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May 25, 2006

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tom yf

Ortiz didn't swing at that Farnsworth slider, he was frozen. Four K's in one night? I think Manny ate all of Papi's Lucky Charms before the series.

And for the record, I think you should be able to stand there and admire your own dingers for as long as you want, as long as you don't point at the pitcher and laugh and say "that's what I'm gonna do to your mom!". If I hit a ball 1000 feet off Scott Proctor, I would have pulled a lawn chair out to home plate to watch that shit.

beth

thank you for the correction, tom, and for that lawn-chair image.

another over-the-top alternative would be, as sarah put it, taking out a cell phone to snap a picture of the pitcher's face. that would be going too far. but funny.

Sammy

Pitchers have become Wussies. Can you imagine anyone having the balls to pull that bush-league horseshit of watching your homerun for 5 seconds off of, say,a Bob Gibson? Proctor should have at least done to Manny what Mariano Rivera finally did. Not drill him. Not throw behind his head to prove anything or start a brawl. Just some honest chin music to move him back and look what happened? A soft fly to center because he couldn't safely hang over the plate. That's baseball. I love our guys but one day Manny is going to get a teamate drilled in the noggin with that posing BS. However, that lawnchair image is pretty funny Tom. And if Terrell Owens was a baseball player I'm sure he'd be way ahead of us all with the photo taking. Have a great Holiday!

Cathryn

I am annoyed. I much prefer when Farnsworth gives up grand slams to my teams at crucial moments. Ah, well, I guess this one wasn't crucial enough. I have every confidence that he will help us out later in the season, after he, Villone, Proctor, and Rivera have pitched 327189413 innings apiece.

Sammy

I'm convinced now that it's not the head to head series between the Sox and the Skanks that determines the division winner or even who is better. Every year the 19 game series ends up 10-9 or possibly 11-8, but that's a stretch. This year, no surprise 4-3 so far. The games are so entertaining and maddening true, but in the end it's what is done against the rest of the league that determines position in the standings. So don't feel guilty kicking ass on the Royals or whoever it is. BTW, I re-read my earlier post and Beth & Tom, I sounded a little harsh or like I was a Yankee fan bashing Manny - sorry, must have been the Baba Ganoush at lunch talking. I just meant that as darling as Manny being Manny is to us, one day it can come back big time. Later

tom yf

I love baba ganoush, and agree that pitchers need to take control of ABs like Mo did in the ninth and like Schilling tried to do in Spring Training when he almost killed that one kid.

David Welch

There is a strike zone. That strike zone does not change in width (height maybe, yes: remember Ricky H?) no matter who is at bat and HOW much he hangs over the plate. Therefore, I believe that all this talk about taking control of at bats or reclaiming the plate is somewhat overdone.

And I say somewhat in the literal sense, because I also get the point. However, the only reason the hitters are leaning in is because the PITCHERS have become so comfy painting the outside corner. It seems as simple as the pitcher perhaps focusing more on getting the batter on the down and in pitch.

As for the lingering at the plate, it's showboating. It's a bad habit to teach up-and-comers. And, if Manny EVER gets one of the Sox players beaned for that, the beaner should have a chance to taste some of 'Tek's mitt before the end of the game! Because that's just bullshit. Go ahead and teach MANNY a lesson, but please, forget about taking it out on someone else . . .

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