It’s interesting that searches for Football peak during the beginning of the season and are way down by the time the Super Bowl rolls around. The same happens for Baseball.
Sweet Caroline… Good times never felt so good… So Good! So Good!
It’s becoming sort of an October script for the Red Sox: sweep the division series, fall behind in the playoffs, pull off a wicked comeback and then go on to sweep the World Series. There’s very little I can say objectively about a team I’ve loved since the 1975 World Series against the Reds, but here’s my take on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:
- Josh Becket – pick any game.
- John Lester – first guy to win a World Series clincher on his debut.
- Dustin Pedroia’s HR and his offensive combination with Jacoby Elsbury.
- Mike Lowell – it’s gotta be hard to beat a team with both Lowell and Jason Varitek behind them.
- Terry Francona – 8 for 8 in World Series games!
- Mike Timlin – lights out relief pitching.
- John Papelbon – can you say wicked fastball? Pitched more than one inning every time.
- Coco Crip’s catch in Fenway’s Bermuda Triangle to end the ALCS.
- Julio Lugo – scooping anything around ShortStop like a Dyson.
- Manny Ramirez taking out Kenny Lofton at second base, playing the Monster-rebound.
- J.D. Drew’s Grand Slam.
- Dice-K’s 2-out, 2-RBI single. Who say’s AL pitchers can’t hit?
- Bobby Kielty’s insurance HR last night.
- David Ortiz at first base. Who say’s he’s liability playing the field?
- Kevin Youkilis – anytime he was at bat.
- Curt Schilling, Dice-K – when it mattered.
- Immediately taking back any runs the Rockies scored. That just kills a team.
- Scoring so many times with 2-outs.
- Manny Ramirez playing the Coors Field outfield.
- Julio Lugo’s dropped fly ball in the ALCS.
- John Lester bunting – at least he didn’t hit into a double play.
- Hitting into so many double-plays… I think it’s a new record.
- Manny’s base running. Stop worrying about your fugly helmet.
- Eric Gagne coming into game 2 of the ALCS. It’s like a Dementor had entered Fenway Park. Really. I was there and the place just went quiet and the temperature dropped a few degrees (but he did pitch well in the World Series).
- Hideki Okajima in Coors Field – this guy went from being lights out in the post season to almost friggin’ killing everyone in Red Sox nation of a heart attack. Good thing the Boston bats took all those runs right back.
Congratulations to the Colorado Rockies for a wonderful season and for playing like they did to get to the World Series. I’m sure they’ll be around next year.
Question: Do you think there was a turning point in this World Series? I think it was when Matt Holliday got picked off at first base by John Papelbon. Leave a comment with your thoughts.