Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox!

As a Rays fan, it was difficult to root for Boston in the ALCS or the World Series, but I will be the first to admit that I think the best team, and the most deserving team, won the title of world’s greatest this time around.

I’m looking forward to 2014 already. Don’t sit on your laurels, Boston. You know the Rays will be in the hunt once again come April.

Later…

~Eric

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  1. Jenny says:

    I thank you as a fervent Bostonian! The Rays put on a good show during this postseason as well. We’ll see ya next year!

    • Just giving credit where credit is due. Boston came out of the cellar in fine fashion this year. At times, it almost felt inevitable that they would steamroll their way to greatness this season. Enjoy it! :)

      It’s going to be another interesting season coming up… particularly with the new “instant replay” going into effect.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! And Happy Halloween!

      ~Eric

      • Jenny says:

        You’re so right about next year’s replay whatnot. It’s only been in the last year that I’ve started to really get into baseball, and I very much love the simplicity of it and the sole authority of the umps’ calls (for better or worse). Pretty nervous about the ways in which that could/will change in the coming years.

        Happy Halloween to you, too! And as for the afterglow–oh man, I’m enjoying the crap out of it.

        –Jenny

        • Welcome to baseball fandom, Jenny. I’ve been a lover of the game since I was a small child (I’m in my 50s nowadays). It’s a unique sport. On any given day, the worse team can beat the best. In good years, though, the truly best of the best meet each other and attempt to take the best of seven to win the World Series. It’s a lot of fun.

          I’m not sure how I feel about instant replay in baseball. It’s so… well, untraditional. I surely hope they don’t take to using Fox Tracks to call balls and strikes. That would definitely ruin the game. Umpiring errors have always been a part of the game; as much as quirky field conditions like Fenway’s Green Monster and Tropicana Field’s rings and catwalks. We’ll just have to see how it goes, I s’pose.

          Toodles…

          ~Eric

  2. All I can say is, what a ride it’s been! A real roller-coaster, all year.

    What is certain is that this time, the teams with the two best regular-season records in each league ended up in the World Series. I don’t think this has happened in a while. Last year, for example, those were the Nationals (best record overall) and the Yankees (best in AL). But the Nats lost in the NLDS, and the Yanks in the ALCS. The Tigers, who got to the Fall Classic, only had 88 wins.

    Anyway, I’ve got to hand it to the Rays. They were hot on the Bosox’ trail all season and even into the ALDS. A skilled, scrappy team. I know Maddon had said his last game’s strategy of one pitcher an inning hadn’t been planned in advance, but I’m not sure I believe that. It was exactly the kind of clever move, in the face of another elimination game, that I expect from him.

    And there will be more in 2014, to be sure. Unfortunately for me, it looks as though I won’t be following my favorite player (Jacoby Ellsbury) any longer, since I doubt Boston is going to offer him the kind of big bucks he expects and deserves. Not only that, after the Bosox medical staff almost derailed his career in 2010 and dealt him setbacks in 2012, I don’t think it would be best for him to stay, anyway.

    • Oh, I wouldn’t worry too much about Ellsbury. If the BoSox are not sharp enough to realize that he’s well worth whatever $ he asks, I’m almost positive someone out there will realize it; most likely the Yankees, unfortunately.

      And yessiree! It was a ride for the Boston fans the past three seasons… Francona’s meltdown, Valentine’s horror show, and then Farrell’s skillful leadership culminating in a World Series championship.

      I only have one disagreement with the results of this series. While David Ortiz is a man to be reckoned with during this post season, I was sort of hoping that Dustin Pedroia would have gotten the MVP award. He’s been the burning heart of the Red Sox this season, I think. Ortiz is just a big bat. ;)

      And even though I’m a Rays fan, I can’t really hate the BoSox that much. One of my all-time favorite players is on that team these days… Jonny Gomes. Besides, I can keep warm this winter with my hate for all things Phillies. ;)

      Can’t wait for Spring!

      ~Eric

      • I realize Ellsbury is going to make out well … what bothers me is, he won’t be doing it with the Red Sox any more.

        At first blush you’d think maybe other players than Ortiz deserve the MVP, but consider that the Cardinals were forced to pitch around him on many occasions. He scored on some of those intentional walks. He created a hole that the Cardinals just couldn’t fill, for love or money.

        As for Gomes, I have to say, I love the guy too. He and the Flyin’ Hawaiian were great additions to the lineup, this year. But I have to ask … what is it with Gomes and his batting helmet? Can’t he find one that fits him right? ;)

        • …what is it with Gomes and his batting helmet? Can’t he find one that fits him right?

          HAHA! You know these superstitious baseball players. I’m surprised he isn’t still trying to wear his Rays batting helmet while playing for the Red Sox. ;)

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