On the verge of being eliminated by the Yankees last year, the Boston Red Sox owners jotted down a concession speech on a yellow legal pad.
When the Red Sox rallied to beat New York in Game 4 of the AL championship series, the pad went into a drawer. Boston fell behind again in Game 5, and out came the legal pad.
But it was never needed, because Boston won the next three games to eliminate the Yankees and then swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
“I asked Larry (Lucchino) what happened to the legal pad,” Red Sox owner Tom Werner said Tuesday night. “And he told me Doug Mientkiewicz had taken it, along with the ball.”
I can just imagine what was in that speech. Whining about the size of the Yankees payroll. Whining about the A-Rod trade. All that stuff that Sox management whined about in 2003 and for most of 2004…..until they beat the Yankees in the ALCS and, then, suddenly, all of that ‘unfair’ stuff didn’t seem to matter any more.