Sunday, October 20, 2013

Red Sox are Headed to the 2013 World Series

    The World Series begins Wednesday, October 23 rd.  The Red Sox will represent the American League, and the Cardinals will represent the National League.  Congratulations to both teams, and to all their loyal fans.  It should be an excellent series.  I'm glad Boston has the home field advantage, which means that the seventh game, if needed to decide the Championship,  will be played at Fenway Park.
    Both teams have been there before, and have even faced each other in 2004.  That was the year that the Red Sox beat all the odds, and came back to win the Divisional Championship Series,  after losing the first three games in the series to the Yankees.  No other team in history had ever done that before, and it is unlikely to ever happen again.  Boston had not won a World Series in eighty-six years, even though they had been in the Post Season several times.
   Boston fans have felt the agony of defeat many times, and so we must thank the Detroit Tigers for their effort in such an intense series.  The Tigers have three of the top pitchers in all of baseball, and they have the guy most likely to win the batting title.  These games were scary.  As a matter of fact,  I called my folks in Florida during each game, just to check on them.  I knew if my heart was pounding, theirs would be as well. It is a lot of fun to watch a game together even though we live thousands of miles apart.  We would hang up during commercials and breaks, and I'd say "I'll call you if anything good happens".  The games were close, and everyone watching TV must have loved it.  Of course, it was shear torture for all  Sox and Tiger fans. Each game was determined by one or two mistakes, which the other team quickly capitalized on.
    Boston's closing pitcher won the MVP of the Series, and was awarded a trophy.  He was the third pitcher given the job, when two other closers suffered season ending injuries .  When asked how he felt going in to pitch the ninth inning, he said "to be honest, I wanted to throw up".  He's the guy that Big Papi throws over his shoulder after every save, the guy that high fives everyone.  He seems to have a real joy for the game, and it seems to have spilled onto the entire team.  They are working hard, and having fun.  That's a recipe for success no matter what profession we happen to be in.  Good Luck Everyone....and remember to breath.
I know there will be a lot of late nights for baseball fans throughout the country......and the beat goes on.....the beat goes on.......

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