Monday, October 20, 2008

Always next year

Well, two world titles in four years is pretty good too.

And, got to say, the Rays came to play. They've got enough solid young pitching and clutch hitting to beat anyone. Tampa Bay went out on the field, overcame a pair of late losses in the American League Championship Series and fended off three straight rallies in the final three innings by the Red Sox to reach their first World Series.

My hat's off to 'em.

For Boston, nothing to be worried about. This was an unusual collection of players, cobbled together following the mid-season trade for Manny Ramirez that left David Ortiz largely unprotected in the lineup and a rash of injuries that kept players from performing at their top level. Seeing how they took a vastly superior Tampa Bay team down to the wire makes me think this is Terry Francona's best managerial job yet.

Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Ortiz will mend in the off-season. Jon Lester, Dice-K and Beckett still form one of the more formidable rotations in baseball. There's ample young talent from top to bottom in the lineup that will only continue to get better. And Boston's got the money to go out and land a slugger to give Ortiz the protection he needs in the lineup.

I'm torn who to pull for the World Series, though. The Rays are a great story, but I've always liked Ryan Howard.


Blogger Stanicek said...

2 in 5 years now...don't get cocky! Do you think Josh Beckett is as big of an a-hole in the off-season as he is in during the regular season?

10:47 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Doesn't any Braves fan have to root against the Rays? If they won the Series, they would be eclipsing the Braves' worst-to-first feat in 1991.

6:39 PM  

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