Originally posted on Surviving Grady  |  Last updated 10/5/13
Coming into game one of the ALDS between the Red Sox and Rays, there were a lot of questions: Would the Rays, running on pure adrenaline, be better positioned? Would the Sox offense be neutralized by Tampa Bay’s tough pitching? And has Mike Napoli showered since the AL East clinching celebration? For the first three innings, I really didn’t know what to think. Jon Lester was throwing fire, undone only by a missed call on what what should have been a third strike to Sean Rodriguez who followed up with a home run. Then, in the top of the fourth, Ben Zobrist went yard, too, prompting me to reach for that Maalox-Vodka cocktail I keep close by during the postseason. Meanwhile, the Red Sox were hitless, making me wonder aloud if the long layoff between clinching and the playoffs had somehow hurt them. Then, as it so often does, **** got real, fast. Pedroia led off the bottom of the fourth with a hit, then Papi crushed a towering fly ball to right that Will Myers should have handled, but i...
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