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October 25, 2007 at 5:23 am ET
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The Game Was Over In The First Inning

Pedroia is now only 3-for-15 against the Rocks, but his first inning home run proved to be a show stopper.Could Game 1 of the World Series have been any more unwatchable? If it wasn’t for my good friend Stella Artois and the hope provided by the good people at Taco Bell, I wouldn’t have made it past the first inning.

3 straight Rockies’ strike outs followed by a 3-run Red Sox first wasn’t the kind of opening that anyone outside of the Red Sox fan base was looking for; although Red Sox fans might have been looking for 7 or 8 runs as they have become quite accustomed to blow-outs. It would have been naive, even though it was correct, to say the game was over after the first inning. However, if you knew your 2007 Red Sox, you would have known that game 1 was over long before the third run touched home plate in the first.

That’s right, the game was over when the 24 year old Red Sox second baseman, with the receding hairline and bald spot of a man twice his age, sent a Jeff Francis offering onto the lip of the green monster* for a lead-off home run.

That sounds cocky doesn’t it? A Dustin Pedroia lead-off home run isn’t enough to call the game for the Red Sox. Or is it?

What may have seemed like a harmless 1-0 need for the Red Sox was actually the kiss of death for the Rockies.

Little Dusty Pedroia had 8 home runs during the regular season this year and now has 2 during the playoffs. In the 10 games that the 5′ 8″ 180 lbs. second baseman homered in, the Red Sox outscored their opponents by a score of 97 to 38. That’s the kind of run differential that the Arizona Diamondbacks would have killed for.

So not only did the Red Sox outscore their opponents by an average of almost 6 runs in the games this year that Dustin Pedroia homered in, but the Red Sox have never lost any of those games neither. Never.

10-0. It’s simple math: 2007 Red Sox game + Dustin Pedroia home run = Red Sox victory. As a theorem, it has been proven correct 10 out of 10 times. There does not currently exist any data that can prove this theorem to be incorrect. It’s flawless in its perfection.   Nevermind that last season the Red Sox were 0-2 when Pedroia homered.  That was then.  This is now.

The Rockies should be advised to take note of this phenomenon and avoid serving up another home run ball to Dustin Pedroia at all costs.

* Can anyone explain why that lip is there atop the green monster? It seems like it does much more harm than it does good.

photo: ekilby

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One Response to “The Game Was Over In The First Inning”
  1. jayfallon says:

    The lip marks the spot where it would’ve been a homer back before they had the Monster seats, or better said, the border between your beers being in fair play or not. Often confusing because a pesky, albeit brave fan will sometimes stick their paw over the lip and touch a ball, then pretending it was a home run. Only the savviest of umpires, or Manny, will know when it’s really over the wall or just a long single.

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