Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox starting pitcher about how it feels to be one of the veterans on the club as they head into the playoffs as AL East Champs

[0:00:00] ... A season it's been for you or it's been a roller coaster type season and I guess culminating with a roller coaster game they result not what you wanted as a team but you come in and celebrate what you guys have done this ...
[0:01:43] ... great finish and now you seem to be. Two and a four post season and it looks like QB in the rotation. That you know lets out a senate and time again. I consider themselves starting pitcher out if the team needs me to do something different than. I'll do it you know I felt like Bob learn a ...




Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox principal owner John Henry about how it feels to have his club as the AL East champs heading into the playoffs

[0:00:00] ... We're with Red Sox principal owner John Henry John that you've been here before but this is always special when you clinch a division you play. To this point 158 ...
[0:00:40] ... which you. You know we've heard in the past because we the Red Sox and the Mariners. Have the worst schedules. In baseball most mild stroke this the second half the way it should count. It ...
[0:01:35] ... still and then into the celebration basically your your lawn of of David Ortiz went all the special things that have gone on this year. How satisfied are you saying this team go from where they ...
[0:02:34] ... feel really good about. Four. You might have an MVP mine of Cy Young winner and mean it just goes on and on those. An MV PT. That be something in the course so we celebrated ...






Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox principal owner John Henry about how it feels to have his club as the AL East champs heading into the playoffs

[0:00:00] ... We're with Red Sox principal owner John Henry John that you've been here before but this is always special when you clinch your division you play. To this point 158 ...
[0:00:40] ... schedule which you. You know Weaver in the past because we the Red Sox and think the Mariners. Have the worst schedules. In baseball most mild stroke this the second half the way it should count. ...
[0:01:35] ... still and then into the celebration basically your your lawn of of David Ortiz went all the special things that have gone on this year. How satisfied are you saying this team go from where they ...
[0:02:34] ... feel really good about. Four. You might have an MVP mine of Cy Young winner and mean it just goes on and on those. And the MVP tee time. That be something in the course so ...






Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts joins Tim Neverett to talk about how it feels to be the AL East Champs

[0:00:47] ... know culminating with when you begin. After the new year going to spring training you get to this point in the season just a little less than a week laughed. Inside of that club buses more celebration of this entire season. 100%. You know I think we've we've fought lawyer strokes and our downs. Know a lot of he would aft flight data this China thing we have to step. Do we do when you know just playing for each other and playing fair you ...



Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts joins Tim Neverett to talk about how it feels to be the AL East Champs

[0:00:47] ... know culminating with when you begin. After the new year going to spring training you get to this point in the season just a little less than a week laughed. Inside of that clubhouse is more celebration of this entire season. 100%. You know I think we've we've fought lawyer strokes and our downs. Know a lot of he would aft flight data this China thing we have to step. Do we do when you know just playing for each other and playing fair you ...



The Red Sox filed into the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday unsure of how to act.

They had just blown a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning against the Yankees, getting walked off on Mark Teixeira’s grand slam. At the same time, they had just clinched the American League East with Toronto’s loss to Baltimore.

NEW YORK — The corks were popping. The champagne was flowing. The goggles were distributed. And the hugs were found in all corners of the visitors clubhouse.

All of this after one of the most devastating losses of the season

David Ortiz looked right at home during the Red Sox' celebration Wednesday night. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

David Ortiz looked right at home during the Red Sox’ celebration Wednesday night. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

NEW YORK — The corks were popping. The champagne was flowing. The goggles were distributed. And the hugs were found in all corners of the visitors clubhouse.

All of this after one of the most devastating losses of the season

The Red Sox had just allowed what normally would be classified as one of the biggest punch-in-the-gut defeats of the year, blowing a three-run lead in the ninth to eventually suffer a 5-3, walk off loss at the hands of the Yankees.

And at that moment Mark Teixeira’s game-winning grand slam cleared the Yankee Stadium center field fence, the red Sox looked the part, trudging off the field. And the pitcher who surrendered the blast, Joe Kelly, certainly felt the sting. That was until he got into the clubhouse and saw plastic hanging everywhere.

“The plastic was already up, so I knew,” Kelly said.

But, unlike most of his teammates the relief pitcher didn’t realize that the Red Sox had actually clinched the American League East just as the bottom of the ninth was beginning thanks to Baltimore’s win over the Blue Jays.

“I was the first one through the dugout and the first one in the clubhouse, upset obviously, and I came in and realized all the stuff was up, the shirts were out, alcohol was everywhere,” Kelly said. “That instant I knew that we clinched. I still wasn’t very happy about what happened. A minute later, I was the first one to take my jersey off, take my cleats off, take my belt off. A couple guys came in: [David] Price, [Rick] Porcello, [Clay] Buchholz. They came in and say, ‘Hey, man, we clinched. Forget about it. It’s one pitch. You’ve pitched big innings for us the last month and been a big help.’ It’s one of those things, there aren’t many times you give up a walk off grand slam and be happy about it a minute later.”

According to party’s participants, seemingly from the minute the Red Sox got back into their plastic-covered clubhouse, the loss had been forgotten.

“One inning should not take away from the fact that they’re AL East champions,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “We are AL East champions. It’s been a hard fought bottle, they should be proud of the work that they put in but by no means is this the end. This is just the beginning of our postseason.”

“I think we were kind of in shock, but it happened,” said Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. “As soon as we got in here, we quickly got over it.”

“It was crazy,” said Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. “I wanted to celebrate on that field so bad. But it is what it is – at the end, being the first-place team in the American League East, we’re going to celebrate anyway.”

And celebrate they did.

The image portrayed in the clubhouse was no different than any other clinching celebration. Everybody wearing anything Red Sox-related was soaked with champagne, including president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. One of the few who did manage to avoid getting doused was principal owner John Henry, who weaved his way in and out of the locker room before any damage could be done.

“It doesn’t detract at all from what these guys accomplished over the last six months,” Henry said of the loss. “Baseball is an endurance test, so it takes six months to determine a champion and that championship was determined before this game ended.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox clinched the American League East on Wednesday. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox clinched the American League East on Wednesday. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

The worst-to-first transformation is once again complete.

The Red Sox punched their ticket to the division series on Wednesday night in about the strangest way imaginable, blowing a 3-0 lead in the ninth against the Yankees and losing 5-3 on Mark Teixeira’s walkoff grand slam, but clinching the division title anyway when the Orioles rallied to beat the Blue Jays.

The Red Sox return to the postseason as division champs for the first time since 2013, when they also went worst-to-first before winning the World Series.

They could afford to lose in shocking fashion, because the Blue Jays blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth and dropped a 3-2 decision to the Orioles.

While that game went final, closer Craig Kimbrel took the mound in the ninth. He allowed a single before walking three and throwing a wild pitch. Joe Kelly relieved him and retired two batters before Teixeira drilled a 99 mph fastball over the center field fence for the strangest clincher maybe ever.

The hero on Wednesday should’ve been MVP candidate Mookie Betts, who chopped a two-run double into left field to break a scoreless tie in the eighth.

Before Betts’ heroics, the star was right-hander Clay Buchholz, who made a strong bid for the third spot in the postseason rotation by tossing six dominant one-hit innings. He did not allow a run, keeping the ball down and spending the night on the corners. He struck out six, walked two, and allowed just one hit — an infield single to Brett Gardner leading off the fourth.

The problem for the Red Sox was that Yankees starter Bryan Mitchell matched him with seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits. Mitchell did walk five — including the bases loaded in the fifth — but the Red Sox didn’t break through until the eighth, against the Yankees bullpen.

Catcher Sandy Leon reached on an error by second baseman Starlin Castro leading off and pinch runner Marco Hernandez took third on Dustin Pedroia’s ground-rule double. After Xander Bogaerts lined out to third and David Ortiz was intentionally walked, Betts chopped one in front of home plate that bounded high over third baseman Chase Headley and into left field for a two-run double.

Ortiz then scored aggressively on a wild pitch to give the Red Sox breathing room. He’ll get one final shot at October in his farewell season.

From there, it was up to the bullpen to nail it down, and Koji Uehara followed up Brad Ziegler’s scoreless seventh with similar work in the eighth before Kimbrel imploded.

It took a few minutes for the Red Sox to begin celebrating. They filed off the field solemnly before manager John Farrell told them not to let one bad inning ruin a division title. And then the champagne flowed.

Closing Time note

The Red Sox won the division for the fourth time in 22 years. Their last two division titles (2007, 2013) have resulted in World Series titles.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

It turns out the Red Sox didn’t need to beat the Yankees after all.

The Red Sox clinched the American League East on Wednesday when the Orioles rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the ninth inning to beat the Blue Jays, 3-2, in Toronto.