It ain’t over ’til it’s over

I hate Dane Cook. I don’t think he’s funny. But I agree with him, there is only one October. I also like to think that there is only one November, one April, etc., etc. The Major League playoffs is the one event in all of sports that consistently delivers. What’s so great about the playoffs is you can never count a team out. No matter what the game count is, until you’ve won four it’s still anybody’s game.

Behind solid pitching and an offense that can score in bunches, Boston rallied from a three-games-to-one deficit to knock off the Cleveland Indians. It’s easy to compare this team to the 2004 World Series Champions. Both teams never say die and play hard until the final out.

In game seven last night, Dice K may have quieted the critics for a little while at least. Dice K came out of the gates smoking. He pounded his fastball and kept the Indians off balance with his off-speed stuff. The first three innings he was awesome. The fourth and fifth innings, Dice K allowed a couple of baserunners but was able to minimize the damage. He performed well last night. Let’s hope his new-found confidence will carry over to the World Series.

Speaking of confidence, is there anyone playing with more confidence than Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis right now? Pedroia is the Little Engine That Could. This guy goes up to the plate and just lets it rip. His two-run home run was the difference maker last night. He followed that up with a bases-loaded double in the eighth. Pedroia thrives under pressure. Not too bad for a rookie.

Youkilis is scary. The way he looks. The sweat constantly pouring off his head. The intensity that he plays with every game. Youkilis was the one guy in the Sox lineup that was consistent through out the ALCS. He batted .425 and had four home runs. These two guys have been the catalysts in rejuvenating the Boston offense. As the stage gets bigger, these two play better.

What makes this victory so special is not only the way the Red Sox came back, but the competition they did it against. The Cleveland Indians are a great team. They play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. They have a great lineup of young talent that never quits. They are a classy organization with passionate fans. They will build off this loss. I’m sure they’ll be back in the playoffs for many years to come.

The Red Sox are firing on all cylinders right now. The starting pitching has come around, featuring two of the best playoff pitchers of all time. The Sox offense has been scary, with everybody contributing. And the bullpen has been lights out. They will be facing a Rockies team that has won 21 out of the last 22 games. Of course, all of these wins came against the Junior Varsity that is known as the National League. Let’s hope the eight days off and the four inches of snow in Colorado have cooled them off.

14 Responses to “It ain’t over ’til it’s over”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    http://foulline.blogspot.com/2007/09/baddest-man-in-boston.html

    Enough said in this classic foulline.com post by Blog God Father Dave. Thefoulline.com is the cornerstone of red sox nation south right now.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    ya! its time for cliff,norm and the gang from cheers along with da soxes to head west young men and knock the crap outof them piss and vinagar rockettes or is it crockettes.. I know they be hiding in the hills .. rock road gang look out. the fans in Boston will talk dirty to ya, make funny remarks and do hand signals with thier fingers..TRY THE CHOWDER its the only thing your going to win ..go BOSTON.. 33 HAIL MARYS WORK……..amen

  3. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    btw, anyone in the Naples area, FoxBoro Sports Tavern on East Trail, is flippin amazing. C-Mac and I went there last night and the place was nutzo. The owner even kicked on the stereo equipment and blasted Dirty Water and Tessie when they won it. The place was loud as any restraunt I have ever been in. Looking for a great game atmosphere, check it out.

  4. Dave Says:

    Sounds like a good time, I may need to check it out. I’ve been working on getting WS tickets for Game 3 or 4 in Colorado. I think it would be fun to be in the middle of the purple mob wearing my sox shirt.

  5. jill Says:

    Dave that would be awesome, and you could dropkick dinger right in his fat head.

  6. Dave Says:

    Calamari(A.K.A the newest member of Red Sox nation,
    I will definitely do that! I have the whole staff at thefoulline.com working diligently on obtaining tickets. Thefoullline corporate jet is fueled up and ready to go, now I just need some tickets.

  7. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Dave,
    If you can do that and get to Colorado, we have to get you some kind of blackberry where you can update thefoulline by the inning from the stadium. Is there some kind of way that we can get you maybe a presspass to get in since you are The Lead Editor and Writer for the Greatest and probably only Blog of Red Sox Nation South? May be a route to look into.

  8. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Jill,
    Glad to have you on board the Red Sox nation train. Its kind of like signing Wes Welker for the Pats, he killed us when he was against us, now we are stronger having him. Jill “Welker” Calamari.

    Lets Go SOX!

  9. Anonymous Says:

    hey now Jill is a soxesss (INDIAN)(TURNCOAT)…..CAN SHE GO DEEEP..33

    ONE WORD BANDWAGON…………

  10. Dave Says:

    I really hope that was a football reference.

  11. Mr. Anonymous Says:

    Hey Davey,
    I can get some tickets for you, heck we could even sit next to each other and share some peanuts.
    How cool would that be…me sitting next to Mr. Fouline watching the Rockies kick the Red Sox butts all over Coors Field. I’ll bring some tissues for you big guy. I know you’ll be teary eyed.

  12. Mr. Anonymous Says:

    Hey 33 did you eat lead paint as a child?

  13. jill calamari Says:

    hey 33, i wouldn’t really say i’m a bandwagon fan. If the indians were not in the playoffs i would have wanted the red sox to win the whole time. they are my 2nd favorite team since my husband is from boston.I’m from cleveland so of course i would want my home team to win, but i did feel torn the whole series.

  14. Dave Says:

    I would take you up on your offer, but something tells me that your job at Chick-fil-a doesn’t pay well enough to purchase World Series tickets. Not that you could buy them if you wanted to. Great job on the tickets first timers.

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