…now that they’ve lost their lifelong vehicle of self-flagellation?
Seriously, though, congrats to all my friends and former colleagues in Boston. Not they any of you will actually be reading this congratulatory note right now, as I’m assuming the whole lot of you are either still partying or are suffering massive hangovers right about now.
Of course, as a Yankees fan, I’m going to have to find something new, as the time-honored “19-18!” chant is now worthless. Or ESPN.com’s Jim Caple put it:
The Boston Red Sox haven’t won the World Series since 11:40 p.m. EDT last night.
However, my favorite comment comes from Mike Davidson:
Coming into the Series, one would have thought Boston’s toughest task would be getting by the Cardinals. Instead, it turned out to be getting through the 7th inning of tonight’s game when someone inexplicably let the lead singer of Creed on the field to sing “God Bless America”.
I smell another curse…
The Red Sox made history last night, becoming the first team in major league baseball history to force a Game 7 after being down 3-0 in a best-of-seven series. Final score: Red Sox – 4, Yankees – 2 (in only nine innings—what a pleasant change of pace from the past two nights).
And if I was a betting man (and I am), I’d bet the Sox are going to make history again tonight, becoming the first team to win a best-of-seven series after being down 3-0. I know, I know, it’s the Boston Red Sox, so something will intervene to prevent this—fire, brimstone, meteor shower, something—but in the absence of such divine intervention, I think the Yankees are toast.
You have no idea how much it pained me to say that.
OK, Yankees in six is now sounding awfully good.
Bottom of the 14th inning, game tied at 4-all. Single into center field, Damon comes around to score. Final score: Red Sox – 5, Yankees – 4 in another marathon.
Who had the game-winning hit for the Sox? Well, right now I can’t speak his name without a bunch of swearing attached to it, but here’s a hint: His last name starts with an ‘O’ and rhymes with “Ortiz”. And it’s the second night in a row he’s beat the Yankees with a game-ending hit.
New York still leads the series, 3-2 (but what’s that quiet, nagging feeling that’s creeping up in my gut…?).
So much for the sweep. Final score from Game 4 of the ALCS: Red Sox – 6, Yankees – 4 in 12 innings.
It didn’t necessarily pain me that Boston kept themselves from getting swept. Or that Yankees-killer David Ortiz won the game with a walk-off two-run HR in the bottom of the 12th. What pained me was that the Yankees had a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 9th with uber-reliever Mariano Rivera on the hill—and Rivera blew the save for only the fourth time in his illustrious postseason career. (Admittedly, though, the Sox have sort of had Rivera’s number this season.)
At least Yankees LF Hideki Matsui is still tearing it up. His game line: 2-5, 2B, 3B. For the series: 11-20, 5 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI.
Oh well, it’s still a 3-1 series lead for New York at this point. Game 5 matches up Mussina for the Yanks against Martinez for the Sox in what should be a pitcher’s showcase. New York in five still sounds pretty good to me.