Monday, October 28, 2013


I am not a Cardinal fan and I'm certainly not a Red Sox fan, so when you watch a World Series when your team isn't part of it, you tend to watch the game differently than when you have a rooting interest. So you watch for different things. You want to see grand slam homers, pitchers strike out the side on nine pitches, outstanding fielding plays and, of course, the odd play, the weird play, the crazy play.
And boy, have we had them in this series. Normally, when there is a Yankee-less series, I kind of watch the game as a background to reading or surfing the net. I usually go to bed early. But this year...who knows what else could happen? Will a fielder forget the number of outs and let a critical run score? Will the game end on a balk call? We could even see a walk-off hit-by-pitch.
I don't really care who wins (I DO! - Annie-O), but this is entertainment at it's best. David Ortiz,  hitting better than guys in a slow-pitch softball game. Shortstops who are so futile at the plate, they want a game ball when they manage to hit a loud foul. Sox catcher Saltalamacchia striking out 19 times in 32 at bats, which means he has gone the equivalent of 5 games with out touching a pitch. Managers who can't make a successful move; every post-game interview seems to start with, "I want to apologize to our fans for...", whatever happened that day. As Terry Francona says of managing in October:  "If you win, you are smart, and if you lose, you are dumb."
So now it's down to best of three, even more pressure. I can hardly wait.

From Brad Dickson's Bottom Ten
2. Connecticut (0-7): UConn continues to struggle with its bend and break defense.
 9. Eastern Michigan (1-7): The official word is that the school's eagle mascot flew south for the winter. I guess that sounds better than “escaped.”

"We got a kid in the minors, 22 years old, and in three years, he's got a chance to be 25."  -- Casey Stengel, discussing the poor state of the Yankee farm teams.
"Singer Wayne Newton’s yacht unexpectedly sank at a Lake Mead marina. Newton immediately rechristened it the SS Houston Texans."  -- Dwight Perry

"The way these World Series endings are going,  the fat lady won’t sing, she’ll slip on a banana peel."  -- Janice Hough
"Toronto has come in second out of 100 in a world ranking of cities having a good reputation. Or 99th if you include the Maple Leafs"  -- RJ Currie
"Some viewers are complaining that the Fox Network is making the World Series all about itself. There may be something to that. For the first three innings of Game 4 Erin Andrews was playing shortstop"  -- Brad Dickson
"Game 3 of the World Series ended with a Red Sox player called for obstruction, a call that is basically unheard of in major league baseball. Sort of like traveling in the NBA."  -- Brad Dickson


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