Friday, September 19, 2008
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. (To poorly copy Dickens).
My stress level is very high … but of course there’s no need to tell Sox fans that.
We are 1.5 games ahead with nine (maybe 10) to play. On April 1, we all would have taken those odds. According to Baseball Prospectus, we wake up today with a 78 percent chance to win our division, down 10 percent from yesterday due to the Twins win/Sox loss, but up six percent from one week ago.
In 2005, our lead was 1.5 games from 9/22-24 before winning six of the last eight.
I was in NYC for the first three games of our series (explaining the lack of posts given my schedule of meetings at MLB and MLBAM and the facility that is Yankee Stadium). There is just so much history in that building.
Ozzie and I sat watching a special on Mickey Mantle before one of the games. You think about Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle and the famous non-baseball moments that took place at home plate.
“There’s something special about winning a World Series at Yankee Stadium,” Ozzie told the media one day, noting it did not diminish what we accomplished in 2005 but pointing out the difference in celebrating on that field in that setting in 2003 with our celebration in Houston in 05.
We’ll see how Carlos Quentin feels after swinging the bat today in KC. Let’s remain cautiously optimistic …