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October 20, 2013

True grit


Well, last night was another one of those games. The Tigers got the lead, 2-1, with Scherzer dealing, but working hard. Next thing you know the bases are loaded and the Red Sox are going to the World Series.

This is not a new occurrence either, at least for most of this team. Despite injuries, a messed up bullpen and no legitimate No. 3 hitter (Dustin Pedroia should be batting second the rest of his life), the Red Sox never lost more than three games in a row.

This is supposed to be a sport of ebbs and flows, slumps and winning streaks. But the Red Sox never wavered, from Day 1.

“They were really good. They didn’t make any mistakes. You could see their grit,” said Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon after his team was eliminated 3-1 a dozen days ago.

“I talked about (that) from Spring Training on,” said Maddon. “I think they’ve really promoted the character within that group, and they’re just gamers, they’ve got a bunch of gamers over there. And that’s what really I felt from the other side.”

While many Red Sox fans feared the worst, despite the big wins early in this series with Detroit, due to the fact that Scherzer and Verlander were possibly awaiting the Red Sox.

Do you think the Red Sox feared either matchup or possiblity?

No answer is needed. The Red Sox wouldn’t be here if you had to answer that question.

You can email Bill Burt at bburt@eagletribune.com.

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