10/24/2004 3:42 PM ET
World Series Game 2 Hot Sheet
Ten things to consider before Sunday's game
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
|Tony Womack, who took a ball off the collarbone in Game 1, says he'll be ready to lead off in Game 2. (Elise Amendola/AP)
The St. Louis Cardinals visit the Boston Red Sox for Game 2 of the World Series at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday at Fenway Park. Here is what people around the Series are talking about:
1. Feeding the Nation
In the latest edition of the State of the RedSox.com Nation video show, Casey Stern has highlights and interviews with players as well as those fans who slept overnight in tents outside Fenway Park on Yawkey Way. The show also accepts fan e-mail, such as this missive from Bob Patton, a member of the U.S. Navy stationed in Misawa, Japan: "I've been a Red Sox fan for over 30 years, and I believe this 2004 club has the most heart and soul of any other. The Red Sox have the depth on the bench and in the bullpen -- it's going to be a great series."
2. The 'lam-a' speaks
Fox play-by-play man Joe Buck asked this question in an appearance on a St. Louis radio station: "Exactly when did I become the 'Where's The Beef?' lady?" It seems that everywhere Buck goes now, fans want him to shout the "signature" home run call that he did for a commercial: "Slam-a-lam-a ding dong!" Buck resisted the temptation when he called Mark Bellhorn's game-winner ( 56K | 350K) Saturday night: "Right field again, down the line, near the pole, home run, Bellhorn! A two-run shot, and it's 11-9, Boston, in Game 1. This one with much more significance, off the fencing along the foul pole down the right-field line."
3. It's all in the family
During the Red Sox radio broadcast heard on MLB.com's Gameday Audio, Boston Herald writer Steve Buckley popped his head into the booth to inform the crew that the Sox "just set a record for most Molinas faced in a postseason." Indeed, the Red Sox saw two of the three Major League-catching brothers in the AL Division Series when Bengie and Jose each appeared for Anaheim, and Saturday night they saw the third one, Yadier, bat in the ninth inning against Keith Foulke.
4. Here's some gibberish about the weather
Which of the following was seen at Fenway in Game 1?: (1) Bob Gibson, (2) Kirk Gibson, (3) the Brothers Gibb, (4) a gibbon ape, (5) Ewell Gibbons, (6) Abe Gibron, (7) a waxing gibbous moon? If you said No. 7, then congratulations. It will be harder to see a moon Sunday night with heavy cloud cover, but it should be dry and about the same temperature: 49 degrees at gametime.
5. Tough on a trio
Depending on how one looks at it, Larry Walker's 4-for-5 night in Game 1 did one of two things: it underscored the depth of the Cardinals' lineup, or it highlighted how the three guys behind him went 1-for-12. The only hit among the 3-4-5 batters was Jim Edmonds' bunt single in the second inning. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said of the threesome: "I didn't see them miss a lot of pitches down the middle. I just think they were pitched tough."
6. An unbiased Boston believer
Peter Golenbock has written books about Fenway Park and "The Spirit of St. Louis." "So I am covered," he said in and e-mail he sent to the World Series Hotsheet crew right before Game 1. "I have no affiliation other than as a baseball fan. I am picking the Red Sox. Eighty years of whining is enough."
7. Bouncing back
Cardinals second baseman Tony Womack said he came out of Game 1 because he "lost all feeling" in his right hand after catching a David Ortiz high-hopper in the collarbone. X-rays were negative. Womack, also trying to recover from lower back spasms, repeatedly said he will be ready to resume his leadoff spot in the batting order in Game 2. La Russa has gone with Edgar Renteria in the No. 1 slot the last two playoff games. "I'll be ready for leadoff," Womack said. "I'm a little sore, but I'm all right."
8. A few more brushstrokes, please
Leonardo da Vinci spent 12 years painting the Mona Lisa's lips, and maybe that's the best way to look at this World Series so far. The Sox and Cards didn't give anyone a masterpiece in one night, that's for sure. There were 14 walks, bad baserunning, and two errors by Manny Ramirez in one inning kind of typified the night. Boston won despite committing the most errors (four) in a Fall Classic game since Milwaukee in 1982. MLB.com's Brian McRae, appearing right after Game 1 on "Under the Lights" with Ed Randall and Jim Leyritz, said, "I don't want a world champion to be a team that does those type of things. I think it should be a very good baseball team. That's not the type of ball I grew up watching, and that's not the type of ball I want to watch."
9. How those dugout interviews work
Just for the record, Fox's in-game interviews in the dugout with the managers are taped between innings or during a logical break in the action. Many people have been curious about that throughout this postseason, including those who wondered how La Russa could have called for a suicide-squeeze bunt at the same time he was talking on TV during Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.
10. Life in the baseball towns
Readers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch saw this giant headline on the front page Sunday morning: "SOCKED!" The Boston Globe headline read: "Sox prevail in wild Series slugfest." That paper also reported that fans were calm after the victory as hundreds of police troops were deployed around town. The Herald front page was a full-page photo of Bellhorn's blast and the headline: "MARK of a WINNER!"
Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.