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2008-10-19 15:21
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2008-10-19 16:04:27
1.   Bob Timmermann
Red Sox lineup:
Crisp CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 3B
Drew RF
Bay LF
Kotsay 1B
Varitek C
Cora SS
Lester P

Tampa Bay:
Iwamura 2B
Upton CF
Pena 1B
Longoria 3B
Crawford LF
Aybar DH
Navarro C
Baldelli RF
Bartlett SS
Garza P

2008-10-19 16:33:10
2.   Bote Man
Are you asking which show TBS will punch up or which one we'd rather watch?
2008-10-19 16:50:57
3.   Chyll Will
2 That shouldn't even be in question; if they put Dora The Explorer versus The Steve Harvey Show, I'm saying "Vamos!" >;)
2008-10-19 16:57:38
4.   D4P
Dear Rays:

Please win.

Your friend,
D4P

2008-10-19 16:57:54
5.   Bob Timmermann
TBS is showing baseball on my TV right now.

Actually, they're showing a commercial now.

Cal Ripken favors Tampa Bay. Harold Reynolds and Dennis Ecksersley dissent.

2008-10-19 17:07:55
6.   Im So Blue
Hmmm. I've got a blank screen on TBS.

Anyone else with the same problem? I'm with Time Warner Cable - South Bay.

2008-10-19 17:09:03
7.   das411
If Tampa Bay goes with any other pitchers than Garza - Price - Sonnannstinne, they'll have an awfully long offseason to think about what they would have done differently...
2008-10-19 17:09:04
8.   Bob Timmermann
Didn't the Houston Rockets have a really long streak of winning elimination games once?
2008-10-19 17:11:43
9.   Bob Timmermann
Although the Griddle is nominally nonpartisan, this series has made me realize why Bronx Banterers hate Pedroia and Youkilis so much.

Especially Youkilis.

But I'm nominally nonpartisan.

2008-10-19 17:13:32
10.   Bob Timmermann
Ron Darling: "We're the Red Sox, we own seventh games."

Unless they're in the World Series.

2008-10-19 17:14:11
11.   das411
can the Banterers tell us why nobody throws at anybody in this league?
2008-10-19 17:16:10
12.   Bob Timmermann
Kevin Youkilis gets thrown at a lot.

Jason Bartlett was hit twice last night.

2008-10-19 17:16:17
13.   trainwreck
11
There you go.
2008-10-19 17:18:12
14.   das411
and THAT is why you play Baldelli in RF instead of that joker Gabe Gross!
2008-10-19 17:20:19
15.   D4P
The Red Sox have a smart GM

The Dodgers have a stupid GM.

Do some math, if you feel like it.

2008-10-19 17:21:28
16.   Marty
So, 1-0 on a Dustin Eckstein home run.
2008-10-19 17:22:31
17.   Bob Timmermann
Pedroia gets by on talent unlike Eckstein who gets by on gumption.
2008-10-19 17:28:38
18.   D4P
Lester is throwing a no-hitter so far. And a shutout.
2008-10-19 17:31:58
19.   Bob Timmermann
The remaining 8 innings should not be played.
2008-10-19 17:35:11
20.   D4P
This game is over. The Rays have pulled a Jean Van De Velde.
2008-10-19 17:35:54
21.   Bob Timmermann
The Rays should have played a putter off the 18th tee?
2008-10-19 17:38:07
22.   LogikReader
20

Who de What?

I hope the score stays 1-0 until the 8th inning. That could get really exciting!

2008-10-19 17:39:47
23.   Bob Timmermann
I would hate to tell Jason Varitek that if a catcher went 0 for 2000, he would be out of a job.

Even Bill Bergen got more hits than that.

2008-10-19 17:41:32
24.   D4P
I would hate to tell Jason Varitek

Afraid of hurting his feelings...?

2008-10-19 17:42:19
25.   Bluebleeder87
watching the game, I'm trying to figure out if Rays fans are bandwagons.

I know I am.

2008-10-19 17:44:04
26.   Bob Timmermann
24
Jason Varitek's feelings are worth at least a 3 year/$24 million deal.
2008-10-19 17:47:28
27.   Bob Timmermann
I've also read that Jason Varitek applies makeup correctly.
2008-10-19 17:49:16
28.   Bluebleeder87
Aybar!
2008-10-19 17:49:32
29.   trainwreck
I heard Jason Varitek may join the Washington State football team so he can experience them to a win.
2008-10-19 17:50:02
30.   D4P
No hitter, no hitter, no hitter.

Varitek is no doubt skilled at farding.

2008-10-19 17:53:13
31.   Bob Timmermann
30
Unshackled from Rule 9!
2008-10-19 17:54:18
32.   Bluebleeder87
Cora's never had a bat but I sure love his D man.
2008-10-19 17:55:11
33.   Bob Timmermann
Shortstop has not exactly been the Sox's strong suit this year.

But I doubt they miss Julio Lugo.

2008-10-19 17:56:21
34.   D4P
31
Jon hates The Griddle for its freedom.
2008-10-19 17:59:58
35.   das411
YES
2008-10-19 18:00:05
36.   Bluebleeder87
take your base caballito.
2008-10-19 18:00:15
37.   Bob Timmermann
So your ALCS MVP will be:
a) Dustin Pedroia
b) Kevin Youkilis
c) B.J. Upton
d) The field
2008-10-19 18:03:17
38.   das411
D - Longoria
2008-10-19 18:03:54
39.   ToyCannon
I would so love to have a combo like Pedroia and Youklis on my team.
2008-10-19 18:03:56
40.   trainwreck
I do not like True Blood, but I keep watching it, which fits perfectly with the theme of the show.
2008-10-19 18:03:59
41.   Bluebleeder87
that pitch is goose bump certified man...
2008-10-19 18:05:40
42.   ToyCannon
I've never had a hitter make me feel uncomfortable like Youklis does when he's hitting. The whole hitting style makes me nervous.
2008-10-19 18:06:14
43.   Bote Man
It's just him wiggling his derrière isn't it?
2008-10-19 18:06:29
44.   ToyCannon
37
JD Drew?
2008-10-19 18:08:37
45.   Bluebleeder87
42

it gets on your nerves cause you think he's a pull hitter but low & behold he pocks it to right field as well... frustrating.

2008-10-19 18:08:43
46.   ToyCannon
43
No, he also starts his right hand 1/2 way up the bat while it is over his head. The whole ab is interesting in it's uniqueness.
2008-10-19 18:10:20
47.   Bote Man
Rays radio stating that Lester is keeping the Rays hitters off-balance. I guess Beckett kept them off-balance yesterday as well.

I blame the slanted roof of the Trop.

2008-10-19 18:12:10
48.   Bob Timmermann
Would Lester be the MVP if he throws a no-hitter in Game 7?
2008-10-19 18:15:21
49.   MyTummyHurts
the whole beard/bald thing is what does it for me.
2008-10-19 18:16:51
50.   Bob Timmermann
That throw by Longoria to retire Youkilis reminded me of ... Game 5?
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2008-10-19 18:17:26
51.   Bluebleeder87
i wonder if Joe Maddon is really nervous but is playing it cool for t.v.
2008-10-19 18:17:38
52.   LogikReader
No hitter, no hitter, no hitter, no hitter, no hitter, no hitter!

Ahhhh it feels good to let it out.

2008-10-19 18:20:28
53.   Bob Timmermann
Bay has looked helpless in both his at bats against Garza.
2008-10-19 18:20:46
54.   LogikReader
Boy, Garza's not doing too bad himself with his one hit.
2008-10-19 18:23:02
55.   Bluebleeder87
Aybar of Longoria will take Lester deep.
2008-10-19 18:24:10
56.   das411
a hit!
2008-10-19 18:24:24
57.   D4P
Shutout, shutout, shutout.
2008-10-19 18:25:19
58.   Bob Timmermann
There will be free tacos again this year if someone steals a base in the World Series!

Wow, what a deal.

I bet this year that the steal will happen in Game 1.

2008-10-19 18:25:53
59.   Bob Timmermann
The first stolen base will be by Ryan Howard.
2008-10-19 18:27:46
60.   D4P
I would have preferred a homerun there over a strikeout.
2008-10-19 18:27:55
61.   Bluebleeder87
Why do Jonathan's like going by "Jon"?
2008-10-19 18:29:11
62.   Bob Timmermann
You could ask Jon Weisman.

Except his name isn't Jonathan.

2008-10-19 18:32:25
63.   Bluebleeder87
woo!
2008-10-19 18:33:10
64.   das411
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-10-19 18:33:38
65.   Bluebleeder87
watching some of J.D. Drews throws, his arm isn't what it use to be man...
2008-10-19 18:33:41
66.   das411
man and Carlos looked like he was going to die rounding third there...now let's see if Crawford can un-tie this one...
2008-10-19 18:35:39
67.   Bob Timmermann
I still wonder if Drew's problem is with his arm or his back.
2008-10-19 18:37:31
68.   Bluebleeder87
good point. But I never realized Drew had back issues.
2008-10-19 18:40:30
69.   Bob Timmermann
Drew was on the DL this year with back problems. He barely made it back for the playoffs.
2008-10-19 18:41:17
70.   Bob Timmermann
Didn't Kotsay have a popup on a 3-1 pitch last game with the bases loaded and Shields not coming anywhere near the strike zone?
2008-10-19 18:41:35
71.   D4P
I think Drew has issues and/or problems with just about every body part.
2008-10-19 18:42:26
72.   Bluebleeder87
Garza is really bringing the heat.
2008-10-19 18:44:09
73.   Bob Timmermann
Dear Boston and Tampa Bay,

Thank you for playing a good Game 7 so far.

Sincerely,
Bob Timmermann

cc: Russ Ortiz

2008-10-19 18:44:42
74.   das411
wait Bob, wasn't ORtiz the reason that series got to a Game 7?
2008-10-19 18:46:44
75.   Bob Timmermann
The last LCS Game 7 tied at 1-1 after 5 was in 2006 between the Cardinals and Mets.

So, I'm betting that this series ends with Kevin Cash going deep on Dan Wheeler in the 9th and BJ Upton watching strike three.

2008-10-19 18:47:53
76.   Bob Timmermann
However 2006 is the only time Game 7 of an LCS had ever been 1-1 at the end of 5.
2008-10-19 18:48:35
77.   Bob Timmermann
74
I'm just going with Griddle Classic here.
2008-10-19 18:51:56
78.   Bluebleeder87
62

I always thought Jon's full name was Jonathan for some reason.

you learn something new everyday...

2008-10-19 18:52:00
79.   trainwreck
Seeing Lizzy Caplan naked was worth all the time I have wasted watching True Blood.
2008-10-19 18:52:22
80.   Bob Timmermann
That play featured Willy Aybar on second, Dioner Navarro reaching first, and Alex Cora making the play.

2005 Dodgers team reunion!

2008-10-19 18:54:03
81.   das411
Roccoooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-10-19 18:54:12
82.   Bob Timmermann
Dick Vitale is happy.

I don't know how I feel about this.

2008-10-19 18:54:23
83.   LogikReader
...and Dick Vitale loves it! It's AWESOME baby!!
2008-10-19 18:55:11
84.   Bob Timmermann
Why is Chip Caray talking about 2 out hits?
2008-10-19 18:56:09
85.   bobsbrother
I think he meant to say two strike hits. He also seemed to imply that the bases were going to be loaded after that hit.
2008-10-19 18:56:53
86.   Bob Timmermann
On MSNBC.com:

"Opinion: It's do or die for the Red Sox and Rays"

That's a bold opinion.

2008-10-19 18:57:41
87.   Bob Timmermann
85
Chip Caray is obsessed with two out hits though.
2008-10-19 18:59:36
88.   bobsbrother
Well, it's also possible that Chip is just confused.

This inning, of course, will just make the Red Sox victory that much more painful.

He just noted Game 7 is pivotal. I'll say.

2008-10-19 18:59:42
89.   Bluebleeder87
the Rays inaugural team Uni's [ http://tinyurl.com/58yx7x ]
2008-10-19 19:00:40
90.   Bob Timmermann
And now Game 7 is "pivotal."

Only one team has ever lost a Game 7 in a best of seven series and still won the series.

The 1912 Red Sox.

2008-10-19 19:01:25
91.   68elcamino427
The Dodger Rays are making it happen!
2008-10-19 19:02:24
92.   Tripon
I wish Evan Longoria was a Dodger.
2008-10-19 19:02:56
93.   Bob Timmermann
If the Rays were to make the World Series, they are going to be very hard-pressed to find people throw out ceremonial first pitches.

For this series it was:
1) 11 season ticket holders
2) Dick Vitale
3) Governor Charlie Crist
4) Don Zimmer

They're going to have to start calling on players for the Lightning and Bucs.

2008-10-19 19:03:38
94.   underdog
Everyone's favorite breakfast cereal or centerfielder will make the Rays rue the day they pitch to him, boy!
2008-10-19 19:04:25
95.   underdog
92 They just needed to have the worst record in baseball and then he would've been all theirs!
2008-10-19 19:06:23
96.   68elcamino427
That was a nice play by #22
2008-10-19 19:06:37
97.   Bob Timmermann
Longoria was the third pick in the 2006 draft. Luke Hochevar was first and Greg Reynolds was second.
2008-10-19 19:06:38
98.   das411
11 more outs...
2008-10-19 19:07:22
99.   Bob Timmermann
In the 2006 draft, the Dodgers settled for Clayton Kershaw.
2008-10-19 19:08:34
100.   Tripon
95 Then the Dodgers would have missed out on Clayton Kershaw.
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2008-10-19 19:08:53
101.   Bob Timmermann
Deceptive stat of the night:

The Red Sox are 1 for their last 25 with two strikes.

Try striking out with a 1-1 count.

2008-10-19 19:09:15
102.   underdog
99 What a bummer. That guy's gonna be terrible.

Right, he was third. They needed the third worst record in baseball. If those other teams didn't have brain rot, they would've had him at 1 or 2.

2008-10-19 19:10:04
103.   68elcamino427
Pedroia is everything that I want DeWitt to be
2008-10-19 19:10:39
104.   Bob Timmermann
And the Giants waited all the way until the #10 pick to choose some skinny righthander out of Washington.
2008-10-19 19:11:39
105.   Tripon
I think the moral lesson of the 2006 draft is that the Royals are eternally cursed.
2008-10-19 19:11:49
106.   underdog
If things hold as they are, this could be one of the greatest days in the storied history of Tampa Bay sports, next to their SB win. (Bucs are winning tonight as well, in the area's second best sports event of the evening.)
2008-10-19 19:13:12
107.   68elcamino427
106
Long live John McKay
2008-10-19 19:13:19
108.   underdog
104 That guy will never amount to anything either. Bum. Too short.
2008-10-19 19:13:36
109.   Bob Timmermann
A Rays win here would would outweigh the Lightning winning the Stanley Cup?
2008-10-19 19:14:47
110.   68elcamino427
Garza's got nad
2008-10-19 19:15:06
111.   underdog
109 Is that hockey or something?

{duck}

2008-10-19 19:15:08
112.   Bob Timmermann
I saw the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup while watching ESPN International at a hotel in Santiago, Chile.
2008-10-19 19:15:53
113.   Bob Timmermann
111
Be careful. There's somebody commenting here who has voted for the Lady Byng Trophy.
2008-10-19 19:16:13
114.   das411
WHERE was that 2-2 pitch to Ortiz???
2008-10-19 19:17:13
115.   68elcamino427
Ha Ha!!!
2008-10-19 19:17:36
116.   das411
!!!!! RAYS the ROOF!!!

http://tinyurl.com/5as7u5

2008-10-19 19:17:54
117.   Tripon
I don't want DeWitt emulating Pedoria's base running skills.
2008-10-19 19:17:59
118.   underdog
Okay, fine. How's this?

If things hold as they are, this could be one of the greatest days in the storied history of Tampa Bay sports, next to their SB win and the Stanley Cup, and the arrival of Henry B. Plant's railroad.

2008-10-19 19:18:51
119.   Bob Timmermann
116
Let the record reflect that I was way ahead of the curve on that joke:
http://griddle.baseballtoaster.com/archives/1126811.html
2008-10-19 19:19:36
120.   underdog
9 more outs before the 150:1s arrive, or Steve Harvey does, whichever comes first.

Btw, the second Futurama movie is on Comedy Central tonight at 8 (here on the West Coast) if you're interested. Liked the first movie better but it's fun enough.

2008-10-19 19:20:28
121.   underdog
116 made me kinda queasy. And not in a good way.
2008-10-19 19:21:20
122.   Bob Timmermann
If Lester has an easy inning here, Francona will no longer be tempted to use Delcarmen in relief.

I would assume he would go to Okajima/Masterson/Papelbon after this.

2008-10-19 19:23:28
123.   68elcamino427
117
When DeWitt's 25 I would like for him to Hit .326 with 54 doubles and 17 home runs with a 123 OPS
2008-10-19 19:24:51
124.   Bob Timmermann
So why does the creepy Traveler's guy put on goggles when he's kidnapping the children but the kids don't?
2008-10-19 19:25:53
125.   underdog
Well, Lester survived. Almost gave up a long ball, but he survived. So Okajima next I would assume.
2008-10-19 19:26:14
126.   Bluebleeder87
that's right, wiggle it Youks.
2008-10-19 19:26:23
127.   das411
eight more outs...
2008-10-19 19:30:31
128.   Bob Timmermann
127
I predict that the Rays will get at least 27 outs in this game.

Unlike in Game 5.

2008-10-19 19:30:33
129.   underdog
Uh oh.
2008-10-19 19:31:49
130.   LogikReader
Now is a good time to take Garza out!

...is what I said two batters ago.

2008-10-19 19:35:13
131.   LogikReader
112

Freakin' Tampa Bay could get championships in three sports within a decade? What is Pro Sports coming to? :)

2008-10-19 19:35:49
132.   das411
cmon Garza...this is your last batter so make it a good one!
2008-10-19 19:36:19
133.   LogikReader
YEAH BABY!!
2008-10-19 19:37:11
134.   underdog
No Varitek Heroism™ tonight. (At least not here.)
2008-10-19 19:37:34
135.   Lee Corbett
wow that was some bad camera work/direction from TBS. But a couple of big get out of jam efforts from Garza.
2008-10-19 19:37:38
136.   Bob Timmermann
If Varitek is going to be the hitting hero, it's going to be a very high scoring game.
2008-10-19 19:38:09
137.   Bob Timmermann
TBS has messed up the last outs of the top of the 6th and 7th.
2008-10-19 19:39:59
138.   underdog
136 As remote as that possibility may be, just don't want to be blamed for jinxing anything.
2008-10-19 19:40:18
139.   das411
NO Maddon, you don't send Garza back out there, that's why you have Price and Ballfour in your bullpen!
2008-10-19 19:40:33
140.   fordprefect
137
Technical difficulties TM
2008-10-19 19:41:02
141.   Bob Timmermann
I'm unsure why Price is on the roster if he's marked "emergency use only."

I would think he would unfamiliar to most of the Red Sox hitters.

2008-10-19 19:41:49
142.   das411
JAHRFA!!!!!!!!
2008-10-19 19:41:51
143.   fordprefect
Way gone baybay!
2008-10-19 19:41:51
144.   Bob Timmermann
JAHRFA
2008-10-19 19:41:55
145.   Tripon
LESTER IS MEAT.
2008-10-19 19:41:59
146.   Bluebleeder87
I can't drive 55 !!!
2008-10-19 19:42:02
147.   Alex41592
JAHRFA!!!
2008-10-19 19:42:07
148.   trainwreck
JAHRFA
2008-10-19 19:42:08
149.   Bote Man
139 Is Balfour to be trusted?

* Special note: can a pitcher whose name sounds like Ball Four be trusted?

2008-10-19 19:42:20
150.   underdog
Willie!!!

And we can say we knew him when...

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2008-10-19 19:42:27
151.   68elcamino427
YYYaaaa
2008-10-19 19:42:39
152.   trainwreck
I should have figured I would not be the first to type that.
2008-10-19 19:43:07
153.   Bob Timmermann
149
As a kid, we had a 1964 Encyclopaedia Britannica and volume 2 I believe started with "Balfour."
2008-10-19 19:43:14
154.   underdog
Uh, not to be an armchair manager or anything, but before the inning started I was kinda wondering why Lester was still in there.
2008-10-19 19:43:14
155.   fordprefect
Just finished dinner to join in, what timing :D
2008-10-19 19:43:32
156.   JoeyP
WILLY AYBAR!
2008-10-19 19:43:32
157.   Bluebleeder87
that was almost Matt Stairs 'esk

[runs]

2008-10-19 19:43:40
158.   68elcamino427
Re: Aybar

That's what I mean by staying back!

2008-10-19 19:44:30
159.   LogikReader
YEAAAAAAHHH!!! JAHR... oh never mind
2008-10-19 19:44:48
160.   Bob Timmermann
Balfour is actually the last entry in Volume 2.
2008-10-19 19:44:49
161.   underdog
157 Sigh, thanks, I'd almost repressed all memory of that one.
2008-10-19 19:46:18
162.   Bob Timmermann
It only took me until 1994 to convince my father to get rid of his 1964 Britannica.
2008-10-19 19:46:34
163.   Lee Corbett
149 As an Aussie I am hoping for redemption for him tonight. We have not had a good relief pitcher since Lloyd for the Yankees. Could whet the sports media appetite here if he makes it to the series.
2008-10-19 19:50:38
164.   Bote Man
163 For a time, Peter Boylan was respectable.
2008-10-19 19:51:06
165.   underdog
163 Poor Luke Prokopec and Cam Cairncross, we hardly knew ye.
2008-10-19 19:51:07
166.   Bob Timmermann
163
So what's Monday afternoon like? Do I need to wear a jacket?
2008-10-19 19:51:38
167.   Bluebleeder87
I wonder if Garza has a complete game.
2008-10-19 19:51:49
168.   fanerman
He's going back out there?
2008-10-19 19:51:57
169.   Alex41592
Gabe Gross defensive replacement? That's not right.
2008-10-19 19:52:17
170.   trainwreck
Oh, not again.
2008-10-19 19:52:28
171.   LogikReader
oof
2008-10-19 19:52:28
172.   underdog
Um {waves hands at Maddon} Helllooo? 117 pitches? Helllooo?
2008-10-19 19:52:31
173.   fordprefect
167
mebbe not.
2008-10-19 19:52:35
174.   Bote Man
...and so it begins.
2008-10-19 19:52:40
175.   das411
Dave Nilsson was in some classic SI baseball blooper video when he and Lloyd go try to play Cricket in a park in Milwaukee, it was hilarious!

ooo Bartlett, is it too late to put Tim Beckham on the roster?

2008-10-19 19:52:49
176.   Bluebleeder87
that was a real REAL tough one actually.
2008-10-19 19:53:42
177.   LogikReader
Honestly though, what took Joe Maddon so long to take Garza out of the game?

Great game, btw, for Matt Garza... wonderful pitching performance amidst high stakes!

2008-10-19 19:54:14
178.   Lee Corbett
164 Ah yes, you're right. Remiss of me.
2008-10-19 19:55:50
179.   Bote Man
Dan Wheeler on for the Rays.

Well, it would have been a glorious World Series. Maybe next year.

2008-10-19 19:55:54
180.   Lee Corbett
166 it is sunny and lovely here. Might have a swim at Bondi this afternoon before watching the cricket from India.
2008-10-19 19:55:55
181.   Bob Timmermann
The most pitches thrown in a postseason game that the Play Index has on record is 159 by Steve Carlton in Game 2 of the 1980 World Series.

But that's when men were men.

The most in the Aughts is 142 by Al Leiter in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series.

2008-10-19 19:56:41
182.   trainwreck
180
The new league with the cheesy uniforms and tons of sexual images in their commercials?
2008-10-19 19:56:45
183.   Bob Hendley
149 - His given name is what makes him.
2008-10-19 19:57:20
184.   yankee23
177 Probably second-guessing himself for possibly taking Kazmir out too early in Game 5
2008-10-19 19:59:27
185.   Bluebleeder87
ugh.
2008-10-19 19:59:29
186.   68elcamino427
ok - now it's nervous time
2008-10-19 20:00:13
187.   underdog
Wheeler is to rally as gasoline is to fire.
2008-10-19 20:00:18
188.   LogikReader
Are we doing this again?

Joe Maddon is reminding me of another Joe who shall be nameless.

2008-10-19 20:01:06
189.   Lee Corbett
182 that's the IPL. They are playing test cricket (the 5 day game) at the moment. It's the form of the game I really love; don't care much for the short version.

I am depressed by the turn this game has taken.

2008-10-19 20:01:25
190.   yankee23
188 It's McCarthy, isn't it?
2008-10-19 20:01:25
191.   das411
five more outs...
2008-10-19 20:01:31
192.   Bluebleeder87
188

that's part of the reason I wanted to take a hiatus from baseball...

2008-10-19 20:01:35
193.   68elcamino427
Wheeler Dealer
2008-10-19 20:01:44
194.   das411
(and Price really should be in the ballgame now)
2008-10-19 20:01:51
195.   Bluebleeder87
gracias caballito.
2008-10-19 20:02:02
196.   fordprefect
Had the height but not the distance.
2008-10-19 20:02:27
197.   Bob Timmermann
The Red Sox are at 18.2% win expectancy.

But that doesn't take into account pixie dust.

2008-10-19 20:02:28
198.   trainwreck
Seems like the majority of the Rays bullpen does not realize they are allowed to throw other pitches besides fastballs.
2008-10-19 20:03:04
199.   LogikReader
Whew! Thank goodness. I gotta give it to Maddon, he knew to quit while he was ahead.

I guess using Wheeler to start wasn't so bad. On the other hand Wheeler got away with one on the last pitch.

2008-10-19 20:03:32
200.   bhsportsguy
198 Apparently Norm did some recruiting this weekend.
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2008-10-19 20:04:39
201.   68elcamino427
No Pressure now with Ortiz at bat
2008-10-19 20:05:34
202.   trainwreck
200
Ought to keep BRO at peace...

for a day.

2008-10-19 20:06:04
203.   Bob Timmermann
I would assume there's no way Howell pitches to Youkilis.
2008-10-19 20:06:04
204.   underdog
Thurston and Lovey's child is now in to pitch.
2008-10-19 20:07:33
205.   68elcamino427
As Vin would say - Dueces are Wild
2008-10-19 20:08:47
206.   underdog
Separated at birth? Yaphet Kotto and David Ortiz.
2008-10-19 20:09:12
207.   Bob Timmermann
I would assume Papelbon pitches the 8th regardless of the score.

Unless Francona wants to give him a lot of rest.

2008-10-19 20:09:51
208.   das411
WOW risky play by Aki Iwamura!
2008-10-19 20:10:00
209.   68elcamino427
Dodger Rays get a gift call at second
2008-10-19 20:10:14
210.   fordprefect
A strike to Bartlett---rightt.
2008-10-19 20:10:53
211.   underdog
Have they installed a turnstile at the pitcher's mound yet?
2008-10-19 20:11:21
212.   fanerman
209 Looked like a good call to me on the replay. He didn't go for the bag, he went for the take-out. If he juts went for the bag he'd be safe.
2008-10-19 20:11:30
213.   Alex41592
Submariner Chadwick in to pitch.
2008-10-19 20:12:03
214.   Lee Corbett
208 but for Crisp sliding past the base, and some really good umpiring, the bases are loaded. Wow that was risky.
2008-10-19 20:12:57
215.   Bob Timmermann
Bradford gave up homers to Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, and Curtis Granderson.
2008-10-19 20:13:20
216.   Bluebleeder87
212

dumb move if you ask me, he would have been safe.

2008-10-19 20:13:24
217.   Alex41592
Gabe Gross is practically in the right field stands.
2008-10-19 20:14:38
218.   Bluebleeder87
the Rays "astra turf" looks like windows 95 or something...
2008-10-19 20:14:45
219.   trainwreck
Take that 76 mph cheese.
2008-10-19 20:14:52
220.   das411
and FINALLY Price is getting ready in the pen, for Drew I assume...but for now it is all up to Chadford...
2008-10-19 20:15:13
221.   68elcamino427
212
Yeah - the third replay angle surprised me
2008-10-19 20:15:56
222.   underdog
He started by just throwing one moneyball after another.
2008-10-19 20:16:28
223.   underdog
Sigh. I have to work tomorrow, Maddon!
2008-10-19 20:16:32
224.   trainwreck
I am getting a bad feeling about this.
2008-10-19 20:16:35
225.   68elcamino427
211

Yes

2008-10-19 20:16:39
226.   Alex41592
Of course it comes down to J.D Drew.
2008-10-19 20:16:53
227.   trainwreck
It may have something to do with the bases being loaded.
2008-10-19 20:17:29
228.   Ken Arneson
This is painfully excruciating. Not only that, but my daughter just said that I'm uglier than Kevin Youkilis.
2008-10-19 20:18:26
229.   yankee23
228 Perhaps it's the lack of playoff-beard?
2008-10-19 20:18:50
230.   Bob Timmermann
Five pitchers in an inning ties an ALCS record. It's been done three other times, most recently by the Twins against the Angels in 2002.

In the 8th inning.

Of Game 5.

The Yankees also did it in the 8th inning of Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox.

The Royals used five pitcher in the 6th inning of Game 3 of the ALCS against the Yankees.

2008-10-19 20:18:51
231.   68elcamino427
Strike out - pop out - fly out - ground out

Any money on a passed ball - wild pitch - throwing error - walk here?

2008-10-19 20:20:02
232.   Jacob Burch
The Misuse of Irony Alarm has been sounded!
2008-10-19 20:20:15
233.   underdog
228 That made me laugh, anyway.
2008-10-19 20:20:27
234.   68elcamino427
# 14 - the Price is right!
2008-10-19 20:20:30
235.   das411
DAVID PRICE HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-10-19 20:20:37
236.   Bluebleeder87
yeah, take THAT!

WOOTS!

2008-10-19 20:20:56
237.   Bote Man
Price got a gift on strike 3!
2008-10-19 20:21:11
238.   underdog
Huzzah! Price is right!
2008-10-19 20:21:34
239.   Bob Timmermann
That was the Rays way of ensuring that they get the bottom of the order up in the 9th.
2008-10-19 20:21:35
240.   thinkblue88
wow, price!!!
2008-10-19 20:21:47
241.   trainwreck
235
Please... He is no James McDonald. ; )
2008-10-19 20:21:48
242.   Alex41592
Okajima is in.
2008-10-19 20:22:00
243.   fordprefect
228
Is there a variety of excruciating that isn't so painful?
2008-10-19 20:22:15
244.   underdog
234 D'oh! Bad enough that one of us made that joke, but I was second! ;-)

3 more outs...

2008-10-19 20:23:42
245.   Alex41592
244 - The Rays radio network came back from the break playing the theme from "The Price is Right".
2008-10-19 20:24:19
246.   68elcamino427
Is the World Series on it's way to the Tampa Bay Big Top?
2008-10-19 20:24:54
247.   Bob Timmermann
Is Francona saving Papelbon for a save situation in the 9th?
2008-10-19 20:26:24
248.   trainwreck
I hope the Simpsons was not very good, because I have seen about a minute of it.
2008-10-19 20:26:28
249.   Bob Timmermann
Teams that have blown 2-run leads in the 9th inning of a game 7:

Pittsburgh, 1992.

2008-10-19 20:26:41
250.   Bluebleeder87
237

Drew looked lost up there anyways. Man, that dude throws serious cheese man.

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2008-10-19 20:26:42
251.   Ken Arneson
So is Price the closer now?
2008-10-19 20:27:29
252.   fordprefect
248
not very

"straight to video" comes to mind

2008-10-19 20:27:34
253.   Alex41592
Jason Varitek bats third in the top of the ninth.
2008-10-19 20:28:33
254.   fordprefect
Goofy strike zone.
2008-10-19 20:28:39
255.   Bob Timmermann
251
Price is the closer tonight at least.

It's not like the Red Sox have a lot of right handed power on the bench.

2008-10-19 20:29:05
256.   Alex41592
David Price takes the mound to send the Rays to the World Series.
2008-10-19 20:29:14
257.   68elcamino427
Three more outs to cement Salary Juxtapostion
2008-10-19 20:29:35
258.   underdog
253 Ah hah! All set for his clutch three run homer.
2008-10-19 20:30:24
259.   Bob Timmermann
255
Will David Ross bat for Varitek?
2008-10-19 20:33:00
260.   Alex41592
Clearly TBS reads the Griddle.
2008-10-19 20:33:27
261.   Bob Timmermann
I was going from memory however.
2008-10-19 20:33:56
262.   68elcamino427
Makeup call for Bay on the non swing call
2008-10-19 20:36:43
263.   das411
TWO outs away!
2008-10-19 20:37:31
264.   Bob Timmermann
Joe Maddon laughs at platoon splits here.
2008-10-19 20:38:30
265.   das411
maybe he's laughing at the .056 ALCS batting average instead Bob?
2008-10-19 20:38:32
266.   Bluebleeder87
Kuo'esk.
2008-10-19 20:39:04
267.   Alex41592
Switch hitter Lowrie on deck.
2008-10-19 20:39:21
268.   fanerman
1!!!
2008-10-19 20:39:31
269.   das411
Aybar says it for me...ONE MORE OUT!!!
2008-10-19 20:39:35
270.   Bluebleeder87
I wonder if Aybar is allowed to party.
2008-10-19 20:39:38
271.   68elcamino427
Only one out to go now
2008-10-19 20:39:56
272.   underdog
And the Dodgers' future backup catcher goes down swinging. Un mas.
2008-10-19 20:40:10
273.   das411
strike one
2008-10-19 20:40:29
274.   das411
AL CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-10-19 20:40:38
275.   Bluebleeder87
Bostoians are PO'd right about now...
2008-10-19 20:40:42
276.   68elcamino427
Dodger Rays Win!
2008-10-19 20:40:42
277.   Bob Timmermann
The Rays now have a 100% WE.
2008-10-19 20:41:03
278.   Alex41592
Phillies/Rays WORLD SERIES!!!
2008-10-19 20:41:04
279.   Bote Man
I wish Red Sox Nation a long Winter.
2008-10-19 20:41:06
280.   fanerman
HIGH FIVE!!!!
2008-10-19 20:41:19
281.   underdog
And the crowd - and finally there is a big crowd - goes wild!
2008-10-19 20:42:02
282.   trainwreck
Hopefully, that will not be Varitek's last at-bat with the Red Sox.
2008-10-19 20:42:49
283.   overkill94
What is that hideous song they keep playing at the stadium?
2008-10-19 20:42:55
284.   fanerman
What is "9 = 8" and "9 = 2"?
2008-10-19 20:43:09
285.   fordprefect
Well, this ought to be interesting....
2008-10-19 20:43:19
286.   Bob Timmermann
Upton or Garza for ALCS MVP?
2008-10-19 20:43:32
287.   Bluebleeder87
wow, what a great shot of Navarro celebrating with his pitcher.
2008-10-19 20:43:47
288.   trainwreck
283
Some stupid song some guy made for the Rays.
2008-10-19 20:44:06
289.   Tripon
Upton. He seemed to have a homer per game.
2008-10-19 20:44:26
290.   trainwreck
288
I think it is called "Beat the Heat".
2008-10-19 20:44:33
291.   bhsportsguy
I wonder if more people will watch Fox News than the World Series this year.
2008-10-19 20:45:42
292.   Bob Timmermann
Craig Sager wanted much shorter answers out of B.J. Upton.

Stupid athlete speaking in complete sentences!

2008-10-19 20:45:42
293.   Bob Hendley
That was a quick update of the sidebar.
2008-10-19 20:46:41
294.   bhsportsguy
286 I would have said Longoria before the end of Game 5, a pitcher who dominates two starts is likely to win the MVP.
2008-10-19 20:47:06
295.   das411
284 , Hazleton Joe Maddon told them in spring training that 9 = 8, aka nine players doing their best would get them into one of 8 playoff spots. Now there are only two spots left...and the RAYS are one of them!!!!
2008-10-19 20:47:56
296.   Bluebleeder87
there playing some stray cats now, that's pretty cool.
2008-10-19 20:48:04
297.   Xeifrank
150:1 Baby!
$$$$$$$ vr, Xei $$$$$$
2008-10-19 20:48:41
298.   das411
is it too late to name Price the MVP?
2008-10-19 20:50:29
299.   Bob Timmermann
Time for another battle in the ongoing Tong war between Philly and Tampa.
2008-10-19 20:50:53
300.   Bluebleeder87
I think the WS is gonna by fun, seriously, this is what it's all about, I don't fallow other teams but who would have thought the Rays would make it all-the-way, I really think there story is WAY more compelling then another red sox WS. I love it!!
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2008-10-19 20:52:50
301.   Bob Timmermann
And Matt Garza is the MVP.
2008-10-19 20:53:05
302.   bhsportsguy
297 If your bet in Las Vegas, I am sure you will happy to pay taxes on your winnings at the time of collection.
2008-10-19 20:55:07
303.   underdog
297 Was that to make the WS, or win it? If the former -- will you be buying us all dinner at Bastide?
2008-10-19 20:55:10
304.   Jacob Burch
297 I do want to know what the initial investment was on that. I expect you to throw us all a toaster party.
2008-10-19 20:55:20
305.   Bob Timmermann
Game 1 on Wednesday:

Hamels vs. Kazmir?

2008-10-19 20:56:08
306.   Lee Corbett
Finished just in time for the cricket too. Very happy for the Rays. What a great game it was too.
2008-10-19 20:56:14
307.   das411
These Tampa Bay front office peepz are SO YOUNG, they make the Phils' shady cabal of owners look as old as...the Red Sox did this series!
2008-10-19 20:59:38
308.   das411
...and isn't this the first elimination game the Sawks have lost since....Aaron Boone?
2008-10-19 21:01:17
309.   yankee23
308 First Game 7, maybe, but not elimination game. They lost to the White Sox.
2008-10-19 21:01:18
310.   Bob Timmermann
308
The Sox lost Game 3 of the ALDS in 2005 to Chicago.
2008-10-19 21:02:33
311.   Woden325
Way to go Rays!
2008-10-19 21:05:14
312.   LogikReader
They did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rays in the World Series!! WOO HOO.

Welp, we know this. Somebody is going to win their first World Series in at least a decade. I'm just so glad to see the Empire go down. I don't just mean the Red Sox, I mean Boston Sports!!

What a great year for Tampa Bay. Congratulations to all the players, the coaches, the broadcasters, and everyone who makes this organization run.

I went to pick up some things at the store and finished the game on satellite radio with the Tampa Bay broadcasters. That was a great moment. I made sure to record the game on DVR too, so I got to see the final out for myself.

I LOVE THIS GAME!

2008-10-19 21:09:13
313.   Bob Hendley
302 - And yet one can write off gambling losses, no? I guess it will be his contribution to protect the freedom to lose.
2008-10-19 21:09:33
314.   underdog
I hope the sports Gods don't try to give Boston fans a concessionary makeup win in the MNF game tomorrow.
2008-10-19 21:10:55
315.   Xeifrank
It was a $20 bet, split into four $5 bets, as to avoid paying taxes upon collection time. 150x20=$3000, but I am not counting my chickens yet, but I have them all lined up and have given each one a name.
vr, Xei
2008-10-19 21:13:39
316.   Xeifrank
I could put money on the Phillies to win the World Series now and gaurantee myself around $1500 depending on who is favored of course. I think that would be bad karma though. And since I made it this far, why not go for the gusto!
vr, Xei
2008-10-19 21:20:09
317.   trainwreck
314
Could have quite the early advantage on winning the division.
2008-10-19 21:20:35
318.   LogikReader
All right Xei!!! First of all, a belated welcome back! I'm glad to have you back on the toaster.

Secondly, good luck to you in the World Series. At least going in, you have to figure the Rays will take this series in 5. The Phillies have only one very good starter. The Rays have a pretty good, complete rotation to work with. The Phils also have a long layoff, not unlike the Rockies did last year.

Should be fun!

2008-10-19 21:22:41
319.   trainwreck
Imagine how excited LogikReader would be if the Dodgers made it to World Series.
2008-10-19 21:25:00
320.   LogikReader
319

hahahahahahahahah... I think I'd be less excited if it weren't the Red Sox being eliminated. I'm hoping it carries over to the NBA too.

2008-10-19 21:25:01
321.   underdog
317 Is it still a division? I thought we were all demoted to the Championship league. :-/
2008-10-19 21:27:39
322.   trainwreck
321
Just think of it as the NL West.

Actually, that is the NFC West.

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