I haven’t posted in a while.
I’ve been too busy celebrating, watching interviews on TV, and trying to catch up with the rest of my life, to boot. Like, my real job, for instance!
By now, if you’re reading this, you know the result of the World Series, so I don’t need to repeat it.
Needless to say, I was wrong. I thought that Colorado would regain enough confidence and momentum to take games 3 and/or 4, especially with the Red Sox having to adjust to an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar rules. Then I thought the Red Sox would win the rest of the games. Well, the Red Sox got hot at the right time, including their starting pitching.
The thing was, they weren’t overachieving. They were just all achieving to their potential at the same time, which is a rare thing. Somehow, they were all at their best for 7 straight games. Credit Francona? Credit the veterans? Who knows? The amazing thing is that even the rookies performed outstandingly well. Maybe credit Theo Epstein for finding and developing young talent that won’t be phased by the biggest of stages.
Mike Lowell got the MVP of the World Series, but really it could have been about 5 different guys. Lowell had key RBIs and runs in the 2 low-scoring games, so in a way he was most valuable, but choosing him was due to his "tiebreakers". A lot of the other MVP candidates were rookies. They’d rather give it to a veteran, all things being equal. Also, the regular season isn’t supposed to play into it, but Lowell was the Red Sox team MVP with 120 RBI’s and good defense (excluding April’s defense), yet everyone knows that A-Rod will win the league MVP, so perhaps the knowledge that Lowell won’t get the league MVP for the regular season despite a great year was enough to "break the tie" with all his deserving teammates.
This was as much a "Sox season MVP" award as a "World Series MVP" award. I think they made a good choice. Of course, it has brought even more attention to the fact that Lowell and the eventual league MVP, A-Rod, are both 3rd basemen who’ll be free agents, and who’ll both make a lot of money. Half the callers on sports talk shows in Boston Monday morning wanted to talk about Lowell vs. A-Rod. After the game was over Sunday night, Theo Epstein was interviewed on the field by Boston’s Fox affiliate, and lingering Sox fans chanted "Re-sign Lo-well (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap)" and "Don’t sign A-Rod (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap)" .
The afterglow of winning the World Series will last a couple of weeks, but Boston-area sports fans will have other events to distract them. Friday will be the Celtics’ season opener, with their new all-star starting lineup. Saturday will be another BC football game. Sunday will be perhaps the most significant mid-season game in NFL history, with the 8-0 Patriots playing the 7-0 Colts, with both teams dominating their opponents by record margins.
Will these events take away from the memory and good feelings of the Red Sox championship, or perhaps enhance them somehow? I guess each person has to answer that for themselves.
Whatever the case, it’s a great week to be a sports fan in Boston.