This picture says it all.
With the perfect mix of both drama and dominance, the Boston Red Sox are the 2007 American League East champions.
It was a beautiful night. Daisuke Matsuzaka& pitched brilliantly. David Ortiz and Mike Lowell were clutch. Jonathan Papelbon was dominant in the 9th inning. To top it off, the Baltimore Orioles came back from being down 7-2 to win 10-9 in extra innings.
It's an amazing thing to think about: the Red Sox haven't won the AL East title since 1995. That's ridiculous. It was a milestone that the Sox really needed to topple, and they did. Now, we've got a whole different issues to tackle.
Let's just sit back and enjoy this moment. Let's watch all the Sox players party on the field and (literally) soak in the moment. Speaking of that, how many people think Eric Hinske and Papelbon are the team frat boys? Hinske was throwing back the Bud Lights and Papelbon was wearing the 24 pack case on his head. Yeah, we need a photo of that.
Some of the young guns kind of looked way out of place on the field. You'd figure guys like Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury would be making the most of the moment, but they weren't. They were just kind of sitting around while the old timers like Curt Schilling, Mike Timlin and Mike Lowell get the party started. Gotta' love our old guys.
We have the momentum -- a lot of momentum. This momentum could potentially carry throughout October and that'd be great for the Sox. On the flipside, the Yankees must be really hurting right now. They had a 9-6 lead in the 9th and it was blown with a bases loaded triple by Jay Payton. Their momentum is in the toilet.
OK, clubhouse attendants: get the Bud Light chilled for the end of October. The Sox will need a lot of it.