It took some serious consideration before I clicked publish, re-reading and re-naming the title of this post several times. Boston was the one team I didn’t want to see win. After all, John Farrell who had left the Jays for his “dream job” was now hoisting the World Series trophy above his head. Yes, Toronto had a miserably disappointing season. But as a baseball fan, this was one of the more exciting World Series I can remember in years. A good friend of mine said he wished the series would go 14 games. I wondered, would Papi’s injuries have gotten the better of him by then, or would he have been hitting 26-for-32?
The Red Sox showed us several things this year. They showed us how powerful a team can be when they function together. They showed us what the proper leadership can foster (I’m talking about Big Papi, not Farrell…ok, maybe Farrell as well). They showed us how an entire city can rally together to overcome adversity (Boston Strong). And they showed us that they can grow some kick-ass beards. Seriously, how can you not be impressed by this?
How about us Toronto fans take away a few positives from this Boston Championship win? Who in Toronto didn’t want to see John MacDonald and Brian Butterfield get a World Series ring? I know, they’re wearing the wrong uniforms…I digress.
At the end of a LONG 162-game season, a select and fortunate group of players get to play baseball in October. Likely already nursing injuries, some of the ones who can grit their teeth and bare the pain for one more month can be elevated to baseball hero status (even if only for one game). Few become legend. Papi took it to a whole new level. Call him an icon. Call him a beast. He was in a zone even he had never experienced (though he joked that he did it all season long). Papi was the definition of do what I say, and lead by example (it’s rare that both of those happen together). He was a leader through words, and actions. Think it was coincidental that moments after Papi’s game-4 pep-talk in the dugout, that Johnny Gomes hit a home-run which would prove to be the game-winner (and likely the turning point in the series)? Perhaps, but I think if you ask any of the Boston players what impact Papi had on the team morale, energy, and composure, I’m sure you would receive a unanimous answer.
Putting things in perspective, Boston had the season Toronto expected/dreamed of having. The storybook, worst-to-first, against all odds, in the face of adversity kind of season. And as much as you can envy or hate them for it, I have to give credit where credit is due. Thank you Boston for giving us baseball fans a World Series to remember. Never have we experienced one like it (possibly the only thing it was missing was a hidden-ball trick, although the Cards had already been burned by it earlier in the season). Thank you for being gracious winners (and not peeing in the opposing teams pool). And thank you for showing Toronto that worst-to-first is possible. After all, spring training is only 115 days away…
Click here to listen to: Brock discuss the match-up between Tampa and Texas for the remaining Wild Card Spot.
Sometimes 162 games aren’t enough. Game 163 will be the tie-breaker that decides whether Tampa or Texas get a shot at a one-game playoff vs Cleveland for the official Wild Card spot in the AL.
In a one-game scenario, most stats go out the window. It will likely come down to who pitches a gem tonight, Price or Perez.
Both have the potential to throw un-godly stuff.
Baseball fans should be in for a real treat.
Getting an extra game, “Bonus Baseball” if you will, is a treat in itself.
Click here to listen to: Brock Picken talk about the race to the final wild card positions for the MLB 2013 season.
Brock does a rundown of the remaining teams fighting for postseason births.
TheBlueJaysDugout.com has now made the Top 50 MLB Blogs Latest Leaders List for five straight months! (#36 March, #26 April, #31 May, #29 June, #46 July 2013).
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It’s again so exciting to have TheBlueJaysDugout.com make the Top 50 MLB Blogs Latest Leaders List for the fourth straight month (#36 March, #26 April, #31 May, #29 June 2013).
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Click here to listen to: Brock Picken interview Tim Raines, Shirley Cheek, Rob Ducey, & George Bell
Brock Picken talks with 2013 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees at the Induction Ceremony in St Marys.
Tim Raines talks about what it takes to be a great lead off man, and the significance of his 808 stolen bases.
Shirley Cheek talks about Tom’s passion and dedication to the game, and what it would mean to him to be inducted.
Rob Ducey talks about his time in the big leagues, and as a rookie some “choice advice” George Bell gave him.
George Bell talks about his memories during his days with the Blue Jays, and his 1987 MVP season.
It’s a thrill to have TheBlueJaysDugout.com make the Top 50 MLB Blogs Latest Leaders List for the third straight month (#36 March, #26 April, #31 May 2013).
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