beards over birds in 2013

I asked my baseball crazed boyfriend to write a post about the World Series. I’ve been writing heavily on baseball in the past week because of the World Series and the Washington Nationals signing a new manager: Matt Williams. Neither Matt or I have an affiliation with the Boston Red Sox or the St. Louis Cardinals (thank God), but we love baseball. I’d argue that after reading parts of this he could be a Red Sox fan, who knows…it’s probably just all of the excitement of the World Series and a big win for Boston. Congrats on your big win, Boston! You deserved it! #bostonstrong.   Matt blogs on his own time and this entry is posted up on his blog as well. Check out his blog.

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it’s okay to let your inner Bostonian out because the Red Sox are the 2013 World Series champions!

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Let me start off first by saying PAPPPPPPPPPPPIIIIIII!!!!!!!! Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I would like to congratulate the Boston Red Sox aka God’s Team aka the Boston Ryan Goslings (props to if you know where that is from) on winning the 2013 Major League Baseball World Series. This is the third time since 2004 that the Red Sox have won the World Series and what a World Series this was. Plus, who doesn’t love burly and bushy beards? I mean, I’ve always wanted to grow a beard as long as Mike Napoli’s. Now that takes skill.

For example, this World Series featured two firsts: Game 4 ended on an obstruction call, with the Cardinals coming out victorious and Game 5 ended by pinch runner Kolten Wong being picked off first base to end the game. If those two things don’t shed some light on how insane this World Series was, then you need to check your pulse.

Another example of this crazy World Series focuses in on one player particularly with that player being David “Big Papi” Ortiz. This man was a freak in the World Series after playing poorly in the American League Championship Series. In the ALCS, Papi batted an abysmal .083 with two hits in 22 at-bats. During the World Series, Papi went 11-for-16 and reached base 19 times in 25 plate appearances. That’s absurd. He hit two home runs and drove in six RBIs in the World Series and in Game 6, Ortiz went 0-for-1 with two runs scored and four walks.

One interesting fact about the Red Sox was that while Ortiz was hitting the cover off the ball, the rest of the team was batting a mere .169 in the World Series. Two dark horse offensive players for the Red Sox were Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes. In Game 4 with the score tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, Gomes hit a clutch, three-run home run to give the Red Sox the victory. In Game 6, Victorino hit a bases-loaded double to put the Red Sox up 3-0 in the third. If you recall in Game 6 of the ALCS, Victorino hit a grand slam to give the Red Sox the victory over the Detroit Tigers and propel the Red Sox into the World Series. Now that’s clutch.

The one thing that really kept the Red Sox in each game was their pitching, especially Jon Lester and Koji Uehara. In two starts, Lester went 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA, allowing one run in 15.1 innings and striking out 15. At the end of the games for the Red Sox, Uehara was a dominant stopper. In five games, Uehara had two saves and struck out three. He made some big outs and got the final out of the Game 6 victory last night.

For me, postseason baseball is what October is all about. When I think October baseball, I think World Series and I think about listening to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. Baseball is my passion and that passion is expressed even more during October. It’s not about the teams that are in the World Series, because we all know that my favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, won’t make the World Series for at least five more years, but it’s all about the game of baseball itself. It’s played with more heart and more feeling because each game means so much more. Each game is one step closer to advancing to the next round or packing up your bags and waiting for the next season to begin.

So now that the World Series is officially over, that marks the end of the 2013 baseball season. It’s sad. But on the bright side, there’s only 104 days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in 2014!

So here’s to the 2013 season and here’s to the offseason! May your team sign some great free agents, but no free agents that the Cubs are connected too. That wouldn’t be very nice at all, would it?

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game 1: World Series, let’s do this!

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The Church of Baseball

Ladies and gents, welcome to the first day of the 2013 World Series. Tonight, we enter Game 1 as the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals duke it out on the field in a best of seven; winner takes all. Now let’s face the facts: the Red Sox and Cards haven’t faced each other in more than five years (under circumstances that mattered).

As we all know I am not a Red Sox fan, and by any stretch of the means I am absolutely not a Cardinals fan. However, I am a baseball fan. The World Series is always an exciting time for a baseball fan, regardless if your team makes it or not.

Since both teams are very well-rounded, we can expect this to be a long series with many ups and very few downs. The mistakes will be limited on both sides. Both the Red Sox and the Cardinals have proved their record this past summer making it even more evident that these games will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Break-down of the teams

Red Sox

Over all a kick-ass team. They are powerful with offense, disciplined and a have a high rate of reaction to situations. They have an incredible team. There is a the triple threat of Dustin Pedroia (second baseman), Big Papi (David Ortiz, the DH) and Mike Napoli (catcher/first baseman). The Sox have this not so secret weapon, who is a sure thing. Allow me to introduce you to Koji Uehara. Honestly, if any of the games go past the 9th inning I feel sorry for what is coming to the Cards because of the Ninja closer, Koji Uehara.

Cardinals

Randy Choate (LOOGY) he has a niche and a valued unique skill set for pitching, defense in stealing,  and strength. Michael Wacha (pitcher) he is 0 for 26 in a post season. The cool thing about Wacha is he is a rookie who was called up not too long ago, can you imagine being a rookie and pitching in the World Series–mind blown, in my opinion he’s one of the best things the Cards have going from them! Oh and Matt Carpenter, he’s kind of a knockout as well, with hardly ever missing a base post hit– he should be someone the Red Sox are keeping their eyes on. Did you know that the Cardinals ranked No. 1 in the majors with a caught stealing percentage of 40?

Right now, the Red Sox have a 57% change of winning it all. It is very uncommon that the fate will be determined within the first game, but anything can happen. As the Red Sox have a home-field advantage and are the favored team this year–it looks like things could turn out for the best for them. This year’s postseason have been exciting. We have seen David Ortiz and Carlos Beltran put themselves in the center of attention at critical times, and we have seen others pack up their bags for an early vacation. This is the time we get to see who is going to give it there all and contribute to their team. Now is the time when that extra work out, the late night batting practice and the additional hype is going to pay off.

This is the beginning of a beautiful series and I cannot wait to see how it all unfolds. Take a seat and enjoy the game; play ball!