This past week has been amazingly exciting! When the Sox fell apart in games 2, 3, and 4, it broke my heart. I knew the Rays were good, but all those RBIs made me wonder if it was postseason baseball or a homerun derby. I didn’t give up on our boys though. Game 5, down 7-0 in the 7th inning and I still couldn’t shut off the tv. I could not go to sleep thinking that the Red Sox had lost and were out of the playoffs. I was tired though so I expected to start to doze off between innings since it had been a relatively boring game on our end. However, then Pedroia got that hit with 2 outs and a full count to score Lowrie and I knew we were going to win. That sounds a little ridiculous, I know, but I just had a feeling. Just like I had a feeling against the Yanks in 2004 and the Indians in 2007. I am hardly saying I can predict the future. I think I just refuse to believe my beloved Sox are going to lose, as if I can will them to win. However, it is easy to revert back to thinking the way most Sox fans did before 2004, back when the Sox made losing in a heartbreaking way into an art form. For example, in 2003 when Aaron Boone hit that homerun in game 7 and the Yankees won. I get nauseous whenever I think about it. I remember exactly where I was and what I was wearing. Most of all, I remember how those Yankee fans tormented me since I am obviously not shy about my love for the Red Sox.
However, those days are behind us now. The Red Sox have transformed since then, winning 2 championships in the past 4 years. So as much as it seemed improbable on Thursday night for them to comeback and win, I just had a feeling in the pit of my stomach that they would. After Pedroia got it started, Big Papi really sealed the deal for me with his 3-run homerun to make it 7-4. Then J.D. Drew hit a 2-run homerun to make it 7-6. Coco Crisp shocked me to the point where I almost fell off my bed (Yes, I was standing on it. It makes it easier for me to jump up when they win.) with his hit into right field to score Kotsay and make it 7-7. At that point, it was just a matter of when we were going to win. The Rays were unraveling before my eyes and I reveled in it. After they crushed us 13-4 in game 3, how could I not enjoy their demise? In the 9th, Howell walked Bay and gave J.D. Drew his shot to end the game. With his injuries lately, I could understand why they would rather pitch to him than Bay, but Drew has a way of coming through in the postseason for us. I guess the Rays didn’t get that memo though. Early Friday morning, Drew did it again for us and hit the game-winning shot to score Youklis. As mentioned, I was standing on my bed, screaming and jumping up and down like I had won the lottery. In a way, I had, all Red Sox fans had. Our boys were back in it and we all could breathe a sigh of relief. Momentum was in our favor going back to Tampa Bay for game 6! It took me a while to calm down after the game was over so I was kind of tired when I woke up for work. However, I jumped out of bed because it was dress day down and I had my Red Sox attire (as usual) all picked out. Despite being slightly sleep deprived, I was smiling ear to ear. I had just witnessed the greatest postseason comeback in 79 years, only surpassed by the 1929 World Series between the Cubs and Athletics. New life had been breathed into a team many had left for dead. What was there not to be happy about?
Last night, I went to McSwiggan’s Pub in Hoboken, NJ to watch game 6. I read on the internet that it was a Red Sox friendly bar and they were right. I met so many incredible Red Sox fans that I didn’t want to leave. I even went to CVS across the street to buy a disposable digital camera so I could take pictures for the Red Sox website because I wanted to be able to show everyone that New Jersey isn’t just a bunch of Yankees and Mets fans. (I had brought my own digital camera with me, but conveniently had forgotten to put the battery back in it after I charged it, hence the disposable one.) Just because we are in close proximity to NY, doesn’t mean there aren’t passionate Red Sox fans here. So I took about 20 pictures of different Red Sox fans and as soon as I get them on a CD and upload them to my computer, they will be sent in for posting.
Game 6 was everything I expected it to be. Beckett redeemed himself and battled the Rays potent lineup for 5 innings before Tito put Okajima in, an excellent managerial call on his part. However, Beckett did give up 2 solo homeruns, one of which no one got to see since TBS had technical difficulties and showed The Steve Harvey Show instead. (That was the best they could come up with? What about a replay of the last game?) Okajima was flawless though, throwing 2 innings without a single hit. Offensively, Youklis hit a solo homerun in the 2nd inning and Varitek earned back that C on his jersey with his shot to right-center field. Then Ortiz hit one to center to score Coco Crisp making it 4-2, Red Sox. That was all Masterson and Papelbon needed to close it out, sending the Sox to game 7.
I had the most spectacular time because the Sox won and I spent the end of the night with a few guys who were Sox fans and kept calling me “The Governor,” but pronouncing it, “Gov-na”. I even found someone to appoint as my Secretary of Defense because he called all the pitchers that were coming in. It was highly entertaining. It was so refreshing to finally find a bar in NJ with mostly Red Sox fans so we can celebrate and cheer together without being heckled or yelled at by Yanks fans who are just bitter that their team didn’t even make the playoffs. I will say that I did meet a few Yankee fans who were pleasant. However, most of them told me to go away when I asked if they were Red Sox fans and if I could take their pictures. One girl even came towards me like she wanted to fight. Luckily, this nice Sox fan, Donna, told me to call her if I needed back up. 🙂 See, that what Sox fans do for each other!
Ok this has been sufficiently lengthy so I am going to go. Thank you to all the fantasticly fanatical people I met last night at McSwiggan’s and thank you to my wonderful boyfriend (according to my new friends, the Lieutenant Gov-na) who endures my nonsensical obsession with this baseball team and all the talking and picture taking that goes along with being the Gov. of NJ. He is definitely a good sport about all of it. 🙂
Game 7 tonight and then it’s on to the World Series! Check back in a few days to see when my next event will be after we win tonight! Take care and GO SOX!