Game 1 of the World Series
Get your game on, everyone. It’s Fall Classic time. Definitely a buzz in the air.
Lester is all but certain to pitch Game 4. The only thing that would prevent that is weather.
Ellsbury hitting ninth with the lefty going and Tek will vault J.D. and hit sixth.
How would you like to be the Rockies and not play for eight days and then step into the box against Josh Beckett? The man is simply locked and loaded right now. He struck out the first four batters he faced, making Josh just the third pitcher in World Series history to start a game in that fashion.
And Pedroia goes deep to lead off the bottom of the first. My colleague Bill Ballou would be the first to point out that a homer that starts the bottom of the first inning is not truly a leadoff homer. At any rate, that was the 18th time there has been a leadoff homer in the World Series. The last? Johnny Damon, I think you might remember him doing that in Game 4 of a certain year in St. Louis.
But Pedroia became just the second player to do it in the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series. The first? Don Buford, for the Orioles on October 11, 1969.