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October 18, 2004
BASEBALL: Viva Ortiz

I can't be the only one dragging badly this morning from staying up to 1:30 to see the end of the Yankees-Sox game. I know they needed a later start to avoid conflicts with football and the Cards-Astros game, but this is ridiculous . . . what a thrilling finish, enough to suck back in all the Red Sox fans who had written off the series, enough to put the history 3-0 deficits out of mind until the end of tonight's game - at the end of which, if Boston wins, the series looks much more like a battle. And, of course, the most staggering fact of all - the vulnerability of Mariano Rivera, who's now blown as many saves in this postseason as in the prior nine years.

I was really amazed by the ingratitude of Sox fans towards Mark Bellhorn, who was taunted with the "Pokey, Pokey" chants when he bobbled a grounder in the 6th inning. Bellhorn has had such a great year, yet Boston fans only focus on the negative.

I feel like if I went out in my front yard last night and threw some pitches, Orlando Cabrera would swing at them.

Remember: after tonight, if he loses, the next time you see Pedro Martinez he may be in a Yankee uniform. Which only makes Yankee fans' taunting of Pedro - for showing the Yanks respect, no less - all the more inexplicable.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:37 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Like to pretend I feel your pain, but I turned it off at 4-3 in the top of the ninth. I assumed Rivera would shut them down. I did stay up until the end of the Saturday game just to see how ugly it would get. Pedro wins today Schilling doesn't have it tomorrow.

Posted by: LargeBill at October 18, 2004 9:45 AM

Oh, I am dragging all right. At least I was rewarded with a sox win. I would have been ridiculously bitter had I stayed up that late only to have the Sox lose.

Oh, I have a healthy respect for Rivera still, but I (and the Sox it seems) no longer fear him the same way. I was less worried about the Sox chances against Rivera than I was worried about going into extra innings against the Yankees lineup. This bullpen is not the same as last post-season, but hey did the job last night.

I think the sox bats are coming around... Manny was taking way too many pitches, even in hitter's counts, but he had two hits late (one off Rivera, who it seems he's beginning to own) when it mattered.

Cabrera became completely unglued at the plate. I hope his ee comes back tonite.

It's asking too much, but we need a vintage 1999 start out of Pedro tonite. I hope he's up for it...

Posted by: Mr Furious at October 18, 2004 10:21 AM

Oh, you think YOU are dragging......I did a marathon last night with Godfather II followed by the end of the ballgame.
Alas, I turned in 15 minutes before the end (in my own defense, I was up @ 5:30 for the morning workout), but I'm still feeling the effects. Oh, to be young again.

Posted by: Ricky at October 18, 2004 1:01 PM
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