BOSTON -- Where did the Indians' momentum go?
When we woke up Thursday morning, we were preparing for one of Cleveland's biggest parties ever. Now we might be getting ready for Cavs' season. Everything goes through starting pitcher and it's going to be a long, cold winter for C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona if the Indians don't survive this series. And Travis Hafner has been so invisible he's not worthy of a nickname. Pronk has been a big zero the last four games, as in 0 for 15. The Red Sox have outscored the Tribe, 19-3, in the last two games.
The Red Sox are riding their pitching (Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling) and I also found some motivation on the back of their clubhouse door after Game Six. On the door is a blown-up copy of a column in the Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram. It says in part: "This Indians team is better than the Red Sox and will prove it once and for all in cramped Fenway Park. Sure a home-field celebration would've been nice but silencing Red Sox Nation in its house will be just as sweet."
The column also quotes Ryan Garko saying, "The champagne tastes just as good on the road as it does at home."
The way this looks, the only champagne Garko and the Tribe will be tasting soon will be if they're going to some offseason wedding.
(Photos: Kenny Lofton, top, and Asdrubal Cabrera/Associated Press)