Sunday, October 19, 2008

Reason as it all matter in Baseball

Well this morning the rays and Redsox will meet in the game 6 of ALCS at Florida.I'm disappointed as i will be able to see that game.But surely i will check the result and hope Astro will have the replay game on the tube.Here are some reason that i collect from the american journalist who are very into this game.

• Déjà vu factor: The Red Sox have been here before. They’ve faced elimination eight consecutive times in LCS play, and they’ve won all eight – four against the Yankees in 2004, three against the Indians in 2007, and perhaps most incredibly, coming back to beat the Rays after being down seven runs with seven outs to go Thursday night. They went into Yankee Stadium in ‘04 and spit on the monuments – and the memory of Aaron Bleepin’ Boone – to win Games 6 and 7 in a hostile Bronx. They’re not going to drop in the Trop.

• The “Big” is back in front of Papi: With his first home run in 61 postseason at-bats, David Ortiz, clicking wrist and all, reminded people anew why Red Sox owners presented him with a plaque declaring him the “greatest clutch hitter of all time.” Big Papi beat the Yankees twice in the ‘04 playoffs on the same day – he won Game 4 with a 12th-inning two-run home run at 1:22 a.m., then Game 5 with a 14th-inning bloop single at 11 p.m. the same day. He showed he could still make time stand still at the Trop.

• Josh Beckett has his “Pedro” moment: Pedro Martinez’s shoulder was spaghetti when he came out of the bullpen in 1999 and no-hit the Cleveland Indians for six innings in the deciding game of their playoff series in Jacobs Field. Whatever is ailing Beckett &ndas; a balky elbow, a strained oblique muscle – becomes secondary to his stubborn refusal to be carried out on his shield.

• It ain’t over til the crazy closer dances: Jonathan Papelbon has not given up a run in the postseason, extending his record to 24 scoreless innings over 15 outings. B.J. Upton made him look mortal with a two-run double in the seventh inning Thursday, but of the 82 batters he has faced, only 16 have reached base via a hit or walk. The Rays’ bullpen blinked with a seven-run lead. Give Paps a lead in a Game 7, and he’ll be wearing goggles by the end of the night.

• The Manny factor: Red Sox players grudgingly voted Manny Ramirez a two-thirds playoff share. But nothing would please the grinders in the Sox clubhouse, like Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia, more than proving that true happiness resides not in Mannywood, but on Yawkey Way.


• There’s no place like home, even if it has catwalks: The Rays have won more games at home – 60, including three in the postseason – than any team in the big leagues this season. With James “Big Game” Shields, who lost just twice in the regular season at home this season, pitching Game 6 and ace-in-the-making Matt Garza going in Game 7, they’re not going to flop in the Trop.

• Kids don’t pay any attention to history: There are times when the innocence of youth is a big advantage, and this is one of them. Of course, the Rays are aware of what the Red Sox have done in the past. They just don’t dwell on it. They’re determined to make their own history.

• A 21st century Murderers Row: The Rays hit 13 home runs in the first five games of this series, the most in ALCS history in a series of any length. Evan Longoria has homered in four straight games and has six postseason home runs, the same number as B.J. Upton. Carlos Pena has homered in three straight games. The ‘27 Yanks have nothing on the Rays of the last two weeks.

• Don’t stop believing: The Rays were counted out when they lost seven in a row before the All-Star break. No one thought they would survive home-and-home series against the Red Sox in September, and they won two out of three in both Fenway and the Trop. They were all but counted out when Daisuke Matsuzaka shut them out in Game 1, and roared back to win three in a row. As original Tampa Bay season-ticket holder Dick Vitale would say, they’ve shown they’re prime-time players, baybee!

• Main Street beats Wall Street: Forget for a moment that Rays owner Stuart Sternberg and president Matt Silverman come straight out of Goldman Sachs. With a payroll of $43 million, almost $100 million less than that of Boston, the Rays are the right team for these belt-tightening times. Joe the Plumber, grab a cowbell.

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