Behind the 8 Ball

Behind the 8 Ball

IRed Sox reliever Eric Gagne is seen during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007. Gagne walked two batters in the inning as the Blue Jays scored three runs for a 4-3 win.

(AP Photo)

Eric the Dread

Going, Going, Gagne! Win Blown in the 8th
Oh, Canadoh! Eric Gagne Comes Completely Undone

Poor. Jon. Lester.
Was Manny Delcarmen Wiped Out After One Out?
And, Where in the World Was Jon Papelbon with Two Gone?

Tom Caron, NESN Extra Innings: "Panic in the streets of Red Sox Nation, Jim. This is as bad as it gets."
...
"Would you have gone to Papelbon earlier or is this a case where you have to see what Eric Gagne can do for you before you can decide where he's gonna pitch?"

Jim Ed Rice: "Well, I've always felt this way, if Papelbon my horse, I'm going to use Papelbon every day, I'm going to go out there and say 'hey, how many can you give me.' Right now, these are the dog days. If you're my horse, I gotta have you. I gotta have you in the race.

"This is not a buddy-buddy situation, this is life or death. We're gonna make the playoffs or we're gonna clinch the division. As long as you're healthy, you come to the ballpark to play every day. I want you out there."

The Incredible Shrinking Lead ...

While Mr Xishun, 56, towers above everyone at an astonishing 7.9ft, 19-year-old Mr. Pingping is a mere 2.4ft. high. Here, Mr Xishun shakes hands with Mr Ping Ping

(Worlds apart: The moment the tallest man met the shortest -- AP Photo)

... Is Down to 2 1/2 Games. Oh My, Tito.

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

Hanley enjoying his return > Victorino slowly getting up to speed > Ramirez fitting right in > Manuel Margot in stars in Salem

Boston Herald:

Pablo Sandoval struggles against lefties continues > Buchholz says he's sorry for the effort > Red Sox doing more right than wrong > Miley put Sox in hole

ProJo:

Brentz walkoff helps PawSox win at McCoy > Marrero more aggressive > Vic ready to make impact > Workman receives PRP injection

NY Post:

The latest way ESPN ruined Sunday Night Baseball > Girardi dusts off Mike Stanley story for Jeter's panicked replacement > Yankees all-in on Carlos Beltran, and that's a problem

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