Ah, Cole Hamels. I had no idea, shooting you back in March of 2007, that you’d someday be World Series MVP!
And congratulations to all the Phillies! I’m particularly happy for Jimmy Rollins, though I can’t back it up with my own photos, as well as Hamels, and Ryan Howard.
looking monstrous next to Tek, also March of 2007…
… and looking stylish next to Gentleman Jim Lonborg at the Boston Baseball Writers’ Dinner, January 2007.
I’m happy for the Phillies, and for Philly in general, and for a couple of friends of mine who are devoted Phillies fans, and I raise a glass to all of you!
But I also toast the Rays. I’m still growling and grumbling about Boston fans dissing Rays fans, but I’ve already griped about that so I’ll pass on it here. It was a terrific season for the Rays, and there’s little shame in losing in the World Series. Congratulations to Joe Maddon and his team; we’ll see you on Opening Day at Fenway in April!
So I had it in my head that if the Rays beat the Red Sox tonight, I’d write a post of congratulations; that I’d write through my disappointment, toast the Rays on having succeeded in what I think will actually be their toughest postseason challenge, and post a few photos from the ALCS that show off the Rays better than the Sox. Then I found that within moments of the end of the game, at least one Rays “fan” was already trolling Sox sites; I guess you’ve finally hit the big time when you get to be an idiot in support of your team? Ah well. (Cyn, bless her heart, is good with the delete key, too!) [Edited the morning after to add: you know, in retrospect, that was probably just a garden variety troll, and not a Rays fan. I blame the grey fog of disappointment for that not being immediately obvious!] So it’s dimmed my benevolent spirit a bit. But I do realize that there are plenty of deserving fans out there as well, and I offer good wishes to them, and congratulations to Joe Maddon and his team on earning a World Series berth.
I’ll have several posts in the coming days to toast my own boys; it’s a fine achievement to have made it as far as they did, and I love the Red Sox–these Red Sox–without qualification. Their salutes, and photos, will come. For now… a few from October 13, Game 3.
From batting practice… is that the Baldelli family nose, or what?
Not sure if that’s David Price, but he certainly demanded a high jump! Carlos Pena was willing…
… but Dioner Navarro…
“Hey, look, it’s your armpit. Woo.”
Hope no one got hurt in the pigpile (Jake Peavy waves, weakly). ^_~ Congratulations.
How many days until pitchers and catchers report?