Posts Tagged ‘ALCS

20
Oct
08

And Thus It Comes to an End

This loss hurts, but not as bad as 2003, or even 2005. Was I fully confident that the Sox would come back and win that game? Yes. One hundred percent yes, Today, I’m left with the AL champion Rays, from TAMPA, not one more Boston run to the championship. So it goes. When it came down to it, the Red Sox’ strength simply wasn’t there in this series. The pitching rotation carried this team, and in games 2-5 the rotation couldn’t keep up with the young power bats. When the Red Sox came to the postseason in years past, the middle of the batting order was fearsome, this year we were declawed. David ORTiz looked woeful and while Drew, Youk and Bay all were solid in the ALCS, none of them stepped up in the way that the Sox needed, like Lowell or Ramirez did last year. The Red Sox entered the ALCS with their number 3 hitter struggling, and without the #4 and 5 hitters from last year’s team, who combined last year for 18 RBIs. That loss of offense wasn’t replaced by the rest of the guys in the lineup.

Does that mean this season was a disappointment? Well, I’m disappointed but the Rays were the better team. They showed it during the season. They showed it in this series. That the Red Sox came back and made this a series after being down 3-1 and forcing a game 7 is testament to their team unity but it was clear that the Rays were better in all aspects besides the bullpen. When Andy Sonnastine is dealing you know that you’re season is probably going to be over. Continue reading ‘And Thus It Comes to an End’

19
Oct
08

Let’s Go Sox!

9-1 in playoff elimination games, 9-0 in ALCS playoff elimination games. Best Red Sox manager ever…YES!

LET’S
GO
SOX!

17
Oct
08

Sarah Palin Goes Both Ways

“How about those Tampa Bay Rays?” Gov. Sarah Palin shouted in Jacksonville last week. “You know what that tells me, it tells me that the people in this area know a little something about turning an underdog into a victor,” she said. “And we’re counting on you to help us do that Nov. 4.”

However, at a rally in New Hampshire on October 15, Palin appealed to the other side of the coin, “We’re just 20 days out from the election and it’s gonna come right down to the wire, and we’re counting on you because Red Sox fans know how to turn an underdog into a victor, and that’s exactly what you can help us do on Nov. 4!”

So much for straight talk. Unless straight talk means being duplicitous and disingenuous. Does being a maverick mean saying ANYTHING to try and appeal to people?

“Apparently this team of mavericks thinks straight talk means saying one thing to Rays fans and another to Red Sox fans,” chimed in DNC spokesman Damien LaVera.

Reader Youppi sent along this image to me and, since this blog is all class, I’m posting it below the jump. It’s a bit off color, it’s more than a bit inappropriate and it’s more than a bit hilarious.

Continue reading ‘Sarah Palin Goes Both Ways’

10
Oct
08

Rays Fans Meet Hubris, Hubris Rays Fans

The playoffs always feature some interesting t-shirt designs from fans. Usually the shirts are a little crude (see “Jeter Sucks A-Rod”) or overconfident, but they are made by fans so that makes sense. On the other hand, for a franchise, particularly one in the playoffs for only the first time and who has won a single series to come out with their own sanctioned, MLB shop t-shirt like this is simply unfathomable.

WOW. That’s a pretty bold t-shirt to be offering. Talk about overweening pride. Hasn’t anyone told them the story of Icarus. I hope someone shows these to the Sox players. Again, it’d be one thing if this were a fan-made shirt. But it ain’t. You can purchase it through the Rays’ official team store on MLB.com. I simply don’t get it. Confident is one thing, cocky is OK too, but c’mon, you haven’t done a goddamn thing yet. I look forward to some drubbings now. Let’s GO SOX!

[Home Run Derby]

07
Oct
08

Things That Make Me Happy

[Boston Globe]




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