Wednesday, October 24, 2007

And It Will Be...The Red Sox In Six

I think it is terrific this World Series is going to open up in Boston. I love Fenway Park. I don’t believe it is overrated. It is a true baseball shrine.
Nothing against new ball parks. Many are spectacular. But to know all the great players that played at the exact location of Fenway Park makes it truly special.
Want a prediction? I say the Red Sox in six games. But if the Rockies beat Josh Beckett tonight, they will win the series. Wouldn’t that be something? The Colorado Rockies, world champs. Who could have predicted that in April?

Random Thoughts

- I can wait for the World Series to be completed from this standpoint: The hot stove action will begin in earnest. Wonder what the Tigers have up their sleeve? I have a feeling they will do something major, but am not sure what that will be.

- I like the Big Ten Network. The programming has been pretty good. Now if they just resolve their petty problems with Comcast. That stuff is silly and doesn’t benefit either party. Frankly, I am sick of hearing about it. It will hit a head around these parts if the Michigan-Michigan State game is on BTN.

- Hockey Night in Canada remains the standard for hockey programming. I like the TSN coverage, too, but some reason haven’t been able to get into the Versus coverage, although it is improved.


Blogger Barry said...

Hi Pat: Read Lynn Henning article in the Detroit News of you has the best chance of coming to Detroit. One guy not on the list was Scott Linebrink. Would you choose Linebrink over Jones as your set-up guy with Joel taking over the closer role? Who they sign will depend on Rogers and Jones, if they sign then they probably have 10 million to 15 million left on their payroll if the Tigers can afford 120 million dollar payroll. I would not be disappointment if all they do is sign Cordero, Jones and Rogers, convert Joel into a starter, let Omar and Santiago battle at shortstop and let Thames, Raburn, Perez or someone else like Maybin handle LF. No sense signing a LF to long term deal unless they are contend of trading Maybin. They did score a pile of runs last year. Their pitching was not up to par last year.

5:11 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...


I'm sitting in the hotel lounge in Toronto watching game one. The beer is pricy but the picture is aces on the Big HD screen. I'm not rich like you, Book. I have to come up here to see the game in HD.

But I digress...

The Rockies ain't hitting Becket. And Pedroia's (say that three times fast with a beer in ya)dinger in the first at bat was .. well .. Granderson-esque. Welcome to the big league Rockies.
I like this team ... from Drew to Pedroia to Youkilis. I like these guys. Ramirez and Ortiz I can do without. They are the "me" guys.

A lot of ball to play yet though.

Fenway is amazing. I have only been there once. It was definitly a sacred land. The new one will have more to live up to than even Comerica did with Tiger Stadium. I know that is heresay in the big D. Sorry.

I hate the big 10 network just like I hate FSND - it will never be available at my house(in Windsor).

The CBC will always be the bar for all others to reach for televised Hockey. TSN is only great for getting your scores quickly. The CBC is in our constitution like your right to bear arms.

Don Cherry's big collered shirts are in there someplace to, after the part about all persons shall have the right to root for the Maple Leafs.

Do I have a witness?

PS - listening to ya on the streaming media on the net - your the best, man. The Don Cherry of Motown! ".. a good Canadian kid, there eh?!"

9:51 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I would take Linebrink as a setup man over Jones. He is more used to the role and wouldn't cause waves. Cordero would be the best option for closer. If they re-sign Jones, it would be the safe way to go. They need a shortstop. Leyland obviously doesn't think much of Infante and Santiago can't hit. I think they will go after a shortstop and outfielder and relief if they don't sign Jones.

11:54 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
Hi-def is not overrated. I feel the same way about TSN. Can't get it and those junior games. Miss the Memorial Cup coverage and all the hockey talk. Can do without the cricket coverage, though. Best beer in the world is Canadian.

11:56 AM 
Blogger Scott (Thinking Man) said...

Hi Pat,

I'll say Sox in 5.

I heard your discussion about who was the greatest Red Wing, Stevie or Gordie. Steve and I are the same age, so I kind of grew up with him. I'm really too young to have seen Howe, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. But I still say Howe.

Comparing eras is difficult in any sport. Is it really fair to compare Jim Brown to Barry Sanders or Barry Bonds to Babe Ruth? Yzerman and Howe played in vastly different eras. When Steve broke into the NHL, scoring was relatively easy. It was fastbreak hockey there for awhile, so I think some of his stats are a little inflated. If Gordie had played in that same timeframe, I'm sure he would have scored in the 60-70 goal range every year.

One other thought occurred to me about this discussion, too. What about Nick Lidstrom? Shouldn't he be in the conversation? I think when all is said and done, he'll be recognized as one of the top 5 defensemen of all time along with Bobby Orr, Ray Borque and Larry Robinson.

12:49 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Scott (thinking man),
You make a great point about Howe. When goal scoring went up during the late 1960s and he was placed on a line with Alex D and The Big M, his point totals skyrocketed - and Howe was 40 years old. Had he played in the mid to late 1980s and early 90s like Stevie Y, and during his prime, Howe's numbers likely would have reflected a huge upswing because it was the hey day of scoring. Overall scoring was relatively low during Howe's prime in the 1950s and early 60s. I didn't think about that.

1:33 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

Hey Pat, your right the Tigers need a SS. Just look up their stats and Omar has a low fielding percentage and neither are dangerous hitters. I still sign the best pitcher available Rogers and Cordero and then make a trade for a SS or sign Eskstein. Sign LF if all else fails.

4:28 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The big difference I notice with CBC coverage is they do such a great job of capturing and mixing the crowd noise with their broadcast. It gives you more of a feeling of participation in the game, or being there.

Flip back and forth to a different network, even our own Wings games and you can really hear the difference. I would always catch wings playoff games on CBC for just that reason, even though I like our local announcers just fine.

Of course Don Cherry is great, Ron McLain seems under-rated - he adds alot to the broadcasts, and I enjoy their hot stove league when I can catch it.


7:21 AM 

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