LADY AT THE BAT: History At Fenway?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

History At Fenway?

It took only two pitches from Jeff Francis and the Red Sox were off to the races. Dustin Pedroia, the AL's probable 2007 Rookie Of The Year, sent the third pitch from Francis out of Fenway, giving the Red Sox the first of their 13 runs last night. Pedroia became the first rookie in history to lead off a World Series with the long ball.

The first rookie in history to lead off a World Series with the long ball. Woo-hoo! Break out the champagne! Honestly, I love how baseball is built around records and how hallowed so many of those records are, but sometimes things just go too far. Who cares if a rookie leads off a World Series with a home-run? Five years from now no one except Red Sox fans will even remember it, and that'll only be because of incessant airings on NESN. It would be the same thing with YES if, say, Shelley Duncan had done it.

In other World Series News: I loves me some Josh Beckett! The new Mr October had another spectacular outing, giving up just one run in seven innings of work last night. His performance, along with Boston's 12 run cushion, made it safe for Terry Francona to bring Eric Gagne in to close things out. Good job, Eric (laughter)!

The Lady

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