Terry Francona on ice skates and other serious business
With eyes off the ice (if you didn’t see our glory, I recapped it Carolina style HERE and you can read ALL about those classy Canucks fans HERE and HERE), Boston turns its hungry eyes to the mound, aiming to wear a different type of skate.
The no-good, stingerless, Damon-harboring, Manny-chasing, Tropicana swigging Tampa Crampahs.
See, while Tim Thomas was kicking ass and we were prepping our gullets for Stanley Cup champagne yesterday, the Beckster was holding down the fort, guerrilla style.
Not that fort. THIS FORT. Google Image Search, you always take me so seriously.
Josh Beckett was doing this all over Tropicana Field.
Metaphorically, of course. If Josh Beckett was a REAL ninja, the NESN cameras would not have caught the greatness. Of course… um… everyone was kind of watching hockey. So no one saw him be a badass. Which is like a REAL ninja.
And it was great.
Beckett shut the Rays down in a ONE HIT wonder.
With help from my most favoritist Kevin Youkilis.
With a THREE RUN HOMERUN EXTRAVA-FRICKING-GANZA.
And, Tampa, we’re about to hampah your style once again. Ray chowdah anyone?
Speaking of skates, did you know that Terry Francona has been in them?
Speaking of weird things- the writing could be on the wall for Wake, as Miller is officially part of the rotation.
But that’s depressing. We don’t do depressing today. At least not in cyber-Boston.
Isn’t Boston grand?
PS- Here is honest to god proof that women are better baseball fans.
Depressed hockey’s over?
“At the end of the day, you have to give credit where credit is due,” Vigneault commented. “Boston played a real strong game. They got great goaltending and they were able to score a couple of tough goals around our net and they deserved to win.”
So, Bruins fans, ignore ignorant haters and drink your champagne. You’ve earned it. And join us in staring down Tampa.
On a serious note, I’m genuinely disgusted that a ridiculously stupid minority is ruining the Vancouver experience. It looks like this happened in 1994 with the Rangers win. It looks like a pattern. But it’s a pattern in the minds of a select few stupid people. Not the city of Vancouver.
Vancouver is seriously one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is probably in my top three favorite cities. It’s a city I would love to live in (not the hockey team. But, you know), complete with beautiful buildings, views and people. Ever since trekking to visit family in the Pacific Northwest years ago, I’ve had living there on my wish list.
Please do not lump the entire city in with the jerks running around in teargas, k? I promise you it’s an extremely small minority and that Vancouver joins you in your disgust for these riots. I’ve spoken to friends today in Vancouver (all of whom are okay) who are just embarrassed at what is becoming an international gag-inducer.
See, when stuff like this happens, it doesn’t just go against the host city. It goes against everyone who enjoys the sport. It cheapens the fan experience for ALL hockey fans and does more than surface damage. It injures the integrity of hockey, regardless of whether you’re a Bruins fan, a Canucks fan or (god forbid) a Rangers fan.
We ALL lose our credibility when ridiculous things like this happen. I hope the instigators are caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And I hope generalizations can be minimized in the aftermath.
Loved this summation by NPR. Worth the read.