Archive for October, 2007

Halloween Pictures!
October 31, 2007

We can’t resist cute little ones dressed in funny Halloween costumes or the pets who had rather go to the vet than wear that Darth Vader outfit! So send us your kids’ and pets’ Halloween pictures from last year. We’ll post those now and this year’s pictures after Halloween Night 2007, so take some good pics!

(Lauren’s Dog Marley)

LaurenandOwen@Click2Houston.com

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2007 World Series: Red Sox Are World Champs… Again!
October 29, 2007

(World Series MVP, Boston 3rd Basemen Mike Lowell/Courtesy: Boston.com)
(Click picture for the entire slideshow)

I’m not gonna say I told you so, because I never predicted a sweep. But it felt like 2004 from the beginning of the end of the ALCS; not emotionally, but physically/statistically speaking with that dramatic comeback against the Indians and riding that momentum to score an average of 7 1/4 runs-per-game in the sweep of the Rockies. This is definitely a new era of Red Sox baseball. But what defines it? Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan gives his unique take on this curse-reversed-21st-century Red Sox team. As Ryan sees it, nothing compares to 2004 (there’s no time like the first time) but it’s okay to enjoy the ride these days without discrediting what that ’04 season meant to Red Sox nation. 86 years without a World Championship, then 2 sweeps in 4 years; It’s a bit overwhelming. And there’s the constant pressure to win again and again. The fans create that pressure and feel it too. Let’s face it, Red Sox fans are emotionally involved in their team. Heck, M.I.T. even studied them! But did we really need a study to tell us what bartenders all over Boston already know? We’ll be waiting ’til next year, even though we don’t have to anymore.

By the way, if you haven’t heard… Spring, TX-native and Red Sox ace Josh Beckett will be featured on the commemorative Wheaties Box for the 2007 MLB World Series. You’ll see the cereal in grocery stores in the next 2-3 weeks. The box features ALCS MVP Beckett on the front and and image of Beckett and Fenway Park on the back!

Renaissance Festival 2007
October 28, 2007

“Be ye Prepared for Merriment!”

2007 World Series: Fundamentals & Free Tacos in Game 2
October 26, 2007

It was a prominent display of classic fundamental baseball on the part of both teams — good pitching, good defense, and good baserunning. And it was obvious in the first inning. Game 2 was Curt Shilling’s to lose. He hit Rockies’ lead-off man Willie Taveras with a pitch. Two batters later, Shilling was slow and late covering third base on a groundball, which allowed Taveras to advance from third. Next at-bat, Taveras scored on a fielder’s choice. Shilling got out of the first stanza in decent shape and took care of the Rockies, three-up-three-down, in the second and third. By then, Shilling settled in and went on to pitch 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out four. With that performance, as Jayson Stark writes on ESPN.com, Shilling holds “the best winning percentage in baseball history among all pitchers with at least 10 postseason decisions.” Yes, he’s still the man.
(Click here to see Stark’s video blog from game 2.)

(“Schilling throwing gas” on ESPN.com/Szczerbowski/U.S. Presswire)

As Shilling got better, Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jiminez got worse. He walked two BoSox batters in the third and two more in the fourth as the Red Sox tied the game at 1. Jimenez gave up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth and he was done. With the Red Sox ahead 2-1, both bullpens did their job. Red Sox pitchers Hideki Okajima and Jonathon Papelbon were especially on point, writes Jerry Crasnick on ESPN.com. To me, the last four innings looked like a lesson in fundamentals; textbook baseball. The Boston Red Sox beat The Colorado Rockies 2-1.

(Hideki Okajima & Curt Schilling on ESPN.com/AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Now, a day of traveling, time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t in Games 1 and 2, and how to adjust for Denver Saturday night!
And I almost forgot… when Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury stole a base last night, he won the whole country free tacos!

More Cowbell!
October 26, 2007

Here’s how the cowbell phenomenon started this morning: Click here to watch. And for those unfamiliar with the original SNL skit…

“Chris Walken guest stars on SNL in this famous skit w/ Will Ferrell”

And there’s this email from Angelica in Houston that we just had to post:

“Dear Lauren and Owen (and Anthony),

My husband came into the living room and found me with coffee spraying from my nose and me, dying laughing. He said, ‘what are your little friends up to now?’ I was so hysterical I could not properly do my ‘Christopher Walken’ and explain. So, he went off to work wondering if I am cracking under the strain. Yes, I’m cracking up at youz guys. More cow bell indeed! Keep up the good work, you start my days with a little hilarity.”