Look, any neutral baseball fan should be rooting for the Rays in this series. They proved the flawed and immensely messed up sport we call "Major League Baseball" can still work competitively...When the Sox roared back to send the series back to Tampa, for the average baseball fan with no vested ties, it probably was like watching South Bend charge back from 20 down to break Hickory High's hearts. You can't root for that and you shouldn't.-Bill Simmons
But I am a Red Sox fan.
Akenori Iwamura's joyful leap off of second base after securing the final out in the top of the ninth closed the book on this year's Red Sox. Battered and halfway broken, they stretched this season as far as it possibly could go and defended their championship admirably. They gave us another October to remember--the greatest single-game comeback in 80 years in front of the home fans, and a gutty performance by Josh Beckett to make the ALCS a hard-fought and classic series just when it looked like things might fizzle.
They made a series of it. Hell, they made a season of it.
The feeling I have right now is like the feeling after a great concert has ended. The house lights come up and you squint, sigh, start thinking about the ride home. But you know you'd been spoiled by a generous performer--on the heels of a championship, this team treated us to one hell of an encore.