BOSTON -- Interesting to see how Manny Ramirez reacted when people suggested that Boston's two ALCS comebacks (in 2004 and 2007) should give hope to the Dodgers, who are now down three games to one to the Phillies.
"That's in Boston," Ramirez told reporters at Dodger Stadium. "That was a great team."
Now the Sox down two games to one to the Rays, with the chance that they could fall behind 3-1 tonight.
Of course they could come back from that. But is this still a great team?
But Manny is gone, of course. Mike Lowell is missing due to injury, and the Red Sox said today that Lowell will have surgery on his hip next week. Josh Beckett seems to be hurting (although the Red Sox continue to deny it), and Ortiz may be hurting, too.
Are they great? Maybe we'll find out.
Drew has led off 59 times in his career, including 17 times for the Red Sox in 2007 and eight times this year.
"Last year we hit him leadoff to get him going," Francona said. "This year, it was more out of necessity."
The reason today, Francona said, is that Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine holds runners on so well that it's almost pointless to have a base-stealing threat in the leadoff spot. There were only four steals attempted while Sonnanstine was on the mound this year, and just one was successful.