Congratulations and the ace is back…
Anyone that knows Shonda and I knows what Lou Gehrig the name, and the legacy mean to us. So seeing any player mentioned in the same breath usually brings some anxiety now a days. But last night Derek Jeter passed Lou Gehrig for the all time career hits mark in Yankee stadium. I am not sure I can think of a player more befitting this honor. From day one the guy has competed hard and always played the game right, not an easy task in New York city.
I can think of no one I enjoyed competing in the biggest games against more than Derek. He never gave away an at bat and never played the game at anything less than his best. Stat heads and non-Yankee fans can rant and scream about ‘intangibles’ or range factor but I had the honor of seeing him live and watching his impact on his team, and mine, for close to 10 years, and it mattered. What a great way to see the closing of Yankee stadium go with this record making headlines.
Now on to the home team. People have continued to write off Tampa all the way through the beginning of September. “Experts” predicting the time and place they would ‘fall’ pretty much daily. Now some are caving with 8 or so game left and begrudgingly acknowledging the incredible job they did this year. That’s a very good team and one poised to be good for many years. You can only hope the fan base catches on before something happens and they cannot fund the club in a way to keep the young superstars they continually draft.
That being said I can think of no better situation (other than winning last night) for the Sox to be in than the one they are in right now. The ace, the best October pitcher alive today, is healthy, fresh and throwing the ever living piss out of the ball right now. Home field, especially for this team, is certainly something you’d like to end the season with, but having a Beckett makes that almost a moot point. True October aces eliminate home field advantage for the opponents. Back him up with Jon Lester and Daisuke and I like the chances. I don’t care who the first round opponent is, and that’s no disrespect what so ever for the other 3 teams qualifying, but if I had a game to win, a must win, and I need to hand the ball to one guy in the world, that guy wears #19 for the Sox.