• Flashbacks Of 2004

    Posted by on February 6th, 2017 · Comments (6)

    Watching the Patriots comeback from the dead last night to win the Superbowl in overtime brought back painful memories of 2004. Now, New England has two resurrection pelts on their belt. And, I still can’t get over the first one.

    It’s been 4,492 days since the end of the 2004 ALCS, and it still haunts me.

    I do like to jest about it now and say it was the Red Sox who choked in that ALCS, since they let the Yankees win the first three games. But, really, who am I kidding with that one? The Yankees had the Red Sox number for 85 YEARS and then they let it all fall to pieces in 2004. And, since that time, the Red Sox have gone on to win three World Series rings in 13 years. (The Yankees, meanwhile, have won just one in the last 16 years.)

    I mean…that Yankees had it! Game 4, just three outs away…and then the walk to Millar and the steal by Roberts. So, damn, freaking close.

    Then there was the Tom Gordon meltdown in Game 5 – when the Yankees were 6 outs away from taking it.

    Don’t even get me started about the Bloody Sock Game – I was there. The Yankees had no plan of attack on Schilling. Plus, getting beat on a 3-run homer from the nine-hitter? That’s sort of Bucky Dent kind of painful. And, there was no way the Yankees were winning Game 7 and dropping four, five and six they way that they did…no chance, at all.

    Gordon, Quantrill, Vazquez and Brown. Gosh, they were arsonists in this one. But, that’s what Cashman gave Torre – and, Joe was going to use them if they were on the roster. Vazquez, Brown and Gordon, known headcases when the pressure was on…

    Twelve years later, New England does it again.

    I’m not a football fan. Last night doesn’t bother me – other than the fact that it brings back the pain of 2004, which is hard to forget (and forgive!) in the first place.

    Comments on Flashbacks Of 2004

    1. Raf
      February 7th, 2017 | 11:33 am

      Don’t forget the Bellhorn HR was initially ruled a double for fan interference. As well as Rodriguez’s slap attempt wasn’t initially called.

      First time I remember the umps reversing their decisions. Good for the game, that they got the calls right, but it sucked if you were a Yankees fan.

      Oh well, them’s the breaks.

    2. February 7th, 2017 | 1:04 pm

      Yeah, I was sitting in the Loge by 1B for that game. I was trying as hard as hell to believe that was not a HR – even though I had a perfect look at it. No one around me would buy into it. As much as we wanted it not to be a HR, it was a HR.

    3. redbug
      February 7th, 2017 | 4:18 pm

      Damn Steve, until you equated those 2 I never thought about it.

      2004 was the worst. But did it have to involve the Yankees?? And, did it have to be after the Yanks were up 3 games to none???!

      Kevin Brown. ugh

    4. February 7th, 2017 | 6:24 pm

      I am not kidding when I say I am still not over 2004.

      It was much worse than 1995 or 2001.

    5. Evan3457
      February 8th, 2017 | 3:37 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      I am not kidding when I say I am still not over 2004.
      It was much worse than 1995 or 2001.

      Not for me.

      I thought the Sox were the better team, especially the 2nd half of the season.
      In 2001, the D’backs kicked the carp out of the Yankees that series; the Yanks didn’t really hit any of the D’backs starters (which is why Tino became Giambi, I think).

      No, the bitter one was 2003, because there is no way in hell that Marlin team was better than the Yankees of 2003.

    6. Raf
      February 8th, 2017 | 11:13 am

      They all hurt for different reasons;
      1995: Mattingly

      2001: An emotional lift to the city after a terrorist attack (which Boston also accomplished in 2013). It didn’t hurt that Brenly was trying to give the series away…

      2004: Because Red Sox. Of all the teams…

      @ Evan3457:
      I think Tino became Giambi because of the overall offense he provided, not just in the postseason. Even if Tino hit .600, I think he still is replaced. Giambi was younger too, IIRC.

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