Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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ST. LOUIS — How do you like the World Series so far? Things sure get weird here in Missouri.
From Game 3 to Game 4.
“A walk-off obstruction and a walk-off pick-off,” Red Sox catcher David Ross said Sunday night.
“Tonight, their dugout was going, ‘what just happened?’ (Saturday) night, our dugout was going, ‘what just happened?’ “
ST. LOUIS — Before the call, there were other interesting facets to the St. Louis Cardinals’ 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the World Series, played Saturday night at Busch Stadium.
Why did Jarrod Saltalamacchia throw to third?
What was Brandon Workman doing with a bat in his hand?
And the, of course, there are a lot of questions about THE CALL.
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game that Craig Breslow probably wishes he didn’t try to make that that throw to third base.
The throw, which was trying to nab a runner attempting to advance from second base, sailed out of Breslow’s hands, allowing that runner to score the winning run in the seventh inning, in St. Louis’ 4-2 win over the Red Sox Thursday night at Fenway Park, in Game 2 of the World Series.
But Breslow thought he should have thrown the ball - just more accurately.
“I looked up and felt I had a play at third. I obviously didn’t make the throw (well). But looking back I still felt it was the right play. I just didn’t make the play.” he said.
The St. Louis Cardinals bring a more balanced team to Fenway Park than the one they brought to the 2004 World Series.
What does Boston need to do for victory? Today's advance offers a few clues.
As for that 2004 Series, the Cardinals catcher then is now their manager. Mark Matheny reflects back in today's column.
A little mystery concerns the status of Clay Buchholz, presumed to be the Game 3 starter. But manager John Farrell held off on announcing the starters for the weekend. Then after the workout, the mystery continued. See today's notebook.
If FOX can get the copyright permission, they should begin Wednesday’s telecast of the World Series with the opening scene from Fiddler on the Roof, featuring Tevye singing:
St. Louis vs. Boston.
This is baseball. Boston loves its baseball team, which began as the Boston Americans in 1901 … St. Louis had already had a team for 19 years. The St. Louis Brown Stockings began in 1882.