The biggest bats finally shut up the biggest baseball mouths as the quietest professional, Hideki Matsui, helped lead the Yankees.
The Bronx Bombers annihilated the Red Sox last night at Fenway Park, and believe it, this one was personal.
The final score was 19-8, but it was much more impressive than that.
Godzilla homered twice, produced five hits and scored five runs, and is going to be the ALCS MVP with 10 RBI after three games.
The 19 runs were the most ever scored by the Yankees in the postseason. The Yankees buried their undisciplined arch-rivals, putting them in their place and shutting up the Red Sox and the full house of tortured Boston faithful.
"We wanted to make a statement and we did," said Gary Sheffield, who was 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs. "We're not here to win a war of words. We're here to win the games."
Said Joe Torre, "Our players have a lot of determination. You saw it. You can't teach that."
No, you can't. Remember, it was Curt Schilling who talked about shutting up 55,000 Yankee fans in Game 1 and barked all year about coming hear to break the Curse, but the Curse of the Bambino continues. Exactly one year after Aaron Boone finished off the Red Sox with his 11th-inning home run, the Yankees hammered the 2004 Sawx into submission on this Oct. 16.
This was baseball brutality and when Bernie Williams doubled home Sheffield and Matsui in the seventh off Alan Embree, the fans began to flood the exits. It was Embree who came into the clubhouse chanting "1918" on Thursday. These Sox will never learn to stop mocking the Curse.
At one point the Yankees scored 11 unanswered runs. Five innings into this game, the Yankees produced 10 extra-base hits, behind the bashing of Matsui — who has become the Yankees' Iron Horse — Sheffield and another monster game from Alex Rodriguez.
This wasn't just about the Yankees taking a 3-0 lead in the ALCS and most certainly punching their ticket to their 40th World Series. This was about driving a stake through the heart of Red Sox Nation.
No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit. In ALCS history, no team has even won the fourth game after falling behind 3-zip.
All season, the Yankees let their play speak for themselves. The Red Sox talk turned out to be so much bigger than their walk.
Before this series started, Sheffield told friends how much he wanted to take care of business against Boston. He was not alone. The Yankees were tired of hearing comments from the likes of Kevin Millar and Johnny Damon, tired of hearing that the Red Sox were going to run the table this postseason, winning 11 straight.
After their three-game sweep of the ailing and sloppy Anaheim Angels, the Red Sox bravado became even bolder. All along, the Yankees were taking mental notes.
The Yankees came into this series looking to make a statement:
This is how you play the game, and always respect the game.
In the first two games, the Yankees beat Red Sox aces, Schilling and Pedro Martinez, but last night, on a cool New England evening, they just beat the cocky Red Sox silly, starting off by corn-rolling starter Bronson Arroyo, who did not make it out of the third inning.
The Red Sox led 4-3 after three innings, marking their first lead of the series. A-Rod then immediately tied it with a home run as the Yankees kept bashing away, teaching the Red Sox a lesson they will never forget.