- One of the contrived, media-driven themes of the day was pressure – which team feels more, the one (still) on the brink of elimination or the one that let a World Series ticket slip from its fingers and blow away in the wind?
“Obviously, it’s on us,” Dustin Pedroia said. “We lose, we go home. They lose, they play another game. So it’s on us.”
David Ortiz agreed with Pedroia. Jonathan Papelbon declined to answer the pressure question – “You got to ask the prognosticators that,” he said. “I don’t know. That’s not my job.”
Papelbon also maintained his stance that there was “never a doubt” last night, despite the fact that winning a game in that manner had not been accomplished since Herbert Hoover was in office. (It’s like that old saying goes – every time the global economy crumbles, a baseball team comes back from seven runs down to win a playoff game.) But even Papelbon seemed awed by the Red Sox’ rally.
“After last night,” Papelbon said. “you’ve seen it all.”
- Two minor league pieces of news. First, the Red Sox received righthanded pitcher Dewon Day, 28, from the Chicago White Sox on a waiver claim. Day will join the Red Sox’ 40-man roster, and the odd man out is Chris Smith, who was designated for assignment. Day spent the season with Triple A Charlotte as a reliever and Double A Birmingham as a starter. He’s had two cups of coffee with the White Sox.
In the Arizona Fall League, Clay Buchholz threw five scoreless innings Thursday, allowing one hit and one walk as Scottsdale (his team) beat Surprise. Buchholz has now thrown eight innings in the AFL, allowing zero runs, one hit, and striking out seven.
- Mark Kotsay drilled a ball to center field, over the fence toward the actual tank of cownose rays, during batting practice a few minutes ago. “Dude, you killed a ray!” Ortiz shouted.