Searching for meaning in this meaningful Game 7 between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays tonight? Search no more my friends, I have the antidote to your query...Todd Jones. What's the connection? Todd Jones pitched for the BoSox in 2003, was signed as a free agent by the then DEVIL Rays in January of 2004 to only be released in March, then signed with the Reds before being traded to the Phils to end the '04 season. Mr. Jones (no, not of Counting Crows song reference) had a good MLB career spanning 16 years while pitching in nearly 1,000 games and racking up 319 saves. However, he was absolutely terrible for Beantown, Tampa, and Philly. In Boston he came over to help for the playoff push, but his pitching nearly pushed them out of the playoffs (5.52 era/1.53 whip). He was so terrible in Tampa that he never even made it through spring training, then in Philly he also came over for a playoff drive, and this time successfully drove them out of the playoffs (4.97/1.70). So, whoever our Phightins end up facing in the World Series, one thing is for sure is that the Ghost of Todd Jones will be there...where's Scooby Doo when you need him?
Yesterday Corey posed the question in the double-entree Saturday Poll- who is your "Preferred Opponent" for the Phillies in the World Series. 18 voters chose the Red Sox while 40 of you picked the Rays. Sorry to inform you of this, but your votes mean nothing (hope, that doesn't hold true in November's election). Why? Cole Hamels is apparently a fortuneteller, because he predicted a Boston/Philly World Series back in June.