ALCS Game 4 pregame

Helton_1CLEVELAND — It’s officially Rocktober. Congrats to the Rockies, especially for making me look smart for picking them as the National League champ when the playoffs began. Now, if the Tribe can follow suit to make my World Series picks hold up, that’d be quality.

I actually lived in Colorado for two years — about 50 minutes south of Denver in Colorado Springs — during my last two years in high school. Whenever I had some spare time, I’d hop in my Ford Exploder (may it rest in peace) and haul up to Coors Field and take in some Rox games. I saw the one and only Mike Lansing hit for the cylce on one occasion.

I wasn’t a big Rockies fan, but it was the only baseball team around, so I enjoyed heading to Denver to watch some ball. So, part of me is happy to see Colorado advance to the Fall Classic. Besides that, the run they’ve been on has been nothing short of amazing. They were in fourth place in the NL West when their run began, and now they have a pennant. Incredible.

As for the Red Sox here in Boston, they were simply manhandled by Jake Westbrook — 14 groundball outs through six innings. Daisuke Matsuzaka didn’t pitch terribly, but the Tribe forced him to throw a ton of pitches and the few mistakes he made were enough in light of Westbrook’s performance.

After the game, Matsuzaka was not in a good mood. We spent more than an hour standing and waiting to see if Dice-K would talk to the media, which he is usually good about. He sat at his locker staring ahead, let out some sighs, leaned back in his chair, took a minute to eat some dinner, went back to sitting alone at his locker, and finally — for just the second time this year — he only offered a short statement, opting not to take questions.

While Dice-K sat in one corner of the clubhouse, David Ortiz and Josh Beckett were lounging on some couches in the middle of the room, throwing down some cold ones while watching the D-backs/Rockies game. If there was ever a moment that made Ortiz seem like the Dominican Babe Ruth, this was it. He was all smiles, joking with reporters, shaking off a report that said his knee injury might’ve kept him out of the ALCS, and throwing his arm around one TV guy during an interview.

At one point, shortstop Julio Lugo walked over and said, "Papi, what, you don’t have no family? Why don’t you go home?"

To which Ortiz flashed his wide smile and replied, "If I went back to my hotel, I’d be doing the same, but without the beer. So, I stay here and get beer for free."

During a later conversation, Beckett offered this beauty of a line: "You can’t buy love, but you can buy so much affection that you can’t tell the difference."

With that gem, here’s tonight’s lineups:

Ws07_alcs_3Boston (1-2) at Cleveland (2-1)
at 8:21 p.m. ET at Jacobs Field

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Manny Ramirez, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Coco Crisp, CF
Doug Mirabelli, C
Julio Lugo, SS

PITCHING: RHP Tim Wakefield

Grady Sizemore, CF
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
Travis Hafner, DH
Victor Martinez, 1B
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Kenny Lofton, LF
Casey Blake, 3B
Franklin Gutierrez, RF
Kelly Shoppach, C




    Boston looked thoroughly befuddled by Westbrook and Byrd. Just flailing away at the plate and grounding the ball into the infield. Who would have thunk it?

    I’m hoping Sabathia bounces back from his horrible Game 1 so the Indians can finish the job…..


    Hem , you are right Boston seems to be in a daze. Sabathia has been roughed up his last couple outings , he is due to have a good one.

    I told you guys Cleveland and Colorado, you should remember women are usually right …lol….Both teams have hit a hot streak and can “taste” the title. It should be an interesting series

    Have a great day all and take care


    Cleveland have done a very good job of taking advantage of Boston’s weaknesses.

    Boston’s bottom 4 hitters haven’t produced all year, their mid relief has been weak and the starters (after Beckett) have struggled in the last month or so.

    Post all-star break they were a .500 ball team-nothing more. They depended on Youk, Manny, Ortiz and Lowell. When these guys had a good game they won and when they didn’t they lost.

    Just goes to show how important it is to get off to a good start when the bell rings.

    I hope our guys do that next year.


    Cleveland are playing well, While Boston seem to be uninterested, As for the Blue Jays is Paul Godfrey Really That stupid He Believes Abner & Dicardi can get the jays to the post season!!!!


    Indigo: Boo-ya! Nice work on the Cleveland/Rockies prediction. Careful, though, you don’t want to jinx it. I heard Coco Crisp and the gang check this blog regularly and use unfaithful Red Sox comments as inspiration to step their game up to another level….



    I have heard that Godfrey’s contract is up at the end of this year and might not be renewed. Maybe, just maybe Mr. Rodgers will hire a president that has a good baseball background-something Godfrey sorely missed.



    Coco should check out Ian Browne’s blog on the Boston site and see what their own fans are saying, if they need any motivation.

    On the other hand it might de-motivate them, because they might not want to play in Fenway again this year.



    Gsumner, Now I am beginning to understand, the rot sets in with Godfrey,he does not want real baseball people below him , so patience is going to be required , for two years at least till we are rid of the garbage the jays won’t do much,

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