Girardi's the guess (cont.)
Posted: Sunday October 28, 2007 1:28AM; Updated: Sunday October 28, 2007 1:28AM
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Jacoby Ellsbury ... I like his future.
As for Coco Crisp, I hope he's renting.
I'd still say Daisuke Matsuzaka was worth the $51 million posting fee, and the $52 million he got later. He may have hit a wall late in the season, but he got a second life in the postseason. One thing about Dice-K, though, he can lose it quickly -- as he did Saturday night, when he walked two straight hitters with a 6-0 lead. Manager Terry Francona wisely removed Matsuzaka at that point. Unlike a few other managers who shall go nameless (OK, Clint Hurdle), Francona always seems to know when to remove a pitcher.
Hurdle went too long with Rockies starter Josh Fogg. Six runs, 10 hits, too long.
Matt Holliday ... very good. Maybe he should have been MVP. Holliday launched one bullet Saturday to centerfield in Coors -- a Silver Bullet, if you will -- one that traveled an estimated 437 feet. I've got to question Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek calling for a first-pitch fastball there. You've got to know Holliday's the only guy who can really hurt you now on the Rockies.
After Holliday, the Rockies' next-best threats in the playoffs have been Yorvit Torrealba and Kazuo Matsui.
Having now seen the Rockies a few times, I wonder why Jeff Baker wasn't DHing in Fenway, instead of Ryan Spilborghs. Although, I hear Spilborghs keeps things light in the clubhouse -- and he did send one to the wall that was caught Sunday.
Hideki Okajima is much tougher the first time you see him.
Loved how the Coors crowd never gave up, cheering little victories like a strikeout of Manny Ramirez down by a bunch.
Matt Herges really got the crowd going by striking out the side -- Ramirez, Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew. Herges is amazing. He's pitched on all five N.L. West teams, and earlier this year, he pitched two stints at Triple-A at Colorado Springs.
Alex Rodriguez's spokesman, Steve Fortunato, told MLB that Rodriguez will not be able to attend to accept the Hank Aaron award today. Fortunato emailed that A-Rod was tending to a family matter. He also would have been hounded by the paparazzi (and us) if he came.
Prince Fielder is expected to be the National League recipient. Though once again, I wonder why Holiday didn't win that.
Nice to see Craig Biggio get the Roberto Clemente award, a great honor for someone who excels on the field and off it. Clemente was one of the greats of the game. Biggio is pretty good, too.
Very sporting of owner Astros owner Drayton McLane to attend the ceremony (and maybe new GM Ed Wade got a day off from being told what to do -- though I doubt it.)
Indians assistant GM Chris Antonetti appears to be the favorite to win the Cardinals GM job. Nice consolation. But knowing him, Antonetti still would have rather had one more victory over the Red Sox.
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