October 2008

Miracles Can Happen. All you need is belief.

All I talked about in my last blog was belief. How I believed in the Red Sox, and I wouldn’t give up until the game was over. I have to be honest with you, I did have a little doubt when we were down 7-0, but I knew we wouldn’t go down without a fight. And as we kept accumulating runs, I thought: look, regardless of what happens tonight, or for the rest of the series, we fought. We didn’t go down without a fight, we didn’t lose a pathetic game 5-0. We’re 7-1 in elimination games with Terry Francona. It’s the first time since 1929 that a team has come back from 7 runs (the Philadelphia A’s did it against the Cubs). I was so disappointed in some of the Fenway Faithful that ended up leaving the park. But you could tell that the real fans were there with the consistent faith that was evident throughout the night. 

I restrained myself from making a skeptical comment on Carlos Pena’s latest blog entry. He says: It’s just a loss, just like losing 1-0, just like losing 4-3, its a loss; just like a homerun is a home run whether you hit it 250 feet, or 500. But no, there is a difference. There is a difference from losing a game through nine relative even innings, and losing a game that you were seven outs away from clinching. Everyone was so sure of it. But the Red Sox massacred the bullpen and got this win. This win helps us to carry momentum into the Trop because we came back from such a deficit. It’s so important. Regarding his home run point (since I refuse to drop points), you can definitely be known for the type of home runs you hit, even if it just means the same amount of runs. You can be known as the guy who hits home runs every so often, just home runs, or you can be known as the guy who hits long deep towering fly balls and breaking ball pitches. It really changes the game. I have to admit myself that I ended up falling asleep during the fifth and sixth innings, because they had tired me out, and a rough day too. But as soon as Pedroia hit that RBI, I knew. 
I really do think that the after effects of this game matters a lot too. I am still feeling this pure bliss, or ecstasy, or some form of that. To see the looks on people’s faces this morning. Them trying to defend the loss, trying to say something other than, I don’t believe it, or that was just luck (coming from the red sox hater). People were telling me that they saw the highlights on ESPN of 5-0, then 7-0 Tampa and they were really happy (once again, Red Sox haters) and then seeing it go from 7-0, to 7-1, to 7-4, to 7-6, to 7-7 and finally to 8-7. They were astounded. They were upset that it happened, but you could tell that they were like wow, holy crap. Some people turned the game off after the fifth inning and opened up the paper this morning and said to themselves, wait what??? 
I read a blog earlier today “It’s a Kind of Family, It’s a Kind of Insanity” that made a great point. Reason and rationale tells us that this game is over, it’s merely logic, but it’s belief that alters reality. Reality can only happen after it has unfolded. Terry Francona said that he had never seen guys so happy getting on a plane at 1:30 ET. He also said that Coco had the best at bat of his career that night, working Wheeler for ten pitches before hitting an RBI single to tie the game. Coco says: “It’s a playoff game and we’re facing elimination, and we’re down by so much,” Crisp said. “To come back and win it in the ninth on a walk-off by J.D. is pretty much the most amazing thing I’ve ever been a part of.”. Those words really resonate in me. It was the most amazing game that I have ever seen myself, and I am so thankful to the Red Sox for that. I can’t even imagine how the players must have felt. How it must have been to witness it, happening, by your own teams, having it in your own power. I’d love to know what it was like to actually be at Fenway that night, that magical night.
Don’t blame us if we ever doubt ya, you know we couldn’t live without ya, RED SOX, you are the only, only, onlyyy 
-Dropkick Murphys [Tessie]
Yogi’s immortal words still resonate within RSN: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over”, and a more contemporary… idea… it ain’t over ’til the Big Papi swings.

Now it’s time for game 6. We’re not thinking comeback (even though a lot of you probably are), remember, we’re thinking game 6. If we focus on game 7 then we won’t win game 6. 
This was a dream, this is real, miracles can happen, and I believed. 
I live for this

-Elizabeth

“I don’t believe what I just saw” Miracles Can Happen

Tessie, “Nuf Ced” McGreevey shouted
We’re not here to mess around
Boston, you know we love you madly
Hear the crowd roar to your sound
Don’t blame us if we ever doubt you
You know we couldn’t live without you
Tessie, you are the only only only


We were down 7-0 after the sixth inning. People were quite literally leaving Fenway Park, a lot of them. What they didn’t realize though, and what they don’t have, is the magic of the Red Sox. Miracles CAN happen. We just can’t stop believing. And trust me, we didn’t. Dustin Pedroia started it all off with an RBI single, and Big Papi followed with a 3 run homer that you knew was gone the second that he hit it. It was 7-4. Could miracles happen… again? Next inning, JD Drew hits a towering two run homer, Mark Kotsay hits a double and Coco Crisp gets an RBI to tie the game. We TIED the game. The greatest comeback in Red Sox postseason history (in a single game), perhaps in baseball postseason history. We scored eight runs after almost all hope was lost. We really did focus on just game 5, we really did just focus on all nine innings, and we really did focus on pitch by pitch. The middle relief, was outstanding. Justin Masterson, is absolutely incredible. That double play that he got Carlos Pena to ground into, it kept my faith going. Jonathan Papelbon came in for two solid innings of relief before that. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Kevin Youkilis and Jason Bay are on first and second with JD Drew up to the plate. JD Drew lines one into right field over the Rays’ head and Kevin Youkilis comes around to score! 
It’s not over yet, we’re going to Tampa Bay and it’s time to look forward to Game 6. There will be no champagne celebrating for the Rays tonight. One of the TBS commentators mentioned that the Rays fans were dancing in the streets of St. Petersburg. Well, I think he got that backwards. The fans of Fenway were dancing in the streets of Yawkey Way. We’re going to Tampa.
Miracles can happen baby

Let’s not talk about games 6 or 7… let’s talk about game 5

“I mean, I sat in that dugout for a lot of wins this year and took the smiles and the laughs and everything. You hate to sit through a night like tonight. I can’t wait — I won’t bail on those guys. We’ll show up tomorrow and play.” – Terry Francona October 16, 2004– the night the Red Sox were blown out 19-8 by the Yankees and fell into the 3-0 deficit hole. 

“We definitely have our work cut out for us, but I don’t think we should look at it as we’ve got to win three games in a row. We’ve just got to win [Thursday]. If we focus on winning Games 6 and 7 and you don’t win Game 5, it doesn’t matter. I think we really just have to focus on playing nine better innings than they do. If we win, great — we’ll pack it up and regroup and go on to the next day.” – Dustin Pedroia October 16. 2007– the night the Red Sox dropped the third straight ALCS game to the Cleveland Indians to fall into a 3-1 deficit. 

‘Look, we can’t worry about winning four [three] games. We’ve got to worry about breaking it down to nine innings, and then breaking it down further to pitch by pitch.”
-Jason Varitek

Everyone knows that the Red Sox have experience, but that doesn’t matter. The past is in the past, and now we are in the present looking forward to the future. We’re not even thinking about coming back, that’s not what we need. As Pedroia says, if you focus on game 6 and seven, then you lose game 5. The captain of the Red Sox, Jason Varitek who has been with the team since 1997, really puts it best. It really comes down to the nine innings, pitch by pitch. In the past, I’ve looked at it game by game, even into the future, and obviously, that’s not the way to go. Jason Varitek said those words in 2004, 2007 and he’s probably saying them again now. Terry Francona, our beloved manager, also has a great mentality. We’ll show up tomorrow, and play, and if we win, then we just go onto the next day and focus on that. One thing at a time. It’s going to be tough, and I am scared out of my mind right now. But I still believe. I believe that we can win without Manny, I believe that we can win without Mike Lowell, I believe that our pitchers will turn it around and do what they’ve got to do, I believe in Jacoby Ellsbury, not just because he’s my favorite player, but because I know that he can do it. I believe Big Papi. I believe in Jason Varitek, and I believe in our entire lineup. I have so much faith. But seeing the Fenway faithful walk out before the game is over is heartbreaking. Have the magical Red Sox lost some of that beautiful mentality? God I hope not. And if we lose, if we lose, then it’s not the end of the world. Manny Ramirez said that last year regarding the Indians situation, and his easy-going attitude is exactly what we need. Seeing people like Jacoby Ellsbury, Big Papi, and Jason Varitek struggle is frustrating, and it is sad for everyone including them because they want to help the Red Sox. So you’ve just got to believe. No matter what, never turn the game off, never turn your back. 
I was thinking about quoting Walt Whitman’s ‘O Captain, my captain’ as a reference to Jason Varitek, but I decided not to. Because after ‘O Captain, my captain’ it says, our fearful trip is done. But our fearful trip hasn’t even started. Right now, Jason Varitek is what is keeping the Red Sox going. I have no idea what’s going to happen tonight, I don’t want to anticipate anything because I simply can’t. All I know is that I truly believe, and I will always truly believe whether we win, or lose by twenty runs. 

Time to get out the rally caps

Game 4 of the ALCS was a blowout, I’m not going to lie. The Sox just haven’t been playing well. It’s not just one person, it’s kind of like the entire team is in a collective hitting slump. Tim Wakefield, who had been dominant against the Rays throughout his career, was anything but last night. It really proved to me, and I think a lot of other people, that this is just a different Rays club. They sent Tim Wakefield back to the bench after 2 2/3 innings. Just Masterson came in and pitched a couple of solid innings, walking one and striking out four. It’s nice to know that he is so reliable. Unfortunately, you can’t say the same about Manny Delcarmen, who gave up another 6 runs and loaded up the bases for Javier Lopez. Kevin Cash hit his first postseason homerun in his first postseason at-bat, and that was probably the highlight of the game. David Ortiz broke his 0-for-12 skid with a huge triple and the Red Sox had a mini rally in the eighth inning cutting the deficit to nine runs. But everyone knew that it was over. Terry Francona’s attempt to move JD Drew up to the leadoff spot and bench Jacoby Ellsbury proved unsuccessful. It was a good attempt, they needed some kind of switch. But I think that switch is from off to on.The one thing that disappoints me a lot, is to see the cluster of Red Sox fans leaving midway through the game. They’re probably the financial elite, but if you’re a true Sox fans. You sit there until the end, and say: damn, we’re losing, but I still love this team. You never give up.  The question is, can history repeat itself? The Red Sox have did it in 1986 against the Angels (then went on to play the Mets and lose in seven painfully memorable games), in 2004 against the Yankees (and went on to win the world series for the first time in 86 years against the Cardinals in a four game sweep) and in 2007 against the Indians, with whom we were tied with for the best record in baseball (and went on to win the world series in four against the Rockies who had one 20 out of their last 21). The notion that lightning can’t strike twice in one place (that place being the ALCS) has been proved a fallacy, and it seems to me that history can repeat itself. As Ian Browne (I think) of redsox.com put it so well “The Red Sox are the Lazerus of baseball”. It’s so true. So folks, it’s time to get the rally caps out. 

-Elizabeth 

The Sox may be down, but we’re definitely not out. Evaluations.

I know that a lot of people, players specifically, use the phrase “tip [our] cap”. I think that it is appropriate to use that phrase in this situation, as a Red Sox fan. Everyone really has to tip their cap to the Rays. Think about it. From the worst team-in history- to leading a series, against the Boston Red Sox nonetheless, 2-1. It’s unbelievable, but really, congratulations to them for getting this far. 

Now, it seems like the Red Sox could potentially be out of the series because of this loss. I don’t think so, and I know that we’re not. It’s a 2-1 deficit, it’s not like it’s 3-0 (which they have beaten before). The most surprising and upsetting part of it though, is that our ace, Jon Lester, was disappointing in this loss. I think that everyone got overconfident with him, and that perhaps he, got overconfident with himself. Before the game, people like Dennis Eckersley and Cal Ripken Jr. were all saying how Jon Lester is probably the best lefty in the game. I think that everyone needs to ground themselves a little and stop chalking up wins in his name. He may have given up five runs in his first three innings, but after that, he was pretty solid. Paul Byrd’s longevity has been proven, seeing that he pitched the remainder of the game (all while giving up two home runs). Now that Game 4 is coming up, I think we should evaluate everyone’s performances thus far. I’m an expert on the Red Sox, to say the least, but I’ll do what I can with the Rays.
-Daisuke Matsuzaka: truly proved that he is the master of getting out of jams, which is quite reassuring. He had a no hitter going into the seventh inning, and was basically lights out.
-Josh Beckett: says that he is fine, so I believe that he is, and I still have faith in him. Sure, he’s not the “lights-out post season Beckett” that everyone expects him to be, but quite honestly, how do you expect that out of a guy? He set the bar ridiculously high for himself, and everyone goes through ups and downs in their career.
-Jon Lester: was lights out in the ALDS not giving up any runs, but that run ended, and it was inevitable anyway. Perhaps the runs that he allowed in game 3 account for the runs that he didn’t allow in the previous games, or perhaps he got overconfident. On a positive note though, he did settle after the third inning.
-Tim Wakefield: will be pitching tonight. He has gotten unlucky this year with run support and what not, but has also been vastly inconsistent. He is 0-2 against the Rays this year, so statistically, he’s due for a win. He’s 19-5 against them lifetime. 
-Justin Masterson: has been the lights out force that we have been looking for all year in the bullpen. When he is well rested, he is so useful and dominant. Great start to a career for a rookie.
-Hideki Okajima: has done so much better this post season than he did in the regular season. It’s good when people decide to up their game for the post season.
-Jonathan Papelbon: has set a new record for everyone else to try and surpass (innings pitched without any earned runs, and has been lights out thus far
-Paul Byrd: did alright in yesterday’s game… i mean, he lasted for it all. He didn’t help us out much with trying to keep our deficit to four runs. He made it to eight runs.
-Mike TImlin: I don’t even want to talk about him. I know he’s a renowned veteran and all, but seriously, when your time is up, your time is up. 
-Jacoby Ellsbury: Regardless of the fact that he doesn’t have a hit this ALCS. Cut him some slack. He’ll turn it around, and I have so much faith in him because I know he’s absolutely wonderful. Everyone else should too.
-Dustin Pedroia: This kid is insane. He sure as hell turned around a postseason slump into some glorious hit galore.
-David Ortiz: needs to turn around his post season. He’s not even batting above .200. I have faith in him, but all year he’s been in this frustrating slump.
-Kevin Youkilis: is trying to get us through this postseason, he really is. He just needs help from everyone else.
-Jason Bay: has had probably one of the most incredible starts to a post season ever. He’s batting over or around .400 which is unprecedented for anyone. I don’t even think of it as “replacing Manny” as so many say. It seems so natural.
-JD Drew: has been struggling a bit, and I think he can help us out a lot. He’s just gotta turn it on.
-Mark Kotsay: I’m so sorry to say this, but he is completely useless. Where is Sean Casey?
-Jason Varitek: is trying his best to guide our pitchers and still lacking in offensive support; but his efforts with our pitchers are always greatly appreciated and seen.
-Jed Lowrie: has had a great start to his rookie post season, including a walk off single. I think he should bring some of that momentum to the ALCS though. 
Game 4 is tonight. It’s not over yet, by any means.
-Elizabeth. 

The bad blood starts to brew (Game 3 NLCS), Game 3 ALCS preview

Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in history (45) to start a LCS game, but he only lasted 1 1/3 innings; his shortest start in 10 years. He gave up 5 runs in the first inning to an explosive Dodgers team. Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven strong innings for the Dodgers to cut their deficit to just a game. The only other run that the Dodgers scored was on an RBI single by Nomar Garciaparra. There was some bad blood between the Phillies and Dodgers thad had been brewing since the beginning of August when a pitch was thrown behind Manny Ramirez’s head. A couple of pitches were thrown tonight, Martin was hit in the knees, and Manny was hit in the helmet, so the Dodgers decided to retaliate by having Kuroda throwing a ball over Shane Victorino’s head. After he grounded out, they both exchanged some words, enough to clear the benches. Although no punches were thrown, Manny came charging in from left field and was restrained by Joe Torre and some of his other teammates. It wasn’t even about him. There’s a big difference between 3-0 and 2-1. The Dodgers came through in a must win situation.

ALCS Game 3: Everyone knows how disappointing Game 2 was. Both Beckett and Kazmir were disappointing. Beckett denies all the speculations and skepticism’s and claims that he is fine. I suppose that pitchers do go through their ups and downs, but this is kind of drastic. After going 20-7 last year and being dominant in the post season, he has reversed that and went 12-10 in the regular season this year and has yet to win a post season start. Even with all the run support, Beckett couldn’t turn out a win. Let us not forget though, that the man who Beckett lost the Cy Young to, C.C. Sabbathia, did not have a good season either. I know that I still have faith in Beckett to turn it around this post season, he just has to concentrate and make his pitches. He should definitely do an extra practice session with the captain. As far as Game 3 goes tonight, the Sox have Lester on the mound, which is very reassuring. Dustin Pedroia turned it around on Saturday night, so hopefully, the slumping Jacoby Ellsbury can do the same. He was amazing in Game 1 of the ALDS, (going 3-5 with 2 steals, an RBI and a phenomenal catch) and hopefully he can bring that to this game. The best part about game 3? We’re back at Fenway. 
-Elizabeth 

Game 2 Homerun Derby

Yet again, an unhealthy Beckett took the mound in this disappointing Game 2 loss. Everytime the Red Sox got a run, the Rays would answer, and vice-versa. Every time someone got into a deficit, the other team would come right back along answering with a home run. 7 home runs in one game tied the record. Dustin Pedroia hit two out, and Kevin Youkilis and Jason Bay went deep also. Once again, Beckett was not his normal postseason shut down. What happened? The middle relief did pretty well, we used our entire bullpen except for Paul Byrd. I don’t know why we used Timlin and not Byrd. The minute Timlin started walking to the mound, I (and probably the entity of Red Sox Nation) knew that the game was over. Timlin loaded up the bases and then gave up a sacrifice fly to end the game to BJ Upton. Byrd probably would’ve done better, but nobody knows. Papelbon was in for 30 pitches. I hope he’s okay to pitch Monday night. Can you believe the eruption of Evan Longoria after he was silenced in Game 1? The Rays were a bit more loose tonight. It was quite an exciting game to watch, but also frustrating for both sides. Quite honestly, I would’ve rather Wakefield in tonight with Beckett’s crap performance. And now the series goes back to Fenway. 

-Elizabeth

And the cowbells are silenced in game 1

Game 2 NLCS: Philles are now 2-0 over the Dodgers, winning 8-5. Not only did some of the RBIs come form the reliable Shane Victorino, but 3 of them came from Brett Myers, the pitcher! Doesn’t look like the Dodgers are going to win in 5 now, looks like they’re going to have to submerge from a 2-0 deficit first.

Game 1 ALCS: Daisuke Matsuzaka carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and came close to making history. Dice-k settled after a strenuous first inning of 27 pitches. Walking 3 to load up the bases. Both Matsuzaka and Shields were dominant, but Dice-K was the one that struck out 9 and only gave up four hits in 7 innings. After putting two men on in the eighth, the bullpen did the rest getting the last six outs. Justin Masterson got Evan Longoria to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the eighth, and once again, the Rays left runners stranded. The Red Sox got the first run on a sacrifice fly by Jed Lowrie to score Jason Bay. The second run came on a RBI double by Kevin Youkilis to score Dustin Pedroia. Jonathan Papelbon came in for the ninth and got a quick 1-2-3 inning. The Red Sox had lost 8 of 9 at Tropicana Field this year, but this is the post season, not the regular season. We can’t count anyone in, or anyone out for that matter, in this ALCS. 
Going to a playoff game and getting good seats? 200 dollars
Getting out of a jam to get the Rays to leave two men on and silencing the cowbells? Priceless.
“There’s only one October!”
-Elizabeth

NLCS Game 1, ALCS preview

Judging from last night’s game [1 of the NLCS], this series is going to be pretty tight. Manny Ramriez started it in the first with an RBI double, thus retaining his status as Mr. Postseason. And after the Dodgers doubled their score to make it 2-0, Shane Victorino got on first on a throwing error by Furcal that would change the entire game. Chace Utley came up next and hit a two run homer only to be followed one batter later by Pat Burrell. Brad Lidge came to close it up for two innings as the Philles took Game 1 at Citizen’s Bank Park. October Gonzo predicted Dodgers in 5, but are they really going to win four in a row? Dereck Lowe couldn’t come through for the Cubs and the Hamels rode some glorious offensive support after a challenging first couple of innings. We can’t count the Dodgers out yet though, they’re one powerful, passionate team. 

The ALCS begins tonight down in Florida at Tropicana Field. If [Coco] Crisp is in the lineup, how will the blood between he and Shields be? What’s going to happen if Dice-K throws one inside to Navarro? Are the injury susceptible Red Sox going to be able to pull it together against the shocking Rays? To get away from these rhetorical questions now… hopefully we’re not going to see Dice-K put two men on every inning and give Red Sox nation a heart attack. Hopefully Dustin Pedroia will be able to pull it together, and snap that nasty slump of his. The only way to snap a slump is to hit a home run. Big Papi did it earlier this season with a grand slam against the Rangers. Now, I’m not calling a grand slam or anything of that sort, but I do have a good feeling about tonight. I’m not nervous, I’m not scared of the Rays. We just beat the best team in baseball, and if we can do that with all our injuries and without Manny Ramirez, Mike Lowell, and lacking the production of Dustin Pedroia, well… I think we’re going to be just fine. 
-Elizabeth 

Red Sox ALCS roster

Today marks the beginning of the NLCS. Philles vs. Dodgers, 8:22 tonight, it’s gonna be great. 

Terry Francona has released is ALCS 25 man roster (if I’m correct) and the only thing that I know for certain is that as of now, Mike Timlin is not on the roster. We’ll ***** that later. Let’s look at our starting pitchers for Games 1-4 first.
Game 1: Daisuke Matsuzaka. Hopefully he won’t give us a heart attack by getting two men on every inning and then miraculously getting out of a jam. He did pitch well in Game 2 of the ALDS though. 
Game 2: Josh Beckett. Will he be able to turn it around? After five laborious innings (of hell) in Game 3 of the ALDS due to his injury, will he be able to overcome that and give us one of his true, quality, post-season Beckett starts?
Game 3: Jon Lester. This guy has a 0.00 ERA as of right now. That’s kind of amazing. And to think, against the Angels? The best team in major league baseball? Wow. I’ve got no worries my friend
Game 4: Tim Wakefield. He has been inconsistent this year, but then again, he hasn’t gotten much run support either. Against Tampa Bay this season? I’m guessing not so well. But I have faith in him for this post season, I really do, and I think Red Sox nation has faith in our veteran. Will he be able to pull it together for the post season against Tampa? 
Let’s look at the bullpen (as far as I know)
-Paul Byrd: I think that it was a great decision to put Byrd in the bullpen. He has been pretty decent has a starter for the Red Sox this season since the acquisition and we definitely need more help in our bullpen. We can’t rely on Masterson every time. He’s collected pretty decent run support and I am confident that he can hold a lead, or maybe even a tie (maybe)
-Javier Lopez: I like this guy, although somewhat inconsistent I have plenty of confidence in him
-Manny Delcarmen: I like him, he’s been relatively consistent and did well in the ALDS.
-Justin Masterson: Besides Game 4, this guy was on fire during the ALDS. He’s a rookie and he was basically the 8th inning set up man for Pap. He was overworked in the ALDS but I am confident that he is going to be a huge factor for us in the ALCS.
-Hideki Okajima: Didn’t do his job in Game 4, inconsistent throughout the year, definitely not as lights out as last year. But remember how he was in the postseason last year? I think that he might be able to channel that energy and get it done in this ever so important series.
-Jonathan Papelbon: Have you seen this guy’s face when he’s staring down batters? Talk about intimidating! Have you seen him blow his 97 mph fastball right by some of the greatest players in the game? Do you know how intense this guy is? 
I could see Delcarmen–>Masterson–>Papelbon (with Delcarmen and Masterson switching) and switching that up. Hopefully our BP will be okay
Catchers:
-Jason Varitek: Our beloved captain who essentially saved the game by catching the man on third in that attempted suicide squeeze. He is our captain and he will lead us through this anticipated rollarcoaster of an ALCS
-Kevin Cash: Definitely not a huge offensive contributor, can’t throw a guy out at second, but this will be his first post season ever. If anyone should give him advice about first post season appearances, it’s definitely Jason Bay and Jed Lowrie (the two men who won the ALDS for us). 
-Ross: Who is this guy? He has hardly played with us and I really don’t see him playing much. 
Infielders:
-Kevin Youuuukilis
-Mark Kotsay
-Sean Casey
*I would really like to see some action with Sean Casey at first. Why not play Youkilis at third and Casey at first? 
-Dustin Pedroia: I think the ALCS is going to be his time to break out of his little post season slump. That is going to be short lived.
-Jed-i Lowrie: That is a great pun right there (as seen on redsox.com). Can’t ask for much more from this guy
-Alex Cora- Utility infielder and pinch runner. I’d prefer to use him as a pinch runner. 
*I’m not sure if Jeff Bailey is on the roster? But I like him, better than Kotsay for that matter.
Outfielders:
-Jason Bay: What a start to the post season for this guy! And an adorable daughter too!
-Coco Crisp: Maybe he will see more playing time this ALCS. Hopefully he will have a better one than last year.
-Jacoby Ellsbury: Did you see this navajo in Game 1? 3-5 2 steals, an RBI and one of his catches? Can’t wait to see him in the ALCS.
-JD Drew: Remember that Game 6 grand slam last year that helped to propel us? Yeah, I can see him propelling us through this series. How about those same numbers as June? 
I’m missing two guys. Is it Jonathan Van Evry? Looks like a pretty intimidating roster. 
Go Sox! 
-Elizabeth
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