Sooner or later, the Red Sox balloon was bound to burst. No franchise could be expected to sustain such a draining and taxing regimen for so long a time.
The Angels and Rangers have legitimately joined the Yankees and Red Sox in terms of operating on an extremely high payroll level.
The Yankees are still in command, but this World Series suddenly has a different feel as it swings to New York for Game 6 on Wednesday night.
Boston's title in October, the second in four years, has produced a vindication for the Red Sox organization and has cemented a certain type of mood, a champion's mood.
Time will tell if the Rockies' accomplishments this season represent a springboard to future successes or if the magic of '07 remains in a time capsule.
In Game 2, the Rockies will rebound from their opening-game blowout and prove the series is far from over.
While the Rockies are on an unbelievable run, it's hard to bet against Boston's dominant pitching, big bats and past experience.
Having pitched poorly thus far in the playoffs, Daisuke Matsuzaka will face the most pressure with the Red Sox needing a win in Game 7 to advance to the World Series.
Facing potentially his last start as a member of the Red Sox, Curt Schilling craves the big stage and the sense of theater that will come along with it.
Cleveland is flush. Boston is dead broke. Here's a checklist of the money moments over the past three ALCS games.
Daisuke Matsuzaka was signed for moments like the one he faced in Game 3, but he once again failed to deliver on the postseason stage.
The Indians have pierced the air of invincibility that permeated the Red Sox this October and proven they can beat them.
Not only must Fausto Carmona keep the Indians from falling into an 0-2 hole, but he also must give the Red Sox hitters an attitude adjustment.
In something of a role reversal, Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox have gone from the hunter to the hunted.
Advanced age and diminished results have left Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling to wonder if their time as quality pitchers is finally up.