Found October 05, 2013 on Ted's Army:
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Yesterday in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Fenway faithful smelled blood and, for the first time this year, they woke up screaming and shouting — an eruption of noise that helped the Red Sox win Game 1 of this Division Series against Tampa Bay, 12-2. “That’s a Fenway crowd right there; that’s what I’m talking about,” said David Ortiz of how the fans got into the game. “It’s the playoffs; it was good to go.” Up until the fourth inning, the Red Sox were hitless and behind, 2-0. Jon Lester had given up two early solo home runs, and Matt Moore’s strong start had caused a nervous murmur, neither loud nor threatening, to run through the late-arriving crowd. But when Dustin Pedroia led off the fourth with a single right up the middle, the cork was popped. The Red Sox could not win a postseason game here in 2009, so it’s been five years since there was something to cheer about in this ballpark in October. It was the first and finest postseason moment in this ballpark since Oct. 11, 2009 — that’s too long around here. Herald - Fenway casts its spell It would be hard to script a better postseason opening game for the Boston Red Sox. Despite the two solo shots he surrendered, Jon Lester was downright phenomenal.  He lasted 7 2/3 innings, struck out 7 Rays, and only gave up one additional hit beyond the home runs. As great as Lester was, the offense was just as good.  Every starter got at least one hit, and everybody crossed the plate at least once.  Everybody except Papi and Pedroia drove in a run.  They chased Rays starter Matt Moore out of the game early in the 5th and forced Maddon to use 4 relievers.  It took them a couple innings to get going, but once they did they didn't stop. And the whole reason for Silverman's ode to Fenway above is that .gif at the top of the post.  That's Ray's outfielder Wil Myers deciding at the last moment not to catch David Ortiz's pop-up.  Silverman essentially says that the mystique and raucous Fenway crowd scared the bajeezus out of Myers and those forces made him "black out" for a second.  Seriously, that's what he says.  According to Myers, he saw Jennings out of the corner of his eye and backed off.  Considering that Myers was on the warning track, and the ball was directly over his head, his theory is about as likely as Silverman's proposed "black out".   Whatever the case, this is the play that ignited the Sox offense - Gomes would double both Ortiz and Pedroia home for the Sox first runs. Thanks Fenway's Super Powers Wil Myers. [.gif] Rest of the links: Herald - Sox officially move on with Game 1 drubbing | Buckley: Jon Lester aces test | Jonny Gomes in the right spot | Globe - Red Sox jump on Rays miscues, win ALDS opener 12-2 | For Jonny Gomes, playoff win a long time coming | Myers puts fly ball behind him | WEEI - Doubront to be relied on for multiple innings | Powerful tone: Jon Lester dials it up, dominates Rays in Red Sox’ Game 1 win | CSNNE - Sox deliver balanced, historic offense | Gomes continues to be offensive sparkplug | Maddon: No problem with the Red Sox' late run
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