I threw some shade on Mets fans yesterday with loss to the Cardinals in the 2004 NLCS, and the swing that never happened. Today, it is time to return the favor to the to their crosstown rivals in the Yankees with some #TBT. Twelve years ago today, the Boston Red Sox accomplished the greatest comeback in sports history. Down 3-0 in the American League Championship Series, the Red Sox, led by David Ortiz won four games in a row to advance to the first World Series in 18 seasons.
For inspiration, the Red Sox gathered in Yankee Stadium’s visitors’ clubhouse prior to Game 7 to watch Miracle. Ortiz put the Red Sox on the board early with a two run homer in the first inning. With the bases loaded in the second inning, Johnny Damon hit a grand slam off Javier Vazquez, and that was pretty much it. Derek Lowe pitched 6 innings of one run ball, before Pedro Martinez entered the game in the 7th allowing 2 runs. At 12:01 am, on October 21, Rubén Sierra hit a groundball to second baseman Pokey Reese, who threw to first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to finish the unprecedented comeback. Big Papi was named the ALCS MVP, and for good reason.