Red Sox all over October
The Red Sox aren’t in the playoffs? Funny, every time I look in front of me, I see reminders of the Red Sox this October.
Grady Little is filling out lineup cards for the Dodgers. What a great guy. I’d love to see Grady take his team deep into October. I know it’s an unpopular thing to say on this blog, but let it go. ’03 was exorcised by ’04. Let it go. Grady is a very classy man and has handled that situation in LA in fantastic fashion.
Nomar Garciaparra is playing first base for the Dodgers. Nomar’s bat speed looks fantastic. It looks 1998-esque. I’m just not quite sure why he watched Billy Wagner’s first two pitches go right down the middle and then swung at strike three in the dirt. Oh well, I’d like to see Nomar come up with some big moments this October.
Derek Lowe is the ace of the Dodgers. Good to see D-Lowe back on the hill for a big game. I’m sure he’d like to take back those two gopherballs he surrendered to Delgado and Cliff Floyd. Otherwise, D. Lowe was D. Lowe. Only sad story in LA is Billy Ballgame, Bill Mueller. His knees are shot and might never play again. He is one of the most fundamentally sound players I’ve ever seen. I watched Bill Mueller on a nightly basis for three years and can’t recall seeing him make even one mental mistake. How many players can you say that about? Too bad he can’t enjoy this. We all know what kind of player he was in the clutch.
Pedro Martinez is the wounded ace of the Mets. Sure, Pedro is down and out, with that torn rotator cuff. But his smiling face was back in the Mets dugout today, and he was doing the cheerleading thing as only he can.
Then, the Padres, oh the Padres. Red Sox galore.
Josh Bard is the backup catcher of the Padres. Remember Josh Bard? The guy who couldn’t catch Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball. The guy who has been performing heroics all year long. Yes, as Theo Epstein readily admitted, this is a trade he’d love to have back.
Cla Meredith is the Padres setup man. Yes, the side-winder who was shellshocked after that quick entry to big league life at fenway in May of 05 is thriving in San Diego. So is Alan Embree, the power lefty who helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 but seemed to be in the breakdown lane with both the Red Sox and Yanks last year. He’s gotten himself back to a pretty effective level this year.
Dave Roberts is the Padres leadoff man. You might remember him. He stole a pretty big base for the Red Sox at one time.
Mark Bellhorn and Todd Walker are backup infielders for the Padres. One guy gave the Sox a ton of clutch hits in the ’04 postseason, the other guy was unstoppable in ’03.
Jay Payton is a starting outfielder for the A’s. Yeah, remember, the Red Sox traded Roberts to get Payton. Only, Payton didn’t want to be in Boston. Now he’s in Oakland and playing well, and just one win away from playing in the ALCS. Of course, Payton and the A’s would probably face the Yankees in the ALCS.
Oh yeah, the Yankees.
Johnny Damon is the Yankees leadoff hitter, or so you might have heard. Though some of you are stubborn and still look at him as a traitor, Johnny did the right thing for his career and he’s the same great guy and player he always was. Mike Myers is the Yankees lefty specialist. Things didn’t go so well for Myers last night as he gave up a homer to the only batter he faced. But you know he’ll get some big outs over the next few weeks.
So the Red Sox aren’t in October? The Red Sox are all OVER October. Check it out when you get a chance.
p.s. — I’m at Yankee stadium and i just walked through the concourse and witnessed a Yankees fan holding the following sign: Manny is playing golf today. This is better!