The Red Sox Faced By The American League Championship Series Essay

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In the 2004 American League Championship Series, the Boston Red Sox faced off against their most hated rivals, the New York Yankees. The Red Sox were already in the midst of an 86-year World Series drought known as “The Curse of the Bambino.” 2004 was the closest Boston had come to winning a World Series title since the infamous Bill Buckner error in 1986. Red Sox fans had believed all year long that this was THE year. However, after being down 3 games to none in the series, the Red Sox faced elimination in game 4. Almost all hope was lost as Mariano Rivera entered the game with the Yankees leading by one run in the bottom of the 9th inning. However, things began to get interesting in the bottom of the 9th.
Rivera is regarded as the best closer in the history of baseball, especially in the post season. To put in perspective just how great Mariano Rivera is in the post season, more people have walked in the moon (12) than have earned a run off Rivera in the post season (11). While the game remained tied in extra innings, David Ortiz stepped up to the plate to deliver one of the most clutch hits in the history of baseball. Ortiz hit a walk-off homerun to end the game and keep Boston’s hopes alive. The next day as the Red Sox faced elimination yet again. Ortiz once again, homered and brought the Red Sox within one run of New York in the bottom of the 8th. The Yankees made a pitching change and brought in Mariano Rivera. The Red Sox scored to tie the game up and give Rivera his…

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