Sunday, October 21, 2007

I'm torn

As a fan, I'm torn between the two World Series teams.

Yes, the Boston Red Sox are on almost as much as "Leave it to Beaver" to borrow a phrase from Pete Gillen, and some people don't like that much exposure.

The flip side is you get to see personalities outside of just Manny Ramirez and Curt Schilling and David Ortiz.

Take Red Sox rookie Dustin Pedroia. He's 150 pounds and has a softball-type uppercut swing. He looks nothing like the catalyst for a World Series team. Yet, that's exactly what he's been.

And Kevin Youkilis? Picture a baseball player. Eye-test wise, Youk's not gonna cut it. Word-by-word, however, he is a baseball player in his purest form.

Now, on to the Rockies. How can you not love the latest destiny's darlings?

They don't have a big payroll. They have a long-suffering star (Todd Helton). They have more ex-quarterbacks than a local college (Helton, Seth Smith and hitting coach Alan Cockerell were all college QBs and Matt Holliday was an Oklahoma State QB signee). They have two guys with Louisiana ties (LSU's Brad Hawpe and ex-Captain Yorvit Torrealba).

And they have a manager whose 5-year-old daughter has Prader-Willi Syndrome, a disorder that causes morbid obesity and cognitive struggles, among other things.

So it's hard to say who would make a better story should they win the World Series. And, in a postseason full of them that is something that is good for baseball.


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