It was an eventful few days for Josh Hamilton in Texas. He’s been booed, jeered, his family felt it needed personal security and, above all else, he played exceedingly poorly. He redeemed himself a bit yesterday, but it was basically a train wreck for him. So Bob Nightengale of USA Today asked him if Texas got to him. Hamilton says nope:
It’s not just being here in Texas. I’d suck anywhere right now.”
He’s off today, but then he and the Angels get six home games, including three against the lowly Astros. If he’s not on track by then, the boos may expand farther west.
Today is the 13th anniversary of one of the most exciting and iconic plays in postseason history. On October 17, 2004, the Yankees and the Red Sox faced off in Game 4 of the ALCS. The Yankees had a 3-0 lead in the series and held a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth. The Red Sox were three outs from being eliminated by the Yankees. Again.
Kevin Millar led off the inning facing Mariano Rivera and worked the greatest closer in baseball history for a walk. Terry Francona inserted Dave Roberts as a pinch runner. Everyone in the building knew that Roberts had one job: get to second base and scoring position. Despite everyone knowing it was coming, Roberts swiped second base. He’d come around to score, the Sox won the game in 12 innings, would win the next three and the World Series, completing the greatest comeback in postseason history and ending an 86-year championship drought.
Understandably, the Red Sox wanted to remember that wonderful day today. So they tweeted about it:
The Yankees, however, weren’t gonna let that one go by: