October 29, 2007

BoSox win it all.

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox who completed their sweep of the Colorado Rockies to win the World Series last night. The Sox made it look easy against the hottest team in baseball going in. A lot could’ve happened differently had the Rockies not had to wait more than a week between games while the Red Sox orchestrated their ALCS comeback against the Indians but that was just how the dice landed.

Last night’s starters, Lester for Boston and Cook for Colorado pitched outstanding games. Cook was making his first start since August after being put the DL while Lester had been fighting cancer coming into the year. Both back-stories were incredible and both pitchers delivered on the grandest stage.

As for the MVP, if Boston had not won last night and Beckett had pitched game 5 tonight, the award would have been his and not Mike Lowell’s. A friend of mine brought up the possibility of Beckett winning the award after his dominant performance which I quickly rebuked with the argument of “how do you give the MVP to a guy who only played in one game?” Sure, he was great, but the rest of Boston’s starters didn’t look to shabby either.

And how about Hideki Okajima doing his best Eric Gagne impression? Giving up two home runs in two days that had Colorado climb within a run of tying games 3 and 4 wasn’t some of his finest work. Good thing the playoffs don’t count for rookie of the year voting.

An interesting side note about the Rockies: After putting down MLB 2K7 in favour of either Madden 08 or NBA 2K8 for a while, I came back to it during the playoffs and made the big dance with my rebuilt Toronto Blue Jays. The funny thing is, in the ALCS, I beat out Boston to advance and face the Rockies! This video game Rockies team actually won a play-in to get into the playoffs as well. Not to mention, they were rated an astounding 29th overall. I ended up beating them in 7 games, even with a semi-stacked squad, and celebrating what I’m sure would be the least watched World Series in the history of time. In free agency afterwards, I went on to assemble a pitching rotation of Roy Halladay, Johan Santana, Jake Peavy, Dontrelle Willis and Scott Kazmir with a team budget of $120-million, but that’s a story for another time.

Congrats again Red Sox Nation, now that you’re happy, maybe you can stop being dicks to everyone.

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