Game Six of the 2013 ALCS. The Sox are down 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th. The struggling Shane Victorino steps to the plate with the bases loaded. And then this happens.
Koji does what Koji does in the bottom of the 9th, and the Red Sox are back in the World Series for the third time in ten years.
Yes, this is a team that was abysmal under Bobby Valentine last season. Yes, this is a team that is in the final stage of pulling off a miraculous turnaround. But that’s where the magic ends.
Now that the Sox are news and Boston is back on the national stage, prepare yourself for a potential onslaught of three- and four-lettered cable networks trying to tie this magical season into the tragedy of Marathon Monday. To do so is lazy. And perhaps a bit exploitative. And, quite frankly, inaccurate.
This is a Red Sox team that had talent and potential from the get-go. They realized their potential, won 97 games, and have a damn good shot at winning the World Series.
Listen to my World Series preview with Chad Finn and Steve Silva from Boston.com.