How about those Red Sox and Yankees … I mean, jeez!
It keeps getting more surreal. After three consecutive nights of the longest postseason baseball games ever played, the Red Sox are standing taller with a chance to at least tie, if not win, the American League Championship Series in New York.
Boston, which not only finished the regular season with 98 wins and finished only three games behind New York but swept the Anaheim Angels in the first round of the playoffs, lost the first two games of the second round in New York. In Game 3, they lost embarrassingly to the Yankees at home at Fenway, 19-8. That game lasted more than four hours and was the longest nine-inning playoff game ever played.
Then came not just one, but two dramatic marathon wins by the Red Sox. On Sunday night came a 12-inning, 5-hour 2-minute affair. Last night was a 14-inning, 5-hour, 49-minute nail-biter. Largely thanks to power hitter David Ortiz – the MVP of this team, in my mind – the Sox walked away from both gruelling contests with a win.
So now the series goes back to New York. And, though I want desperately for the Sox to overcome being down in this series and bury the Yankees, the possibility of the worst case scenario is over and cannot happen now: The Yankees celebrating at Fenway Park.