The Final pitch in Washington by Nick Pivetta’s was a nasty one. It froze Juan Soto where he stood. Right before a moment when Fielden Culbrith lifted his arm to declare it official, the Red Sox started to spill out of their dugout at Nationals Park. He wanted to make it official that both a 7-5 Red Sox victory and the perfect kick-start to the 2021 MLB playoffs.
Yankees. Sox. Fenway Park. Tuesday night.
Win and you stay in.
We get to do all of those again, after long Forty-three years. The circumstances might’ve been slightly different, both the teams are officially playoff off teams this time. Back in 1978, the second place money was supposed to be taken home by the loser. But still the feeling will remain the same. The sentiment will also be the same.
Win and stay in. Lose and winter’s coming a lot earlier than anyone wants.
Perfect. Just perfect.
Alex Cora, who is the manager of Red Sox said “we kept grinding”, when his team’s 7-5 victory over the feisty Nats was over, after they’d secured home field for the wild-card game, after the Sox had conspired with the Yankees to shut out the poor Blue Jays, who had won 91 games in a year when it took 92 to make the playoffs.
“It hasn’t been easy at all,” Aaron Boone had said almost an hour earlier, after the Yankees had survived their own harrowing gauntlet, earning their own slice of October after surviving a 1-0 walk-off win against a Tampa Bay Rays team that had zero to play for this weekend and still managed to give the Yankees fits.
Aaron Boone had said “It hasn’t been easy at all”, Aaron Boone had said almost an hour prior, after the Yankees had survived their own harrowing gauntlet, earning their own slice of October after surviving a 1-0 walk-off win against a Tampa Bay Rays team that had nothing to play for this weekend but somehow still managed to give the Yankees fits.