ALCS Wrapup - Worst Groundscrew Ever
Sure Mariano was the MVP -- three scoreless innings in Game 7 and two two-inning saves. And Boone's heroics will be remembered for a long time. But, lost in the shuffle is the fact that this series was decided by Boston having the worst grounds crew ever. Consider:
1. Game 3, Grounds crew member, Paul Williams, picks a fight with Jeff Nelson and Karim Garcia. Sure, Nelson and Garcia might go to jail, but in the meantime, they sure were fired up.
2. Game 4 is postponed because of rain. There was no rain during the scheduled time, but the field is so poorly maintained during the rainstorm of the afternoon, that it is unplayable. This sets up the Lowe/Wells matchup in Game 5 which was supposed to favor Lowe, but Wells got an extra day's rest.
3. Yesterday afternoon, they did this
The grounds crew at Fenway Park isn't afraid of a curse.
On Thursday afternoon, hours before the Boston Red Sox met the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium to decide the American League Championship Series, Fenway Park workers painted the World Series logo on the grass behind home plate.
The Great Bambino could not ignore this and decided to punish the Sox.
The Curse Will Have Its Way
I never wanted a game 7, but it looks like the curse will have its way. The Sox can't win an important Game 7, and now that the Cubs are out, this is a big Game 7. Losing to the Cubs would have sent the Red Sox Nation into convulsions -- for Chicago, finally the embarrassment of 1918 would be avenged -- for the Sox, another 7 years of bad luck.
But, that's not going to happen. Graham, W, Jeb and Pudge took out Moseley Braun, Dusty, Wood and Prior -- so there is no humiliating loss in the World Series waiting for the Sox.
In case you don't know -- here are the rules of the curse:
1. The Sox cannot win an important Game 7
2. The better the Sox team, the more humiliating the loss (see 1978)
3. No Sox franchise players can win on the Sox (Babe was the last) -- Ted Williams, Yaz, Pudge, Rocket, Boggs, and now Garciaparra.
4. The more the fans want it, the less likely it will happen.
All of my Sox fan friends instinctively know #4, and so I get emails like this: "It has been a very good series, even if Boston blows it tonight I'll take pride in the fact that they made the Yankees work for it." and "Win or lose, I really am thrilled to see it go to game 7. It should be a fantastic game tonight."
Sounds like a bunch of defeatists -- or maybe, they trying to fool the curse gods.