• July 25th @ The Red Sox

    Posted by on July 25th, 2008 · Comments (11)

    So, things were different at Fenway Park tonight – compared to what they were four years ago yesterday, huh?

    What can you possible say about Joba Chamberlain? How about “Move over Mel Stottlemyre and take 1964 off the board?

    An awesome job by Chamberlain to make that one gift run (that the Yankees “scored”) hold up. Sure, the plays by Melky and Cano in the second inning were web-gems. But, tonight was all Joba.

    I love Andy Pettitte. And, what Mike Mussina’s done this season has been magic. But, right now, you can make a case that Joba Chamberlain is the ace of the Yankees starting staff. And, if the post-season started right now, I want Joba to get the ball for Games One, Four and Seven.

    Oh, did Chamberlain throw at Youkilis? Let’s be honest. To me, the answer is yes. Know what? That’s just another reason why tonight is so much different from four years and a day ago.

    Two last items…

    I guess Kyle Farnsworth still has a little Kyle Farnsworth in him? Good job by General Joe to pull the plug on him – and quickly.

    And, I finally figured out who Coco Crisp, of the Red Sox, reminds me of…

    It’s “Elaan of Troyius” from Star Trek (The Original Series). Not sure yourself? Well, check this out:

    Comments on July 25th @ The Red Sox

    1. straylightrise
      July 25th, 2008 | 11:07 pm

      Wow has it really been 4 years of Was Watching? Time flies.

      Anyway – GREAT pitching by Joba tonight and great bullpen management. Winning these 1-0 games is super important.

    2. July 25th, 2008 | 11:44 pm

      Actually, this blog started in April 2005. But, the time has still flown by!

    3. July 25th, 2008 | 11:48 pm

      Melky’s come a long way from giving up the inside-the-park HR to Trot Nixon, eh?

    4. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      July 26th, 2008 | 9:18 am

      Don’t cry foul when Joba gets a teammate hurt. And don’t tell me none of his throws at Youkilis were accidental. He’s become the Rays staff and Youk is Daubach. Every game, he throws at him. It won’t be tolerated, of that you can be sure.

      And hey, great game. Would have been nice if Eric Gregg hadn’t had such an impact on the outcome. Yeah, yeah, sour grapes – tell me that if the shoe were on the other foot, you wouldn’t be pissing and moaning about those strike calls, too.

    5. July 26th, 2008 | 9:30 am

      Same ump for both teams. IIRC, Beckett got Giambi looking, early, on a pitch that was just as low and inside as the pitch to Lowell in the 9th.

    6. July 26th, 2008 | 9:31 am

      ~~Don’t cry foul when Joba gets a teammate hurt.~~

      Did Pedro get any Sox players hurt when he was head-hunting against the Yankees?

    7. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      July 26th, 2008 | 9:53 am

      The strikes called on Ellsbury and Lowell came in crucial moments and were completely outrageous. He was clearly worse for the Yanks than vice versa. Or the Yankees were better at throwing to his strike zone, which was one of the worst in memory.

      I don’t care what the Yankees did or didn’t do in the past. Joba keeps throwing at Youkilis. That is undeniable, and its going to result in retaliation. Count on it.

      Personally, I think Beckett should have come out to start the eighth inning and drilled someone. Rile up his teammates and the stadium, and serve his five game suspension. Given the number of days off the Sox have, he could have registered an appeal, then dropped it when he’d have had five games between starts anyway.

    8. July 26th, 2008 | 10:44 am

      ~~~ I don’t care what the Yankees did or didn’t do in the past. Joba keeps throwing at Youkilis. That is undeniable, and its going to result in retaliation. Count on it.~~~

      And, if it happens, you can count on someone like Joba, Farnsworth, or Bruney (if he comes back) then squaring off the ledger.

      If the Sox really want it to stop, the answer is simple: Tell Youkilis to not stand on the plate and to keep his mouth shut.

    9. Raf
      July 26th, 2008 | 12:47 pm

      Guess no one saw what happened @ the Peoria-Dayton game a couple of nights ago?

    10. Raf
      July 26th, 2008 | 12:50 pm

      Actually, Farnsworth didn’t do that bad yesterday; soft single that would’ve been caught had Abreu been playing @ a normal depth, and Crisp hit an infield single; that ball wasn’t going foul.

    11. butchie22
      July 26th, 2008 | 1:12 pm

      Joba is stupid. He really is…I don’t care if he is a Yankee why is he headhunting? Does anyone want the retaliation to end up having Jeter hit in the head either ending up in Jeter ending his career or something worse? Pitching inside is one thing ,BUT headhunting? Joba is really risking the health of his teammates and also a brawl. I was really mad at Joba is he sane? Pitch inside fine, don’t try to end a guy’s career. Youkilis is a hothead so don’t be surprised if this get violent.

      Steve, two wrongs don’t make a right. Jeter gets hit so much because he crouches the plate. Imagine if Lester headhunts him tomorrow to back him off,is that right? That is irresponsible. I never liked it when Pedro plunked Jeter and Sori back in the day, BUT I wanted the Yanks to retaliate (by pitching inside) not to headhunt. I also hated when Clemens hit Piazza in the head,that was very wrong. Clemens like Joba (Pedro too)is screwing around with not only someone’s livelihood but their life as well.It’s funny to note that Pedro and Clemens never headhunted while in the NL…….

      That being said, the balance is being redressed, the Sox pitchers can’t just throw at Yankees anymore at will. I do like that fact BUT no headhunting though. That crosses the line.

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