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Congratulations, Red Sox

October 29, 2018

Red Sox Ownership May Be Interested in Revival of Ancient Broadway Show. ~ Stay tuned in this article for the latest hot rumors.


Congratulations, Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox! You got what you deserved. You are the World Series Champions of 2018 and the winner of 119 games over the course of both the regular season and the 11 more you added through your three rounds of playoff victory over the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

You did it with the relentless fiery heart of destiny pulling you all the way into your final result. There was no stop in your go. You overcame an invitation to frustration and exhaustion by the loss in that 18-inning game at LA in Game 4, but you got back up and punched your way back to the top. Not even that late inning knockdown punch from the 3-homer time at bat by Yasiel Puig in Game 4 could leave you stone cold. You got off the canvas and followed a 3-homer spot punch by MVP David Pearce and other Boston bats that followed to render the Dodgers unconscious and just about marinate them enough for the final cooking that LA took last night to finish their hopes in the Game 5 finale.

Rookie Red Sox Manager Alex Cora was cool, calm, and gutsy.

There were some tough moments for the Red Sox in the 6th inning of Game 4, but the relentless rally play of the Bostons would soon enough save Alex Cora from any actual nail-biting.

He went after the Dodgers with all he had from pitchers and position players in Game 3, and, as he gazed so intently at the scoreboard throughout the marathon game, he appeared like Captain Ahab of literature fame ~ in focused search of a Moby Dick victory outcome at the risk of leaving his own club doubly vulnerable in Game 4, should they lose this one.

Risk Strategy Management. ~ It is the order of life for those field leaders who decide that the outcomes at stake are worth the gambles involved with a semi-“kitchen sink” approach to the use of personnel prior to a Game 7 moment. Cora ran this table very well in Game 3. As a result of last night’s Series win in five games, he has avoided what writers may have written had Boston lost both Games 4 and 5 and now may have found themselves flying back to Fenway for Game 6 trailing the Dodgers 3 games to 2.

Unfair as it often is, a manager’s intelligence level has no gradient scale. As a manager, you are either a “genius” or an “idiot” ~ depending upon whether your club wins or loses. Alex Cora may now rest on the genius shelf~ until something goes wrong enough to fire somebody because losing affects the gate ~ but a club has to be careful who they fire. You can’t afford to fire the whole team.

But that’s not a “can of worms” worry for Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox on the morning of October 29, 2018, They are now the new Champions of Major League Baseball. It’s their time to “gather their rosebuds while they may.”

The rest of us will be waiting for them in 2019, especially us Astros fans!

Note on The Championship Date Ending in “–18”

The last time the Red Sox won a World Series in a year ending in “–18” was 1918. After selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees prior to 1920, the Red Sox didn’t win another World Series in the 20th Century. In fact, they would not win another World Series until 2004 ~ 86 years later ~ when they won their next World Series and broke the so-called “Curse of the Bambino.”

Hey, Red Sox, here’s a deal for you! ~ We understand that the current Red Sox owners want to bring back the musical “No No, Nanette” as a revival show on Broadway, but they need a modest $10,000,000 to finance the venture, plus 2019 salary increases for several of their current baseball stars. ~ Hey, new Champs, if, indeed, you are smart enough to be seriously interested, please have GM Dave Dombroski get in touch with Astros GM Jeff Luhnow at your earliest convenience. He can have the show biz/salary-raise money you’re going to need in your account before nightfall ~ and ~ to make that happen ~ all you have to do is sign over the player contracts of Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, and David Price to the Houston Astros in a fair and equitable exchange of money for valued baseball services. ~ That should solve both your Broadway show financing and bulging salary problems in one fell swoop.

What a deal, right?



Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

PPE01: Congratulations, Astros!

October 7, 2015
"You Gotta Have Heart!" And, bearing a close dugout resemblance singing the famous in this photo, the Astros again proved that they've got miles and miles of HEART!"

“You Gotta Have Heart!”….
….and, bearing a close dugout resemblance to the boys singing the famous “heart” song here from “Damn Yankees,” the 2015 Astros again proved all the miles and miles of HEART they possess by taking it to the 2015 “Damn Yankees” last night in The Bronx! Well done, Astros! Houston Pride Rises!


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Congratulations, Houston Astros! Your 3-o win over the New York Yankees last night was both a work of art and a statement of everything that has been the strength of this exciting young club all year. It only took two first-pitch “hit-or-sit” swings by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez, plus a little razzle dazzle base runner management by A.J. Hinch, some great situational hitting by Jose Altuve, incredible lights-out pitching by Dallas Keuchel and the relief staff, a club oblivion to the animal attitude of Yankee fans, and a dugout spirit of camaraderie that only grew more humanly fun to watch as the innings melted away from a Yankee club that played more like the “outside the safe house” cast of the original “Night of the Living Dead” movie.

Now that the Astros have won their way into the AL Divisional Series round as the remaining wild card, here’s a short list on a few ironies for our boys and all fans to celebrate and hope that we now avoid:


1) With their 3-0 thumping of the Yankees in the wild card, in-or-out game, they ave established themselves as the only club in MLB history to hold a winning edge against the Bronx Bombers is post-season play, all-time. When you’ve only played another team once in post-season, that one game is your all-time post-season history with that particular club.

2) The previously explained condition also establishes the Astros as the only club, all-time, to hold the Yankees scoreless over their entire post-season history.

3) You get the idea. Based upon what the Astros did Tuesday night, what other all-time post-season accomplishments against the Yankees do you see that may appeal to other Astros fans as other reasons to celebrate? Please post them as comments.


1) Let’s hope the Astros don’t get swept by the Royals now that we’ve come this far.

2) If we end up playing the Cubs in the World Series, don’t get swept by them – and don’t lose to them. Period. We’ve already helped the other club from Chicago to break their World Series Championship drought – and that one lasted from 1917 to 2005, when the White Sox swept the Astros while the club was still a member of the National League. Now, do the Astros subsequent forcible transfer to the American League, Houston has a chance to yield the same embarrassing service in 2015 to the Cubs – and they last won a World Series in 1908.

Do we really want the Astros to be the club that allows the Cubs, should they also survive to reach this year’s big show against the Astros, to break a 108-year old absence from the World Series winner’s circle by beating our guys?

No way!


Baseball Is Still the Greatest!

Baseball Is Still the Greatest!