Re: Silver Lining, Ladies and Gentlemen ...
posted at 10/25/2013 3:06 PM EDT
In response to LloydDobler's comment:
In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:
... its a series! I know it would be easier on everyone's ulcers if the Sox pulled another WS sweep. But, and I mean this seriously, the Cards rolling over ala Cards 04 and Rockies 07 would have been a somewhat disappointing climax to this gritty and hard-fought season. Don't get me wrong, I will take duck boats no matter how we get there, but this club's essence has been its fight, its ability to face adversity and rise to the challenge. The World Series should be the ultimate challenge.
Wacha and Rosenthal, we knew coming in, are the real deal. But, I feel pretty darn sure the club has put it behind them and will come out Saturday ready to take names. What else ya got Cards? Lance Lynn and Kelly aren't keeping anyone up at night. Of course, Peavey may keep all of us up at night. Which Jake shows up?
Anyway, after Rosenthal finished putting the sox to bed last night, I said to myself "well, its a series now". And that actually felt good. The 2013 Red Sox live for the challenge.
Gotta admit, Space, I'd prefer a nice drama-free sweep.
Hahaha. I understand lloyd, I do.
But as a student of the dramatic arts, and a staunch believer that the Sox are taking this thing, all I can say is -
When all is said and done, the feelings that come with duck boats: euphoria, pride, unity, etc., will be all the more transcendent because of a hard fought battle with a worthy opponent.
This didn't matter in 04, as the ALCS was bigger than any WS could ever be. The epic grandeur needed only the formality of the inevitable sweep.
07 could have used a little drama, but, again, there was ALCS drama aplenty. It seems mostly forgotten that the Sox had to claw back from 3-1 against the Indians, delivered by JD Drew (just throwing that in there to see if I can set off a clamor of bashing zombies).
This year, with this tough group of hard-nosed gamers that no one thought could get to this stage, this club needs to take it in a more dramatic fashion (the dramatist in me speaking).
Sure, my nerves and my emotional balance are begging to get this done in 5. But, big picture in the great saga of the Boston Red Sox, it will be so much the richer to look back on how they pulled out that tense and dramatic world series of 2013.