2004 and the Red Sox

by Shannen W. Coffin

Kathryn, I feel your e-mailer’s anxiety about the ‘04 Sox, but the better comparison might be to Game 5 of the American League Championship Series (you remember that, don’t you?). After Jason Varitek’s sac fly tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, the Yankees got a man on in the ninth. Tony Clark’s rope down the right field line would likely have scored Ruben Sierra (and might have sunk the Sox comeback from three games down), but it miraculously bounced into the stands for a ground rule double, stranding Sierra at third. A couple hours later, David Ortiz had his broken-bat RBI single to win it in the 14th. This one feels just as tight. We may look back at it tomorrow and think that it was meant to be all along, but it has a much more stomach-churning feel than the Sox rolling over the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. And yes, Martha Coakley is the Yankees in this story — the big, brutish favorite. But that’s a point I’ve been making for years.

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