The Red Sox' win last night means all four Division Series stand at two-games-to-none. That has happened once before, in 1995, the first-year of the current playoff set-up.

As noted in the last post, three teams have come back to win Divisional series after spotting the opposition a two-game lead. The first of these was the Mariners, who came back to beat the Yankees in that '95 season and were managed by our own Lou Piniella.

Lou is no doubt much wilier now than he was 12 long years ago and engineering a comeback against the Diamondbacks should hardly tax him at all.

I have about eight more hours to find reasons to be optimistic.

I will continue looking.

Correction/optimistic addendum: The previous count was wrong: a fourth team, the '99 Red Sox, also came back from an 0-2 deficit, winning their ALDS against Cleveland.

3 Comments:

  1. Brian L said...
    If you would have come back from the future and told me that Aramis Ramirez went 0 for 11 and personally stranded 12+ men in less than three full games.......
    Y'know....I probably wouldn't be too surprized.....
    Listening to the radio in the 4th inning...Santo's reactions are priceless.....
    Cubnut said...
    Agreed. He said what I felt at every point. I think the word "choke" gets overused in sports a lot. Not in this case. Our big guys wet themselves. Three games in a row.
    Brian L said...
    I liken their appearance for the entire series as the proverbial deer in the headlights unable to avoid the oncoming truck.........

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