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#1 Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat


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Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:06 PM

The buck stops here, with Josh F. Beckett.

Time for some wins.


#2 Kidd5PG

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:15 PM

Someone needs to explain to the Royals that they're the Royals. I think Josh is just the man for the job.

#3 Bill219

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:55 PM

Angels only behind by 1 run now...top of 8th with 2 outs

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:52 AM

There is a ball game tonight.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:53 AM

QUOTE (Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat @ Sep 23 2009, 08:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
There is a ball game tonight.

A "base" ball game.

#6 Rasputin


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:59 AM

There is no way of pronouncing Hochevar that isn't stupid.

#7 OhBabyDontOrtizMe


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 08:36 AM

QUOTE (Rasputin @ Sep 23 2009, 08:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
There is no way of pronouncing Hochevar that isn't stupid.


Didn't the Ladies Man drink Hochevar?



Well, now our bats will drink it too, and spit it out in disgust.

#8 ItOnceWasMyLife

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 10:58 AM

Time for a Royal flush.



Lead by the Ace known as Josh M.F. Beckkkkkkkkkkett!

#9 Rick V

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 01:19 PM

I want a win along these lines:

Beckett goes 8 innings, 0 earned runs, 3 hits, under 95 pitches.

Youk, Papi, and Bay go yard.

#10 Blue Monkey

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 02:07 PM

Am I the only one that is kind of relieved that the Sox are not really in the hunt for the division anymore? I know it would have been nice, but it is really just one more thing that will increase my blood pressure over the next 4 weeks or so. Now they can focus on the wild card, rest up during the last week of the season to set themselves up for the games that count. October always makes me feel like puking and shitting my pants anyway, I dont really need the drama to start 2 weeks early.

#11 Pandemonium67

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:02 PM

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October always makes me feel like puking and shitting my pants anyway

Now see, this is a baseball fan. I salute you, sir, and your shit-stained undies.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:27 PM

Per The Sports Hub:

Tonight's Lineup

1. Ellsbury CF
2. Pedroia 2B
3. Martinez C
4. Youkilis 1B
5. Bay LF
6. Ortiz DH
7. Lowell 3B
8. Drew RF
9. Gonzalez SS

SP: Beckett

Edit:

NESN confirms it

http://www.nesn.com/...ansas-city.html

Edited by Salem's Lot, 23 September 2009 - 03:30 PM.


#13 Nuf Ced


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:27 PM

Per Rob Bradford/Twitter......Victor Martinez is catching Beckett tonight.

edit....beaten to it

Edited by Nuf Ced, 23 September 2009 - 03:28 PM.


#14 SemperFidelisSox


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:32 PM

Is that legal?

#15 RedOctober3829


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:40 PM

Look at the real-time updates on WEEI.com. This is what their lineup says:

Ellsbury CF Pedroia 2B Martinez C Youkilis 1B Bay LF Ortiz DH Lowell 3B Drew RF Gonzalez SS.

#16 Kidd5PG

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:42 PM

Tek not catching Beckett? This bodes very, very well for October.

#17 ThatsMyPeskyPole

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:42 PM

From Foxsports- Am I being sensitive?

In 2004, the 105-win Cardinals, sans Chris Carpenter, fell to the inferior yet (it would seem) destiny-bound Red Sox. Here's the Cards' chance for revenge. Or, if you prefer (since the Cardinals bested the Sox in 1967 and 1946), it's Boston's chance to even the score with St. Louis. Or, if managerial history is your thing, then Tony La Russa and Terry Francona will both have the chance to become the ninth skipper in baseball history to win three or more World Series.


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:46 PM

QUOTE (ThatsMyPeskyPole @ Sep 23 2009, 03:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
From Foxsports- Am I being sensitive?

In 2004, the 105-win Cardinals, sans Chris Carpenter, fell to the inferior yet (it would seem) destiny-bound Red Sox. Here's the Cards' chance for revenge. Or, if you prefer (since the Cardinals bested the Sox in 1967 and 1946), it's Boston's chance to even the score with St. Louis. Or, if managerial history is your thing, then Tony La Russa and Terry Francona will both have the chance to become the ninth skipper in baseball history to win three or more World Series.

We're playing the team from KC, not St Louis. This paragraph makes no sense.

#19 C4CRVT

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:47 PM

I was at a party on Memorial Day weenend in 2004 (I think) visiting an old college buddy in central CT. On Friday night, everyone got pretty trashed. Oddly enough, the details are a little hazy but I'm pretty sure I puked.

I paced myself better on Saturday night. Others did not.

Shortly after waking up on Sunday morning, some of the other folks who'd spent the night were noticing the curious brown streaks on the outside of the toilet bowl. The only person still sleeping by this point was our host. Curiousity got the better of me and I carefully opened his door and took a peek into his room.

The boxers containing the load were on the floor about 4' in front of the door. My friend was still passed out.

The look on his face when he came downstairs looking at the looks on our faces was truly priceless. It still brings a smile to my face. I laughed until I cried, then I laughed some more.

So go ahead and shit in your drawers. It's amusing to other people.

George Brett was a Royal and he shits his pants too.

#20 ThatsMyPeskyPole

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:49 PM

QUOTE (RingoOSU @ Sep 23 2009, 04:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We're playing the team from KC, not St Louis. This paragraph makes no sense.

Sorry - its an article on world series matchups they would like to see.

#21 YouDownWithOBP?

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:52 PM

I fail to see how Carpenter would have prevented the 04 Sox from beating the shit out of Woody Williams, Matt Morris, & Jeff Suppan.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:54 PM

QUOTE (Kidd5PG @ Sep 23 2009, 03:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Tek not catching Beckett? This bodes very, very well for October.

Unless Beckett gets lit up, of course.

Then we're fucked.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:54 PM

Thank you Tito.

Thank you.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:57 PM

QUOTE (YouDownWithOBP? @ Sep 23 2009, 04:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I fail to see how Carpenter would have prevented the 04 Sox from beating the shit out of Woody Williams, Matt Morris, & Jeff Suppan.

Yea go take a look at what their top offensive players did that series. They got absolutely steamrolled.



#25 kieckeredinthehead

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:02 PM

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1. Ellsbury CF
2. Pedroia 2B
3. Martinez C
4. Youkilis 1B
5. Bay LF
6. Ortiz DH
7. Lowell 3B
8. Drew RF
9. Gonzalez SS


Barring a Saunders/Kazmir start, that's probably your ALDS Game 1 lineup.

#26 NomarRS05

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:09 PM

QUOTE (kieckeredinthehead @ Sep 23 2009, 05:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Barring a Saunders/Kazmir start, that's probably your ALDS Game 1 lineup.


It's such a fearsome lineup. 5X better than what we trotted out there in the 2008 playoffs IMO.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:16 PM

QUOTE (YouDownWithOBP? @ Sep 23 2009, 03:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I fail to see how Carpenter would have prevented the 04 Sox from beating the shit out of Woody Williams, Matt Morris, & Jeff Suppan.


That, plus why are they planning that far ahead? It's stioll very early to try and set a matchup like that.

#28 Rooster Crows

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:17 PM

I realize it was a long trip and all, but time to wake up boys and fire up those cylinders. Kick ass Josh, let's at least split this series. On my way there now bringing some good kama.

GO SOX - WIN TODAY!

#29 judyb

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:22 PM

QUOTE (ThatsMyPeskyPole @ Sep 23 2009, 04:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
From Foxsports- Am I being sensitive?

In 2004, the 105-win Cardinals, sans Chris Carpenter, fell to the inferior yet (it would seem) destiny-bound Red Sox. Here's the Cards' chance for revenge. Or, if you prefer (since the Cardinals bested the Sox in 1967 and 1946), it's Boston's chance to even the score with St. Louis. Or, if managerial history is your thing, then Tony La Russa and Terry Francona will both have the chance to become the ninth skipper in baseball history to win three or more World Series.

Yes, a little. Although that was before we realized what a joke the NL had become.

#30 ahlstar11

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:34 PM

QUOTE (Salem's Lot @ Sep 23 2009, 04:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Per The Sports Hub:

Tonight's Lineup

1. Ellsbury CF
2. Pedroia 2B
3. Martinez C
4. Youkilis 1B
5. Bay LF
6. Ortiz DH
7. Lowell 3B
8. Drew RF
9. Gonzalez SS

SP: Beckett

Edit:

NESN confirms it

http://www.nesn.com/...ansas-city.html


This looks like the line up that I want for the playoffs. Tek out...V Mart in.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:40 PM

QUOTE (Foulkey Reese @ Sep 23 2009, 04:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yea go take a look at what their top offensive players did that series. They got absolutely steamrolled.

Bellhorn's homer in Game 1 broke their back, IMO.

#32 SemperFidelisSox


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:43 PM

I hope Mr. Bellhorn makes an appearance at some point during the playoffs to throw out a first pitch.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:47 PM

Tonight's a pretty big experiment now. How well Beckett does with VMart is a big step in getting Tek out of the lineup in October.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 05:13 PM

QUOTE (kieckeredinthehead @ Sep 23 2009, 05:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Barring a Saunders/Kazmir start, that's probably your ALDS Game 1 lineup.


Even with a lefty starting, who would you take out of that lineup? Ortiz, Drew?

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 05:36 PM

QUOTE (Blue Monkey @ Sep 24 2009, 03:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Am I the only one that is kind of relieved that the Sox are not really in the hunt for the division anymore? I know it would have been nice, but it is really just one more thing that will increase my blood pressure over the next 4 weeks or so. Now they can focus on the wild card, rest up during the last week of the season to set themselves up for the games that count. October always makes me feel like puking and shitting my pants anyway, I dont really need the drama to start 2 weeks early.


Seems premature. A sweep in the toilet brings the Red Sox to 2 games back in the loss column with 7 games to play against the Indians and Blue Jays assuming the Red Sox win 2 against KCR and the MFY win the finale against the Angels (leading 3-2 as I type).

But if it helps your blood pressure to concede the division early, thats nice. There is nothing to focus on for the WC really, thats in the bank other than the mathematical clinching, and has been since the Rangers lost Young and Hamilton and the Rays tanked after trading Kazmir and then lost Pena.

QUOTE (bosockboy @ Sep 24 2009, 05:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Tonight's a pretty big experiment now. How well Beckett does with VMart is a big step in getting Tek out of the lineup in October.


It's not an experiment though, V-Mart has caught Beckett once before.

Edited by paulftodd, 23 September 2009 - 05:40 PM.


#36 SoxInTheMist

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 05:46 PM

Damn Tito, half my posts are to make fun of Tek, now what the hell am I going to write about?

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 05:54 PM

QUOTE (Kidd5PG @ Sep 23 2009, 04:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Tek not catching Beckett? This bodes very, very well for October.

Everyone needs to start getting used to it including Varitek AND Beckett. It's about deepening the lineup and winning games.

#38 Pandemonium67

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 06:16 PM

Wanks win. Division title even less likely now.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 06:30 PM

QUOTE (Salem)
Tonight's Lineup
1. Ellsbury CF
2. Pedroia 2B
3. Martinez C
4. Youkilis 1B
5. Bay LF
6. Ortiz DH
7. Lowell 3B
8. Drew RF
9. Gonzalez SS


This is my playoff lineup against right handers. Good to see playoff Tito again. Hopefully I'm not jumping the gun there, though. Anyway, my lineup against lefties goes like this, changed players and positions bolded:

1. Ellsbury CF
2. Pedroia 2B
3. Martinez C
4. Youkilis 3B
5. Bay LF
6. Lowell DH
7. Drew RF
8. Kotchman 1B
9. Gonzalez

Other than maybe batting Drew eighth (and, likewise, Kotchman seventh), is this the lineup we want against the lefties?

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 06:32 PM

QUOTE (Pandemonium67 @ Sep 23 2009, 07:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wanks win. Division title even less likely now.

Whatever...it's all about getting to the playoffs and let's see what happens there. Wild Card winners have just as much a shot as a Division Champ now. I know, it's just about beating the MFY's at ANYTHING! I crave a sweep this weekend in NY.

#41 Barbara

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 06:50 PM

Basic baseball.

At the top of each inning, get runs.
At the bottom of each inning, throw mean, filthy, nasty strikes.

At the end of the game - a W.

Simple.



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Posted 23 September 2009 - 06:54 PM

QUOTE (Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat @ Sep 23 2009, 12:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The buck stops here, with Josh F. Beckett.

Time for some wins.


The BUCK.
(the man said)
STOPS HERE.

A win here gives Masterson and his mates hope of getting out of the cellar. Win it for the Tribe. Heck, win it for ALL of this year's sellers. For without you, the rest of us would be 13% less good-er.


#43 kieckeredinthehead

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 06:55 PM

QUOTE (paulftodd @ Sep 23 2009, 05:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Seems premature. A sweep in the toilet brings the Red Sox to 2 games back in the loss column with 7 games to play against the Indians and Blue Jays assuming the Red Sox win 2 against KCR and the MFY win the finale against the Angels (leading 3-2 as I type).

But if it helps your blood pressure to concede the division early, thats nice.


I don't think you grasp how few games left there are to play. Assuming the Red Sox sweep the Yankees, here's what else would need to happen against their other opponents:

Boston goes 9-0 against other opponents, Yankees go 4-2 (or worse)
Boston goes 8-1 against other opponents, Yankees go 3-3
Boston goes 7-2 against other opponents, Yankees go 2-4
Boston goes 6-3 against other opponents, Yankees go 1-5

Which of those scenarios do you see happening for the Sox to take over the division?

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:10 PM

QUOTE (paulftodd @ Sep 23 2009, 06:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Seems premature. A sweep in the toilet brings the Red Sox to 2 games back in the loss column with 7 games to play against the Indians and Blue Jays assuming the Red Sox win 2 against KCR and the MFY win the finale against the Angels (leading 3-2 as I type).

But if it helps your blood pressure to concede the division early, thats nice.



A "Sweep" in the toilet. With Dice K and Bird pitching? You have failed to recognize that the Red Sox team does not care about winning the division. The fans are the only ones that care.

But if it helps to keep your juices flowing thinking they are going to go all out to win the division that's nice.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:13 PM

QUOTE (kieckeredinthehead @ Sep 23 2009, 07:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't think you grasp how few games left there are to play. Assuming the Red Sox sweep the Yankees, here's what else would need to happen against their other opponents:

Boston goes 9-0 against other opponents, Yankees go 4-2 (or worse)
Boston goes 8-1 against other opponents, Yankees go 3-3
Boston goes 7-2 against other opponents, Yankees go 2-4
Boston goes 6-3 against other opponents, Yankees go 1-5

Which of those scenarios do you see happening for the Sox to take over the division?


Uh... all of them?

edit: switched out spelling of "confused" sound.

Edited by OhBabyDontOrtizMe, 23 September 2009 - 07:14 PM.


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:13 PM

Do you think his name comes from generations of his family business of shaving ho's?

You see, this is the type of insight that I need from my analyst. Or maybe my therapist.

#47 kieckeredinthehead

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:14 PM

QUOTE (OhBabyDontOrtizMe @ Sep 23 2009, 07:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Eh... all of them?


It's your quantum universe, we're just living in it.

#48 mauidano


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:16 PM

QUOTE (strek1 @ Sep 23 2009, 07:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A "Sweep" in the toilet. With Dice K and Bird pitching? You have failed to recognize that the Red Sox team does not care about winning the division. The fans are the only ones that care.

But if it helps to keep your juices flowing thinking they are going to go all out to win the division that's nice.


Exactly. Be realistic. At this point, the Sox focus only on the WC. The Division ain't happening so why put on pressure or stress. The playoffs, anything happens, Wild Card's have just as much a chance as anyone, i.e. '97.

Clinch the WC and then you have plenty of time to rest, regroup and set up rosters/rotations.

#49 bosox188

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:23 PM

Well he didn't get him but that was a fairly strong looking throw from Victor, though a bit high.

#50 SemperFidelisSox


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:23 PM

And it some years the division and homefield advantage are huge, especially if you're a team that is 2 games under .500 on the road and your opponents in the postseason and almost unbeatable at home.