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Deja Vu (All Over Again)
2008-10-17 05:08
by Alex Belth
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They won't die.  The Red Sox just don't go away.  They are a tough out and as much as I dislike them, I admire that as defending World Champs, they are making it difficult for the young Rays, who kicked away a shot at going to the World Serious last night.  Evan Longoria with an awful play in the eighth  (after making a nice pick) and then Gabe Gross with perhaps the worst pressure throw in recent memory helped the Sox tie the game.  It was a forgone conclusion that the Sox would win it in the ninth.  When Carlos Pena came to bat with runners on first and second and just one out in the top of the inning, Chip Carey said, "Pena's only hit into two double plays all year..." 

The kiss of death...Thanks, Skip.

Hey, the Rays now have a painful moment they've got to live with.  They broke their cherry.


Funny thing is, I still think the Rays will win this series, in six.  As a friend of mine pointed out last night, my belief about momentum vanished after that Albert Pujols dinger off Brad Lidge didn't secure the series for the Cards a few years back.  I sure wouldn't be surprised if the Sox took it in seven.  Upset, yes?  Shocked, no.

2008-10-17 07:14:30
1.   Barron
You gotta respect Francona for bringing in Paps in the 7th. I wonder, now that they won the game, if more managers will consider it?

Also, great move by the Sox "fans" who left in the 7th, down 7-0. I hope they beat the traffic.

2008-10-17 07:16:39
2.   Raf
Maddon needs to petition the Commish's office; I think I saw G. Rasputin in the dugout, and I don't think he's on the roster
2008-10-17 07:31:30
3.   JohnnyC
I thought Abreu was awful but Gabe was Gross.
2008-10-17 07:42:25
4.   YankeesfaninBoston
Being at a bar in the middle of all that was painful, it's tough being a fan up here.
2008-10-17 07:42:27
5.   thelarmis
also, right before JD hit his 2-run game tying homer, caray said: "now would be a good time for Drew to show his Mantle-like power." fuck chip caray. fuck the shit sox. rays better win, damnit!!!
2008-10-17 07:43:27
6.   thelarmis
4 oh god, i couldn't imagine. well, i could but i don't think i could stand it. it was hard enough being home alone w/ the game on mute and relaxing music on...
2008-10-17 07:59:39
7.   Bronxer
Maddon saved his best pitcher for game #6, tomorrow. He got what he wanted ...
2008-10-17 08:05:40
8.   thelarmis
7 i don't think the starting pitcher decision is what cost him the game. kazmir threw very well and had a 7-run lead, when the 'pen took over. maddon & the bullpen blew it, not the starting pitcher situation. let's just hope Shields throws the game of his life at the Trop tomorrow night. that game feels like an offseason away...
2008-10-17 08:12:47
9.   Bronxer
8 No, I wasn't saying it cost them the game at all.
The good news is that they have their best pitcher tomorrow night. Given that there's gonna be a game six, they are in great shape. (Just like the Indians in 2007 with C.C and Fausto ??)
2008-10-17 08:18:00
10.   thelarmis
9 oh, cool, right on! yeah, let's hope this isn't a repeat of last year (both the LCS & the WS).

i still think it's the whole give an inch to the shit sox and they take a mile. i think they'll run the table from here.

if it's boston in the Serious, the Phils have no chance. if it's the Rays, i think it'll be a very good baseball matchup. i really hope Tampa pulls this off tomorrow...


2008-10-17 08:29:37
11.   Bronxer
11 If I was a betting man, and I'm not, I would put a lot on TB tomorrow night.

Rays have their best pitcher,
Sox have an injured Beckett
This is STILL the young, talented Rays team playing an older, injured Sox team.

I wouldn't be the house, but all the money in my Christmas Fund ...

Of course, IF this goes to a game #7, the House is on the Sox ...

2008-10-17 10:20:10
12.   Schteeve
the rays are going to put an old fashioned ass whipping on the sox in game six.

Mark my words.

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