 100%, but it seems like every time he goes against the M’s if they have a great game against him the M’s will score a run. It will be nice if he’s no longer an Angel after this year.

  9. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 6:43 pm

    Anyone else notice that Raul has hit 3 home runs today with still about 2 or 3 AB’s to go?</blockquote>

    He hit two HR’s today not three.

  10. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 6:44 pm

    Sorry. I have no idea how to properly use these tags.

  11. dingla on May 16th, 2009 6:48 pm

    haha “throw in some of that Balentien.”
    “shaken or stired?”
    “blended!”

  12. DMZ on May 16th, 2009 6:48 pm

    Highlight the text. Hit the button. Viola.

  13. DMZ on May 16th, 2009 6:51 pm

    I just ran out of beer.

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  14. dingla on May 16th, 2009 6:57 pm

    just go pick up some south pacific. perhaps then, Ichiro will have another 2 home run night.

  15. jephdood on May 16th, 2009 6:59 pm

    You have PLENTY of time to hit your local Kwik-E-Mart.

  16. DMZ on May 16th, 2009 7:00 pm

    You don’t even want to know what I was drinking last night. I’d rather not think about it, frankly. It was that far down the aisle. These are tough economic times.

  17. zvazda on May 16th, 2009 7:01 pm

    Highlight the text. Hit the button. Viola.

    Highlight the text. Hit the button. Cello!

  18. bilbo27 on May 16th, 2009 7:03 pm

    @Faceplant: nope three home runs. There is a game still going in rain delay (double header, two HR’s in the first game, 1 so far in the second).

    On another note, the other great thing about that Lackey incident is that the bullpen of the LA California Angels of Anaheim, U.S., Earth of the Milky Way Galaxy was short before today. Their pen should be limping pretty good coming into Seattle (not that the M’s are good at getting to the pen, but still… one can dream)

  19. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 7:07 pm

    Didn’t even realize it was a double header. My fault.

  20. bakomariner on May 16th, 2009 7:14 pm

    Sorry Derek…I just started drinking, so either way the game goes, it should be okay!

    And fuck Lackey! I hope he gets suspended!

  21. JMHawkins on May 16th, 2009 7:16 pm

    So, was Lackey throwing at a guy because he hit a home run? Was that all? If so, then if I was an ump, I’d chuck him out his next start too.

    I mean, throw at a guy for a hard slide taking out your SS, or for mouthing off, or for hitting on your best friends wife. But hitting a home run? That’s his job. If a batter charged the mound when the pitcher struck him out, everybody would think the batter was a bush-league jerk. Why do pitchers think plunking a guy for hitting a home run is okay?

  22. louder on May 16th, 2009 7:18 pm

    Gosh, it looks beatiful in Seattle today — wish I was back living there…

  23. louder on May 16th, 2009 7:19 pm

    CRAP!! What a bomb

  24. bakomariner on May 16th, 2009 7:19 pm

    Embarrassing how loud the Boston chearing is…where are the Ms fans?

  25. Scottdids on May 16th, 2009 7:20 pm

    Well that didnt take too long to be in a hole..

  26. joser on May 16th, 2009 7:21 pm

    Yeah, they had to “start” Loux in place of Lackey, and he’d already pitched two innings on Friday (~30 pitches).

    But the best part is that Kinsler came around and scored, and that run belongs to Lackey. So because Lackey has an earned run without recording an out, right now he has an official season ERA of infinity. (Math geeks and pedants would quibble, but that’s how it’s getting reported).

    On another note: I have relatives from Trail, BC, but nevertheless: Fuck Jason Bay.

  27. bakomariner on May 16th, 2009 7:24 pm

    Fuck Ellsbury too!

  28. bilbo27 on May 16th, 2009 7:24 pm

    “Lackey has an earned run without recording an out, right now he has an official season ERA of infinity.”

    Would that then be considered the worst start in the history of the game??? I don’t see anyone beating an infinite ERA… ;-)

  29. DMZ on May 16th, 2009 7:26 pm

    divide by zero != infinite

  30. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 7:28 pm

    Embarrassing how loud the Boston chearing is

    Well, Rizzs just commented that “Red Sox Nation follows this team wherever they go.”

    What he didn’t mention, though, is that most of psuedo-Massholes in attendance tonight are from such faraway New England locales as Kent, Issaquah, Bellevue, or Lynnwood.

    You don’t even want to know what I was drinking last night. I’d rather not think about it, frankly. It was that far down the aisle.

    If it’s down past the PBR, Derek, that’s scary indeed!

  31. joser on May 16th, 2009 7:29 pm

    Embarrassing how loud the Boston chearing is…where are the Ms fans?

    They’re there. They’re just not as loud. Or as drunk. Or as obnoxious.

  32. DMZ on May 16th, 2009 7:29 pm

    Wakamatsu should fine Beltre $100 every time he appeals his own check swing and fund some needy charity.

  33. xxtinynickxx on May 16th, 2009 7:30 pm

    Freaking a man, why cant we get some home town love…….Most of those people have never been East of the Mississippi. Mariners fans need to get in to that game and get louder!

  34. joser on May 16th, 2009 7:31 pm

    divide by zero != infinite

    So which are you: math geek or pedant?

  35. juneau_fan on May 16th, 2009 7:31 pm

    I’ve chugged rum and coke because I was thirsty, so I’m like, wasted already.

    *sloppy drunk Homer Simpson voice* GOooooo11!! M’s!!

  36. DMZ on May 16th, 2009 7:32 pm

    I have to pick only one?

  37. xxtinynickxx on May 16th, 2009 7:33 pm

    I bought Rainier Beer for this game, im half way thru the 18 pack already………ok its really 1/6th of the way but eh could be half by th eend of this inning…….

  38. JMHawkins on May 16th, 2009 7:34 pm

    So which are you: math geek or pedant?

    Undefined…

  39. xxtinynickxx on May 16th, 2009 7:34 pm

    GOD OLSON!!!!! Keep it in the zone man!

  40. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 7:35 pm

    Yuck. If you are going to go with cheep Beer, buy Kokanee, or Olympia.

  41. xxtinynickxx on May 16th, 2009 7:35 pm

    Ok dont put it in the zone like that…..

  42. msb on May 16th, 2009 7:36 pm

    You know, if you put the ball on a T, they are going to hit it.

  43. xxtinynickxx on May 16th, 2009 7:36 pm

    I got PBR to…….Id buy Kokanee but its gone up in price…..and Olympia I couldn’t find…..so Rainier it is………..

  44. harry on May 16th, 2009 7:37 pm

    Well, looks like Olson will be making the good outfield D work, instead of the lousy infield D….

  45. bakomariner on May 16th, 2009 7:39 pm

    Wow…Varitek is shit…and he just crushed that…I REALLY need to start drinking faster…

  46. henryv on May 16th, 2009 7:39 pm

    [dupe]

  47. henryv on May 16th, 2009 7:39 pm

    [dupe]

  48. bilbo27 on May 16th, 2009 7:39 pm

    “divide by zero != infinite”

    True, but using limits it is possible that it goes to infinite. 1/x, lim x->0, f(x)/g(x). Though using l’Hopitals rule shows that it’s still not well defined as a limit. :-)

  49. DMZ on May 16th, 2009 7:39 pm

    Did they just put Aardsma’s stats up there? We wish.

  50. SequimRealEstate on May 16th, 2009 7:40 pm

    $100.00 fine is an great idea. Don’t think it would stop him from appealing but the charities would do wonders with with the money. Make it $1,000 he then might have 2nd thoughts. Same thing with head first slides into 1st base who
    ever does it on what ever team should have to cough up.

  51. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 7:40 pm

    Luckily, the quick mart by my place has Kokanee and Labatts for $11 a 12-pack. Only down side is they’re cans…but hey, a good buy when times are tough.

  52. bakomariner on May 16th, 2009 7:41 pm

    I LOVE that Beltre appeals to the ump…hillarious…

  53. msb on May 16th, 2009 7:41 pm

    I’ve been drowning my sorrow in chocolate mini-drumstick cones but I may switch to whiskey.

  54. juneau_fan on May 16th, 2009 7:44 pm

    I can’t really focus as far as the TV, but Olson’s either getting a strike out or giving up a homer?

  55. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 7:46 pm


    I can’t really focus as far as the TV, but Olson’s either getting a strike out or giving up a homer?

    Or sitting in the dugout.

  56. jephdood on May 16th, 2009 7:47 pm

    Boo… Yuni back to the long pants. :-(

  57. joser on May 16th, 2009 7:48 pm

    So the Mets are now using Jeremy Reed as a 1st baseman. Hmmmm.

  58. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 7:48 pm

    Oly isn’t made in Olympia any more anyways…

    Now Brewed in Corpus Christi, Texas. Its a damned shame.

    Indeed…what a slap in the face to the NW.

    That reminds of when Softy on KJR was interviewing Travis Blackley some years back and asked him if he drank Foster’s. Blackley just laughed and said, “Foster’s may be ‘Australian for beer’, but if you look at the side of the can, it says ‘brewed in Canada’!” :)

  59. jephdood on May 16th, 2009 7:48 pm

    LONG PANTS!!!!

  60. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 7:48 pm

    Yuni!

    I like it when Beckett’s mad.

  61. joser on May 16th, 2009 7:49 pm

    See Yuni? You show some patience at the plate, and they have to throw you better pitches.

  62. harry on May 16th, 2009 7:49 pm

    Yuni!

    You’re just craving the love of USSM, I can tell. It’ll take more than two walks and a dinger, though.

  63. ppl on May 16th, 2009 7:49 pm

    Hey, YB gets an HR.

  64. DMZ on May 16th, 2009 7:49 pm

    Beckett said a bad word.

    Betancourt is a pretty good first-pitch hitter, btw.

  65. juneau_fan on May 16th, 2009 7:49 pm

    That was funnny. Guy in Yankees jersey, cheering Yuni’s homer.

    Now, see, Yuni, you wouldn’t have seen that pitch if you’d popped out on the first pitch.

  66. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 7:50 pm

    Yuni is en fuego at the moment.

  67. tmac9311 on May 16th, 2009 7:50 pm

    is a patience yuni our best hitter? I know that’s a stretch, but i like what i see so far, now he just needs to remember how to play SS

  68. henryv on May 16th, 2009 7:50 pm

    I’m beginning to wonder about Joe’s EQC Tracer. That pitch appeared to be right at the bottom of the numbers, and it was put pretty high.

  69. ppl on May 16th, 2009 7:51 pm

    Nice hustle by Chavez, if though they did get him out.

  70. JerBear on May 16th, 2009 7:51 pm

    Yuni-Bomber!!!

  71. jephdood on May 16th, 2009 7:51 pm

    Now will Olson cough up a couple more?

  72. joser on May 16th, 2009 7:51 pm

    BTW, is there some pattern to the comings and goings of the comment editing feature, or is it just sunspots or something?

  73. DMZ on May 16th, 2009 7:52 pm

    It’s on a timer. Or should be.

  74. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 7:53 pm

    I noticed the edit button was gone on mine, too.

  75. msb on May 16th, 2009 7:53 pm
    I can’t really focus as far as the TV, but Olson’s either getting a strike out or giving up a homer?

    Or sitting in the dugout.

    Don’t forget the walks!

  76. Tv Producer on May 16th, 2009 7:56 pm

    I’m beginning to wonder about Joe’s EQC Tracer. That pitch appeared to be right at the bottom of the numbers, and it was put pretty high.

    MLBAM & Pitch f/x supply the data for the tracer.

  77. Kazinski on May 16th, 2009 7:56 pm

    I’m drinking Arrogant Bastard, it’s not as good as it thinks it is, but it’s not bad.

    As much as I like it when Yuni walks, I likes it better when he hits a home run.

  78. juneau_fan on May 16th, 2009 7:58 pm

    Okay, these Sox fans are making my already fuddled brain even more fuddled. I hear of a roar of approval or a groan of dispair, and I assume it’s something to/against our advantage, so it’s not.

    Groan at the DP! Oh, wait, good thing.

  79. naviomelo on May 16th, 2009 7:58 pm

    Rizzs is sure fired up for this game.

  80. jephdood on May 16th, 2009 7:59 pm

    Beckett looks hitable tonight. The problem is, I have ZERO confidence in Olson keeping them at 4 the next 3 (or so) innings.

  81. bakomariner on May 16th, 2009 8:02 pm

    I still hate Yuni…

  82. bilbo27 on May 16th, 2009 8:02 pm

    @jephdood: Isn’t Olson’s career ERA vs the Redsox about 6??? So 4 runs in 6 innings… 6 ERA. Clearly Boston’s done scoring… :-)

  83. jephdood on May 16th, 2009 8:02 pm

    Do most of these Sox fans follow the team around? Or are most of them just douche locals that have hopped on a trend? “Red Sox Nation” seems to be a fairly recent phenomenon.

  84. DMZ on May 16th, 2009 8:02 pm

    Niehaus is so totally bored it’s hilarious, he’s talking about bass fishing. It’s only 4-2, Dave, you can save that for a blowout.

  85. msb on May 16th, 2009 8:03 pm

    He’s hittable. Problem is, they keep hitting it to the fielders.

  86. juneau_fan on May 16th, 2009 8:03 pm

    I’m a bit weirded out by the way pitchers are walking Griffey, when he’s not hitting well. Although, that hard foul looked like a reason to walk him for Beckett.

  87. jephdood on May 16th, 2009 8:06 pm

    I’m a bit weirded out by “The Match 4′s”

  88. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 8:06 pm

    Damn, now I need to make a beer run. I want to try something different, but I don’t want to drive all the way to 99 bottles.

    Any suggestions on the best beer you can find at a gas station?

  89. bakomariner on May 16th, 2009 8:08 pm

    Nice pitch…

  90. jephdood on May 16th, 2009 8:09 pm

    Wow. Nice throw.

  91. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 8:09 pm

    I’m probably wrong, but Balentien looks much faster than people give him credit for.

  92. henryv on May 16th, 2009 8:09 pm

    That ball would be a triple against Raul.

  93. Kazinski on May 16th, 2009 8:10 pm

    Is it just my imagination of is Balentien playing decent defense this season?

  94. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 8:11 pm

    Pretty bad if Niehaus is talking about fishing when it’s still a game yet.

    Next thing you know, he’ll be singing “The Wabash Cannonball”…oh wait…

  95. joser on May 16th, 2009 8:11 pm

    I’m beginning to wonder about Joe’s EQC Tracer. That pitch appeared to be right at the bottom of the numbers, and it was put pretty high.

    The conclusion I’ve come to wrt to the tracker: the ball data is accurate (to the extent Pitch FX is, which has the occasional glitch but is 99%+ correct). But the box is bogus. Think about it: the rule book says the vertical extent of the strike zone is based on the batter, but the tracer box never changes. So that box is placed and sized based on some “average” batter, which of course is going to be bogus most of the time. Moreover, the ball is a strike if crosses any part of the plate. That means that a ball can cross the front or back corner of the plate and be a strike, even though it is outside the box on the tracer (which displays just one 2D instant of its flight).

  96. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 8:16 pm

    Christ Beltre, if you are going to swing at EVERYTHING it would be nice if you would crush a mistake pitch.

  97. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 8:18 pm

    Slowest snap throw ever.

  98. joser on May 16th, 2009 8:18 pm

    It’s on a timer. Or should be.

    Not for me. Unless it’s a timer set to zero seconds. I’ll try a different browser (though it worked fine with this one before).

    Is it just my imagination of is Balentien playing decent defense this season?

    I think he’s getting better reads; he’s always been fast. Left field seems to agree with him — he played 35 in RF and 27 in CF (ugh) last year, but only 5 in LF. Maybe he did some work to improve in the offseason too?

  99. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 8:20 pm


    I think he’s getting better reads; he’s always been fast.

    Maybe it was just his reputation as a slugger that made me think he wasn’t that fast. I’d never paid that much attention to his speed.

  100. jephdood on May 16th, 2009 8:22 pm

    MUSCLE!!

  101. NJ Ms on May 16th, 2009 8:22 pm

    Great AB by Branyan

  102. bakomariner on May 16th, 2009 8:23 pm

    That was rad…

  103. tmac9311 on May 16th, 2009 8:25 pm

    i love russel, too bad carp is coming up on him

  104. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 8:25 pm

    Wow…mighty quick at-bat there, Wladdy — especially when you had a runner in scoring position.

  105. NJ Ms on May 16th, 2009 8:25 pm

    come on Joh just a fly ball

  106. jephdood on May 16th, 2009 8:25 pm

    Ugh. Dammit.

  107. zvazda on May 16th, 2009 8:25 pm

    Just wanted to let you all know that my Dad and I are en route from Tampa to Atlanta (or Tropicana to Turner Field) and thanks to the wonders of technology we are able to listen to the game (MLB audio, of course) and post here while going 70 MPH.

    And we both wanted to say that it’s great to have all of you with us to keep us entertained, thanks!

  108. NJ Ms on May 16th, 2009 8:26 pm

    It does look like the timer is turned off as I also am not getting the edit thing

  109. Tv Producer on May 16th, 2009 8:26 pm

    The conclusion I’ve come to wrt to the tracker: the ball data is accurate (to the extent Pitch FX is, which has the occasional glitch but is 99%+ correct). But the box is bogus. Think about it: the rule book says the vertical extent of the strike zone is based on the batter, but the tracer box never changes. So that box is placed and sized based on some “average” batter, which of course is going to be bogus most of the time. Moreover, the ball is a strike if crosses any part of the plate. That means that a ball can cross the front or back corner of the plate and be a strike, even though it is outside the box on the tracer (which displays just one 2D instant of its flight).

    You’re a bit off base here. First, the “box” size on the screen is static, but the vertical space it represents is dynamic. It changes for each batter, based on that batter’s indivdual strike zone. Secondly, the pitch location represented on the tracer graphic shows where the pitch crossed the front plane of the plate.

    Generally speaking, the tracer is accurate to within 1.5 inches, and one could argue that the accuracy of dynamic vertical strikezone could also be slightly off for certain batters.

  110. harry on May 16th, 2009 8:29 pm

    Yuni has been having some good at-bats… it’s clear he can read the ball, which makes it all the more infuriating that he hasn’t been batting this way for the past couple of years.

    Aaaannnnddd…. a walk! Amazing.

  111. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 8:29 pm

    Another walk?

    My heads about to explode.

  112. joser on May 16th, 2009 8:29 pm

    Who is this shortstop and what did he do with Yuniesky Betancourt?

  113. NJ Ms on May 16th, 2009 8:29 pm

    what planet were the aliens from that abducted Yuni? I would like to send a thank you note

  114. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 8:29 pm

    Three walks in two games for Yuni?! You’re freaking kidding me!!!

  115. Kazinski on May 16th, 2009 8:29 pm

    Just amazing.

  116. jmb13 on May 16th, 2009 8:30 pm

    holy shit, we need to bench people more often.

  117. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 8:32 pm

    I don’t know if this makes me happy or angry. If this is real and he actually had the ability to tell the difference between a ball and a strike, that means he didn’t do it just because he didn’t feel like it.

  118. jephdood on May 16th, 2009 8:32 pm

    Later we’ll think back to the 4th when we were unable to score Branyan.

  119. Faceplant on May 16th, 2009 8:34 pm

    Well, crap…

  120. jmb13 on May 16th, 2009 8:34 pm

    “they do get cravings when they’re pregnant” – Dave Sims.

    I wasn’t really listening, can anyone give context?

  121. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 8:35 pm

    Jeff Bailey won’t you please come home get lost.

  122. naviomelo on May 16th, 2009 8:38 pm

    8 runs in this game, on only 7 hits.

  123. juneau_fan on May 16th, 2009 8:41 pm

    Take one for the team, Lopez. (still drunk)

  124. jephdood on May 16th, 2009 8:43 pm

    Varitek.. your weak throws to first impress no one.

  125. jephdood on May 16th, 2009 8:47 pm

    [Sims]

  126. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 8:50 pm

    Hmmm…Niehaus, just sneaking a plug in there for the MLB Network, Paul Harvey style…interesting.

  127. naviomelo on May 16th, 2009 8:54 pm

    Looked like Olson had Baldelli struck out on the 0-2 pitch according to Gameday.

  128. DMZ on May 16th, 2009 9:24 pm

    Ichiro Ichiro Ichiro

  129. juneau_fan on May 16th, 2009 9:24 pm

    I really wish Lopez wasn’t up here. I expect nothing good to come from this AB.

  130. harry on May 16th, 2009 9:32 pm

    Beautiful!

  131. matthew on May 16th, 2009 9:32 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks Batista resembles Jar Jar Binks?

  132. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 9:35 pm

    Pretty timely K there, Miggy.

  133. Catherwood on May 16th, 2009 9:36 pm

    I hate to say it, but that pitch was pretty nasty.

  134. Catherwood on May 16th, 2009 9:38 pm

    I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s really irritated when the vid displays instruct us to “NOISE”. Ack.

  135. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 9:46 pm

    Mo’ muscle…mo’ muscle!

    Hopefully, he doesn’t get stranded out there again in scoring position, though.

  136. jmb13 on May 16th, 2009 9:49 pm

    How many runs has the Boston defensive infield cost the Mariners? I’d say at least 2 runs.

  137. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 9:50 pm

    I swear, if I hear the phrase “Red Sox ‘Nation’ is in the house” one more time tonight from any of the broadcast team, I’m gonna puke.

  138. Jack Merridew on May 16th, 2009 9:56 pm

    How about “Red Sox Nation is in the Safe”?

  139. Breadbaker on May 16th, 2009 10:00 pm

    I don’t like him, and I would like him gone, but Batista has not been the reason the M’s are in the shape they’re in. He’s actually handled some tough innings pretty well lately.

  140. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 10:03 pm

    Half-way decent appearance for Batista tonight…

    Too bad Papelbon is damn near unhittable most of the time in this situation, though.

  141. naviomelo on May 16th, 2009 10:07 pm

    Ichiro.. one last chance..

  142. Breadbaker on May 16th, 2009 10:08 pm

    “We’ve talked about the Ten Walks of Papelbon.” I thought Dr. Seuss wrote that.

  143. G-Man on May 16th, 2009 10:08 pm

    If he does you-know-what, I will gladly wet my pants.

  144. juneau_fan on May 16th, 2009 10:08 pm

    There’s no way he’s hitting a HR here…

    Although it sure looked like he was trying.

  145. scott19 on May 16th, 2009 10:09 pm

    Gawd, it’s annoying when Chelsea FC, er, Red Sox “Nation” just comes in and takes over your own friggin’ home park.

  146. juneau_fan on May 16th, 2009 10:20 pm

    Speaking of being cheered against in your own house, glad to see that Randy Johnson didn’t win today, so he won’t be going for 300 at Safeco. Do not appreciate hearing that gushed over my our own broadcast team. Sorry, wins are too precious this year to cough one up for a grumpy old pitcher.

  147. Sports on a Schtick on May 16th, 2009 10:23 pm

    Branyan has been great this year. He needs to bat third. Griffey’s shiny OBP can play lower in the lineup.

    Is Lopez the new Yuni?

  148. Breadbaker on May 16th, 2009 10:29 pm

    Is Lopez the new Yuni?

    If so, can Wak do his Jedi master trick on him?

  149. Diehard on May 16th, 2009 10:32 pm

    Red Sox nation aka (the world’s largest bandwagon)

  150. Sports on a Schtick on May 16th, 2009 10:33 pm

    “These aren’t the pitches you’re looking for.”

    Ichiro
    Gut
    Branyan
    Beltre
    Balentien
    Griffey
    Kenji
    Lopez
    Yuni

    That bottom third is still brutal, but whatever.

  151. zzyzx on May 17th, 2009 7:07 am

    I’m really hoarse now because I had to do my bit to help drown out the Sox fans. Ah for the good old days of 2002 when a 1918 chant filled the Safe…

    While the game itself was a little frustrating to say the least, my memories of it will be sitting 5 rows behind the people who got their damn rally fries after begging for it all game and some weird drunk guy in a ‘stros cap who kept trying to start up chants for the Astros for no apparent reason.

  152. scott19 on May 17th, 2009 1:17 pm

    some weird drunk guy in a ’stros cap who kept trying to start up chants for the Astros for no apparent reason

    Hmmm…that’s interesting. Besides historically chronic post-season ineptitude, the only other connections that immediately come to mind between those two teams are Bagwell and Clemens — but ironically, neither of those guys won a WS ring during the ‘Stros ONE appearance, either.

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