Archive | October, 2007

The Hot Stove is bubbling

Just a couple of days removed from the official end of the 2007 season, teams are already putting plans together for 2008 and beyond. Following several days of speculation, Joe Giradi was officially named as the new manager of the New York Yankees. After Joe Torre’s twelve-year reign in the Bronx, seeing a new guy […]

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On to the off-season

They are probably still cleaning up the champagne stains in the visitors’ clubhouse at Coors Field, but already the sobering thought has hit me: no more baseball for the best part of six months. A year in MLB is an odd mix of feast and famine. 2430 games are crammed into six months, followed by […]

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Red Sox complete the sweep

As many predicted, and as some of us feared, the Red Sox made short work of the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 World Series. Despite a few promising Rockies rallies, the outcome was never really in doubt. It’s a shame for us neutrals who wanted to see a competitive series, but it’s hard to blame […]

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Rockies fear Boston brooms

Denver will be the host for this Monday’s instalment of North American sport on Five. Sadly for baseball fans, it looks like the venue will be Invesco Field rather than Coors. The World Series could still go to game five, but Boston’s 10-5 victory in game three last night has made a 4-0 sweep a […]

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A must-win game for the Rockies

The parade through the streets of Boston is probably being planned already. They’re 2-0 up in the World Series and have comprehensively outplayed the Rockies so far. It seems difficult to imagine that the Red Sox will fail to win two out of the possible five remaining games and the smart money would suggest that […]

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Red Sox in control

Josh Chetwynd was right: losing a close game is more demoralising than losing by twelve runs. The Rockies head back home down 2-0 in the series knowing full well that they had opportunities to earn a split at Fenway. That one game difference counts for a lot. 1-1 and the Rockies have a great chance […]

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On to game two

Thankfully the predicted heavy rain didn’t show up last night. Unfortunately, neither did the Rockies. The main stat doing the rounds before, during and after the game centred on the importance of winning the first contest. Nine of the last ten game-one winners have gone on to win the World Series and none of them […]

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Rain to scupper game one?

“The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain” The rain in Boston is mainly a pain in the rear end. Game one of the World Series, everyone cannot wait for it to start, and the clouds decide to circle around Fenway. Optimistic reports suggest constant drizzle will make way for a heavy downpour just […]

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2007 World Series preview

Mere hours before the first pitch of the 2007 World Series, every baseball fan cannot help but feel giddy with excitement. Memories of previous contests come flooding back, not just of in-game incidents, but the obligatory pre-game rituals. The ceremonial first pitch. The starting players jogging onto the field one-by-one, with cheers ringing out for […]

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Indians in despair

Red Sox fans didn’t get the opportunity to give Paul Byrd the bird (whether he would have deserved it or not is a debate for another time), but otherwise they enjoyed a perfect night. Boston completed their comeback against the Indians, taking the series decider 11-2 and booking their place in the World Series. I’ll […]

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