Whoever coined the phrase “records are made to be broken” was on to something. It seems like every year, a new piece of history is made. In my lifetime, we’ve pretty much seen it all. Roger Maris’ single season homerun record stood for over 35 years, only to see his mark surpassed by two players in the same season. And then only three years later, Mark McGwire’s new record of 70 homers was surpassed by Barry Bonds in his monster 2001 campaign.
This might top every one of them. For the first time ever, a team has come back to win a series where they were down 0-3. Boston scored two in the first on a David Ortiz two run homer, and four in the second on a grand slam by Johnny Damon. Damon then homered again in the fourth to make it 8-1. In four innings, he went from series goat to series hero. Congratulations to the Red Sox on a hard fought victory to make it to their first World Series in eighteen years.
And to make things even more interesting, the Astros and Cardinals will square off in a game seven of their own. Jim Edmonds came up big in the twelth to keep the Cards alive. The Astros biggest concern has to be Brad Lidge, who threw three incredible innings, but has been worked to death in this series. If he comes out tomorrow and puts together more of what he’s given his team in the playoffs, he should be a close second to Carlos Beltran for the MVP.
But you have to love this. Great baseball no matter how you cut it. Let’s just hope the World Series isn’t anticlimactic. If it’s anything close to what we’ve seen in the ALCS and NLCS, we’re going to get a real treat.