Jonathan Papelbon lives on the edge and the Angels finally made him pay for it.
Additionally, this win in particular could power the Angles to a world championship.
Rallying from a four run deficit was impressive, namely scoring three runs against Papelbon, but not nearly as important as the mental hurdle Anaheim jumped in sweeping the Red Sox.
Having been eliminated by Boston in three of the past five postseasons, it was more a question of mental toughness for the Halos than talent.
New York is no joke, of course, but the Angels piece of mind is enough to give the Yanks a runs for their money in the ALCS.
Speaking of which, A-Rod seems to have found his own piece of mind in the postseason going 5-for-11 with two home runs and six RBI against the Twins.
It’s pretty obvious that if Rodriguez keeps pace the Yanks could also win its first ring in nine years.
And with all the belly-aching we do about the Yankees’ payroll, this is their first trip to the ALCS in five years!
The Twins, on the other hand, will have an interesting transition from the Metrodome into new Target Field.
Having successfully built teams geared towards playing on Astroturf, the Twins are now just another small market club playing on grass…and outdoors in Minnesota nonetheless.
Doesn’t mean the Twins can’t keep winning, but its path to stay there must certainly change.
Why Minnesota built a new stadium without a roof I’ll never understand.
If it’s not broke don’t fix it, right?