Saturday, October 1, 2011


Boy, that rainout in New York was a buzz-killer.
But, before we get to that, some other stuff went down on Friday...
The Terry Francona era has ended in Boston.
Tito managed the Red Sox for 8 years and brought them 2 World Series Championships.
After the September collapse, and their failure to make the playoffs, the team announced that Francona was done.
The decision to leave seems to be a mutual agreement between Francona and team ownership.
I think the media in Boston are going to delve deeper into the Francona issue. There are a slew of rumours swirling in Beantown. It seems Francona was frustrated with a lot of crap going on in the clubhouse. During Friday's press conference reporters asked Francona about rumours of starting pitchers drinking in the clubhouse on non-playing days!
Terry Francona was the 2nd winningest manager in Red Sox history with a 744-552 record. He has an unparalleled 8-0 record in World Series games, sweeping both the Cardinals and Rockies.

How about those Tampa Bay Rays?
They've been in playoff mode for a couple of weeks now - and it shows.
For Friday's first playoff game against the Texas Rangers, the Rays sent a 22-year-old rookie to the mound!
Matt Moore, in his 2nd big league start, threw 7 shutout innings, allowed only 2 hits and struck-out 6 Rangers' batters. He became the first pitcher in MLB history to start a postseason opener with only one previous career start.
The Rays beat the Rangers 9-0.

Remember back in July, when Josh Hamilton tossed a baseball to a man, standing with his son - and, while reaching to grab it, he fell to his death? That man was Shannon Stone.
On Friday, his son, Cooper Stone, threw the ceremonial first pitch to Hamilton...

Now for the buzz-kill.
Friday night's playoff opener between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees was suspended because of rain in the 2nd inning.
The game will resume Saturday at 8:30 PM in the 2nd inning with the score tied 1-1.
Doug Fister vs Ivan Nova.
Remember yesterday when I said that the Tigers would win this series in 5 games - who did I name as the series' heroes? Doug Fister, Victor Martinez & Delmon Young.
Fister goes tonight. Delmon Young went YARD in the 1st inning last night.

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