The decade turns to Joe Blanton for salvation

This hasn’t been a banner decade for the World Series.

There has only been one great one this decade… the 2001 World Series which was jaw dropping, heart breaking and leap off the couch exciting depending on your opinion of the Yankees.

The 2002 Series was back and forth right down to the 7th game and broke my dad’s heart as the Angels (then in Anaheim before their move to Los Angeles of Anaheim) beat the Giants.

And in 2003, the Marlins stunned the Yankees in an exciting 6 game series.

Since then, we haven’t had a heart stopping series.

Yeah it was great to see my Red Sox win in 2004 and 2007… but they were sweeps. The outcome wasn’t in doubt?

Yeah each game in 2005 was competitive and 3 of them were truly wonderful… but again it was a sweep.

The only thing merciful about the 2006 World Series was that it was over quickly.

Last year the Rays and Phillies fought hard, but again, it never went back to the original host city.

So that means the last 5 World Series were all but decided after 4 games.

Now CC Sabathia, who has been awesome in the post season and didn’t pitch badly in Game 1 is throwing against Joe Blanton, whose ERA against the Yankees has an area code.

Blanton and the Phillies have to come up big, somehow hit Sabathia and shut down the Yankees bats, otherwise the decade will conclude with 5 straight World Series that failed to have that “man this is coming down to the wire moment.”

Come on Joe!

I know the odds are long, but what were the odds that you’d homer in last year’s World Series?

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I hope there is no more scoring in the Lions/Rams game

As of this writing, the Rams and the Lions are playing in Detroit and the score in 3-2 St. Louis.

PLEASE have that be the final score!
That’s a solid pitching match up!

It’s hard to think of a better final score in a football game than 3-2.

(Maybe 4-2)

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There is a terrific new blog out there that has come to my attention.

It is Four Friends All Time All Star Teams.

They are creating the best roster of players and splitting them between Pre 1950 and Post 1950.

I love that as a breaking point, if for no other reason than you take the pre integration teams and post integration teams and compare them amongst their proper era.

He’s doing all of the teams and so far I’ve loved reading about the Red Sox and Tigers rosters.

It is going to become a destination site for me and it looks like a great write up for players that don’t always get praised in the blog world.

You see a lot of blogs honor Charlie Berry these days?

It is kind of similar to my Home Grown versus Acquired Series from last off season.

There are some differences. Of course I broke them up based on how they joined the team rather than eras. Also I had no time limits. You played half a season with the team? That’s enough for me!

I can’t imagine writing about the Red Sox and not bringing up Dave Roberts or Dave Henderson.

I can’t imagine writing about the Padres without bringing up Kevin Brown or the Twins without Jack Morris.

But Four Friends have a 5 year minimum… and that means a lot of different players in his series than mine!

And it means that I am going to be looking forward to each new entry.

So check it out.

I love the internet and finding the other lunatics out there!

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