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Jasonik
June 10th, 2009, 09:06 AM
Bottom 2nd. You don't even want to believe it at first, after so many months of mighty hacks a split second after fastballs pass, fly balls that die on the warning track, and weak grounders into the shift. It feels unreal somehow, like someone has triggered a glitch in the matrix, and suddenly the Big Papi who hits bombs is standing there at the plate, in that unmistakable home run pose. And there he goes, into that Cadillacking home run trot, and only a full three seconds after it happens does the two-run bomb to straightaway center even register as 'reality'. And then there's another familiar feeling, of an earlier vintage: an insistent little butterfly of hope, which will not be deterred by your better judgment.
More Notes on a smackdown (http://confessionalpoet.typepad.com/cursed_to_first/2009/06/filthy-mcnastys.html)

Jasonik
June 11th, 2009, 08:10 PM
http://radio.weblogs.com/0129978/images/papi.jpg

sfenn1117
June 11th, 2009, 08:29 PM
^Doubled his season HR total this series. Yankee killer indeed.

Another big mistake on the bags by Swisher. Yanks need to win a CC/penny matchup.

Bronxbombers
June 11th, 2009, 10:24 PM
I hope that the Yankees beat the Red Sox tonight. And I hope that CC beat Penny.

OmegaNYC
June 12th, 2009, 12:51 AM
The Yanks fell to the Sox 4-3. They are now 0-8, againt Boston.





So Omega, mom once dropped you on your head?


What, is my gash still visible? ;)

Jasonik
June 12th, 2009, 02:24 AM
CC pitched late and great -- into the 8th, season-high 123 pitches -- one batter too many. Yanks need relief (http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/9671924/Yanks-will-look-for-relief-on-trade-market).


It's the first time the Red Sox have opened the season with eight straight wins against their New York rivals since they helped christen the brand-new Fenway Park by winning the first 14 matchups against the Highlanders in 1912. Counting the last time they met last season, Boston has won nine straight. (http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2009/06/11/red_sox_rally_for_eighth_straight_vs_yanks_in_09/)


http://students.ithaca.edu/~lsmall1/images/chase.jpg (http://www.squidoo.com/New-York-Yankee-Captains)

"I wasn't satisfied with what the club owners paid me. Like others, I had to have a bet on the side and we used to bet with the other team and the gamblers who sat in the boxes. It was easy to get a bet. Sometimes collections were hard to make. Players would pass out IOUs and often be in debt for their entire salaries. That wasn't a healthy condition. Once the evil started there was no stopping it, and club owners were not strong enough to cope with the evil."
~ Hal "The Prince" Chase, Captain of the 1912 New York Highlanders




http://www.baseballlibrary.com/pics/Yankees_Opening_Day_1912.jpg (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/excerpts/excerpt.php?book=new_york_yankees&page=7)


On April 11, 1912, opening day, the Highlanders made their first appearance in pinstripes and interlocked NY logo, which has become their trademark uniform. The team would again change the appearance of their uniforms in 1913 and not return to pinstripes until 1915. The interlocked NY logo would again disappear on the home uniform and not return until 1936. In the foreground of this photograph are co-owner Bill Devery (left) and new manager Harry Wolverton (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Harry_Wolverton_1873) at the opening celebration.


Playing the Red Sox in the opener at New York's Hilltop Park (http://www.baseball-almanac.com/stadium/st_hill.shtml) Boston scores a run in the 1st against Ray Caldwell (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Ray_Caldwell_1888)‚ and the Yankees respond with two runs in the bottom against Joe Wood. That is all the scoring until the ninth inning‚ when the Sox score four runs‚ including two on a Smoky Joe single. Boston wins‚ 5-3‚ on Smoky Joe Wood's seven hitter.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2161/2163871626_babe099144.jpg?v=0 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoky_Joe_Wood)

Joe Wood wouldn't earn the nickname "Smoky" until the World Series of 1912 (http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/yr1912ws.shtml) where he won three games against the New York Giants capping off a banner season. Aged only 22, Wood compiled a 34-5 record to lead the American League, a 1.91 ERA, struck out 258, pitched 10 shutouts and during one stretch won 16 consecutive games (Rube Marquard of the Giants won 19 consecutive the same year, a record still unsurpassed).

ZippyTheChimp
June 12th, 2009, 06:30 AM
The situation is intolerable, completely intolerable. And someone better do something about it.

Oh, the Mets are in. Bad luck for them.

Bronxbombers
June 12th, 2009, 10:31 PM
I hope that Yankees will sweep the Mets. And I hope for the rest of the season that the Yankees will sweep the Red Sox.

sfenn1117
August 6th, 2009, 05:31 PM
Rivalry ensues tonight.

I say Yanks take 3 of 4. Glad Mitre pitched yesterday- even more glad that the Yankees found a way to win.

ZippyTheChimp
August 9th, 2009, 11:20 PM
Awesome

NYatKNIGHT
August 10th, 2009, 11:21 AM
So awesome.

sfenn1117
August 10th, 2009, 07:16 PM
Glad my prediction was off!

kz1000ps
August 10th, 2009, 07:32 PM
Four of my roomates work at Fenway Park (for Aramark doing food service), and it's funny (and quite telling) how they haven't said a SINGLE word about any of the games this weekend. Poor guys.

ZippyTheChimp
August 10th, 2009, 08:12 PM
A vegetarian menu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_poisonous_plants) at the food stands of Fenway Park for the next homestand.

ZippyTheChimp
September 28th, 2009, 02:08 PM
Strangest season-series ever.

0 - 8.

Then 9 - 1.

Winds up 9 - 9.

NYatKNIGHT
September 28th, 2009, 04:07 PM
Guess they'll need to settle it in the playoffs once and for all.

ZippyTheChimp
September 28th, 2009, 04:11 PM
If they both get that far.

NYatKNIGHT
September 28th, 2009, 04:28 PM
If the Yankees do win the WS the most exciting road there will have gone through Fenway and Dodgers Stadium.

ZippyTheChimp
September 28th, 2009, 04:49 PM
We can't boo Joe Torre, right?

ZippyTheChimp
December 9th, 2009, 09:46 AM
Should I change the thread title?

It's become a catchall for all things Yankees. Red Sox v Yankees is always there, and the poll is really dated.

We can always open a versus thread at the start of the season.

Jasonik
December 9th, 2009, 10:23 AM
As the thread starter I decline the offer. The poll was renewed yearly for a while -- a practice that should be reinstated.

Because a WS victory increases posts -- this instead implies the need for a new Yankee only thread.

ZippyTheChimp
December 9th, 2009, 11:27 AM
^
I figured I'd hear from you, but I'm not sure if it's your status as OP or as RSF that's making me do extra work.

I can split off a new Yankee thread. Post #270 looks like a good place to start. Not much Yankee-Red Sox stuff after that point, except maybe A-Rod and his purse.

Let me know.

NYatKNIGHT
December 9th, 2009, 11:56 AM
Agreed - Yankees need a thread, and this can be the smack talk thread.
There are also Derek Jeter and A-Rod threads, but that's fine.

ZippyTheChimp
December 9th, 2009, 09:38 PM
I think that is what you are proposing, isn't it?
Just waiting to hear from Mr Grumpy from Beantown.

Jasonik
December 10th, 2009, 12:48 AM
http://www.abc.nl/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/mr-grumpy.jpg

hbcat
December 10th, 2009, 12:57 AM
You're a good sport, Jasonik. And I promise not to trash talk the Bosox for the rest of the winter.

This offer will only last till April 5, 2010 (http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=bos&m=4&y=2010), however. :rolleyes:

ZippyTheChimp
December 10th, 2009, 08:34 AM
Posts moved to a new Yankees (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22956) thread for all things Yankees except posts relating to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry which will remain here.

When the feud is finally over, and we aust learn to get along, this thread will be closed.

Jasonik
December 10th, 2009, 09:42 AM
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/01/27/sports/27araton.1.600.jpg

Epstein: Last year Sox were in top three offensively - bottom three defensively. Rebuilding this year is in team's long-term interest.

Cashman: Granderson's left handed pull hitting a good match for new Yankee stadium. Comfortable with pitching depth.

ZippyTheChimp
December 11th, 2009, 10:06 AM
Boof Bonser? (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bonsebo01.shtml)

NYatKNIGHT
December 11th, 2009, 11:14 AM
I guess it's part of the grand plan...? Not seeing it though. "Boof" must be the sound his rotator cuff makes when he pitches.

ZippyTheChimp
December 11th, 2009, 02:40 PM
I suppose if he gets any good, we'll hear BOOF-BOOF from the Fenway crowd whenever he enters the game.

I first thought that at least it was a real nickname, but it's his real name. Like Joba.

Most baseball nicknames today are kind of lame. A-Rod has morphed into I, K, and Whatever-Rod. Played out. Most nicknames today are just shortened surnames, like "Youk" or "Tex."

One of my favorites was No-Neck Williams. Yes, he sort of didn't have one. Baseball is a little too polite now for anything like that.

Dusty Rhodes
Goose Gossage
Sal The Barber (If you crowded the plate, you got a close shave.)
Boog Powell (A big man)
Soup Campbell
Choo Choo Coleman
Pudge Fisk
Yogi Berra

NYatKNIGHT
December 11th, 2009, 03:36 PM
I read this in a Red Sox forum (often extremely entertaining):

Boof Bonser (born John Paul Bonser on October 14, 1981 in St. Petersburg, Florida) is a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher for the Minnesota Twins organization. He legally changed his name to Boof after the 2001 season.

hbcat
December 11th, 2009, 07:03 PM
Most baseball nicknames today are kind of lame.

We still have:

Big Papi
Pudge (Rodriguez)
Big Hurt (recently retired though)
D-Train
Big Unit
Sandman (Mo)
Doc
Godzilla
The Hebrew Hammer
Leche
Junior
X

ZippyTheChimp
December 23rd, 2009, 11:55 AM
Some Red Sox fans sure are mental (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/313028-why-yankee-fans-suck-and-why-red-sox-fans-are-better)

Check out his poll. :)

TREPYE
December 23rd, 2009, 12:14 PM
One of my favorites was No-Neck Williams. Yes, he sort of didn't have one. Baseball is a little too polite now for anything like that.

Dusty Rhodes
Goose Gossage
Sal The Barber (If you crowded the plate, you got a close shave.)
Boog Powell (A big man)
Soup Campbell
Choo Choo Coleman
Pudge Fisk
Yogi Berra

I believe there was once a no-so-great dodger pitcher in the 30's who's name was Walter "Boom-Boom" Beck. The first "Boom" for the ball of the bat, the second "Boom" for the ball off the wall.

ZippyTheChimp
December 23rd, 2009, 02:17 PM
^
Never heard of that guy, but it figures that Casey Stengel was involved in his nickname.


From Baseball Library: Boom-Boom Beck supposedly earned his nickname while pitching for Casey Stengel's Dodgers in 1934. Becoming upset during a July 4th game when Stengel came out to remove him when the Dodgers still had a lead, Beck angrily threw the ball into right field at the old Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, PA. The ball hit the tin-plated wall and caromed to center. The "boom-boom" of the rebound roused hung-over centerfielder Hack Wilson, who was daydreaming during the pitching change and thought the game had resumed. Wilson pursued the ball and fired a strike back to the infield.

Casey talking to Boom-Boom Beck:
Stop that, if you break a toe I won't be able to get anything for you.

I wonder if Casey was referring to Hack Wilson when he said:
I had this player in Brooklyn, and you could ask him for a match and find out what bar he was in the night before. After we traded him to another club, I always went up to him before the game and asked for a match. If he pulled out a match from some bar, I knew he had been out late and I could pitch him fastballs.

Hack Wilson, when sober (One sports writer wrote that he was built along the lines of a beer keg, and not wholly unfamiliar with its contents), was quite a ballplayer. In 1930, he hit 56 home runs and his 191 RBIs is still the MLB record (http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/RBI_season.shtml).

TREPYE
December 23rd, 2009, 11:48 PM
I got that nickname from the Bob McGee Book: "The Greatest Ballpark Ever"

The pitching staff [in 1933] incuded Walter "Boom-Boom" Beck, so named for the quick reversal of his offerings and the sound they made when careening off the outfield walls.

ZippyTheChimp
December 26th, 2009, 04:29 PM
Dear Jasonik,

Wishing you and yours a Happy Babe Ruth Sale Day.

90 years ago today.

ZippyTheChimp
April 4th, 2010, 02:48 PM
Yankee-Red Sox schedule is weird this year.

Two straight at Fenway: Opening day; May 7-8-9.

Three straight at YS: May 17-18; Aug 6-7-8-9; Sept 24-25-26.

At Fenway (end of season): Oct 1-2-3.

Nothing in June or July.

An interesting connection with interleague: Yanks travel to LA to play Torre's Dodgers; would have been better if the series was at YS. But a week earlier, Manny-wood will return to Fenway with the Dodgers.

Daquan13
April 5th, 2010, 08:26 AM
Zippy, shouldn't the poll be changed now to Who Will Win the 2010 Al Pennent? :confused:

ZippyTheChimp
April 27th, 2010, 01:41 PM
I'd like Brett Gardner a lot more if he didn't look like Dustin Pedroia.

Jasonik
April 27th, 2010, 07:47 PM
Just got tickets for the Manny-Torre interleague circus at Fenway...

http://www.flosangeles.com/wp08/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/mannyramirez-fight-1.jpg


The Sox will probably honor Nomar who retired as a member of the Red Sox (http://utilitylou.weei.com/sports/boston/2010/03/10/nomars-career-comes-full-circle/) at the beginning of the season.

There'll be something for everyone -- even my date for the game can root for Joe to beat the Sox just like old times. ;)

ZippyTheChimp
April 28th, 2010, 01:00 AM
Will it be a theme day, with giveaways?

Joe has that War of the Roses thing going on in LA. I think he's part of community property.

ZippyTheChimp
May 17th, 2010, 11:14 PM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_9lf7li5UOsc/SzhwbEiMyVI/AAAAAAAAADY/Opi7ha3oubw/s400/smile_BIG_smiley_face_5Bno_canvas5D.jpg

Marcus Thames Gets a Burnett Pie

Two-run game tying homer off Papelbon in the 9th by Rodriguez; hit batter; two-run walk off homer by Thames.

ZippyTheChimp
April 21st, 2012, 08:09 PM
Bobby V, welcome to The Rivalry.

Through 5: Red Sox 9-0

Final: Yanks 15-9.

hbcat
April 21st, 2012, 11:34 PM
"Valentine on Loss to Yankees"
http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20814063&topic_id=8878860&c_id=bos (http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20814063&topic_id=8878860&c_id=bos)

"We've hit bottom..."

ZippyTheChimp
April 22nd, 2012, 06:09 PM
Tonight's game rained out. No further ass-kicking until the Yanks are back in Fenway on July 6th.

Red Sox don't visit YS until July 27th. Who makes up these schedules?

ZippyTheChimp
July 7th, 2012, 03:50 PM
Ass-kicking resumed.

Red Sox now at .500, tied for the basement.

It was the Andruw Jones Show. Played the entire game with a big smile. Two homers, catch at the Green Monster, and nice relay to double up Papi.

ZippyTheChimp
September 8th, 2012, 06:01 PM
Might as well start this now; can't see Valentine surviving into next season.

In light of the ongoing blowup (http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/story/_/id/8341433/boston-red-sox-manager-bobby-valentine-calls-2012-season-miserable) between manager and media, who will be the Red Sox manager in 2013.

ZippyTheChimp
June 19th, 2015, 10:52 AM
Are the Red Sox back to 2011, Chicken & Beer in the clubhouse?

Pablo Sandoval got benched for surfing Instagram and liking a woman's photo. Can't blame him, except he could have waited until the game they were losing was over.

With Sandoval, you have to wonder if surfing involved snacks.

This is how he looked when he reported for spring training, after signing a portly contract:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-EcWWSCEAE2dzk.jpg

From some of the things I've read, Giants fans are saying that the Red Sox should have known that Sandoval's weight was an oscillating affair.

Some seasons, he could really get off the ground:

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/newsroom/img/mt/2015/04/AP603411863071/lead.jpg?nmlyyv

In others, he was firmly grounded:

https://usatthebiglead.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/usatsi_8160256_153192880_lowres.jpg?w=1000&h=702

eddhead
June 23rd, 2015, 02:03 PM
I don't know, it is not like he got busted for using PED's or anything.

The guy took a few moments to like a fb photo while using the rest room. OK, he violated a team rule about using phones, but this seem way overblown to me. His apology was like something you hear at a murder trial from a defendant trying to show remorse.

I get that the optics suck, but it Just seems over the top to me. I wonder if this would have been overblown if he were hitting .340 with 40 HR's.

ZippyTheChimp
June 23rd, 2015, 02:49 PM
I'm not sure what you mean by overblown.

The guy broke a rule, and was disciplined for it.

The rest of it is funny - team dynamics and fan reaction stuff. It's funny because they are in last place, were losing that game, and Sandoval isn't hitting .340. The connection of his weight with the chicken and beer of the last collapse is clever.

This is the way sports is supposed to be, silly nonsense that means little in the real world.

Like Detroit fans who've given the manager a nickname - Ass Mess.

eddhead
June 23rd, 2015, 04:49 PM
I think I was referring to his apology which was reminiscent of what you would expect to hear from Ray Rice, of Josh Hamilton, or someone who was just suspended for like 100 games:


I made a mistake [Wednesday]. I learned from that. I'm a human being, I made a mistake, so I apologize to my teammates, to the team, to the organization, the fans support."This is a thing that I pushed the ['like'] button at the wrong time. I hit a 'like.' I was in the bathroom, I pushed it at the wrong time. ... I just grabbed my phone and checked it."


To tell you the truth, that is what made me laugh. You would think he got caught shooting himself in the leg while in a Manhattan club or somethng ;)