Monday, October 29, 2007

Boston Red Sox: 2007 World Series Champions

As you surely know, the Red Sox completed a sweep of the Colorado Rockies on Sunday night to win their 2nd World Series in the last four years. Jon Lester pitched 5 2/3 innings for the victory in the 4-3 Red Sox win. Mike Lowell was awarded the World Series MVP by going 6-15 with a home run and four RBIs in the fall classic. Overall, it was a very impressive series for the Red Sox and a very disappointing one for the Rockies, after such a great beginning to the postseason. Jonathan Papelbon and Josh Beckett were terrific throughout the postseason and all the Boston starters chipped in with good starts against the Rockies.

After Papelbon's strikeout of Seth Smith to end the game, the room was mixed with jubilation and sadness. Red Sox fans, such as McMatty, were cheering incessantly and jeering "Yankees Suck" towards Yankees fans, such as Generic MCKS, who was so upset he could only utter one word repeatedly: "bad". Yejikim, a major Manny Ramirez fan, was angry that Manny didn't get the MVP, while SheTanya, a resident of Colorado, was grief-stricken and couldn't stop sobbing. What made that especially surprising is that SheTanya barely knows what baseball is; a few days ago I had to explain to her what balls and strikes were. Personally, I had been rooting for the Rockies, if only to give them some needed support here in Red Sox Nation in Massachusetts.

In all, it was a series pretty devoid of excitement for those outside Red Sox Nation and Colorado. Although two games were decided by just a run, a sweep will invariably sweep almost all of the suspense from the World Series. Hopefully, next year it will be the Twins playing so I will be enthusiastically watching no matter what.

As a final note, Alex Rodriguez has announced that he will opt out of the remainder of his contract and will become a free agent. Recently, reports had surfaced that the Yankees would offer him a 5 year, $150 million deal, but it sounded like that would only be before he opted out. Peter Gammons commented on the timing of Rodriguez's announcement, saying that it was selfish and he was just looking to take some attention from the Red Sox, specifically "Pedroia and Jon Lester", on such a special day. It was very interesting to hear that from such a respected baseball analyst. Either way, the countdown has begun until A-Rod's, and everyone else's, free agency starts: 15 days remain.

Once again, congratulations to the Red Sox on their World Series championship!

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