Enjoy Game 6 of '08 World Series: On TV Right NOW!
I assume all serious baseball fans are now watching Game 6 of the '08 World Series that's on TBS right NOW. Oh, it's otherwise known as Game 4 of the Division Series between the defending world champion Red Sox and the 100-win Angels.
I'm not kidding: The World Series is being played right now. You just have to recognize it, rather than be informed about it later. In fact, I JUST realized it as I was watching. Now that the Cubs are cooked, the Red Sox and Angels are the Two Best Teams left in the postseason -- probably by far.
Whichever wins this division series will handle the Rays in six games or less in the ALCS, then beat the representative of the Inferior League in the Series.
Come on, you know it. It's a bummer, so you don't want to acknowledge it. With the great-on-paper choking-dog Cubs now working on Lost Century No. 2, nobody else in the National League is a serious Series winner. The Dodgers won only 84 games. Sure, they're got Manny Ramirez. How cute. But who are their No. 3 and 4 starters? A rookie, Chad Billingsley, is their No. 2. The Phils have the same problem. When Brett Myers and Jamie Moyer are your No. 2 and 3 starters, you can be a good team. You don't win the Series.
It's nice that the Rays got into the ALCS a couple of hours ago. I'd love to see them in the Series. But they're not going to get there, now are they? Because the winner of this Red Sox-Angels will beat them. Yes, the Rays beat the Red Sox in their season series, 10-8, including 8-1 in games at Tropicana Field. The Rays also played the Angels confidently. Besides, it's all part of Tampa Bay's master plan for the Red Sox and Angels to wear eachother out before they face the Rays.
But I'll believe the Rays in the Series (and enjoy it a ton) only when I actually see it.
Are there scenarios where the Boston-L.A. winner isn't also world champ? Sure. But I don't buy them. I think we're seeing the Series right now -- 0-0 in the third inning. Jon Lester against John Lackey. And a Game 7 -- sorry, I mean a Game 5 -- back in Anaheim, if needed. The Red Sox, with Mike Lowell out, Josh Beckett fragile and Dice-K shaky against the Angels in Game 2, may really need to win this one tonight.
At any rate, amid the avalanche of October baseball games, don't miss THIS one. It may decide the World Series three weeks ahead of time.
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