To find success in Game 4, the Red Sox must put Game 3's controversial—but ultimately correct—game-ending call (as detailed by B/R's Zach Rymer) behind them.
That won't be easy for some, like Jake Peavy, who vented to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN after the game:
I cannot believe you make that call tonight from home plate. I'm beat. I'm out of words. I don't know what to say. I think it's a crying shame a call like that is going to decide a World Series game. It's a joke. Two teams are pouring their hearts out on the field and that's the call you make.
It's a joke. I don't know how [DeMuth] is going to lay his head down tonight. When you watch how hard these two teams are playing, and what it takes to get to the World Series and what it took for us to climb back into this game, it's just is amazing to me that it would end on a call like that, that's not black and white. I don't know what else to say.
Peavy wasn't done, making sure to get an extra dig in at home plate umpire Dana DeMuth, believing that a conference between umpires should have taken place:
Sure. [DeMuth] has already proven that he cannot see things correctly in Game 1. [He missed] a pretty obvious [call] 4 feet in front of him. It would have been nice to have a meeting of the minds.
Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who was called for obstruction, made it sound as if it was Craig who obstructed him, not the other way around:
I tried to get up. His hands were on top of me. I felt something [pushing] on top of me, when I saw the replay, I saw it was his hands. What am I supposed to do?
I was just trying to push myself up. The first thing I thought was [the ball] hit the baserunner, and it was somewhere around close. I was just going to get up and pick it up, as I'm trying to get back up, I get pushed back down, because he was going over me.
While both Peavy and Middlebrooks make valid points, nothing is going to change the end result, which is a Game 3 loss and a 2-1 deficit in the series.
Peavy certainly won't have an impact in Game 4, and Middlebrooks may or may not see action, depending on how manager John Farrell decides to handle the left side of Boston's infield. But you'd have to imagine that others in Boston's clubhouse feel the same way, and feeling sorry for oneself isn't going to accomplish anything.
If anything, the Red Sox need to use this as a rallying cry—to decide that they will not leave the game in the hands of the umpires and build a big enough lead where a controversial or missed call simply won't matter.