- One has to wonder what former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge must have been thinking if he was watching this game. With Cliff Lee and C.C. Sabathia being trotted out as their team's aces, it can't possibly seem any more unfair that Wedge was fired by the former employer of both Lee and Sabathia, the Indians.
- The nasty weather in New York, and much of the post-season for that matter, should be enough for Major League Baseball to consider shortening the season, perhaps back to the old 154 game schedule. But we all know that won't happen, what would the Royals do without all that late season revenue?
- The Fox announce team of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver seemed like they were having a nice time star-gazing with all the celebs on hand at Yankee Stadium. The one person they didn't mention? Former Yankee center fielder, and personal favorite of mine, Bernie Williams.
- Speaking of celebrities, who else thinks Jay-Z and Alicia Keys should have sucked it up and let the show go on? Seems to me that's what real New Yorkers would have done.
- Back to baseball, the aforementioned Lee was as dominant as I've seen him all year, and he was quite good in the regular season, posting a 3.39 ERA with three complete games after coming over to the Phillies.
I loved the way he shrugged off the tough conditions, going with the short sleeves and his trademark break-neck pace to overwhelm one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball.
- World Series first-timer Mark Teixeira looked every bit the first-timer and Lee took advantage of his anxiousness, striking him out with change-ups on multiple occasions.
- As good as Lee was on the hill, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was equally as good at the plate. Utley engineered the two best at-bats of the night on either side, falling behind in two at-bats against Sabathia in the 3rd and 6th, only to answer with solo home runs in each instance.
Utley had great balance at the plate and unlike Teixeira, you could feel the calm in Utley's body language. He knew Sabathia wanted to challenge him with fastballs, and when Sabathia made a mistake he was there to capitalize.
- Very happy to see that Jack is back in January in an all new season of "24". Perhaps the best news of the night in the Doctolero house.
- I have to admit for at least one night that I was wrong about the inclusion of more veteran umpires after the struggles of the umpiring crews in the previous rounds. It was my opinion that it's usually the older, more seasoned umpires, who seem to think people come out the ballpark to watch them call the game.
When they were tested in the 5th inning on a disputed double play call, they calmly got together and got the call right. So good on them, but I'm still not convinced it was the best idea.
- I am convinced that unlike his bullpen mate Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes should be made back into a starter in 2010. He's looked less and less comfortable every time out during the playoffs and it didn't get any better in Game 1 as he walked the only two men he faced.
- I was somewhat surprised to see how many people left in the 9th inning once the Phillies opened up their lead. I know it was a crappy night out, but I didn't think Yankees fans would go all Dodgers fans on us, especially in the World Series.
- Couldn't be more excited to see what happens in Game 2 with none other than Pedro Martinez on the hill for the Phillies. Should be great theater if nothing else.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
World Series Musings: Game 1
Some random thoughts on Game 1 of what looks like it could be a very entertaining World Series: