Did anybody happen to catch this doc on HBO? It was pretty good. It was pretty emotional, obviously. It reminded me of something that was easy for me to forget: that the 01 World Series was probably the greatest ever. I'm not a Yankees fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm not a hater either. It was pretty easy for me to get behind the D-backs. First of all, Curt Schilling is my second favorite pitcher ever. But more than that, I believed in the principle that we didn't *need* the Yankees to win to pull through the aftermath of 9/11. Watching the doc made me realize just how strong baseball can be as an American institution and it made me remember how strong it was in uniting people.
I didn't know if this was public knowledge, but I had no idea that there was a Secret Service agent, armed to the freakin teeth, disguised as an umpire out on the field as Bush threw the first pitch of Game 3.
Jeter to Bush: don't bounce it, they'll boo you.
The series itself couldn't have been scripted any better (and I guess there are those who do believe it was scripted).
-The home team won every game. -The Yanks couldn't touch Schilling or Johnson. -The D-backs couldn't touch Clemens. -There were, not one, but two (back to back) miraculous, "there's a higher power at work here" 9th inning comebacks for the Yanks. Or from a different perspective, Kim blows two 9th inning leads as he succumbs to pressure of facing the Yanks in the WS. -The D-backs brought the Yanks back to reality (by way of a brick wall) in Game 6. -The main event in Game 7: Clemens vs Schilling. Of course, Curt wasn't quite at his best being that this was his third start in 9 days. But that's why you have the Big Unit (congrats to him by the way). -Kim's sins being absolved as the best closer ever in the postseason shows that he really is human.
You'll never forget the 01 Series. But for some reason, I needed to be reminded of how great the actual baseball was.
Zito's big issue is that his old pitching coach left Oakland before 2004. Maybe he's gotten over it, maybe not. And geez, Billy, you couldn't have dealt one of your aces to your old protege JP in Toronto, eh? We could've offered you....uh...