In game one, we rode the arm of the 26 year old future and the bat of David Ortiz. Game 2 saw the Japanese import and Manny Ramirez carry the day.
For Game 3, until the 8th inning, it was back to back Ortiz and Ramirez HR's and the arm of the soon to be 41 year old Curt Schilling that brought out the brooms.
Whether it was the 11 game rest between starts, the fact he's a big game pitcher throwing in a big time game, or even the fact he was a little ticked off about pitching third in the rotation, I have no idea.
What I DO know is Curt Freaking Schilling was outstanding today in the Red Sox ALDS clinching win.
Whatever hope the Angels had of extending the series past today got slimmer and slimmer as the innings went by, as Schill kept kicking the Angels right in the marbles. When you think about it, it's amazing he has transformed himself from a power pitcher to a bigger version of Greg Maddux DURING the season: it's a testament to his willingness to change and his passion to win that he's done this and today we saw the finished product.
Watching the post game celebration in the clubhouse, I've realized 3 things:
1. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY enjoys the celebration process more than Papelbon.
2. We have seriously missed out on some high comedy this year with Manny boycotting the media: the stuff I've seen the past 2 days alone is priceless.
3. As much fun as it's been to see Papi, Timlin, and Lowell celebrating, I keep wishing I'd see Pedro in there, goggles on and holding a bucket over his head.
Oh well, onward and upward: next series for the Sox starts this Friday, and it'll be either the Indians or the Yankees coming to Fenway: it's 8-4 MFY's in the bottom of the 8th as I type, so they most likely will live to fight another day. However, they still have to win 3 in a row, and I just don't see it happening. We'll see.
All I know is the Sox just keep on rolling: AL East? Check. ALDS? Check. That's step one and step two.
Bring on step three.