October 15, 2008
That is right! The Tampa Bay Rays throttled the Boston Red Sox 13-4 tonight at Fenway Park to take a commanding 3-1 advantage and are only nine innings away from their first pennant in as many appearances and a trip to the World Series.
But the BoSox know how to come from behind. Remember the series where the Yanks led 3-0 and do you remember how it finished? The Sox won 4-3 and went on to win the World Series in a sweep. But this may be Tampa's year.
For once and once only, Dick Vitale, or as I like to call him Dookie V, may be right. This could be the year that they do it. And in nine innings we will all know if the Rays win the pennant or if Boston will send the series back to Tampa.
Home runs have led to a total domination of the Red Sox pitching. It was the Rays gameplan from the beginning of the playoffs and it has paid off in great dividends. No one thought last year's team with the worst record in baseball would be one game away from winning the pennant.
This is great for baseball and great for underdogs everywhere should Tampa win one more and go on to win the World Series versus the N.L. Champs (whether it be Philly or LA). It will be fun to watch either way.
Game 5 is Thursday night at 8:07 from Fenway in Boston, MA. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who won game one, will battle James Shields, who gave up two earned runs on six hits in game one's 2-0 loss in Tampa.