In 2004, the Sox overcame a 0-3 deficit to beat the New York Yankees. In 2007, The Sox came from down 1-3 to beat the Cleveland Indians. This year, the Sox are behind again, but the adversity seems to have energized the team. “I think they wish we were playing in about 10 minutes,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters in an off-day press conference. “It’s good. It’s very good. It’s enthusiastic. I mean, we’ll play tomorrow, because that’s when we’re supposed to, but I think everybody is ready to play right now, which is what I was hoping for.”
Sox Nation is gearing up to cheer for a team on the brink yet again. The same team that fought off elimination in the 1999 ALDS, 2003 ALDS, 2004 ALCS, and last year’s ALCS. Team captain Jason Varitek was there for each of those series’, and will lead the Sox with the same determination this year.
The Sox will be sending Daisuke Matsuzaka to the mound tonight. Matsuzaka held the Rays hitless into the seventh inning in his first appearance of the series. The Rays moved up Scott Kazmir to face him, giving James Shields a day off and what they consider to be a better matchup at home in a possible game six. Potential game six and seven starters Jon Lester and Josh Beckett faltered in their previous appearances, but both have a playoff pedigree that speaks for itself.
Tickets are available for tonight’s game starting at face value!