So my Red Sox have finally been replaced as World Champions. Let’s all pause for a moment of silence.
Okay. Congratulations to the 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies for a spectacular World Series finish. They waited two days for these last three innings!
The Rays pulled out every trick they could, but in the end, the bag was simply not deep enough. Congratulations to Tampa Bay on a fantastic season in which they shocked everyone by simply reaching the postseason, not to mention to World Series.
No one is more deserving of the World Series MVP than Cole Hamels. This kid was fantastic. He is the Josh Beckett of 2008, and with him on the mound, it’s almost as light’s out as having Brad Lidge pitch.
By the way, Lidge closed out a tight game perfectly tonight. He allowed the plot to thicken just enough to allow fans to think that Tampa Bay had a chance, then he slammed the door in their face. I mean really, no one besides Tampa Bay fans wanted this series to go on any longer – we’d have to decide between baseball and Halloween. Very un-American (Sarah Palin, take note).
In all seriousness, this World Series was fantastic. With the exception of Game 4, both teams kept it close, played their best, and showcased all that baseball has to offer. On one side, you had a very young team who’s highest player made $6 mil a year. That’s a bargain on the Yankees. On the other side, you had a spirited bunch who grabbed hold of their division while keeping the most senior ball player in the leagues from retiring.
The big markets didn’t take this World Series; it wasn’t in New York or LA or Boston (side not to Floridians: 40 degrees is NOT cold enough for ski masks and ear muffs. It’s not even freezing) hosting the fall classic. It was two scrappy teams that illuminated and excited their respective cities, bringing people together under the name of baseball.
And in the end, isn’t that what it’s really all about?
Once again, congratulations to the Phillies. This is a fantastic accomplishment. Enjoy the parade and relish every moment of the next year.