Wow—in what was an MLB first, the first person to pump their fist into the air when the Red Sox beat the Yankees by a score of 4-3 to win the ALDS wasn’t a member of the Red Sox or even a fan of the team.
It was an umpire.
That’s because last night’s thrilling Game 4—that saw the Yankees enter to bottom of the ninth trailing the Sox 4-1 only to score a pair of runs—ended when Gleyber Torres his a slow chopper to third with the tying run on second base.
Red Sox third baseman Eduardo Nunez charged and whistled a throw to first base that first baseman Steve Pearce completely extended for getting Torres the closest of margins.
Still, instead of celebrating, the Red Sox sat kneeling watching the replay on the big screen while umpires waited for confirmation. When it came, it was an Umpire that pumped his fist officially signaling an out. And then all of Boston did the same as the Red Sox took the series with a 4-3 win.
Next up, the defending World Champion Astros.