October 12, 2009


Dustin Pedroia:
We're all shocked.
Jacoby Ellsbury:
About as tough a loss as you can have.
Mike Lowell:
This one hurts down deep.
Jonathan Papelbon:
You can't even classify how this one hurts more than any other.
David Ortiz:
We've finished people up in three games before, too. It tells you as quick as it comes, as quick it can go.
Theo Epstein:
I don't think anything that occurred in this series came completely out of the blue ... There were certain things that went down this series that were foreshadowed in the regular season as well.
Terry Francona:
The season doesn't wind down. It just comes to a crashing halt. You go into the top of the inning excited because you think you're going to keep playing. Half an inning later, you're going home.
A. Bartlett Giamatti:
The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops. Today, October [11] ... it stopped, and summer was gone.


Zenslinger said...

Love the Giamatti quote.

In some ways I feel a bit liberated that I don't have to stare, drunk and emotional, at a television screen most nights for the next couple of weeks. It's a rationalization with a capital "r", but I'll take it.

laura k said...

Zen, I had a similar rationalization today. OK, now I'm less busy, I can go to sleep earlier, focus on my own life, not have the tension, esp of an ALCS vs NYY. Not for nothing I am the Queen of Rationalization.

* * * *

Yesterday Castiglione mentioned the Giamatti piece, and said, let's hope we can hold off on reciting that for a while.

OB said, for a few days, maybe even weeks.

And here we are.

Amy said...

Yeah, I am on the rationalization train also. I am still not fully recovered from staying up until 1 am for two games (and then not falling right to sleep due to aggravation). I no longer can lose sleep like that and feel too good the next day...or week.

I think Theo's quote is telling. Is he referring to Pap's prior meltdowns? The long dry spells for the offense? Something else?

I love the Giamatti quote, but it makes me sad.

tim said...

Huston Street auditioning for the role of Jon Papelbon.

I think he'll get the part.

9casey said...

tim said...
Huston Street auditioning for the role of Jon Papelbon

It seems as tough closers blow more games in the playoffs then they do all year combined...
The thing about it is a manager will never pull a closer til he actually coughs it up.

Gambrinus said...

Theo's quote is...kinda ominous. But also true.

Jere said...

Thanks for a fun season, everybody, even though I only came around for the first half this time. And it was good to meet some of you in person in '09.

Side note: I went to Northampton today and I'm pretty sure Amy was at the next table at the Mexican place. I didn't say anything, since I wasn't quite sure it was her--until she started to walk out at which point I said "Amy!" semi-loud, but either she didn't hear me or it wasn't her...

Back to middle note: I was at Game 3. Ouch.

Rob said...

Also most of the time the closers aren't beginning an inning. They're usually asked to go more than one and they're brought into tough situations.

accudart said...

A couple of points here that are right on....Theo stated what a lot of us felt going into the series. I know I never felt jacked up about this being number III in my lifetime. Maybe next year we'll be feeling it. And yes ...watching Street last night was almost like deja vu all over again. Still hard to complain about our lot...I like Allan's math 2004 +3 =2007, + 3= 2010. And to think Allan went to public schools..

Amy said...

Jere, sorry I missed you in Noho, as we do go there often to eat, but it wasn't me! I was on the Cape for the weekend and did not get home to western MA until last night. (Plus we never eat Mexican---it stopped agreeing with us years ago.)

But we do eat there at least once or twice a month (usually Italian food), so keep your eyes open for me next time around!!

(I would recognize you and would never ignore you!)

allan said...

And to think Allan went to public schools..

"Got a good Christian raisin'
And an eighth grade education