October 30th, 2009
So the Series now stands at 1-1, and I have watched WAY more of this series than I expected to, or even wanted to, for that matter, but its like a train wreck, I just can’t NOT look. But I have to admit–watching Cliff Lee mow down the Skanks on Wednesday was highly entertaining–and how about those CATCHES?–The one of the Johnny Damon popup was the best!
And then last night’s game….not so much. Pedro certainly pitched well enough to win (6+ IP, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits (including solo shots to Hideki Matsui, and the ever revolting Mark Toxemia) while walking 2 and striking out 8. But AJ Burnett, who has been lackluster pretty much the whole year, certainly came up big when he needed to, with 7 innings of 1 run ball….
And of course, Joe Girardi over thinks things again, and put Mariano Rivera in for 2 innings. To be fair, he really had no other choice if he wanted to give the Skanks the best chance to win–but it took Rivera 39 pitches to get through those 2 innings (the most he has EVER thrown in a World Series game)–and sure, they have today off, but he is going to be 40 years old at the end of November…how often does Girardi think he can do that to him??? And now there are 3 games in a row coming up–certainly won’t be able to have him in multiple innings in multiple games…
But I see that A-Fraud has returned to his earlier brilliance: In 2 World Series games, he is 0-for-8 with six strikeouts…HA HA….
How come the only Red Sox news these days is that people are leaving? And its not even players! 1st Jed Hoyer leaves to helm the Padres, and now Brad Mills, Bench Coach, and lifelong friend to Terry Francona will be heading to Houston to manage the Astros. That is certainly good news–for him… I wonder who they will replace him with–Bench Coach is a pretty big deal–like 2nd in command… Here is what he has to say at his Announcement: “I just left an organization, the Boston Red Sox, that I owe a lot to…They were very special to me the six years I was over there…And it goes without saying, Terry Francona. The experience that all of them and Terry were able to give me helped set me up for this today. I am deeply proud to say that I was involved with them at that time, and I appreciate it, and I want to thank them very much.”
So, Bud Selig was asked yesterday WHY the baseball season seems to be getting longer and longer (If the Series goes 7 games, it will end on November 5th–provided there is no bad weather) and he mentioned that the Owners were asked to consider a 154-game season, which they unanimously rejected. Is this a surprise to anyone???? I am sure the revenues for those 8 games are pretty substantial and they don’t want to lose that….
Finally, if you want a bit of reading to cheer you up, check out Dan Rowinski’s blog post from yesterday, chronicling the 2004 Red Sox and what they are doing today. Did you know that Doug Mirabelli is now a realtor, and a HS Baseball coach? And Mike Myers is Special assistant to current (but leaving soon head of the Players Association, Donald Fehr? It’s all here. Ahhhhh…the memories….
Coming up: The Skanks and the Phillies head to my home state of Pennsylvania for the next 3 games. Cole Hamels vs Andy Pettitte on Halloween night in Philly. 1st pitch 7:57pm
Happy Halloween! Go Phillies (gulp)