When was it that we were all bemoaning the fact that this latest well-hyped confrontation between the Athens and Sparta of baseball (which is which depends on your point of view) was a major dud?
Oh, that’s right. It was 10 hours, 51 minutes, and 26 innings of baseball ago.
You thought Sunday’s 12-inning 6-4/David Ortiz/Beating Mariano game was an epic? Nah. It was the lounge act to last night’s headliner, a 14-inning masterpiece culminating in yet another game-winning hit by Ortiz, this one a fisted blooper to center after fouling off five nasty Esteban Loaiza two-strike pitches.
It took a postseason record time of 5 hours and 49 minutes for the Red Sox to stagger home with a 5-4 victory that sends this series back to New York for a Game 6 you can be sure Joe Torre never, ever, ever wanted to play. These teams have now played more than 15 hours of baseball in three days. What is this, cricket? This keeps up, we’d better schedule in a break for tea.
``These are two really good teams that really compete,’’ said Sox manager Terry Francona. ``They play with a lot of heart. Fortunately, we were at home, and we won.’’
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