10.) "I know I want tickets to the Pedroia gun show!!!" Melky Cabrera tried to stretch a double into a triple in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Drew corralled it and gave Pedroia a great throw to relay in to Mikey Lowell for the out. Pedroia has an absolute cannon, which we don't really get to see because he's the second baseman. Also, props to Drew for getting to the ball so quickly and being so spot on with his throw. (Below: The Dustin Pedroia gun show.)
9.) "Big Papi loves him some Yankee Stadium." David Ortiz has traditionally mashed at Yankee Stadium, so what better place to get him back on track? Tonight Ortiz went 1-for-3 with two walks, bringing his average to .225... If the first step is hitting your weight, Papi needs another game or so (he's listed at 230)... but he's successfully hitting everyone else's weight except for Hunter Jones (235), Brad Penny (230... yeah, right), and Jason Varitek (230). (Below: the Curse of Big Papi.)
8.) "Captain Jeter's range is soooo bad... I love it." Don't get me wrong, I have more respect for Jeter than for any other Yankee (except possibly Rivera), but he is not a productive shortstop anymore. For all of his crazy pirouettes, Jeter can't reach a dribbler that I would even expect Julio Lugo to make a play on. I wouldn't want to be the one to tell him he has to switch positions... (Below: Jeter throws to first... unfortunately, the runner is already at second.)
7.) "Oh, but it's so nice to watch Teixeira struggle." The Yankees first baseman went 1-for-4 with two K's (both courtesy of Beckett). There's one guy who can't wait for A*Rod to come back... if only because it will take some of the scrutiny off of him. Oh, and speaking of hitting your weight? Teixeira isn't even close (.198 average, listed at 220). (Below: Epic, expensive, FAIL.)
6.) "Joba's obviously upset that Youk's not in the lineup tonight.... I wonder who he'll throw at instead...?" Though Joba had exceptional control tonight - the NESN commentators were waxing poetic about him - he still managed to do this...
5.) "Guess Joba just likes to hit the cleanup batter... Youk? Bay? Doesn't matter to him." Hall of Fame Pitcher Dennis Eckersley was in the booth tonight, and was immediately up in arms about Joba's bean ball pitch. He called it "obviously intentional," as well as "inexcusable," especially since Joba had been putting the ball exactly where he wanted it all night. I just think Joba's pissed that his mom got caught dealing meth. (Below: Joba's mom.)
4.) "Wow. Do you think NESN's cameras could zero in on someone else when Pedroia is packing a HUGE lip?" I mean, I know he's one of the most recognizable people on the team, but seriously... He's not someone you zoom in on in the dugout. If he's not dropping vehement f-bombs, he's packing a bomb. Obviously, the whole spitting tobacco juice thing is super attractive AND healthy, so I understand why NESN would want to showcase it to America's youth. (Below: Pedroia, packing a lip as usual.)
3.) "I'll take hit batsman to load the bases, for $600, Alex." The Yankees intentionally walked JD Drew in the eighth, which is probably a good call, since he has no feelings and is a great hitter when the pressure is on. Add that to the fact that Jeff bailey was scheduled up, and I would make the same decision. However, the Yankees bullpen is just a big bowl of suck this season, and Bailey got hit with a pitch to load the bases. The Sox would score two runs in that inning. (Below: Alex Trebek loves the Red Sox. No really, he does.)
2.) "Nick Green, will you marry me?" Now, I know what you're thinking, and it's not just the potential for free baseball tickets that led me to make this proposal. The Sox have won 15 straight when Green starts, and lost all four when Lugo has. Green has a .283 average, while Lugo is hitting a dismal .214 (at least he's beating Teixeira!). All other things being equal (they're both rather error prone), I'll take Green... At least until Lowrie is ready. (Below: Green practicing his Jeterian pirouettes.. coming soon, the patented fist pump.)
1.) "LOVE PEDROIA... Pedey throws out Jeter (his BFFL) for the last out, completing the sweep." There are so many good things here: Jeter's out, we win, SWEEP. But after the WBC, we know that Pedroia and Jeter have a bit of a bromance going on, so we should be thankful that they can bear to play each other. Hey, it could be worse, Pedey could be bosom buddies with A*Rod.... except he thinks A*Rod is "a dork." (Below: inter-rivalry bromance.)
Best Friends For LIFE!!! As long as we're winning, I'm okay with this.