Sunday, November 4, 2001
What a night. For the first time I feel absolutely glad to be a baseball fan and to see one of the greatest World Series in history. While the Sox are still my passion I’m glad to be a truly passionate baseball fan and can see beyond the Red Sox. The Diamonbacks beat the Yankees tonight. They faced a 2-1 deficit in the ninth inning against automatic Rivera. That man has been a machine in the clutch and tonight he was beaten in the 7th game of the series. Amazing. Mark Grace singled. Damien Miller tried to sacrifice and Rivera’s throw sailed on Jeter (perhaps safe anyway). Jay Bell fails to sacrifice. Tony Womack doubles down the right field line to tie it. Counsel is hit by a pitch. Luis Gonzalez, with his 57 home runs, gets a soft single over the drawn in infield and the D-Backs win it. What a night.
This all after two of the most dramatic and heartbreaking losses in New York. Game four and game five, almost clones of each other. Two run lead, two outs in the ninth, two run homer, Rivera comes in to bleed them to death and the Yankees eventually score the winner.
This is no longer a Red Sox log for me. I am a baseball fan. The Sox are a screwed up team and there’s so much more to baseball. I have to enjoy baseball ‘cause I might not ever see the Sox win. So here’s to baseball.