Wow, 14 years. I remember this like it was yesterday. As much as 2003 hurt, 2004 was equally as sweet. The greatest comeback in sports history. The Red Sox faced a 3-0 series deficit in the ALCS to the rival New York Yankees. 3-0 was a deficit that no team had ever come back from in baseball history, and only been done a few times in all of sports.
The Sox were down and on the verge of being swept. But we still watched. We held out hope. We watched Wakefield get shelled, taking the beating in a blowout loss in game 3 (19-8). Game 3 was nearly one year to the day that Pedro sent Don Zimmer to the ground. This time the Yankees sent the Sox to the ground. But this team cowboy’d up and started the comeback. One game at a time. Kevin Millar was quoted before each game stating “don’t let us win today”. It was all about momentum.
It started with a leadoff walk and the stolen base heard round the world. The funny thing is, the entire planet knew Roberts was going, and no one could stop him.
It all changed with a stolen base 14 years ago today… pic.twitter.com/TVL5DEYeUs
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 17, 2018
A base knock two pitches later by Bill Mueller tied the game and the rest is history. The Red Sox rode the momentum of game 4 all the way to game 7 where they stomped the Yankees on their own turf. The Red Sox went on to the World Series and swept the poor Cardinals, who had no chance against the Sox. 2004 was a special time in the world of Boston sports. It really propelled everything that this city is today and of course, breaking the curse of the bambino. What a time it was to be alive.