The Chicago Cubs are in town tonight, seeking to avenge their loss in the 1918 World Series at Fenway Park for the first time. Of course, as we all might remember, this really should have happened in 2003, when both teams were all-but-certain to win their respective League Champion Series.
As Baseball-Reference reminds us, both teams had a 90 percent chance of clinching the pennant and heading to the World Series that year until Steve Bartman and Grady Little intervened:
I don't think there's any doubt the Red Sox would have won that series, no matter who the National League opponent was, but things ended up working out all right, at least for the Sox. The Cubs? Well, they're the Cubs.
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26 replies on “Hello Again: Cubs-Sox Gamer I”
Lots of roster moves for the Sox:
Okajima and Nava DFA’d.
Iglesias and Bowden back to Pawtucket.
Wheeler back from the DL.
Sutton called up from AAA.
Franklin Morales acquired from Colorado.
Kevin Millwood signed to a minor-league deal.
Cameron in for Drew against the lefty.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt the Red Sox would have won that series, no matter who the National League opponent was”
The synchornized timing of those 2003 collapses in Chicago and the Bronx (practically to the minute) was bizarre, freaky.
Tonight on the Cubs TV broadcast, Bill Buckner will be sitting for analyst Bob Brenley. that could be interesting.
Someone help me:
Morales was made available by the Rockies, who took a PTBNL or cash for him.
He’ll help the Sox how?
Sweet, 2-0, gutsy call on the double steal and a RBI by gonzo
IBM, Morales may be back end bullpen help. Of course the Rox were 3-7 in games he pitched
Hopefully the Sox will continue there dominance over teams from the senior circuit, so far so good tonight
Their dominance…I hate when I do that, typing on an Android doesn’t make it easier
Lester does well to get out of a 2 on, 0 outs situation.
Nice slide Pedroia, 3-2.
Nice throw to get gonzo. He should have already been on 2nd.
Nice hit Jed, 4-2.
Gonzo comes through again, two RBI’s 6-2.
I’m a little late, (where is everyone), but Youk hit a bomb out of the park, 8-2.
Not a great outing for Lester. Thank goodness that the Cubs pitching has been much worse
And there is that great swing by Salty for another bomb. His lefty swing is looks nicer though, just wish he would connect from either side of the plate more often
Lester’s last three starts – 16.1 IP, 22 H, 14 ER, 12 BB. That is just crap. He is better than this, right? His velocity tonight looked good, couldn’t tell if movement was different when he K’d 11 again the angels at the beginning of May.
Didn’t see the start, but it could just be a dead-arm period, or som thing mechanical. Pitchers can slump too, like players.
As for Salty, part of me hopes he can start scratching on Martin’s heels, and then we can all watch Yankee fans’ heads explode from cognitive dissonance. Not sure we will ever have that opportunity, but man it would be fun.
Please don’t let this be one of those gales where they score all these runs and then score like 2 in the next game. I have it when that happens
Gales should be starts. No idea what I typed that got auto-corrected
And of course by starts I meant games
Nice ass kickin’
Youk with the nice play looking like a shortest there. Between that and the nice move running to first last inning he is showing just how athletic he is.
If the season ended today the Sox would make the playoffs.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Well, that’s not such a huge stretch, SF, because the Sox now lead the wildcard.
In fact, the Sox have the third-best record in the AL, a half-game behind Tampa.
Crazy game, this baseball.
It took until June last year for the Sox to get a half-game out of first. Hard to believe they’ve roared all the way back like this. Some of that is the strange parity that has set in across the game, but two big winning stretches (8-1 and 7-0) certainly help offset a 2-10 start.
The Sox are 15-9 (.625) at home, and 9-11 (.450) on the road. They’re no more than a game off the pace we should expect at this point in the season. Amazing.