Sweet Redemption

Wednesday, October 20th, 2004 @ 1:15 am | Sports

Sweet Redemption. Capital S, Capital R. That’s the story of Game 6.

Curt Schilling went from the edge of the operating table to the center of the world, giving up 4 hits and 1 run over 7 innings. An insanely guts performance, as we were constantly reminded when Fox insisted on showing the red substance on Schilling’s ankle. Was it blood or Marcaine? The Fox announcers weren’t sure.

(Terry Francona just said the Schilling’s ankle was sutured. I’m guessing it was most likely blood.)

(Yup, Schilling confirms it was blood.)

Sweet Redemption for Curt Schilling after his injury shortened Game 1 performance.

Mark Bellhorn provided the margin of victory with his 4th inning 3-run homer. He’s been swinging the bat much better over the course of the last two games (even if he can’t lay down a bunt :).

Sweet Redemption after all of his strikeout problems in the beginning of the series.

No team in history has won a playoff series after trailing 3-0. Then again, only one team in history has managed to tie a series after trailing 3-0.

Sweet Redemption.

I have to think the Red Sox are in better shape, pitching wise, for tomorrow’s game. For both teams, it’s going to be all hands on deck in the bullpen, with tomorrow’s started TBD.

It sounds like the Sox will pick between Derek Lowe and Tim Wakefield, both of whom have pitched well over the last 3 games.

The Yankees apparently haven’t made any sort of decisions about who’s pitching tomorrow, but Kevin Brown is easily the most rested of the Yankees pitchers. Javier Vazquez might be available on three day’s rest. Neither pitched well Saturday night. If the Yanks hadn’t exploded for 19 runs, the story of Game 3 might have been the Yankees two big off-season pitching acquisitions tanking.

If it is Brown, Yankees fans have to be concerned about the fact that the Sox can send up 6 left-handed hitters (Damon, Nixon, and Ortiz are lefties, Varitek, Mueller, and Bellhorn are switch hitters). It seemed like lefties really raked Brown during his abbreviated start.

I am so unbelievably pissed at ARod right now. Not only did he wind up and take a swing at a pitcher’s arm, but he had the temerity to argue that he did nothing wrong.

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Bullshit. He wound up and took an open-handed slap. Thankfully, it was Bronson Arroyo‘s left arm and not his pitching arm.

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ARod needs to have a chat with the young lady in left field who admitted Bellhorn’s ball left the yard in spite of the fact she was a Yankees’ fan. At least somebody knows the value of truth.

I’m watching the umpire’s press conference and it’s amazing. Randy Marsh, this evening’s first base umpire, is talking about the umpires’ review process. Saying the Francona requested the meeting after Bellhorn’s home run. Admitting that the umps have come a long way in trying to make sure that the call’s correct. Admitting that he had no view of the ARod slap because he was screened by Doug Mientkiewicz and that Joe West had the best view of the play coming up the line from home plate.

Marsh just gave a wonderful press conference. He explained everything clearly and concisely. I am extremely impressed.

Granted, there are still some issues with strike zone consistency, but the quality of the umpiring has come insanely far over the last few years. Kudos.

Here we go again.

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