10/26/2004: Could this be the turning point in the World Series?
Fox, in their run up to the pregame show for tonight's World Series Game 3, showed a little film clip of Johnny "Jesus" Damon and one of his teammates walking through the bowels of Busch Stadium to the visitor's dugout talking about the upcoming game. In response to some comment by his teammate Damon (I think) said, "The World Series? Is that still going on?"
Back in 1934, Bill Terry, manager of the then defending World Series Champion New York Giants, who were heavily favored to win at least the NL pennant that year, was giving an interview to some gentlemen of the press during spring training, when one of the reporters asked him to review the chances of the other teams in the League. Terry forgot to mention the Brooklyn Dodgers (who were, at that time the perennial doormats of the senior circuit), at which point one of the reporters asked, "What about Brooklyn?"
Terry shot back, "Brooklyn? Are they still in the league?"
Terry lived to regret that comment, as the pennant race that year came right down to the wire with the Giants facing a final two game homestand against the Dodgers. Legend has it that the Dodgers were so incensed by Terry's implicit insult, that they came into that last series loaded for bear. The Dodgers took both games against the Giants, and when the dust cleared, it was the St. Louis Cardinals (that year's team is the team which is known in baseball history as "The Gashouse Gang") who won the NL Pennant (and went on to win the World Series thanks to the inspired pitching of Dizzy and Paul Dean, who each won two Series games).
I do hope someone showed that clip to the Cardinals. That could be just what we need to fire up The Good Guys to spank the Sox.
UPDATE: Apparently not. We've blown the chance to score two runs on a questionable baserunning play by Larry Walker in the first, and a baserunning error by Jeff Suppan just now, and we're down 1-0 thanks to a first inning solo homer by Manny Ramirez.
I've got a bad feeling about this.
UPDATE 2: Make it stop, oh God, make it stop!!!!!
This has been painful. Simply painful.
Len on 10.26.04 @ 07:33 PM CST