David Ortiz couldn’t resist a 2004 ALCS reference with Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez: Whereas the Pink Sox aren’t within the postseason this 12 months, there are nonetheless the sometimes pleasing moments for Boston followers watching the Fox Sports activities broadcast.
Presumably one of the best instance occurred on Monday night time following Sport 2 of the American League Championship Sequence. The panel of analysts included former Yankees Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez together with Pink Sox legend David Ortiz.
As Jeter spoke in regards to the present plight of the Astros — trailing 2-0 within the collection — he smiled earlier than referencing one of many worst moments of his Yankee profession.
“Look, simply because they’re down two video games, it’s not over,” Jeter defined. “We misplaced a collection being up 3-0. I don’t need to carry it again up, however we misplaced up 3-0.”
Ortiz, who clearly acknowledged Jeter’s reference to the 2004 ALCS (when the Pink Sox rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Yankees), waited patiently for a second to leap in.
“You probably did?” Ortiz jokingly replied.
“Yeah we did,” Jeter admitted earlier than shortly altering the topic again to the Astros.
Rodriguez, who performed alongside Jeter within the collection (in opposition to Ortiz), couldn’t assist however snigger.
The trio of former rivals seem to have developed a pleasant rapport as broadcasters, and have pranked one another a number of occasions through the years. A latest instance got here earlier in 2023, when Ortiz trolled Jeter by gifting him a Pink Sox jersey together with his title on it.
Trivia: Whereas Invoice Belichick continues to be pursuing the all-time wins file by a head coach, he’s additionally closing in on the all-time losses file. What former NFL head coach at the moment holds that ignominious crown?
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Trace: He coached the Broncos, Giants, and Falcons throughout his profession.
Scores and schedule:
Tonight at 7:30 p.m, the Celtics face the Knicks in a preseason matchup at Madison Sq. Backyard. Boston will start the common season in one other matchup in opposition to the Knicks on Oct. 25.
On Thursday, the Bruins play the Sharks in San Jose at 10:30 p.m.
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Birthday present: On his thirty first birthday, Bryce Harper completely annihilated this fastball within the Phillies’ 5-3 win in Sport 1 of the NLCS.
On this present day: In 2004, the Pink Sox confronted the Yankees in a must-win Sport 4 of the American League Championship Sequence. Boston trailed New York 3-0 and seemed to be as soon as once more on the verge of dropping to their rivals underneath the brilliant lights of baseball’s postseason stage.
Trailing by a run within the ninth, nevertheless, Pink Sox first baseman Kevin Millar — who had famously proclaimed earlier than the sport, “Don’t allow us to win immediately!” — drew a stroll. Pinch-runner Dave Roberts stole second base by the smallest of margins, and third baseman Invoice Mueller slapped a base hit up the center off of legendary New York nearer Mariano Rivera to tie the sport.
And whereas it technically got here on Oct. 18 because of the sport operating 5 hours and two minutes lengthy, David Ortiz ended it within the backside of the twelfth with a walk-off residence run. It nonetheless appeared like a long-shot, however arguably the best comeback in sports activities had begun.
Each day spotlight: Rangers third baseman Josh Jung made a improbable play to get the out in Sport 2 of the ALCS. Texas went on to win to take a 2-0 collection lead over the Astros.
Trivia reply: Dan Reeves
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