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Home » August 2008 Game CommentsAugust 2008 » Distraction


Game 133: August 28, 2008
Red Sox 2 BS: Hideki Okajima (8)
L: Justin Masterson (4-4)
77-56, 1 game losing streak
WinYankees 3 W: Mariano Rivera (5-5) 71-62, 1 game winning streak
Highlights: Marvel at the Yankees and their disintegrating stadium. For the third straight game the Bronx Bromides tallied three runs, but this time that paltry production proved sufficient to upgrade this series from utter humilitation to moderate embarrassment. That deserves a few curtain calls and potentially a bronze monument in the Nouveau Stade Fasciste.

Not only did I not want to write about this game that Jon Lester should have won but I also just bought a Wii. The latter cheered me up after the former. I had hoped Boston would complete the sweep and devastate the Yankees and their fans, but it was not to be. The mustachioed Jason Giambi played the villain with his game-tying two-run longball in the seventh and game-winning RBI single in the ninth.

If Bud Selig had any sense of judgment, the extent of Giambi’s participation in this sport would equal that of Barry Bonds’s contributions this season. But the (somewhat less) bulky slugger continues to drag the lumber to the box, notch his ill-gotten hits, and cash his undeserved paycheck.

Recent news out of 4 Yawkey Way has more resembled a hospital intake list combined with new hire orientation directory.

On Wednesday Mark Kotsay was traded from the Braves for A-baller Luis Sumoza. The next evening he made his Red Sox debut with a pedestrian 1-for-4 showing with a strikeout and three men left on base. With J.D. Drew on the disabled list due to to a herniated disk, another outfielder was needed and Kotsay filled the bill as well as any platooning ball hawk available could.

Josh Beckett was placed on the 15-day disabled list but a visit to James Andrews confirmed no structural damage. Terry Francona mentioned that Mike Lowell accompanied him because of their strong relationship, which I found rather touching. Backup catcher David Ross was promoted so that he could be eligible for the postseason roster.

Heidi “Homewrecker” Watney just announced that Sean Casey will be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained neck after tonight’s game. Julio Lugo was moved to the 60-day DL.

I’m firing up Mario Super Sluggers until the game starts tonight. With all the injuries, one never knows who’ll be summoned next to Fenway.

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