Red Sox magical comeback is another flash of character
The Red Sox are earning character-building wins in a storybook season
The Boston Red Sox were the first team in the American League to reach the 60-win plateau and entered the series finale versus the New York Yankees trying to find their footing. After soaking in perhaps their worst loss of the season after an eighth inning collapse on Saturday, Boston would turn the late innings on Sunday from less than appealing to ones that will serve as a landmark when discussing this season.
It was arguably the best win of the year, all things considered. Being no-hit by Yankees starter Domingo German through seven frames, it appeared Boston would be headed for a disappointing split with their division rivals.
However, the proverbial switch that seems to be Boston’s saving-grace was flipped; and just like they’ve done so many times, they rallied. But, it was the way in which they did so that was most impressive.
Held silent all day offensively, Boston looked to be in a dire situation. German trotted out for the eighth inning, oozing with confidence. Five batters and three pitchers later the Red Sox had a 5-4 lead, and Fenway Park which had been mute all afternoon, was in a frenzy.
The win would propel the Red Sox back to the top of the AL East in sole possession of first place and increased their lead over New York to nine games. Savages, huh?
It seems like Boston just keeps finding new ways to win games. Now a season-high 22 games over .500, the baseball world is finally starting to give the Red Sox their kudos. An offense that ranks top five in hits, runs, RBI, AVG, SLG%, and OPS across all of baseball doesn’t just happen to a team by chance. This team is good, they’re productive, and above all, they’re fun.
Night in and night out, it’s a must-watch product because of games like the one we saw on Sunday. No deficit is too great, no mountain is too high to climb.
While it sounds a bit cliche, it’s also the truth. With the right blend of talent and personality, the ballclub will buy in, but so too will the fans.
Here, see for yourself.
The 2021 version of the Red Sox is reminiscent of the playful, self-proclaimed “idiots” of 2004. Of course, no reminder is necessary on the end result of that season.
But does this team have the gas in the tank to reach the mountaintop? Judging strictly by the product that’s been on display thus far, one certainly can’t count them out.
Now seems like a good time to remind you that SI predicted the Red Sox to finish under .500 and miss the playoffs.
With two months remaining and confidence beginning to show, the Red Sox continue to earn character-building wins in what could potentially be a storybook season. But, how far will they go? Be sure to tune into the final two chapters to find out.