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Hello Again: Cubs-Sox Gamer I

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:

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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”
What???
The synchornized timing of those 2003 collapses in Chicago and the Bronx (practically to the minute) was bizarre, freaky.

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.

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.

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