Thursday, October 25, 2007

World Series Game 1

From the very first pitch on Wednesday night, it was obvious that the eight day layoff which was supposed to be a gift for the Colorado Rockies turned into a major disadvantage. The Rockies' first four batters struck out. Boston's first batter, rookie Dustin Pedroia, hit it over the Green Monster. That's about all you need to know to understand what happened in Game 1. The Red Sox were never in trouble during their 13-1 rout, but the series is far from over. Actually, there is a chance that their margin of victory could actually hurt them.
Anyone who was watching last night could see the the Rockies were nervous. For over a week, this batch of inexperienced no-names were sitting at home, reading the clippings and hearing the praise. They were unbeatable for a month, on a hot streak that was unprecedented, and brimming with confidence. Now, if they were to lose Game 1 by one or two runs, it potentially could have done more harm to their psyche, as their confidence to being able to grind it out and find ways to win could have been damaged. But this was one of those "could it get any worse?" games. They know that they could not have played any worse, and that Boston could not have played any better. There was no one to point fingers at; everybody was accountable. And isn't that what has fueled this team since September? It's a team, where everybody is the MVP, and they win or lose together. I dare to say it: losing 13-1 in the World Series might have been a good thing.
Game 2 might turn out to be the most important game of the series. It by no means is a "must win" game, but the Rockies definitely need to put up a fight. Any shred of confidence they can regain heading back to Colorado will be a huge boost. They are down, but definitely not out. If anybody can go on a run, the Rockies are by far that team.


Anonymous said...

I'm pulling for the Rockies. Getting a little tired of Boston.

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