Sunday, October 13th, 2013. The Patriots have 10 seconds to go or they lose against the Saints by 27-23. But Tom Brady comes clutch again and wins the game with an spectacular throw.
Little did Massachusetts know, that Tom Brady wouldn't be the only hero of the night.
The Red Sox were on the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers. Detroit had one of the best postseason pitching rotation of all time. During Game 1, Tigers Pitchers Anibal Sanchez, Al Albuquerque, Jose Veras, Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit combined 17 strikeouts and only one hit through 9 1/3 innings, until Daniel Nava broke the no-hitter. Boston lose 1-0 and with the Cy Young favorite, Max Scherzer, beginning Game 2, things weren't looking so bright for the band of bearded brothers.
Max Scherzer proved his ace status by throwing five no-hit innings, while Clay Buchholz allowed five runs through six innings. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Shane Victorino singled and Dustin Pedroia doubled driving Vic to the plate. 5-1. A silent 7th inning went by and in the bottom of the eighth, Middlebrooks doubled, Ellsbury walked and Pedroia singled. Two outs, bases loaded, trailing 5-1 and David Americo Ortiz, the Large Father walks towards the plate. FOX Sports sportcaster said that Ortiz had never homered against the new Tigers pitcher Joaquin Benoit, but we all know how the Baseball Gods can change the script.
In the 9th inning, Koji Uehara retired the Tigers in order and prepared the stage for a wild walk-off win. Jonny Gomes singled and reached to third base on an error and wild pitch, and Saltalamacchia ended the inning with a base hit. The series was tied. Later on, Boston won the ALCS in 6 games thanks to another grand slam.
I'm from Mexico and haven't been to Fenway Park (yet), so I watched the game on TV and live-tweeted some things. Here are some tweets that were on my Timeline the day that David Ortiz tied the game with a Grand Slam:
Tom Brady threw a TD pass & David Ortiz hit a playoff HR Sunday. Last 2 years that happened, Pats went to Super Bowl & Sox won World Series.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 14, 2013
I'm really young but I've been a Red Sox fan since I was three-years old. I remember the Garciaparra Era, when Grady Little kept Pedro during the 7th game in 2003, when Millar walked, how the Curse was broken but I can't remember a moment where any hitter came more clutch than David Ortiz did on October 13th, 2013.
How was your reaction when Ortiz tied the game? What are your favorite Red Sox October moments? Leave your comments below.
P.S. Whenever I feel blue, I watch the "One Day Closer to the Parade" video series. Here's the link to the video about ALCS Game 2.