My Turn

'From Shilling to Schilling'

10/25/2007 3:55 PM

Tim McCarver is the baseball analyst most likely to say exactly what I was thinking just then.
Great example a few minutes ago (in DVR time anyway) during the top of the 6th inning of Game 2 of the World Series.
Fox conducted a hideous, integrated (into the game!) promotion for Taco Bell.
Red Sox minor leaguer and apparent paid stooge Royce Clayton is shown miked the night before telling Red Sox rookie center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury that America gets a free taco from Taco Bell if you steal a base. Then cue video of rookie stealing second, the theft that buys everyone the yummy tacos.
Then Fox goes to Taco Bell’s CEO for an "interview" in the stands with "journalist" Chris Myers.
"Great work," Buck says drolly when the "interview" ends.
Meanwhile, Red Sox starting pitcher Curt Schilling is getting ready to pitch to Todd Helton.
After a pitch or two, as I am internally screaming at the television, Tim says what must be said.
"From shilling to Schilling."
Buck replies succinctly:
"Well said. Curt, and the Red Sox, are leading 2 to 1."
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Friday morning update: Well, that was the final score, Red Sox 2, Rockies 1. Maybe it was the long layoff. Maybe the Sox are too strong, including the back end of their bullpen (Okajima and Papelbon were devastating in relief of Schilling).
But to my Rockies fan friends, some advice from a New Yorker: it’s been done before. In 1996, the Yankees, also after a long layoff, lost the first two games of the Series against Atlanta and came back to win it all, starting the now-ended Joe Torre era. And in 1986, the Mets lost the first two games against the Red Sox and we all know how that turned out. Of course, both teams lost the first two games at home, but don’t focus on that.
The Sox will have the disadvantage of having to bench either David Ortiz or Kevin Youkilis as there’s no designated hitter in National League parks. The home faithful will be waving towels and whatnot. Maybe it’ll snow! Let’s see Manny be Manny skidding on slush.
Here’s hoping for Game 7 back under the giant Citgo sign that brings that fair Fenway light.