point 1 of why the BoSox are better than the Evil Empire -
2007 payroll - Yankees, 195 million. Return on Investment (ROI) - another first round loss, the 7th year in a row w/0 a championship. Meanwhile, despite the attempts by much of the NY based media (Mike "bighead I like to suck Yankee cock" Kay, Mike "I'm a miserable fat fuck " Francesca, and others of their ilk) to portray the Sox as no different than the empire, this simply isn't true. To be honest, it comes off as sour grapes. While it is true the Red Sox spent over a 100 million total for Dice-K, the Yankees threw gobs of money at a pitcher almost 20 years later to pitch part time and do absolutely nothing. (How ya doing, Roger "I tried to kill Mike Piazza" clemens.) Meanwhile, Dice-K knocks in 2 RBI's and pitches scoreless baseball into the 6th inning of the World Series!
Let's not forget, the Sox also are likely to sweep this WS (or win in 5 or 6 at worst), with a payroll of 143 million. Sure, that's a ton of money, but it's 73 pct. less than the Yankees spent, and the Sox will win the World Series. Maybe it's a fluke, Yankee fans. After all, the Red Sox didn't go through you to get there in the playoffs. (mainly because the Yankees couldn't even force a 5th game against Cleveland, the same team the Sox beat 3 straight to get to the WS) So let's look backward.
2004. Evil Empire leads 3-0 against the Red Sox, on their way to another beating of the Sox. Yankees took their 3-0 lead, their 183 million dollar payroll, and their typical Yankee arrogance. Guess what? The Sox rose up, took their relatively paltry 125 million payroll, and won 8 straight games to win the World Series. The first team to come back from 3-0 in an MLB playoff series. Even more impressive, this was with a payroll that was 68 pct. of the Yankees. Basically, the Yankees took a payroll that was spending 3 dollars to every 2 the Red Sox spent, and the Red Sox were far higher than even the 3rd highest spender.
Conclusion. The Yankees can spend their way into the playoffs every year, (woop de do) and as soon as they begin playing some legitimate contenders, they fold like a cheap suit. Enjoy, Yankee fans, while those of us with class, taste, and discretion enjoy the second championship of a truly great franchise, the Boston Red Sox.
(pt. II tomorrow, the classless treatment of Joe Torre)
Here come the Boston Red Sox, baby, looking for their 2nd World Series in 4 years. While the evil empire allowed their manager for the 12 years to twist in the wind before offering him an insulting contract and allowing him to walk away, the Red Sox were doing what they've done all year; win. Swept through the first round, fell down 3-1 before roaring back and outscoring the Indians 30-5 in the last 3 games, and now stand 4 wins away from another championship. I knew things were looking good when J.D. Drew, till this point a huge bust, hit a grand slam on Saturday night - My screams of joy probably didn't do my throat any good. Beckett has been the best postseason pitcher this year in all of baseball, and rookie phenom Dustin Pedroia finally began to hit as well during the last 2 games. The Sox are a far different team when instead of having the big 3 (Papi, Manny, and Lowell), they have a solid 6 (Pedroia and Youkoulis leading into the big 3, followed by a productive J.D. Drew.
Meanwhile, the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University pulled off a huge win on Thursday, beating #2 ranked South Fla in Piscataway. If Rutgers can run the table through the big east they will win the title and end up the BCS player from the Big East. The only undefeated Big East team (in the conference) is currently Conn., and RU plays them next week. This week is WVU, a must win game to keep major bowl hopes alive!
Oh, and I am still freaking sick, day 12 now. I had been feeling mostly better, but my voice is shot and my throat is kind of swollen. Damn you Towlie!!!
Hope to check in later with some movie reviews - yeah, I've said it before, but this time I really mean it.. maybe, probably.. oh whatever.
OK, now this is pissing me off. I've been freaking sick since last Wed. I rested up a lot over the weekend, and my supercool wife handled the domestic duties. Sure, I followed some of my normal habits, hanging out with Towlie, and having a little wine, but I certainly didn't go overboard. I rested tons, watched movies, (reviews to come soon), read , basically just took it easy. Yet I am still freaking sick. I feel sweaty, feverish, clammy, with a nasty cough that is settled in my chest and reveals itself with a nasty, wet sounding cough that makes my eyes water and my head hurt. Enough is enough.
Big game tonight, Red Sox vs. Cleveland. Game 3, series tied. Time for Dice-K to offer some serious return on the BoSox investment.
Well kids, the first saturday of October, 2007 now. Let's go over the good, bad and ugly.
The good is the Boston Red Sox, driving towards their second title in 3 years. A couple of weeks back I posted a blog entitled first in, hopefully last standing. I projected a Sox/indians divisional series and a yanks/angels series, with the Sox playing the Angels in the second round. Oops. Sox played the Angels in the first round and the Yanks had Cleveland. My guess then was the Sox in 3, Yankees in 5, then a Sox/Yanks ALCS, probably a 7 gamer. Funny thing, evil empire coughed up and choked their entire 216 million payroll down the crapper, and now it's Sox/Cleveland. I predict a 5 game series, especially if Schilling produces the way he normally does in the postseason.
The bad is that I am freaking sick as a dog. A monstrous cold/flu has gripped my body since Wed., and unfortunately I only have 3 available personal days left to take off from work, and I need 2 for Christmas, so I have been plugging away, with hopes that this weekend I can assist my body and rally to fight this damned thing. Bring on the Nyquil (which I had to jump through hoops to get yesterday, since it contains (gasp!) pseudophedrine! Gimme a freakin break - I really resent having to go through such a hassle to buy some medicine. Also needed will be vitamins, juices, rest, echinacea, and more nyquil.
Nothing really ugly at this point. - check back on that later.
Super smart (and oh so humble) I often wonder if heightened intelligence is a blessing or a curse. Recognizing the evil, lies, and corruption that dominate the world, I often retreat into films, comics, sports, and other distractions. Bread and Circuses, baby!! (Don't you just wanna hang out with me now; I must be a barrel of laughs). My blog is where you can read these thoughts, and soon enough you will begin to see, I'm a pretty cool guy. (There's that humility again)