Rockies Rocked By Sox

by John on October 25, 2007

Did the bubble burst? Have the wheels come off? Is the Refuse To Lose Tour really finito? All valid questions this morning in the wake of the Boston Red Sox 13-1 shellacking of the Colorado Rockies in Game 1 of the World Series last night. Boston ace Josh Beckett continued his postseason brilliance on the hill, while Colorado’s top starter Jeff Francis suffered his first hiccup in the playoffs on a rainy night in Beantown. The Rockies, coming in winners of 10 in a row and 21-1 since September 15, looked like a shadow of the team that steamrolled into the playoffs and swept the NLDS and NLCS, the first team to do that since the Cincinnati Big Red Machine in 1976. Deer in the headlights comes to mind. Lost mojo? Too much time off? Or really, yes really, are the Rockies out of their league? Rockies manager Clint Hurdle doesn’t sound too worried. “This game was not the way we drew it up,” he said. “But one of the strengths this club had throughout the season is our confidence hasn’t been shaken by the results of a game…We’ve always been a no-excuse ballclub.” Boston manager Terry Francona certainly wasn’t about to write the Rockies off. “Sometimes a lopsided score can happen,” he said. I remember the 1960 World Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees. The Yankees beat the Pirates by scores of 16-3, 10-0 and 12-0, but the Pirates won the world championship on Bill Mazeroski’s ninth-inning home run in Game 7. I think we better tune in tonight and see what happens at Fenway Park.  It ain’t over by any stretch of the imagination.

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