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Monday, October 29, 2007
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* Bumped into a friend of mine who lives on Newbury Street, this morning. He doesn't follow baseball, and went to bed at 9:30 last night. Says he woke up around midnight because he heard what he thought were explosions, followed by the terrifying sound of hundreds of people screaming. Naturally, he thought it was the apocalypse. Then... "Oh! Right, the Sox must have won the World Series."
* Thinking outside the batter's box: Maybe Boston should stop using a DH. In Colorado, the Sox got a two-RBI single from Dice-K and a pinch-hit home run from a utility infielder. That's amazing.
* One of the best pieces of baseball writing I've seen so far this season: Last Friday, ex-Ideas deputy editor John Swansburg (now an editor at Slate) related what it was like to watch the Sox beat the Rockies in Game 2, at Fenway. Excerpt:
What was disappointing was that I'd been at Fenway the last time Schilling pitched for the Sox in a World Series Game 2, in 2004. The electric hum I experienced that October just wasn't quite there last night. In '04, at least as I remember it, I stood for pretty much the entire game, something I'd never done before at a sporting event, and haven't done since. Last night, the fans in my section stood up for a lot of the full counts or when runners were in scoring position, but I heard a fair number of "down in fronts" from people who were content to root from their seats. There were also long stretches of near silence. In the fourth inning, with a man on second and two outs, the guy sitting in front of me fielded a call from, and had a leisurely chat with, a buddy watching the BC football game at home. The percussion section in the Red Sox bullpen was easily audible throughout the game, even from my far-off seats. And my kid sister and I had a serious discussion about which event elicited a louder roar from the crowd: Mike Lowell's fifth-inning double, which scored the game's winning run, or Jacoby Ellsbury's uncontested stolen base in the fourth, which won America a free taco from Taco Bell.
Move over, John Updike and Stephen King!
* These two baseball blogs, also written by friends of mine, are must-reads this morning: Surviving Grady (I went to high school with Red), and Seth Mnookin's Feeding the Monster (Seth, author of the Sox book "Feeding the Monster," is a friend of a friend, really).
* Finally, I urge you to watch these Sox videos shot and produced by another friend, Boston.com senior multimedia producer Scott LaPierre, with other Globe and Boston.com colleagues: