World Series: Josh Beckett, Sox Bats Own Game One

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World Series: Josh Beckett, Sox Bats Own Game One

http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2006/06/30/1151677957_3871.jpgDane Cook talked me into it—the funnyman got me to watch the 2007 World Series with those "There's only one October" commercials that air 24 hours a day.

Not like I needed much convincing, though.

Coming into Game One, the Colorado Rockies had won 21 of 22 games, including sweeps in both the NLDS and the NLCS.

The Boston Red Sox came back from the brink of elimination against the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS, having finally decided to start playing after digging themselves a 3-1 hole.

There was momentum on both sides, in other words—so the biggest question on Wednesday night was which team had the hotter hand.

That debate is officially over.

The Boston Red Sox were clearly the hotter of the two teams coming into the World Series.

Maybe Colorado's eight-day layoff actually did affect the team's mojo. In any event, the first inning of Game One was enough evidence for me to declare the Red Sox the champions...of Game One.

Obviously the Series isn't over, but Game One was finished about as soon as it got started.

After Josh Beckett struck out the side in the top of the first inning, Boston's Dustin Pedroia smashed a solo homer over the Green Monster on the second pitch he saw.  Manny Ramirez and J.D Drew each added RBI, giving the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.

And that was it—that was all Josh Beckett needed.  The game was over.

With only one inning was in the books, the Red Sox were already up 1-0 in the Series.

The final score was 13-1—and the game got to the point where I briefly debated switching over to watch A Shot at Love reruns on MTV.

Don't worry—I didn't.

I stuck around to see all of the following players contribute to the Boston scoring fest with at least one RBI: Pedroia, Youkilis, Ortiz, Ramirez, Varitek, Drew, Lugo, and Ellsbury.

Mike Lowell was the only Red Sox starter who failed to drive in a run, but he still did his part—a walk, a hit, and a run scored.

Beckett finished with nine strikeouts in his seven innings of work, allowing only six hits.

Game Two is scheduled for Thursday night, with coverage to start at 8:00 PM EST on FOX.  

Photo: Boston Globe (Globe Staff Photo/ Jim Davis)

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