Breather Day


After last night’s thoroughly draining affair, the Sox and Tribe are off to Cleveland to resume their series on Monday at the Jake.  In the mean time, the Diamondbacks travel to the Mile-High City to continue their struggle with the as-of-late invincible (or as-of-late in possession of the strongest character) Rockies at Coors Field.  Snakes in the Garden of Beerden.  Let’s watch it!  Or not.  There’s no AL pennant battle to compete with football today, and as gerbil types, the Iggles lead the Jets in the third, but the intriguing matchup of the day comes in about an hour at Texas Stadium as the Patriots travel to Dallas to face those upstart Texians in a battle of undefeated squads.

Whether you use this day to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, catch up with the action on the senior circuit, ingest some pigskin, do your yard work as the trees shed their summer wardrobe, or do whatever strikes your fancy on this lovely fall day, here’s a place to comment on what you will.  While you go about your business, here’s a quick historical note: it was on this date in 1908 that the Chicago Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers at Bennett Park to win the World Series in five games on the back of an 8 for 19 performance at the plate from first baseman player/manager Frank “Husk” Chance, who went on to manage the Yankees as well as coach the Red Sox.  The Cubbies haven’t won it all since 99 years ago today, so tip an Old Style for The Peerless Leader.

The image above is from the 1907 World Series at Bennett Park.

18 comments… add one
  • Kind of amazing when you think that everyone (not just YFSF) billed last night’s game as a pitcher’s duel. Neither Carmona nor Schilling shined, and in the end it became a slugfest.
    While Gagne was the desiccated tinder that led to the ultimate, ugly Sox conflagration (and I hope never to see him pitch for Boston again), the blame in a way lies with a lack of clutch hitting after Manny and Lowell pushed the Sox ahead.
    Boston had plenty of chances to win it with their bats, but did not… thus giving the Tribe a chance to mash the soft underbelly of our pen.
    For a moment off the bat I thought Youks had won it with a gapper in the 9th, but it carried too far and too high.
    Bad baseball hangover today. There is some hope to be had in that our #3 and even #4 are superior to theirs.
    Considering that Beckett came out early with a low pitch count in Game 1, I wonder if Francona might pitch him in Game 4 after all, especially if they lose Game 3. On the other hand, to win the Sox will have to play a minimum of 5, so maybe it doesn’t make much sense to bring Josh back early.

    Hudson October 14, 2007, 3:33 pm
  • Ugh, I liked the Rockies much better before I read that first link above.

    Ron Newman (SF) October 14, 2007, 3:35 pm
  • The Rockies are Jesus’ team.
    Who are you to doubt the Son of God?

    doug YF October 14, 2007, 5:58 pm
  • Imagine Kevin Youkilis or Gabe Kapler or Shawn Green dealing with that environment in the locker room every day….

    Ron Newman (SF) October 14, 2007, 6:05 pm
  • In terms of his pitching, Eric Gagne kinda reminds me of Jason Voorhees from those Friday the 13th movies–only without the hockey mask.

    SoxFan October 14, 2007, 6:17 pm
  • >>His “bloody sock” has since gone down in Red Sox lore as an object of veneration just as sacred as the medieval holy relics paraded by the Catholic Church.
    Lines like that make me a little suspicious of the article overall. I live down here in the Bible Belt, but I haven’t gotten the feeling that New England is worshipping at the Altar Of The Bloody Sock. It’s not exactly the land of bible-thumping Jesus freaks.

    Tom sf October 14, 2007, 6:26 pm
  • Tom – perhaps it is a suspicious article, but the quote regarding character is legit. If you choose, do a search on “Rockies God’s team” or thereabouts in your favorite engine. It’s an interesting side story in my opinion.

    attackgerbil October 14, 2007, 6:33 pm
  • Gerb – Yeah, there is something to the story. The Schilling comment pissed me off, because this UK rag is using Schilling and The Sock to imply that baseball fans, and by extension, all of America is stuffed full of snake-handling, speaking-in-tongues holy rollers. Mebbe I am a little sensitive to foreign rags taking cheap shots at the USA, and using the Sox to help the snark.

    Tom sf October 14, 2007, 6:45 pm
  • Plus this football game is making me very cranky.

    Tom sf October 14, 2007, 6:46 pm
  • Here’s the USA Today article on the Rockies, from June 1, 2006.

    Ron Newman (SF) October 14, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Serious amount of rain falling at Coors Field as the game starts. 41 degrees, too. Brrrr.

    Ron Newman (SF) October 14, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • I have further problems with people in general deciding that since someone believes in God, they must be a crazy snake-handling country bumpkin. But that’s neither her nor there… In either case, O’Dowd should be ashamed of himself. “Those aren’t just a coincidence.” Please. So if the Rockies play the Sox and their large contingent of born-again Christians (Schilling, Wakefield, Drew, Timlin, etc.), is God going to have to decide which believers to bless? It just sets up an increasingly implausible set of theological scenarios. As someone who respects others’ faith a great deal, I find this kind of talk asinine. It appears to be a fundamental misunderstanding of the very faith you’re so eager to profess.
    Shifting gears entirely… The Sox did have chances with the bats. What’s funny is that the biggest squander was when Youk hit the ball TOO hard. If he had flared the ball into left center, the Sox win the game, but his line drive got to Sizemore too quickly. Which further shows how much luck plays into very close games. Sometimes there’s just nothing you can do…
    Great win by the Pats today. More ammo for my battle that all things New England > all things Texas. They’re so arrogant down here; need SOMEone to fight back…

    Paul SF October 14, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • The Rockies seem to be handling the Snakes quite well. Maybe there’s something to it. ;)

    Jackie (SF) October 14, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • Also – no comments on Steinbrenner handing over the reins?!?

    Jackie (SF) October 14, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • I really don’t think God cares about or influences baseball when we have life threatening issues at home and abroad… that being said, when Manny hit that walk off home run against the angels in game 2 it was comforting to hear him thank God for all of the talent given to him… I think that’s God’s only role in any of this, he/she gave these players the gift of athletic ability which they cultivate with practice etc… and LUCK is a HUGE factor in baseball… if you look at many of the Rockies’ postseason games they were VERY close and indeed the Rockies were on the lesser side of batting average, hits and other stats in several of their wins… as stated above, if Youk had just SOME degree of luck that ball would’ve gone a little left or perhaps would have been hit softer, bottom line: there’s as much chance that the Indians/Sox sweep the Rockies in the WC as the Rockies not losing a game this entire post season and God will have nothing to do with it!!!!!

    Ed October 15, 2007, 1:07 am
  • I’m no conspiracy nut, but I had a thought last week upon the Tribe clinching over the Yanks, and this doesn’t help to squash it…
    “The Cubbies haven’t won it all since 99 years ago today…”
    I’m sure it’s been mentioned here before, but I’m sure everyone has noticed the trend of all the “curse” teams ending their respective World Series droughts: BoSox ’04, ChiSox ’05?
    If Cleveland were to win it this year, theirs would be gone, as well. So, next year then would mark exactly 100 years since the Cubs won. Does that not make for convenient season-long MLB melodrama?
    Maybe a little TOO convenient?

    ATLyanksfan October 15, 2007, 8:25 am
  • Hud:
    Though the bats went to sleep later in the game, the loss was on Schilling, and almost entirely so. Six runs against Carmona in a playoff game and he can’t even make it five innings, stretching the bullpen, which did an admirable job. That’s just unacceptable, and I bet Schill would cop to that as a stand-up guy. Betancourt was tremendous, too, we have to give him credit. He looked damn near unhittable.

    SF October 15, 2007, 8:45 am
  • The pain of “woulda, shoulda and coulda”.
    Yes, it made my Sam Adams’ filled stomach flip around when I saw Gagne headed to the mound in the 11th. But, in hind sight, I think Tito should have left him in to face Nixon.
    Gagne seems to be following a script in his last few appearences. 1st batter is a quick out (usually a strike out). Then a sharp, well-hit ball. Then a rattled Gagne issuing a walk. What follows next can either be good (he guts it out and gets a dp) or spectacularly awful(home run blows it open). But Saturday night (Sunday morning) we didn’t get to find out, because Tito went to his “lefty-specialist, except he isn’t a lefty-specialist”, Lopez.
    A lot of people dumped on Tito when he left Gagne in games late in September “to learn something”. But this time, I wish he hadn’t made the switch. He should have pulled a page from Wedge’s Borowski playbook, and let Gagne try to work himself out of it. And believe it or not, I actually felt like this at the time.
    So, while Gagne’s baserunner proved to be the winning run, in my mind, its more Lopez than Gagne I fault. Sure, its like standing over a dead body, and blaming the bullets and not the gun (or vice versa), but that is how I feel. Its not fair to lay this all at Gagne’s feet.
    I can’t really fault Francona’s calls otherwise. Yes, he might have let Timlin start the 9th and do a quick switch if trouble brewed. But I think he, (as well as most of the rest of the RSN) felt pretty confident that with the order turning over, we’d get it done in the 9th, and if not then, then definitely in the 10th with the big 3 due up.
    I agree with SF. This one ultimately goes on Schilling, even if it wound up being one pitch that decided that for me. And, I also think there could have been more urgency on the defensive side in top of the sixth. It seemed like the Sox all got a bit over-confident in their ability to get that run back again.
    Is irrational exhuberance a bad thing in a playoff series? It’s such a delicate balance as it is. I mean, you’ll take the less-positive Mannyisms, because they come with the healthy swagger, and more often than not, with winning results. Tito needs to fine-tune his team’s collective mental state. They need to be outrageously confident, but they also need to remember they’re playing a terrific, well-balanced team that will take advantage of every opportunity it is given.
    Tito needs to make this one, minor adjustment. From there, I think everything else takes care of itself.

    ADK-DrewC (SF) October 15, 2007, 12:56 pm

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