You know, redsoxfireman, who assured us last night's game would be borderline meaningless and that Jim Leyland, a WS winning manager with 22 years experience and a key to the Tigers resurgence over the past several years, is incompetent. With the bases empty last night and the known home run threat Napoli at bat, one guesses redsoxfireman would have had Verlander walk him. Wait, that can't be true. Redsoxfireman had already dubbed Napoli the Sox fatal flaw. Some flaw. Some seer.
To be honest, redsoxfireman is probably better at predicting game outcomes than I am. But that's not the point. The point is that redsoxfireman wants to be right on every prediction. And when he is wrong he will never, ever admit he was wrong but instead try to explain how he was really right or simply change the subject.
Me, I think the joy of baseball is its unpredictability, including Ortiz's grandslam Sunday night and Lackey's incredible start last night, neither of which had ever occurred to me as being remotely possible. Sunday night after 7 innings I was sure the Sox were dead, dead, dead. And last night I was certain Verlander would mow our guys down while his lineup would get at least 3 runs off Lackey. Case closed. I was wrong both times and am delighted to say so.
Redsoxfireman seems totally disinterested in the drama of a great ALCS series, which this one so far undeniably is. Thus no credit to Ortiz or to Lackey or, for that matter, to Napoli. No credit to the Sox defense either. No credit to the Sox bullpen. Worst of all, no joy in the Sox success so far in the ALCS.