October 20, 2004


Sox are back and better than ever: Schilling win shocks NY, forces Game 7 (Jeff Horrigan, October 20, 2004, Boston Herald)

Brace yourself, New England, because here we go again.

All but written off just a matter of days ago, the Red Sox are now on the verge of rewriting baseball history, thanks to the heroic effort of Curt Schilling [stats, news] last night at Yankee Stadium.

The major league wins leader during the regular season, who was thought to be done for the postseason after suffering a serious ankle injury, provided just the kick the Sox needed after three exhausting days at Fenway Park, sending them to a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees to even the American League Championship Series at three wins apiece and force a decisive Game 7 tonight.

Keith Foulke came on and nailed down the win in the ninth inning but not without plenty of drama. He sandwiched two walks around two outs before whiffing former Sox Tony Clark on a 3-2 fastball.

A win tonight would make the Sox the first team in baseball to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series. No club had ever forced a Game 7 after falling behind 3-0.

-- By Bob Hohler, Globe Staff

Magnificent Schilling gave them a strong foothold
-- By Bob Ryan, Globe Columnist

On to a Game 7 showdown
-- By Dan Shaughnessy, Globe Staff

A-Rod a bigger villain in one swipe
-- By Peter May, Globe Staff

On baseball: A team with verve suddenly on the verge
-- By Gordon Edes, Globe Staff

Roberts's rule: Use his speed
-- By Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff

Red Sox: It looks like Lowe for Game 7
-- By Bob Hohler, Globe Staff

Yankees notebook: Torre not ready to name starter
-- By John Powers, Globe Staff

Momentum shifted, and pressure is on
-- By John Powers, Globe Staff

Little things meant a lot in this nail-biter
-- By Peter May, Globe Staff

For bullpens, it was a relief
-- By Gordon Edes, Globe Staff

Game 5 marathon rated highly with viewers
-- By Bill Griffith, Globe Staff

New York Yankees coverage from around the Web:

New York Times:
For Schilling, a premier pitching line

New York Post:
Yanks fail to seal the deal

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 20, 2004 12:18 AM

After A-Rod's attempt to do a Reggie Jackson, I was hoping the crowd would cause a forfeit. What a bunch of wimps, not at all like the Damnyankee fans of old.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 20, 2004 12:43 AM

That play was pretty absurd.

Too bad Curt couldn't pitch like that in game 1. And the Sox live to play another day but can Wakefield get it done after pitching a bunch of relief this week?

Posted by: AWW at October 20, 2004 1:08 AM

Francona said after last night's game that Derek Lowe would probably start, Wakefield for relief.

Posted by: pj at October 20, 2004 7:40 AM

Too bad Schilling can't start again. The again both Lowe and Wakefield have done pretty well this series, especially Wakefield. The Sox will probably need at least 6-8 runs to win.

As I feared in an earlier post there is already talk of how the campaigns can adopt the Sox if they make it to the World Series. Over at NRO Corner there are a bunch of posts worried that the MSM will apply the Comeback Kids label to the Kerry campaign and help revive that lagging campaign.

Posted by: AWW at October 20, 2004 8:07 AM

baseball is glorious, even among the heathen

Posted by: JimGooding at October 20, 2004 8:33 AM

The Yankees are just toying with your emotions Bosox fans.

It would be so much sweeter just to raise your hopes up like this and then shatter them. I bet someone like Cairo or Jorge P. will carry the Yankees to victory and then once again ruin your winter.

Posted by: pchuck at October 20, 2004 9:24 AM

Raoul: Those who are used to winning don't lose very well.

Posted by: Bartman at October 20, 2004 9:52 AM

From www.fark.com:

"Red Sox win game 6. Now one game from gut-wrenching heartbreak."

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at October 20, 2004 10:06 AM

What Schilling did yesterday was probably the most inspiring sports moment since Willis Reed suited up for game 7 against the Lakers and took the tap from Wilt.

We should have been 4 and done this year, so to my mind the Sox are playing with house money. If we win, great. If we lose, we gave it a helluva shot and next year will be better because our payroll flexibility is far greater than the Yankees who are still stuck with Kevin Brown, Loaiza, Mussina etc. Nomar the Cancer is gone and we are dispensing with that '25 players 25 taxicabs' attitude that scuttled us in the past.

If you've ever sat in Yankee Stadium bleachers, you'd be reminded of The Island of Dr. Moreau so the behavior is unsurprising.

Posted by: Bart at October 20, 2004 10:52 AM

If we win, great. If we lose, we gave it a helluva shot and next year will be ...

If the Bosox lose, they still lose. Come on, that is loser talk.

Posted by: pchuck at October 20, 2004 12:05 PM

1. Green Bay Packer games excepted, I don't live my life by the results of sporting events.

2. Since the ownership change, we've gradually been dispensing with the Yawkey crowd and the Yawkey mentality. These are not your father's Bosox.

3. Injuries should scuttle a ballclub but we're still in the fight. Would the Yankees be here today if Gordon didn't play all season, if Williams didn't play all season and if Sheffield only played 40 games?

4. We will be better next year than this year. We have tons of money to get a Pavano, and another starter, and we can easily replace some of our middle relievers.

Posted by: Bart at October 20, 2004 12:13 PM