Baseball’s Worst Nightmare is Back

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The Boston Red Sox in October is scary for opposing teams.

The Boston Red Sox at FENWAY PARK in October is baseball’s worst nightmare.

On Monday, the Red Sox will return home to host the Astros in front of the Fenway Faithful in game three of the ALCS. This Boston team was not expected to make the playoffs, but they are three wins away from Fall Classic.

The club is undefeated at Fenway Park in the 2021 postseason, and this streak has highlighted the importance of home-field advantage. The Astros are a very talented team, but the Fenway Faithful will not make it easy for them to prevail this week.

Memorable October

It has been a memorable October for the Red Sox, dating back to the American League Wild Card against the New York Yankees. New York owned Boston down the stretch of the regular season, but the Wild Card belonged to the Red Sox thanks to Nathan Eovaldi.

The legend of Playoff Nate shined in the Wild Card, and he credited the rowdy crowd for their support. He started the game with a 98.8 mph fastball to Anthony Rizzo, which resulted in an out, and the crowd of 38,324 exploded.

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The Fenway Faithful did not waver throughout the game, which helped bring down Gerrit Cole and the ‘almighty’ Yankees.

After the game, Eovaldi said, “Crowd was unbelievable. Walking out onto the field just to warm up, they were getting going, and they were fired up. We had the introductions, and we had all the little videos and everything on the scoreboard. They were locked in from the first pitch on and feeding off that.”

This energy was heightened during the ALDS, and it’s only going to intensify on Monday when Houston comes to town.

ALCS Game 3

Fenway Park’s October reputation is horrifying. It’s a place that opponents do not want to inhabit because of the brutal crowd. Boston loves baseball, and this is apparent in October.

There have been three sellout crowds at Fenway Park, resulting in three victories during the 2021 postseason. A fourth sellout crowd will be on hand on Monday, and the baseball world is starting to believe the Red Sox could pull off the upset once again.

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Alex Cora cannot wait for his team to take the field on Monday.

He said, “I think tomorrow is going to be fun. It’s been great the last three here, the Wild Card Game and the two against Tampa. You feel it around the city. People are into it. They are.”

Eduardo Rodriguez will take the ball in game three for Boston, and he fed off the hometown crowd in his last playoff start. He went five innings and gave up two runs on three hits with six strikeouts, marking the best start of his postseason career.

He said, “It’s amazing to play here and hear all our fans cheering for us over here. It’s perfect. That’s the atmosphere we want, especially as a starting pitcher. You go out there, and everybody is cheering for you. Every time you throw a strike or strike out somebody, that’s a feeling that I love to hear every time out there on the mound.”

The first pitch on Monday is scheduled for 8:08 PM ET.

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Tanner Kern is a former Division I football player at Lafayette College and a graduate of the University of Connecticut. He is currently a writer for Knup Sports and the Sports 2.0 Network. He is the host of Between the Lines, the official show of Baseball Spotlight, and the main contributor for the website. Connect with Tanner on IG @tannerkern and Twitter @tannerkern_.