What a win, what a series. 4 games that could have gone either way on one play or one pitch, each night. Mike Scioscia is a class act. He has NEVER been anything but classy in victory and defeat.
They earned this one and I can’t wait until Friday. I like the fact that this team and it’s advanced scouts now have 4 full days to prep for the Rays. Seeing them 19 times and scouting them during the season is nothing like spending 4 full days putting game plans together. This pitching staff will be 100% prepped on how to approach each and every hitter. If they can execute we’ll be watching the Sox in their 3 World Series in 5 years.
One little thing. It has happened many times before but I wanted anyone wondering, and it may be nobody, about the ‘news’ released by the Sporting News today. Their issuance of comments made by me about ‘retiring’ are certainly nothing new to anyone around here but the timing sucks. Every ounce of energy and coverage deserves to be spent on the 25 guys that just completed their first round win. I was asked by the SN about a month or so ago to respond to a readers question about next year, and I did, literally that same day. That ‘news’ was in their hands for an extended period of time and I am not sure why it was ‘news’ today. It’s not.
There is nothing new on that front and what I’ve said has not changed. If I did decide to come back I’d pitch the 2nd half of next season only, and that would only be after an extensive and extended program to get back to the point that I could do it.