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Friday, September 28, 2007

Red Sox Clinch AL East!

We did it! With the season ending up in a couple of days, the Red Sox clinched the American League East position tonight, after the Yankees lost to the Orioles (Yeah, Baltimore!). This is the first time we've won the division since 1995. Oh, we've had plenty of wild card wins, but to bring home the division is a special honor for this year's team, and boy are they celebrating! More than 2000 fans stayed hours after the game in hopes that the Sox would come out of the locker room and share in the celebration. At a few minutes past 11, their wishes came true when the players poured out of the locker room, clad in adorable red shorts, brand new AL East T-shirts and new hats with the tags still flapping off the top, their hands filled with champagne bottles, and started showering the fans. The celebration continues as I type this, despite the media's desire to interview all the players and put a bit of the damper on the hoopla.

Tony Francona, the team's manager, pulled his hamstring falling off the couch in the locker room during the celebration. One hopes he was actually drinking the champagne.

According to ESPN:
More than an hour earlier, Boston reduced its magic number to one with a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. And with those results, coupled with Cleveland's 5-3 win over Kansas City, the AL playoff pairings were set: The Los Angeles Angels will open at Boston, and the wild-card Yankees will start at Cleveland.

The Yankees, who had won the last nine AL East crowns, took a 9-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth at Baltimore. Then former Red Sox outfielder Jay Payton tied it with a bases-loaded triple. And Melvin Mora bunted in the winning run with the bases loaded in the 10th.

Fenway fans who stood to watch the end of that game on the center-field scoreboard shouted as the message board flashed: "CHAMPIONS OF THE AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST."

"It's unbelievable," backup first baseman Eric Hinske said. "Hopefully, this is just the beginning. "Daisuke Matsuzaka had set up the celebration with eight strong innings against the Twins. He won for just the second time since early August and David Ortiz homered for the fourth time in seven games.

When the division title was assured, Red Sox players poured from their clubhouse, through the dugout and onto the field.Ortiz, wearing street clothes just a half-hour earlier, was sporting a white division champions T-shirt. Jonathan Papelbon, who earned the clinching save, stood near home plate in a red T-shirt and dark undershorts, sprayed champagne, then flung the bottle high into the air.

The Girl is going to the game tomorrow afternoon. I think she missed the big one, but she's happy to just be going. I'm so jealous I look like a green giant.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Lynn said...

So psyched that they clinched last night! (and very impressed that I haven't heard of the celebrants in the Fenway area or anywhere else-like UMASS- finding the need to destroy property to celebrate!)

And the topper was Jonathan Papelbon wet in that outfit he was wearing last night celebrating on field-OH MY!!!! ;)

P.S. I only saw the last inning of the game and the celebration but never saw Manny where the hell was he?!

29/9/07 10:35 AM  
Blogger PI said...

I hope it doesn't make you mad that I don't understand American sport but I applaud your enthusiasm and share in your delight. Half the men in my family are Man U supporters so I do understand the celebrating a great team win. Michele sends her best.

29/9/07 1:57 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oooooo! I have a good friend who is a die hard Red Sox fan. I haven't talked to him in awhile so I should probably call and see if he's come down from the moon yet!

Michele sent me today!!

29/9/07 6:29 PM  
Blogger utenzi said...

Michele sent me over, Margalit--and I promise my name isn't Annie.

I lived in Atlanta for more than a decade so it's always the Braves I watch. They're not going to make it this year. Drat. Congratulations to your BoSox, Margalit. Twice in 3 years. Maybe they'll make it all the way again now that the "curse" has been broken.

29/9/07 8:03 PM  
Blogger Sechakecha said...

Glad to hear that one of Baltimores few wins this year, made you so happy. ~.^

hard to believe that, after losing over 90 games this season, we beat the damned yankees...

1/10/07 9:37 AM  

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