Friday, October 24, 2008
Rays get World Serious, tie World Series
Turns out James Shields is money. He pitched the Rays to victory tonight over the Phils, who really really need Ryan Howard to stop hitting ground balls into the death shift. Before I get into it more, just wanted to point out that the Jayson Werth error (see photo) reminded me of David Justice's drop in Game 6 of the 1992 World Series. That is all. The first two games have been fairly entertaining, in my humble, and often correct opinion. Between plays at the plate, pick-offs, and great pitching, we already have the best World Series since 2003, when the Marlins shocked the world (again) and beat the Yankees (not again, but you know what I mean). Really though think back to the last few Fall Classics: 2004- Red Sox end the curse and dismantle the St. Louis Cardinals. Great story, history for sure, but a snooze of a World Series. Sweep. 2005- SWEEEEEEP. McCoy's Houston Astros (aka, the most boring World Series combatant in recent memory) get taken to school by the upstart Chicago White Sox. Brad Lidge sucked, no Astro could hit and it was some of the most nausiating baseball I've ever watched. 2006-Revenge of the Cards. They took advantage of a Tigers team that showed up in the Fall Classic and played minor league baseball. Detroit made 8 errors in the 5 game loss, most of them on simple throws to first base by pitchers. Bad, bad baseball. David Eckstein's swang song. 2007-Red Sox bring the Colorado Rockies back to earth in a huge way, sweeping them and outscoring them 29-10. HOLY SHIT. So you can see why I'm optimisitc we might have a Series on our hands here. It certainly couldn't be any worse than the previous 4.