OK, the LA Angels forced the ALCS back to New York, and are now down 3-2 in the series. (Alright, I HAVE been paying attention, so sue me. But I watched none of it last night, just followed it on my cell phone while watching an old friend of mine's jazz trio in Manhattan.)
Only three teams have come back from 3-1 in a League Championship Series and won the last two on the road to take the series: the 1985 Kansas City Royals, the 2003 Florida Marlins and yes, your 2004 Boston Red Sox (who as we all know, came from even further back than that). All three teams went on to win the World Series.
And only one team in MLB history has come back three times in a postseason series from 3-1 down to win the series. Yes, once again, your Boston Red Sox. In addition to 2004, they turned the trick in the ALCS in 1986 and 2007.
I never get tired when the "comeback" stats appear on the screen when a team falls behind 3-1 in a seven-game series (and of course when they are behind 3-0 especially) not just in baseball, but in basketball and hockey. And the Year of Our Lord 2004 makes yet another appearance.
Just another additional benefit of what occurred five years ago. I look forward to hearing those stats for the rest of my life.
God bless The 25 from 2004.
And also, Matthews the Moron strikes again. Wallace Matthews actually wrote in Newsday that if the Yankees cough up the ALCS to the Angels this year, it would be worse than what happened five years ago against the Red Sox. Is he kidding? Try getting the average Yankee fan to believe that losing an ALCS to the Angels would be worse than losing to the "dreaded" Red Sox.
I'm still amazed that someone actually pays this idiot to write such nonsense.
With thanks to Allan at The Joy of Sox for the link.