October 12, 2004

Red Sox vs. Yankees, Game 1: As previewed by the Boston Globe and New York Times. Post your ALCS Game 1 chatter here, please. [as discussed here]

posted by kirkaracha to baseball at 06:30 PM - 45 comments

First comment: how freakin' over the top is Fox with this series? That whole Star Wars thing... jeebus. Can we just play the game already?!

posted by hincandenza at 07:19 PM on October 12

Well that's it for me, I'm not watching the rest of this game. Schilling looks very bad, and Mussina was surprisingly sharp against Boston. Fuck!

posted by hincandenza at 07:38 PM on October 12

Was the music video/song that Fox showed after the stupid 'Star Wars' segment making fun of Nomar and the Cubs?

posted by NoMich at 08:05 PM on October 12

not used to this early lead thing. feeling a little uneasy.

posted by goddam at 08:18 PM on October 12

If Schilling's hurt bad enough that he does this bad in his next game, the Yankees will win the series.

posted by kirkaracha at 08:29 PM on October 12


posted by rcade at 08:30 PM on October 12

Boy am I glad I am watching bits and pieces with the sound mainly down. I wish that there was a "no thrills"(no hype) sports network. They would just call and report on the action. No extra hype, no phoney stats, no "experts" who know nothing. No lengthy comentarys would be allowed.

posted by daddisamm at 09:10 PM on October 12

Mussina perfect through six...

posted by dusted at 09:11 PM on October 12

I haven't seen Mussina pitch this well since a game very early in the season against the Rangers where he was all but unhittable. As much of a Yankee-hater as I am, I'll fess up to liking that guy. My two main gripes, since I missed the pregame show thanks to a grocery run: 1) What the hell was that Scooter the ball segment? It's as annoying as Clippy the helper in MS Office programs 2) Why the hell are the Yankees going back a decade and chanting Whoomp! There it is!? Is Kenny Lofton going to do his postgame speech in Cross Culture threads? Sheesh.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:16 PM on October 12

Bottom of the seventh. The Red Sox bring in their third (or is it fourth?) reliever of the night -- Tim Wakefield, who is supposed to _start_ game four of the series. Wakefield pitches to Kenny Lofton. Lofton hits one into the nosebleed seats, bringing the score to 7-0. Stadium erupts into a chant of, "Who's your daddy?" Wakefield gets Jeter and Rodriguez, but Sheffield hits a double and Gojira lines one across first base. 8-0. I should probably stop now, huh? Who's your daddy, who's your daddy...

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:20 PM on October 12

I should probably stop now, huh? That would be affirmative. And base hit!

posted by dusted at 09:27 PM on October 12

re:Whoomp! There it is! they're not going back a decade, they just never got rid of it. they've been using it throughout this recent run and they don't really like to change things up when things are going good. and when they do, they get an earful. on opening day there was no out of town scoreboard, no crackerjacks and (thankfully) no "cotton eye joe" during the 7th inning stretch. they got enough complaints that by father's day it was all back again.

posted by goddam at 09:32 PM on October 12

Well that was quick!

posted by dusted at 09:38 PM on October 12

What the hell was that Scooter the ball segment? Speak for yourself. I thought the segment that Scooter did with Ken Caminiti last year on how to freebase cocaine was very helpful.

posted by rcade at 09:40 PM on October 12

dammit. i knew i sensed a disturbance in the force.

posted by goddam at 09:41 PM on October 12

Well well, 8-5...

posted by swank6 at 09:42 PM on October 12

Man, if the sox lose this series, I think I've got to kill myself. My life's been in the shitter as it is, I spent last week sitting in Vegas, feeling utterly isolated and alone in one of the most bustling, densely populated few square miles on planet earth. This would just be a real nice kick in the teeth before I go.

posted by hincandenza at 09:56 PM on October 12

Speak for yourself. I thought the segment that Scooter did with Ken Caminiti last year on how to freebase cocaine was very helpful. Ouch. the above statement is my no means implying that I didn't chuckle heartily

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:59 PM on October 12

My inner pessimist says no way the sox win this game. But fun to scare the shit out of the Yanks anyway. [8th, 1 out.]

posted by tieguy at 10:01 PM on October 12

Holy crap. 6 inches from a tie game.

posted by tieguy at 10:07 PM on October 12

Hal, I was in Vegas twice in less than ten days, including this weekend, and it depresses me every time. And the Sox are only 90 feet from a tied game... things are looking up for you, my man.

posted by dusted at 10:11 PM on October 12

A reliever! A reliever! Red Sox nation for a reliever!

posted by kokaku at 10:35 PM on October 12

It's over. If the sox had come back and won this one, it would have been huge. If Ortiz' ball goes just a foot or two further... if the fucking bullpen hadn't given back that hard won comeback in the span of a half inning... But they wilted, and now it's over. The Sox have the talent to win, and I believe are the superior team, but they won't do it.

posted by hincandenza at 10:59 PM on October 12

these two teams are determined to make me go gray before i'm 30. i'll be at the stadium tomorrow night and should have some pictures to post if anyone is interested. i'll even be nice and take some pics of the sox:-)

posted by goddam at 11:04 PM on October 12

( NY )__ / ( (_) ) (l l |__===o:`:. |_/_ ::: .................RED SOX" Damn yankees...

posted by justgary at 02:13 AM on October 13

holy cow...

posted by vito90 at 02:37 AM on October 13

Well now its Pedro's turn!

posted by daddisamm at 04:51 AM on October 13

Hal: I agree this is sort of depressing, but if the Sox can spot the Yanks six runs and six perfect innings, and still scare the hell out of them... well, I don't think the Yanks will get spotted that kind of lead in other games with their other pitchers. We'll see, of course... it is pretty scary to have to assume we won't see Schilling again this season :/

posted by tieguy at 07:01 AM on October 13

The Sox have the talent to win, and I believe are the superior team, but they won't do it. Last time I checked, you had to win four games in a league championship series. Did the Yankees win another three times after I went to bed?

posted by rcade at 07:10 AM on October 13

So with the "Star Wars" theme, and the NY crowds' "Who's your daddy . . . " Do we finally find out that "Pedro"(Luke) has a Daddy, and do we get to hear the Bostonians, "NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. . ." As they drop into the deep pit of 0-2. I hope they don't.

posted by oicnub4 at 07:57 AM on October 13

I'm really glad that Mussina didn't get a perfect game or a no-hitter. The squealing of joy and media fellating the "Yankee mystique" would have been too much for me to watch.

posted by grum@work at 09:28 AM on October 13

A no-hitter is a pretty amazing thing. If Moose had had a no-hitter, and people got excited, it wouldn't have been "fellating" anything.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:58 AM on October 13

So my local ESPN radio affiliate did carry the game last night (and heard this morning that they'll broadcast both games tonight on two different stations), but who's calling this series? Joe Morgan, that's who. I just can't win. Anyway, I almost shut it off after the Yankees went up 8-0. Glad I stayed to hear the end of it. Schilling's injury aside, it was a great game. Go Sox!

posted by rocketman at 11:03 AM on October 13

I'd pay to hear Morgan instead of the tweedledum and tweedledummer that I'm stuck with on FOX. While Morgan is an idiot, he doesn't do too badly when it's him and Miller calling a game. Especially compared to the idiots we're stuck with on the TV broadcast.

posted by Bernreuther at 12:01 PM on October 13

It's pretty sad that come playoff time, they just want to please the masses with dumbed down commentary and special effects. Makes me miss the guys from NESN, YES and the FoxSports affiliates who actually have local knowledge rather than some randomly researched facts written down on note cards. It must kill those guys to go through 162 games and then hand the microphone over to these talking heads. I did like Leiter last night though. I'm guessing they'll keep him around for the remainder of the series.

posted by usfbull at 01:14 PM on October 13

leiter was good last night. reminded a bit of when joe girardi does games. they'll explain why someone threw a certain pitch in a certain situation and shit like that. and then shut up about it instead of bringing it up innings after it occurred (like mccarver did with matsui's hit in the first)

posted by goddam at 01:38 PM on October 13

Girardi is excellent. Leiter needs more practice, he still stumbles over words too much and annoys me, despite being smart. At least this year he's mostly looking at the camera when he demonstrates things. Last year he stared off camera into the monitor, which was weird. I hope they can smack Pedro around tonight... a 2-0 lead would be fantastic.

posted by Bernreuther at 03:46 PM on October 13

Best suggestion I've heard: get a YES guy, a NESN guy, and a decent 3rd party to keep them on track and let them call the game. Screw McCarver and Buck.

posted by kokaku at 04:22 PM on October 13

kokaku: that would work, or at least be damned interesting. Certainly better than this fox crap.

posted by tieguy at 04:30 PM on October 13

Third the motion. You'd get some in-depth knowledge of the teams, and they'd keep each other honest.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 04:45 PM on October 13

McCarver: "Well the Yankees were up 8 to 0 and now they're up 8 to 5." Buck: "Right. Eight minus five is three. One, two , three runs, that the difference in this game, folks." McCarver: "You know, they scored five runs to pull within three runs. They're within three runs because the Yankees have eight runs. Eight minus five is three." Leiter: "The knuckle, um, ah, curve mumble mumble mumble like I myself mumble mumble when I'm on the, um, mound. mumble mumble." McCarver: "Can you imagine if the Red Sox score three more runs? According to my calculations this game would be about tied." Buck: "Well, Tim let's see. Five plus three... Well I have to agree, good point, if they do score three more runs we will have a tied ball game on our hands, folks."

posted by crank at 05:29 PM on October 13

Crank, is that really what those clowns said?

posted by billsaysthis at 06:28 PM on October 13

Wow, the "who's your daddy?" chant is going to be as annoying as the Tomahawk Chop in about 4 more outs.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:31 PM on October 13

Crank, is that really what those clowns said? Oh, well maybe not quite THAT bad, but close. They were just so repetitive. They talked about Schilling's ankle, to the exclusion of other topics, for an entire inning. I'd love to see a guy from YES and a guy from NESN call a game together- guys who could offer more insight than what I get from just reading the paper (which is about what Buck and McCarver offer)..

posted by crank at 10:43 PM on October 13

I loved the WebMD shot that showed us laypersons exactly where, on the body, the ankle is located.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:35 PM on October 14

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