2008 ALCS: Dice-K and Sox ON FIRE!!!
Last night, between 8:30pm - midnight, Dice-K pitched one of the best performances in his life. He pitched a masterful 7.0 Innings, gave up only 4 hits, did not give up any runs, walked four (which most of them occurred in the first inning), and struck out 9 batters. To add the perfect topping to that fantastic, sweet pie, Dice-K flirted with a no-hitter into the 7th inning. Let me say that again... he flirted with a no-hitter into the 7th. For those who don't know what a no-hitter is... well... Dice-K did not give up any hits at all!!!!!! All I can say is that Dice-K DOMINATED the Rays. 100%. Absolutely. He gave the Red Sox and the Nation the extra step towards GLORY, THE MOTHERLAND, THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
Think about it. We have 7 more games to win and we can go around saying we have back-to-back World Champions! But that's too far to think right now. Today is Game 2 and the injured Josh Beckett is on the mound. Like I said in my previous blog, the Sox are looking for a good outing from J-Beck. He is under the dome and he's not exposed to the cold air so that's going to give him a better advantage than Game 3 of the ALDS. The warmer air won't stiffen him up as much as the cold air did during his last outing. Everyone has to remember this. Josh Beckett has the potential to be ace-material like he was during the 2007 Playoffs. We got to put our faith in him and also totally forgetting our last pitching performance. There are no such thing as records in the playoffs. Every round you enter, think of your 0-0 record not your 4-1 record. It's a new slate each time you climb the ladder. Thinking this way will let all the pressure of you. Look at the Colorado Rockies for example. They swept every team in the playoffs EXCEPT for the Red Sox. I guess you can say that the pressure of staying undefeated in the playoffs destroyed their chances (plus they faced a very very very good team).
Well there is nothing much I can say about yesterday's game other than it was a close to perfect outing for our Sox pitchers and a "clutchy" way for our hitters. It was very enjoyable to watch. I guess it was one of those games that was so incredible, you had to be on front of a T.V. (or there in Tampa) to really know how "perfect." It was perfect to me.
NOW OFF TO GAME 2! TONIGHT! BECKETT VS. KAZMIR!!! GO RED SOX!!!
By the way... I'm leaving you the link to Jacoby Ellsbury's Blog on my page so you can read all his experiences, thoughts, and feelings about the playoffs!!! Jacoby Ellsbury's Blog: http://jacobyellsbury.mlblogs.com/