Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
- "New England" by Jonathan Richman
- "MTA" by The Kingston Trio
- "Walk Away" by The Dropkick Murphys
- "Tessie" The Dropkick Murphys
- "I'm Shipping up to Boston" The Dropkick Murphys
- "Just What I Needed" by The Cars
- "I Do" by J. Geills
- "Freeze Frame" by J. Geills
- "Centerfold" by J. Geills
- "New England" by Big D and The Kids' Table
- "Dream On" by Aerosmith
- "Voices Carry" by Gang Green
- "Window Pane" by Mad Larry
- "What I Like About You" by the Romantics
- "Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen
- "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince
- "On the Dark Side" by John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band
- "Pressure Drop" by Toots and the Maytals
- "Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night
- "Melt with You" by Modern English
- "Boom Boom Boom" (Follows a homerun)
- "Oki Doki"
Game 1 of the World Series went off without a hitch. It's strange to say, but there are fewer and fewer new faces at the bar these days. A regular crowd of rooters has settled in to the point where they even try to sit in the same seats every game and drink the same drinks. It makes my job a lot easier. I just pour a bunch of beers, put them on the bar and wait for the right person to pick them up. I know where my high fives are coming from and I know who's going to be yelling on "I'm Shipping off to Boston".
From the start there was plenty to celebrate. Three lucky fans answered Red Sox World Series trivia correctly and won a copy of "Feeding the Monster", an autographed Doug Mirabelli photo, and a case of Harpoon IPA. Then Beckett struck out the side and Dusty got us on the board with a blast that should have been grabbed by the front of the monster. From then on it was chants and sing-alongs. We even woke up the Big Giant Pez for his usual role of Mitch Miller leading us in "Take Me out to the Ballgame".
Truth be told the crowd was a bit sparse by "Dirty Water" but the energy was still very high. I think everyone knows that despite the fireworks it was one game. We started out the Indians series with a blowout too. Now, Schilling and Dice-K have to step up.
I don't know how we're going to top last night, but we can try. Schilling's going to need a lot more help from us than Beckett did. So, look for the "bloody sock" behind the bar and even ask to touch it. Then go and worship a the World Series bunting in the back of the bar that borrowed from Game 4 of the 2004 World Series. Get the mojo moving. and get there early for more trivia tonight with prizes that include a case of Harpoon UFO, and an autographed photo of Manny Delcarmen.
Also, many of you have been asking for the playlist of songs during the Sox games, so I'll put that up on the blog today.
Looking ahead to next week, the much vaunted big three of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett make their debut against Washington on Friday, November 2. There should be a great crowd for what people are anticipating as the first serious contender the Celtics have had in almost 20 years.
I'm a sailor peg
And I lost my leg
I climbed up the topsails
I lost my leg
I'm shipping up to boston
(whoa oh oh) x3
Monday, October 22, 2007
The throng was a cautious one. While Saturday night almost the whole bar sang along to the "National Anthem", on Sunday the faithful were quiet.
Of course they were in New York and of course these were all New Yorkers they were watching, but that doesn't mean they can't root for anyone they want. Sox fans get a lot of grief in New York for just being here. But, to me New York City has always been sold as a place where anyone could go and do whatever they want. That's how I got here. That's how so many generations of New Yorkers got here.
While the Sox were adding a run an inning through the first three, Dice-K did just what I asked of him. He pitched five innings that kept the Sox in the game. The Japanese news crew that showed up was very happy that this game turned out better than last week's. Dice-K left the game before the sixth with a 3-2 lead and our fate was now in the hands of the bullpen who pitched terrifically.
In a long standing Red Sox tradition (Bobby Doerr, Marty Barrett, Todd Walker, Mark Belhorn, et al.) it was the 2nd baseman that came through big in the playoffs. Dustin Pedroia hit a two run bomb to left that put the Sox up by 3 in the seventh then doubled to clear the bases in the eighth.
The hero of two games Josh Beckett was awarded the MVP trophy. He pitched great, but I don't think he pitched as well as Youkilis hit. According to MLB.com:
"Youkilis hit an even (14-for-28) during the series, besting Bob Boone's seven-game ALCS record of .455 in 1986. He scored 10 runs, breaking a three-year-old ALCS record held by the Yankees' Hideki Matsui. With 14 hits, including at least one in each game, Youkilis tied the LCS record jointly held by Matsui and Albert Pujols since '04. And each seemed bigger than the last."
Stat maniac David Tice agrees (bold added):
"In terms of runs created (without getting into batting the runner at first over to third to score on a later sac fly etc.), Youk matched or exceeded the Cleveland 0ffense in Games 1, 5, 6 and 7. In other words, the ones that the Red Sox won.
Beckett's pitching performances can't be overlooked, and Beckett and Schilling in games 5 and 6 just did everything you can do to keep your team in the game long enough to win, in games that they absolutely had to win, so I can see the ace getting the MVP. But it is rather suspicious that in a series marked by hugely unbalanced offensive swings, the Boston offense got superhot when Youkilis was hitting and did close to nothing (save Game 2) when he wasn't."
Even Youk himself commented on his blog today about one of the best hitting performances in playoff history and the lack of attention it received, "I had a good series swinging the bat, but I don't mind flying under the radar."
DUSTIN 'EM OFF NY Post
A Team of Destiny and Teflon NYTimes
Ready or Not, Here Come the Red Sox Deadspin.com
It seems that MLB once again jumped the gun at the expense of the Red Sox by running this ad for Indians' World Series swag. It's not the first time. I just thought that they only did it for another team.
If you're from New England you know full well that is the ultimate no-no. The baseball gods are real and have punished hubristic Sox fans for generations. So the Sox turn around was no surprise given Ryan Garko's words and the unbelievable antics of Cleveland area stores.
The Fates were on our side and the Sox' bats were so many gadflies to Chief Wahoo Bellerophon's flight up Olympus. The smitten Clevelanders only have themselves to blame.
"What fates impose, that men must needs abide; It boots not to resist both wind and tide”-Billy Shakespeare