Consternation at Sox Nation in any location

October 28, 2007|By PETER SCHMUCK

DENVER — DENVER-- --This should come as great news to everyone who has bristled at the way the Boston Red Sox and their fans seem to take over Camden Yards whenever they come to town.

It isn't just us.

The Red Sox were their normal overbearing postseason selves last night, and it took only three innings for the road warriors of Red Sox Nation to break into a very audible "Let's go Red Sox" chant during the first-ever World Series game at Coors Field.

No, they didn't out-shout the towel-waving home crowd, but they were able to make themselves heard over the stunned silence when the Red Sox jumped all over Rockies starter Josh Fogg for six runs in the third inning. After that, it was only a matter of time before the Red Sox were on the threshold of their second World Series title in four seasons.

Not that any of this is particularly counterintuitive. The Red Sox were a heavy favorite to end all this Rocky Mountain magic, but who could have imagined that the team that won 21 of 22 games to get into the World Series would - and please pardon the expression - disappear into thin air?

Maybe they didn't set the humidor high enough, because the Red Sox had little trouble adapting to the elements and slapping the artificially moisturized baseballs all over the Rockies' spacious ballpark.

And all that talk about how tough it would be for starter Daisuke Matsuzaka to maintain command of his pitches apparently was overblown, too, as he held the Rockies to three hits through 5 1/3 innings while the Red Sox were hammering their way to an all-but-insurmountable three-game lead in the best-of-seven Fall Classic.

No team has recovered from that kind of deficit in the World Series, which creates an ironic convergence in which the Rockies have to look to the miraculous American League Championship Series comeback of the 2004 Red Sox for proof that a team can come back from three games down.

The Rockies have done the almost impossible once, so you can't entirely count them out. They could make the case that it should be a lot easier to win four games in a row than it was to win 21 of 22 and overcome the home-field disadvantage to sweep both the division and league championship series.

There's probably some tiny bit of logic there, but it's more likely that they reached the mountaintop with their quick victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, and there was nowhere to go but downhill after putting all that momentum on hold for eight days.

It didn't help that the red-hot Rockies drew the most balanced team from the superior league and put a month of positive energy on the line in Game 1 against the hottest pitcher in the postseason.

They have barely been heard from since. The Red Sox blew them out in the opener and have overwhelmed them by a combined score of 25-7.

The Rockies could be forgiven if they were just happy to be here, but there was some question whether they would ever show up until they scored five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to make it interesting for a while last night.

The Red Sox and their fans, on the other hand, seem to show up everywhere, which has become quite a vexation to the locals in several less fortunate locations. Nobody knows that better than Orioles fans, who have become so tired of Red Sox Nation they would rather put their tickets on eBay than put up with another evening in Fenway Park South.

The denizens of Coors Field got only a small taste of that last night, but it probably was enough.

Of course, there will be plenty more where that came from if the Red Sox nail this down and the New England Patriots continue to mow down every team in their path. Even the Boston College football team has a chance to win the national championship this season.

If this keeps up, there will be absolutely no living with these people.

At least it's not just us.

peter.schmuck@baltsun.com

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