Quite A Series

Poor Jayson Stark.


He doesn’t know drama when he sees it.


I’m guessing he doesn’t even watch TNT.


In a column on ESPN.com, the excellent senior baseball writer said the World Series lacked drama in the last four series simply because we didn’t get to a 6th game. Let’s break the last three series down Tim Kurkjian style:


*2005: Quite possibly the greatest sweep in the history of sports. After Jose Vizcaino tied game two with a clutch pinch hit single, Scott Podsednik hit a walk-off homerun off of Houston closer Brad Lidge. Remember that situation if Evan Longoria or Carlos Pena step up to bat in a tight situation in the late innings in the Series this year. Game three lasted just under six hours and rewarded those who stayed up way past their bedtime with some of the best postseason baseball in history. Geoff Blum’s shot in the 14th put the White Sox up and starter Mark Buehrle finished it off. Even though game four only had one run in the game (on a pinch hit single by Willie Harris – off Brad Lidge, of course) the copious “web gem” plays were more than thrilling for baseball aficionados.  The game and series ended when Orlando Palmerio grounded on a close play at first base and Chicago won the series in four straight games.


*2006: In a hole to Detroit early in the game and series, St. Louis got a huge homer from Albert Pujols in the 3rd inning of game one en route to a 7-2 win in Michigan. Game two saw Kenny Rogers pitch a gem with his hand full of, well, “dirt.” Rogers baffled the Cardinals (thanks to the foreign substance) as Detroit evened the Series up at one game a piece. Game three saw Chris Carpenter making his mark on the World Series. Pitching eight shutout innings against one of the more formidable offenses in baseball that season, Carpenter used his combination of off-speed pitches to silence the Tigers bats. St. Louis battled back from a 3-0 deficit in game four by playing small-ball and clinched the Series the next night behind Jeff Weaver’s gem in game five.


*2007: Josh Beckett (who rarely loses in October) got 13 runs from his teammates as Boston obliterated the Colorado Rockies 13-1 in Fenway Park. Not losing a game in the first two rounds of the playoffs, Colorado scuffled against Beckett and couldn’t put together a quality inning. Game two was closer. Colorado had Boston starter Cut Schilling on the ropes for five innings, but only mustered one run against the postseason folk hero. Getting a save from Jonathon Papelbon for 1 & 1/3 innings, Boston led the series 2-0. The longest 9-inning game in World Series history, game three turned into an instant classic. Mauling Colorado’s Josh Fogg in the 3rd inning, Boston put up six runs in the inning and the Series appeared over before it began in Denver. Everything changed in the late innings. Scoring a pair in the 6th and three runs in the 7th, Colorado narrowed the margin to a single run.  They couldn’t push across the tiebreaker and Boston piled on more runs in the 8th and 9th innings to win the game 10-5. Game four was the most exciting game of the Series as the Rockies failed to go quietly against Boston. Down from the start, Colorado again battled back late only to have Seth Smith’s shot in the 9th off Papelbon land just foul. Boston won the title without losing a game – the second time the Red Sox accomplished that feat this decade.


The World Series will always be exciting, riveting, compelling and enjoyable.


Regardless of how many games it takes to crown a champion.  


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