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Here's Mud in Yer Eye
2008-09-27 09:52
by Alex Belth
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It's Sir Sid vs. Dice K in the rain today at Fenway.


Only two more left.  The only thing I care about it is Moose winning tomorrow. 

Man, I wonder what's gunna happen with the Mets and the Brewers...Ted Lilly vs Ben Sheets today.  Santana on the hill for the Mets in the New York rain on three days rest.  Holy crud this is good.  Glad I don't really have a rooting interest or I'd be on the verge of a nervous breakdown.   

2008-09-27 10:10:56
1.   OldYanksFan
I guess it's mean to root against the Mutts, but I can't help myself. Let's hope we can get Sunday's game in. Betemin or Cody as SS?
2008-09-27 10:15:07
2.   williamnyy23
Forget about Ponson vs. Dice-K. Rags is throwing a no-hitter on YES right now! I hope I didn't just jinx him...something tells me that Boggs kid is going to come up in a big spot.
2008-09-27 10:45:25
3.   Mattpat11
Beckett being saved for the playoffs?
2008-09-27 10:49:24
4.   ms october
1 well most mets fans are pretty annoying and the wilpons don't seem like that great of people and how omar gets a 4 year extension is beyond me, and the way they handled willie was crappy - but for me that still doesn't add up to wanting the brewers to have any additional time with cc's left arm in their care.
2008-09-27 11:01:58
5.   Shaun P
3 Sure looks that way. With more rain on the way today, I'll be surprised if Matsuzaka takes the mound. It'll be another spot starter, especially now that winning the East is out of the question.
2008-09-27 11:20:07
6.   Shaun P
Interesting lineup for our guys (via Peta Abe):

Gardner CF
Cano 2B
Giambi DH
A. Rodriguez 3B
Nady LF
I. Rodriguez C
Ransom SS
Miranda 1B
Cabrera RF

Even more interesting lineup for the hometown nine - house money doesn't even begin to describe it:

Kotsay 1B! (but the 6th time he's played 1B this year for the Sox; the most he's played 1B since 1999)
Lowrie 3B
Ortiz DH
Pedroia 2B
Cash LF ( says he's never played the OF before; he's slugging .348 this year)
Varitek C
Bailey RF
Van Every CF
Velazquez SS

2008-09-27 11:50:10
7.   Chyll Will
I'm rooting against the Mets because of how they betrayed Willie. Yes, he needed to be removed, but they couldn't have done it in a worse way. More than that though, the team dogged it until he was gone. I have no sympathy for this edition of the Mets whatsoever.
2008-09-27 12:41:31
8.   moismycopilot
7 I feel a little bit torn, myself. On the one hand, because of the way Willie's firing was handled, I want the Mets to go down. On the other hand, if the Mets make the playoffs, it'll mean peace in my friend's household for at least 3-5 games. So I go back and forth a bit, depending on how selfless I feel, but I really have no attachment whatsoever to this Mets team.
2008-09-27 12:42:36
9.   Mattpat11
It never fails to amuse me to watch a Met game, see an embarrassingly empty stadium, and hear an announced crowd upwards of 55, 000
2008-09-27 12:48:30
10.   Shaun P
9 But everyone loves Shea!

I've read so many things online the last couple of days about Shea's last weekend, and too many for my tastes praise Shea by taking digs at the Yanks and Yankee Stadium. Sheesh. I've never lived in the City so I don't think I'll ever understand the Yanks-Mets "rivalry".

2008-09-27 12:54:56
11.   Mattpat11
10 Honestly, I'm not a big anti-Met guy. But that big purple monstrosity in Queens should have been demolished years ago.
2008-09-27 12:57:56
12.   Shaun P
11 I saw Shea once, from the window of a taxi cab taking me from LaGuardia to JFK, and I couldn't believe how ugly it was in person.

Its pouring here in the Boston 'burbs right now, and radar shows no signs of it letting up. If the game starts on time, I'll be amazed.

Meanwhile, Santana is just dealing. Not his fault if the Mets don't make the playoffs.

2008-09-27 13:26:51
13.   OldYanksFan
PeteAbe thinks it's 50/50 for a Cashmam return. Man, I don't want to lose him. This is not an easy job, and assuming any GM can just walk into it and be successful is silly.
2008-09-27 13:38:28
14.   randym77
So...are we getting the Brewers game on Fox because the Yanks are in rain delay?
2008-09-27 13:42:30
15.   Mattpat11
Ben Sheets spit the bit in Milwaukee
2008-09-27 13:44:13
16.   Mattpat11
13 I'll take Gene Michael.
2008-09-27 13:45:10
17.   Chyll Will
12 Shea is a dump on the outside, but it has some charm of it's own inside. I'd been to a few Mets games; hate to say they reach out more to their fans a little more than our Yanks do, but I think that has more to do with their need to claim roots to the Giants and Dodgers fans as they would seemingly have no tradition with the city otherwise ('69 and '73 aside).

I read how Shea is a point of orientation for pilots when they fly into LaGuardia; that won't change when CitiField opens, but seeing an overhead shot of Shea and it's really easy to see why they would choose such an obvious target.

I also have to say that my favorite MLB memory was at Shea; my girlfriend (at the time) and I were invited to a Mets game (this after I had suffered the worst tragedy of my life) as part of a group that traveled from Poughkeepsie to Queens. I've forgotten who the Mets were playing that day, but I do remember that Rick Reed was pitching. We got up to roam around the concourse on the mezzanine level; we stopped to hug just as Reed blasted a line drive homer to left... the ball careened straight at us and smacked off the protective metal screen (I'll tell you, he hit that really, really hard.)

My girl and I looked at each other and hugged for a long time. That was way too coincidental (and very romantic to say the least... I only wish that happened at Yankee Stadium, cuz then we might still be together! >;)

2008-09-27 13:49:01
18.   OldYanksFan
16 Wouldn't we all, but Gene doesn't want the job.
2008-09-27 13:50:56
19.   Chyll Will
16 I hope they spend more time and money upgrading their scouting system; even if they have to entice a few really good heads from other organizations...
2008-09-27 13:58:07
20.   Eirias
Why are we watching the Phillies when the Brewers are playing?

Oh, and Cliff, my statement was completely in jest.

2008-09-27 14:02:18
21.   Eirias
Odd to hear "and the catcher Nieves to the mound" in a Nationals game.
2008-09-27 14:14:17
22.   Mattpat11
18 Then I'll take Cashman and a babysitter.
2008-09-27 14:15:35
23.   ms october
ha, greed can work out sometimes - game is postponed and will be part of a day/night doubleheader tomorrow so hoepefullt the yanks throw moose during whichever game tomorrow occurs during better weather
2008-09-27 14:24:46
24.   dianagramr
Game called .... day/night doubleheader tomorrow.
2008-09-27 14:25:53
25.   dianagramr

maybe Moose will pitch against whichever lesser pitcher the Sox throw?

2008-09-27 14:30:04
26.   Mattpat11
25 And the Yankees will have three hits over seven innings against that guy
2008-09-27 15:15:32
27.   OldYanksFan
According to PeteAbe:
Mussina-Matsuzaka in Game 1
Ponson-Wakefield in Game 2
We have a far better chance against Wakefield. What is wrong with Girardi!
2008-09-27 15:22:35
28.   Mattpat11
27 Yankees hit Matsuzaka hard.

Also, Matsuzaka may be going like four innings.

2008-09-27 16:34:24
29.   Raf
27 It also makes me have to choose between watching Moose go for #20, or watching Mets-Marlins/Cubs-Brewers.
2008-09-27 16:43:24
30.   rbj
Yes, I get to see a doubleheader tomorrow (I hope, if EI is cooperative) since I wasn't going to watch today's game!

29 No contest. Moooooooose!

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