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Live Blog: Red Sox vs. Rays, 9-11

Red Sox rain

UPDATE: Game postponed due to rain!

Well the game has just been canceled, at long last. No Charlie Moore re-run. (But they are showing the Pedro Fight Game against the Devil Rays from like 7 years ago.) The game will be replayed from the start, so at least the Sox won’t have to face the bases-loaded, one out jam that they got into tonight.

But a Jon Lester start has been wasted for no reason. Meanwhile Rainout Game James didn’t throw a pitch and will be available whenever the Devil Rays can find a game big enough to let him pitch. At least we might have seen the last of those ugly red hats the teams were wearing.

Tonight’s game will be made up Sunday at noon PM, and the Red Sox will have to start some scrub instead of Lester. So the schedule goes like this: the next game will be at 7:00 tomorrow (Saturday) night, then the makeup game will be on Sunday at noon, and the series finale will start at 5:00 PM Sunday.

To read the live blog in its entirety, please read below:

shields FIGHT

Big Lame James:

Is “Big Game James” the lamest, most undeserved nickname of all time? James Shields is a solid pitcher, but to get a nickname like that, you should have to win some actual big games. Shields was given that nickname before he ever won even ONE big game. (To be fair, he did get the win in the only game the Devil Rays won in the World Series last year, but they were quickly eliminated anyway. And TV announcers had already called him “Big Game James” about 6,785 times before he won that game.)

Why the nickname? Shields went by “Jamie” when he first came up, and now James. If he needs another nickname, how about James “Panty” Shields? Or Brooke Shields? Then if he got hurt, it’d be easy to switch to Broke Shields.

It’d be like calling Nick Green “Nick Green, the Home Run Machine” because he hit that one game-winning home run (that NESN has since turned into the most overplayed promo of all time.)

In honor of Big Lame James, in tonight’s Live Blog, many players will be getting Undeserving Nicknames.

Tonight’s Sox lineup, from the Boston Globe:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. J.D. Drew, RF
8. Alex Gonzalez, SS
SP — Jon Lester, LHP

Devil Rays lineup:

1. Jason Bartlett, SS
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Ben Zobrist, CF
5. Pat Burrell, DH
6. Willy Aybar, 1B
7. Gabe Kapler, RF
8. Dioner Navarro, C
9. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
– James Shields, SP

It’s raining pretty hard at Fenway. Could be a while before the game starts.

Update: Or not. Orsillo says it’ll be starting in a minute.

It’s “misting” at Fenway right now, but they’re about to start anyway. The Sox are wearing bright red hats and jerseys. Not a great look, very tomato-y. Or maybe cherry-y.

Jon Lester is warming up. He’s 12-7, 3.44 on the season so far.

TOP 1st

Jason Bartlett steps in, and takes strike one, a 95-mph fastball on the corner. Bartlett’s hitting .331 on the season so far, somehow, 4th in the league. He works the count full, fouls one off, then lines a single to left. He continues to hit, and continues to annoy the heck out of me for some reason.

Tampa is wearing red hats tonight too. Perhaps the game is being sponsored by the over-50 women’s group?

Carl Crawford is next, and he spanks a single up the middle, Bartlett holding second.

Two on and no one out for Eva Longoria, who is hitting about .973 against the Sox, with 127 RBIs so far this season. No wait, he only has 27 RBIs against Boston so far. Somehow, he’s two short of the single season record for most RBIs against the Sox in one season. After he inevitably blasts a home run here, the record will be his.

Lester battles him to a 2-2 count, then Longoria fouls off a pitch. Lester misses again, then Eva hits another one foul. Lester’s pitch count is rising quickly. He’s sporting a 6.27 ERA against the Devil Rays this season. This time he’s able to get Longoria out, getting him to pop to Ellsbury in center.

Ben Zobrist steps in. He hits a little squibber down the third base line, and no one has any chance to make a play. Cheap little lucky infield hit for Zobrist, and it loads the bases with one out for Pat Burrell.

The rain really starts to come down now. (As opposed to going up?) Home plate ump Angel Hernandez is getting sick of getting drenched, and signals for a rain delay.

We’ll see how long the delay lasts. This is not good for the Sox at all, as Lester’s already thrown a bunch of pitches, and will now have to sit down and cool off, then come back (hopefully) to a bases loaded jam. Meanwhile, BGJ Shields hasn’t had to throw a pitch.

NESN now switching to a documentary about whiffle ball. Seriously.

The documentary’s not too bad so far, I guess it’s better than the same old repeats they usually show.

I’m really curious as to why this game was started, and then halted after four batters. Whoever made that call screwed up and hurt the Sox, as a Jon Lester start has now been wasted.

Who did make the call? The Red Sox themselves? The umps? Barack Obama? George W. Bush? Julio Lugo? Somebody somewhere screwed up somehow, and needs to be blamed. I am now going to go call AM radio and yell about things until I feel better.

Here’s a good way to kill time in a rain delay: make a list of songs about rain. Feel free to suggest any that you like by commenting on this post.

Here’s a quick list of rain songs:

“The Rain Song,” Led Zeppelin

“Here’s That Rainy Day,” Art Pepper

“Another Song About the Rain,” Cracker

“Who’ll Stop the Rain,” CCR

“Dry the Rain,” Beta Band

“Buckets of Rain”/”A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”/”Rainy Day Women” Bob Dylan

“Black Sheets of Rain” Bob Mould

“Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo” Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers

“Rainy Day, Dream Away” Jimi Hendrix.

That’s a pretty good start. If anyone can come up with a couple more before the game re-starts, I’ll send you a burned CD of all the rain songs we come up with.

9:25 PM: the tarp is still on the field, no word on when/if the game will resume. The whiffleball documentary is over and NESN’s switched to Red Sox This Week, or Red Sox Report, or This Day in Red Sox History, or That Red Sox Show, or Suddenly Red Sox, or whatever taped highlight thing they always show in rain delays.

We haven’t got to point where they bust out a Charlie Moore fishing show re-run yet, but if this lasts another hour, watch out for it!

Well the game has just been canceled, at long last. No Charlie Moore re-run. (But they are showing the Pedro Fight Game against the Devil Rays from like 7 years ago.) The game will be replayed from the start, so at least the Sox won’t have to face the bases-loaded, one out jam that they got into tonight.

But a Jon Lester start has been wasted for no reason. Meanwhile Rainout Game James didn’t throw a pitch and will be available whenever the Devil Rays can find a game big enough to let him pitch. At least we might have seen the last of those ugly red hats the teams were wearing.

Tonight’s game will be made up Sunday at noon PM, and the Red Sox will have to start some scrub instead of Lester. So the schedule goes like this: the next game will be at 7:00 tomorrow night, then the makeup game will be on Sunday at noon, and the series finale will start at 5:00 PM Sunday.

I am really picking the wrong games to Live Blog lately. Yikes.

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Discussion

15 comments for “Live Blog: Red Sox vs. Rays, 9-11”

  1. “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”, another CCR classic.

    Posted by Jack | September 11, 2009, 8:26 pm
  2. You beat me to Bob Mould, but I will point out that you missed “I Wish It Would Rain” by the Temptations.

    This is also a classic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US5Ud_kwwBw

    Posted by Ernie | September 11, 2009, 8:27 pm
  3. “Blame it on the Rain” made famous of course by Papelbon (cinco ocho) and delcarmen (the second duo to lipsync it.)

    Posted by julia | September 11, 2009, 8:48 pm
  4. Awesome updates! Has the game been cancelled yet? I wish they were pumping out your playlist here at fenway, all we’re getting is karma chamealeon, not very appropriate.

    Posted by prunly | September 11, 2009, 9:00 pm
  5. “Purple Rain” by Prince, also a movie

    Posted by Erikk | September 11, 2009, 9:18 pm
  6. Posted by Dan Davis | September 11, 2009, 9:20 pm
  7. “November Rain” by GnR; “Rain King” (or “Raining in Baltimore”) by Counting Crows; “Rainy Monday” by Shiny Toy Guns; “The Streets in the Rain” by the Samples; “Only Happy When It Rains” by Garbage. And of course… “Purple Rain” by weird-looking-symbol-guy. This game is fun!

    Posted by mike a | September 11, 2009, 9:26 pm
  8. “The Rain” by Will Smith. And “Waterfalls” by TLC if you count the drenching.

    Posted by John | September 11, 2009, 9:35 pm
  9. And don’t forget “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” for being washed out by the rain.

    Posted by John | September 11, 2009, 9:36 pm
  10. Posted by John | September 11, 2009, 9:38 pm
  11. So many I forgot: “Box of Rain” by Grateful Dead, “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor, “Fool in the Rain” by Led Zeppelin (covered by O.A.R.), “I Feel the Rain” by the Trews, “Rain” by Rusted Root, “Something Sexy About the Rain” by Kenny Chesney, and, for those looking for optimism, “Rainbow” by Jack Johnson and G. Love.

    Did anyone else find the whiffleball documentary fascinating?

    Posted by Erikk | September 11, 2009, 9:41 pm
  12. Here Comes the Rain Again – The Eurythmics; Singing in the Rain – Fred Astaire (sp?); It’s Raining Men – ?; November Rain – Guns and Roses; Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head – ? hmmmm…that’s it for now. Cheers.

    Posted by Jen | September 11, 2009, 9:41 pm
  13. “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls

    Posted by John | September 11, 2009, 9:43 pm
  14. Posted by John | September 11, 2009, 9:46 pm
  15. we’re cooked my good man, the game will be made up on Sunday at midday!

    Posted by prunly | September 11, 2009, 9:48 pm

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