Some miscellany trickling in in the aftermath of last night’s wonderful victory:
- The Red Sox won a clinching game at home for the second time since 1986. Two+ decades ago it was against the Angels in another 3-1 series comeback — the Sox won that AL clincher 8-1 behind Roger Clemens, jumping to an early seven-run lead and never looking back.
- At the ’86 ALCS clincher 33,001 people attended the game at Fenway, while last night there were 37,165 in attendance. The Sox have metamorphosed as a franchise, both economically and architecturally.
- In between October 15th, 1986 and October 21st, 2007, the Sox won clinching games at Cleveland (the Pedro six-inning no-hit masterpiece), [ED: at Oakland in ’03], in Boston against the Angels (’04), at New York (’04), at St. Louis (’04), at Anaheim (’07).
- In the ’99 Division Series against the Tribe, the Sox went down 2-0, the second game an 11-1 blowout at the Jake. The Sox won the final three games by an aggregate score of 44-18, a 26 run differential. The Sox outscored the Indians by a nearly identical 25 runs over the final three games, though in even more convincing fashion, 30-5.
- Two players on this ’07 team played on that ’99 squad, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield. One of the players in that series is no longer with us, that being Rod Beck.
- Manny Ramirez went 1-18 for Cleveland in ’99, 9-22 with 10 RBI in ’07.
- Last night’s game ended just before midnight. In 2004, the Sox defeated the Yankees in the ALCS just after midnight. The calendar, though, read identically when the final out was recorded: October 21st. Not a bad anniversary present.