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#209854 - 10/23/07 02:07 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: jdavis34]
jdavis34 Offline
Pure Jayhawk

Registered: 02/15/07
Loc: Lawrence, KS
Message from Curt Schilling on his blog:

Congratulations to Josh Beckett, 2007 ALCS MVP. I don’t doubt for a second that we don’t get here if he doesn’t clutch up with arguably the most dominating post season start in my lifetime. So many guys came up huge but the awesome part of this was that I don’t think at any time after game 4 did we think about the deficit as anything other than a number.

After game 4 it got very easy in the sense that there was zero gray area, it was win or go home. That’s not to make it sound trivial but game 5 was truly the first time this entire season when we had our backs to the wall for real, and the team responded as a championship team has to, and will.


Josh comes out throwing 125 in the first and Youk jump starts us with a bomb. Game 5 we took a mentality of one pitch, one out, one inning at a time and ran with it. The exact same thing we said from game 4 of the ALCS in 2004 on through. It’s one thing to say it, but another to actually put it in play. The guys did that and that’s as big a reason as any we ended up winning 3 straight. I also know that the last three games created some chemistry that only win or go home games can create. We embraced it and ran with it.


Congratulations to the Cleveland Indians. Say what you want but that’s a hell of a team with a hell of a future. The core of the team is incredibly young and talented and I would imagine they’ll be participating in many more October games over the next 5-10 years. Even though their big two had games they’d like to replay, those kids are going to be fine. They’ll learn from this and get better. I know CC a bit and he’s a kid that gets it and respects the game, he’s on the path that if he can stay healthy will most likely end up with a plaque in Cooperstown. Jake pitched an absolutely gutsy game last night. It will get lost in the shuffle but to finish with the linescore he did after the pressure we put him in those first 3 innings was nothing short of awesome. Carmona already proved from 2006 to 2007 that he knows how to learn and I don’t doubt for a second that he’ll be a force in this league for years to come.

It was a hell of a series that felt every bit the heavyweight fight it appeared. No one budged and the scores will NOT reflect the intensity and closeness of the games or the series. I thought it was pretty cool that what I thought were the two best teams in the AL both made it to the ALCS and gave fans a series worthy of crowning a league champion.

Now we move on to the last dance against a team that’s basically lost 1 game in the past month. Some people are already crowing about the NL being the ‘little sister’ to the AL but I can assure you every one of us knows that this is going to be a hell of a series. I think, like pretty much every other World Series, it will come down to starting pitching and who gets the most out of their guys. Both teams can hit so the team that executes it’s game plan from the mound I think will be the first team to 4 wins over the next 10 days. None of us have forgotten the 3 games we matched up with them earlier this year and the offensive whipping they gave us in 2 of those games.

Hats off to Sox nation as well. Fenway was absolutely electric for games 6 and 7. It was night and day from games 1 and 2 and every one of us noticed. There can be no doubts going ahead how important Fenway and home field advantage is for us when the city of Boston is worked up.

Congratulations to Terry Francona as well. In a city that features armchair QB’ing and media second guessing as legitimate paid professions, he stayed true to himself and true to us as players and managed his ass off. I still think he’s the most underrated manager in baseball. Sticking to your guns is hard enough, but in a town where the home team is pretty much second only to catholicism doing so is even harder. We won because he made the moves he had to make, and because he trusts us to do what we’re supposed to do when it matters most.

A few random observations. The Red Sox in me is happy Joe Torre is no longer in charge in NY. The person in me wonders how does a guy who obviously has the respect and loyalty of his entire roster, a guy who’s taken his team to 12 straight post seasons, a guy who exudes class and respect, how does he, in the midst of what might have been his most challenging and defining season and post season, not only have to manage his team in a best of 5 win or go home series, but also answer a billion questions about being basically told ‘win or you’re out’? How did it come to that? I have never had a chance to get to know Mr Torre beyond handshakes of congratulations or hellos, but I have never heard a player on his team utter anything but respect for the guy. Much like Boston, managing a 175m+ roster of super star players, in that market, with a hack to writer ratio bordering on 100-1, how does he basically win pretty much every year, get to the post season and get an ultimatum at THAT point in the season? I have always thought very highly of Mr Steinbrenner as well, anyone that pours that much of himself into his team, is that dedicated to his teams fans is ok by me and I would think ok by pretty much anyone that plays for him since he never makes issue with paying the huge salaries players make these days but only adds the caveat of “Just win a World Series”. I don’t think players have ever had problems with owners like that.

Then he gets ‘offered’ a pay cut with strings? That sucks. Was very cool to see the mass of Yankee fans at the “keep Joe” rally though. Amazing how that loyalty card plays out in the public eye and through the media when the shoes on the other foot. Managers don’t win ballgames, players do, and I think you’d be surprised to know how bad we feel when managers we care about get fired because we know, if we have one ounce of integrity, that our failures as players are, most times, what gets a manager fired.

Terry Francona is a genius since he arrived in Boston? Having been on his team the first day he managed in the big leagues through today I’ll tell you up front that he is not much different. He does suck much more at cribbage now than he ever did and his fantasy teams continue to suck as well, but as a manager he’s not really different. I think the interim jobs he had in Cleveland and Oakland showed him the inner workings of baseball front offices more and helped him in some areas but in the clubhouse, dugout, and on the field he’s pretty much the same non-jersey wearing guy he was in Philly, he just has a front office comprised entirely of people that understand winning games on the field matters more than anything else. The ‘know it alls’ in Philadelphia, from Conlin to Cataldi to Macnow, aren’t really know it alls are they? Their people who’s life it is, who’s entire job description, revolves around creating news or stories where there is none, to make you think their ‘in’ and you’re not, and if you want to truly know or get smarter, listen to them. Pretty cool when you can be wrong pretty much 90% of the time and still be considered an expert.

Wonder how smart Tito looks to the guys that hacked him in Philly now? 3 post seasons, 2 world series appearances in 4 years here. Nice to know he gets that last laugh.

Starting Wednesday it’s on.

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#209855 - 10/23/07 02:07 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: jdavis34]
gquinn225 Offline
Prolly Thinks U Dumb

Registered: 06/02/06
Loc: Mile High City
Wonder if Ritter can get tickets? PFFFFFFT.

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#209856 - 10/23/07 02:52 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: jdavis34]
jdavis34 Offline
Pure Jayhawk

Registered: 02/15/07
Loc: Lawrence, KS
Time Wakefield is off the roster.. his should is too messed up.Looks like Lester will start game four.

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#209857 - 10/23/07 04:24 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: jdavis34]
jdavis34 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/07
Loc: Lawrence, KS
BOSTON -- Ed Montague, known for his calm demeanor and consistent strike zone, will serve as the crew chief for the World Series. It is the fourth time he's drawn the umpiring assignment.

The six-man crew announced Tuesday includes three umpires working their first Series: Ted Barrett, Laz Diaz and Mike Everitt. Chuck Meriwether and Mike Reilly complete the crew.

Montague will be behind the plate Wednesday night when the Colorado Rockies play the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 at Fenway Park. Montague was last the Series crew chief in 2004, when the Red Sox won the championship.

Diaz will be at first base, Barrett at second, Meriwether at third, Everitt in left field and Reilly in right for the opener.

All six umpires called games during the first round of the playoffs this month. Montague also worked the NL wild-card tiebreaker between the Rockies and San Diego Padres.

This will be the sixth Series and 21st postseason assignment overall for Montague, in his 32nd year as a major-league umpire. He comes from a baseball family -- his father, Ed, was an infielder for the Cleveland Indians in a career that began in 1928 and lasted through 1932 and then was a scout for the San Francisco Giants for 40 years.

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#209858 - 10/23/07 05:25 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: jdavis34]
jdavis34 Offline
Pure Jayhawk

Registered: 02/15/07
Loc: Lawrence, KS
BOSTON (AP) — Sounds like a baseball flip-flop. Rudy Giuliani, a lifelong New York Yankees fan, said Tuesday he's pulling for their most hated rivals, the Boston Red Sox, to win the World Series over the Colorado Rockies.

"I'm rooting for the Red Sox," the Republican presidential contender said in response to a question, sparking applause at the Boston restaurant where he was picking up a local endorsement.

"I'm an American League fan, and I go with the American League team, maybe with the exception of the Mets," he said. "Maybe that would be the one time I wouldn't because I'm loyal to New York."

Giuliani's Yankees lost in the first round of the playoffs, then lost their manager when Giuliani's friend, Joe Torre, refused to accept a pay cut and walked away. Giuliani said the Yankees had "a great season."

The former New York mayor said his declaration of temporary Red Sox loyalty was "not just because I'm here in Massachusetts."

"In Colorado, in the next week or two, you will see, I will have the courage to tell the people of Colorado the same thing, that I am rooting for the Red Sox in the World Series," he said.

Indeed, if Giuliani was pandering, he miscalculated.

In the last presidential election, Colorado went with Republican President Bush, and recent history shows Massachusetts voters would sooner adopt Manhattan clam chowder as the state's official food than vote Republican in 2008.

Of course, just to the north is New Hampshire — home to many Red Sox fans — and the nation's first primary.

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#209859 - 10/24/07 06:24 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: jdavis34]
TheWrightStuff30 Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
Loc: Lawrence, KS
The lineups are out for Game 1 of the World Series...

Red Sox

1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. J.D. Drew, RF
8. Julio Lugo, SS
9. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

SP - Josh Beckett

Rockies

1. Willy Taveras, CF
2. Kaz Matsui, 2B
3. Matt Holliday, LF
4. Todd Helton, 1B
5. Garrett Atkins, 3B
6. Brad Hawpe, RF
7. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
8. Yorvit Torrealba, C
9. Ryan Spilborghs, DH

SP - Jeff Francis

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#209860 - 10/24/07 07:45 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: jdavis34]
TheWrightStuff30 Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
Loc: Lawrence, KS
Rockies=little least team against beckett

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#209861 - 10/24/07 07:48 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: jdavis34]
TheWrightStuff30 Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
Loc: Lawrence, KS
Pedroia = baller

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#209862 - 10/24/07 07:49 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: TheWrightStuff30]
gquinn225 Offline
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Registered: 06/02/06
Loc: Mile High City
Quote:

Rockies=little least team against beckett




Could be...but Rockies beat him in regular season...different time, different place, I know...

Not a good start here for the Rockies.

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#209863 - 10/24/07 07:51 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: gquinn225]
TheWrightStuff30 Offline
Prairie Warrior

Registered: 10/16/07
Loc: Lawrence, KS
First inning in June off of Becks:

- W. Taveras flied out to right
- K. Matsui doubled to shallow center
- M. Holliday grounded out to shortstop
- T. Helton singled to center, K. Matsui scored
- G. Atkins singled to left, T. Helton to third
- B. Hawpe lined out to right

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#209864 - 10/24/07 08:01 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: jdavis34]
TheWrightStuff30 Offline
Prairie Warrior

Registered: 10/16/07
Loc: Lawrence, KS
If Francis keeps the ball up, red sox are gonna tee off even more...

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#209865 - 10/24/07 08:01 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: TheWrightStuff30]
gquinn225 Offline
Prolly Thinks U Dumb

Registered: 06/02/06
Loc: Mile High City
Yep, not a good start at all....

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#209866 - 10/24/07 08:03 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: gquinn225]
gquinn225 Offline
Prolly Thinks U Dumb

Registered: 06/02/06
Loc: Mile High City
at least everyone got to see a big part of how they got here...that play from third...Rockies defense is super tough.

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#209867 - 10/24/07 08:07 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: gquinn225]
TheWrightStuff30 Offline
Prairie Warrior

Registered: 10/16/07
Loc: Lawrence, KS
You can't defend 4 strikeouts in a row.

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#209868 - 10/24/07 08:08 PM Re: Official Rockies vs. Red Sox 2007 WS Thread [Re: TheWrightStuff30]
gquinn225 Offline
Prolly Thinks U Dumb

Registered: 06/02/06
Loc: Mile High City
wow, you are full of astute observations.

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