It’s a great feeling to be up 3-0. But tomorrow is another day and it’s not over until you win the fourth one. We can be excited all you want, but we have to come out and win one more.
We were up big early then they come back hard, but that showed the resiliency of this team. Those guys come back and score some runs, but we came back with some of our own and showed that we’d do what we needed to do. We did a good job tonight of playing the game the right way.
Dice-K pitched great, and also gave us a huge hit with his two-out, two-run single. He just got his pitch count up there in that one inning. You can’t ask for more than that: a two-out single and 5 1/3 strong innings.
People in the media mentioned that we’ve now won six games in a row, but we’re not even thinking about that. You can’t look at it that way. We just go day to day. These guys won 21 out of 22 and now they’ve lost three in a row. You can’t really go on the past. The playoffs is all about living for that day. It doesn’t matter what happens the day before. You’ve got to go out there and play.
Pedroia and Ellsbury did such a great job tonight. They’re rookies, but they’re going out and helping this team win every night. Jacoby’s double just fell in during that eighth-inning rally and that was probably one of the biggest plays of the game. We were able to get a little lead there for Papelbon.
I took in the first six innings or so from the bench and then replaced David Ortiz on defense for the rest of the game. It’s just one of those things where you know it’s coming and you have to deal with it and you try to stay loose and go in the game. This is not an easy place to come in late like that just because of the weather. It was so cold out there. It’s tough to come in there, but it was great.
We’re going to go home tonight and do the normal routines and come out tomorrow and get to the ballpark at the same time like we did today and go out and play the game like we always do. This team, whether we’re down three games or down two games or up three games, we go out and play the game the same way. We don’t take any day for granted.
Like I said when we were down 3-1 to the Indians, you play for the day, and today, we played really well. That’s the bottom line, you have to play each and every day as best you can.
We know the Rockies will come out and play hard, and play tough like they did tonight. Hopefully we can get ahead and stay ahead.
Jon Lester takes the ball for us in Game 4, and that will be a huge opportunity for Jon. I think the big thing is, if he keeps his composure and throws strikes, he’s going to be effective. He has great stuff. He looks strong and he’s been throwing the ball well. If he throws strikes, that will be huge.