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ALCS: Game 7
Posted by Jeff Erickson at 10/21/2007 7:26:00 PM
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Not quite live blogging - hard to do at dinner time with two small kids. Just a few observations here:

Have a problem with the length of games? Here's an idea - don't start them at 8:30 ET in the first place. This is the ALCS - each pitch, each at-bat is rather important, no? I don't begrudge the players taking their time. It's the late start time and the extended commercial breaks (hey, I hear Fox has this show with Kelsey Grammer that's supposed to be funny but really isn't - if I only I could see a commercial for it...) that drag this so late.

Yes, Manny's play in left field can often be categorized as indifferent, but he really knows how to play that wall. Fantastic throw to gun down Lofton there - as the inning turned out, that could be huge.

Westbrook is really living right - benefitting from the hard hit double play balls, the liner off Ellsbury's bat that got knocked down by Garko, etc...

Glad to see Dice-K go out on a good note - I think there was a bit of xenophobia in the baseball media when dealing with him, almost openly rooting for him to fail.


Guilty pleasure note - my wife and I still TiVo "Prison Break," despite last year's implausible ending (hell, implausible premise) and flouting of the time-space continuum. That said, I hate how they almost brag that "viewer discretion is advised," as if it's a badge of a good show. Yeah, we get it - it's *edgy*.
Posted by Erickson at 10/21/2007 7:33:00 PM
Is Transformers really the movie that "everyone is talking about"? Man, I need to take off my cynic's hat - all advertising talk should set me off that way. Ok, we'll stick to the game (and the inevitable complaining about the announcing).
Posted by Erickson at 10/21/2007 7:35:00 PM
Is there any doubt that Ellsbury is a starter next year? Either they deal Crisp or they find some other way to get him in there, but it's going to happen.
Posted by Erickson at 10/21/2007 7:36:00 PM
I thought that bringing Rafael Perez in when they did yesterday was the right move, even though it backfired. Joe Sheehan talked in the ALDS about how Wedge overused Perez in Game 1, and that there might be a long-term effect. It's conceivable that's what happened to him here in the Boston series.
Posted by Erickson at 10/21/2007 7:38:00 PM
Anyone think the Paul Byrd mess came out today because it was a slow news day?
Posted by jtopper at 10/21/2007 7:40:00 PM
Jake Westbrook - strikeout pitcher. Who knew?
Posted by Erickson at 10/21/2007 7:40:00 PM
I think it was strategically released for its greatest impact possible. There are some ethical issues in reporting this story, and how it was released. I'll leave it at that.
Posted by Erickson at 10/21/2007 7:41:00 PM
Man I love Game 7's, where everything is left on the field - if that means the closer comes in the game in the eighth, and the ace starter pitches two innings of relief, so be it. The more "managing" the better...
Posted by Erickson at 10/21/2007 7:45:00 PM
I guess the Red Sox thought having an old girlfriend of Paul Byrd singing the national anthem might upset his wife or something.

There are so many NFL commercials I've watched almost the entire Steelers game and the ALCS.
Posted by jtopper at 10/21/2007 7:48:00 PM
He who hesitates is lost. Cleveland third base coach Joel Skinner ... "You're fired." How big a gaffe was holding Lofton at third base behind by a run in the seventh inning? The next two innings will tell.
Posted by jtopper at 10/21/2007 7:57:00 PM
Ironic that Manny's hustle is what prevented the run from scoring.... How much will that angle get played up? It doesn't fit the narrative.
Posted by Erickson at 10/21/2007 8:20:00 PM
I'm not so sure running in 10 yards constitutes hustle for any left fielder other than Manny Ramirez, though.

Papelbon has never recorded a six-out save, but he's halfway there. Of course if the Sox score another run it can't be called a save situation, wait I guess it still would be a save right? And to think people were lulled into believing JP was going to be a starter this year. We've come a long way since Joel Pineiro, baby.
Posted by jtopper at 10/21/2007 8:28:00 PM
I would name a kid Ellsbury right now. He better play in every World Series game.
Posted by spianow at 10/21/2007 8:58:00 PM
Papelbon gets the save - a save situation is defined (yes or no) the moment a pitcher enters a game.
Posted by spianow at 10/21/2007 9:02:00 PM
Interesting that the Coke bottles were never mentioned on the Youkilis home run. I almost wonder if that's intentional - don't patronize a company if they're not an MLB sponsor. Just speculating here.

Posted by spianow at 10/21/2007 9:10:00 PM
Topper - Manny's action is what caused Skinner to throw up the stop sign (better that he should have just thrown up, period). Whether that's an anomaly or not for him is immaterial. I think Manny gets undue grief from the baseball media, and this action, which runs counter to the usual storyline, should be given its due credit.

Overall, it's a real shame that some of the players that were responsible for Cleveland being there in the first place had such bad outings in the ALCS - Sabathia, Carmona, Perez and Betancourt tonight.
Posted by Erickson at 10/21/2007 9:35:00 PM

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