Both Sides of the Coin
Speaking of beautiful pictures...
Poking around the Web today, I came across a couple of very interesting things: articles from the opposite coast hyping the game tonight between Boston and Oakland using phrases I thought the Red Sox had officially copyrighted. Words like "agony" "loss" "suffering" "blunder" and "blew a 4-3 lead".
Well, here, see for yourself:
The A's lost Game 3 at Fenway after a couple of sixth-inning baserunning gaffes. Byrnes didn't touch home and limped off toward the dugout before catcher Jason Varitek tagged him with the ball. That mistake was later compounded when Miguel Tejada stopped running several paces from home and screamed that he had been blocked while rounding third. If he had continued running home, he would have been awarded home plate, but he instead was ruled out.
In Game 4, Foulke blew an eighth-inning, 4-3 lead when David Ortíz hit a two-run double, forcing a Game 5 at the Coliseum that the A's lost.
Both games, the Fenway crowd worked itself into a frenzy. Boston players even encouraged fans to heckle A's starter Ted Lilly by taping his name on their backs and standing on the top step of their dugout for the crowd to see. The night before Game 3, a Red Sox backer incited a shoving match with Hudson at a bar. And fans laughed and cheered simultaneously after Varitek tagged Byrnes out. --(Sacramento Bee)
Whoa. Who knew?
The last impression the Red Sox left the A's with last year after a dramatic five-game playoff series was Derek Lowe's fist-pumping motion directed toward the Oakland dugout, a gesture most A's players viewed as rude, if not obscene. Former A's shortstop Miguel Tejada was so upset by Lowe's act, he flew into a teary outburst. --(SFGate.com)
"I wasn't playing, but it made me upset, what happened at the end,'' Crosby said. "I'm looking forward to going and stomping on them a little bit. That was not something any of us were too pleased about.''(SFGate)
Oh yeah, though, come to think of it, guys, we did kinda humiliate Oakland last year...remember?
Of course you don't. Nobody around here remembers the Angels in 1986, either. Or the Indians in 1999. We're so busy portraying ourselves as victims that we lose sight of the fact that we have often been the victimizers as well.
This is not to say that I don't think Crosby himself should be "stomped" for making such a huge deal about D.Lowe's little gesture. I think it's been blown all out of proportion.
Then again, don't the winners always feel that way?