Game 1 Aftermath
Wednesday, October 12, 2005, 10:30 am
Now that is a game that will leave a bad taste in your mouth. It seemed that just about every time we had the opportunity to make a play or execute in a way to change the game, we failed. That failure to execute killed us in the end. Ozzie said it after the game. The players know it. Game 2 needs to be different.
Mark Buehrle is certainly the guy I want on the mound tonight …
Kudos to Jose Contreras for his pitching performance last evening. Jose rose to the occasion.
ALCS Trends … Chicago Hope
In the 35 previous ALCS matchups, the team winning Game 1 has gone on to win 21 times (60 percent), but since the introduction of the seven-game series in 1985, 10 of 19 (52.6 percent) of teams winning Game 1 have gone on to win the series. In four of the last five ALCS, the team losing Game 1 has gone on to win the series: New York in 2000, Anaheim in 2002, New York in 2003 and Boston in 2004.
Lucky Number Nine?
We just can’t seem to win that ninth game in a row this season …
During the past few weeks, the Chicago media has truly done an exceptional job covering the team (in my bias opinion), and the national media has come around to admiring our Sox. Take the time today to read (hard copy or on-line) all the coverage of the Sox in the various sections of the newspapers. Enjoy it. I have tried to be fair all season in pointing out negatives and positives. The past few weeks have certainly been incredibly positive.
Most Revolutionary Blog
A reader congratulated this MLBlog on being named "Most Revolutionary" by MLBAM. Thanks, but I sent an email off to BAM asking what in the world "Most Revolutionary" meant (i.e. "Most Likely to Anger Someone and Risk Job Security" seemed more like it). They said this blog is very popular and it rivals, in style, one done by Mark Cuban of the Mavericks, so they created a category and named this the "winner." I tend to think this honor is more like winning Miss Congenialty — but failing to win the crown. Anyway, the true honors go to those of you who have enjoyed this blog since June and who keep coming back to comment and respond. Your input has helped shape this site. I hear from so many people who check in now and then. More than one media person has commented to me that I am able to say things and point out things that they want to but cannot. Not sure that makes me "Miss Congeniality" all the time, but at least it makes for an interesting read. But the thanks truly go to the readers out there who care enough about the Sox to track down any little bit of information on the team and find this site a fun resource. Thank you.
Funny and True
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was mingling with the media last night in the press box when he was approached by an usher, who did not recognize him and was just doing his job, and asked to leave since he did not have the appropriate credentials. The situation was quickly corrected and everyone enjoyed a good laugh.
Can’t say it any other way. We need to win tonight. Go Sox!
More later …