It's finally here, folks: Game 1 of the 2013 World Series featuring your Boston Red Sox.
Game 1 is big. No, it's not series-deciding. We found that out in the ALCS. But it certainly has the chance to set a tenor. For instance, at the plate. In the ALCS, Game 1 saw the Red Sox no-hit for eight innings, and what followed was dominant start after dominant start.
No, I'm not saying that's because it started out that way rather than just Detroit's rotation being nuts. But I am saying that getting shut down by Adam Wainwright like they were shut down by Anibal Sanchez in Game 1 of the ALCS would put the pressure on in a big way. They don't have to dominate. They don't have to score ten runs. But being respectable? Not striking out a dozen times? It sure would be encouraging.
And Lester? Well, he's got his work cut out for him, but that's been true for every Red Sox pitcher for a while now. There are no easy draws in the playoffs.
Now, with so much nervous preamble out of the way...