With these "Morning After" posts here at 4th and Fail, we will bring you our thoughts and reactions from the previous night's big games.
Last night's ALCS Game 5 was pretty epic. An epic comeback for the Nation (2nd biggest comeback in playoff history), and an epic late inning collapse by the Rays. But let's be honest here, in the back of our minds didn't we all expect something of this nature from the Sox?
-2004 ALCS, down 3 games to 0, trailing the Yanks heading into the bottom of the 9th... and well, we all know the rest.
-2007 ALCS. A similar scenario to this season, down 3 games to 1 to the Indians only to comeback thanks to brilliant performances by Beckett, Schilling, and Dice-K, respectively, to clinch the pennant.
Could last night's "7-outs-away-from-the-offseason" comeback boost the Sox to a third trip to the Fall Classic in 5 years? Is Tampa Bay's lack of experience going to rear its ugly face? Or are the Rays going to bounce back Saturday, with James "Big Game" Shields?
We'll have to wait and see. If the Rays do manage to clinch the pennant and overcome a decade's worth of futility to reach the World Series, we here at 4th and Fail, just hope to see Jay Mariotti on Around the Horn sporting a rayhawk (He said on the show earlier this week that he would consider doing so if the Rays made it to the Series).
Maybe call it the JayHawk?