THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO,
A KNUCKLE BALL TO ETERNITY
10/17/2003 12:34 AM ET
Sox's wild ride ends in the Bronx
Yankees outlast Red Sox, 6-5, in dramatic Game 7
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
Pedro Martinez is taken out of Game 7 by manager Grady Little in the eighth inning. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Game 7 wrapup: Yankees 6, Red Sox 5 (11 innings)
NEW YORK -- For much of the last two weeks, the Red Sox were teetering dangerously close to elimination. They came to the ballpark some five times over the last 13 days with the knowledge that a loss meant no more baseball this season.
Heading into Game 7 of this epic American League Championship Series against the Yankees, the Red Sox were 4-for-4 in those potential elimination games. And Thursday night, they were just five outs away from going 5-for-5, and getting the best reward of all: a trip to the World Series.
Instead, they were dealt a painful blow that sent their magical season to a crushing conclusion. Aaron Boone belted a leadoff homer in the bottom of the 11th, giving a classic series a classic ending, albeit a painful one for the Red Sox. The Yankees won by a score of 6-5.
Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who won Games 1 and 4 for the Sox, surrendered the homer to Boone.
|Tim Wakefield / P|
"It hurts. All I have to say is, 'I'm sorry,'" said Wakefield as he tried to hold back tears. "It's disappointing to come in here knowing that we're going home tomorrow. I feel like I let everyone down."
Nobody else in the Boston clubhouse shared Wakefield's sentiments. Without his masterful victories earlier in the series, it's hard to believe there ever would have been a Game 7.
"Timmy never should hold his head down," said Sox catcher Jason Varitek. "We wouldn't have this opportunity if he didn't win two games and pitch outstanding."
Wakefield pitched a scoreless 10th before surrendering the season-ending blow on the first pitch of the next inning.
"I'm just proud of these guys," Varitek said. "I'm proud to
be a Boston Red Sox. We just fell short."
|Pedro Martinez / P|
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, ace Pedro Martinez couldn't hang on to a 5-2 lead. The Yankees rallied furiously for three runs to tie it up. The equalizer was a looping, two-run double by Jorge Posada.
Red Sox fans will undoubtedly second-guess Boston manager Grady Little all winter long, demanding to know why he didn't take Martinez out when he got in trouble in the eighth.
That's the way hindsight works. It's always 20-20.
"Pedro Martinez has been our man all year long and in situations like that, he's the one we want on the mound over anybody we can bring out of the bullpen," said Little. "He had enough left in his tank to finish off Posada. He made some good pitches to him, and (Posada) squeezed his ball over the infield and there's nothing we can do about it now."
Derek Jeter started the trouble in that eighth with a double to right-center. Bernie Williams followed by singling him home, cutting the lead to 5-3.
With dangerous left-handed hitter Hideki Matsui looming and lefty Alan Embree in the pen for the Sox, Little held a conference with Martinez. He opted to stick with his ace, a decision that ended up not working.
Matsui cranked a ground-rule double to right-center, making it second and third with still just one out. Posada then delivered that equalizing, two-run double, sending Martinez to his exit after 123 pitches.
Martinez had no regrets. And by no means did he want any one else to face Posada.
"He asked me if I had enough bullets in my tank to get him out and I said yes, I would never say no," said a somber Martinez. "I tried hard. I did whatever was possible to win the ballgame."
Alan Embree and Mike Timlin escaped the inning without further damage. With the bases loaded, Timlin induced Soriano into a grounder to second that took a wild hop by the mound before being snagged by Todd Walker, who flipped to Nomar Garciaparra for the force.
Walker made a defensive gem to end the ninth, diving toward the bag to get a Jeter grounder and gunning to first to force extra innings.
Mariano Rivera was simply marvelous for the Yankees, pitching three scoreless innings to earn the win.
Just like that, the wild ride was over for the Sox.
"It's something I can't really describe," Martinez said. "You had to live a whole season with this team and go out there and survive with this team, and do it day after day to understand exactly how you feel, how hurt you are."
The game started as a highly anticipated matchup between
two of the great pitchers of this era, Martinez and Roger
|Trot Nixon / RF|
The first blow was struck by the Red Sox. With one out in the top of the second, Trot Nixon hammered a 2-0 Roger Clemens offering into the bleachers in right-center field for a two-run homer.
It wasn't the first time Nixon victimized Clemens. In regular season play, the right fielder is 13-for-35 (.371) with three homers against the Rocket.
Varitek kept the pressure on Clemens in that second with a double to right. Johnny Damon followed with a grounder to third baseman Enrique Wilson that should have been the end of the inning. Instead, Wilson made a wild throw past first baseman Nick Johnson. The error allowed Varitek to score, making it 3-0.
Clemens got in trouble again in the fourth as Kevin Millar opened the inning with a first-pitch homer to left. It was Millar's first career long ball in postseason play.
While Clemens (three-plus innings, six hits, three earned runs) struggled, Martinez was masterful out of the gate. He allowed just two hits over the first four innings.
The Yankees finally got something in the fifth, when Jason Giambi, who was moved down to the seventh spot in the order, blasted a solo shot to right-center to slice the lead to 4-1.
Mike Mussina, working on two days' rest, gallantly kept the Yankees in the game. He fired three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three.
After 400 career starts (including postseason), this was the first relief appearance of Mussina's career. And it wound up being huge.
While the Yankees struggled for hits most of the night,
Giambi heroically kept them close. With two outs in the bottom
of the seventh, he went deep again, sending a blast just over
the wall in center field to make it 4-2.
|David Ortiz / DH|
David Ortiz allowed the Sox to breathe a little easier in the eighth, slamming a solo shot to right to bump the lead back to three. That homer was the first pitch thrown by left-hander David Wells, who came out of the bullpen with just one day of rest after his win in Game 5.
At that point, things were looking good, real good.
"We felt pretty good going into the eighth inning that we were going to win this game," Damon said. "It just didn't happen. They just happened to get one more run than we did."
And so it was that the championship drought will extend back to 1918 for at least one more year. But nobody in the Boston dressing room wanted to hear about a curse.
"You saw a home run go in the 11th inning and that was the game," said Millar. "That was the ending of the game. There was no such thing as a curse. That was a great baseball game. You saw a great baseball game with two teams competing their butts off."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
THE COSMIC STORY
The zenith moment of the press release by Ian Browne shows Rev 8:1-3.
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer;
and there was given unto him much incense,
that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
The nadir moment of the press release by Ian Browne shows Rev 12:1-2.
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun,
and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
The ball court of the Maya was the place where the sacrifice of the Red Sox occurred.
Just minutes before a knuckle ball left Tim Wakefield's hand and sailed into history.
The moral is profound. So profound that all the great scriptures have it on their records.
As the moment of the silence in heaven about the space of half an hour
passed directly over Yankee Stadium, the Curse of the Bambino was again written in the sky.
The Earth sat square under the cosmic "knuckle ball" Chi-1Psi3 Pisces in the "one-half hour" span between the two lines of the fishes. The pitch can be seen leaving the "knuckles" of Andromeda and "wandering" toward the knot of Pisces at Alrescha, where the nub of the bat at the tail of Cetus (Whale) smashes it "over the wall." The ball sailed between the asteroid that recalled the Conception of the Son of the Sun of the Sun and the comet that announced I Go to Prepare a Place for You. The implication is overwhelming. It says that the time for the birth of the Cosmic Child is at hand. The wandering knuckle ball did not come as a Curse of the Bambino to punish Boston for questionable management decisions. The Cosmic Mother needed the sacrifice of the Boston Red Sox to complete the mystery of a Great Man who was to rise again on the Third Day. On Day 1, New York suffered the unimaginable sacrifice of September 11, and the Yankees were taken down by the Great Serpent of the Arizona Diamond Backs. On Day 2, New York met with Angels on the way to Quaoar establishing the New Creation on the back of Seven Giants, as the Anaheim Angels completed the miraculous dream of Gene Autry, whose wife came back on October 17, 2003 to give the American League pennant to the New York Yankees. Thus, the knuckle ball watched around the world, that came down from the angel with the censer and then sailed over the Great Wall in Pisces was the Cosmic Mother's way of telling the people of New York, "Your sacrifice was not in vain." In due time ,the same will be said of the Red Sox.
The nadir meridian was in the hand of the Great Mother; a clear indication that this was her Home Run
to the Elysian Field delivered to Aaron Boone by a man whose name carries the memorial of a the heavenly abode, Wake Field.
The nadir meridian circumcised the phallus of the Centaur and split the cosmic phallus end to end, while Mercury, the sign of wisdom, sat on the meridian at the back of the Virgin. The Judgment Day Asteroid aligned with Venus under the feet of the Virgin as her lucida, Spica, carried the Sun. These are clear images of the conception of the Cosmic Mother.
Directly to the south the Phoenix carries the Cosmic First Father as a sign of Jonah and Dagon.
In the west the Curse of the Bambino supports a vision of the Northern Cross in Cygnus and Gen 35:15-19
And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel. And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour. And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin. And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. Benoni means son of my sorrow, while Benjamin means son of the right hand. This is the ancient sign of the Curse of the Bambino. But, its meaning is that heaven is gained in a life of tribulations. Life without trial is simply a "free ride." Appreciation for life comes only through the trials, not through the victories, or the defeats. Clearly the Red Sox lost a great temporal moment of success, but the Red Sox were used to remind the world of the Burning Bush of Exod 3:3-6. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. The man of the greatest sacrifice, and in need of a return on the third day was New York City, for the criticizes of New York City had restored themselves from an epoch catastrophe of Biblical proportions. The Mistress of Heaven simply chose to fulfill the words put off thy shoes from off thy feet. In this way, the vision of heaven on Earth, while there was a silent memorial for the loss of the Cognition of Time, became a Wake Field on its way back to the Elysian Field and Seventh Heaven.
The handle of the Big Dipper touched the northern horizon as if to say, "It is time to restore the field of heaven to the Earth. At that instant, Seventh Heaven and the Earth were one in a cosmic vision toward which the knuckle ball that sailed northward over the wall in the House that Ruth built was headed by Aaron Boone. The Bambino was not cursing Boston, he was rewarding New York for its incredible feat.
Looking eastward we can see that the Gateway of Men was opened by the knuckle ball that encircled the cosmos when the Moon and Saturn danced with Ceres as the Great Serpent was tasting the light of the world at the moment of the Cosmic Dawning where the Cows Come Home as recorded in Rev 13:1-4. And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? The image conceived in the stars rising in the east when the knuckle ball circled the earth as it flew northward over the wall in the House that Ruth Built tells the whole story. There, the Cross of the Conception of the Son of the Sun of the Sun was rising. It is a story board that says winning and losing are not what the game is all about, for clearly New York lost in 2001, and Boston lost in 2003. We can ask, "If?" without considering the quality of defeat. In the knuckle ball seen around the world, Boston, you can be assured that defeat has known few victories greater than the Red Sox performance of 2003.
If you can keep your head when all about you
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Boston, you may have seen your Sox knocked off, but the
decisions made along the way were not all yours. A Woman Clothed with the Sun
had a higher priority that could not wait for the whims of a nine inning game
lost in eleven. She gave you her best, but she had come to conceive a Son of the
Sun of the Sun, and that conception must never be forgotten. Because of Her
desire, Boston, the city of my own youth, She gave you the Charles, the Common, the
Green Monster in Fenway Park, and the Patriot's Walk. Now, she has given you
more than any other Great Son, she has give you the honor of being the sacrifice
to celebrate the New Platonic Year. That sacrifice will go down in history as the Curse
of the Bambino. But, do not listen to the narrow vision of fools. Boston, you
are now, and ever shall be the place where Columbia's fight for independence
first began. It is a destiny that is far more important than winning a baseball
game. You have played in the Cosmic Ball Court, and your sacrifice has made a
whole country proud. Thank you.
May the birth of his new body bond with Osiris and restore a
truly conservative agenda.
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