Sox vs. Rocks: Game 1 short takes

-- Why is Kyle Snyder, and not Julian Tavarez, the late addition to the post-season roster?

-- You've got to feel for Wake, whose charitable efforts are well-documented, being out of the action. I mean, you play 12 years with a team and lose your second shot at the big dance in four years?

-- Nice concise preview in the lead of a story in today's New York Times:

It is the Colorado Rockies’ magic carpet ride against the Boston Red Sox’ smooth, then anxious, then captivating roller-coaster ride. It is the history-drenched Red Sox against the not-ready-for-a-learner’s-permit Rockies. It is the thin air against the Green Monster. It is the Rocks and the Sox in the 103rd World Series.

Also in the Times:

-- Some good trivia, including this:

•The past three World Series have ended in four or five games. The only stretch of four successive seasons without a six-game World Series was from 1913 to 1916. The Red Sox won two of those series.

-- Hank Steinbrenner, who with brother Hal, is poised to join their famous father as general partners in the Yankees, stews in his broth while remaining out of the action in October:

In a telephone interview Monday night, for example, Steinbrenner suggested that the Red Sox were where they were because of the inspiration they took from their rivalry with the Yankees. His comments came in response to the question of whether the Red Sox had passed the Yankees because this was their second World Series in four years.

“No, nobody would think that,” Steinbrenner said. “If you look at the last 12 years, we’ve won four and they’ve won one. We’ve been in six; they’ve been in one. No, they haven’t passed us. They’ve done a great job, don’t get me wrong. They’ve done what they had to do to keep up with us.

“You have to admire what they have accomplished. Let’s face it. In order to compete with us, as they have lately, they’ve had to pretty much do things like us. You have to admire them for that.”

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