By David Little – @DLittleMLB
Down 4 runs in the 6th, with only 9 outs remaining in the game, Boston was facing a 2-2 series tie with the Dodgers. As fans, we sat staring at out TVs, wondering why our teams bats has suddenly gone silent. But Chris Sale had enough. Our incumbent Ace walked into the dugout and started yelling, “He’s only got 2 pitches” (In reference to the Rich Hill Fastball/curveball combo) to everyone within ear shot. Enough was enough, it was time for Boston to do what they do best, pile on some runs.
And in the bottom of the seventh, Mitch Moreland responded. A 3 run blast fed the fire that Chris Sale had started. Next, it was Steve Pearce with a missile off of Kenley Jansen. And the Red Sox continued the heat. In the ninth, with one away, Brock Holt doubled down the line, and was driven in by Rafael Devers. Pearce hit another rocket for a double to score three more runs, then Bogaerts also joined in for an RBI single. Soon, it was 9-6 and we had a 3-1 lead in the series. Red Sox everywhere were blown away, and I sat in awe of the amazing comeback I had just witnessed.
The poetry of all this is obvious, but needs to be stated. The Red Sox are a team of men who all pull for each other. They will fight till their last breath, but sometimes even warriors need a leader. Chris Sale, with his shoulder issues, and stomach illness, has not been able to pitch to the standard he holds for himself. But this didn’t mean he couldn’t contribute in other ways. So he took the lead. He made every person in the dugout respond. He put the facts right in front of the players faces.
There is a reason we traded two of the most highly regarded prospects, Michael Kopech and Yoan Moncada, for this guy. He is a true gamer. A guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. A guy who would rather faint on the field from exhaustion then give up. I have said it before, but I will keep on saying it, the Red Sox are a team whose identity is that of the never quit, never give up ball player. And yesterday, even though Sale could not contribute to the box score, he may have come through in the clutch in ways that run deeper then hits and strikeouts. Chris Sale is BOSTON. And the Red Sox are lucky to have such a fantastic player on their roster.