I watched most of both games yesterday and here are a few random notes that are bouncing around my cranium.
- I want the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series. My reasons why can be summarized in two words: Larry Walker. When he silenced the crowd with a 400-plus shot to left centre in the first inning yesterday, I leapt out of my seat. The Maple Ridge, BC native is batting .357 in the post season with four home runs. In his 16th year of Major League Baseball, he is without a doubt the best hitter this country has ever produced. Heck, I'm not even sure who would be number two...Matt Stairs maybe? I want St. Louis to win it all so Canada's best player can add a World Series title to his already impressive resumé.
- How can anyone refute the existence of The Curse? During our Thanksgiving get-together my brother Steve tried to convince me that this was Boston's year. I had no doubt the Yankees would beat the Red Sox then and with New York holding a 3-0 lead in the series, it's looking awfully certain that I was right. There is a curse and Boston will never again win another World Series. Mark my words.
- Roger Clemens is the best pitcher in the history of baseball. He seemed to get stronger as he went along yesterday and provided Houston with a vital win in their NLCS. At 42 years of age he may very well win his unprecedented seventh Cy Young award this year. No other pitcher has won six. I wasn't happy with the way he orchestrated his way out of Toronto, but I can't complain about his two Cy Young seasons spent here. He's simply the best.
Now for some football...