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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Boston 5, New York 4
Ivan Drago 3, Rocky Balboa 2

"Just when I thought that I was out...they pull me back in!" - Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), Godfather, Part III

Clocking in at nearly 6 hours, this was the longest game in post-season history. 14 innings, on the heel of a 5-hour, 12 inning marathon the previous night. The players are tired, the arms in the bullpen burned out. Left for dead by many, the Red Sox found a way to stay alive, scoring a late-inning tying run off of Mariano Rivera for the second time in as many games. And, once again, the hero is David Ortiz, with the dramatic walk-off hit.

This was A good way for the Fenway Faithful to say goodbye to some departing players, possibly including Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, Bill Mueller, Derek Lowe, and others - one last win on the home turf, with at least a dim hope of a triumphant return. Whatever happens now, at the very least, the Yankees will not be celebrating their latest pennant in front of the Fenway fans, and this year's Red Sox will not be remembered forever as the biggest flop in ALCS playoff history. Pedro ran out of gas too soon, but his team rallied for him.

Rumor has it that Curt Schilling, he of the injured ankle, is going to try to start Game 6 in the Bronx. Here he attempts to make his case for the ages in front of a hostile crowd. His career record is nearing the point at which those who guard the keys to Cooperstown may have to at least consider his name, late start notwithstanding - but his time on the diamond is running short. His Game 1 start was a nightmare - will his Game 6 start go the same way?

The Red Sox have given us another fine season, and are, at worst, going down fighting. Tonight they lived to fight another day, no matter how weary they may be.


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