Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lucky Town

Recently, I finished reading the fourth book in the Dark is Rising series: The Grey King. I had hopes for this book given that it won a Newberry Medal when it came out in the late seventies. At first, I was willing to concede it was better than Greenwitch but it was hard for me to figure out how this won anything but now that I've finished it, I was, to quote a certain turtle from Finding Nemo, "like whoa." As any good writer should do, Cooper takes her story from this myth and that myth and combines them really coolly in my humble opinion. (A certain fan of Celtic mythology would like these books...) I found myself oddly interested in the Welsh countryside as well. Up until this point, all I really knew was that Doctor Who and other shows were filmed in Cardiff...

Now a word or twenty about the Red Sox making to the American League Championship series versus the D...Rays. The Rays have a great young team this year and what they've accomplished is amazing but I just can't fathom a team that has, well, sucked all these years to suddenly be the best team ever. Sure, teams such as the Detroit Tigers have turned it around before but they've been around a long time. The Rays do not have the history to back it up. Then again, the team that came into existence around the same time, the Colorado Rockies, made it all the way to the World Series last season before getting beat (What team did that? Oh yeah right. The Sox.) but then, while certainly not stellar, the Rockies haven't been as bad a team...

Game One resulted as I had expected. (Actually, I didn't expect a shutout but close enough...) Watching Josh Beckett's performance last round has me concerned but, on the other side, Scott Kazmir was the losing pitcher in the only game the White Sox won. This could come down to whichever starting pitcher sucks worse as both bullpens seemed solid last night. Regulate Mike Timlin to keeping people's seats warm and we'll be fine...

Prediction: Red Sox in 7 games.

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