According to all the doubters, last night was supposed to have been the game the $103 million dollar albatross allowed the Rockies back in it. Going to their park, playing NL rules where Daisuke would have to hit and Ortiz would do the Red Sox in with his horrible glove at first.
Where Manny wouldn't be able to cover the big outfield and Ellsbury and the Munchkin would wilt at the top of the lineup.
Yeah. About that...
Daisuke strapped on a pair and was flat out dealing for five innings. Oh yeah, he got his first Major League hit as well, a 2 run, bases loaded single. Manny made not one, but two great plays in LF, and Ortiz played 1B like he'd been out there all year. Ellsbury and Pedie went back to back with doubles in the 8th inning that made the score a little more comfortable than the 6-5 it had been. Combined, they went 7 for 10 and Ellsbury had three doubles on the night, with 2 of them coming in the same freaking inning. As much as I like Coco Crisp, I hope he didn't buy a house in Boston: it's not exactly a sellers market right now.
Only blip on the night? The bullpen, with Lopez, Timlin, and Okajimer making it interesting. Some nights you got it, and some nights you don't. Other than the relief corps drama, the Red Sox just grinded the Rockies into the loss: just when you thought the Rockies were going ahead, Pap comes in and gets a one pitch flyout to end the 8th and the game was essentially over.
So far they've won a blowout in game 1, and tight one in game 2, and a get out in front, they get close, then put it away game 3. Tonight, Jon Lester takes the mound for what could be series clinching game 4.
How sweet would THAT be? 14 months after being told you've got cancer to starting in the World Series: if it got pitched as a movie idea, they'd turn it down for being too unrealistic. I'm not getting ahead of myself, however. We all know that it ain't over until it's over, and a desperate team is a dangerous team.
From the great philosopher Manny Ramirez:
"We don't want to eat the cake before your birthday,"
Amen, Manny. Amen.
*Update: The game is going into the bottom of the 8th. Lowell and Bobby Kielty have hit HR's, and it's 4-1, Sox. Also, the entire left side of my body has gone numb: I'm not sure that is normal.*
*Update #2: Garrett Atkins just hit a 2 run shot off Okajimer: it's 4-3 Sox, with 1 out in the bottom of the 8th. In a related note, the right side of my body is now also numb. So I have that going for me at least.*
*Update #3: The Papelbot came in after the home run and got out of the inning. I'm also starting to feel some tingling on my left side, which I can only believe is good news.
*Update #4: SOX WIN! THE SOX WIN!!!!! MIKE LOWELL IS NAMED MVP AND THE SOX FREAKING WIN! 2 World Series wins between '04 and '07 after 86 years of not winning: I LOVE THIS TEAM!!!!!!!!!!! More tomorrow: for now, I've got to see if Beckett keeps his promise and Riverdances with Papelbon.*