October 25th, 2007


So much for the Team of Destination

All of you who had Rockies in 4, out of the pool!

And that, ladles and gentlespoons, is why the AL > NL. Now you see the difference between Fenway in June during interleague play and Fenway in October during the World Series.

That played out about how I expected it to, actually, except I did not see Pedroia's lead-off homerun coming. Yolo County, represent! I just hope that we aren't wishing that they'd saved some of those runs for the rest of the series...Tonight is Schill vs the rookie, should be interesting.

Don't get me wrong, though, I'm not laughing at the Rockies...I'm more laughing at the National League in general and everyone who was calling them "The Team of Destiny," and saying it'd be the Rockies in 4 because...well, they beat the Padres in a tie-breaker to get the Wild Card, then they got lucky against the Phillies and the Diamondbacks. They were still 90-73 on the season. We were 96-66 and led our division for most of the season. There's destiny and then there's destiny.

Or, as Manny would say, there's Destination.

I'm not counting my chickens. I actually hope we get at least 5 games because I'd like to see Beckett pitch again (and become the pitcher with the most starts in postseason). I'd also really like to see them win it at Fenway rather than on the road this time, if they win. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad we beat the Cardinals, but wouldn't it have been just a teensy bit better to win at Fenway?

I did go out to Fenway yesterday, and took some photos, which I will post later tonight. I also picked up some fun posters from various media sources: a big "GO RED SOX" sign from the Boston Globe which is in our office window now so everyone on Bedford Street can see it; I also got two from WBCN that I quite like. One says "We Believe in Beckett" and the other says "SCHIKILLING the Rockies." I like this one because the double-L's are a pair of socks, one with a bloodstain on it. Only in Boston. I tried to take different photos from what I took before the first game of the ALCS...this time, I got there before they closed off Yawkey, so I got some shots of that which I was unable to get last time. I saw the ESPN and NHK broadcasting trucks (and actually was spoken to by a Japanese reporter!), I saw someone who may or may not have been Coco Crisp coming into the park on Van Ness, I actually saw some Rockies fans (resplendent in their purple), and I saw a bomb squad truck.

Good times. I can't wait for tonight.

I'd been meaning to post this...

From the Woodland Daily Democrat: "Smashing start to Series: Woodland's pint-sized Pedroia hits leadoff homer"

Oh, awesome. You all don't understand: I grew up reading this paper. Not only that, I drew editorial cartoons for their Under-20 page. This? Is awesome. And this, if you only knew, is so far beyond awesome I don't have a word for it: "Red Sox Nation hits Woodland"

Seriously. You have no idea how comical this is. I mean, I've been to Woodland...there's a reason no-one's ever heard of it.