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  • October 20th, 2014

    October 20, 2014:
    10 Years Ago…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:33 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    As 2014 was almost completely forgettable as far as the performance of the Boston Red Sox, we have taken to looking back to the year where everything changed. Where our beloved team made history (in more ways than one) and will forever be talked about when the chips are down and it seems impossible that a team can come back from the brink. And then the only team to have done it is brought into the conversation: the 2004 Boston Red Sox. Against their dire enemy: The NY Yankees… The only team in the history of the sport to come back from 0-3 to win 4 games in a row to win the American League Pennant. Can you imagine how the people who bet the Sox would win fared? I am sure there were crazy odds, and the people who believed must have been handsomely rewarded for their faith in their ballclub…

    I personally took a little longer to believe. I went to bed before game 4 was over, because after the pain and heartbreak of the 2003 ALCS, I just could not bear the thought of watching them get swept by the Skanks. Just. Could. Not…

    So yes, I missed THE steal, and Bill Mueller tying the game, and Big Papi coming through big as he had so many times in the past to take the Sox to a game 5. And you know I woke up that morning glad that they were not swept, and happy that if nothing else, the Sox were not swept in their house. But never IN A MILLION YEARS did I think anything would come of it.

    But then they won game 5, an epic 5 hour and 49 minute 14-inning marathon which included Jason Varitek barely being able to catch Tim Wakefield in the 13th inning. A game that felt like it would never end, but eventually did–once again on the huge shoulders of the Large Father….

    And then there was Curt Schilling with his stitched together ankle in Game 6, bleeding sock and all, and every time he threw a pitch, a nation cringed and hoped his ankle would hold, for just a little while longer. And hold it did, through 6 strong and gutsy innings of 1 run ball. And with Mark Bellhorn’s hotly contested 3-run homer, the Sox had made it to game 7. And of course, game 6 was where A-Fraud (in a completely bush-league move) swatted the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s hand, allowing him to reach 1st base safely, and Cano to score. Thankfully, it was seen by everyone, and the safe call/scoring was overturned.

    And then there was Keith Foulke, whom I believe to this day was the true MVP of the World Series NOT Manny Ramirez, came in and was able to hold onto the lead, despite the fact that he had nothing left, having thrown 100 pitches in the last 3 games…

    And the Nation believed. And no matter what happened, the Sox had scratched and clawed their way back to even the series, and it was truly anybody’s ballgame

    And then Johnny Damon hit the first of 2 homers he would have that day for the Sox–a grand slam in the 2nd inning of game 7. And we all knew this was it. The Sox were going to make history as the first team to come back from 0-3 to win the series, the 2004 Skanks would forever be remembered as the team who choked, and the Sox would go on to win their first World Series in 86 years…

    And while 29 is obviously not as long as that, The KC Royals are going to the prom, hoping to break that record long before it gets to 86. Starting tomorrow night, they will face the San Fran Giants for all the marbles. My predictions for the World Series (take it with a grain of salt; I got the winners right, but number of games? Not so much) is Kansas City in 6. I just think they are the team that is destined to win.

    Oh, and speaking of destiny, did anyone notice who is starting game 2 for San Fran? Yep, Jake Peavy and his 7-13 record. Holy Hell….

    But coming up tomorrow, Game 1 of the 2014 World Series, in Kansas City, James Shields vs Madison Bumgarner. 1st pitch: 8:07pm…You can get the rest of the schedule here.

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