Unless you’re an Astros fan, Game 1 certainly didn’t disappoint in terms of being a fun one to watch. I wish Fox didn’t feel the need to throw cheesy graphics and sounds all over everything, but I suppose that’s their right. Maybe someone like Kurt Elling or Buddy Guy to sing the Star-Spangled Banner?
From an outsider perspective, the things that caught my attention were Willy Taveras driving the ball into the gap twice (when the Astros played the Pads this year, I felt like every time Taveras hit a ball in the air, it was a victory), Mike Lamb being allowed to face lefty Neal Cotts in a late-inning situtation with RISP (ESPN’s David Schoenfield didn’t understand that move either), Joe Crede‘s defense at third base, and Bobby Jenks‘ 100-mph fastball.
Vince Galloro offers a frame-by-frame analysis of the game at Exile in Wrigleyville. Lisa Gray gives her take on the contest over at The Dugout. And the rest of us, of course, wish we were in either of their shoes right now.
Game 2 promises to be another great matchup. Two lefties who work quickly and stay around the plate go at it. Chat if you’d like. Enjoy the game!