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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Blue Jays (46-47) @ RedSox (48-46), Saturday, July 21, 2012, 7:10pm

TOR:Carlos Villanueva (28, RHP, 4-0, 2.68)
BOS:Aaron Cook (33, RHP, 2-2, 3.34)

The Primer Chimp Posted: July 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM | 43 comment(s)
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   1. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM (#4188871)
Very nice ceremony for Tek pregame. Pretty sure he tried to throw a Knuckler to Wakefield as the first pitch. V
   2. Phil Coorey. Posted: July 21, 2012 at 07:50 PM (#4188886)
When was the last time the Sox lead after the first inning?
   3. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 07:51 PM (#4188887)
Guess those days off did Salty some good.
   4. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 21, 2012 at 07:53 PM (#4188891)
Good example there of why ROE should be credited to the hitter.
   5. Phil Coorey. Posted: July 21, 2012 at 07:59 PM (#4188894)
sorry - 2nd inning earlier
   6. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:01 PM (#4188896)
When was the last time the Sox lead after the first inning?


Gamer four of the 2004World Series? Not certain but it feels right.
   7. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:03 PM (#4188900)
Time for Cook to amp up and get the K!
   8. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:04 PM (#4188902)
Like I said...
   9. Phil Coorey. Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:23 PM (#4188906)
Gamer four of the 2004World Series? Not certain but it feels right.


feels like that!
   10. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:28 PM (#4188909)
[Varitek interview]

No commentary on the bunt attempt.

[Varitek interview]

Ignore the wild pitch and dropped throw until the play is over.

[Varitek interview]

God I hate the NESH broadcast.
   11. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:30 PM (#4188910)
Hey, it's a 3-1 game. Practically a runaway. Why focus on it when there's an inarticulate retiree to talk to?
   12. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:33 PM (#4188913)
The NESN broadcast is bad but an interview with a former star on the night he is being honored is hardly the biggest transgression.
   13. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:34 PM (#4188914)
Does that count as another Middlebrooks DP that we're supposed to implicitly criticize him for? (While ignoring the fact that the DP leaders list in MLB is almost invariably dominated by excellent hitters?)
   14. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:36 PM (#4188915)
The NESN broadcast is bad but an interview with a former star on the night he is being honored is hardly the biggest transgression.


Professional announcers conduct those interviews while still managing to stay focused on the game.

We, on the other hand, have Don and Jerry.
   15. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:37 PM (#4188916)
Not sure how we can put that on WMB.
   16. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:37 PM (#4188917)
The NESN broadcast is bad but an interview with a former star on the night he is being honored is hardly the biggest transgression.
The interview is fine. The practice on NESN of entirely ignoring the baseball game during the interview annoys the crap out of me.

Even Fox doesn't do that when they have a booth interview.
   17. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:39 PM (#4188919)
Does that count as another Middlebrooks DP that we're supposed to implicitly criticize him for?
We are? I missed this.

RH middle-of-the-order hitters with poor plate discipline and without lots of speed usually hit into lots of DPs. It's probably a real thing, though of course also contextual.
   18. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4188921)
We, on the other hand, have Don and Jerry.


I'm guilty of liking those two a lot. For 140 games a year I'd rather have people who making me laugh and are fun to be around than someone turning every game into a life or death proposition, I do that enough on My own.

My issues with NESN is the clubhouse tours and the in game guests (generally) and stuff like that. Jenny Dell really hurts the broadcast a lot, she is really bad, it's uncomfortable to watch.
   19. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:42 PM (#4188922)
Probably should've let that roll.
   20. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:46 PM (#4188925)
I'm guilty of liking those two a lot. For 140 games a year I'd rather have people who making me laugh and are fun to be around than someone turning every game into a life or death proposition, I do that enough on My own.
I felt that way about them several years ago. I feel like they turned a corner not too long ago where it just entirely stopped being about baseball for them.
   21. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:48 PM (#4188927)
We are? I missed this.

RH middle-of-the-order hitters with poor plate discipline and without lots of speed usually hit into lots of DPs. It's probably a real thing, though of course also contextual.


Dan has been obsessively focused on Middlebrooks' DPs in recent days, although he doesn't appear to be here tonight, so I probably shouldn't have snarked in his direction.
   22. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:49 PM (#4188928)
We are? I missed this.

RH middle-of-the-order hitters with poor plate discipline and without lots of speed usually hit into lots of DPs. It's probably a real thing, though of course also contextual.


Dan has been obsessively focused on Middlebrooks' DPs in recent days, although he doesn't appear to be here tonight, so I probably shouldn't have snarked in his direction.
   23. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:49 PM (#4188929)
This new thing where they tell us what is coming up later really has to go. Do I really need to know that they're going to update me on Orioels/Indians next inning? How about you just tell me the score now?
   24. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:51 PM (#4188930)
Even though he didn't get that one, I love Pedroia's swing on hanging breaking balls. He drops his knee and his back shoulder and when he makes contact, the bat is nearly at his eye level. No one else in the game does that.
   25. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM (#4188931)
I do blame the NESN producers overseeing the broadcast as much as I blame Don & Jerry for their failures. They've encouraged the gigglefests by packaging them into "Best of Don & Jerry" highlights in recent offseasons, and of course they're the ones who insist on giving us the dopey clubhouse tours, Jenny Dell, and all the other extraneous mid-game material.
   26. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM (#4188932)
Cooking up a Jacques Pepin roast chicken tonight. Best roast chicken recipe ever, and you don't even need to properly truss the bird. I hate trussing.
   27. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM (#4188933)
Middlebrooks DOES lead the team In DPs with 9. MCoA is right though, I think thats just going to be part of the WMB experience, he's that type of hitter.
   28. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:54 PM (#4188934)
Great scoop by Gonzo there!
   29. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:55 PM (#4188935)
I mean, who thought it was "cute" to tape an incredibly lengthy fake bit about Don spending the All-Star break with Wally the Green Monster, so that it could be played in the middle of game action last week?
   30. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM (#4188937)
Cooking up a Jacques Pepin roast chicken tonight. Best roast chicken recipe ever, and you don't even need to properly truss the bird. I hate trussing.


I recommend my wife's favorite, the Marcella Hazan two-lemon roast chicken for ultimate moistness.
   31. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:01 PM (#4188938)
So much for Aaron Cook, groundball pitcher.
   32. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM (#4188940)
The walk/homer combo isn't really one you expect from Aaron Cook.
   33. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:04 PM (#4188943)
Eh, we definitely can't complain about what Cook's given us. I'll take 3 runs in 6 innings from him every time out if I can.
   34. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:16 PM (#4188948)
So much for Aaron Cook, groundball pitcher.
   35. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:20 PM (#4188950)
I recommend my wife's favorite, the Marcella Hazan two-lemon roast chicken for ultimate moistness.
I haven't tried that. Love Marcella.
   36. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:32 PM (#4188953)
Crawford's popgun arm comes into play.
   37. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:33 PM (#4188954)
These guys do understand that they have to a) win more than they lose at home; b) win series against division opponents and c) win series against all wild card contenders, to have any chance at making the playoffs, right?
   38. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:34 PM (#4188955)
So let's assume we lose this game and win tomorrow. We'll be two over .500 before six games in Texas and the Bronx. A 2-4 trip leaves us 51-51 with 60 games to go. It's hard to feel confident in this team right now.
   39. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:36 PM (#4188956)
The Matt Albers pixie dust is wearing off even faster than Aaron Cook's.
   40. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:48 PM (#4188960)
I think we have to start thinking of this as a .500 team. Four months without any sort of extended hot streak. We can blame injuries and talk about the talent that is here but at some point you are what you are.
   41. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:51 PM (#4188962)
It doesn't help that Lester and Beckett are around to destroy any momentum they might develop.
   42. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4188970)
So frustrating to watch this team. I was feeling really good Friday morning. Blue Jays were banged up, we'd been hot since the break after a great win Thursday and the pitching was in theory beautifully lined up. Instead, hey, let's lay an egg!
   43. Chip Posted: July 21, 2012 at 10:17 PM (#4188972)
Once Pedroia had to go to the ground to get that ball he should not have thought he could get a speedster like Davis. Instead he lets the run score AND fails to record an out.

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