Thursday, October 25, 2007

13-1

Wow, what a game, Red Sox!

It was another one of those nights when the locals appeared to be engaged in performance art more than contest. When the Sox are operating on all cylinders, the outcome is not in doubt; it’s more a matter of style points and audience appreciation.

The visitors, who had won 10 straight and 21 of 22, were embarrassed. The Sox pounded 16 hits in the first five innings. Rockies reliever Franklin Morales recorded two outs and gave up seven runs. He was followed by Ryan Speier, who walked three consecutive batters with the bases loaded. Eddie Cicotte of the 1919 White Sox didn’t do that badly and he was trying to lose.

The Sox led, 13-1, after five innings, and the only remaining question was whether the hard rain was going to fall. It didn’t. The Rockies fell. Hard. It was the most lopsided opener in World Series history.

Great start, guys; let’s just make sure you follow through. After all…

Entitled Sox fans, however, would do well to remember the 1960 New York Yankees, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates by scores of 16-3, 10-0, and 12-0, but still lost the World Series in seven games.