The Sox head home facing an 0-2 deficit, needing to win-out to avoid being eliminated from the playoffs. This is not an unfamiliar position for the Red Sox, as they were famously down 0-3 to the Yankees in 2004, and down 0-2 to Oakland the year before that. However while they were victorious in both of those occasions, long odds are once again facing them as they again chose the hard way to advance in the postseason.
With probability abandoning the Red Sox hopes to continue their title defense, we turn to the city where probability is never on you side for, a fact which doesn't prevent millions from going there to gain their own winnings. Las Vegas, where dreams come true.. if you are lucky.
The Red Sox will need more than just luck to continue in the postseason. It is going to take every one on the team performing at their peaks to pull off. The most daring of adventures often do, and when you have a high stakes game, you need an enitre team of talented professionals there to back you up. I'd say at least 11 of them (but preferably 25). Perhaps this plot may sound familiar?
Everyone has a role to play, and they are all important. You can't score runs if you don't get on base. And those runs are meaningless if your pitching can't hold a lead. And great pitching goes right out the window if the players in the field don't make the plays they need to. There is no longer any room for error, and the Red Sox will need to play like it if they have any hope for victory.
Time for the Red Sox to blow on the dice for luck, because right now the chips are down and they need to come through with a big win. Come on baby, daddy needs a new championship ring.
So if you have any mojo of your own you've been saving up for a rainy day, here's a little note to you: it's pouring out.
I have a few, and they are getting added on for today, a course of action best summed up by the first bonus mojo, courtesy of Gene Hackman as Jimmy McGinty in the Replacements.
"They're not afraid of you right now, but they should be. Because there is no tomorrow for you. And that makes you all very dangerous people!
" Playing for tomorrow is no longer an option, it's win today or go home, and I for one am not ready to close the book on the 2005 season just yet.
The first bonus mojo is a childhood favorite, and here's a little hint: they're More Than Meets The Eye.
Transformers are exactly what this team needs to start their comeback. Renteria can transform back into his reliable Gold Glove self at shortstop. The bullpen can transform into a group of rally killers. The lineup can revert to their pitching killing machine form. And Kevin Millar can metamorphosize into... maybe a fire truck? The Red Sox have the ability to come back from this deficit, they just need to heed the call: Red Sox Bots, Transform and Roll Out! (cue: Stan Bush - You've Got the Touch)
And because I find 1980s nostalgia particularly powerful, we are going to add in a little bonus TMNT mojo, just to be on the safe side.
If there is a problem that can not be solved by radical genetic mutation and/or ninjas, I've yet to find it.
And finally, because they simply rock so hard that not including their mojo at some point in the season would be a travesty in and of itself, I give you AC/DC.
For those about to rock.
We salute you.