I think they wish we were playing in about 10 minutes. It's good. It's very good. It's enthusiastic. ... Pedroia came in this morning ready to fight the war, and it's spreading clubhouse-wide.Since 1985, four of the 15 teams that have trailed 3-1 in the ALCS have come back to win the pennant. The Red Sox account for three of those four teams: 1986, 2004, 2007.
We've got nothing but baseball ahead of us. Belief. It wasn't just '04, '07. We've been able to do it. It leaves an overriding belief. I believe.Varitek is one of five players remaining from the 2004 team (Ortiz, Tim Wakefield, Mike Timlin, and Kevin Youkilis are the others.)
We've been in this situation before. We've been down 3-0 and come back and won, so it's going to take a group effort Thursday.Timlin:
You can rely on history. History repeats itself. That's what I've heard. Go with that.However, David Ortiz, the anchor of the lineup, is batting only .161 (5-for-31) in October and is 1-for-14 against the Rays. He has gone 27 AB without an RBI and his last home run came way back on September 22. MLB.com:
And here is possibly the most telling trend: In 31 at-bats, Ortiz has struck out only eight times, meaning he is making consistent contact. But he has hit fly balls out of the infield only seven times, meaning he is simply not driving the ball. To a lot of people, that suggests -- disclaimers to the contrary -- that his left wrist is not strong. Others wonder if Ortiz is seeing the ball well.