October 14, 2013
SAD TO SAY...:
Welcome Back, Epic Boston Comeback (Jeremy Gordon, 10/14/13, WSJ)
For a while, it seemed like the Red Sox were ready to replicate a glum-faced performance from Game 1 as their offense failed to get anything going against Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer, who apart from having a great baseball name proved totally unhittable for most of his time on the mound. Heading into the eighth inning, the Red Sox faced worse odds than the Rebel Alliance attacking the Death Star. But Scherzer couldn't pitch every inning, and against a Tigers bullpen held together with stick and tape all year, Ortiz pounced on the first pitch he saw to even up a 5-1 deficit. Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, capable of he is of leaping over the wall like Spider-Man, was left legs dangling and fuming afterwards at the conveniently storybook ending. It was, as the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy puts it with barely restrained glee, a "Ruthian" turn of events. (Indeed, Ortiz's home run moved him into a tie with the Babe for career postseason dingers.) The game-winning single from Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the bottom of the ninth felt like a foregone conclusion, especially since it came a few hours after Tom Brady delivered a similarly improbable last second win against the New Orleans Saints.
...but Tom Brady is no longer an NFL quarterback. Only against a prevent defense can he hit a receiver over 5 yards away.Posted by Orrin Judd at October 14, 2013 6:00 PM