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Thursday, October 21, 2004
Comeback complete, Red Sox stun Yanks. "Just three outs from getting swept in the AL championship series three nights earlier, the Red Sox finally humbled the Evil Empire, winning Game 7 in a 10-3 shocker Wednesday night to become the first major league team to overcome a 3-0 postseason series deficit." (Yahoo!)

Red Sox, since 1999, when facing elimination from the postseason:
1999 ALDS vs. Cleveland, Game 3: W
1999 ALDS vs. Cleveland, Game 4: W
1999 ALDS vs. Cleveland, Game 5: W
1999 ALCS vs. New York, Game 5: L
2003 ALDS vs. Oakland, Game 3: W
2003 ALDS vs. Oakland, Game 4: W
2003 ALDS vs. Oakland, Game 5: W
2003 ALCS vs. New York, Game 6: W
2003 ALCS vs. New York, Game 7: L
2004 ALCS vs. New York, Game 4: W
2004 ALCS vs. New York, Game 5: W
2004 ALCS vs. New York, Game 6: W
2004 ALCS vs. New York, Game 7: W
Total: 11 wins, 2 losses.

No possible way this could be sweeter. "We’ll say it one more time just because it feels so good. The 26-time World Champion New York Yankees, with all the aura and mystique this October to fill a toothpaste cap, have just suffered the biggest choke in baseball history and lost their first league championship series ever. Maybe the Babe doesn’t like A-Rod either." (Boston Globe)

Brown proves to be a clown. "Five innings, Joe Torre hoped and prayed. If Brown would give him five decent innings, then maybe Torre could keep the Yanks in the game with a patch-quilt combination of starters and relievers. But Brown walked stiffly to the mound and immediately showed everyone why he was not Roger Clemens, proving again the Yankees had thrown their $15.7 million per season at the wrong guy." (New York Daily News)

Game Diary: ALCS, Game Seven. (The Hardball Times)

Bliss. "There are times in life where something you don't think can happen happens and you want to say something about why or how it happened, but the words keep escaping you and what you come up with never sounds quite like what you really wanted to say. This is one of those times for most Red Sox fans." (The Hardball Times)

I Got You, Babe. "Right when Damon's second ball cleared the wall, I realized I needed a Yankee fan to tell me how to feel, to tell me what it's been like to do this 26 times. Like their fans, the Red Sox have no talent for lordly disdain, which should be fairly plain by the team's appearance. Damon looks like someone who flunked the audition to be part of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Kevin Millar had until recently a very strange beard that made him look like the croupier in an Amish casino." (Slate)

This is not a tragedy. "There'll be a lot of talk about the Yankees choking, but that denigrates a heroic effort by the Boston Red Sox, who accomplished something that no other team in any major sport has ever accomplished (no, hockey doesn't count). Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, and to their loyal fans. All sports teams have fans that are dicks, the Red Sox are no exception, but don't paint them all with the same brush. For the most part, they are among the most die-hard, loyal, and passionate fans in sports, and they deserve this night." (Replacement Level Yankees Weblog)

An Open Letter to George Steinbrenner.
George, you and I both know that what cost you the chance to go to the World Series was the ill-advised punkery of Alex Rodriguez in game six. Now, can you really have A-Rod back on your team next year? What if you get to game six again and he costs you the series two years in a row? Or even worse, what if he does something like that in the World Series? You'd be a laughing stock, George.

Not only do you have to eliminate that possibility, you have to punish the man responsible for doing it to you the first time around. Well, George, luckily for you I have an appropriate solution: trade Alex Rodriguez to Toronto.
(Batter's Box)

Edmonds blasts Cards into Game 7.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jim Edmonds skipped around the bases, jumping into a cluster of St. Louis Cardinals waiting for him at home plate.

Now, waiting for all of them is Roger Clemens in an all-or-nothing Game 7.

Edmonds blasted a two-run homer in the 12th inning and the rejuvenated Cardinals turned Busch Stadium into a red frenzy, beating the Houston Astros 6-4 Wednesday to even the NL championship series at 3-all.

The Fat Lady Clams Up. "My fingers are still shaking, so forgive me if Jim Edmonds comes out looking like Jgh Udmghgns. After 12 innings, 344 pitches, countless momentum shifts, and ten of my fingernails chewed to the bone, St. Louis finally got what they came looking for: a Game 7. Winner gets World Serious, loser goes home. So while we try to buckle down and keep it together before 7 p.m. Central Time, let's review how we got here and look at some of the day's biggest matchups." (The Hardball Times)

What a Blast! "Not only the one Edmonds hit, but the game as a whole. While I was frustrated that the Cardinals couldn't score more runs in the first nine innings despite piling up 14 hits, it was still a great game with an ending that will rank among the all-time best in Cardinal history. After some quick looking through old box scores on, that was in fact the first walk-off post-season home run for the Cardinals since Ozzie in the 1985 NLCS. It was also the first playoff extra inning win for the Cardinals since they beat the Yankees in Game 5 of the 1964 World Series." (Random Redbird Reasoning)

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