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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.29
Game 2 just ended and...well...is anyone still awake?

Great game and you've got to hand it to the Rays, who got good innings out of their bullpen. But they'd better hope Matt Garza can give them at least 7 innings for Game 3, because I'm pretty sure Dan Wheeler's spent after pitching 4 (!) innings tonight.

I think it's safe to say that if any pitcher is leading the Sox to the big prize this year, it's Jon Lester. Josh Beckett just doesn't have it this year and you can reasonably argue that the injuries are still bothering him.




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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.92
Great game - I made it until the end of the ninth and gave up. Lots and lots of homers.

Agreed about Lester. Dice-K would be the guy but he's walked the world lately. Beckett's not looked right since the last injury.

I'm glad this series will be tied headed to Boston. Even if the BoSox win two of three it will go back to Tampa and then it gets nuts.

Pedroia might be the X factor here: his bat has come to life.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.29
I was thinking going into the LCS that a Dodgers/Red Sox WS could the most intriguing WS in years with the built-in storyline. So naturally, we're about to get the complete opposite of that and get Rays/Phillies, which will probably get the lowest ratings in years. I mean, I'LL watch, but will anyone else?

I wouldn't have thought the Sox could get annihilated like that at Fenway. These two games were just massacres.




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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.04
I know it mattered little with a 10 run lead and the leading team up, but seeing TBS cut to a commercial MID-AT-BAT had me raging.

You take the games off TBS, the ratings grow, I swear.

I don't think the Rays/Phillies series will tank if handled right. The Rays haven't won it ever, and come from nowhere to the big dance with a crew of relatively unknown ballplayers that work together as a magnificent team, and Philly has been waiting for a championship for over 20 years; be it basketball, baseball, or hockey, and even longer for football. Also, an all east Series WILL garner better ratings than an all west; Giants/Angels had terrible ratings IIRC.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.92
    Originally posted by Lexus
    I know it mattered little with a 10 run lead and the leading team up, but seeing TBS cut to a commercial MID-AT-BAT had me raging.

    You take the games off TBS, the ratings grow, I swear.

    I don't think the Rays/Phillies series will tank if handled right. The Rays haven't won it ever, and come from nowhere to the big dance with a crew of relatively unknown ballplayers that work together as a magnificent team, and Philly has been waiting for a championship for over 20 years; be it basketball, baseball, or hockey, and even longer for football. Also, an all east Series WILL garner better ratings than an all west; Giants/Angels had terrible ratings IIRC.


The ratings themselves were somewhat low that year but in terms of viewers it was pretty comparable with WS in recent years.

I actually prefer TBS to FOX simply because of the announcing. I'm not even sure I know how to describe the way that Tim McCarver announces a game. It's cliche to say that it's as if he's watching a totally different game, but man, that's sure how it seems sometimes.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.56
If Fox is worried about World Series ratings, maybe they shouldn't focus all their baseball programming and attention on the teams from New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. How many of their national games of the week featured a matchup that didn't involve one of those seven teams?



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.60
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    If Fox is worried about World Series ratings, maybe they shouldn't focus all their baseball programming and attention on the teams from New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. How many of their national games of the week featured a matchup that didn't involve one of those seven teams?





They aren't going to put the Blue Jays on because they don't get any home market rating bump in the US from them. Philly is now the #4 media market, so that will help FOX should they get there.
The Red Sox just need a break to get things going, like the play in Game 5 last year where the ball just went off of Sizemore's glove in the gap after the Indians had chased down all the gappers. Goal for the Red Sox now is just to not let Tampa celebrate at Fenway. Accomplish that, and then take your chances this weekend. 11-2 in playoff games facing elimination for the Red Sox since the beginning of '03.
Maybe I was watching a different team completely lay down and die for the last 6 weeks of the season or did the 2008 Orioles actually have the 1927 Yankees offense? It seems that way by the description the TBS broadcasters give when speaking of facing the Orioles in the AL East.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.41
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    If Fox is worried about World Series ratings, maybe they shouldn't focus all their baseball programming and attention on the teams from New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. How many of their national games of the week featured a matchup that didn't involve one of those seven teams?


Seconded, although I'm perplexed as to what to do when you're only broadcasting one game a week anyway. Sure, Yankees/Royals probably WON'T set the world on fire, but there is more than one game going on a Saturday afternoon, why not do some flex scheduling kind of deal like in the NFL?

    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Maybe I was watching a different team completely lay down and die for the last 6 weeks of the season or did the 2008 Orioles actually have the 1927 Yankees offense? It seems that way by the description the TBS broadcasters give when speaking of facing the Orioles in the AL East.


Buck Martinez is an Orioles announcer. On that note I'm getting the hell off because the damned BoSux just got back into game 5 in the 7th.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.92
Not as long as game 2 but nearly epic nonetheless. What a comeback by the Red Sox.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.22
Holy shit what a game!!!! Did we ever think JD Drew and clutch would be used in the same sentence? I think the Rays are done. You don't come back from a game like that.*


*unless you are the Red Sox. I'll never count them out of anything ever again.

(edited by The King of Keith on 17.10.08 0120)


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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.09
    Originally posted by The King of Keith
    Holy shit what a game!!!! Did we ever think JD Drew and clutch would be used in the same sentence? I think the Rays are done. You don't come back from a game like that.*


    *unless you are the Red Sox. I'll never count them out of anything ever again.

    (edited by The King of Keith on 17.10.08 0120)


Actually, it's possible to come back from a game like that. I remember thinking there was no way the Astros would recover from Game 5 of the NLCS where Pujols hit that bomb off Lidge, but then Oswalt shut the Cards down in Game 6.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.50
Who is more upset this morning?

-Rays fans

-The Red Sox fans that TBS focused their cameras on as they made their way to the exits after the Rays went up 7-0. (Money well spent!)



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.41
    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
    Who is more upset this morning?

    -Rays fans

    -The Red Sox fans that TBS focused their cameras on as they made their way to the exits after the Rays went up 7-0. (Money well spent!)


The Sox fans; if only because the notion of the Rays having a fanbase is a myth *ducks*.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.29
It's funny, I was watching the game on Thursday and when the Rays were up 7-0 I figured it was a Phillies/Rays World Series. It wasn't until Sunday morning that I found out that the Sox not only won that game but are also forcing a Game Seven. Should be worth checking out (except for when Dexter is on) and I hope the Sox pull it out just because Tropicana Field is so damn ugly I couldn't stand to see anymore games there. The lighting might be even worse than at the Superdome!
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.79
That's assuming that TBS decides to show the game instead of say Hanging with Mr. Cooper.

(edited by redsoxnation on 19.10.08 1039)
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.02
Yeah, TBS' failure to get the early innings on was embarrassing. How is it possible in this day and age that they didn't have backup means of getting the game on? Jeez, if nothing else get the announcers on a cell phone so at least we can get audio of the game.

The Red Sox just won't die. In some ways coming back (at least to even) from being down 3-1 and 7-0 is as amazing as coming back from 3-0.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
    The Red Sox just won't die. In some ways coming back (at least to even) from being down 3-1 and 7-0 is as amazing as coming back from 3-0.


I agree - also amazing is their 9-0 record in the LCS when facing elimination since 2004. Freakin' 9 and 0!
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.58
I wish I lived in Tampa right now. I can't believe there's going to be a World Series in St Petersburg.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.36
That evil devil sounding music they played after they won was odd stuff.
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.79
Better team won. Red Sox had the opportunity in the 8th and couldn't come through, although that wasn't the best of times for Crisp to try to take out Bartlett for the incident in June rather than trying to load the bases with 1 out. Can't even break out the usual Game 7 Red Sox defeat of blaming the manager, as he didn't do anything wrong, although maybe you go to Casey with 2 outs in the 9th to try to get another baserunner even though it was lefty/lefty. A Florida team still has never lost a playoff series in baseball history.
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