Worth the wait

They say good things come to those who wait. Boston fans remained patient even when down three games to one. After being outplayed by Cleveland for three straight games, the Red Sox have battled back and have forced game seven.

Curt Schilling pitched a gutsy game last night (7 innings, 6 hits, 2 ER, 5 strikeouts, 0 walks), improving his postseason record to 10-2. He got into some trouble early in the game but was able to execute his pitches and get out of the jam. I’m not sure what I think of the 90-mph-fastball-Schilling. He doesn’t have that extra gear to blow the pitch by the hitter. I find myself on the edge of my seat when he tries to pitch inside to lefties. It seems he either gets the batter to pop up or hit a monster home run to right field. But to his credit, he has come to grips with his new style of pitching. He knows he’s not the strikeout pitcher of past seasons, so he relies on out-thinking the hitters. He was just what Boston needed last night. A big performance from a big game pitcher.

While we are still on the subject of waiting, there was a J.D. Drew sighting last night. After a long season of Drew performing below expectations, he blew open the game with a first-inning grand slam, 3 hits and 5 RBIs. This is exactly what Drew needed to get a clean slate from Boston fans for next season. Last night he was worth every penny spent on him. Suddenly, $14 million a year doesn’t seem like such a big deal anymore.

All series long, people have been saying Boston needs other players besides the big three to step up. Last night it finally happened. Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis were awesome at the top of the order, getting big hits and setting the plate for Boston’s big hitters. If these two continue this hot streak, I don’t see anyone beating them. The Sox even got some production from their 8 and 9 hitters. Wonderboy Jacoby Ellsbury further enamored himself with Boston fans with an RBI and his all-out hustle. Even Julio Lugo contributed with a big double and two RBIs.

Everything seems to be clicking with Boston right now: Two quality starts in a row from their pitchers. The offense appears to be out of its funk. Heck, even Eric Gagne pitched a decent inning. But like Winston Wolfe said in Pulp Fiction, “Let’s not start sucking each other’s dicks quite yet.” The Indians are a good team. You can be sure that they are going to leave it all out on the field tonight.

Thefoulline.com baseball news and notes:

  • I have a lot of respect for Terry Francona. He really cares for and trusts his players. He gives them every opportunity to succeed. He catches a lot of flack for his loyalty to his players, but his guys play hard for him. Let’s hope Boston management does the right thing and locks him up with a long-term contract.
  • Before game 6, Fausto Carmona stated that he won’t be intimidated by anyone, especially not Curt Schilling. Wow! Way to back that up. You really showed them. Another bad playoff performance. He is turning into the skinny version of C.C. Sabathia.
  • Travis Hafner is in a bad funk right now. He hasn’t had a hit in a couple of games and really appears out of sorts. Maybe it’s because his helmet is crushing his huge head. Have you seen this guy’s melon? His head makes his helmet look like the ones little kids eat ice cream out of.
  • Coco Crisp has played his last game in a Boston uniform. He will be dealt in the offseason. Thanks Coco, you were fun to watch play centerfield.
  • Maybe Cleveland shouldn’t have printed all of those 2007 World Series T-shirts when they were up 3-1.
  • I really hope Boston resigns Mike Lowell. If they decide not to, I can see them ignoring A-Rod and going after the Florida Marlins’ Miguel Cabrera.

That’s all for now. Huge game tonight. Let’s keep this thing rolling.

Go Sox!

16 Responses to “Worth the wait”

  1. Jill Calamari Says:

    Nicley played last night…the Indians looked flustered and like they came straight from little league. Carmona, what a fricken loser, couldn’t even come close to doing what he gets payed for. And Perez, i repeat again, if i could shoot him i think i would, he again pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed….wait i lost track of how many runs he allowed this time.I am not giving up total hope though,i think they will do better tonight.Let’s hope anyway.If not,it’s at least been fun trash talking with the heart of red sox nation.

  2. Dave Says:

    Jill,
    During my playoff preview, I noted that the Indians have a great team but their downfall may be their lack of experience in the playoffs. I agree they looked a little flustered last night.
    There is still a lot of baseball to be played, but the Sox have appeared to seize the momentum. No matter what happens tonight, I think we can expect to see these two teams battling again in the playoffs for many more years.
    Also, breaking news that just came across ESPN. Paul Byrd has allegedly purchased $25,000 of Human Growth Hormones. This is one more distraction your team did not need.

  3. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Holy smokes, I just woke up and have not seen the ESPN report yet. Paul “Wakefield-wannabe” Byrd, on HGH. Wow.

    Jill, I appreciate the comment about the “talking trash with the heart of Red Sox nation.” It has been fun and either way this goes, it has been good over the past few weeks. What I like about the comment was that you refered to foulline as the Heart of Red Sox nation. It feels good to be in at the heart of something as great as Red Sox baseball.

    Its a life long relationship, theyll “break ya haht” or “flerht with it evry yeha” but we still live and die by them.

    Go Sox! (Wake UP DICEK! PLEASE!)

  4. Anonymous Says:

    After game 7 tonight the Sox or the Indians will be playing the Rockies.
    The Rockies may not have the offense that the Phillies have. Colorado is very close, though. Don’t let the thin air in Colorado fool you. This team can hit. Matt Holliday, National League MVP candidate and NL batting champion, leads the offense. Holliday finished with a .340 average, 1.012 OPS, 36 home runs and 136 RBI. Brad Hawpe played good baseball this year. Hawpe finished with 29 homers and 116 RBI. Garrett Atkins had 25 homers and 111 RBI. Troy Tulowitzki had 24 homers and 98 RBI. Todd Helton is still around, too. Helton batted .321 with 17 home runs and 91 RBI.

    Why will the Rockies win the 2007 MLB World Series: The duo of closers

    Most baseball teams have one definitive person to bring in during the ninth inning to close out the game. The Rockies have two. Brian Fuentes had 20 saves and a 3.08 ERA during the regular season. Manny Corpas had 19 saves and a 2.08 ERA. What’s nice is that Corpas is right-handed and Fuentes is a southpaw. This gives the Rockies the opportunity to give themselves the match-up they want regardless of what lineup they are facing.

    The Rockies are great TEAM for a fraction of the cost that the Sox have payed for their team. More important..they have more heart.
    Go Rockies! ROCKTOBER.

  5. Dave Says:

    Mr.Anonymous,
    Thanks for bringing some cold hard facts to the discussion. Unfortunately, when you “cut and pasted” this article from wherever you stole it from. You forgot to delete the Phillies name and insert the Red Sox/ Indians. Nice Job, you were so close to actually having some credibility.
    Maybe plagiarism isn’t a crime in Coloroado? :)
    “Rocktober” is still stupid.
    Go Sox!

  6. Dave Says:

    Mr.Anonymous,
    Here is the link to the article you stole your posting from.
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/401008/why_the_rockies_will_win_the_2007_world.html

    How pathetic.

  7. Mr. Anonymous Says:

    Spelling Colorado incorrectly is stupid.
    The Phillies have a good offense.

    ROCKTOBER ROCKTOBER ROCKTOBER
    I think you’re jealous because the Sox haven’t been able to come up with a slogan yet.

  8. Dave Says:

    When you have played in the playoffs before you don’t have to resort to stupid slogans. That’s first timer stuff.

  9. Mr. Anonymous Says:

    plagiarism?
    When I read that article, I thought it would be interesting to share. Dave, do you really want to go there? I know for a FACT that a lot of the material that you write in your blog is based off news articles you read. I would be more than happy to start searching the web for everything you write.
    Go Rockies! google that!

  10. Dave Says:

    Mr.Anonymous,
    Google away. Posting someones stats from a game is not plagiarism. Taking an article, cutting and pasting it. Then passing it off as your original thought is. I knew right away that your posting was phony. You should stick to commenting on things you know something about, like the Rockies break-dancing dinosaur mascot. You seem to know a little too much about that thing.

  11. Mr. Anonymous Says:

    LOL you’re a funny guy Dave!

  12. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Look I can take a part of my teams name and splice it with October. Look Look! Im creative! Lets go SOXtober. Woo. Soo freakin not cool.

    Wasnt there a movie, “The Hunt for RED October?” I think next years chase for the Playoffs should be the “Hunt for Red October”.

    Yes I know it was based on a Soviet Submarine so before you start with the “dont you know anything about history and movies lines” I am aware of the movie and also who played in it. Still a catchy Playoff slogan. Not that we actually need one tho.

  13. Dave Says:

    How about this Red Sox slogan for next years playoffs: Introducing the 2007 World Series Champions. Now that has a nice ring to it.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    “Is that what you do, come in hear and shout off some obscure passage, just to impress some girls, and insult my friend here”-Goodwill Hunting

    That article is right though, the
    Rockies still don’t have the offense the phillies have. It’s a fluke team, in a fluke divison of baseball, that snuck into the world series. Congrats on picking up some bandwagon fans, sneaking in the backdoor of the playoffs and the world series, and for being the team the Red Sox have some fun with enroute to the World Series Title. This series will be as much of a fight as a hammer has with a nail. Go Sox.
    -Dylan ” The guy who cheers for the guy team that came back from 3-1 against the Cleveland Chief Wahoo’s and now face the Colorado Coors Light Beer League Softball team from the C-Divsion” Hamilton

  15. Dave Says:

    Thanks for watching my back Dylan.

  16. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Dylan, your names are priceless.

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