William Matheson (nova_one) wrote,
William Matheson

World Series: Game 1

Well, the Red Sox are pummelling the Rockies tonight. I'm rooting for the Rockies - the Sox have had their day, and they don't get sympathy cheering out of me. (I suppose they're the closest MLB team to me geographically, but since I've only visited Boston once, when I was six, they might as well be on Neptune. (But after Hurricane Juan, when we were without electricity for 13 days, I enjoyed listening to Red Sox games from a Boston AM station on my Walkman; there was nothing else I could do in the dark.)

The thing is, though, I don't think there's any stopping the Red Sox. I'm writing the obituary for the Rockies before the fifth inning in Game 1 is even over.

The Sox have very good pitching, but you can still lose with that.
The Sox have freaky, juiced-up power hitters from the Dominican Republic, but you can still lose with them.
The Sox have serviceable fielding (though we'll see what happens when they go to Colorado and have to either play Ortiz at first base (and take off their 1.000 fielding first baseman, who's also played 190 consecutive regular season games at first base without an error?) or use him as a pinch hitter?), but you can lose with that too.

What's happening is that they seem to have all cylinders running at once. Manny Ramírez of all people is out there making running and diving catches, and spending his practices gathering balls bounced off the Green Monster.

It's STILL the bottom of the 5th. 12-1, and... 13-1, third consecutive run on a bases-loaded walk. Owwwwwwwwww. That's seven runs, so far. They're going back to the bullpen again.

But don't hold this pitching performance against the Rockies. Pitching this bad has got to be a fluke. And so much for our Canadian boy Jeff Francis, he'll have to wait a little longer to be the first Canadian pitcher to win a game in the World Series.

I don't want to write off the Rockies yet, and there are lots of games left to play. If they can find some way, ANY way to stop the duo of Ortiz and Ramírez tomorrow, they have a chance. More than a chance, because it'll be easier in Games 3-5 in the NL park - either Ortiz isn't in the starting lineup, and if he is they can still get a slight advantage because of the better fielder that would be pulled off to make way for him (and who will be pulled off for him, if they use the double switch). The Rockies have the best fielders in baseball, and if they can just find a way to get by the two big shots...

Usually I watch the games, instead of blogging about them, but I couldn't bear to watch that half-inning. That was a joke. It's finally over, but there's hardly any point in watching the rest of the game: it's 13-1 in the top of the 6th. About the only thing to watch for is whether or not they let Beckett pitch a complete game. (They didn't, but he got through seven.) That didn't seem likely in the top of the 5th when he pitched six consecutive balls.

PS: When you do watch the World Series, I suggest to my Canadian friends that they try Rogers SportsNet instead of whatever Fox station is carried in their area. Rogers is carrying the MLB International feed, which features shorter commercial breaks and a general atmosphere of friendliness to newcomers - because of the international audience, they take the time to explain things that wouldn't be analyzed on Fox, and they invite viewer questions from around the world. It's rather quaint! Plus you sometimes get the throw-backs to the SportsNet studio where they do their own analysis on top of that, and that's in place of commercials, too.

In Japan, are they rooting for Kazuo Matsui or Daisuke Matsuzaka? Matsuzaka will probably pitch Game 3 on Saturday night, so most of Japan will be free to get up early Sunday morning to watch him. Matsui is a hard-working, reliable switch-hitter. If the Rockies stage a comeback, I am convinced he will be part of it.

LOL: They just got an e-mail from New Zealand: "Do you think the Rockies have enough hitting power to come back from 4-1?"

"Guess it takes a little while, from the other side of the world."

Update: Terry Francona Announces Josh Beckett Will Start Games 1, 4, 7, 2, 6, 3, 5

"I don't think this should come as a real shock to anyone," Francona told reporters, adding that with this schedule, Beckett should get "more than enough rest" between games one and four, which would allow him to be at maximum strength for games seven, two, and, if necessary, six, three, and the crucial fifth game. "Looking at the pitchers I have at my disposal, this gives us the best chance to win." Ha-ha.
Tags: baseball, boston red sox, colorado rockies, sports, television, the onion, world series
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