Sunday, September 30, 2007

I suppose you're wondering why I haven't been writing about the amazing baseball events of the weekend. It's because A. and I had a wonderful weekend in Newport, RI. The kids were off with their grandparents, so we had about 48 hours of grown-up time.

Three great things about Newport:

1) The Adele Turner Inn is a wonderful place to stay. It's a bed & breakfast just off Thames St. in Newport. Along with breakfast you get an afternoon tea and a daily wine tasting with wines from local wineries. It's pricey, but you get what you pay for, right?

2) We took a great cruise around Narragansett Bay. Among the drinks served on board were Dels Lemonade mixed with vodka. I have been drinking Dels my entire life, and I can't belive I never thought of that before.

3) If you are ever in Newport, check out Cafe Zelda for dinner. Great food in a nice atmosphere.

Now,there are a lot more than three great things about Newport, but those were the standouts for this weekend.

OK, on to the baseball highlights from the weekend:

Red Sox win the A.L. East: Making the playoffs is always great, but it's a big thrill to finally beat out the Yankees for the division title. The Sox last won the division in 1995, when their top hitters were Jose Canseco and Mo Vaughn. Their ace starter was a guy named Roger Clemens. Whatever happened to him?

The Sox ended up tied with the Indians for the best record in baseball and won the season series from the Tribe. So the Sox get home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The fun starts against the Angels on Wednesday at Fenway.

Collapse of the Mets: The Mets blowing the division to the Phillies was an epic, startling collapse. The final 17 games of the Mets season will be remembered with the 1951 Dodgers, the 1964 Phillies and the 1978 Red Sox. No one had ever blown a seven game lead with 17 to play until this year.

We should remember to give some credit to Philadelphia, however. While the Mets opened the door by going 5-12, the Phils took advantage by going 13-4 and overtaking New York. It would have been easy for them to give up and start thinking about tee times instead of the playoffs, but here they are as N.L. East champions.

N.L. Wild Card playoff: The Rockies took 2 out of 3 from Arizona to force a playoff with the Padres to determine the N.L. wild card winner. Padres ace, and probable NL Cy Young winner, Jake Peavy takes on Josh Fogg. Watch those Rockies tomorrow night, because win or lose this team should be pretty good for a long time.

No peeing in Wisconsin: The Cubs beat out the Brewers to win the N.L. Central, denying thousands of Milwaukee fans the chance to pee in their pants. Maybe next year, Brewers fans!


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