it's october and there is no baseball on televsion day #3, transmisisons from the ledgeSo I was going to make a "Ten Things I Learned During the ALDS" post, sort of a catch-all catch-up, sorry I'm on vacation and Katie actually has to work for a living and can't keyboardmash insane ramblings about Jonathan Papelbon's six different species of game faces (I believe we saw #4 during the 8th inning of Game 2, the THIS JUST IN: THAT DID NOT SUCK primal scream face), and I got about six points deep:
1. It is possible for Terry Francona to fill out a lineup card that does not include Alex Cora OR Eric Hinske. It turns out that our opening day lineup (albeit in a slight different order) is actually a damn good team, and they have a pretty damn smart manager.
2. Josh Beckett doesn't sleep, he waits. And he has apparently been waiting since October 25, 2003 and not missed a single beat.
3. We already knew this one, too, but it's nice to have it confirmed: Manny Ramirez is a bad man.
4. Eric Wedge is a ballsy motherfucker. As much as I would have preferred to have tired out Sabathia in Game 4 and Carmona in a theoretical Game 5, I really respect Eric Wedge for saying, "Fuck all y'all, I'm starting Paul Byrd." I still have no idea how Byrd ended up with the W in Game 4, but as a fan of the game, I tip my cap to Eric Wedge.
5. That said, if Jonathan Papelbon battled to the death with Joe Borowski 100 times, he would win 99 times, and the 100th time he would beat himself.
6. Apparently Suyzn Waldman never learned that there's no crying in baseball.
But then I took a break to look at the pictures from today's work-out at Fenway, and I boston.com posts eleventy billion pictures of the Red Sox players every year (shut up, you know you look at them all, too), but let's discuss:
JD Drew: I CAN HAS FACIAL EXPRESSION? (Look, it's not even a fluke!)
You might have heard that Josh Beckett is from Texas. I can only conclude from this photograph that he has had enough of this Tony Romo crap and has decided to take matters into his own hands.
(Brief aside: as someone who roots for the Patriots but was born and raised a 49ers fan, I don't think I can adequately express how much I want the Pats to destroy the Cowboys on Sunday.)
Dice-K explores the possibility that he would pitch more effectively if he adopted a gansta-like swagger:
Just Paps being Paps:
Finally: I'm really enjoying the national coverage that the Red Sox get when they aren't about to play the Yankees. Last night on Baseball Tonight, there was a five-minute discussion about Manny Delcarmen being the key to the Sox bullpen. You know that Manny Delcarmen being a strong sixth and seventh innings guy is the key to the bullpen, and I know that, but I had no idea ESPN knew that, because they've always been too busy shoving the rivalry down our throats. It's a brave new world!