(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Thursday night’s come-from-behind win for the Red Sox was amazing, series altering, life changing and whatever other hyperbole that the national media is throwing around these days. So why is it that I feel like Teddy KGB, so unsatisfied?  Boston’s win to force a game 6 was dramatic, but it’s not like they just won the series. Tampa Bay still holds a 3-2 series lead with the next two games at Tropicana Field. Don’t get me wrong, I feel infinitely better that Boston was finally able to string a few hits together, and David Ortiz had some resemblance to his 2004 version, but there is a lot of baseball left to be played.

Going into tonight’s game, I really wish that Josh Beckett’s ERA was sub-10.00 this postseason. I also wish that James Shields threw his shoulder out in June when his left cross missed Coco Crisp by three feet. But I guess we’ll just have to deal with this match up. Shields is the one guy on the Rays staff that scares me. He didn’t get his “Big Game” moniker from his deer hunting ability. This guy is a stud that rises to the occasion and relishes the pressure.

Shields is going up against some guy that has a striking resemblance to Josh Beckett, but without the 96 mph fastball and the pinpoint control. There is obviously something wrong with Beckett. He’s going to need to channel his inner Curt Schilling and make the adjustment from strikeout pitcher to a control pitcher that keeps the hitters guessing. But Beckett is a fierce competitor. Whichever version of him shows up tonight is going to be pissed off and spitting nails. This will be fun to watch.

As for the hitters on both teams, now that Boston has seen how productive it can be when they get consecutive hits, I really hope that they try and do that again. It was fun to see them scoring runs again. The Rays, on the other hand, are obviously taking steroids and corking their bats. There is no way that they can hit that many home runs. I’m calling for George Mitchell to reopen his investigation.

But seriously. Rays players have to be thinking that they have just woken a sleeping giant. They had Boston on the ropes and let them back in it. It will be interesting to see if the Rays hitters are squeezing their bats a little tighter and trying for the long ball tonight while playing in front of the home crowd.

Up a touchdown in the 7th inning. Champagne on ice. The smell of the World Series in the air. Only to blow it.  This has the potential to crush the confidence of a young ballclub. This is a must-win game for Tampa. With a potential game seven match up of baseball’s best story, Jon Lester, vs. headcase and chronic spitter Matt Garza. This is the biggest game in the history of Tampa Bay baseball. Again.

The Rays are still in the driver’s seat, but they have to be keeping a close eye on the rearview mirror.

11 Responses to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”


    Hello Albert here. Just before the Boston team unloaded on the Rays the other night . the man on the t.v. said “They are dancing in the streets of tampa tonight”..Question what where they doing ?The Bunny hop?
    All of us at Cedar Junction are pulling for our boys along with the Rolling Stones in cell block # four..

  2. Dave Says:

    Hey Albert, let’s hope the Rays, much like your victims….choke tonight.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I wouldn’t dance in the streets of Tampa, it’s a shithole.

  4. Dave Says:

    Ding Dong Kevin Youkilis…that’s why they call him “Big Game” Youkilis!!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    before that he was known as the yellow dart

  6. Dave Says:

    Things just got really interesting…….Is it time for Game 7 yet?

  7. Dan Says:

    Somebody please wake me up from this nightmare.

  8. lucky lucky lucky Says:

    game seven boys yippee…you have to love papelboner… and the gang…football we aint watching no stinking football…..on sunday night…

  9. old man river Says:

    what a great saturday night. here at the nursing home . no beans and franks for supper..crazy Mary did not get naked ,and our boys from Boston beat the Rays again.QUOTE “the RAYS in the seventh ing looked like a bunch of guys waiting to get a prostrate exam.”(mike lopresti).at MASS this a.m. father said we old guys should get a PAPELBONER SHIRT FROM THE FOUL LINE STORE. TO let the world know we love Boston and our stuff still works (thank you Viagra)..Also keep the HAIL MARYS COMING .. tonights the night ……..Lester is due…

  10. Anonymous Says:

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is Papelbon when I lay my vengeance upon you.

  11. Dave Says:

    A great comment from my favorite movie. That would make for a great T-shirt

    Big announcement from thefoulline.com coming very soon….Stay tuned

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