It was about a year ago that the Boston Red Sox approached the Toronto Blue Jays for permission to interview John Farrell for their vacant managerial job.
A day later, Farrell was gone, having ditched his digs in Toronto for his “dream job” in Boston.
Now the man Torontonians love to hate perhaps more than any other sporting figure in the city’s history – step aside Vince Carter – is one the verge of sports immortality.
With a taut 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5, the Red Sox have taken a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven World Series.
The playoff now shifts back to Boston for its ultimate conclusion where Farrell and the Red Sox are just one more win away from celebrating the title at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918.
Game 6 will be played on Wednesday night.
Naturally, the verbose Farrell is excited by the prospect of winning it all on his home turf writes Steve Silva on Boston.com.
"The fact is we're going home to a place we love to play in, in front of our fans," Farrell said. "It's going to be equal to the great environment we saw here. We're excited to be going home in the position we are in."
Jeff Passan writes on Yahoo.com that for the first time in the World Series, normalcy reigned supreme.
There were no weird endings, no obstruction call to be seen or even pick-off attempt.
“The closest thing to chaos materialized out of thin air in the seventh inning, when a fan folded a placard into a paper airplane and floated it onto the field near Lester,” Passan noted.
Lester is Jon Lester, the Boston starter who only enhanced his reputation as an October ace, allowing just one run off four hits over 7.2-innings.
Michael Silverman writes in the Boston Herald that for Lester the post-season body of work says it all – 3-0 in three World Series starts with a sparking 0.43 ERA.
Jackie MacMullan writes on ESPN.com that Boston needed a stellar performance from Lester because St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright was having a game of his own.
Win or lose, writes Howard Megdal on his MLB.com sports blog it would be hard to dispute that Boston slugger David Ortiz will be crowned as the most-valuable-player.
Ortiz was at it again Monday, swatting a first-base line hugging double into the right field corner in the first inning that scored Dustin Pedroia from second base, providing Boston with the early 1-0 lead.
With three more hits in Game 5, Ortiz is now 11-for-15 in this World Series, his 11 hits totaling a third of the number of hits the Red Sox have stroked in the championship.
With his post-season heroics, writes Scott MacArthur on TSN.ca, Ortiz has to be considered one of the best ever to put on a Red Sox jersey.
But don’t count the Cardinals out just yet, writes Jayson Stark on ESPN.com.
Six times in Cardinals franchise history they've trailed in a World Series, three games to two. Five of those six times, they've fought back to win the next two games to take the title.
And if you are considering making the trek to Boston in the hopes of securing tickets for Game 6, better take out a second mortgage.
Mike LaCrosse reports on ABC6 that World Series tickets for Wednesday’s game will not come cheap.