Tagged: Terry Francona

Heart still beating

Sometimes not much needs to be said to describe incredible, almost miraculous moments. Here’s one you might have seen, oh, early this morning:


Not since 1929 has a team been seven or more runs down in a postseason game and still rallied to win. But we shouldn’t be surprised by the Boston Red Sox anymore, should we? Many of these players were on the 2004 team that was down 3-0 to the Yankees in the American League Championship Series and won. Many of these players were on last year’s team that was down 3-1 to the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS and won. Terry Francona managed all three clubs. There’s history there. And heart, which is the most important thing of all.

I’m not sure what the day off does to the surging Red Sox, who have the momentum, or the dazed Rays, who have to be devastated that they couldn’t close out a game in which they had a 7-0 lead in the seventh inning with one of the best bullpens in the game all lined up. We’ll see what these young guys are made of.

Will Joe Maddon’s strategy of pitching Scott Kazmir on Thursday and having James Shields ready for a possible — and now definite — Game 6 back at Tropicana Field pay off?

Will the Red Sox defy the odds yet again and win two in a row on the road to make it to their second straight World Series?

Let’s hear your predictions.


Advantage, FANS

What a night.

I expected the drama, the Hall of Famers and all that fanfare about Yankee Stadium.

But the longest All-Star Game ever?


This is one stadium that knows how to put on a show.

Yankee fans cheering a Red Sox homer.


National League players refusing to give in.


And the look on Terry Francona’s face that said it all.


Somebody’s going to reap the rewards in OCTOBER. With home-field advantage in the World Series.

Angels? Red Sox? White Sox? Tigers? A’s? Even the Rays?

Keep your eyes and ears open.

The first half flew by — the second half is ON.