Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Sox and The Rox, Baked Beans and Beer, A Rollicking World Series

It's official now, though the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox isn't finished yet. But the matchup of the Colorado Rockies and the Boston Red Sox will provide for a very entertaining 2007 World Series.

While the FOX television network may not think so, since they only appreciate the numbers of viewers of their coverage, this particular matchup will be one of the more dramatic of World Series' in recent memory. Similar to the projected matchup in 2004, when St. Louis, winners of 105 games during that regular season, took on the Sox, after their extraordinary comeback against the New York Yankees from a 3 games to 1 deficit to win the ALCS, has their been more anticipation of an all-out, homerun laden offensive series.

Imagine the fireworks, in either ballpark, majestic Fenway, with the redoubtable Green Monster in left field, and Coors field in Denver, with the short porch jutting in from the left field line, the possibility of a launch pad of home runs in this series is almost as great as it was in the days of Mr. October, Reggie Jackson of the Yanks, and either the Big Red Machine of Cincinnati or of the explosiveness of the '78 Dodgers.

I love baseball! No game is anywhere near as exciting for me. And this matchup just thrills me.

Now, Colorado played Boston this past season, in Interleague play, and took 2 out of 3 from the Sox in Boston. In that series, (I've gone back and watched it, by way of ) the Rockies didn't take advantage of Fenway's Monster, as much as they could have; using a mainly left handed line up as they do. The Rockies lost the first game there, 2-1, but blasted Boston in the next two games, 12-2, and 7-1. Again, I have to point out that manager Clint Hurdle didn't utilize his right handed batters that much during that series.

A different line up for the Rocks in Boston, will give the Rockies an advantage there.

The Boston Red Sox are my favorite American League team. Even when they swept my Cardinals in the '04 Series, I couldn't claim to be shocked or stunned; disappointed in my Team, sure... but nevertheless happy that the Curse of the Bambino was finally shaken off the Sox's backs.

In this year's series, I look for the traditionally solid hitters, Big Papi, Manny, Lowell and even J.D. Drew to come out swinging the bats, and watch out for an eerie, nostalgic replay moment, when Boston catcher Jason Varitek slams a high fly ball to left, in the Denver chill, and wills it himself, to be fair. And it will be fair, and will be a winner home run, in the style of Boston great Carlton Fisk.

Boston feeds on tradition. And this particular Varitek homerun, and his skipping, his willing the ball to be fair, is testament to the quixotic nature of Boston Red Sox baseball lore.

The 2007 World Series will go either 6 or 7 games, in my opinion. As usual, and as correctly described, "good Pitching always beats good Hitting". While there will be fireworks in every game this Series, it will be the overwhelming pitching of one teams' staff which will spell their success this year. One teams' pitching staff is clearly better than the other's.

Here I should point out something relating to pitching; In last year's World Series, the pitching staff of the Detroit Tigers held the clear edge over that of St. Louis... undeniably. YET, if you remember, the starting pitcher for Detroit had a fielding error, IN EACH GAME, which led to St. Louis runs scored. It is the pitching which matters, at this very high level, albeit pitchers' fielding in this immediate case; but pitching is the whole enchilada in the World Series.

And the Boston Red Sox have that high level of experienced and skilled pitchers, both starters, long relievers and closer(s). It will be this staff's job, it's regular job, to win 4 games. Only 4 games. And they will. Win 4 games.

Here is what I predict: In Boston, the teams split wins, and leave for Denver with one game apiece.
In Denver's high altitude and dry cold air, the Rockies will win 2 of the 3 games played.
The teams come back to Boston, with shootouts in their heads.

Boston wins the Series, finally in front of it's deserving, rabid fans.

Boston's Baked Beans and Colorado's Rocky Mountain spring water Beer: This Series will be a Gas!!


Red S Tater said...

Let's get it on! This is gonna be fun stuff.

speaking of fun stuff, (off topic) have YOU seen this exert from a new documentary coming soon on Hillary and Peter Paul?
Hillary Headed to Jail?

Red S Tater said...

BTW- it would be Baked Beans and Rocky Mtn Oysters to be more specific.

Red S Tater said...

With Sam Adams Boston Stock Ale vs New Belgium Brewery's "Fat Tire"...
(Natives don't drink Coors)
BTW- "Rockies in 5"

(I never thought I would get to say those words in a million years)

Been to Coors Field many times... several home openers, wasn't at the very first home opener but I will NEVER forget it, listening on the radio.

EY (Eric Young) was the leadoff hitter in the Rockies very first home game... the crowd was electic and with a 3-1 count (I think) hit the next pitch out of the park.

He probably hit a total of maybe 5 or 10 homers in 3 or 4 years in Denver, but THAT one made history.

When that crowd gets fired up (and they will get fired up) that place rocks.

Too fun...

The Localmalcontent said...

Done and done, Red.

Just came from Red S. Tater, and saw the Hillary treachery film, and it doesn't surprise me one bit; how this couple has any supporters at all, is astonishing.

On the brighter side, the W.S. this year will be fun! Drama of the 1st timers, the Rockies, vs. the antique Red Sox, the bitter cold, two solid pitching staffs, and the long flies.

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Red S Tater said...

Okay mal, lets get down to business here. (two people blogging from the same 'puter is more than my b-b brain can handle-lol)

That taco you sent me was a little soggy by the time it arrived, but delicious otherwise.

IF the sox win, I'll eat an entire can of baked beans, some chowder and drink a 6pack of Boston Stock Ale (gas from bothends!) and if the Rox win you go out and treat yourself to a big steamy plate of Rocky Mtn Oysters and a Coors (unless you can find Fat Tire in Oklahoma)

Deal or Nodeal?

Red S Tater said...

1-1/2 hrs to gametime... the nathans (all beef) dogs gettin ready to be loaded with chili, krout, mustard, onions...jalep's, cheese, ahhh

Good luck to you and the redsox and let's play ball!

Red S Tater said...

well at least one team showed up...too bad it was YOURS.

My hotdog was great.
That's all I've got to report.
Live from mudville...
-red: out.

Red S Tater said...

so... should I get those candied peanut things (boston baked beans) or those canned warmongering ozone destroyers (Bush's baked beans) ?

cuz it ain't lookin' so good after game 1.

Red S Tater said...

Game two... tee it up.
The Sox hitting was awesome...lets see if they can maintain that...I know what I would do as a strategy from the Rockies perspective ... take advantage of the sox aggressive hitting and play fundamental baseball otherwise. One baserunner at a time.

Play ball!

Oz said...

Just a correction, the Red Sox came back from 3-0 in the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees. It was the first time in baseball history it had been done.

The Localmalcontent said...

You are quite correct, Oz. I had noticed that error, post posting, but didn't bother changing it. So "E-1", on me. (for those of you scoring at home...)

Red S Tater said...

...looking for the can opener for the baked beans... not looking too good for my Rox.

Red S Tater said... baked beans, beer and candy I ever had.

Congratulations to the deserving and most excellent world champion Boston Red Sox.