The Red Sox rolled to a 13-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies in game one of the World Series last night, behind another sterling performance from Josh Beckett.
Jeff Horrigan says that the rout reminds some of the four game sweep in 2004. Dan Shaughnessy notes that game one did nothing to dispel the popular notion that the Red Sox are going to win the series with ease. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox making a statement in game one. Gordon Edes says that the Rockies’ “baptism onto baseball’s biggest stage instead resembled a ritual drowning.” Jeff Goldberg notes that the Rockies crumbled on the ninth day since their last game. Lenny Megliola has game one turning into a cruel joke for the Rockies. Ron Chimelis says that the only thing brighter than Beckett might’ve been the Red Sox offense. Bill Ballou has the Sox providing Beckett with plenty of support last night. Joe Haggerty has the Sox getting the early lead in the Series.
Bob Ryan says that we shouldn’t be shocked if the Red Sox lose this series. History says that upsets happen. Bill Reynolds says this was the statement game for the Red Sox. Jon Couture examines the most lopsided score to open a World Series. Jeff Jacobs says that last night was about the Good, the Bad and the Impossible. David Brown looks at a rude awakening for the Rockies.
Sean McAdam says that the Josh Beckett deal looks like a no-brainer now, even if we weren’t sure at the time. Tony Massarotti notes that in October, with Beckett on the mound, the Red Sox look bulletproof. Alex Speier says that the Rockies couldn’t touch Beckett last night. Nick Cafardo says that Beckett was so locked in last night he could’ve probably found Varitek’s mitt blindfolded. Art Davidson says Beckett is out of this world.
Jackie MacMullan notes that the offense has come alive at exactly the right time. Rob Bradford has Pedroia and Youkilis once again leading the way for the offense. McDonald has more on the success of the top two hitters for the Red Sox. Amalie Benjamin has Youkilis feeling very confident at the plate right now. Silverman has the offense setting records in bunches last night. John Powers says that getting off to a fast start helped the Red Sox put the Cleveland series behind them. Jim Donaldson says that two out hitting made the game easy for the Red Sox. Toland also looks at the 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup for the Sox.
Steve Buckley says that last night showed again that the NL is vastly inferior to the AL. Steven Krasner has Beckett going to his fastball early and often last night. McAdam has the offense seemingly scoring at will against baseball’s top teams. Paul Doyle says that the angst is gone for Red Sox fans. Haggerty reminds us that there is a lot to like about Mike Lowell.
Michael Silverman looks at Curt Schilling’s preparations for tonight’s start. MacMullan has Schilling settling into his new role this postseason. McAdam notes that Schilling is willing to do what it takes to get the job done in the postseason. Jennifer Toland has Schilling ready to take the ball tonight.
Krasner has Beckett living in the moment this postseason. Massarotti has Derek Lowe speaking highly of both Josh Beckett and his former team. Speier notes that the Red Sox are showing that change is good when it comes to building a team. Paul Jarvey has the injury to Wakefield messing up the Red Sox planned rotation. Kevin Gray notes that Jacoby Ellsbury has impressed at every level, whether it is terrorizing the NH Fisher Cats this season, or starting in the World Series. McDonald also has a look at the rookie sparkplug who routinely gets among the loudest cheers at Fenway Park.
Speier also has a piece on the rookie infielders Tulowitzki and Pedroia, who find themselves in the spotlight for this series. Bradford has Jon Lester hoping to write a triumphant final chapter to his recovery. Benjamin notes that in addition to Lester, being a part of the World Series roster is a big deal for Kyle Snyder as well. McAdam also has Snyder glad to get the role call for the Series. Brown has David Ortiz getting back on track last night. Jerry Beach takes a look at Francona’s way of managing.
Shaughnessy has Carl Yastrzemski still able to bring the Fenway crowd to its feet. Doyle has more on Yaz and the 1967 American League champions being honored again before last night’s game. Doyle has more on Yaz in The First Pitch.
Kevin Paul Dupont has a look at more offseason changes coming up for Fenway Park.
Yesterday it was Brian McGrory lamenting the loss of the time when the Red Sox were lovable losers, today it is Steve Almond in the Globe telling us that being a Red Sox fan “means second-guessing every move the team makes, whining after every loss (and most wins), and generally reveling in the misery of defeat.” He also adds “Sox fans are actually happiest when pursuing their own despair. I’m sure they would never admit it, but after so long as exalted losers the thought of winning a second Series in four seasons must be unbearable to them.”
Are these people completely out of touch with reality?
The Herald notebook has Julian Tavarez seeing the handwriting on the wall as far as his future with the Red Sox is concerned. Edes’ notebook says that the Souther California wildfires may prevent Dave Roberts from having a role in the postseason activities with the Red Sox. Goldberg’s notebook has Snyder calling his activation for the Series one of the proudest moments of his life. Davidson’s notebook also looks at Snyder being added to the roster. Chimelis’ notebook has Schilling ready to go tonight. Ballou’s notebook has Pedroia’s only hit on the night a big one for the Red Sox. Couture’s notebook has more on Snyder rounding out the staff.
In Series Chatter Cafardo says that the Pirates might be making a play for Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell to be their new manager. The Projo Quick Pitch has Bronson Arroyo glad to be in Boston for the Series.
Kevin Cullen informs us that Coloradans will not lose sleep over the World Series. Donaldson says that the Rockies are not the only show in their town. Dom Amore has the Rockies offering no excuses for their play. Bill Doyle has the series getting off to a Rocky start. David Brown looks at how Clint Hurdle keeps perspective.
Bob Ryan has the Rockies magic touch deserting them last night. Jim McCabe says that last night was a Rocky horror show for the Colorado pitchers. Speier has the Rockies vowing to do a better job in game two. Michael Vega says that the Rockies are not down and out after the loss. Donaldson says that it seems pretty clear that the long layoff cooled off the Rockies.
Speier also has a look at Rockies rookie Ubaldo Jimenez, who will take the mound tonight, and is viewed by the Rockies as an ace in the making. McCabe also has a look at Jimenez, who he says is deserving of the start on baseball’s biggest stage. Amore says that the rookie is not fazed by the postseason. Couture agrees that Jimenez will be up for the challenge.
Kevin Paul Dupont has Colorado forced to go to the bullpen early and often last night. Powers has a look at Aaron Coo, who will start game four for the Rockies. McCabe’s notebook has Ryan Spilborghs getting the call at DH for the Rockies last night. Amore’s notebook has the Rockies treating the DH almost as an afterthought.
Adalius Thomas and Ray Lewis engaged in a bit of a war of worlds this week, based mainly on Thomas’ comments about the way the Ravens do things in last week’s Sports Illustrated. Mark Farinella has a look at the back and forth. Karen Guregian has Lewis calling Thomas a coward, while Dan Pires has Thomas not backing down from the comments. Shalise Manza Young also looks at the situation. Chris Kennedy also has Thomas giving it right back to Lewis.
You gotta love Lewis saying on his radio show that if he’s got a problem with someone, he talks to them privately.
Mike Reiss looks at Richard Seymour returning to practice with the Patriots. Rich Garven says that the return of Seymour would be huge for the Patriots. Karen Guregian has Tom Brady ignoring the barbs of critics. Michael Parente wonders if the Redskins will be the team to cool off the Patriots. Robert Lee says that the Redskins present a top defense. Douglas Flynn has praise flowing between the two opponents. David Heuschkel has Joe Gibbs defending his “biggest underdog in the history of sports” line after Brady called him on it.