I doubt if anyone but the most diehard Red Sox fan predicted the Red Sox to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS. First off, it’s the Red Sox. You know, the Curse of the Bambino and everything. If a team were to come back from 3-0, it would be against the Red Sox.
But this could be a story that would do even Stephen King proud (and he’s going to have a book out about the 2004 Red Sox). For the second straight night, the Red Sox came back late in the game to tie the game up, only to win it in extra innings. They still have a tough road ahead, needing to win two straight at Yankee Stadium. But winning two in a row is a lot more realistic then winning four in a row.
And the story continues tonight, and only gets better. Curt Schilling, who was shelled in game one after proclaiming he was going to shut up 55,000 Yankees fans, has another chance. This is also the guy who had it written into his contract that he’d get a bonus “when” the Red Sox won the World Series. Now is the time get it done.
Not to be outdone, the Astros/Cards game had it’s own drama. With the game scoreless going into the bottom of the ninth, Jeff Kent came up big with a three run walk off homer to end it. Brandon Backe, who had never started a game prior to this season, pitched eight innings of one hit ball, only to give it up to Brad Lidge, who earned the win.
The Astros and Cards get a day break, so tonight it’s game six over in the ALCS. To say this is good baseball would be a gross understatement. I hope everyone is enjoying this as much as I am.