Let’s Check in on the American League

Ever since the last out was recorded in the National League Championship Series I have been in sort of a baseball funk. Instead of my usual baseball-obsessed self I have tended to shy away for any and all news regarding the baseball front. Part of it was just that I didn’t want to be reminded that the Diamondbacks had been eliminated from the post season. About the last thing I needed was to hear yet another story of how the Colorado Rockies are the hottest team on the planet and that this year is a year of destiny. Sure it’s a feel good story especially the part where the Rockies are going to donate a full team share to the family of minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh who was killed earlier this year when he was hit in the head by a foul ball while coaching first base for the Tulsa Drillers the Double-A affiliate for the Colorado Rockies but that doesn’t mean I’m ready to be reminded that my favorite team missed an opportunity to be in the World Series. But today I decided that I needed to return to the land of the living and see what was happening in the world of Major League Baseball.

The Colorado Rockies were in the midst of an eight-day break from baseball waiting for the World Series to start on October 24. During their lay-off they have had plenty of time to practice and get their pitching staff lined up. The problem is that they have no idea who they are going to face. The American League Championship Series features two teams that have a lot of similarities. Both teams have had very good success with the top of their starting rotation and both teams seem to be capable of scoring a lot of runs.

The series between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians has been entertaining to watch so far especially if you are not a big fan of the Red Sox. After taking the first game in a fairly one-sided fashion the Red Sox went on to lose the next three games in a row. Game 5 is scheduled for tonight and features a rematch of game 1 starters. Josh Beckett has looked super-human this season and especially during the post season. His statistical line is almost embarrassing and he just keeps topping his previous performance. The Cleveland Indians counter with their ace CC Sabathia. Sabathia struggled a little in game 1 of this series and so he is looking for redemption. Having the hometown fans cheering him on, I would give the edge to Cleveland. I am not sure whether that is an entirely objective observation. I would love to see Cleveland reach the World Series. A Cleveland – Colorado matchup has a lot to offer. The Rockies would be going for their first title and the Indians would be trying to win a World Championship for the first time in 60 years. There is only one game standing in the way of that matchup occurring. Even Boston left-fielder Manny Ramirez sounded nonchalant on the Red Sox chances of overcoming the 2 game deficit when he stated that it would not be the end of the world if Boston happened to lose. Not exactly the kind of fire you would expect from a team that has their back to the wall but that is just “Manny being Manny” whatever that means. The problem with tonight’s game was that someone forgot to tell the rest of the Red Sox that they were supposed to lose. Instead they came out as if it would be the end of the world if they lost. Boston played their hearts out and in the end they dominated game 5 silencing the crowd in Cleveland. The series now goes back to Fenway Park with the rowdy Boston fans coming out in droves. This has all the emotion and intensity of 2004 all over again. I’m not sure I can deal with the eruption from Red Sox Nation if Boston should happen to get back into this series.

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