10/19 - ALCS Game 4

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Thanks for all the well-wishes yesterday, guys. They didn't seem to hurt, and we birthday folks had a mighty good time. Especially Alex Cora.
I am hoping to follow through on my determination to watch tonight's game in bed, so I can fall asleep right afterwards, which did not happen last night.
So I won't be posting, but Geaux, Sox!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I have friends and family members who ask me why I care so much about baseball.

As I've mentioned here, the Red Sox have and always will be a big part of my life, I love the Red Sox, felt so much pain in seasons past when they did not make the playoffs, lost in the playoffs or lost in the World Series.

Something about that ballpark, that crisp white jersey with RED SOX across the front, the dark blue cap with the B on it. When baseball starts, it's springtime and spring is in the air, the cold and the snow are gone, summer is right around the corner; when the season ends, it's fall and it's cold and dreary and winter is coming, it's sad and a bit depressing as yet another year has come and is about to go.

Baseball is the sport I played most of my life, little league to Lou Gehrig league to high school to Legion to college to Yawkey league to Park League, I've always loved the sport, it's you vs the pitcher, something happens when you crush a baseball, you barely feel it as it flies through the air.

The Red Sox this year were a tough bunch to follow, they drove all of us nuts here starting out so well, then faltering, then struggling down the stretch just to get in, then they won HFA for the WC game on the last game of the season, many of us were cautiously optimistic.

BUT, what has followed up until now; come on, none of us could have predicted this, they are strait up mashing right now, took down the Yankees, the 100 win Tampa Bay Devil Rays and are up 2-1 vs the high powered Astors.

I know many of us had the attitude of they are playing with house money once they beat the Yankees and the 100 win Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but that is no longer the case. They BELONG here, they've earned this, good for them.

Baseball is the one sport that I get emotional over; when Schwarber crushed that grand slam and the ball landed in the stands and the crowd erupted, so did I, I got choked up watching him round the bases. I thought of my grandfather, my uncle and my Dad; my Dad saw 2004, 2007 and 2013, my grandfather and my uncle saw none of those wins. What would they think about the post 2004 Boston Red Sox, I know what they would think and it's a shame they are not here to see it.

Holy crap; this is unreal, it's incredible, it's been a fun ride and a blast and I've gone from they are playing with house money to I want them to win the WS now.

Is that greedy since all I EVER wanted was for them to win one, now it's possible that they might win FIVE??

FIVE.

The Boston Impossible Dream/1/2 game out of first in 1972/1975 WS/Bucky Fucking Dent/Bill Buckner/Timlin in the 8th, Williamson in the 9th Red Sox.

It's been a ton of fun to enjoy this thus far and I don't want it to end, they've truly caught lightning in a bottle.

Baseball; there is no other sport quite like it and I feel blessed to be able to be a part of this community and share this with all of you.

Win tonight.
 

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I have friends and family members who ask me why I care so much about baseball.

As I've mentioned here, the Red Sox have and always will be a big part of my life, I love the Red Sox, felt so much pain in seasons past when they did not make the playoffs, lost in the playoffs or lost in the World Series.

Something about that ballpark, that crisp white jersey with RED SOX across the front, the dark blue cap with the B on it. When baseball starts, it's springtime and spring is in the air, the cold and the snow are gone, summer is right around the corner; when the season ends, it's fall and it's cold and dreary and winter is coming, it's sad and a bit depressing as yet another year has come and is about to go.

Baseball is the sport I played most of my life, little league to Lou Gehrig league to high school to Legion to college to Yawkey league to Park League, I've always loved the sport, it's you vs the pitcher, something happens when you crush a baseball, you barely feel it as it flies through the air.

The Red Sox this year were a tough bunch to follow, they drove all of us nuts here starting out so well, then faltering, then struggling down the stretch just to get in, then they won HFA for the WC game on the last game of the season, many of us were cautiously optimistic.

BUT, what has followed up until now; come on, none of us could have predicted this, they are strait up mashing right now, took down the Yankees, the 100 win Tampa Bay Devil Rays and are up 2-1 vs the high powered Astors.

I know many of us had the attitude of they are playing with house money once they beat the Yankees and the 100 win Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but that is no longer the case. They BELONG here, they've earned this, good for them.

Baseball is the one sport that I get emotional over; when Schwarber crushed that grand slam and the ball landed in the stands and the crowd erupted, so did I, I got choked up watching him round the bases. I thought of my grandfather, my uncle and my Dad; my Dad saw 2004, 2007 and 2013, my grandfather and my uncle saw none of those wins. What would they think about the post 2004 Boston Red Sox, I know what they would think and it's a shame they are not here to see it.

Holy crap; this is unreal, it's incredible, it's been a fun ride and a blast and I've gone from they are playing with house money to I want them to win the WS now.

Is that greedy since all I EVER wanted was for them to win one, now it's possible that they might win FIVE??

FIVE.

The Boston Impossible Dream/1/2 game out of first in 1972/1975 WS/Bucky Fucking Dent/Bill Buckner/Timlin in the 8th, Williamson in the 9th Red Sox.

It's been a ton of fun to enjoy this thus far and I don't want it to end, they've truly caught lightning in a bottle.

Baseball; there is no other sport quite like it and I feel blessed to be able to be a part of this community and share this with all of you.

Win tonight.
All of this. Let's fucking go. Step on their throats, the Astros look like they want to be done with the series already, let's help'em out.
 

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Honestly, I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop - a product of being a Sox fan in The Before Times. Guys like Greinke see what's been going on, and know how to stop it. Executing the plan might be another story, but I have no doubt there's a plan.

Then again, everyone's got a plan till they punched in the mouth.
Or everyone's got a plan till they get Kikéd in the nuts.
 

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I'd like to see Xander and JD flipped, but you can't argue with the recent results doing it the other way.
 

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I'd like to see Xander and JD flipped, but you can't argue with the recent results doing it the other way.
I know what you're saying, but having JD at sixth has proven to work in lengthening the lineup
 

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Going with my son tonight. Super pumped. Anybody who was there last night able to tell me how cold to expect it. Is it long johns and winter coat cold, or more like LL Bean fleece cold?
It was chilly, but only got down to about 50. Depending on where your seats are, it may be less windy in the park than outside, which is nice, plus there is an amount of body heat just from being around so many people which helps temper it a bit. I wore a long sleeve under a t-shirt, with a light flannel jacket-like thing (so basic fall attire) and was fine. Would have been better with gloves, though, since it was just too damned exciting to keep my hands in my pockets (also depends on whether you intend to be grasping cold beers or not).
 

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The "Dancing On My Own" phenomenon still blows my mind. A gay anthem written by a Swedish pop star covered by a gay man from England, warmly, lovingly, enthusiastically, unironically embraced by the Boston Red Sox.

This shit doesn't happen.

I hope he's able to meet the team and lead them in a pep rally.
It was quite weird in my bleacher section. The same group of guys that on more than one occasion started a "Fuck Joe Biden" chant also had an impressive version of "Dancing On My Own" around the 8th or 9th inning. Mods: Not trying to V&N the game thread, just following up on Frat's observation delete if not appropriate.
 

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Anyone have any insight into why Greinke went South this year? Looking at his perpherals, decloning K/9 is the only really obvious change. Just losing velocity?
 

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Anyone have any insight into why Greinke went South this year? Looking at his perpherals, decloning K/9 is the only really obvious change. Just losing velocity?
His last five starts of the season really inflated his numbers following a covid stint and a neck injury il trip.

He's always had an incredible pitch arsenal that made decreases in velocity not a killer
 

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Houston might have another WS victory if Hinch hadn't pulled Greinke in WS G7 2019. I have a lot of respect for the way Greinke conducts himself and he's very capable of a heroic effort in a pressure-filled situation.

But I hope he gets lit up like a fucking Christmas tree tonight.
 

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Going with my son tonight. Super pumped. Anybody who was there last night able to tell me how cold to expect it. Is it long johns and winter coat cold, or more like LL Bean fleece cold?
Extra pair of socks (or just warm ones), in case you're standing all night on cold concrete.
 

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Spent some time last night at the ToeKneeArm Ass setup on Lansdowne. SoSH is again representing in fine form.

Let’s. Fucking. Allez
 

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Astros pitching situation

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Starter Zack Greinke has pitched twice in the month of October. He hasn't thrown more than 28 pitches in either appearance. Cristian Javier got up to 56 pitches in the ALDS and will probably need to cover the bulk innings.

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The situation for the Astros entering Game 4: neither Kendall Graveman nor Ryan Pressly has pitched in three days. Ryne Stanek and Yimi Garcia have pitched three out of the last four days. Brooks Raley threw 27 pitches last night. Blake Taylor threw 20 after throwing 22 in Game 2
 

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I imagine we'll see at least 3 innings total from Graveman or Pressly. They're going to throw everything at the Sox to keep it close and play for the series tie.
 

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Bogaerts and Renfroe have really struggled in this series. Greinke seems smart enough to maybe pitch around Devers and J.D and attack those two.
I thought Renfroe was putting together some good plate appearances last night before striking out in his last AB on a terrible pitch/swing
 

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Going with my son tonight. Super pumped. Anybody who was there last night able to tell me how cold to expect it. Is it long johns and winter coat cold, or more like LL Bean fleece cold?
Depends on the direction of the wind and how overweight the people are in the row between you and the wind.
 

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I thought Renfroe was putting together some good plate appearances last night before striking out in his last AB on a terrible pitch/swing
These guys are professional hitters. They really show up to play. How often do you see it when a player gives 110%?
 

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What setup is this???
ToeKnee (Lee) parks his car in the lot across from the green monster and spends each home ALCS and WS game there. It’s amazing to follow the game just by the roar of the crowd. He has a tv hooked up as well but you hear the crowd about 10-20 seconds before you see what occurred.

He’s made the news in WS past. Lots of fun
 

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ToeKnee (Lee) parks his car in the lot across from the green monster and spends each home ALCS and WS game there. It’s amazing to follow the game just by the roar of the crowd. He has a tv hooked up as well but you hear the crowd about 10-20 seconds before you see what occurred.

He’s made the news in WS past. Lots of fun
Thats genius
 

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Framber Valdez and Luis Garcia are available out of the Astros bullpen today, Dusty Baker said.

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Valdez is penciled in as the Game 5 starter