I’ve never seen three baseball games so hardly fought – inch by inch – as the last three days of baseball between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Globe provides a great recap of tonight’s record breaking action in New York
Gritting his teeth and grimacing throughout, Curt Schilling willed away the pain in his right ankle and the Boston Red Sox got the benefit of two reversed calls to move within one win of the most shocking comeback in baseball postseason history.
For the second straight year, the New York Yankees and the Red Sox will go to a Game 7, a winner-take-all battle for the AL pennant between baseball’s perennial pinstriped power and a Boston team desperately trying to win the World Series for the first time since 1918.
Pitching on a dislocated ankle tendon that forced him out of the opener, Schilling smothered the Yankees by allowing one run over seven innings to lead the Red Sox over New York 4-2 Tuesday night and pull Boston into a 3-3 tie in an AL championship series that was three outs from a sweep just two days earlier.
Curt Schilling has stones, my friends.
For an athlete to pitch through that sort of pain – for seven innings – and hold the opponent to just two runs (in their own ballpark) is simply outstanding. And to do it for that team – to fight from three games down to force a seventh game is unbelievable.