Josh Beckett was not up to his ace status last night. (AP Photo)
I was hoping that last night would be a celebration of sorts for the Boston Red Sox, however the Cleveland Indians decided to deviate from the script as they topped Boston 4-3, in what turned out to be a bummer of a movie. The stars seemed to be aligned as the Red Sox were back in the confines of Fenway with their clutch pressure pitching ace, Josh Beckett, on the mound. The Boston air just seemed to posses the postseason bite that we've come to know and love in recent years, and a party almost seemed inevitable.
As Beckett's control was nil in the early innings it looked like the game was going to be of the horror flick variety, however the game soon gained the potential momentum to turn into a feel good movie. As leading man David Ortiz put on his postseason face, he looked to will the Red Sox to victory once again under a September sky. All the right players were up to bat in the bottom of the ninth, and things seemed to be taking a turn for the storybook type of ending we've almost come to expect this time of year. Pedroia, Papi, and Youk were to lead it off.
Pedroia and Papi were unceremoniously out in four pitches, but Youk gave the faithful some hope, and Jason Bay continued the good vibe. However it all ended with a swing and a miss as Jed Lowrie made a touch night at the plate, and even harder pill to swallow. Even though this scene ended poorly, this was my absolute favorite part of the night, and it's one of the more beautiful things about baseball.
Here we were, bottom of the ninth in Fenway Park, with runners on second and third. A base hit could potentially win the game, and up at the plate was a rookie who no one thought would be in this position back in April. With a base hit the rookie could have sent his team to the playoffs, and a city into celebration. The script wrote itself there, and it's probably an at-bat he's replayed in his head a bunch already. Like I said, swing in a miss, but the beauty of baseball was most certainly at its pinnacle with that at bat.
With the Red Sox loss and the St. Pete Devil Rays win the AL East is most definitely lost, but a I'll take a ticket to the postseason any year, and would love to punch that ticket in tonight, Cliff Lee or not. Either way you look at it, this movie's just begun, and there's sure to be plenty of drama ahead.