Today In Sports History- October 20th

Today is a day that will be remembered by many generations throughout the world. On this day in 1977, three members of the legendary band Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash in Mississippi. Rapper Snoop Dogg, John Krasinski, from the show The Office (which I still need to watch on Netflix) and baseball legend Mickey Mantle were all born on this day. In baseball, the Reds, Dodgers and Cardinals won World Series on this day. But that’s not what we’re talking about today. We’re talking about the completion of the greatest comeback of all time, of all time! Even Kanye has to agree to that.

We’ve already talked about Dave Roberts’ steal in Game 4. But that was only the beginning of the comeback. Game 5 was another instant classic and also went in to extra innings. And you’ll never guess who provided that game winning hit (SPOILER: it was David Ortiz). Game 6 went back to New York and Curt Schilling provided everyone with the biggest power move of all time (again Kanye has to agree). Pitching just days after having surgery on an ankle and throwing an absolute gem in a game dubbed “The Bloody Sock Game”. That being the same game where A-Rod tried to pull off the biggest BS of a play the world has ever seen. Game 7 was set up to be the most important baseball game ever played. The Red Sox dominated Game 7 with a little help from Jesus aka Johnny Damon. Damon homered twice in that game, including a grand slam to blow things open. Derek Lowe provided some inspiration as he pitched six innings on two days rest, which no one outside of Madison Bumgarner would ever attempt. After pulling Lowe, even with the Red Sox up 8-1, Terry Francona brought in Pedro Martinez in the seventh inning. Pedro was famously left in the game in game 7 of the 2003 ALCS by Grady Little and after that game, Pedro had been a wreck in the Bronx. The game ended with a groundout to Pokey Reese (A+ name) to cap off the unbelievable comeback.

In defeating the Evil Empire, the Red Sox became the first baseball team to ever win a series when down three game to zero, becoming only third of all time in all of sports to do so. The fact that it was the Sox’s rival made it that much sweeter. And the fact that they did it by winning the last two games in New York was the icing on the comeback cake. “Choke” became the official soft drink of the New York Yankees. Riots and parties broke out in the streets of Boston. The “Curse of the Bambino” was lifted for good, even though the Red Sox still had to win the big one. But there was a sense of confidence that there was no way the Sox would lose the World Series, and they didn’t disappoint. When it comes down to it, the Boston Red Sox comeback against the New York Yankees might just be the greatest sports story of all time.

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