HIGH-FIVE! THEY'RE IN! (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Pop that cork, Red Sox Nation!
The bearded boys from Beantown clinched the team’s first postseason slot since 2009 on Thursday night at Fenway Park behind a valiant, complete-game effort from John Lackey, beating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1.
While the team exchanged the requisite high-fives and hugs on the mound following the final out, the big celebration is still on ice until the Red Sox secure the real prize — the American League East Division crown. That could happen as soon as tomorrow via either a Tampa Bay loss or a Boston win against the Toronto Blue Jays, who fly into town for the final regular-season home stand at the Fens.
But for now, a confirmed playoff berth will have to suffice.
Shrug those collective shoulders. Who cares? They’re in. We’re back.
Lackey put his teammates squarely on his shoulders in this one, flirting with a no-hitter and retiring 18 of the first 20 batte...