"It's a good song". He didn't even get to play the field. "We like to hear that song sometimes when we win a big game".
In the end, it might not have mattered if he had pulled Severino after three innings, which seemed like an obvious move at the time, considering the Red Sox went on to lay a 16-1 smackdown on the Yankees, reminding everyone in the Bronx they didn't win 108 games by accident, after all.
Severino has looked sharp again over his last few starts including in the AL Wild Card Game.
"Maybe my wife cooks better food here", he said. Should the Red Sox win Game 3, they have a former Cy Young Award victor pitching basically in his hometown (Porcello went to Seton Hall Prep) to try to advance Boston to the ALCS; if they lose, though, then they have the same former Cy Young Award victor pitching to keep them alive instead of a wild card in Eovaldi.
Boosted by noisy fans in their homer-friendly ballpark, the Yankees entered 7-0 at home the past two postseasons - against out-of-division opponents. The Yankees' were 53-28 there during the regular season, the second-best home record behind Boston's 57-24. These are playoff games. This was the first time in Major League Baseball history a player hit for the cycle in the playoffs. Boston is constructed in a similar fashion, knowing half its games are played in front of Fenway's Green Monster lurking in left field. Eovaldi may have been given the toughest test of any player on this Red Sox team: going into Yankee Stadium in front of a raucous crowd and stopping a high-powered NY team that was still riding high from its big win in Game 2, a game in which the Yankees took out starter David Price in just the second inning.
Then there's the question of what happens if the Red Sox win game three.
"It just kind of shows you what kind of team we have and that we could explode at any minute", Betts said. Now he's a rookie manager, leading a group of Baby Bombers that reached Game 7 of the AL Championship Series previous year before losing to Houston.
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It was New York's most lopsided defeat in 396 postseason games. The big lefty was ejected from his last regular-season outing for hitting Tampa Bay catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch during a testy game between division rivals on September 27. Now back at home, will NY win again tonight to grab the lead in the series and pull within one win of taking the series? Eovaldi, who was picked up from the Tampa Bay Rays at the trade deadline, limited the NY bats to just one earned run on five hits.
Hoping for a deep outing, Boston manager Alex Cora selected Eovaldi for Game 3 over Rick Porcello, who pitched two-thirds of an inning of relief in Friday's opener and now will match up against 38-year-old left-hander CC Sabathia in Game 4. In the eighth, facing lefty Stephen Tarpley, he hit an RBI double, putting himself a homer shy of history.
"I was just trying to use their aggressiveness against them and try and get some quick outs", Eovaldi said.
This was a moment when analytics couldn't really help Aaron Boone.
Yankees players were ready for familiar sounds when the series resume.
Surely a player has hit for the cycle in the playoffs before, right? "So the fans are going to be excited", Betances said. The Red Sox were making consistent hard contact.
The Red Sox kept pouring it on, which allowed Holt to get a chance at one more at-bat on the night.