Monday, October 29, 2007
Sox Sweep Series
Good morning yaíll! I was out of town since last Friday morning so today will be filled with a few notes from the weekend. Even thought I donít really like them in general, congratulations to the Boston Red Sox on their 2007 World Series championship. Although I fully subscribe to the World Series champion not always being the best team (because of small sample size and such), sometimes the best team does win it all, and thatís what happened this year.
∑ Gophers Football Ė I happened to see the bottom line early on Saturday afternoon that showed the Gophers holding a 10-6 lead over the Michigan Wolverines. Later in the evening, I was watching the scroll at the bottom of the screen and after awhile, I saw that the Gophers lost 34-10. In other words, after a good start for the Gophers, reality set in and Michigan went on a 28-0 run to end the game.
∑ I was reading about how NDSUís football team played pretty poorly, likely a little high on themselves following their win against the Big Tenís Gophers the week before. I was reading an article on their game and how disappointed they were. Finally I saw the final score. The Bison beat Southern Utah 52-17! Yeah, they must have played horribly!
∑ The Vikings lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 23-16 yesterday in the Dome. It appears that the Vikings have decided that Adrian Peterson is their feature or primary tail back. Now, on the surface the move makes sense. However, I feel like I am about the only Vikings fan that seems to believe that the team should have kept the even ball distribution going between Peterson and Chester Taylor. Maybe I am too much of a Twins fan and that affects my thinking, but here me out. The Vikings are not a playoff team this year. In fact, they should get another very early draft pick next year. So why over-use a guy like Peterson this year. Sure, give him a good amount of touches, and get him a few more second half touches, but donít wear him down. It just doesnít make sense, especially when you have a guy like Taylor as a backup. So yes, I love watching the Vikings every time that AP gets the ball, but as a fan of the organization, I think it would be wise for them to continue to somewhat limit his touches.
∑ The Vikings QB situation is horrible. How hurt is Tarvaris Jackson really? Or, has he just been so bad that they are giving him an out and letting him watch from the sidelines? Kelly Holcombe is not horrible and has experienced some success in the past. However, he is not young, and there is a reason that he has never really been a starter. He doesnít have the arm or the legs for the position. Brooks Bollinger is a nice guy from Grand Forks, but he was at his best in college when he could hand the ball off to guys like Ron Dayne and Anthony Davis and let them run. Yes, he did a nice job yesterday providing a spark, but he certainly is a backup. Again, doesnít bode well for the teamís success in 2007.
∑ Is it just me, or has John Henry had several injections of Botox? Seriously, the guy has pretty much no expression and looks almost ghostly.
∑ The Rockies are far better than they played in the World Series. Anyone who doesnít think that their eight day layoff hurt them tremendously is fooling themselves. Thatís not to say that they would be World Series champions in 2007 if they had started right away, but I do think they would have played better. I mean, itís likeÖ what if Cleveland would have had a 3-1 lead over the Red Sox in the ALCS and then for some unknown, unnecessary reason they had a scheduled off-day between Game Four and Game Five? Of course it would have affected Clevelandís momentum. Wait! What? There was a scheduled, unnecessary off-day between Game 4 and Game 5 of the ALCS? Crazy! And, thatís right, that decision may very well cost Cleveland a shot at a World Series championship.
∑ So, with the season now over, here would be my Top 5 teams in baseball in 2007:
1. Boston Red Sox Ė even without winning the World Series, I think this would be the case.
2. Cleveland Indians Ė they were this-close to representing the AL.
3. New York Yankees Ė how scary could they be with their lineup and those young, talented pitchers in their rotation!?
4. Colorado Rockies Ė The NLís best team was a Wild Card winner in the league. They are a solid team all around.
5. Arizona Diamondbacks Ė Remember they are the team that had the better record than the Rockies in the regular season.
∑ How rich, selfish and arrogant do you have to be to turn down a deal in which you would make about $230 million over the next eight years? Alex Rodriguez is apparently going to opt-out of the remaining three seasons of his 10 year, $250 million contract. It is his right to do, and I canít say I blame him. He did all he could for the Yankees in 2007, and the fans there still donít appreciate him. I hope he goes somewhere and takes it out on the Yankees! That said, seriously A-Rod (or Boras), how much money do you need? Turning down $80 million for the next three years and then $150 million over the following five years. The Rangers are very appreciative that they donít have to give the Yankees another $21 million though! I am going to assume that A-Rod will go to the Angels or the Giants. But what kind of contract will he end up with. I canít imagine Scott Boras would let A-Rod out of his current deal unless he is very certain that someone will offer him more. I wonder who he is talking to (unofficially, of course).
∑ Iíve been asked now a few times since my SoÖ Now What? posting came out last week about my thoughts on the Twins getting Mike Lowell for third base. My current response, evn before he was named World Series MVP, is that I think that the Twins have about a 2.3% chance of landing Lowell, particularly after what he has done in the post season. I think heíll stay with the Red Sox, and Iím sure that that Phillies will make an offer to up the price tag. The Twins canít, and really shouldnít, get into that bidding war.
∑ There are so many similarities between Dustin Pedroia and a young Chuck Knoblauch. Knoblauch was a good, team player for the first few years of his career. Good glove. Good bat. Good on-base skills.
∑ I still think that Jason Varitek is the most overrated player in baseball. But I wonder how much of that is because he didnít sign with the Twins when they drafted him. I donít think so. I think itís more about how glorified he is for things that just arenít true.
∑ Letís please remember when people talk about how a certain player is better than another player because ďhe has a ringĒ (namely AJ Pierzynski to Joe Mauer), remember that Doug Mirabellie has a ring now, so maybe heís better than Mauer too?
∑ I thought that only veteran teams could win a title. Isnít that what people like to tell us? Just remember that Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester, Jacoby Ellsbury, Hideki Okajima and Daisuke Matsuzaka were all rookies in 2007. Remember that Ellsbury wasnít even called up for good until the end of August and he was more than a small part in this World Series. And donít forget that they shut down Clay Bucholz near the end of the season!
∑ Chris Myers might be just as annoying a post-game interview as Craig Sager. Sager asks dumb questions. Myers just asks a monthís worth of questions to guys that clearly just want to celebrate.
∑ The Jon Lester story is remarkable. I know people keep saying it, but it does bear repeating. One year ago at this time, he was going threw chemotherapy and baseball was likely the furthest thing from his mind. He now is the winning pitcher in the final game of the World Series. He had a good guy to be around though. Remember that Mike Lowell is also a cancer survivor.
∑ After his home run that proved to be a needed insurance run, I fully expect Aaron Gleeman to post some sort of comment to ďFree Bobby Kielty!Ē
∑ Terry Francona seems to be so similar to Joe Torre in terms of temperament and having the complete respect of his team.
∑ Oh, and the Red Sox won Game 4, a one run game, with both David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez out of the lineup.
∑ Royce Clayton sure got a lot of air time for a guy who went 0-6 in eight September games and wasnít even on the post-season roster!
∑ And now the fun begins. With the completion of the World Series, the Hot Stove League will soon begin with decisions about options and free agency names will become official. Then the Winter Meetings. IT is going to be an interesting offseason. Be sure to check back here frequently.
∑ Oh, and be sure to check out the Fantasy Playoff Contest, and see who the champion was. It will hopefully be posted on Monday morning.
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