The Dr. Seuss World Series

From Wednesday’s Dispatch…

I don’t remember the last time I wrote a column. That’s probably not a good thing.
Anyway, I just couldn’t resist one more bit of baseball writing before winter descends on the former national pastime.
It’s the Sox and Rox on Fox in the Fall Classic.
Not original, but still clever.
A google search on the father of modern children’s literature provided some interesting analysis on the looming World Series.
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
That suits the Rockies down to the ground. It’s an upstart club, dead and buried in June until a series at Fenway in which the Mile High mashers pitched their way to winning two out of three in Beantown, beating Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling — starters for Games 1 and 2 — along the way.
The moral? The Rockies can’t suddenly become awed with the aura and stage of the World Series. They have to be their own, red-hot selves.
Then there’s this pearl of wisdom:
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
I don’t know that Dr. Seuss ever met Manny Ramirez, but this one describes the mercurial outfielder perfectly.
Remember a few days ago, when Boston was facing a 3-1 series deficit to Cleveland, Manny comes out with this nugget: “It doesn’t happen, so who cares? There’s always next year. It’s not like it’s the end of the world.”
The national media was appalled. Boston’s reply was it’s just Manny being Manny.
By the way, he hit .409 in the ALCS against the Tribe. He’s good. So is Boston.
So, who will win?
“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
There are a couple of different ways to look at this one. Can Colorado, with more down time lately than the local water system, pick up its torrid pace after the longest layoff — eight days — in the history of baseball postseason?
Or will Boston, battle-tested from its recent playoff successes, toss some cold water on the National League upstarts?
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
Look, I’m not denying that the Rockies have been baseball’s best story of 2007. And winning 21 games out of their last 22 is a definite head-turner.
But really? Can they win this series?
Boston has better starters in Beckett, Schilling and yes, even Matsuzaka. Josh Fogg and Aaron Cook taking the hill in the most pressure-packed scenario imaginable has to give you pause if you’re a Colorado fan.
The lineups are a push. The Rockies hit .280 as a team, while the Red Sox hit .279.
Defense is a definite edge for the Rockies, but the intangibles — namely experience — are hugely in favor of Boston.
My pick? Boston in 6.

Contact the writer at
rcapps@hendersondispatch.com.

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