Boston Red Sox defeat New York Yankees, 6-4

Carlton Fisk in 1975. David Ortiz in 2004.

Twelfth inning both times.

Hold on to those tickets for this afternoon's fifth game of the 2004 American League Championship Series. The left-for-dead Red Sox are still breathing.

Down three games to none, and down 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, the Sox last night rallied to tie the game against indomitable Yankee closer Mariano Rivera. They won it in the 12th inning at 1:22 this morning when Ortiz hit a Paul Quantrill 2-an...

Historically, if you're a Yankee and you get to this time of year, good things happen. Especially when your manager is Joe Torre.

Just go back to recent history.

On Oct. 17, 2001, the Yankees won Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against Seattle, en route to another pennant. (The postseason started late that year because of the time baseball took off following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.)

On Oct. 17, 2000, Orlando Hernandez, last night's starti...

This was the year. Manny Ramirez said so and everyone believed him, it seemed, even the oddmakers.

This was the year, the Sox maintained, even after they dropped the first two games of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees.

"We can change history," the message said on their clubhouse door. "Believe it."

Maybe only the Derek Lowes of the world recognized the inherent danger of buying into the October hype that the Sox would capture the franchi...