Let us also please note that today marks the one-year anniversary of the single greatest regular-season Red Sox game of my lifetime.
Here is my blog about it from a year ago.
Go here and scroll down a bit to watch online video of Mueller's walkoff.
Amy is doing an ongoing retrospective of this time last year.
It was both a renewal of the 2004 team and a foreshadowing of what was to come - the defeat of Mariano Rivera and the Yankees.
Remember Dale Sveum, leaping in furious joy by third base when that ball went out? Remember Doug Mirabelli catching the homer and then Mike Timlin catching him in his arms? Remember the "Keep the Faith" commercial that featured Billy's last steps toward the plate in sepia-toned slow motion?
That game has become a symbol. A talisman. I get goose bumps every time I remember that ending.
3 and 1 to Mueller. One out, ninth inning. 10-9 Yankees. Runner at first. Here's the pitch. Swing and a high fly ball deep to right! Back goes Sheffield near the warning track near the bullpennnnn--and it is GOOOONNNNE! And the Red Sox have won it! On a walk-off two-run homer! By Bill Mueller! Off Mariano Rivera, can you believe it. The Red Sox win it 11 to 10, they're mobbing Mueller at home plate.