Sunday, October 28, 2007

Red Sox soak up another sweep

For the majority of the 2007 season, the Boston Red Sox owned the best record in baseball.

They capped that run Sunday night with a sweep of the Colorado Rockies in the World Series.

Appropriate? In that they won, yes. In the way they won, no.

Boston never won more than five games in a row during the season. So, of course, the Red Sox won their final seven games.

Boston's offense played to form -- inconsistent -- through much of the postseason, but came up with enough runs when it matters.

Mike Lowell may have been named the World Series Most Valuable Player, but an argument can be made manager Terry Francona was just as valuable.

Francona may not win any Manager of the Year awards, but his golden touch and his ability to blend young talent (Dustin Pedroia, Jonathan Papelbon, Jacoby Ellsbury) with his big-name veterans (Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, David Ortiz) is a defining factor in both the 2004 and 2007 world championships.


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