But a picture says a thousand words.
More tomorrow . . .
"We’ve got them just where we want them.”
good, if counterintuitive, place, I suppose, is the first inning, when the sun
was shining warmly on red-bedecked fans, and Jon Lester retired the side on just
four (4) pitches.
Hot dog! It
seemed from the get-go like we were in for another gem.
posterity, is a photo I snapped of Lester — avant
le deluge — as he struck out Carl Crawford in the second.
appears this series may be destined
to be a long one.
so, at least.
Sports Guy’s incredulity that the run-up to the 2008 ALCS was “like getting ready to watch Floyd
Mayweather fight Jonathan Lipnicki for the welterweight title,” these are
two well-balanced, well-matched, and close-scoring baseball teams.
much time for a long post today, but amidst the celebration, as we debate
our rotation and size up the competition (good to be reminded that Lester
is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA against the Rays this season), I did want to extend some
Scioscia, for having his shrewd
small-ball tactical maneuver blow up in his face
Cora grounded out to end the game.
Lopez was tagged with the loss.
and 19 minutes of baseball is far more than I’m inclined to recap here.
So, as you down
your third cup of coffee, wondering what’s become (and, perhaps, what’s to
come) of Josh
Beckett and Dustin
Pedroia and Mike Lowell's hip, here’s something that will hopefully lighten your mood.
In the words of Wayne and Garth, "Game on!"
And so it begins. The Red Sox, as you're no doubt aware, are about to embark on their second consecutive postseason, once again facing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first round. The game will begin at 10:30, and I'll be here all night. I may need some extra caffenation to make that possible, but I'm up for it.
PITCHERS (10): Josh Beckett; Paul Byrd; Manny Delcarmen; Jon Lester; Javier
Lopez; Justin Masterson; Daisuke Matsuzaka; Hideki Okajima; Jonathan Papelbon;
CATCHERS (3): Kevin Cash; David Ross; Jason Varitek.
INFIELDERS (7): Sean Casey, Alex Cora, Mike Lowell; Jed Lowrie; David
Ortiz; Dustin Pedroia; Kevin Youkilis.
Tomorrow night, I will be live-blogging the broadcast of Game One of the ALDS. Likely topics will include discussion of the overrated-ness of K-Rod, complaints about the frequency of Frank TV ads, mockery of the TBS announcers, and, hopefully, further praise for Jon Lester. Thanks to the late west-coast start time, things might get a bit interesting towards the later innings. Stop in and say hello.
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.
can’t seem to seal the deal. Sorta starting to remind me of Obama in the
the same won’t hold true in the World Series and the general election,
the Sox still have a 11.16 percent chance of winning the division, says
Baseball Prospectus. And Nate
Silver, who made his bones at BP and has since branched out into politics at
his excellent site FiveThirtyEight,
has sifted through the polls, crunched the numbers, and weighted the data all
appropriately, and seems to suggest things
are looking up for Obama
quite the result I was looking for, Timmeh.
About this Schilling thing?
what is the point at this point? Manny is kicking ass and taking names in Los Angeles. Curt is
designing video games in Maynard. This is all old news. Whatever happened to live and let live?
Uh, yeah. Perhaps
I should not have been so hubristic.
A dose of
humility may be just what the doctor ordered. So, Wake,
could you please float like butterfly tonight? A
win would be much-appreciated.
In the mean
time, I’m gonna try to erase the memory of that tragic waste
of a dynamite Beckett outing by thinking back on my honeymoon, where I was
surprised to discover that Red Sox nation extends south easterly to the British
overseas territory of Bermuda.
Great, great news.
"We are all on the same page with regard to our vision for the organization,"
Henry wrote in an e-mail this afternoon. "The negotiations were pleasant
and were all about rewarding Theo for the great, great job he has done in
bringing two world championships to the Red Sox. We look forward to the
difficult task of trying to win a third."