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  • October 29th, 2013

    Red Sox 3, Cardinals 1:
    We’re going home!

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:31 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy…Buckets!

    What are the chances that the Sox would take 2 of 3 in a NL League Park, against some of the best pitchers in baseball, with no DH, and a starting pitcher who looked like his arm was going to fall off at any moment?

    I have no fracking clue–but it HAPPENED…

    And then there was Jon Lester. The Jon Lester we always knew was there, in those flashes of brilliance we would see over the years, the one we knew could be one of the best left handed pitchers in the game. And last night was all about him. With a World Series ERA of 0.59–Yes, like 59 CENTS, he threw 7.2 brilliant innings, giving up 1 run on 4 hits while walking none and striking out 7. He threw 91 pitches, 61 for strikes.

    In his 2 World Series starts this year, he has pitched 15 1/3 inning, giving up 1 run on 9 hits while walking 1 and striking out 15. And last night he notched his 6th postseason win, tying 2 other pitchers for the most in Red Sox history. You may have heard of them: Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling…

    And there was Koji, who got a 4-out save and is about as automatic as you can get.

    Then there is David Ortiz, who has been INHUMAN this postseason. His is hitting .733 (11 of 15) with 4 walks, 6 RBI’s and an OPS of 2.114 (!!!). He has also hit safely in EVERY World Series Game he has played in since 2004–13 thus far. Oh, and his career World Series BA? A gaudy .476.

    In a shocking twist, That Clay Person apparently has more pitches in his arm. He has actually went to John Farrell and offered to pitch out of the bullpen for games 6 or 7: John Farrell weighs in: “He’s already offered. So yes, he would be available. Based on the way he came out of (Monday) night, he even said it to me, ‘I’ll be in here tomorrow getting ready for the next possible opportunity’. But by no means has he shut anything down mentally or physically.”

    BUT, at this point, it looks like if there IS a game 7, Jake Peavy will have the chance for redemption. On a very short leash. With Felix Doubront waiting to go…

    Looks like the Sox may have Shane Victorino back for Game 6. The Flyin’ Hawaiian, who has been down with lower back issues, WAS available to come off the bench in last night’s contest, but John Farrell didn’t want to chance losing him for good by having him start…So hopefully, the extra days off will get him back out there…

    Boston Restaurant Cask ‘n Flagon teamed up with Will Middlebrooks and Good Sports to create a delicious sandwich for a good cause. For each Middlebrooks BBQ Mac n Cheese Sandwich sold, Cask ‘n Flagon will donate $1 to Good Sports, the Quincy-based national nonprofit that provides athletic equipment to community organizations and schools to promote healthy, active lifestyles among disadvantaged youth. And this sandwich sounds amazing: slow-cooked BBQ brisket, with carmelized onions, smoked gouda and a helping of mac and cheese all on grilled country white bread. So stop on by, have a great sandwich (I love their food) and contribute to a great cause!

    Finally, I am having a bit of a moral dilemma. If the Sox win Game 6 or Game 7, should I wake my 21-month old daughter up so she can witness this? Or should I trust they will not go on another 86 year drought? This WOULD be the 3rd win in 10 years. I think I need to think on this more…

    Coming up: A fracking OFF day, and then the Sox go home to the Fens for Game 6. Same matchup as Game 2, John Lackey vs Michael Wacha. 1st pitch 8:07pm.

    And no, the complete irony of John Lackey potentially being the winning pitcher if the Sox win tomorrow, to clinch their 1st World Series at home…in 95 years. Wow. Talk about a double whammy. Yeah, go back and read that again, I’ll wait.

    Let’s Do This. Go Sox!

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