saying for a while that this October seems already shaping up to have a 2005-Tony-Graffanino
kinda feel to it.
I’d starting thinking that assessment was a bit harsh. After all, who knows.
Sure, we’re banged up, definitely don't seem to be the well-balanced, leak-proof attack machine
we were last fall.
But October is wide open. Anything can happen. A whole new
ball game. Right?
Well, last night I
started getting that feeling again.
and/or Dice-K can come up big on Wednesday and/or Friday.
especially, that Justin Masterson and the bullpen can tow the line.
luck, Beckett can go on Sunday.
And if he can
pitch like Josh Beckett should pitch, all the better.
I just wish I could be as
sanguine as Bob Ryan.
I paid a
visit last week to a relic of Red Sox’ past.
World Series Trophy was at the Cask and Flagon,
a quick stop before it heads to New York, where it’ll be auctioned off by Guernsey’s
Auction House on October 18 at Madison
is primarily meant as a commemoration of “the closing of Yankee Stadium and the end of a baseball
era,” says Guernsey’s president Arlan
Ettinger, but there are hundreds of other artifacts on the block, many of them
“from the great teams that played against the Yankees.”
Ettinger says, “is one of the greatest baseball treasures ever to be offered
anywhere, at any time. Physically small, it nevertheless represents one of the greatest
achievements ever. It’s certainly one of the most important baseball artifacts
that can possibly be sold.”
1912, the year Fenway
opened, 11 years before Yankee Stadium
was even built, teams didn’t get World Series trophies. Players got rings, but
that was it.
But after Smokey
Joe Wood and Tris Speaker led the Sox to a 4-3 (with one tie) World Series victory over
the New York Giants, John Francis
"Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, mayor of Boston, future grandfather of John
F. Kennedy, and member in good standing of the Royal Rooters — wonder if he knew Hurdy and
Stuffy? — decided to commission a trophy in recognition of the team’s
two, in fact. One for owner John I. Taylor, and one for player-manager Jake
hasn’t been seen since, but Stahl’s having been in his family for generations,
and then passed on to a collector, is now up for sale.
It’s your solemn
duty — or, perhaps, that of the Yawkey
Way ownership troika, who probably have a bit more
scratch than you — to make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
conceivable that some fanatical Yankee fan could get ahold of it and ceremonially
do something to it?” Ettinger asks, miming a lusty sledgehammer swing. Yes.
doubt that. There is a respect. Despite the hatred on the diamond, there is a
respect [between the Yankees and Sox]. Sentimentally, though, who wouldn’t root
to see this thing back here, where it belongs?”