Just when you thought the sox were out — they pull you back in. While I dislike the continual references to the 2004 ALCS, which was a much more amazing comeback (4 straight against their arch rival) and much more satisfying, I’m glad to see that the Sox pulled it off.
I wasn’t nearly as “on the edge of my seat” or losing sleep as I was 3 years ago, but I have been glued to the TV. So much so, in fact, that when our cable went out yesterday afternoon around 3:30pm PST with the game only 1.5 hours away, I started to panic. I ran around our complex, trying to see if there was a TV in another building that might have power — no luck. I then started to try to find a nearby bar that I could go to, in the event that the cable was not back. I even tried to get all of the radios in the house to pick up the AM channel that would carry the game, but it was a failed effort. Finally, 10 minute before game time, the cable miraculously came back and I could watch the game in peace.
I tell ya, though… After the first five innings of last night’s game, I have no fingernails left. Unbelievable game. Matsuzaka wasn’t perfect, but he was pretty damn close. The offense was still on fire (with the exception of the two big guys in the middle). To be honest, I’d rather have the entire lineup hitting with the exception of Ortiz & Ramirez than have the opposite. That’s what happened in Games 1-4, and once they went cold the rest of the team came up big. Fantastic.
The key to the Indians loss, though, was their youth. Playing in the ALDS is stressful, but the Yankees didn’t have it. Also, the ALDS isn’t the same sort of pressure that you have when you’re playing in the series before the world championship — the semi-finals. With the exception of CC, their entire pitching staff is just so young: Carmona, Perez, Betancourt. These guys were lights out all season — but when push came to shove, they fell apart. Fielding errors, lack of clutch hits, and stupid baserunning mistakes cost them the game last night. All things that could’ve been avoided, if they’d have been more experienced and more able to handle the pressure.
Here we come Colorado. Oh, and one more thing: You can take your 21 of 22 wins streak, and shove it up your &*#@$… Welcome to Fenway.