BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA

Super Sox vs. hot Rocks


Red Sox fans had to hold their breath for the last five days, but their faith was rewarded with three straight victories to close out the ALCS in grand fashion against the Indians, setting up a clash with the Colorado Rockies for the World Series. Over the weekend those who were part of Boston's biggest decisions of the offseason came through in a big way: free-agent signees J.D. Drew, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima, rookie second baseman Dustin Pedroia, and still-in-the-closer role Jonathan Papelbon. The Red Sox may have outscored the Indians 30-5 over the last three games, but the outcome of Game 7 was in doubt for much of the night, and provided a dramatic finish to the American League season.

The World Series starts Wednesday and features a matchup of the hottest team in baseball against the team that has prided itself on being the game's best over the regular season and postseason. The Rockies and Red Sox met earlier this year, and Colorado showed it won't be intimidated by Fenway Park, where it won two of three games. The key questions immediately being discussed: Can Boston's bats match their ALCS performance against Colorado's improbably great pitching effort? And can the Rockies continue their magical run against the likes of Beckett, Ramirez and Ortiz? We'll say this: The team that wins this series will have earned the right to call itself a champion.

If you're still looking for a baseball fix on Monday, check out "The All-Kruk Team" on ESPN2. The theme of last year's selections was baseball's most entertaining personalities, but this year's squad is a little different. It's a roster of players whom Kruk would pay to watch play. You don't necessarily have to be the best in baseball to make the team, but there has to be something in the way you play that puts you above the rest of the baseball world. Wait until you see Kruk's choice to play third base. The "All-Kruk Team" special airs at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

CAME BACK FROM 3-1 DEFICIT TO WIN
BEST-OF-SEVEN SERIES
TEAM SERIES OPPONENT
2007 Red Sox ALCS Indians
2004 Red Sox ALCS Yankees
2003 Marlins NLCS Cubs
1996 Braves NLCS Cardinals
1986 Red Sox ALCS Angels
1985 Royals WS Cardinals
1985 Royals ALCS Blue Jays
1979 Pirates WS Orioles
1968 Tigers WS Cardinals
1958 Yankees WS Braves
1925 Pirates WS Senators
MOST RUNS IN DECISIVE GAME 7
POSTSEASON HISTORY
TEAM RUNS
1996 Braves *15
2007 Red Sox *11
1985 Cardinals 11
1934 Cardinals 11
* -- LCS
ALCS MVPS: STARTING PITCHERS
PLAYER TEAM
Josh Beckett 2007 Red Sox
Andy Pettitte 2001 Yankees
Orlando Hernandez 1999 Yankees
David Wells 1998 Yankees
Orel Hershiser 1995 Indians
Dave Stewart 1993 Blue Jays
Dave Stewart 1990 Athletics
Mike Boddicker 1983 Orioles

HOW DID THE RED SOX DO IT?
Jayson Stark and Eric Young talk to Neil Everett about how Boston rebounded from a 3-1 ALCS deficit and then blew out the Indians in Game 7 to advance to the World Series.

WORLD SERIES PREVIEW
ROCKIES VS. RED SOX
STAT ROCKIES RED SOX
Regular Season W-L 90-73 96-66
Postseason W-L 7-0 7-3
Postseason Runs PG 4.9 7.0
Postseason BA .242 .304
Postseason ERA 2.08 4.57
THIS DATE IN POSTSEASON HISTORY:
OCT. 22
2003: Marlins magic
Alex Gonzalez hits a walk-off home run against Jeff Weaver, giving the Marlins a win in Game 4 of the World Series, tying the series at two games apiece. It was thought that this would be Roger Clemens' last game in the major leagues, and he received multiple standing ovations from the Florida crowd, but Clemens decided to continue his career, and has through the 2007 season. The Marlins ended Clemens' season on a sour note, winning the series in six games.
1975: Morgan magic
Joe Morgan singles home the winning run in the ninth inning, as the Reds beat the Red Sox in Game 7 of the World Series at Fenway Park, a day after Carlton Fisk won Game 6 with a walk-off home run. The Red Sox blew a 3-0 lead and remained without a World Series title since 1918, a drought that lasted for another 29 years. Morgan, now an ESPN Radio announcer for the World Series, and Yadier Molina (HR in 2006 NLCS), are the only two players to get a go-ahead (eventual game-winning) hit on the road in the ninth inning or later of a winner-take-all Game 7.

QUOTABLE
"The Rockies are on a magical run and we are going to have our hands full. We're going to try and represent the American League the best we can. We haven't grown up any since '04. That's part of what keeps these guys so good. It keeps us all loose and we never stop believing."

-- Red Sox GM Theo Epstein


 

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