Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Help
Gettin' All Mavericky
2008-10-16 12:53
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

Joe Maddon has taken a team that was the worst in the majors a year ago and brought them to within one game of the World Series, but with a chance to win that one game tonight, he's swapped out his best starter in favor of the one who gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings in Game 2 . . . and it's the right move. Now that's mavericky! Of course the Rays may lose tonight, but they might have lost anyway like they did the last time they faced Daisuke Matsuzaka, and now they're more likely to win Game 6. My preview's up on SI.com.

And since I've got SNL in my LCS, here's a little something for NL fans.

Comments (150)
Show/Hide Comments 1-50
2008-10-16 13:39:39
1.   pistolpete
I didn't really see it as a huge risk — like you said, why burn a better starter when they may not hit Dice-K too well anyway...?

Sox blogs, of course, are in a froth. It's 2004 all over again!

2008-10-16 14:01:26
2.   Ken Arneson
Piffle!
2008-10-16 14:34:44
3.   Cliff Corcoran
2 I'm not terribly fond of the violent anti-intellectualism in that sketch, but the pomposity of Will and other like him certainly deserves a good poke. Besides, I absolutely love quiz show question, "What was it not unlike?"
2008-10-16 15:03:10
4.   Just fair
3 Geez. Way to suck the life out of a comedy skit. : )
I thought of this oldy but goody.
Who are 3 people who have never been in my kitchen.
http://tinyurl.com/375gn9
2008-10-16 15:05:17
5.   JL25and3
SNL's best-ever baseball sketch was one I haven't been able to track down anywhere: a pseudo-documentary with Billy Crystal and Christopher Guest as two old Negro Leaguers, The Rabbit and The King. It included a brief appearance by Yogi Berra, and a hilarious description of Smelt Night.
2008-10-16 15:34:49
6.   Cliff Corcoran
4 I've found that answer comes in very handy and use it often. A classic.
2008-10-16 15:55:47
7.   underdog
Katie, I'd like to use my lifeline.
2008-10-16 17:00:18
8.   Shaun P
4 Of all the classic Cheers scenes from over the years, that one ranks right up there with the best. Thanks for sharing, I haven't seen it in years.

Come to think of it, didn't Trebek appear in the last scene at the bar too?

2008-10-16 17:12:32
9.   thelarmis
HELL MUTHAFUKIN' YEAH!!!
2008-10-16 17:14:59
10.   thelarmis
change of plans for me this evening and i actually get to watch the entire game. what a fantastic start!

dice-klay goes full on aki, who hit a clean single to right. upton hits his 6th homer of the PS! another shot that landed and rolled on top of the wall. this was atop the monster.

2-0 Rays, after 2 batters. pena shows bunt as a bluff at the first pitch. hmmmm...?

nice pitch. pena down on strikes.

keep it going, tampa! make it stand, kaz!

2008-10-16 17:15:46
11.   thelarmis
juuuuuuust a little outside... : )
2008-10-16 17:15:49
12.   Shaun P
BJ Upton is amazing.

Someone mentioned, in another thread, that TB was due for a regression, because of the play of hitters like Floyd, Hinske, etc. Perhaps so - but whoever that was did not include, in their calculation, that Upton is due for much improvement, and Longoria missed two months (in the minors, and then hurt).

The Yanks have no hitters with their upside, unless Cano shocks us all.

2008-10-16 17:16:34
13.   thelarmis
man, that pitch had movement. whoa!
2008-10-16 17:20:47
14.   thelarmis
upton hit 9 homers in 531 ab's. in the postseason, he has 7 in just about 500 fewer at-bats. amazing. thing is, his postseason play is more indicative of his talent than this past season. yeah, he's due for improvement on his numbers. he and his brother are gonna be scary for years to come...

let's go Kaz!

2008-10-16 17:22:35
15.   thelarmis
c'mon Kaz, don't walk the leadoff man. esp coco chanel... : /
2008-10-16 17:27:03
16.   thelarmis
3 pitches to K Ortiz. papi getting a sprinkling of a bronx cheer. i love it! : )
2008-10-16 17:42:50
17.   OldYanksFan
Big Droopy this PS:
In 32 AB, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0.161 0.316 0.258 0.574 OPS
2008-10-16 17:46:06
18.   thelarmis
4 full counts, a walk, a single, a homer and 47 pitches for dice-klay thru 2 innings...
2008-10-16 17:46:14
19.   Shaun P
17 If his wrist continues to bother him, Ortiz may be in for a large drop off in production.

The other fear is that some other part of his body breaks down.

16 thealarmis, you're everywhere!

2008-10-16 17:48:27
20.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Upton has to be series MVP at this point..monster power and great D..

how great to see the Sox get a whipping like this!

2008-10-16 17:53:33
21.   thelarmis
19 i'm trying to keep myself busy. my grandpa, who's my hero, is in a "procedure" right now at the hospital. i'm a thousand miles away and freaking out, waiting for a phone call from my mom.

just trying to continue moving. after my studio session today, i cleaned my pad like a madman. then, i picked up some items at target. when he when in with the dr, i went to border's and just dropped a C-Note on jazz cd's. now, i'm catching up at the toaster and other baseball sites.

GO RAYS!!!

2008-10-16 17:53:53
22.   Just fair
IF the Rays win tonight we've got 6 freakin' days to the W.S.
G-damn Fox! Ortiz "not particulary successful" according to Chip. Thanks, Mr.AnnouncerMan.
2008-10-16 17:56:02
23.   Just fair
C'mon Kaz, if you're going to hit Varitek, Drill 'em will ya! None of this graze one off the back pocket nonsense.
2008-10-16 17:56:56
24.   thelarmis
22 i know. that wait will suck. can't be great for the phils (and rays, if they win)... buuuut, i'd much rather tampa just end this series tonite. not only do i want the rays to celebrate at the fens, but i don't want boston to have the slightest breath to come back. go for the jugular tonight.
2008-10-16 17:57:43
25.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
21 best to your "Ojii-chan" (grandpa). sucks being far away times like that...

on a happier topic, what cds you pick up?

2008-10-16 17:59:15
26.   thelarmis
2 walks, a hit, a hit batsmen and 46 pitches for Kaz thru 2 innings...
2008-10-16 18:02:54
27.   thelarmis
25 thanks man, he should be fine! but he's my hero and he's seriously old. he's 96 and starting to slow down. my entire life, i've been ill-equipped to handle anything bad when it comes to my ojii-chan...

got a half-dozen blue not RVG series that i didn't have and replaced my Oliver Nelson Blues & The Abstract Truth cd-r and tape.

BN pickups from today:

Grant Green - Idle Moments
Duke Pearson - The Right Touch
Larry Young - Unity (total classic!)
Lee Morgan - Volume 2:Sextet (w/ Hank Mobley!)
Grachan Moncur III - Evolution
Johnny Griffin - Introducing

2008-10-16 18:04:51
28.   thelarmis
sweet swing by BJ.
2008-10-16 18:05:24
29.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
27 Man! GG "Idle Moments" and Larry Young "Unity" are two of my alltime favorites, just CLASSIC stuff!! The Lee Morgan great too. Don't know Duke Pearson as a leader, will check that out.. as a rule, if it's Blue Note in the 60s it will usually be great..
2008-10-16 18:05:30
30.   thelarmis
FUCK YEAH!!!

pena w/ a 2-run jack. 4-0 RAYS!!!

2008-10-16 18:07:52
31.   thelarmis
pena's shot got out in a hurry. he hammered it!

WOW!!! back-to-back. longoria clears the monster.

i LOVE it! 5-0.

i hope the week off doesn't cool the kids down too much.

this is a joy to watch : )

2008-10-16 18:11:51
32.   Just fair
Does anyone know who Longoria is dating? Just kidding. : )
2008-10-16 18:12:08
33.   thelarmis
29 that rule is sooo true. blue note from the late 50's to mid-60's and you can't go wrong.

i stayed away from Idle Moments b/c i'm not a fan of Al Harewood on drums. but duke pearson is on it and bobby hutcherson is playing vibes. i had a marimba recording session today, so i was in a mallet mood.

yeah, duke pearson isn't a leader a lot. i have only one of his cd's - Wahoo, from '64 - and it's really good. i figured, what the hell, i'll try this one. freddie hubbard, james spaulding, stanley turrentine and grady tate are all on it. it's from 1967.

on the johnny griffin, i wanted A Blowing Session, but they didn't have it. for Lee Morgan, i wanted The Rajah, w/ Hank Mobley, but they didn't have it, so i got this since Hank was on it. i was also hoping to get the Sonny Clark Trios.

2008-10-16 18:13:26
34.   thelarmis
oh, borders also had a little Baseball book in the budget bin. some Q&A Smithsonian book. it was only $3.99, so what the hell, i picked it up and a drum 'zine too...
2008-10-16 18:15:55
35.   Dimelo
This Rays team is exciting to watch, I don't get how ratings are down and people aren't fixated on them. Their manager is lighthearted dude, he looks like he works in IT and not MLB. Change we can believe in...

I just read VORP 1 Billion in the clutch, otherwise known as ARod around these parts, is starting to see Madonna and trying to keep it on DL. He left CRod for Madonna, I guess trying to find one of the living and breathing golden girls wasn't one of his options.

Go Rays (for now)!!!

But.....Go Yanks in 2009!!!!

2008-10-16 18:18:04
36.   thelarmis
i wonder if youk's dance like he shit in his pants, disrupts the pitcher. ah, i guess the pitcher isn't looking at him during that time. it sure distracts me. what an ugly stance; quite befitting of him...
2008-10-16 18:34:59
37.   3rd gen yankee fan
Just got home in time to see those two BEE-YOO-TI-FUL home runs in the fifth. It ain't 2004 no mo' no mo'!!!
2008-10-16 18:36:00
38.   thelarmis
jason varitek - "always the constant pro". um, punching people in the face wearing a catchers mask = professional. uh, okay, sure, why not...

he was constantly professional during that strikeout and walk back to the dugout.

2008-10-16 18:37:20
39.   Just fair
36 I hope Youk somehow Manny's his way out of beantown and finds himself out in Seattle or something. He has officially taken hold of "Top Boston player who makes me utter non-stop obscenities to myself whenever he comes to bat."
I wonder where Varitek will be next year.
2008-10-16 18:39:56
40.   Just fair
How many Mets fans heads are going to explode when Kazmir faces off vs. the Phils next week?
Whoops. No fat lady yet but I can't help it.
2008-10-16 18:44:18
41.   thelarmis
4 innings + a leadoff walk for dice-k. tito heads to the 'pen...
2008-10-16 18:51:48
42.   thelarmis
you guys see this quote from manny?!:

"I just want to go home and spend some time with my family. I want to see who is the highest bidder. Gas is up and so am I."

he also called himself a "five-tool player". wow...

2008-10-16 18:53:42
43.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
42 fantiastic..am going to use that one a lot. "Gas is up and so am I"...
2008-10-16 18:58:24
44.   thelarmis
so we're halfway through the game and not 1 mention or highlight of the Aaron Boone anniversary homer. i'm disappointed...

43 we can use that quote here when it's late at night and we're posting! : )

2008-10-16 18:59:13
45.   Just fair
I heard about a European basketball team that was talking about offering Kobe Bryant big-bucks for him to play over there. Maybe a Japanese team will do the same for Manny. I am seriously sick of him and his a-hole of an agent.
2008-10-16 19:02:13
46.   thelarmis
terrific quick inning by kaz. sweet!
2008-10-16 19:03:25
47.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
45 Manny would hit .650 in the Japanese league..but the managers here would spontaneously combust with his antics..the old skool skippers here still punch their players..
2008-10-16 19:03:30
48.   thelarmis
45 i heard the same thing for King James...

i think manny wants to pass Mays on the homer list...

2008-10-16 19:04:09
49.   thelarmis
47 holy crap. they punch them?!?!?! : o
2008-10-16 19:08:05
50.   Dimelo
45 Why? I love that honesty. Isn't that we are always yelling about? That why don't these high paid cry babies say the truth, they sign with the team with the most money. So when ARod signs with the Rangers you believe that bs about, "it's not about the money"?

I find that refreshing and the weird thing is that he doesn't take himself seriously, it kind of adds levity to it all.

I know when I'm looking for a job and company A is offering me 1.5 Million and company B is offering 750K, then guess where I'm gonna sign? So why do we think these athletes are anything but 'just like us', just like 'joe the plumber'.

In case you were wondering, I make the average of those two numbers. Just in case you were wondering....you know...I'm RICH!!!

Show/Hide Comments 51-100
2008-10-16 19:09:43
51.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
49 also, the 1000-fungo drill, while rare these days, is NOT a myth..think about taking 1000 hard-hit ground balls int he mid-day sun with no break...yikes..
2008-10-16 19:13:28
52.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
for more on that.. http://tinyurl.com/5glvdv
2008-10-16 19:15:04
53.   thelarmis
51 i'd rather think about owning all the classic Blue Note titles on cd! : )
2008-10-16 19:16:58
54.   Just fair
49 If you find Manny refreshing, then I'll have what you're having. Holy Smoke! : )
2008-10-16 19:18:42
55.   Just fair
54 is for 50 Yeesh.
7k's. Real nice.
2008-10-16 19:20:10
56.   thelarmis
10 homers in this series for pena, upton & longoria.

kaz at 7 k's, 2 hits, no runs thru 6...

2008-10-16 19:20:58
57.   thelarmis
55 i figured. plus, i'm only having water and i don't smoke anything! : )
2008-10-16 19:21:19
58.   JL25and3
33 A Blowin' Session is excellent. And yeah, that goes for all of that Blue Note. You can even start earlier, when they had Monk and Miles and Bud Powell.
2008-10-16 19:23:29
59.   JL25and3
I've been thinking about the "pitching wins championships" mantra, which I think has gotten overdone. The Rays have pretty good pitching, but they're winning this series by virtue of pounding the crap out of the ball.

Granted, they haven't won a championship yet, but it still suggests that there's more than one way to score more runs than the other guy.

2008-10-16 19:26:19
60.   Dimelo
54 OK, so what's there to be bothered about Manny? He has no off the field drama, he mashes, he takes plays off and is aloof.

I can see you getting frustrated when he's jogging to first on slowly hit ball to 3rd. However, when he's in the batters box that's why you watch him.

I'm not dismissing the fact that he doesn't hustle, I criticize ARod but I can't deny I am glad to see him run hard 100% of the time to first. But if I were given a choice, have ARod be the difference maker in 7 games or run hard 100% of the time then guess which one I'm choosing?

I'm not saying that having Manny automatically makes you a difference maker by X games, all I'm saying is that you pay him to hit. I'm not going to complicate it and make Manny something he's not, the poster boy for hustle.

Even with all that said, I hope the Yanks don't sign him.

Just packed a fresh bowl if you want what I'm having. *wink*wink.

2008-10-16 19:27:34
61.   underdog
42 Sigh, we (Dodgers) are really not re-signing Manny, are we? (in Charlie Brown voice)... and all I got was a rock.

Crazy personality or no, I'm gonna miss that dude. Enjoy playing for the Orioles, Manny!

Instead we'll end up with Jason Varitek. Fantastic.

Oh, is there a baseball game on? ;-)

Go RAYS!

2008-10-16 19:33:07
62.   yankee23
Who's blathering on the mics tonight? I just got in...
2008-10-16 19:35:56
63.   Just fair
60 I agree about Manny being more of a difference maker than you know who? And yes, he gets to paid to hit. All that other stuff you mentioned, taking plays off, not running hard, being aloof, yes, that drives me up a freakin' tree. Some dudes just rub me the wrong way. I can't stand Pete Rose and he's Mr. Charlie Hustle for cripes sake. And speaking of dudes that drive me crazy, It's Papelbon. boo.
And I'm stickin' to my Labatt Blue for tonight.
2008-10-16 19:42:29
64.   Just fair
That's a shame.
2008-10-16 19:43:43
65.   Simone
Ha. Take that Red Sox fans. Yep, take yo' butts home early.

I'll take the Rays going to the World Series which also shuts up all the Yankee haters who are clamoring for a salary cap.

2008-10-16 19:43:57
66.   Alex Belth
HELLLS YA! THE BOSTON MASSACRE 2008 VERSION!

(this is so sweet)

2008-10-16 19:44:18
67.   thelarmis
good lord, upton unloaded on paplebitch. 2-run double. intentional walk. i wish upton would steal and score...
2008-10-16 19:44:36
68.   OldYanksFan
Really nice to see Papa take a beating in the Red Sox last game of the year.

Manny a better hitter then ARod? Absolutely. More clutch? Yeah. But ARod ain't a bad hitter. When you consider defense and speed on the bases, how many more runs/yr is Manny worth over ARod?

2008-10-16 19:45:44
69.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
66 you betcha! one SERIOUS can of whupass!
2008-10-16 19:46:04
70.   thelarmis
58 i could've sworn i picked up A Blowin' Session back in college. guess not though. i have sooo many damn cd's and tons of blue note. i'm trying to pick some up now that i don't have but should. i think i'm gonna drop some more coin on a few other titles in the coming weeks...
2008-10-16 19:46:42
71.   Dimelo
This is a freaggin slaying, straight out the slums of shaolin!!!!
2008-10-16 19:46:47
72.   thelarmis
68 i really hope he gives up some runs here...
2008-10-16 19:47:49
73.   thelarmis
who's warming in the pen for tampa? i hope they throw david price out there for an inning or so...
2008-10-16 19:49:00
74.   thelarmis
72 gives up some more runs, is what i meant! : )
2008-10-16 19:49:19
75.   Simone
Alex, I didn't think that you would enjoy this Red Sox beat down quite so much.

It is so much fun to watch.

2008-10-16 19:50:59
76.   Simone
I'm actually pleased for Carl Crawford. Talk about paying your dues. I never thought the day would come when the Rays would make the World Series. Life is full of surprises.
2008-10-16 19:52:19
77.   yankee23
Can anyone tell me who's in the booth tonight? It sounds like Chip Caray partnered with McCarver. That can't be right....
2008-10-16 19:53:48
78.   thelarmis
77 caray, buck martinez and ron darling, on tbs. it's tolerable tonight. darling, is always pretty good...
2008-10-16 19:58:14
79.   yankee23
78 Thanks. I noticed Darling as the voice of reason. But for some reason Buck was sounding like ol' Timmy and I was starting to worry that he'd been paired with Caray. Yikes.
2008-10-16 19:58:35
80.   thelarmis
i was just flipping thru a drum magazine and there's some new company doing acrylic finishes on drum shells. one of the examples, was a snare drum w/ 2 yankees logos alternating between lug casings -- the hat/bat logo & the interlocking NY. it looked very very cool!
2008-10-16 19:59:54
81.   thelarmis
79 yeah, timmy & chip would be brutal. gotta love that mute button! is it sweet lou that calls things a "mute point"?!
2008-10-16 20:00:10
82.   Just fair
What's the C on Varitek's jersey stand for? Cut?
2008-10-16 20:01:15
83.   thelarmis
i still think it'd be a good idea to get david price some work in this game. he could use any kind of experience he can get. maddon's got 2 innings to get the kid in the game...
2008-10-16 20:02:13
84.   thelarmis
82 crybaby? oh, wait - wrong blog at the toaster! ; )
2008-10-16 20:02:26
85.   yankee23
81 Tell me about it! Mute becomes my best friend when baseball is on Fox. TBS I can still handle, but it's getting worse... I think you're right about Lou, though it seems more like a Zimmer quote. Or Yogi, of course.
2008-10-16 20:04:37
86.   thelarmis
good, i wanna keep this shutout in tact.
2008-10-16 20:10:09
87.   Just fair
It's never easy.
2008-10-16 20:11:15
88.   thelarmis
whatever. i'm just glad that damn at-bat is over. quit talking about how he's been behind the 8-ball his whole life and how gritty and emotional he is. why, 'coz he's under 6.ft. tall? please. shut the fuck up and fuck pedroia. i'm sure his life has been fine and it sure is pretty slammin' right now.

crap. that sucks. shoulda brought in the lefty. fenway awakens. still don't think we need to worry. but i might need the mute button if caray keeps it up...

2008-10-16 20:13:37
89.   yankee23
"Do you believe in miracles?"

I believe in the mute button.

2008-10-16 20:14:15
90.   Eirias
Seriously Tampa? First you take our division title, then you never call, and now you try this crap.
2008-10-16 20:14:44
91.   yankee23
Yeah, how have scouting reports league-wide somehow omitted that Ortiz loves the ball low and inside? Fastballs away, always fastballs away.

If there's anyone who annoys me more than Pedroia, it's Youkilis.

2008-10-16 20:17:21
92.   Eirias
All you have to do is get a ball by a highly-paid man with a club. How hard can it be?
2008-10-16 20:17:54
93.   thelarmis
alright, more runs. then 6 more outs. just win.
2008-10-16 20:20:12
94.   yankee23
"This is a simple game.
You throw the ball. You hit the ball.
You catch the ball. You got that?!"
2008-10-16 20:21:21
95.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
89 anyone saying that EVER again deserves a poison-fugu fish dinner...
2008-10-16 20:23:12
96.   yankee23
95 Is that one of the items at Lotteria that Bobby V endorses?
2008-10-16 20:25:59
97.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
96 not a fast-food guy so didn't notice Bobby V getting the endorsement..but fugu goes for about $85 a plate so no need for advertising!
2008-10-16 20:27:31
98.   Alex Belth
too much cheering...homina, homina, homina
2008-10-16 20:28:53
99.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
love it that the double by Upton off of Papelbon could be the difference...
2008-10-16 20:29:33
100.   yankee23
98 I wouldn't worry until Pap comes out in the 9th with a mysterious bloody sock...
Show/Hide Comments 101-150
2008-10-16 20:31:00
101.   yankee23
97 Happened a while ago:
http://www.japanprobe.com/?p=591
2008-10-16 20:34:19
102.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
101 pinepple burger...not too sure about that...
you over here too, Yankee23?
2008-10-16 20:34:23
103.   thelarmis
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

officially mute button time. rays better pull this out. if they don't, we all know what that means...boston runs the table and that's that.

c'mon tampa, get it together, damnit!!!

2008-10-16 20:36:35
104.   thelarmis
i'm sure vagitek is loving getting pinch hit for, in what might be his last game. i hope it's boston's last game. 5 outs. 5 outs...
2008-10-16 20:36:40
105.   yankee23
102 Nope, never been, actually. Though I'd really like to visit Kyoto. I just remember seeing the pineapple burger a while back!
2008-10-16 20:37:01
106.   monkeypants
Like friggin' vampires.
2008-10-16 20:39:35
107.   Just fair
Bed and radio time. That's the nice thing about the Yanks not playing. I dont HAVE to watch. Hold it together Rays. Something tells me I'm not going to want to see the 9th anyway. Ugh.
2008-10-16 20:41:21
108.   thelarmis
106 hey, wait a minute -- i'm a vampire! ; )

how 'bout - like a bunch of fucking scumbag asshole muthafuckin' pieces o' dog shit? yeah, i think that describes the shit sox MUCH more accurately!

mark kotsay? christ.

2008-10-16 20:43:37
109.   monkeypants
108 I will give Tito credit, however, for using his closer down by three in the 8th inning. Refreshing BP use.
2008-10-16 20:45:08
110.   thelarmis
good god, that girl was gorgeous! : O
2008-10-16 20:46:01
111.   tommyl
Oh for the love of G-d. Close this game out.
2008-10-16 20:47:31
112.   tommyl
Nuts!
2008-10-16 20:47:44
113.   thelarmis
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! christ almighty.

and boston has the heart of the order coming up in the 9th. this is brutal. : /

2008-10-16 20:49:01
114.   3rd gen yankee fan
I HATE THE FRIGGIN SOX!!!
2008-10-16 20:50:52
115.   thelarmis
bring in Timlin!!!
2008-10-16 20:51:15
116.   thelarmis
of course, bartlett is at the plate. : /
2008-10-16 20:51:28
117.   Matt B
So as my friend Dan has been asking....what happened to the lefties in Tampa's pen? Did Maddon forget they existed?

Damn, Boston is going to run the table.

2008-10-16 20:51:41
118.   tommyl
The "magic" of Fenway park? Can we please go back to when this was a cursed team? They seem to be channeling the 2001 Yankees right now.
2008-10-16 20:52:26
119.   3rd gen yankee fan
All right here we go. All is not lost...
2008-10-16 20:52:53
120.   thelarmis
sweet start. rays better freaking win it here. otherwise, beckett & lester will easily win both. then the phils will be rusty and boston will sweep again. rays MUST win tonight. MUST
2008-10-16 20:56:06
121.   thelarmis
c'mon BJ, wrap up the series and mvp. do it!
2008-10-16 20:58:15
122.   thelarmis
i like the aggressiveness. let's go rays, score!!!
2008-10-16 20:59:27
123.   3rd gen yankee fan
I dunno about Beckett. He hasn't been the same since his arm fell asleep. The "tingling" he had.
2008-10-16 21:00:05
124.   thelarmis
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

shit, don't lose it now, tampa. heart of the order coming up... : /

2008-10-16 21:01:30
125.   Mattpat11
So glad we had everyone just stand around so Pena could hit into a double play Joe.

He's panicking in there.

2008-10-16 21:02:54
126.   Dimelo
The curse of Madonna!!
2008-10-16 21:03:24
127.   thelarmis
this sucks.

ugh. fuckface is up again.

wow, nice play bartlett. holy shit!

2008-10-16 21:04:15
128.   thelarmis
i hate when fat papi spits and slaps his hands. hate it.
2008-10-16 21:05:39
129.   thelarmis
hell yeah! siddown, fatso.
2008-10-16 21:06:53
130.   Mattpat11
I'm still trying to figure out why the fuck Dan Wheeler was in that game to pitch to Kotsay and Crisp.
2008-10-16 21:09:51
131.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
105 Kyoto is great, you should definately visit..

this game is making me have vertigo...

2008-10-16 21:09:51
132.   thelarmis
130 you, too?! : /
2008-10-16 21:11:15
133.   thelarmis
you've gotta be kidding me. now, jason being manny will win the game...
2008-10-16 21:11:56
134.   thelarmis
i hope everyone is utilizing their mute button. i couldn't imagine actually listening to this bollocks unfold...
2008-10-16 21:13:38
135.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
134 following on Gameday bad enough..will have to avoid the web for 2 days before game 6 now, all the "Boston have such grit" articles..
2008-10-16 21:15:27
136.   thelarmis
christ almighty. throw a fucking STRIKE!!!
2008-10-16 21:16:13
137.   thelarmis
135 i'm listening to the Duke Pearson record, trying to cool my nerves. it's a really nice record, man!
2008-10-16 21:16:59
138.   thelarmis
and there it is - boston will win it all. i have zero doubts. zero. : (
2008-10-16 21:17:05
139.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
i'm going to be sick...
2008-10-16 21:17:45
140.   Matt B
Boston now wins 6 straight. sigh Maddon sucks.
2008-10-16 21:20:02
141.   thelarmis
140 no doubt about the 6 straight. none.
2008-10-16 21:21:00
142.   pistolpete
Super, just what they needed — confidence.

Sigh.

2008-10-16 21:22:20
143.   3rd gen yankee fan
Please tell me that did not just really happen.
2008-10-16 21:24:15
144.   thelarmis
i wish i didn't care. but i do. a lot...

i still don't see the rays winning another game this series...

2008-10-16 21:24:45
145.   Mattpat11
Joe Maddon managed a worse game than Joe Torre ever did. This game hangs squarely around his neck.

What the FUCK is the job of a manager if not to pull incompetent pitching from the game before they blow it?

2008-10-16 21:51:07
146.   51cq24
145 to save your ace's arm for next spring
2008-10-16 22:00:11
147.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
141 i won't watch the WS if they come back now to win the LCS...would be excruciating with the Fox broadcast..this could CRUSH a young team like Tampa..
2008-10-16 22:03:57
148.   Mattpat11
147 I'm not as worried about the young guys as I am Maddon, who was clearly managing scared.
2008-10-16 22:13:09
149.   thelarmis
147 i won't watch, either. i'll be listening to johnny griffin instead...

that said, i hope the Rays pull it out. that way i can watch the WS on mute AND listen to johnny griffin! : )

2008-10-16 23:38:53
150.   cocorn
"OldYanksFan :Really nice to see Papa take a beating in the Red Sox last game of the year."

A beating? He came in with 2 on and no outs, gave up 1 hit. He kept them in the game. Brilliant move by francona.

Exactly how old are you?

Comment status: comments have been closed. Baseball Toaster is now out of business.