Red Sox: Two walk offs in one day, luck of the Irish?
Ever since John Farrell started managing the Boston Red Sox, things have changed. For the better. In the year since Farrell arrived the team went from worst, and is currently in first.
Farrell called last night’s walk-off win against the Seattle Mariners, “magical.” I agree. When John Farrell came aboard he appears to have brought the luck of the Irish with him.
What happened last night at Fenway Park in Boston was the stuff fans live for. In the bottom of the ninth, trailing Seattle by five runs, 7-2, the Sox rallied and scored six runs to win the game 8-7.
A huge feat, but even wilder, it was the team’s second walk off that day. They had beaten the Mariners 5-4 shortly after midnight in 15 innings. During the 15th inning, Boston sports announcer Don Orsillo astutely observed, “The game started on Wednesday, now it’s Thursday. Began in July, now it’s August.”
Thursday night’s game was the icing on the cake. The game was close for a few innings, with Seattle nursing a 2-1 lead, but a grand slam in the fourth but a huge damper on the Sox and Seattle appeared to be in cruise control leading 7-1 until the bottom of the 8th when the Sox eked out what appeared at the time to be just one tiny run.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Sox didn’t just mop up and call it quits. The team capitalized on hard hits and a Seattle pitching mix up which sent the wrong pitcher to the mound. Seattle paid dearly for that mistake and the Sox rallied, with Daniel Nava knocking in the winning run.
A six-run bottom of the ninth? Two walk offs in one day? A manager mis-signalling and sending the wrong pitcher to the mound? Yeah, I’d say that’s magical. Baseball magical. And our lucky sprite appears to be John Farrell and a young, scrappy Red Sox team, that is eerily reminiscent to a group of idiots from 2004. And we all know what happened to them.