Don’t Stop Believin’

OK, now this is getting crazy. Boston looked lousy during games 2, 3, and 4 and 2/3 of game 5. Meanwhile, Tampa was playing like a team on a mission, trying to make up for ten years of futility. Suddenly during game 5, the switch was flipped, and like a modern version of Freaky Friday Boston began playing loose, youthful, carefree baseball, while Tampa turned into a  cautious, conservative baseball team that’s playing not to lose, instead of pushing the action and trying for the win.

So this brings us to game 7. Which version of these teams will show up?

thefoulline.com quick hits

  • Jon Lester vs. Matt Garza, game seven, winner goes to the World Series. This is the match-up Boston fans were wishing for and Rays fans were dreading.
  • Regarding the TBS technical difficulty that caused first-inning coverage of last night’s game to be preempted by The Steve Harvey Show: According to a theory by thefoulline contributor Dylan “Conspiracy Theorist” Hamilton, TBS, concerned that the Rays’ current losing streak has reminded much of the Tampa Bay fan base how much they prefer Steve Harvey to baseball, did it on purpose.
  • The Sox bullpen has looked fantastic. Okajima gets better every time he pitches and looks like the Oki of 2007. Masterson looked absolutely scared shitless out there, and then he proceeded to shut down the Rays 1-2-3 hitters. Then there’s Papelbon. Tired, sore, gassed from pitching two tough innings in game 5, he goes out throwing 90 MPH fastballs with good location and gets the save. In a word… awesome.
  • High definition television is not kind to Kevin Youkilis.
  • Coco Crisp is doing his best 2007 Jacoby Ellsbury impersonation. Coco did more damage to James Shields last night than any punch would ever do.
  • Dan the #1 Rays Fan: Hang in there. This is still better than watching the Rays of the past. There’s still a lot of baseball left.
  • Jason Varitek saved his job with the Sox next year with a huge home run and an even bigger throw out of Dioner Navarro. That’s why he’s the Captain.
  • Terry Francona is the best manager in Red Sox history. Although the 78 pieces of tobacco wrapped in Double Bubble that he is constantly chewing during the game is pretty disgusting.
  • Josh Beckett dug down deep last night and pitched his ass off for 5 innings. This guy is a competitor.
  • James Shields is a tough pitcher with a promising future, but his “Big Game” nickname may have been a little premature. Names like that get invented in the postseason.
  • Dustin Pedroia is going to blow up tonight. He lives for moments like this, and he’s been too quiet for too long.
  • During the 6th inning of game 5 in Fenway Park, did anyone really think we would be watching a game 7?
  • There is no moment better in sports than the MLB playoffs.

56 Responses to “Don’t Stop Believin’”

  1. Dan Says:

    Alright how about juan cruz of the Diamandbacks? im all for putting the balfor in the closers role, but he has a tendency to get wild sometimes, and it cost him late in the year, this rays team is all about chemistry, so i think bringing in bradley would be a bad idea. Is papelbon availabe? we can get him for Dan Johnson lol

  2. Dave Says:

    How about Jason Bay and Coco Crisp for Dioner Navarro, BJ Upton, Carl Crawford and Scott Kazmir? Sound like a good deal right? We’ll even throw in Javier Lopez for your bullpen.

  3. Dan Says:

    ill make you a deal, throw in julio lugo and you can have david price and evan longoria.

  4. band wagon billy Says:

    ANYONE WANT DICK RADTIZ?

  5. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Dan used the term, “We’ll be back” and I had trouble not imagining the Rays trying to use Liquid Nitrogen like in Terminator 2 to try and slow down the Phillies. With that rediculousness aside, and my inaptitude for spelling Rediculous, I think the red sox need to seriously make a play at Salty. Salty is a very heads up player and if the Sox give him a year under Tek, learn the pitchers and mold him into the next Joe Mauer, we are set for another 10 years behind the backstop.

    As for Julio “Who?” Lugo, too bad this wasnt the NFL where we could just cut a guy.

    Matt “Head to the Chopper!!!!” McLaughlin

  6. Boston Braves " Foulline Fantasy Baseball Champion" Says:

    Allright time for me to pipe up Bostons needs Catcher , DH, CF 2 out of 3 of these players have been a big part in the Red Sox success but time has a way of changing things. Ortz is done……………….. Tek will always be my favorite catcher of all times…….. yes Matt even more than Carlton Fisk. Boston will need to get someone like Salty I think Jacoby should be used to attract a legitimate proven CF and he will be back to haunt us. Texeria would be great fit in Boston not knowing how Lowell will recover and that Yooooooouuuuuuuuuukkkkkkkk can go to 3rd. Heideki Matsui I beleive is a free agent would be a great addition for back up outfield and DH..

    Dave ” Fantasy Baseball Champ without my prize yet” McLaughlin