THE BOSTON RED SOX ARE 2007 AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!
They did it! They did it going away!! A close 3-2 ballgame turned into an 11-2 rout, and the Boston Red Sox are 2007 American League Champions. They will face the Colorado Rockies in game one of the World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday night. Sounds sweet, huh?
Daisuke Matsuzaka gutted through 5 innings, giving up single runs in the 4th and 5th innings. Tito pulled him after that 5th and in came Hideki Okajima to pitch the 6 and 7th. At the time the score was 3-2 good guys. Papelbon came on and pitched the 8th and the 9th, securing the third victory in a row for this team that loves to come back against all the odds.
The batting stars are many....the team collected 15 hits in a savagely balanced attack, with Youkilis and Pedroia at the very top of the batting order collecting 3 hits apiece. Pedroia also had a pivotal 7th inning two run home run to make the score 5-2. This came a half inning after James Lofton was inexplicably held up at third on a single that hit the jutting-out portion of the wall in short leftfield. He would have scored and it would have been 3-3. But nooo. That was just one in a series of Cleveland miscues in this wonderful and wonderous series. Josh Beckett will be the game one starter Wednesday evening, as the team we love to love tries to conquer to world. And you know what? I think they will. Don't get me wrong-the Rockies are a very tough team on an incredible streak, but the Sox are running on all cylinders, hitting the ball and getting good starting pitching and superlative bullpen work.
Click on the title of this post for the Hartford Courant's Jeff Jacobs and his Monday morning sports column. The Title? "These are not our fathers' Red Sox." No, they're not...they're built to win, they're a team in the truest sense of the word, and they're ALL ours! They love each other, and we love them. Congratulation guys....we love you so very much. See you Wednesday.