Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We Are The Champions!

I can say "we" because I am a long-time loyal Red Sox fan. They won the World Series on Sunday night, sweeping the poor Colorado Rockies pretty easily. The "curse" is most definitely over and I think the Red Sox might be the new dynasty in baseball. It sure isn't the Yankees anymore!

To be honest, I wanted Colorado to win at least once. It's sad when a team makes it all the way to the World Series and then doesn't win even one game. Plus, it would have been awesome for the Sox to win the Series at home in Boston. That hasn't happened in many decades. The fans would have gone crazy at Fenway! That would have been so cool to see. So if the Rockies had won at least two games it could have happened. Oh well. I'm not going to complain too much!

A few last things about baseball until the spring when a new season starts. I think the rules in the American League and the National League need to become the same. AL teams are so much better in part because of the differences between the leagues. It would be more fair and make a lot of sense to have the rules be the same on both sides (like the pitcher not having to bat and the designated hitter not having to play in the field). The American League seems to always win the All-Star game and the World Series. I think AL teams must have more money too. The Red Sox and Yankees seem to be the richest teams and so they're able to get the best players. I wonder if there's a way to handle the money more democratically? Perhaps Peter or one of my brothers has some ideas on that.

And last but not least, my favorite Red Sox players this season were Josh Beckett for his amazing pitching ability, Mike Lowell for his reliability and skill at bat and at 3rd base, Jonathan Papelbon because he's so darn cute and does some great Irish dancing wearing just a pair of little black shorts or a kilt, and Manny Ramirez because he's very amusing. I love all of the Red Sox members (yes, even Gagne)--they did a great job all season and they deserved to be the World Series champs! Can't wait for next season!


Peter said...

Go Sox! I think they are built to last right now, so it's pretty exciting. Lowell did fantastic and I hope gets re-signed. Dustin & Jacoby were fantastic rookies and should form the basis of probably the strongest 1-4 lineup in baseball (with Ortiz & Ramirez) for at least the next 2 years. I personally hope that they don't get A-Rod, at least not at the 30 MM price tag per year he's likely going to fetch. I think that the money would be better spent on more bullpen arms and starting pitching.
Regarding "Democracy", baseball already has revenue sharing. I personally think that 2 things should be changed. 1, the revenue sharing should come with a mandate to spend the money on players. The idea that teams can collect 20+ mil in revenue sharing and spend under 20 mil in payroll is rediculous. 2nd, a hard cap on salaries should be implemented. While the free-market businessman in me says should say that teams should be allowed to do what they want, I believe that all teams would benefit and the game would improve if overall competitiveness were improved. I just don't see how having teams that are always cellar dwellers and teams that are always good will draw fans in droves. For the large part, the Yankees and the Red Sox will always be able to make money, even if their team doesn't make the playoffs. Teams like the rockies, on the other hand, tremendously benefit from making the playoffs through the interest and attendance of the casual fan.
Anyways, now that baseball is done, America can focus on a real sport! Go Pats!

Anonymous said...

The Red Sox have been great this year! You should mention Jacoby as being really cute, fun to watch and someone with great potential for the team. I think a salary cap is a good idea, too. As far as rules are concerned, it kind of makes sense that if you pitch you should bat as you are part of the team. We baby our players too much and take away from the fact it is a game and we pay them for our entertainment, not because they are adding much to the world or anything. We pay them by our attendance and buying of baseball products. I think sports players and TV/movie personalities are so overpaid as they only provide entertainment and not much else. We are a self-indulgent people and I think it shows through how we spend our money. I do enjoy baseball, but don't like the financial aspect of it.

Alyson said...

Ummmm....don't know much about baseball, so I don't have much to add. Maybe you could teach me sometime. However, in regards to what the last person said about entertainers shouldn't be getting paid what they do because they're not contributing much to world, I understand that point of view. It makes sense in a perfect world. But, personally, I think it's a great sign that we can pay our entertainers so much. In a way, it shows how blessed we are as Americans that we don't have to just spend on necessities and we have "extra" money to spend on things that make us happy. These are the things that add spice to our lives. So, in that respect, our entertainers do deserve what they get.

Donna said...

Hi Mom--we all know you're in love with that young rookie Jacoby Ellsbury! He is really good and the Red Sox are very fortunate to have him. For the rules: I don't really care if the pitcher bats or not, I just think the rule should be the same in both Leagues. I've always thought that entertainers get paid too much and that there should be salary caps. They don't need all that money, and they're not doing anything truly essential to the running of the world, although they do give many people jobs and that helps keep the unemployment rate low and the economy going. I agree with Alyson that the entertainment they provide us with is valuable and good because it adds fun and interest to our lives. That's not self-indulgence, it's just a great way to live here in in America!