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Home » Category Listing » October 2012 Game Comments

April 1, 2013

Forgettable

I had this game open on a tab in browser since last October. MLB’s annoying autoplay feature made it so whenever the page loaded I would hear Michael Kay throwing it to Meredith Marakovits for the Yankees’ celebration.

Even that wasn’t enough to make me put fingers to keyboard to attempt to summarize this game, a microcosm of the disappointment of this season. Thankfully the Yankees were ineffective in the postseason, outlasting the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 in the ALDS before getting swept by the Tigers in the ALCS.

This was Bobby Valentine’s last game as Red Sox skipper.

At one point I thought that Valentine’s experience in Japan and ability to speak the language would help Daisuke Matsuzaka attain his former levels of success. Now neither have jobs in the majors, although Matsuzaka may find his way to the big leagues and be reunited with his former manager, Terry Francona.

The Indians, along with the rest of the world, made a “Harlem Shake” video. This offseason the Red Sox did their best to shake off 2012’s woes with extensive shifts off and on the field. It will take more than a meme to bring meaning back to this team.

Game 162: October 3, 2012
Boston Red Sox
69-93
2
L: Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-7)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (39), Pedro Ciriaco (15), Daniel Nava (21)
WinNew York Yankees
95-67
14
W: Hiroki Kuroda (16-11)
2B: Russell Martin (18), Alex Rodriguez (17), Ichiro Suzuki (28)
HR: Curtis Granderson – 2 (43), Robinson Cano – 2 (33)

October 3, 2012

Baileys Irish Creamed

This game was so awful I had to match it with a pun, which are inherently terrible.

Cody Ross won the fans’ vote for the Tenth Player of the Year Award. I was hoping that Pedro Ciriaco or Junichi Tazawa would be recognized for their breakout seasons, but Ross is an admirable selection. He wears Dom DiMaggio, Rick Burleson, and Trot Nixon’s former number well. Hopefully Ross is in the front office’s plan for next season.

In the top of the twelfth inning a tiny sparrow alighted on the basepath between second and third. Rather than presage a win for the Red Sox that would help the Orioles the fledgling was in the neighborhood of the double play that end the inning.

While the seasons have ebbed and flowed since 2004 and lately he has been a marginal contributor, it stung a little to see Derek Lowe winning this game as a Yankee.

Game 161: October 2, 2012 ∙ 12 innings
Boston Red Sox
69-92
3
H: Rich Hill (6), Junichi Tazawa (5), Craig Breslow (9)
BS: Andrew Bailey (3)
L: Andrew Miller (3-2)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (38)
HR: James Loney (6)
WinNew York Yankees
94-67
4
W: Derek Lowe (9-11)
2B: Nick Swisher (36), Eduardo Nunez (4), Derek Jeter (32)
HR: Raul Ibanez (19)

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