I don’t know about you, but I’m really enjoying what I’ve seen of the Series. Just some good old fashioned steroid-less baseball. The only problem is it’s being played in two goofy venues. Philly is infinitely better than the old stadium but a band box, and Tropicana is good for nothing outside of RV conventions and stuff like that. The other thing that disappoints me is I don’t get to watch Kevin Youkilis play anymore. He just won the Hank Aaron award for the best offensive performance in the American League and more importantly is my New Favorite Player. I love his focus both with the glove and the bat. He should be the poster boy for maximizing one’s God given talent. When is the last time he had a bad at-bat? Where would the Sox be without him this year? I say go ahead and give him the MVP while you’re at it.
So we get to see how resilient the Rays are as they fight themselves off the matt in Philly. They face the unbeatable in the offseason, new Steve Carlton with better hair and less ticks Cole Hammels. Are you kidding me with his change up? What a pitch. And how about the one two punch of Ryan Madsen and Brad Lidge? How about Madsen’s change up and Lidge’s disappearing slider? How about their whole staff? We have been privileged to see some really quality pitching as of late. The other guy I’m really enjoying is Jayson Werth. He’s about as good a base runner as there is in baseball (although he’s made a couple mistake in this series), he’s a great outfielder with a super arm, and he swings a solid bat too. Not to mention the intangibles…his energy and the way he plays the game is infectious and very positive for the Phils. We crossed paths on the 2004 Dodgers team and I can say from experience that he’s an excellent teammate. Wow, what if you could put Werth and Youklis on the same team. That would be cool. Here’s to hoping the Rays can squeak out a win and make the season last just a little bit longer….