AL Wild Card: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox

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NYY: G Cole vs BOS: N Eovaldi

Poll Results

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Yankees 9
Red Sox 7


Bee OK, Monday, 4 October 2021 02:34 (two weeks ago) link

sox

Bee OK, Monday, 4 October 2021 02:38 (two weeks ago) link

I genuinely don't GAF about this game, signed, pissed off Jays fan.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 4 October 2021 06:34 (two weeks ago) link

Verdugo will lose a towering “Stanton-esque” pop-up in the lights to lose the game in the 11th, after 5 1/2 hours of baseball

Tracer Hand, Monday, 4 October 2021 11:58 (two weeks ago) link

One thing I heard this morning that, I would think, is a good reason to pick Boston: that thing mookie mentioned, where the Yankees had to designate their opponent, they had to do that in advance and chose the Red Sox over the Jays. You couldn't ask for better motivation (not that this rivalry necessarily needs that).

clemenza, Monday, 4 October 2021 18:07 (two weeks ago) link

I figure BOS is likely to take it because Eovaldi has been better this season than he had any reason being and Cole had a mediocre end to his season.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 4 October 2021 21:06 (two weeks ago) link

prediction: Gary Sanchez strikes out at least twice

calstars, Monday, 4 October 2021 21:23 (two weeks ago) link

Throws out nobody.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 4 October 2021 21:57 (two weeks ago) link

Always prefer Higgy even if he often looks like a deer in headlights

calstars, Monday, 4 October 2021 22:06 (two weeks ago) link

He demolished the jays this year for some reason.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 4 October 2021 22:57 (two weeks ago) link

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System, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

will be at the game tonight, let’s go yanks! d:-]

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 19:56 (two weeks ago) link

no j.d. for the sox

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 21:33 (two weeks ago) link

Frankly I feel like that solves a few things. Schwarbs can DH like god meant him to. Iglesias (who has been great) not eligible now, though - so does that mean a cobwebby Arroyo at second, I guess?

I dunno I think I'm just grumpy at JD because I blame his gigantic salary for not being able to pay Mookie though I realize that's probably unfair

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 21:36 (two weeks ago) link

it's totally unfair! and he's not even making *that* much

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 21:39 (two weeks ago) link

too much imo

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 21:43 (two weeks ago) link

I feel like he hits the ball well when it's been pitched in exactly the right place. That's why I love Raffy and Verdugo, they can hit it when it's on their shoelaces or up at their eyes.

Going to avoid this thread for about 24hrs now since I'm in the UK and I have to go to bed :( I've already texted my dad and cousins to tell them the importance of omerta in this matter

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 21:46 (two weeks ago) link

good luck

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 21:48 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

i usually think i don't really care when it comes to red sox vs yankees, but as i watch, i realize i'm slightly rooting for the red sox

typo hell #10: i didn't think any of them really off badly (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:27 (two weeks ago) link

That's a shame.

Hannibal Lecture (PBKR), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:29 (two weeks ago) link

i mean, isn't this cardinals vs yankees? everyone hates these teams

typo hell #10: i didn't think any of them really off badly (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:32 (two weeks ago) link

also if the cardinals had the yankees or the red sox or the dodgers budget they would win 125 games

typo hell #10: i didn't think any of them really off badly (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:33 (two weeks ago) link

Off to a solid start here

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:48 (two weeks ago) link

the crowd is chanting "yadi! yadi! yadi! yadi!"

really inspiring for this cardinals fan

typo hell #10: i didn't think any of them really off badly (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:48 (two weeks ago) link

just got home, what did i miss?

Bee OK, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:50 (two weeks ago) link

actually, listening on the radio was cool bcz of no A-rod

Bee OK, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:51 (two weeks ago) link

xavier bogartes

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:51 (two weeks ago) link

more chanting for Yadi, incredible to hear

typo hell #10: i didn't think any of them really off badly (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:51 (two weeks ago) link

is that what they are chanting, why would that be happening in Boston?

Bee OK, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:55 (two weeks ago) link

yadi is a fucking legend, instant hall of famer

typo hell #10: i didn't think any of them really off badly (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:56 (two weeks ago) link

not really, though, i'm just joking. although he will probably go to the hall of fame (i'm actually not as for it as you would think!)

i'm joking about it because everyone hates yadi, but it does sound like they're chanting his name!

typo hell #10: i didn't think any of them really off badly (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:57 (two weeks ago) link

nice pick up

Bee OK, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 01:07 (two weeks ago) link

I just want to say re: Cole… called it.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 01:08 (two weeks ago) link

home run, swinging bunt, then a walk and just like that Cole is gone

Bee OK, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 01:13 (two weeks ago) link

always find myself supporting NYY's big FA signings because i can't stand dumb NYY fans turning on them at the drop of a hat

too late for cole, now he's already a pariah for the next 27 years of his contract

, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 01:32 (two weeks ago) link

cole went through a lot with the pirates -- and he fucking hates trevor bauer -- so i have a soft spot for him

but also, lol

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 01:39 (two weeks ago) link

they took out eovaldi? oookkk

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 02:01 (two weeks ago) link

Got him

Bee OK, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 02:04 (two weeks ago) link

more tootblans for team tootblan

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 02:08 (two weeks ago) link

where is he going?

Bee OK, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 03:02 (two weeks ago) link

what a shame (that the yankees weren't at home to get booed)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 03:28 (two weeks ago) link

Cole would have heard it for sure.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 03:34 (two weeks ago) link

good game

Bee OK, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 03:37 (two weeks ago) link

John Sterling also thought Stanton’s home run cleared the Green Monster pic.twitter.com/w6Naz45PsI

— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) October 6, 2021

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 03:47 (two weeks ago) link

TV announcers made the same mistake. As the ball left the bat I thought it was long gone too. It was weird.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 04:12 (two weeks ago) link

This was almost a perfect Yankees season. Outside one streak, disappointing to painful for most of the season, but just good enough so you couldn't ignore them, then dispatched by their most hated rival. You'll get them next year, tiger.

Hannibal Lecture (PBKR), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 11:07 (two weeks ago) link

they’ve been frauds from pitch one. they don’t even do the evil empire thing right anymore, the dodgers are the ones who aren’t afraid to buy entire other teams up with reckless abandon. they tried to coast through the reg season, giving away games by playing their b lineups, and if they still probably wouldn’t have caught the rays, they still could’ve had home field in this game.

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 11:56 (two weeks ago) link

anyway that’s baseball, laughing at the yanks for losing to an equally odious team as the big money dodgers win five straight world series

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 11:58 (two weeks ago) link

TV announcers made the same mistake. As the ball left the bat I thought it was long gone too. It was weird.

― NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:12 AM (ten hours ago) bookmark

everyone in the stadium thought both of his shots off the monster were going out. I haven’t seen the stat casts but I’m sure they were homers in every other park. he was seeing the ball really well. game of inches

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 14:56 (two weeks ago) link

I didn’t do much outward rooting for the yankees but I did scream “don’t send him!” as judge was approaching third on that second stanton hit, a really huge mistake there

also haven’t been to a big game at fenway in years and was struck by the…socioeconomic makeup of the crowd

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 14:59 (two weeks ago) link

ESPN estimated that his second hit off the wall would have left 11 of the 30 MLB parks - per the Ringer - which i guess means something but still only about 1/3 of ballparks, which doesn't really support their thesis about the big green monster being the difference-maker

na (NA), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 15:24 (two weeks ago) link

looking at the stat casts now, actually the first was only projected to go 345?? it felt huge in the stadium

the second one, similar balls have been homers 70% of the time in the statcast era. it certainly scores judge in any other park

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 15:33 (two weeks ago) link

Kev – what do you mean by "socioeconomic"?!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 15:45 (two weeks ago) link

that Sterling call reminds me of this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6juExvh7rlY

ITS GONE!! No its not

frogbs, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 15:50 (two weeks ago) link

as a NYY apologist i want to say this team deserved to die on the vine this year and has been joyless to watch. Not even fun in a cardiac kids way

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 15:56 (two weeks ago) link

Kev – what do you mean by "socioeconomic"?!

― FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:45 AM (thirteen minutes ago)

overwhelmingly trumpy whites

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 15:59 (two weeks ago) link

a "fuck joe biden" chant started at one point

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 15:59 (two weeks ago) link

I was stoned so possibly just thinking about it too much but I'm also always struck every time I go to a major baseball or basketball game just how much of the gametime is filled with middling pop-rock blasted over the loudspeakers, I wonder what tha experience is like for the players

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 16:03 (two weeks ago) link

Sterling took a while longer to figure out what was going on vs that clip. had to lol at the immediate "NO it's not!"

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 16:21 (two weeks ago) link

a "fuck joe biden" chant started at one point

― mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:59 AM (twenty-two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

truly weird given general political lean of suffolk co. and i wonder whether there's some kind of bizarre tom brady fandom political spillover effect

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 16:23 (two weeks ago) link

all the fans with the scratch to attend a game like that are white suburban republicans

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 16:39 (two weeks ago) link

I guess I never thought about it but it makes sense that playoff crowds would skew rich (I have been to one playoff game ever)

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 17:37 (two weeks ago) link

as a NYY apologist i want to say this team deserved to die on the vine this year and has been joyless to watch. Not even fun in a cardiac kids way

― Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:56 AM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

otm

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 18:16 (two weeks ago) link

my fav sterling mishap is by far this one, which i heard live and thought i was hallucinating: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/sports/john-sterling-confuses-hideki-matsui-for-a-rod/1896440/

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 18:16 (two weeks ago) link

this was an incredibly satisfying game to watch

the play on judge at the plate probably the highlight. rizzo had just homered, eovaldi chased precipitately from the game, stanton misses a home run by a few feet, it takes an unexpected carom to get by verdugo… but kiké hits xander and xander makes a pin-perfect throw to the plate. they jawed a lot on WEEI about the send call and yeah it was bad, but maybe not as bad as it looked. you’re down by just 2 in a 1-game playoff, it’s the 6th inning. you need to score. if either kiké or xander’s throws are off-line there’s a chance. and the sox have not been great in the field. so to see that happen was like an exorcism of the Bad Games this season. they played great. the pitching was incredible. no matter what happens with tampa bay that was a great game.

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 22:27 (two weeks ago) link

Sad face
I’ll maybe watch the Boston Rays series though if I remember

calstars, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 22:38 (two weeks ago) link

I actually think it was kind of unfair to make the Yankees reveal that they chose to play Boston rather Toronto if it had come to that. Can't they declare their preference confidentially? Do logistics require that everyone knows?

clemenza, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 22:42 (two weeks ago) link

i didn’t think sending judge was so terrible. it took two perfect throws, judge still almost slid by, and the next guy up (gallo) could not be counted on to put the ball in play

xp agreed, that was lame

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 22:49 (two weeks ago) link

Do logistics require that everyone knows?

this is the most logical (ba-dum-dum) answer i can come up with. i was already kind of surprised that they were going to be able to choose, because it would seem like such a last minute feat to arrange all the travel, but also the merchandise and all that shit? either that, or a related reason, which is that they could declare their preference confidentially, but it would likely leak immediately anyway since so many people would have to be involved with the logistics of it

typo hell #12: a hundreds of millions of people (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 22:59 (two weeks ago) link

Lol, Yankees fans so want:

1. Boone fired.
2. Cashman fired.
3. No more analytics.

Seems like a great strategy.

Hannibal Lecture (PBKR), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 23:01 (two weeks ago) link

number one is necessary, dude has no idea what is going on

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 23:12 (two weeks ago) link

cashman is very clearly constrained by a stingy (by yankees standards) front office, but he's been pretty excellent for 20+ years.

#3 is obviously not gonna happen, i think maybe those twitter fans think that analytics were behind boone's weird bullpen decisions or the fact that they would never ever start all their best players in the lineup at once, resting starters willy nilly and willfully hobbling themselves into truly pitiful record in day games.

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 23:16 (two weeks ago) link

ANOTHER YEAR OF THE SAME OLD CRAP IT COMPLETELY SUCKS SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE HERE!!!

— Big Nick Turturro (@NickTurturro1) October 6, 2021

Andy K, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 23:21 (two weeks ago) link

i didn’t think sending judge was so terrible. it took two perfect throws, judge still almost slid by, and the next guy up (gallo) could not be counted on to put the ball in play

xp agreed, that was lame

― mookieproof, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 6:49 PM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

i dunno, the first throw was pretty weak iirc. it WAS a great slide by judge but the throw home beat him by a lot

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Thursday, 7 October 2021 01:23 (one week ago) link

Boone legit cost this team 5-8 wins at least and that’s borderline impossible

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 7 October 2021 01:27 (one week ago) link

you can't send someone on a ball hit that hard off the left field wall in fenway. just can't do it.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 7 October 2021 01:31 (one week ago) link

they played great. the pitching was incredible. no matter what happens with tampa bay that was a great game.

― Tracer Hand, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 6:27 PM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

yeah i've barely watched this team for a variety of reasons but i did sit down and watch this game with intent and it was great to see an end-to-end ass kicking. there's a weird genre of baseball game where the score doesn't reflect the fact that one team dominated the other and this was a great example.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 7 October 2021 01:34 (one week ago) link


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