October 28, 2007
Funny, then, that the two key figures in Boston's 10-5 Game 3 win last night were homegrown rookies, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia. The homegrown midgets were everywhere in Game 3, finishing a combined 7-for-10 with four RBI, four doubles and three runs.
Hitting at the top of the lineup together for the first time in the World Series, the pair produced seemingly every time the Red Sox needed it. And when Matt Holliday got the Rockies back into the game with an impressive three-run bomb off Hideki Okajima, the pop guns at the top of Boston's lineup responded again, pairing with Julio Lugo and Coco Crisp for a three-run rally in the eighth inning. Game, set, match, Boston.
For Red Sox fans, Ellsbury's performance was exactly what they had dancing in their heads when the began calling for him to start over Coco Crisp during the American League Championship Series. It's plain as day: With world-class speed, a sound batting eye and some power, he's a key part of the Red Sox's future. Sadly for the Rockies, he again showed that future has arrived.
Key things to note? While Pedroia is a leading candidate for the 2007 American League Rookie of the Year award, Ellsbury still qualifies for the 2008 award, since he had only 116 regular season at-bats in Boston. Can't wait for the gripes on that one to begin.