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Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!! (October 29, 2007 - 4:51 p.m.)

There was a whole lot of noise in the dispatch office where I work last night when Jonathan Papelbon struck out that last batter in Denver.

Of course, it was all made by me.

But still...there was a lot of noise.

It was an unbelievable season for the Red Sox Nation this year. I can't remember when we have watched our Red Sox dominate the AL East for the entir season (except for just a handful of days), and have the best record in baseball for most of that season. And except for a few brief moments of tremendous anxiety, they rolled through the playoffs like a juggernaut, crushing everything in its path.

The amazing thing is this: The Sox outscored the Rockies 29-10 in the World Series. If you add that to the last three games of the AL Championship Series, they outscored their opponents by a whopping 59-15!! And how many home runs were hit during those 7 games?? Only 12. Only two in the World Series.

And that is how the Red Sox played all season long. The Red Sox were 18th in the entire major leagues in home runs this year. Below the middle of the pack. Yet they maintained the best record in baseball for most of the 2007 regular season. This is the ultimate in "small ball." This is how you win championships.

Ironically...who led the MLB in home runs? Well, Milwaukee actually led the whole MLB. They finished second, out of the playoffs. The Yankees led the AL, and were knocked out in the first round. Home runs do not equal championships.

I don't know how many records were crushed by the Sox during this Series and Playoffs. I'll have to research this. I do know that I disagree terribly with the majority on who should be the MVP for this World Series. It was awarded to Mike Lowell. Now, don't get me wrong, I love Mike Lowell and think he was an invaluable part of the team.

But I have to look at what Jacoby Ellsbury contributed to this team, especially during the series. Becoming the third rookie in MLB history to have a four hit World Series game, and combining with Dustin Pedroia to have an incredible game my book Ellsbury is the MVP of this World Series.

I wonder where Coco Crisp is going to play next year? I betcha it won't be in center field for the Red Sox...either that or J.D. Drew will be out of a job. We'll see.

In other really fantastic news, A-Roid has chosen to opt out of his contract with the Yankees. What does this mean? Primarily that our home team, the Texas Rangers, will not have to keep paying for him anymore. This will save the Rangers about 21 million dollars. I wonder what Tom Hicks will do with that money? Probably nothing productive for his team or fans. That's just his way.

Maybe he'll go buy another soccer team.

Well, I have to take Stephanie to a doctor's appointment, so that's all for now.

TTFN, y' many months until April??

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