Surreal Sunday evening in Boston
The Patriots were trailing the Saints by four points with 1:13 to go at their own 30-yard line with no timeouts and needing a touchdown to win the game.
The Red Sox were trailing by four runs in the bottom of the eighth with two outs needing a home run to tie the game.
The Tom Brady and David Ortiz did what they have done for their prospective teams for the last decade.
In an improbable series of events, Brady led the Patriots down the field and made a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds remaining to win the game for the Patriots. The Patriots defeated the previously 5-0 Saints to improve to 5-1. Gillette Stadium had all of New England shaking.
About four hours later, Ortiz would step up for the plate for the Red Sox with the bases loaded in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series trailing 5-1 with two outs. What happened next was destiny. On the first pitch he saw from Joaquin Benoit, he blasted the ball deep into right field and over the outstretched glove of Torii Hunter and into the bullpen. Ortiz had tied the game, sending the Fenway faithful into a frenzy and giving the Red Sox new life in a series where their bats seemed to have none.
That magic did not end there at Fenway because the fairytale had to see its end for the Red Sox. The leader of the bearded ones in Boston, Jonny Gomes, would get the ninth inning started with an infield single as he slid head first into first base. He would get to second base as the ball went out of play. From there, it seemed like all 38,029 people packed into Fenway knew what was coming. Gomes would advance to third on a wild pitch. Jarrod Saltalamacchia would come up and look to be the first out of the inning. The catcher popped one into foul play on the first base side, but the fans at Fenway would not let the magic end. Prince Fielder had the ball go off his glove as fans in the first row attempted to go after it as well. The at bat would stay alive and “Salty” would hit a base hit past the drawn-in infield to win the game and tie the series at one.
Can it get any more surreal for the fans in Boston? The Red Sox were facing a possible 2-0 series deficit with the next three games in Detroit and Justin Verlander taking the hill for the Tigers in game three. The Red Sox did what they have done all season long…never give up. They brought up the man who seems to always do it in October for the Red Sox as he aims for his third World Series title in Boston in the last decade. Big Papi was the hero once again and it only seemed fitting that he came up in that situation at that point of time when they needed him most.
Those kinds of moments are what sports fans live for. No matter what fan you are, last night was truly a special one for the city of Boston. That city deserved it.