As soon as he stepped up to the plate, I had just one thought. It was a sweet memory from October 18, 2004. It was the eighth inning of Game 5 of the ALCS, which was also at Fenway Park. The pitcher was the same as back then, Tom Gordon. I just knew what was going to happen, the same result as two seasons ago.
Papi's goin' deep...
David Ortiz is absolutely the best player in the majors with the game on the line and a big hit is needed. And sure enough, he took Gordon deep into the center field bleachers to give the Red Sox a thrilling 5-3 win in 10 innings over the Phillies.
Right after the game ended, all I could think of was all those empty-suit sportswriters and jackasses on shows like Baseball Tonight who insisted that Papi couldn't be the 2005 MVP because he plays most of his games as a designated hitter. The "uncrowned" MVP of last season once again proved them wrong, with his second "walkoff" homer this month. Maybe it will finally dawn on these schmucks that the rules of the road were changed back in 1973 and that ANYONE can win the award. (But I seriously doubt it.) I really believe there was some pro-Yankee bias on the part of some of these so-called experts. If Alex Rodriguez were a DH for the Yankees they would be giving every reason why he should be the league MVP.
They can all kiss my ass.
Curt Schilling pitched another tremendous game, giving up 3 earned runs and striking out 10 in six innings, but ran out of gas in the seventh and the Phillies tied it. Jonathan papelbon did a great job pitching out of a jam in the ninth and wound up with the win. The Sox have now won 8 in a row and are the hottest team in baseball right now. Their lead is back up to 2 1/2, as the Yankees and Marlins were rained out in New York. They will play a doubleheader on Sunday.