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Fall Classic 2007
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/24/2007 23:03:16

Good Evening!

Well, it looks like the weather is going to hold and we'll be able to get that game in tonight.

Boston is in the unaccustomed position of being the favorite...and it's got some people thinking.

Have we lost our angst?
Life was simpler when we were Idiots.

On its face, this day in Boston, this week, this entire October, couldn't be any better. The Red Sox play in the World Series tonight for the second time in three years. The Patriots are undefeated and seemingly unstoppable. Boston College is ranked number two in America.

"Heaven in New England," yesterday's New York Times declared, in a column in which our mayor bragged about living in a "city of champions." USA Today has proclaimed the Red Sox to be the "biggest attraction in baseball." Fox executives have sore knees from their prayers of thanks that Boston, not Cleveland, has landed in the World Series.

We're rolling sevens everywhere. The perennial bridesmaid is now the odds-on favorite - two-to-one against Colorado, according to the Vegas line. Phones are ringing. Far-flung friends and family members are calling - tell us what it's like, fill us in on the excitement, don't spare a single detail of the city's singular swagger.

So shouldn't it feel better than it does?

The first order of business is to admit it to ourselves: 2004 was more meaningful. Back then, and in the 86 years that preceded it, we knew who we were. We were hapless, though never hopeless. We were the ones that always had something to overcome - a curse, a seemingly in surmountable deficit, a little-brother syndrome.

In the end, until that fabled October, we usually lost, but that was OK. In defeat, we had identity. We got to be the luckless loser. A team, its city, and indeed, an entire national following, thrived on it.

Tom Menino was sitting in his City Hall office yesterday saying what needed to be said. "This is different. In 2004, we never had a taste." He paused, then added, "When you think about Boston, 1 in 3 Bostonians is 20 to 34 years old. You and I know what it's like to lose. They don't."

Which means they don't know about our angst. It was our blanket, our source of comfort, our common bond. If angst were a natural resource, we could have had factories packaging it up 24 hours a day and shipping it to every part of the world.

As it was, we claimed all the angst for ourselves, though the good people of Chicago seemed to have their own supply. Red Sox fans could always blame our misfortunes on New York's payroll, Boston's mismanagement, free agents' unwillingness to come here. It gave us our status as perennial underdogs, the lovable spectacle. We wore that suit, frayed as it sometimes seemed, very comfortably.

Without it, what have we become?

And here's the answer we know but dread: Another free-spending, big market team that buys its way into the postseason with every expectation that it will win.


Continued...



Dan Shaughnessey also has an interesting column today...Dream teams all around

Play Ball!

TIME: 08:00 P.M. EST
VENUE: Fenway Park

Probable Pitchers

Boston: Josh Beckett
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/mlb/players_l/20070627/6403.jpg?x=65&y=85&xc=1&yc=1&wc=164&hc=215&q=100&sig=BdeVYJentQ_SqpvN28f42A--

20-7, 3.27

Colorado: Jeff Francis
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/mlb/players_l/20070627/7383.jpg?x=65&y=85&xc=1&yc=1&wc=164&hc=215&q=100&sig=VTcs3eY1_NUBe0R.AT68Sw--

17-9, 4.22

And don't forget to check out the Head to Head Comparison

But I said it before...if teams played the way the looked on paper, sports would be very boring and predictable indeed.


43 comments (Latest Comment: 10/25/2007 03:22:21 by livingonli)
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Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 23:15:43
Fristy pants again.



Still can't get the purple one to dance.

Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 00:51:07
Well, the flyby departed Fenway over the TriSec compound, as they often do.



I don't know what they were; I didn't run outside as they passed, since it was Javi storytime, but we sure heard them!





Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 01:01:26
And now I'm sitting in my living room, martini in hand, a bowl full of cheez-its to nourish me through the game, my big TV on, the miracle radio...



Unlike those 35,000 bastards sitting there in the rain freezing their arses off...



Damnit, how can I get into Fenway for game two???





Comment by velveeta jones on 10/25/2007 01:17:14
What a freakin' inning!! Well, Red Sox do well at Fenway. So...............

Comment by Mondobubba on 10/25/2007 01:21:51
Lovely night for baseball in Boston, Sir. Thank you commissioner Selig! :bemoans state of organized baseball under his stewardship:



How be them Sawks? :prince:

Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 01:22:50
Evening, herr Mondo. It's not as bad as it looks on the teevee.



Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 01:27:05
I guess it's not raining there like here.



Right now, I have a Knicks pre-season game at work against Philly. They are actually leading.

Comment by Mondobubba on 10/25/2007 01:31:38
Quote by TriSec:

Evening, herr Mondo. It's not as bad as it looks on the teevee.







:tips metaphorical hat: Ohh I know. I just wanted to bash the worst.commissioner.of.baseball.ever! He is really awful. Gimme Paul Giamatti's daddy any day! Now there was a commissioner! He could discourse about baseball in Latin! :bow:

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 01:33:41
So, is anyone watching Momma on Dan Abrams? :scratch:

Comment by Mondobubba on 10/25/2007 01:37:42
Nope Livin. Using the MLB crack device to keep an eye on the game.

Comment by Mondobubba on 10/25/2007 01:39:06
Holy crap Francis the talking mule has thrown 59 pitches already! :thud:

Comment by Mondobubba on 10/25/2007 01:42:04
Drew you moop, he threw 3 curve balls you swung at all of them!

Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 01:49:54
Icky.



Dial 02452 into the weather radar of your choice...





Comment by Mondobubba on 10/25/2007 01:53:00
Quote by TriSec:

Icky.



Dial 02452 into the weather radar of your choice...







I see your icky, and raise you a crappy.



32223

Comment by Mondobubba on 10/25/2007 01:59:51
Tri, no offense, but do you realize that collectively the Red Sox are one of the homilest teams I've ever seen. Faces only a mother could love.

Comment by Mondobubba on 10/25/2007 02:05:04
Well mon peeps, I am gonna wander off into the sweet night.

Comment by velveeta jones on 10/25/2007 02:05:53
Hey! Josh Becket is a cutie!!!

Comment by velveeta jones on 10/25/2007 02:07:58
Quote by Mondobubba:

Well mon peeps, I am gonna wander off into the sweet night.




AS is Velveeta. I gotta finish editing some film, so I'll listen. 'Night



Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 02:10:44
Hola all! did I miss you?!?!

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 02:12:18
:kick: bummer I spent the last few moments trying to get the old laptop kicking.... So I guess walking the dude, not the smartest move to make eh?

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 02:13:02
Hey Raine. How were the groceries?



Night Mondo and velveeta.

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 02:14:17
Shopping is done. Dinner was delish and now the game is going and all is right with the world.

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 02:18:49
Alas, can't watch the game here at work.



I forgot to DVR momma on Dan tonight. I guess I can record the late night repeat.

Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 02:20:24
So Raine, you're a Yankees fan. Do you want your league representative to win the Series, or do you want the National League to exact sweet revenge on your nemesis?





Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 02:23:36
Quote by TriSec: So Raine, you're a Yankees fan. Do you want your league representative to win the Series, or do you want the National League to exact sweet revenge on your nemesis?
I am a fan of the American league... So I would have to say I am going with my reps! Oh gawd, that doesn't make me like guiliani does it?

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 02:24:30
Momma did good on Dan, Actually Craig Crawford was very impressed with her... Dan however does not know how to do an interview to save his life...

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 02:25:11
oh, and the purple sweater looked like a throw on her. That woman must eat some food.

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 02:28:40
Quote by Raine:

oh, and the purple sweater looked like a throw on her. That woman must eat some food.


We have to get her on that east coast tour and take her to eat in each city.

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 02:29:16
Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 02:31:36
Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 02:36:47
Another run!

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 02:38:05
BTW, Tri, I may be a yankees fan, but I am not evil... The only team I truly hate are teh Dallas Cowboys.

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 02:40:48


I guess Israel is now going to compete with us as an arms merchant.

Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 02:47:47
Quote by Raine:

BTW, Tri, I may be a yankees fan, but I am not evil...





The only team I truly hate are teh Dallas Cowboys.




Well now, I have hated the Cowboys since I was a wee lad.



Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 02:49:22
Join me now, as we visit a typical Troop 61 campsite on a rainy October night...



V: Well, let's call it a night.

Lump: It's a night.



:peace:



Kim out!



Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 02:51:33
Good night Tri. I guess you will have the radio plugged into your ear.

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 02:53:13
Good night Tri! :peace:

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 02:59:04
Wow, 8 of 9 starters have an RBI and it is only the fifth inning... this is crazy!

Comment by starling310 on 10/25/2007 03:07:58
Tri. . . I love the article you posted about Bosox Angst.



I've been saying all day that it feels very strange to not be the underdog.

I always root for the underdog!!!



:scratch:

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 03:09:40
So much for that Rockies 22 game winning streak.

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 03:13:31
Something is strange here... When was the last time the Yanks won a World series? I am thinking that the world may be going topsy turvy.

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 03:21:36
Quote by Raine:

Something is strange here... When was the last time the Yanks won a World series?



I am thinking that the world may be going topsy turvy.


2000 when they beat the Mets in 4.



2001 they lost to the D-Backs and then the last time they wee in the series they lost to the Marlins.

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 03:22:21
Oops, I meant they beat the Mets in 5.