So I watched Game 1 of the Red Sox/Angels series from a hotel room in Montreal.
The telecast was in French. Good vacation planning huh?
Since the announcers didn’t used the words “bonjour,” “merci,” or “croissant,” I didn’t understand any of the commentary.
I suspect I wouldn’t have enjoyed it much anyway considering Boston’s 5-0 defeat.
Two things were obvious despite the language barrier.
1. First base umpire CB Bucknor was atrocious. As the Boston Globe put it today, “The New Buckner is Bucknor.”
2. It really stinks that 9-inning playoff games routinely end after midnight.
I just finished reading the book “The Machine” by my favorite author Joe Posnanski. It’s an in-depth look at the 1975 Cincinnati Reds – arguably the greatest team in baseball history.
The book has some great anecdotes from the 1975 World Series between the Reds and Red Sox, which was one of the first World Series I remember watching as a kid.
Back then, only Game 6 required a fan living in the Eastern Time zone to stay up really late to see the finish. Carlton Fisk’s game-winning home run struck the left field foul pole at Fenway Park at the 4 hour and 1 minute mark (that’s about the bottom of the 8th of a typical Yankees/Red Sox game these days).
There were five 9-inning games in the ’75 Series (Game 3 also went to extra innings) and all of them lasted less than three hours:
Game 1: 2:27
Game 2: 2:38
Game 4: 2:52
Game 5: 2:23
Game 7: 2:52
Those times are not why the ’75 World Series is often called the most exciting in baseball history but it certainly didn’t hurt.
I’m sure Sox fans will gladly stay up late on Friday night if it means a Boston win to even the series at 1-1.
We’ll see if Josh Beckett adds to his reputation for being one of best postseason pitchers in recent baseball history.
Here are some great nuggets about Beckett’s playoff prowess from the Red Sox P.R. staff:
Josh is 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 13 career postseason games (12 starts), including a 1-1 mark and 2.14 ERA in 3 Division Series contests (all starts). He has not lost in the playoffs since Game 3 of the 2003 World Series, going 6-0 with a 3.04 ERA in that time. In MLB history, only Orlando Hernandez (8), Bob Gibson (7), Orel Hershiser (7), and David Wells (7) have longer postseason winning streaks.
I’ll be rooting for Beckett to be “magnifique.”