BOSTON – As late-inning runs kept scoring against the Cleveland corpse, a frenzied Fenway sang and swayed at a comeback so complete, so cutthroat, the most stunning thing happened: the Red Sox morphed into the Yankees.
After eight decades of chasing down their New York rival, they’ve now replaced them as the monsters of October. They trail significantly in championships won and excellence sustained, but they’re presently a team as relentlessly powerful as confident and clutch.
Sunday it was an 11-2, Game 7 clubbing of the Indians, sending Boston back to the World Series to seek its second title in 89 – or four – years. Only this time the Sox enter with none of the baggage and few of the questions that always plagued this franchise.
Now they are the team with so much talent and tenacity that if you get them down you need to drive a stake through their heart. If not, they’ll come back and break yours.