The Red Sox fell to the A's (5-1) for the second time in 24 hours yesterday afternoon in Oakland and now face an uphill battle to make it past the first round. Barry Zito, last year's Cy Young award winner, pitched seven effective innings, with a devastating curve ball that vexed Red Sox batters all day. Oakland scored all of its runs early off Tim Wakefield, aided by poor fielding from Manny Ramirez and Todd Walker.
"They may be jumping off bridges," Garciaparra said [of Sox Nation], "but I guarantee they'll get out of the water and they'll be out there supporting us on Saturday."
Still, the Sox are going to have to 'Cowboy Up' with the quickness in order to get back in this serious. Just ask the rifleman, Kevin Millar:
"What's left is we're going back to Fenway Park, where we kill the baseball," said Kevin Millar, the verbal leader of Papa Jack's Band of hitters. "What's left is we're ready for our fans to be behind us. Sox Nation. We're going back to our place, and I think it's going to be a different atmosphere."
Trot Nixon isn't ready to pack it in just yet either:
"This loss today shows you how important the first game was," added Nixon. "Now our backs are against the wall, but it seems like in the past when the Red Sox' backs were against the wall, there's been times they saddled up the horses and rode into battle."
The Fens will be rocking tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if they go home to the all-too familiar silence of a New England winter, or if they send their team back to Oakland in wild style. Stranger things have happened.