Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Gators Win! Gators Win!

Pandemonium broke lose on the Fenway Park field as the Gators won tonight by the score of 4-3, clinching their first World Series Championship. Bobby Abreu won it with a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, his first RBIs of the series.

"It's an amazing feeling, just amazing!" shouted Abreu, as champagne was poured over his head in the jubilant Gator locker room. "We've worked so hard for this, and now it's ours. Yeaaaahhhh!!!!"

While Abreu's heroics will live in the memory of Gator fans forever, the team was hardly short of heroes before his dramatic blast. Among them were:

- Scott Rolen, who hit a grand slam to give the Gators the lead for good in Game 4, and also hit a game-tieing homer in the 16th inning of Game 3. Rolen finished the entire round of playoffs with 6 homers.

- Lou Merloni,who hit .500 for the Series, played a flawless shortstop, and set up Abreu's blast by getting hit by a pitch with two outs in the ninth.

- Toby Hall, who homered in the Game 1 win, drove home the winning run in the 18-inning Game 3, and was stellar behind the plate.

- Milton Bradley, who went over the bullpen wall to stop a homerun in the ninth inning of Game 3, and scored the winning run in that game.

- The Gator bullpen, led by Mariano Rivera, who gave up only four runs in 22 innings of work.

- Steve Spurrier, who pressed all of the right buttons as manager of the team.

"The Bridegrooms are a great team, and they have nothing to be ashamed of," said Spurrier. "Our team has been pulling out wins like this all year. We just never quit."

In the end, the decisive factor may have been the Bridegroom's bullpen, who weren't able to contain the Gator offense. The Gators also had the amazing stat of being 8-0 after Game 3 of any playoff series. Finally, they are well stocked for next year, with only one every day player and one starting pitcher over the age of 31, and two first round draft picks.

There's a team available in my league!

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