Gerald Laird

Red Sox Get Champagne, Springer Gets Cookies

Red Sox Get Champagne, Springer Gets Cookies

The rain grew intense. So, too, did the moment.

With the bases loaded and two out in the seventh inning, John Farrell walked out of the Red Sox dugout toward the mound. Believing he had been summoned to replace David Price, Addison Reed ran in from the bullpen. No. No. No. Farrell, shaking his head, waved Reed back into the bullpen.

There is a thin line between comedy and tragedy. Red Sox fans, so nervous about their team turning from AL East champions into a wild card team, were certain their punchline manager had found it.

Raindrops and a Red Sox lead had loitered around Fenway Park for most of Saturday afternoon, and as Farrell stood there, the skies opened. On deck...