October 18, 2004


Red Sox 5, Yankees 4, 14 innings (RONALD BLUM, October 18, 2004, AP)

After the game that seemed like it would never end, Boston's season goes on.

David Ortiz hit the 472nd pitch of the game with two outs in the 14th inning Monday night to cap a second straight amazing comeback and give the Red Sox a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees and send the AL championship series back to New York.

Boston had been three outs from a humiliating sweep in Game 4 before Ortiz's two-run homer in the 12th inning ended a 5-hour, 2-minute marathon at 1:22 a.m. Monday.

Now, after a 5:49 game that was the longest by time in postseason history, the Red Sox are just one win from climbing out of a 3-0 deficit and forcing an anything-can-happen Game 7.

Bittersweet theology of Red Sox faithful: In a city of Calvinism and a so-called curse, being a baseball fan means tragedy, then ecstasy, then.... (Mark Sappenfield, 10/19/04, CS Monitor)
The drama of this year is only a taste of a story and a tradition built over generations. In a time when sports seems to be usurping its own sphere - becoming a cultural influence far beyond its actual import - the Beantown Nine's connection to the people of New England remains a unique phenomenon in American sport.

The Red Sox are at once the symbol of spring renewal after the cold and dark of a Maine winter and a Puritanical sermon of brimstone in autumns of failure. They are the muse of angst-ridden Harvard lit majors and the milk of Vermont dairy farmers.

Perhaps no team so perfectly represents more than itself - indeed, the outlook and ethos of an entire region. The Sox are New England, as much as blushing fall maples or rubber-booted fishermen, and this season - regardless of the conclusion - has only tightened the ties. "They never let you down," says Ed Boulos, a native Mainer attending one of the games. "You can always expect drama."

Drama, of course, makes for a good story - even if the ending has always tended toward the tragic.

Tragic? It's comic.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 18, 2004 11:06 PM

This has shadings of last years playoff series against the A's when we came back and won, cown 2-0.

Watching the few Yankees faces after tonights loss, especially Arod's was pleasurable.

ALOT of Sox players have stepped up the last few nights. The good news is Manny and Damon are bats waiting to explode. If Schilling can do what we brought him to do tomorrow night then we've got a chance to make history, in the grandest sense.

Posted by: neil at October 18, 2004 11:48 PM

Forget it. It's over . See below: SITTING ON 54

Posted by: joe shropshire at October 19, 2004 1:20 AM


I think you're putting a bit too much pressure on Schilling and his bad ankle. Nonetheless, if the Sox are gonna win it, why not from down 0-3.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at October 19, 2004 4:21 AM

That Ortiz guy has been eating far too many pies.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at October 19, 2004 5:16 AM

Now ... the Red Sox are just one win from climbing out of a 3-0 deficit and forcing an anything-can-happen Game 7

Haha! Hope springs eternal.

Yes the Red Sox will win Game 6... only to come crashing down in the most heartbreaking way in Game 7.

It's the law, it's natural, and it's right. Deserved punishment. For what I don't know, but it's richly deserved.

Posted by: Eugene S. (gloating already) at October 19, 2004 5:25 AM

Eugene, look at electoral vote history. There is indeed a just God.

Posted by: Jeff at October 19, 2004 7:55 AM

Unfortunately as a long time Sox fan my prediction is similar to Eugene's - Sox win game 6 but then lose game 7 in some heartbreaking way.

On a related note, if Boston and Houston make it to the World Series how quickly do you think the media will turn it into a Bush (Houston) vs Kerry (Red Sox) analogy?

Posted by: AWW at October 19, 2004 8:04 AM

City of Calvinism? Give me a break. God is punishing the libertines for deserting their faith. Yankees in six.

Posted by: JimGooding at October 19, 2004 8:43 AM

Personally, I hope the Red Sox are being punished for stealing Schilling from us. Then trying to recreate the pitching dynamic that got Arizona a championship.

Posted by: Brandon at October 19, 2004 9:25 AM

I am continually amazed by the youthfulness of
the Fenway crowd. This bodes well for baseball
in the region.

Posted by: BORNSOXFAN at October 19, 2004 9:35 AM

Brandon ?????
If you feel Boston stole Schilling from Arizona your beef is with the Arizona management, not Boston's. And since when is trading for a top pitcher (or shortshop or catcher or centerfielder) to improve your team a questionable practice?

Posted by: AWW at October 19, 2004 9:54 AM

Since 1920.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 19, 2004 10:33 AM

re: Ortiz's pies

Didn't seem to hurt Babe Ruth any...

Posted by: mike earl at October 19, 2004 11:30 AM

An ordinary second best team will gracefully bow out, as the Braves, Dodgers, Twins and Angels did. But that's not good enough for a team whose reputation has become one of being legendary losers. Legendary losers have to look like they could win, to keep hope alive for as long as possible. It makes the final crash even more memorable and spectacular. Besides, the legend needs a single big mistake or big play, a Bill Buckner for a new generation, which you don't get when a team gets crushed in four straight. The last two nights were necessary, as we are now ready for another chapter to be added to the legend.

It's just too bad that the Damnyankees will be the beneficaries when there are twelve other more deserving teams in the league.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 19, 2004 12:17 PM

AWW, you are confusing sour grapes (on my part) with baseball analysis.

Posted by: Brandon at October 19, 2004 2:59 PM

John Updike I think said that Red Sox fans do not need Greek treagedy explained.

Posted by: Bart at October 19, 2004 3:45 PM