Just for curiosity, I’ll put up my 2007 World Series predictions … fascinating! I hope you enjoy, baseball fans!
Joltin’s 2007 World Series Prediction
OK, I know you’ve all been waiting for this… so here goes:
October 22, 2007: The winner of the 2007 World Series will be –
I can’t say!
For once, I have no particular opinion on who’ll win this year. Tough break … I’ll just have to – oh, I don’t know – ENJOY THE GAMES?
OK, I will say a few things about each team:
I want the Colorado Rockies to win because:
1) If they win, it’ll make the Phillies look better. Losing to the eventual World Champion isn’t so bad.
2) It’ll make the National League look better. I’m sick of all the people talking about HOW MUCH BETTER the American League is than the National League.
3) The Rockies have a lot of heart… and not a lot of arrogant superstars expecting the national press to fawn over them.
4) National attention: Until very late in the season, the national press paid little or no attention to them, while analyzing every move by an over-paid fourth place team early in the season. Nobody STILL talks much about the individual Rockie players.
5) Clint Hurdle did a tremendous job getting this team to where they are; he deserves a reward.
6) “OK, line up… NEXT!” If championships are spread out evenly over the Major League teams, every team should win once every 30 years. Let the Rockies win so we don’t hear any more whining from their fans.
I want the Colorado Rockies to lose because:
1) This is their first time in the World Series. A team should lose the first time or their fans will get spoiled. (SEE: Fans, Arizona Diamondbacks) Just to be fair…
2) Because they crushed my team… they need to be punished for that!
3) Their fans come out to support them … when they win. When they were losing, after the lure of the new stadium wore off, there were more than a few empty seats. Also, I get the impression that their fans really don’t understand the game… it wouldn’t be fair to let them win. (SEE: Fans, Florida Marlins)
I want the Boston Red Sox to win because:
1) Curt Schilling
2) Curt Schilling
3) Curt Schilling
4) And besides Curt Schilling, the Sox have a number of heart players who I wouldn’t mind see win.
5) Their hard-core fans seem to understand the game…
6) It’ll be the SECOND World Championship they’ll have won since the NEW YORK YANKEES last won it all in 2000… LOSERS!
I want the Boston Red Sox to lose because:
1) Red Sox Nation: there are way, way too many bandwagon jumpers on the Red Sox side… they’re getting as bad as the Yankees at that…
2) J. D. Drew… ‘nuff said.
3) “The Big Green Monster! Old Fenway Park! What would baseball in October be without a visit to the Backbay!” The announcers can wax philosophic about the Red Sox almost (but not quite) as bad as they do for the Yankees.
4) 2004: they won recently… let another team win one.
Lastly, a word to Terry Francona, AKA, Tito:
In Boston – Game One: Beckett
Game Two: Wakefield
In Colorado – Game Three: Schilling
Game Four: Beckett
Game Five: Dice-K
In Boston – Game Six: Schilling (or Wakefield)
Game Seven: Beckett (or Schilling)
Word of advice: Leave Wakefield back in Boston so you’re not even TEMPTED to use him in the thin air… where sinker balls don’t sink and knuckleballs don’t flutter.
Don’t believe me? Now I know he hasn’t pitched much in Colorado… and FEW pitchers have done very well there over the years (until they started using humidor balls), but Wakefield’s numbers don’t look encouraging.
Lifetime, he’s 1 – 3 against the Rockies, with a 4.39 ERA. Now, those numbers don’t look bad, especially in Colorado. But at Coors Field, he’s 0 – 2 in 9 2/3 innings, giving up 17 hits, striking out only 4, and an ERA of 9.31.
By the way, for comparison, Beckett is 4 – 1 lifetime against the Rockies with a 3.89 ERA. But even more impressive is that he is 3 – 0 at Coors Field with a 3.60 ERA. The thin air seems to do him some good!