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The Red Sox might be done, but I’m not. Here I am in New York, ready to be your humble servant — as the late, great Will McDonough used to say — for this American League Championship Series.
Today at Yankee Stadium was dreary with a capital D. Just disgusting out there. Players seem fairly confident Friday night’s Game 1 will go on as scheduled, but we’ll see.
Everyone seems to like the Yankees in this series. The one reason I like them is because their bullpen is better than the Angels. That’s the one thing the Red Sox really messed up in their Division Series. By their utter inability to hit, they could never exploit that Angels’ weakness — the bullpen.
This is going to be a great series though. I fully expect it to go seven.
Big Sunday here at Fenway, with the Red Sox in a win or go home scenario.
Not much else to say at this point. Will the bats wake up? If not, the playoffs will be over before they started.
In other news, Dice-K has been keeping himself ready in relief if needed, particularly with Lester a lock for Game 4.
“Well, what we’ve done is he’s gone out and long tossed early and we told him that we’re not going to bring him in in the middle of an inning, bases loaded,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “That’s not in his best interest. I’m sure he has some anxiety about that, but we’ve re-assured him, ‘hey, if we use you, it will be clean innings’, things like that.
“The biggest thing and, again, we were pretty open about what we wanted to do in this series. We wanted to use Lester [in Game 4]. But again, we wanted to protect ourselves in case Lester had a ball off his leg or a long outing. And we told Dice that going in. He knew kind of what to expect. What it does, it does a couple of things aside from him pitching. It frees us up to use some other guys because he’s sitting there maybe behind somebody with a lot of length.”
As for the schedule, which included a 7:43 a.m. ET landing in Boston on Saturday and a noon game Sunday, Francona basically said it is what it is.
“It’s part of the postseason. Thankfully, we’ve kind of become accustomed to it.” Francona said. “Life is crazy. If you’re fortunate enough to get all the way through the World Series, by the time you’re done, there’s no time schedule. The one thing I think we did learn, and we’re so routine oriented, is you have no routine in the postseason. If you understand that, you move on. I was thinking about that getting on the plane the other night. There were all these people getting on that I didn’t know. We’re such creatures of habit. You get on, you claim your own territory and spread out, we all have our thing. It was like, who are these people. That’s just the way it is. It’s not bad, it’s just different. If you can accept it, it helps. And we’ve been through it a lot, so just get used to it.”
Finally a gameday! It feels like we’ve been waiting a long time for this one.
Some interesting nuggets from the day so far. Red Sox manager Terry Francona has been feeling under the weather the last two days. He did not come out for pre-game introductions but was in the dugout for the start of the game. Francona was joking around on Wednesday about a bad experience with Del Taco. “I like Del Taco, but it doesn’t like me,” Francona quipped.
Pedro Gomez of ESPN reported that Francona had food poisoning. We will try to get that confirmed for you after the game.
In other news, Hideki Okajima, who has pitched just once since Sept. 23 because of a strained right side, seems to be doing much better.
“I think we’re really pleased with how quickly he’s come and how strong he feels. They cranked him around pretty aggressively yesterday. He didn’t feel anything,” Francona said.
The Sox will have a loaded bullpen tonight, one that includes Paul Byrd and Daisuke Matsuzaka as long men, and the usual crew of Okajima, Daniel Bard, Billy Wagner, Takashi Saito, Ramon Ramirez and Jonathan Papelbon.
Here are the lineups for both teams.
The Big A, Edison Field, Angel Stadium — whatever they are calling it these days — has always been one of my very favorite venues to work. The weather is always nice, the press box is in a perfect location in the open air. It’s easy to get around. I remember thinking a few times that it’s impossible to be here and not feel happy.
Well, today it is very possible. In all the times I’ve been to this park, this is the first time I’ve ever seen it be truly cloudy, gloomy and overcast as it is today. And it’s just so fitting given the mood around here after the tragic passing of Nick Adenhart yesterday. He was a 22-year-old righty with his whole career in front of him before he was killled in a needless hit-and-run accident. Just awful, absolutely awful.
It was chilling to walk into the press entrance today and see the shrine that has been created in honor of Nick. Flowers, cards, hats, uniform, pictures, you name it. Just a completely heartfelt thing that so many people have contributed to.
The Red Sox clubhouse had a very different feel to it today. They were quietly respectful.
Sure, there will be a baseball game today, but it won’t have that usual feel. Not by a long shot. Both teams will be trying to win, but more than anything, it will be a matter of just wanting the Angels to get through this difficult day and move on.