Mazel tov to the Boston Red Sox, who took the Fall Classic, four games to one.
I must admit, my early work hours made it impractical to watch any game in its entirety. Even on my day off, I did not watch the 18-inning marathon. (Major props to my daughter, Rachel, however, who did.)
Sadly, neither of our boys had much to do with their team’s results. In fact, Ian Kinsler was the goat on Friday. He entered the game as a pinch-runner in the 10th and had a tough time of it, almost getting picked off at first base then oversliding third on a hit and just getting back in time before finally being thrown out at home trying to score on a fly ball. Then after the Red Sox had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the 13th, he made a bad throw to first, allowing the host LA Dodgers to tie the game again. Looking at the replay, you could understand the cause of the errant toss as his footing gave way as he field the ball to his right. Still, it was an error and the Dodgers won in the record-setting 18th on a walk-off home run.
By the way, Joc Pederson homered in the third inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. It was his only hit in seven at-bats in the game.
Not only did Kinsler not start either of the final two games, he didn’t even appear in the final two games, won by the Sox 9-6 on Saturday and 5-1 yesterday. It kind of reminded me of the 1973 World Series when Mike Andrews — also a second baseman — made two errors for the Oakland A’s in a loss to the NY Mets. A’s owner Charley Finley tried to force Andrews to sign a document stating he was injured so he could be replaced on the roster. Andrews’ teammates threatened to boycott the next game and Finley changed his mind, Andrews became a folk hero, even earning a standing ovation from Mets fans. For a moment I took that attitude towards the Red Sox’s treatment of the veteran Kinsler. But, to be honest, he hadn’t done much the whole post-season. In the Series, he was just 1-for-10 with one RBI.
Ove on the other side, Pederson’s homer was his only hit in 12 trips to the plate.
So that’s all she wrote for baseball in 2018, chaverim. What do you think, Alex Bregman for MVP?
I’ll be working on a recap of the whole JML season over the next few days; stay tuned.