It’s easy, as an Indians fan, to feel a little bitter about the World Series right now.
The Red Sox beat my favorite team, and honestly, deserved to beat my favorite team. Because Cleveland got so close to the World Series, there is a temptation to ignore the Fall Classic, and focus on football and whatever else.
But if you love baseball, that’s not an option. No matter what teams play, no matter how annoyed you get when national announcers use the name “Big Papi,” and no matter how much you hate the idea of Red Sox Nation, baseball is still baseball.
It is the best sport in the world, and the World Series is the last chance to watch it until March. Besides, I thought, this could be a fun series to watch.
Then the game started.
- Josh Beckett is on some kind of run. He struck out the first four batters he saw, then went to the dugout and watched leadoff hitter Dustin Pedroia lift a home run off starter Jeff Francis.
From there, the Red Sox took off, scoring four runs in the first inning. There really is no need to go through the scoring because the game was over after the first inning.
Beckett again will get the praise, because he gave up just one run in seven innings and struck out nine, two more batters than the Rockies’ Franklin Morales gave up runs. Don’t look for him anytime soon.
- How uninspiring was this game? It got so bad that Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were talking about Van Halen during the ninth inning. They even managed to get in a dig on Sammy Hagar, a man who has rocked more in one night than McCarver and Buck have in their lives.