Sunday, April 14, 2002

Aura! Aura! Aura!

You know I'm a believer.

Hillenbrand, after looking over his shoulder to see if Little planned to pinch hit for him, felt as if he came under some sort of spell as he followed Clark to the plate.

''I felt like an aura [came] over me,'' he said (Hohler, The Boston Globe).

Friggin' incredible.

Yes, it's only April, but for the remainder of the day Saturday, and every time I rolled over in bed during the night I kept replaying the 8th in my head it was so improbable yet so perfect:

  • Rickey Henderson fouled out
  • Johnny Damon doubled
  • Ramiro Mendoza enters the game for the Yankees
  • Nomar Garciaparra was hit by a pitch
  • Manny Ramirez singled in Johnny Damon
  • Mariano Rivera enters the game for the Yankees with runners on first and third and one out
  • Tony Clark's groundout scored Nomar Garciaparra
  • Shea Hillenbrand two-out, two-run Home Run (4), scored Manny Ramirez.
  • The Red Sox lead the Yankees 7-6

And if that isn't enough, previously 0 for 12 in throwing out runners, Jason Varitek guns down Alfonso Soriano to end the game in the 9th.

Here it is, only the beginning of the 3rd week of the season, only mid April, and I've already fallen head over heels for the Red Sox despite what I've experienced in the past.

Blame it on the aura.