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History in TBTC could repeat itself


Everyone and their grandmother know I'm not a fan of the New York Yankees. After all, I was born in Massachusetts and have lived here all my life, which means I'm a die-hard Red Sox fan.

But with the Yankees now trailing Texas 3-1 in the 2010 American League Championship Series, it does look bleak for the Bronx Bombers, doesn't it?

Yep. You're nodding along.

I think otherwise.

I offer you this snippet from TURNING BACK THE CLOCK, which I wrote four years ago (and will celebrate the first anniversary of its release next weekend; I also have a 50 percent off sale on the ebook version at Smashwords with coupon code KU34T... ebook will be $1.49). It takes place during game seven of the 2003 ALCS:

In this big game, things started out well for Greg and his buddies: the Red Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning after Nixon homered to right field and Jason Varitek scored on an error. Two innings later, Kevin Millar made it 4-0 with a leadoff solo home run. By that point, Greg was high-fiving his friends and the people around him — Boston had a comfortable lead, and it looked like it would be smooth sailing.

But this was the Yankees, and no one in that bar counted them out.

In the bottom of the fifth, Jason Giambi led off the inning by teeing off on a Martinez fastball to cut the lead to 4-1. Two innings later, Giambi did it again, this time with two outs. Pedro then allowed an infield single and then a single to right, and by that point, fingers began to cross throughout the bar. Some put their hands together and brought them up to their faces, their lips barely touching their index fingers. They were deep in prayer, hoping that Pedro would get out of the jam.

Minutes later, they all began to exhale, as Martinez struck Soriano out. Greg led the clapping parade as Pedro walked off the mound toward the Boston dugout. He pointed to the sky, and everyone clapped even louder.

“Yes! We’re going to the World Series!” Tony said. “It’s about time, and our drought will come to an end.”

“Don’t get ahead of ourselves,” Greg cautioned before taking a small sip of beer. “We still have two innings to play.”

Tony looked at Greg askance, as if he couldn’t believe what he had heard.

“Are you kidding? We have them on the ropes!”

After another sip, Greg looked at him and asked, “Do you trust this bullpen?”

Tony grimaced. He knew Greg was right about that Red Sox bullpen; they couldn’t be counted on. The Boston bullpen had been a teeter-totter all season, and in what could be the pivotal game of the season, Greg certainly didn’t seem to want to rely on them.

Of course, the Yankees came back to win that game and broke Boston's hearts. I shall now proceed to bang myself over the head with a dull spade.

What does TBTC have to do with this year's series? It means you can't count the Yankees out of any situation.
It may be 3-1, but when the two teams take the field for a playoff matinee Wednesday (Seriously? Matinee baseball in October? Since when?), I expect the Yankees to close the gap and send the series back to Texas.

And no, Lady Estee did not make me write this. Just sharing my thoughts and a little history with you.

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