Thursday, October 21, 2004

Its About Time..The Red Sox Return to the WS after 17 Years

Wow…I don’t even know where to begin. The playoffs have been sensational. Unfortunately my hometown team lost in 5 to the Astros, but the Red Sox, as all of you know, stunned 56,000 Yankee fans last night. The ALCS and NLCS have been the best championship series that I have ever witnessed.

The Boston (never fail to disappoint in the postseason) Red Sox made the most remarkable recovery in the history of this wonderful game. After getting their buts kicked in three straight they turned the tables after 1:00 AM Monday morning for good. The first three games showcased nine ice-cold Red Sox hitters who finally kicked into high gear with a 3-0 deficit. The Red Sox won because the team gels well (unlike the Yankees), the team has fun playing baseball, and the team has heart. The Yankees are an assortment of stars who put an “I” into team and approach every game with the expectation to win (due only to $191,000,000). The Red Sox approach a baseball game with fun and energy that is absent from the New York line-up.
It is inevitable that the New York Yankee’s payroll will exceed the $200,000,000 barrier as a direct fall-out of this series.

I cannot imagine how humiliating it was for Joe Torre and the Yankee’s front office to see such a colossal amount of money play so poorly. $25,000,000, in the form of Kevin Brown and Javier Vazquez, gave up 8 runs to the Red Sox before that game was to the 5th inning. $54,000,000 in the top 3 spots of the batting order failed to collect more than 1 hit in 9 innings last night. But man was it sweet. The Yankees are owner to now a second horrific record (in the same year, the first being 22-0 loss to the Indians) that they wish would never see the light of day. The own the biggest choke in Baseball History. So much for many of the Red Sox’s failures in the past, and so much for the 1969 and 1971 orioles getting stunned in the World Series. The Yankees can now claim the worst loss in Baseball.

I will write again after the conclusion of the “forgotten” NLCS.


At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will give you one reason and only one reason why the 2004 Yankees were the first and only team in Major League Baseball history to lose a 3-0 lead in a best of seven series. Would you like to know? Well I will tell you. They lost because they have no team chemistry. On paper they have the better team. The game is played on the field. They were paid 50% more than the Red Sox and in the first three games they looked like it. The Yankees lost that series the night of Game 5. They gave up. They had no will to win and no team attitude. The Red Sox, or the Idiots, or the Dirt Dogs won as a team as a unit. They used the whole bench and the whole dugout. From Schilling to Mike Myers and from David Ortiz to Dave Roberts. The Red Sox showed that what they had was chemistry which the hated Yankees did not. Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Brown and others like them drove the team apart and they both helped the mighty Red Sox beat their hated rivals. The Yankees of the late 90's had guys who were willing to do the little things to win. The new Yanks don't they have guys who want the home runs and the big money not a ring and the pride. I hope the Yankees sign all the big free agents as that clubhouse is not big enough for Steinbrenner's ego alone and will be even more crowded with guys like Nomar and Randy Johnson. Sign em all I say and they will lose in the playoffs just like this year.

At 2:16 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Yes, of course. Team chemistry is just as vital as any talent or pay check in baseball, perhaps more so. If a team doesn't play together they won't play well. Look at them this year, trailing the far less talented and 1/4 payroll A's. I find every loss gratifying and every win meaningless. I would love to see them miss the cut just to see the reaction of everyone's favorite owner down in Tampa. Thanks for the comment.


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