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Greatest comeback ? Some cricketing perpective on MLB

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Red Sox beat Yankees 4-2 and tie series at 3 all. Okay, I am not becoming a Baseball nut overnight – but what a comeback by the Red Sox!! The commentators in the third and fourth game I was watching kept saying that no team has ever come back from a 0-3 deficit to win (In all of the american major professional sports, it has been done only two times in NHL). That still may not happen in this series – but then no one was seriously expecting a game 7 !! When the Red Sox won game 4 though, I did have a feeling that they might somehow claw back.

I do not claim any expertise in the nuances of baseball, so I am not sure how pitch rotation and other stuff will affect game 7. But from a purely sporting point of view, the Red Sox should have an advantage in that game. They are carrying the momentum and by going even from a 0-3 deficit their confidence should be sky high. Yankees on the other hand must be thinking ‘what if…’ particularly in game 4 when Riviera failed to close the game at the bottom of the 9th.

Although any comparisons will be extremely superficial – but in cricketing terms this is almost like India’s comeback against Australia at Calcutta in 2001. Of course , that was a single test match – while this is a series. But one could draw a (somewhat tenous) parallel between each day in a 5 day cricket test match and each game in a baseball series. Indians were really down and out on the first two days of that match – they fought back somewhat on the 3rd day – but still behind the Australian single innings total. Day 4 – the Asutralians bring champagne to the ground – hoping to celebrate by the end of the day – but an amazing stand by Dravid and Laxman and by the end of the fifth day its the Indians who are celebrating.
In a broader philosophical context, I always beleive that no matter what kind of a hole you are in or how bleak things look, when you take each day/hour/game etc. at a time – it is possible not only to break even, but come actually come out on top. (okay – maybe it is time to go to sleep !! – its been a hard day’s night)
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Written by BongoP'o'ndit

October 20, 2004 at 1:00 am

Posted in Life, Sports

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