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Five alive

Sure, the Red Sox have left you with nothing to watch on TV this late in the season for the first time since 2002, but you’ll always have 2004. In that spirit, we’re recapping last year’s historic ALCS between the Red Sox and Yankees. Today, Game 5 …

The Red Sox sent the series back to New York with their second straight extra-inning victory, and David Ortiz’s second walkoff hit in less than 24 hours. This time, he singled in the bottom of the 14th to drive home the winning run almost six hours after the first pitch of the game was delivered.

Some memorable quotes from after the game:

  • Theo Epstein: “I’ll take nominations and I might be in sort of a haze, but I think that was one of the greatest games ever played, if not the greatest.”
  • David Ortiz: “We have to get something going against the Yankees. We had to get something going. We were one loss away from going home for good. We couldn’t let it end that way at home in front of our fans like that.”
  • Doug Mientkiewicz: “Every time you just say, almost in the back of your head, gosh, it’s physically impossible for him to do it again. It’s just not that easy. To continually do it night in and night out, it’s ridiculous. It’s a freak of nature.”
  • Dan Shaughnessy: New England is at once sleepless, breathless, and full of hope. David Ortiz and the Red Sox just beat the Yankees in two extra-inning playoff games on the same calendar day. This century-long Sox-Yankee show, featuring themes of revenge and redemption, moves back to New York tonight.

    A complete Game 5 recap:

    Oct. 18-19, 2004:
    Game 5: Red Sox 5, Yankees 4 (14 innings)
    Box score Game Log
    game recap: Marathon man
    Dan Shaughnessy:
    Two wins in hand, two to go

    Jackie MacMullan Wakefield proves he’ll go to any lengths to help
    Bob Ryan: Where to start in this latest endless epic?
    red sox notebook: Francona had no second thought on lineup
    Yankees notebook: For them, Game 5 of 1st importance
    Boston sports blog:Fenway’s latest may be its greatest
    DH has become ultimate closer
    If he’s done, he will deal
    Lack of leadership hurting Damon
    Schilling hoping start isn’t a finish
    Boston fades from view as Lowe looks ahead
    Celebration — again — put on hold
    Another black mark for NY pen
    Photo Gallery Game photos Photo Gallery The Fenway scene  Game 5 multimedia gallery
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