Curse? Didn't the Sox break their curse (the Curse of the Bambino) in 2004? Do they now have to clinch the World Series championship at home to really break their curse? ???Simayan said:Red Sox win both games in Fenway, go 1-2 in Colorado, then win first game back at Fenway to *OFFICIALLY* break the curse.
Klinger, is that you?Pravoslavbob said:Since Fr. Chris and Cleveland have yet to voice their opinions, I just have to say.........that I pick the Toledo Mud Hens to take it all in 7 games. ;D
I was thinking that myself. The one sure way to kill a team's momentum in the postseason--21 wins in 22 games is probably the most incredible momentum any baseball team has ever had entering the World Series--is to force them to sit around on their bums for 8 days waiting for their next opponent to emerge.BrotherAidan said:long layoffs in the playoffs (didn't mean to rhyme) are not good
didn't Detroit have a long layoff last year?
and Ottawa in Stanley Cup playoffs
now the Rockies this year
you are probably correct.PeterTheAleut said:Nah! Boston sweep.
That would require money. And they spent it all just getting to the World Series!Pravoslavbob said:Ah phooey. I hate sweeps. Makes for a really boring series. Why couldn't Colorado have pulled a couple out of the fire and at least have made things interesting? Sigh.
I'm not aware, though, that Colorado's pitchers committed as many errors as the Tigers' pitching staff did in last year's Classic. I'll give the Rockies that much. I think the only pitcher in Detroit's starting rotation who didn't commit at least one error in that series was later awarded the Gold Glove for AL pitchers (based solely on regular season play).cleveland said:Well, I think you saw the same phenomenon as the Tiger effect last year: one team has a long layover (week-long), and it kills their momentum.
Overall, I think the increased number of days off in the playoffs only benefits teams who are forced to play 6-7 games in the series. Any team that completes a sweep is essentially penalized for being so dominant; baseball is a game of routine (that is built on 162 games in 190 days - and 3 of those off days are the All-Star break), and any extended period of time off only benefits the starting pitchers (who only pitch once every 5-6 days anyway) - even the relievers are thrown off by rests of longer than 4-5 days.Jakub said:I agree, that 8 day vacation threw off their timing and momentum...
And considering that hitting a baseball is probably the hardest thing to do in all of sports, the slight disruption of timing caused by such a long layoff is all that's necessary to render hitters ineffective. For relief pitchers (as for all pitchers), pitching a baseball to specific spots in the strike zone is no less an exercise in precision that can be thrown off a tad by a long layoff. There's not much margin for error in baseball.cleveland said:Overall, I think the increased number of days off in the playoffs only benefits teams who are forced to play 6-7 games in the series. Any team that completes a sweep is essentially penalized for being so dominant; baseball is a game of routine (that is built on 162 games in 190 days - and 3 of those off days are the All-Star break), and any extended period of time off only benefits the starting pitchers (who only pitch once every 5-6 days anyway) - even the relievers are thrown off by rests of longer than 4-5 days.
Yup. Before the World Series, the last time the Rockies had gone 8 days without baseball was the beginning of Spring Training. That's a long time.PeterTheAleut said:There's not much margin for error in baseball.
And that was an unstated part of my argument as to why sports are enjoyable (from the other thread): we're talking about watching grown men excel at a kid's game - which was all of our dreams at some point in our childhood. They have taken what many of us have been doing in our back yards and school ballfields since we were kids and taken it up to the level of art, of precision, of manifest skill.ytterbiumanalyst said:It's this precision that makes baseball so enjoyable to watch. Those who have never played the game seriously often do not appreciate the small adjustments that every player makes throughout the game. They tend to think that the game is a lot of nothing punctuated by a hit every now and again. But we who have tried to hit a curveball know just what is involved. When I played, I was lucky if I made contact, let alone drove it the other way for extra bases. Say all you want about the NL just isn't as good, or this team is always bad: every player in the Major Leagues daily performs at a level I couldn't have dreamt of. When you really focus on the little things, baseball is quite the spectacle. Can't wait for March!
Funny how famous Italians end up managing the Dodgers. Isn't Tommy Lasorda Italian? Or do I have him mistakenly pegged as Italian because he likes pasta?Jakub said:Rumor has it old Joe is coming to the Dodgers...
Funny how those Italians dominate manager positions...
Ooh, Girardi. Good choice. Do you have a link to the press release?lubeltri said:Joe Girardi will be the next Yankees manager. A classy, softspoken Italian former catcher named Joe---should be a good fit.
Gonna still miss Joe T., but nice to see one of my faves (and one of Torre's) on the Great Teams of the turn of the last century to come on board.
How about 1950s? 1970s: 3 World Series, 2 wins. 1996-2003: 6 World Series, 4 wins. And a lot more dignity and class than that unlovable Bronx zoo.ytterbiumanalyst said:Okay, I've found an official story.
Yes, Girardi has been offered the job and is expected to accept--but he has not done anything officially yet. We'll watch. I think he'll be a terrific fit for the Yankees--he played for them under Torre during what was arguably their best years since the 1970s.
Yes, indeed, you have me! I'm a strange one---growing up in upstate NY (Syracuse area) is probably responsible. I'm more of a Boston guy than NYC. Where I'm from, you're supposed to hate NYC and all it stands for. I don't hate NYC, but I feel more at home in Boston, even if it is full of obnoxious Red Sox fans. But I've been a Yankees fan since I was a little kid. I don't change Churches, and I don't change sports teams.Jakub said:Lubeltri are you a Yankee fan...hiding in the North End ?
so sadly true!lubeltri said:It was overall a snoozer of a postseason. Worst that I can remember. Of course, the town I live in doesn't mind it in the least. I'm glad I live in the quiet North End---I can sleep in peace tonight.
Really, the National League is almost a AAA league right now. It's an AL era.