Thursday, December 5, 2013
I remember working on the deadline story about the Red Sox winning the 2003 ALCS and Pedro Martinez pitching a superb seven innings ... then he came out for the 8th.
In 2008, I was looking into World Series travel plans, before the 7th game of the ALCS ... then Matt Garza pitched a gem, vs. Boston and Jon Lester.
On Wednesday night, I was not sure about making plans.
Then the Yankees took a 7-0 lead. The Red Sox led against Baltimore.
The only question remaining: Does Boston play in Texas or Detroit? It looked like Texas.
Then the Rays scored six run in the 8th inning.
The Red Sox could not expand their lead because of base-running mistakes and failed opportunities.
Then a pinch-hit home run with 2 outs in the 9th tied the Rays-Yankees game.
Then Jonathan Papelbon blew a save. And when Carl Crawford failed to make a sliding catch, the Red Sox lost 4-3.
Evan Longoria hit his second home run, and Tampa Bay won.
The Rays head to Texas. The Red Sox go home.
There will be plenty of time for analysis (like looking at Papelbon blowing saves in 2009 and 2011, ending Boston's year; and Crawford looking for redemption in the post-season, only to become part of the failure to get there).
Check this space and the On Baseball column in the coming days.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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