Cocode Red!
Boston, MA 06/04/08 Red Sox center fielder Coco Crisp makes contact with his arm to the mid section of Rays second baseman Akinori Iwamura during the 8th inning. Crisp was called out. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5 to 1 in a MLB game played at Fenway Park in Boston, MA Wednesday, June 4, 2008.
(Boston Globe Staff Photo / John Bohn)

Manager Francona, Did You Order Bench Coach Millsy to Tell Center Fielder Crisp to Give Akinori Iwamura a Code Red? ...

... overheard in the bowels of Fenway after the game...
Joe Maddon:
Did you order the "Code Red?"
Tito: I did the job I was --
Joe Maddon: -- Did you order the "Code Red?!"
Tito: You're goddamn right I did!!!"

Bad, Bad Play by Bartlett

Red Sox center fielder Coco Crisp  steals second base as Rays short stop Jason Bartlett  can't get a handle on the throw from catcher Dioner Navarro during the sixth inning. The Boston Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays a MLB game played at Fenway Park in Boston, MA Wednesday, June 4, 2008.
(Boston Globe Staff Photo / John Bohn)

Sox Don't Kneed That: Coco's Got a Bum Thumb
Hence The Cocounterpunch

"How 'bout some consistency from cry-baby Rays' coach Maddon. When his guy Johnson crashed into Yankee catcher in a Pre-season game in the middle of March, breaking his wrist, the Rays' bi-speckled skipper called it, 'just good hard baseball.' Meanwhile, in the next game there was a bench-clearing brawl, another hard slide into Iwamura, and four ejections. So there was a difference of opinion about the 'good hard baseball.' Now when Coco retaliates for bag-blocking with a knee, Maddon starts whining. Toss him a crying towel. And I think MLB should warn Maddon and threaten him with a suspension if he attempts any retaliation, like trying to hurt Ellsbury or Crisp when they try to steal today, which they undoubtedly will! -- 6.4.08, Oak via BDD comments

Wednesday Night Box: Boston 5, Tampa Bay 1
The Earth Is Back on Its Axis... Sox Are Back in First; The Rays Freefall Begins
That's 12 Straight at Home and Counting
With No More Slip Ups, Beckett Should Be Beckett By October:
Nice Line: 6 IP, 1 Run, 5 K's and No Walks
The Big 3: Ells, Drew, and Manny End the Game in the Third
Life Without Papi: More Hits for Coco, and 2 for Youk, Too
Pedro Was #%&*@!: Umps Blow Another HR Call on Dustin
Manny Being Money: Delcarmen Stock on the Rise, Again
And Props to Hansen the Rest of the 'Pen

"I went down to go to the bathroom. Every time I leave [bench coach Brad Mills] in charge, he either puts [Kevin Youkilis] in right or something. Coco got his thumb jammed on the [play] before. I missed the rest of it. I was trying to get my zipper up. It wasn't going as fast as I wanted it to." -- 6.4.08, Terry Francona... still denying he ordered the Code Red ...

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