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That time we smacked down some Stankees.

See my headline? That is called optimism. It’s this new thing I’m trying.

An hour to go… see you 7:15ish for the smacking. LIVE blogging shall commence soooooooon.

Smacking, right? Smacking. Feel free to play with better words in the comment section…

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Off work! Huzzah. Need to whet your appetite for tonight? Check out THIS link sent by our good friend Jeb. It’s all about Derek Jeter in high school. You know. 50,000 years ago when dinosaurs walked the earth. Or. Um. Forty. Or something like that.

Yay! MLB music! Yay! It has been so long!

WEEI/NESN Radio Telethon GAME TWO! Don Orsillo.

Josh Beckett. 11 and 5. Numbers terrific. GOOOOOOOOOOOOD.

“Beckett has not allowed more than 2 runs in any of his games against the Stanksssss”

Jerry Remy. Oh.

And now we’re replaying yesterday.

Oh.

Whatever.

It’s another day. Like Annie said in the whimsical musical “Annie.”

I was in that show this one time. I played Annie.

Anywho….

Jimmy Fund telethon! And… a commercial break.

At least we don’t have to hear Jerry talk during the commercial break.

Let’s get STARTED.

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Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, Eric Chavez. 5-7 hitters last night.

That was LAST night, Don. LAST night.

Heidi Watney.

“the subject came up once again how these two teams play extremely long baseball games…”

Terry Francona.

“Every pitch seems pretty big and every base runner seems pretty big and so many of these are nationally televised games… but I think it’s just the fact that they are important games and we treat it that way.”

Heidi Watney- Joe Torre called Francona to talk to Beckett about not pitching fast enough? I would have liked to have overheard that conversation. Oh, Joe Torre. You just like seeing your name on my blog.

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Jeb, you are not hated. You are ridiculed. There’s a difference. :) I think you’re swell. Your Pirate handicap, well… I find it endearing. And a little sad. But see? Another smiley face- :). Makes me pretty endearing too.

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The Red Sox have taken the field. Okayyyyyy.

Sarah Mendon, Jimmy Fund patient, reads the NY roster.

You don’t have to call them all “mister,” Sarah.

“Great job Sarah, and on the mound tonight is Josh Beckett…. 2.3 earned run average….”

Oh, Don.

This MLB.tv feed truly sucks. Truly. It’s checkerboarding again. I pay for this???

Jason Varitek doing the catching!!! Jason Varitek doing the catching!!!

Brian O’Nora is our homebase ump. Remember that. I will.

Hi, Josh. I haven’t seen you in so long. I have so much to tell you. So much. But that can wait. You’ve got a little gardening to do…. get it? Brett Gardner? No? I’ll work on it between now and the ninth.

Strike 2! Stike 2! Anddddd… in the dirt. I get it, Josh. You don’t want us getting too happy, too fast.

Hi, Jeb. It is NOT going to be a 7.5 hour game. But I am going to call you Joe Torre, at least in my head, for the next hour for making that comment.

Foulllllll.

Okay. Josh. Joshy. Beckster. Line to right. Base hit.

“Pretty good bat here in the first inning.”

Shove it, Don. This is  your fault.

“Early in his career, that’s a pitch he couldn’t handle,” Jerry said.

Shut. Up.

We get it. It’s a hit. Okay. Movin’ on…

Stolen bases- he has stolen two more than Jacoby. Watch him, Josh. Watch himmmmm… Bunt. Jeter out at first. But Stealy McStealerson is on second.

“They’re expecting a close one with the Yankees sacrificing right out of the chute,” Remy said.

Curtis Grandersnake. Reeeeallllyyyy looks like the guy from Psych. Anyone notice that before? Anyone?

“The Yankees have not been able to do much so far with Josh Beckett,” Jerry said. “Maybe that’s why they’re bunting, just to get a lead.”

STRIKE OUTTTTT.

First K of the night.

I’m glad it was you, Grandersnot. You have struck out 143 times this season. Good.

Mark Teixeira. Steeeeeeerike one.

“We don’t usually see Beckett throw this many curve balls right out of the shoot,” Jerry said.

You’re using “out of the chute” a lot today, Jerry. You need a sayings thesaurus.

“First cut fast ball of the night…. the only pitch we have not seen yet is the changeup,” Jerry said.

Are you watching, John Lackey?

Beck and Tek. They’re like a dream team. Beck and Tek. That’s good. It rhymes, you know.

Full count. Okay. Let’s not do that walking thing, Joshy. Let’s not do that.

Let’s do the strike out thing.

Derek Jeter, I will never look at you the same knowing what I know about your high school reign.

Hi, Mark. You are taking a realllllyyyyy long time at bat. I think Joe Torre was really talking about you, Mark. STRIKE OUT.

KK.

Yes.

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So we meet again, Phil Hughes. You are not nearly as fun to watch as Beckett. You know it. I know it. Jacoby Ellsbury knows it…

Strike out.

Crap.

That was questionable.

Pedroia. Dustin Pedroia. With a .307 average. Comes to eat what you’re dishing out, Phil Hughes. He looks peppy tonight. Look at his eyes. I had to mute it because Don Orsillo was annoying me, so I don’t know if they’re commenting on your eyes, Dustin, but they are all over the place today.

Who cares? You got a single.

A nice single.

Derek Jeter looks a bit pale today. Probably because he read the Deadspin article and know he was a high school “sweetheart couple.”

Adrian Gonzalez. After yesterday, I kind of don’t want to look at you. But here you are. Hi.

I love you, Dustin. But you aren’t just stressing Mark out. You’re kind of stressing me out. Because that was awful close. Could you just stay put for a sec? Thanks.

Okay, Gonz. I am willing to put your recent behavior… um… I am willing to put your recent behavior… um… Okay. I will find a way to give you some sort of reprieve. But only if you accomplish… um… something. Let’s go for something.

You just don’t look like you’re trying. Are you? Are you trying? I mean… is that your trying face? Because David Ortiz’ trying face has flames. FLAMES. You don’t even have tea steam.

Dustin realllllyyyyy wants to steal. Look at him almost go. Again and africkinggain.

Adrian. Caught. Of course.

Gonz. Remember when we were friends? Remember that?

Papi! I am glad to see you. So glad.

Oh no. We are going to strand you on base, aren’t we, Dustin? No. Let’s not let that happen, Papi. No. No. No. With a side of NO. 16 yesterday. 16. Goal? ZERO.

This IS taking forever. World, why must we make Joe Torre right about something?

STRIKE. End of 1st. It is 7:35.

Mo Vaughn! Hi.

I like telethons.

John Valentin! Hi.

Was he always that short?

Mo Vaughn. It is night time. You don’t really need sunglasses.

Strike out for Robinson Cano. Yayness.

Now back to Mo.

Who is in the affordable housing business? Really?

“I’ve been very fortunate to be able to have a solid professional career and go onto anothe rlevel and still be doing well,” Mo said.

“When I retired I did a little bit of tv…”

And now he’s working triple A teaching hitting? Really, John? Neato.

“Are you guys past the point where you miss playing?” Jerry

“I am. The first three to five years was tough,” John said. “When it’s gone that void is never really filled. That’s probably why I’m back on the field trying to teach.”

“I think the toughest thing in life is knowing when to get out but I knew it was my time,” Mo. “Will anything ever replace this atmosphere for me? Probably not.”

Mo went on to play in Angels, Mets…

“We don’t really remember those Angels, Mets days,” Mo said.

Love. You.

“This is a special place. You don’t really realize it when you’re here,” John said.

And. Um. Three outs. Go Red Sox.

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Blah. This inning is not getting off to a good start. I want to talk to Mo some more. But we’re not talking to Mo, so Don, I am afraid I will have to mute you again.

Carl Crawford. My FRIEND. Yes. My FRIEND. A double. That’s why WE are friends. Adrian, my friendship could have been yours. Could have been.

Josh Reddick. And it’s caught.

Sound, you can come back.

“Comes in with a five game hitting streak,” Don said.

Say more things like that.

0 and 2.

Captain?

“He has been catching Josh Beckett all season,” Don said.

And he strikes out.

For those of you paying attention at home, that’s TWO people we’ve stranded. And we’re TWO innings in.

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Josh. Can we make this quick?

SAFE? I think not. I think we can allllll agree on that replay. Of course, there are no replays. Not really. Eduardo Nunez has a “double.” If we can call it that.

Whatever it is, it’s trouble.

Oh good, let’s flash back to the bench clearing yesterday. That was fun. Let’s do it again, kiddies. OUT. That’s right, Stanks. Show us what stranding em at the bases means. Because we haven’t done that in minutes.

Brett Gardner.

Two outs.

Derek Jeter.

I was surprised computers were around when you were in high school, Derek Jeter.

WHAT THE FRICK????

Did you see that? A drop catch. Jacoby? Say it isn’t so… Jacoby? Not you. NOT YOU.

1-0, Stanks. And Derek Jeter’s doing those cocky grin things. Which is fine. Because I know, Derek Jeter. I know what your mullet looked like in high school.

AND he steals a base? I didn’t think you could do that at your age.

Curtis Grandersnake.

Is it really only the top of the third?

SERIOUSLY? You are going to walk him? SERIOUSLY?

Man on first and second.

I see what you’re trying to do. You’re trying to ensure that they strand more people on base than we do, right? A bit dramatic, don’t you think, Beckett?

Out. FINALLY.

FDA, I found the link HILARIOUS. He has a mullet, FDA. A MULLET.

It is imprinted in my brain.

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Marco Scutaro. .272. At your service. With… a hit? A hit?! A hit. A hit!!!! A single! Go Marco!

Jacoby! A double! Jacoby!  We’re… we’re… we’re playing baseball, FDA! We’re really doing it!

Pedroia…. .308 with runners in scoring position. We have runners in scoring position. RunnerS. Plural.

An out. But SCUTARO scores. SCUTARO. I know.

1-1.

Two outs. Because Adrian Gonzalez has this thing against contributing, apparently.

David Ortiz. David. Ortiz.

Walkin’ to first. Yep. Yep. First and second. There we are.

And… crap.

Jed Lowrie. .269.

They say my anti-Jedism is unfounded. Show me, Jed. Put your bats where your… where your… um… something is.

Thanks. Wow. You listened. Thanks.

2-1. US.

Two on base. See that? TWO. Remember how easily a couple can multiply into SIXTEEN, Carl?

This is called momentum, see.

It is STILL the bottom of the third. STILL.

Out. Two more STRANDED.

But the score is 2-1 US.

Fourth. Wow. Fourth. And a CC Sabathia commercial.

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This inning is great. 4th, 2 outs. One after another. Anddddd Josh decides to throw out two balls. It is 8:30 p.m. Alex Rodriguez is eating something and spitting. I really could have gone without that random close up.

Oh good. Terry Francona is also eating and spitting.

Lovely, boys.

Ball four???? Walks to first.

Beckett’s bowling event happened Monday. That sounds like so much fun. I mean, I hate bowling. But I like Josh Beckett.

Out.

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Welcome, Jeff!

Alas, poor Reddick. We barely knew thee.

But it’s okay, because Jason Varitek is here.

Okay. Well. Maybe he’s not entirely here.

Um.

Caught.

Um.

Jason Varitek is such a badass. He must have done that on purpose. We can not pretend to understand the ways of the Tek.

I’m sure he had a reason. A good reason.

Scut pops it up for… out three.

Jeb- Frank wants to go bowling. I’m not into the throwing things at wooden peg things … but I may be persuaded. I will call you so you can waste more money.

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Catch. First out. Lov-er-ly.

Okay. I didn’t catch the question. But the answer is Roger Clemens, so I am not interested, Don.

It’s the top of the fifth. Did I say that already? And strike three.

If you’re keeping count, that’s KKKKKKK.

I enjoyed that little strikeout montage. Do it again!

Derek Jeter, aka: Mullet.

On the ground and under the dive.

Jed LOWRIE!

See? See, people? See what happens when Jed plays?

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The only people I have ever met bowling were scary men with few teeth and spiked SunDrop drinks.

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Two and O.

Curtis Grandersnot.

It would be cool if this was strike out 8.

Cool like cucumber sandwiches.

I LOVE cucumber sandwiches. I make mine with cream cheese and dill. And cucumbers.

Josh Beckett makes his with strike outs. Cool, cool strikeouts.

Cucumbers. Cool. I wonder where that comes from.

High fly… and Reddick makes the catch. Which is also cool. And it’s the middle of a cool, cool fifth.

Jeb: It is the Jimmy Fund Telethon. Mo Vaughn was here earlier. It was swell-er-iffic.

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Joining us- John Henry. Tom Werner.

“It’s a great compliment to Red Sox fans all around the country.” – Tom

Swisher catches the ball and John Henry doesn’t even flinch. See that?

He’s like a fricking statue.

“This has to be the warmest feeling evening of the year at Fenway Park,” he said.

He does not look like he feels very warm tonight.

Pedroia flies out to right field.

Okay. I think the announcer booth is jinxing the field.

I miss Kevin Youkilis.

Do you think he misses me?

“You seem pretty calm right now.” Don’s understatement of… forever.

A-Gonz.  A base hit. React, John Henry! React!

Wow. John Henry has a scary laugh. And Tom Werner has a scary laugh voice.

David Ortiz takes strike one. Takes strike one? Choose a different word, Don.

“It’s, we have everything except our health,” John said. “If we can make it to the playoffs and be healthy we can be a force in the playoffs.”

YOUUUUUKKKKK.

I’m okay.

“It’s better than it used to be,” Jerry said.

Um. Yeah.

“When Boston’s ahead of New York in the standings, there’s no place I’d rather be.” Tom.

They stopped talking. Maybe they are watching the game.

And Jerry starts talking Ortiz numbers, “big numbers against Phil Hughes.”

Let’s see those, shall we?

“Ortiz fouls it back, full count.” Don

“That swing had intentions.” Jerry

Really?

As opposed to his other swings?

Which were just a nifty new dance move?

“George Steinbrenner was always very charitable,” John Henry said.

Thank GOD we don’t have time to digest that. Big Papi homers.

“I think our work is done here,” John Henry said.

Red Sox take a 4-1 lead. Awesome NESN closes up on Joe Girardi. Who looks like he is chewing his cud in the Stanks dugout.

Jed pops out. But we’re still winning.

6th inning. Teixeira leading it off.

Yikes. Rock to the foot. Looked painful.

You okay, Josh? You threw that awfully hard. Don’t strain yourself.

Robinson Cano.

Teix takes second.

Bah.

Gets by Varitek and Teix takes second.

I know you don’t make mistakes, Jason. So I know that must have been on purpose. I know I am not meant to understand your ways, captain, but I find them curious.

Base hit. And Teix scores. Second base goes Cano. Safe.

Blah.

4-2.

Nobody out. Top of the sixth. Man on second. Beckett is freaking me out.

Man on first and second. Line into right field. A base hit.

Cano will score. Of course he will. And …. frick.

Tie game.

4-4.

Um. Curt Young? Um.

Okay. This has been realllllly special, Beckett. Reallllly special. But I think we’re done, you and I. I think you need a little rest.

STILL no outs, by the way. Are you watching this, Curt Young? NO OUTS.

This is bullshit.

5-4.

CURT YOUNG.

See, it’s not Josh Beckett’s job to put Josh Beckett back in the bullpen. That’s YOUR JOB, Curt Young. And YOUR job, Terry Francona. Stop eating the damn sunflower seeds and watch the fricking game!!!!!

Why is this happening????

FDA! Don’t say that about Josh Beckett! Haven’t you ever read Peter Pan? The minute you say that you don’t believe in fairies, a fairy drops down dead. Calling Josh Beckett has similar catastrophic results. See? Clap, damn it. CLAP.

FIX it. You’re closer.

Four scores in a terrrrrrrible 6th. DAMNIT.

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Erik Bedard, I wish you were pitching so I could complain in French.

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Jeff, why is this happening to us?

FDA, you have a farm?

It’s okay. We have two and a half innings. It’s okay.

We will be fine. I am not even worried. Nope.

I miss Kevin Youkilis.

Carl Crawford.

Dr. Harold Burstein is talking about inspirational things.

See, cancer… cancer is hard.

Baseball. A breeze. Right, Carl?

877-738-1234. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation in my name to the Jimmy Fund, kids.

This is my last night off. As some of you know, I am (in addition to being a fab reporter) a working actor… and my show goes into its last weekend tomorrow… So, if you are in North Carolina (um, JEB), there are still four chances to see it…

I miss my life (what little I had), so I’m kind of glad I get most of it back next week.

Jerry Remy looks very uncomfortable talking to the cancer doctor.

Jossssshhhhhh Reddick. Full count. Grounds one, fouls. Okay. One out, by the way. Bottom of 6. 5-4, stanks. Beckett has had 102 pitches. And can we call that a night?

Reddick walksssss.

FDA, he deserves soooooo much more than Lackey. Yeah. Okay. I’m going to imagine that you have a real farm. Oh! With miniature horses. I like miniature horses. They’re very cute. A good friend has them and she calls them walking lawn ornaments.

Fair ball… over bag! Into corner! REDDICK TIES THE SCORE!!!!!

It’s because you clapped, FDA.

TIE GAME. 5-5.

Niftykeenlikeachocolatesundae.

I want a chocolate sundae.

But this will do. Yes, this will do.

I need more vodka. Dose me up, freezer.

Yeah, that’s right. SIT DOWN, Joe Girardi. Or don’t sit down. Yeah. Don’t sit down. Get kicked out again.

It is called “Going to see the elephant” and it is about the Kansas Prairie but it is being produced in North Carolina. Very strange. But I don’t question theatre work. It rarely comes my way with my insane schedule.

Terry Francona, did you see what Joe Girardi just did? It’s called a pitching change.

You, Jeb? With cows? Cows are scary. They’re large. Like, much larger than they look on milk cartoons. There was this cow this one time and…

I know it doesn’t look scary. But it was. These cows escaped into the park next to my office and it was… um… an experience.

Friday, Saturday (two shows) and Sunday. You can woo ladies in Blowing Rock. There are ladies here. I know. I’ve seen them.

Two outs. Swings. Drives one deep center field…

OVER. In the monster seats!

Two run homer Jacoby!!!!

See? See, people? See what happens when you clap? 7-5 BOSTON.

EAT that Joe Girardi. Eat it.

Beckett has had some great numbers, FDA. Head first diving slide! Base hit! Fire. LOVE this inning.

Beckett’s got some of the best numbers in baseball right now. And he’s had a nasty curve tonight.

He just needs to sit down because, clearly, he is tired.

I miss Kevin Youkilis.

I know you were all thinking it too.

Logan is not recording any outs. I would feel sorry for him if it wasn’t beneficially hilarious.

7-5, baby. Out ends the inning.

7-5, baby.

Jeb, you’re allowed on the bandwagon. As long as you make an appropriate sacrifice or show of good faith. You know. Like stealing Yankees hats at bars or tagging “B”s on Yankee bumper stickers. You know what? Be creative. Surprise us.

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7th. OUT. Lovely. And a BECKETT out. Yes.

Way to go, Jeff. I kind of think that out was because of your clapping.

Awesome. I like pink or purple flowers, Jeb. Not that you can’t get a variety pack.

Strike OUT.

Okay, Beckett. You can stay.

I have spoken.

Two down. Mark Teixchasnot at the plate.

I miss Kevin Youkilis.

His batter dance is so much more awesome than yours, Mark Teixeira.

Popped up. And… everyone tries to catch it… and Pedroia really does catch it… and 7th inning stretch begins.

Take me out to the BALLGAME!

I know I’m not the only one singing along.

Yesss. BELIEVE.

Jeb! Yankee hat vandalism is a critical step in your transformation. We can’t make exceptions. We don’t make the rules, after all.

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KEVIN Youkilis comes back to Boston tomorrow and could play again FRIDAY!

Thank you, Heidi. Thank you.

And something about JD Drew and an injured finger. Sounds horrid.

AND KEVIN YOUKILIS COMES BACK TO BOSTON!!!!

We should have a parade. Should we have a parade? And… stickers or something?

Who’s missed him? Who?

Raise your hand, America.

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Jed Lowrie. 1 and 1. Bottom of 7. One out.

Foul.

There is a Dunkin’ dugout? Really?

Daniel Bard getting ready for the eighth inning. Yay!

Ball four and down to first goes Lowrie.

Crapola.

Double play ball ends the inning.

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I used to love watching Beckett play nat league games. Boy can hit. I love his pitch face. I don’t know if ANYONE is worth 17 mill a year… but Josh has been a-okay since he unslumped from that unspeakable year.

I’m with you on Lester. He is my current most-trusted sidekick.

And grossly underrated by the national media.

Of COURSE he did, Jeff. I felt the homer in my soul.

Daniel Bard, remember when you made magic? Let’s make some more. Let’s make magic allllllll over this inning, shall we?

A “nifty play” by Scutaro!

Nicceeee.

And Beckett is not even in the same league as Lackluster. Beckett doesn’t box himself into a jackass hole in post-game interviews.

We are third in the AL in fielding percentage. Yankes are sixth. Good. To. Know.

That was a dramatic foot foul, Swisher.

I wish I had ice cream.

62 strike outs for Bard. Behind Papelbon at 70.

“Almost hits him,” Don said.

Swisher is so dramatic. Did you see that? He doubles over in fake pain.

Picked by Pedroia. Thrown OUT.

“A couple of pretty special plays in the inning,” Don said.

“Pedroia has that incredible hand-eye coordination,” Remy said.

Yep.

“Defense really helping out Daniel Bard in this inning.” Remy.

Yes, see, that’s what defense is for. To HELP.

Eric Chavez. Strike.

Alliteration matters little to us, Jeb. Very little. Vandalism means much more.

Chavez strikes OUT.

7-5. Yep-yep.

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Josh Reddick. Bottom of the 8th. Paps warming up. It’s good to be on top. FAIR BALL. To second base goes Reddick.

What, no words, Joe Girardi? You sure?

You don’t have to censor yourself around me. Why don’t you chase down that umpire and tell him what’s up?

Dooooo it.

Announcers think Tek is going to bunt to push Reddick to the run. Swings away, Captain decides to HOMER INSTEAD.

EAT IT, DOUBTERS.

I LOVE that man. LOVE.

I miss Kevin Youkilis.

Oh, it’s 9-5. By the way. That’s 9-5 BOSTON.

An out. Okay.

TEKKY GOT A HOMER.

Speak for yourself, Jeb. I was belting it out here. Ellie went running for cover. Okay. So she didn’t even flinch. See?

Laziest dog IN THE WORLD.

Inning over. But that homer will replay in my head all night.

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A new Facebook status: “THAT, ladies and gents, is why they call him the Captain.”

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Jeff, the WORLD saw that. And, most importantly, I’m sure Posada and Jeter saw that. They can weep. Looks like Tek isn’t joining their old-irrelevant-fogeys club anytime soon.

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One down.

“You’ve seen him around but not on the mound.” Don can rhyme.

Right field. Reddick. TWO DOWN.

One more.

I am a total believer in the well-timed pep talk, Jeb.

Strike two! Strike two!

I’m glad you kids don’t know each other in real life. I think the chemistry would be electric. Jeb’s got some moves.

STRIKE OUT! Red Sox win! Lovely.

Thanks for sharing this with me, kiddies. Love to you all.

~L

KEVIN YOUKILIS GETS BACK TO BOSTON TOMORROW!!!!! FDA, could you hang a sign or something? Thanks.

Categories: Drunken Live Blogging
  1. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    See this is why I don’t understand why I’m hated around these parts. Who else brings you links of an awkward high school student Derek Jeter wearing a mullet and volunteering as a computer tutor? Who?

  2. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I’ve decided that I will be live-blogging the Pirates at Astros. On second thought, that’s probably a lame idea. Both teams suck. And I don’t think I get the game. I guess I’ll just settle in for a 7.5 hour YANKS-SAWX outing.

  3. FireDannyAinge
    August 31, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Mo and John have been all over my TV today and I have only been home since 5.

    A link about Jeter? Yep I don’t live in NY and don’t give a crap. TROLLing sucks.

    Go Sox.

  4. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    So FDA doesn’t like links that make fun of Jeter now? Sigh.

  5. August 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I’m really growing wear of announcers complaining about the length of games and how long pitchers take between pitches. I truly believe that this is a conspiracy that is being planted by the PTBs in the MLB. We are getting from everyone in the broadcast booth. Last week, Tom Grieve would not SHUT UP about how long Bedard took to pitch against the Rangers. I don’t care how long the game takes. Let the pitcher have as long as he needs. But it’s being planted by broadcasters. And I’m not joking, either, because they have all started doing it at the same time.

  6. August 31, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Oh, and I forgot….Hi, Soxy. I should have said that first. Good to see you tonight. Let’s have a win.

  7. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    After my recent performance, I hate bowling too. I paid $10 to bowl for an hour. I played 6-7 games. I didn’t bowl above 100 once. Pitiful.

  8. August 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    That’s “Captain Badass!” :-)

  9. August 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I love bowling. My wife and I met in a bowling league.

  10. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    What is with this booth? Curt Schilling AND Nomar? Is this a Red Sox old-timers game? A Sons of Sam Horn message board?

  11. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    That helped.

  12. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Well that play was a bit of a debacle.

  13. FireDannyAinge
    August 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I don’t care aboyt Jeter at all. He doesn’t exist.

    Beckett is overrated and over paid and I said this a year ago, He is NOT worth the money

  14. FireDannyAinge
    August 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I knew they would pull this. They never come through when it really matters. Like winning the division

    2007 was a dream.

    I am done with baseball tonight. off to my farm.

  15. FireDannyAinge
    August 31, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Clap, clap.

    Really Beckett has had one good year. He whined and got paid more then Lackey and has been useless ever sense.

    Back to the farm.

  16. FireDannyAinge
    August 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Farmville. It’s a game on facebook.

  17. August 31, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I don’t know why this is happening. But I’m not giving up. And what show? I mean, I’m nowhere close, but what show are you in?

  18. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    If Derek Jeter doesn’t exist, then I’m really creeped out by two hits and an RBI in the box score.

    Beckett has had one good year? In a year that is by far the best of his career? Boston fans really are ridiculous.

    You should keep playing Farmville. Boston tied it up. I think they do better without Debbie Downer watching. :)

  19. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I posted real pictures of cows and you hated on them Lauren. Now you want to imagine FDA has real live horses? I’m hurt. So hurt.

    What is your remaining show schedule? I was planning to see one last week but I was too busy wooing the ladies.

  20. FireDannyAinge
    August 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Go to hell troll. Beckett had ONE good year in Boston. It’s a fact. Every team has pitchers that can win 1-0 but Beckett almost never can.

    God, Pirates “fans” with no hope for the future have nothing better to do then f*** with me on a blog. Really get a life. Go follow your own team while it falls back to earth with a thud.

    The big picture is all that matters and this team doesn’t have the pitching. When we do play the Tigers we will have this piece of garbage swearing his way to a loss against Verlander and the series will be over before it starts. Or we will waste Lester against Verlander and lose 1-0.

  21. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    FDA, saying something is a fact does not make it so. Josh Beckett’s ERA is 2.43. He is allowing less than one combined walk and hit per inning pitched. That is a good season. No it is a great season.

    No the correct response is that you have nothing better to do than respond with righteous indignation to anyone who challenges your “brilliant” baseball knowledge just because you happen to be a BoSox fan. My team sucks. I’ve always said they do. I’m allowed to have an opinion on other teams.

    Boston’s pitching is a problem but it ain’t because of Beckett. And sure Verlander is good, but who the hell else does Detroit have? Detroit has to win Game 1 or it will be a sweep. Games 2 and 3 will be something like 9-4 Boston. Then they’ll have to pitch Verlander on a couple days rest in a desperate Game 4.

  22. August 31, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I’ll do my part. CLAPCLAPCLAPCLAP!!!!

  23. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Friday is a no go. I will shoot for either Saturday or Sunday. I hope FDA can make it on the weekend so we can discuss our issues and hug it out.

  24. August 31, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Glad I could help. I BELIEVE!!!!! <3

  25. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Haven’t I been kinda sorta on the bandwagon all year since I picked them in the preseason? I don’t see why I have to participate in hazing rituals to prove myself. I promise to make fun of some Yankees fans that I know when I go to homecoming this year. Is it enough if I buy a pair of red sox in lieu of my usual purchase of white sox….er socks?

  26. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Buy me some peeeeanuts and craaaacker jacks!

    Can we sing Sweet Caroline yet? Or do we have to wait till Boston wins? That’s a fun song. Always brings down the house at karaoke.

  27. FireDannyAinge
    August 31, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Beckett has a great era and a shitty record and those are on him. Because even when he loses 1-0 he gave up the 1 run. He never has to take the blame for any run he gives up even when he is acting like an asshole on the mound. For all the crap Lackey gets for acting like that on the mound Beckett gets a free pass.

    Beckett is not worth 17 million a year. He is a joke. If he is the best pitcher the red sox have they are going no where.

    He has one inning where he sucks in almost every game. Lester is the only ace this team has and he is not even a real ace.

    I actually watch the games which is something you obviously don’t. Stats don’
    t tell everything.

    This team has enough bandwagon fans. They don’t need anymore.

  28. August 31, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Eighth inning, Jeb. Eighth inning.

  29. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I was gonna tell a story about how I once dated a Boston fan….but then I realized that wouldn’t be true. Don’t think I’ve dated a Yankees fan either. Come to think of it, I don’t think any of my girlfriends liked baseball. What’s the point of this comment? No idea.

  30. August 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    *hand raised!!*

  31. August 31, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Your husband just hit a homer in Pawtucket, according to a tweet.

  32. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    If I had a pitcher that only allowed one run in a game, I’d consider that pretty good.

    You just claimed you were playing Farmville so I don’t think you are watching the games either :)

    Stats don’t tell everything. Never said they did. But they do provide data points that are less influenced by opinion and bias than watching without data.

    A Win above Replacement is worth around $4 million last I checked. Baseball Reference says Beckett has provided 5.6 WAR this year. 4*5.6=22.4 million. $17 million a year sounds pretty reasonable to me.

    • FireDannyAinge
      August 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Only an idiot would consider that a good thing when the other team gave up no runs.
      The point of these things is winning.

      17 million for 11 wins. All that mattes is winning.

      He sucks. He just doesn’t suck as much as he did the last few years.

      • thegreatdepressive
        August 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm

        Is it the pitcher’s fault the offense can’t get more than zero runs off an opposing pitcher?

        Wins are a BS stat. They are partly reliant on actually getting run support from your offense. That’s something that an AL pitcher can’t really affect unless you think a well-timed pep talk is cure for a bad hitting night.

  33. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    How about if I confess my undying devotion to Bill Simmons? Does that give me any Boston bandwagon brownie bonus points? LOOK AT THE ALLITERATION!

  34. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    We’ve been playing for about 3 hours now. Only need another 4.5 hours for my prediction to come true! I have faith.

  35. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    According to Fangraphs, Beckett did suck tonight. He lowered the chances of a Boston win by 17.7%. Jacoby Ellsbury is the MVP of the night thus far. He’s made a Boston win 32.9% more likely. Boston now has a 93.4% of winning. Am I trying to cause a jinx? No…

  36. August 31, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Sweet Caroline…bahmbahmbahm….good times never felt so good…SO GOOD! SO GOOD! SO GOOD!

  37. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I was going to write something alliterative with vandalism but then I remembered that I could probably just post that V For Vendetta rant. I don’t care to search for it though. It’s a lazy night.

  38. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I missed Sweet Caroline. Sad face. Stupid commercial breaks. This is why we need to ban capitalism. In Soviet Russia, we would not miss Sweet Caroline for a word from our sponsors. Because the sponsors would be in the gulags.

  39. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I think Boston’s chances for victory just went up on Fangraphs.

  40. August 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    DID YOU SEE THAT????? My Captain!!!!!

  41. FireDannyAinge
    August 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Bill Simmons is a tool. A lying, two faced idiot. You would be a fan.

  42. FireDannyAinge
    August 31, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Lester was picked to win the Cy Young award by a bunch of people this year. He has hardly lived up to the faith that National media had in him.

    17 million. 11 wins. Yep so worth it, rolling eyes.

  43. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Why do you think I love talking to you so much? :)

  44. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    So now you’re giving Josh Beckett 11 wins solely because of his record? That’s a silly way to value but I’ll play. So you think a win is worth less than 17/11= ~$1.5 million. The going rate on the market the last few years has been ~$4 million. If you think wins are only worth $1.5 million, you need to pull for a different team. Preferably one with a much smaller payroll.

    And the Red Sox won. So I guess they don’t completely suck.

  45. August 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    G’night, Lauren!

  46. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    “I’m glad you kids don’t know each other in real life. I think the chemistry would be electric. Jeb’s got some moves.”

    I like to think we’d be like the Boston couple from SNL. “No you’re retahded!” “No you ah!” Of course I have a Southern drawl and not a Boston accent.but there ya go.

  47. FireDannyAinge
    August 31, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    The only rate I care about is paying 60 dollars for a seat to watch Josh Beckett f*** it up.
    All because he needed to make more money then Lackey. Wouldn’t want him to have another temper tantrum because he didn’t get his own way. Those press conferences are hilarious.not.

    The last time the red sox won the season series against them we had to pray for a miracle to over come a 0-3 deficit. The Yankees won’t let that happen again.

    Bandwagon fans don’t understand how the Red Sox work. Obviously. You’ll learn, but then again you aren’t a real bandwagon fan anyway since you already admitted you hate the red sox and come here only to troll.

    Certain players like Beckett get a free pass when they suck but then we have guys like Pedroia that save their ass’s .

    This team would be dead in the water of it wasn’t for guys like Aceves.

    The next 7 years with Gonzo walking to first should be oh so much fun.

  48. FireDannyAinge
    August 31, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    He’s from the south. That explains it all.

    Sorry Lauren I like men. Not guys in closets like Jeb_alina there.

  49. August 31, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    gonz seems to be getting worse! i was unable to catch actual games last week, but i’ve been reading many an annoying sports blog. i was hoping it wasn’t as bad as… well… it is…
    i’m not sure what happened. he was SO much fun to watch a few months ago. remember?
    step it up, gonz… it’s going to be an interesting post-season. i am hoping this is like those slumps papi tends to have. and he’ll power out of it like a nuke.
    can’t wait.

  50. thegreatdepressive
    August 31, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I don’t come here to troll. I come because it’s my friend’s blog and I like to share in the merriment of a blog solely following a team’s season-long journey. I have too many other interests to do that for the Pirates. Plus it would have been very depressing. Moreso than usual with the false hope at the break.

    Your comments in #50 are simply sad and show that you have nothing to offer. Therefore they do not warrant a response.

  51. FireDannyAinge
    August 31, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Liar. Truth hurts.

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