In the bottom of the seventh, Jonny Gomes just missed a game-tying home run. He led off the inning by hitting a ball 36 feet and 11 inches up on the 37-foot-high Green Monster. His double turned out to be a prelude to Victorino’s heroics.
Victorino stepped to the plate with the bases loaded after Bogaerts chased Scherzer with a six-pitch walk and Jose Iglesias committed an error on what could have been an inning-ending double play off the bat of Ellsbury.
Then Victorino launched himself into history and the Sox on to the center stage they deserved to be on sooner than now.
“It was a special moment. It’s been a special year,” said Victorino.
The Sox remain aware that few thought they were capable of this type of season.
These guys believed this was possible when few did. Everyone is on board and with beard now.
“Those people weren’t in spring training with us wearing uniforms,” said Gomes. “If we didn’t do this we would have been really [ticked] off.”
The Sox have given us something to believe in.