How does it feel to witness history…positive history at that? The Red Sox capped off the most incredible and unlikely comeback in baseball history by stomping on the Yankees 10-3 last night in the Bronx to complete their Lazarus-like return from a 0-3 series deficit – something never done before. My highlight last night? After the game, while Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Al Leiter were wrapping up their broadcast, hearing the chants of “Who’s your daddy” from the Red Sox fans that stuck around the stadium after the game. You couldn’t script ANY of this any better. If you made up a story in which the Red Sox fell down 0-3 in a series to the Yankees, and then came storming back to win in game seven – at Yankee Stadium – in a rout, with Derek Lowe on the mound, and Johnny Damon who was mired in a miserable slump breaking out with two homers including a grand slam, you’d be ridiculed and laughed at. Yet it happened. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Bob Hohler says the Red Sox shocked the nation. Jeff Horrigan notes that the roles were “delightfully reversed” last night in Yankee stadium. Steven Krasner says “Finally”! Paul Doyle says the Red Sox issued a definitive response to years of Yankee domination and torment. David Borges says that the ghosts of Yankees past were unable to do anything to assist the current day Yankees last night. Dan Shaughnessy says that October 20th will go down in history and always be remembered for the day when the Red Sox got their payback against the New York Yankees. Dom Amore says the aftermath will not be pretty for the Bombers after this one. Garry Brown writes about the “impossible comeback”.
Some of these articles today are to be savored. Bob Ryan’s column is one, as he is in journalistic shock over what has happened in the last week and specifically last night. Sean McAdam says the Red Sox have momentarily thrown off the shackles of history as they now try to go on and win the World Series. Jeff Jacobs says that the universe is now upside down as the Yankees are the ones who suffered a historic, monumental postseason collapse. Lenny Megliola says that this one is a win for the ages. Howard Bryant suggests that last night, Red Sox/Yankees finally became a real rivalry, with the Red Sox “demanding respect and gaining it in a way no baseball fan has ever seen.” Bill Reynolds says last night was the completion of a miracle, arguably the biggest win in Red Sox history. Gordon Edes captures the moment very well:
This is what Yankee Stadium looks and feels like after Steinbrenner has been humbled, Sinatra has been silenced, and the Yankee Stadium monuments avert their eyes in shock at what this Red Sox team, unlike any of its predecessors in almost a century's worth of trying, was able to accomplish at the expense of pinstriped pride that may never feel quite the same again.
Tony Massarotti looks at the Red Sox making some of their own history. Alex Speier says that history is no longer a four letter word around Boston. Jon Couture writes that “collapse” has a new spelling this morning. David Heuschkel looks at the Red Sox beating impossible odds. Edes looks further at how the Red Sox never gave up and were able to pull off this incredible storybook ending for the ages. Michael Silverman writes that the Red Sox, while thrilled with their accomplishment are not yet satisfied as there is one more hurdle to leap.
Karen Guregian looks at George Steinbrenner’s millions being wasted on this edition of the New York Yankees. Joe McDonald looks at the morgue-like Yankee Stadium and team clubhouse after the Yankees failed to deliver. Peter May has more on the failures of the newest Yankees to continue on the legacy of beating the Red Sox. Sean McAdam and Jack O’Connell look at the umpires reversed calls in game six and wonder if they turned the tide for the Sox. Garry Brown looks at the Evil Empire being struck down.
Jackie MacMullan looks at Derek Lowe rising the occasion and putting on the performance of his life. Steve Conroy also looks at the incredible outing for Lowe. Ron Chimelis has more on Lowe standing tall. Stephen Harris looks at series MVP David Ortiz delivering yet again for the Red Sox. Sean McAdam writes that Ortiz was the obvious choice for MVP. Steve Britt writes that Big Papi is the new Babe Ruth. Paul Doyle has more on Ortiz. Reid Laymance and Steve Buckley look at Johnny Damon busting out of his series long slump with a performance that will go down in history. Doyle has more on Captain Caveman.
Reid Laymance looks at Pedro Martinez, happy to get a chance to share in the win last night. Massarotti writes that Tim Wakefield will get the game one start in the World Series. Britt looks at the exhausted bullpens on both sides. Krasner looks at the scene at the Stadium after the game. Jon Couture says that after last night, the Boston has no reason to feel inferior to the Yankees. Krasner also looks at Mark Bellhorn getting another home run last night. Laymance has a piece on Keith Foulke and his contribution to the series win. Kraz’s Corner looks at the Red Sox blowing a chance at an early run last night.
Tony Massarotti writes that now that most of American has seen Alex Rodriguez as his peers do, “As a self-absorbed, attention-seeking glamour boy.” Sean McAdam and Joe McDonald note that ARod may have twice raised the ire of the Red Sox, causing them to get fired up. Jack O’Connell looks at ARod, forced to watch another postseason celebration.
Steven Krasner, David Heuschkel andMichael Silverman have a look at the medical work done to get Curt Schilling on the mound for game six. The Globe says that the procedure was a new version of Morgan Magic for the Red Sox. Howard Bryant and Jackie MacMullan and David Borges look back once more at the amazing effort of Schilling on Tuesday night.
Horrigan’s notebook looks at Pedro finally going to the World Series. The ProJo notebook looks at Pedro’s shaky performance out of the bullpen last night. Hohler’s notebook has more on series MVP Ortiz. Britt’s notebook looks at Bellhorn delivering for the Red Sox. Heuschkel’s notebook says all hands were on deck for the Red Sox bullpen last night. Speier’s notebook looks at the effort of Keith Foulke in this series. McDonald’s notebook says that Kevin Brown has been a season long disappointment for the Yankees. Amore’s notebook says the Yankees have a lot of offseason work to do.
Impossible. Shocking. I thought there was no way it could happen. The Red Sox winning game 7? No, I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about the fact that I could be disgusted and turn off WEEI this morning. With the Red Sox accomplishing something that has never been done before in baseball history, and doing it against the most storied franchise in sports history, you’d think things would be positive, would you not? Nope. Dennis and Callahan led off the show with vitriol and venom over Pedro Martinez’s appearance in the game last night. I repeat, led off. I turn on the radio at 6:10 this morning, eager to hear about this history being made, and instead hear those two complaining, grousing and angry about Pedro. Give me a break. Yes, I expect that situation to be discussed. I was also scratching my head and baffled at why Lowe was finished, cruising along at 69 pitches. I could not understand why Pedro was brought it. But have some perspective, last night was historic, and yet the miserable duo has to lead off with a negative topic. Then they pimped an appearance by that fraud “Angry Bill” who proclaimed that the Red Sox have no “bullets in the gun” left for the World Series, and Callahan further proclaiming that the World Series is merely anti-climatic. I ended up quickly shutting off the station and happening to land on Star 93.7 FM which at that point had better Red Sox talk than WEEI. A freakin’ DISCO station.
A couple other notes:
*Was it wrong that I enjoyed listening to WFAN last night after the game? Hearing things from the other side was pretty satisfying, though there were just as many Mets fans calling in to rejoice in the Yankees loss.
*It was equally fun to listen to the end of the Yankees radio broadcast. They produced a montage of the audio clips from the series, and hearing the tone in John Sterling and Charlie Steiner’s voices get slightly more desperate at the end of each broadcast was….priceless.
*Did Butch Stearns see Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez hug after the game? Just checking.
Enjoy today everyone.