ON THIS DATE (October
With the score tied in
the ninth inning, Jason Bay had hit a ground-rule double, then slid
home as rookie Jed Lowrie singled into right field.
Instead of taking their already-packed bags and equipment with them on a plane,
the Sox crowded the Fenway field, celebrating their 3-2 win that clinched this
series and their fourth trip in six years to the American League Championship
Lesterís seven scoreless innings brought the Sox six outs from claiming victory.
But Los Angeles tied it in the eighth against the Boston bullpen and nearly took
the lead on a squeeze bunt in the ninth. But the game was still tied in the
came down to that, to the double by Bay that bounced into the stands in right
field. Had it not, Bay was likely at third base at least. But it curved, it
found the crowd, and Bay was on second. But only until Lowrie singled to right
off Scot Shields, bringing Bay home with a hand tag, bringing on the champagne
and bringing on the ALCS and the Rays.
celebration continued past the midnight hour, as players and team executives
toasted one another and took photos with their children on the infield while
fans lingered by the dugout. It was still going at 12:24 when the ballpark
organist broke into "The Impossible Dream." The Fenway lawn and home clubhouse
should be dry by the time the ALCS comes to Boston. Bring on the Rays. Bring on
the Dodgers or Phillies if you like. There is plenty of champagne left in New
England and Mayor Menino has sent the duck boats to have their tires rotated.