But on Saturday night, the player feeling the crush of those walls, and hearing the vitriol of the crowd, wore the home-white trousers and home-red jersey of the Red Sox.
Romine had just become the second position player in history to pitch in a postseason game, while Holt was a home run shy of becoming the first batter in history to hit for a postseason cycle.
"This one I'll remember for a long time", Holt said. NY won in the 10th, on a solo home run by Bernie Williams off Boston closer Rod Beck. "It was a good night". "At one point of the playoffs, he was going to start, regardless if it was Game 3 or 4". The trade deadline acquisition from Tampa Bay was overpowering, carving his way through seven innings in his first postseason start. I'd expect him to be strong again tonight before turning it over to one of the best pullpens in baseball.
The plan itself was too conservative, considering the urgency of the situation, and then Boone made it worse by sitting and watching Severino give up two hits and a walk to load the bases. And if the Red Sox knew that a slider wasn't coming anymore, they were able to zero in on Severino's other pitches. Severino was sent back out for the fourth and left a mess for Lynn, as Holt and Vazquez knocked back-to-back singles to right and Jackie Bradley Jr. walked.
So it was two-on, two-out for Xander Bogaerts. Then they continued to pile on after Andrew Benintendi drilled a bases-clearing double to make it 7-0. Steve Pearce later scored Benintendi on an RBI single to give Boston an 8-0 advantage.
Boston matched its record for most runs during a postseason inning. "It's kind of cat and mouse going back and forth, but we knew what our game plan was". The veteran left-hander didn't last more than four innings in two of his past three starts against the Red Sox this season, but in a June 29 matchup, he only allowed one run over seven innings. Giancarlo Stanton, who is 4-for-14 with no RBIs and two runs scored for the series, is 3-for-8 with a pair of doubles in his career against the Boston righty.
Again, maybe none of it would have mattered, considering Eovaldi was far and away the best pitcher in the ballpark on Monday night. He reached or exceeded 100 miles per hour seven times, topping out at 101.0 on a soft grounder to second by Miguel Andujar to end the second. Nathan Eovaldi tossed seven innings and struck out five.
Catcher Gary Sanchez dropped a pitch on a stolen base that set up Boston's first run. Acquiring him for Jalen Beeks now looks like a masterstroke by Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, one that has put the Red Sox one more victory from advancing. Of course, they're not going to say that.
So I definitely think there's something to it.
For all the focus on big boppers, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi for Boston, and Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez for NY, relievers have reigned in an error when starting pitchers often are shown the exit before they have a chance to stumble too much.
And when Boone did call for a reliever, he summoned a starter, Lance Lynn, rather than someone from the deep NY bullpen. Boston acquired him from Tampa Bay in July and the hard-throwing righty compiled a 1.93 ERA in four starts against NY this season - three with the Red Sox.
Houston advanced by completing a sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Monday. That in itself would beg the question of why Severino was left in, considering how potent the Red Sox are offensively.