Trailing three video games to none within the ALCS, the New York Yankees might want to win four-straight video games towards the Houston Astros to advance to the World Sequence.
Going through these seemingly insurmountable odds, the Yankees have turned to probably the most unlikely of sources for inspiration.
Their rivals, the Boston Crimson Sox.
Again in 2004, the Crimson Sox had been in the identical state of affairs, towards the Yankees themselves. However Boston by some means pulled off the unattainable, successful two video games in Boston earlier than successful a pair of video games within the Bronx, together with recreation seven. That allowed the Crimson Sox to advance to the World Sequence the place they’d beat the St. Louis Cardinals, securing their first title since 1918, and ending the chants of “1918” that may rain down from the bleachers each time they visited New York.
Now, with the Yankees in that state of affairs, they’re turning to that collection for inspiration earlier than a do-or-die Sport 4:
Aaron Boone mentioned that Chad Bohling, the #Yankees’ psychological expertise coach, was sending round spotlight movies of the 2004 Crimson Sox this morning. Eduardo Perez additionally FaceTimed David Ortiz into Boone’s workplace pregame.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) October 23, 2022
As famous right here, the Yankees try to lean right into a message unfold by then-Boston first baseman Kevin Millar earlier than Sport 4 again in 2004: “Don’t allow us to win this one.”
Boone mentioned NYY director of psychological conditioning Chad Bohling circulated a 3 minute video of the ‘04 Crimson Sox comeback from down 0-3 within the ALCS amongst NYY teaching employees, shared with the gamers. Sure, it was at Yanks’ expense however emphasised Millar’s ‘Don’t allow us to win one’ message.
— Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) October 23, 2022
What is perhaps extra vital for New York as Sport 4 looms? Getting their bats going. The Yankees haven’t scored a run because the fourth inning of Sport 2, and had been shutout 5-0 in Sport 3 on Saturday. Aaron Decide, who set a brand new American League single-season residence run file this 12 months, has only a single hit in 12 at-bats within the ALCS, a single again in Sport 2.
However Decide will not be alone in his struggles on the plate, because the New York bats have largely been silenced by Houston’s pitching. Astros pitchers mixed to strike out 30 Yankees batters within the first two video games of the collection, and the Yankees scratched out simply three hits in Saturday’s shutout.
Except New York will get these bats going, all of the inspiration on the earth they will draw from what their bitter rivals did to them in 2004 may not be sufficient.