10/17/2003 3:55 AM ET
Homers record little solace for Sox
Boston's 12 long balls in ALCS breaks mark by two
NEW YORK -- Moral victories and impressive statistics were running a close second behind "The Curse" on the list of least-favorite topics in the Boston clubhouse Thursday after the Yankees won Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.
By Mychael Urban / MLB.com
The wound of Aaron Boone's 11th-inning walk-off homer was just a little too fresh.
But when the Red Sox get a chance to reflect on their season as a whole, they'll have plenty of records to savor, and they added another to the list with a powerful performance in the ALCS.
Trot Nixon's second-inning homer tied the series record for home runs by a team, Kevin Millar's solo shot in the fourth broke it and David Ortiz's solo homer in the eighth padded it.
The 1996 Yankees hit 10 homers in a five-game series. The 1992 Blue Jays hit 10 in six games. The 2002 Sox hit 12 in seven.
"This is a fun team to watch hit," said leadoff man Johnny Damon. "Sometimes you just sit back and say, 'Wow.' For a guy like me, who doesn't hit many balls out of the park, it's a treat to see. And we saw a lot of it here."
The most impressive of Boston's regular-season records was its .491 team slugging percentage, which eclipsed the fabled 1927 Yankees as the best mark all-time. The Sox also set Major League records for extra-base hits and total bases, and they set a franchise record for home runs with 238.
The ALCS homers record was just icing on the cake.
Nixon led the team with three long balls, followed by Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Jason Varitek and Todd Walker with two, and Millar's one.
"It's been a team effort all year long, and it was a team effort in this series," said Varitek. "We've got a lot of guys who can hit the ball out of the park."
And with time, the Red Sox will come to appreciate that they did it better than anyone in history.
"Records are great, and we set a bunch of 'em this year," Millar said. "But it's not something that makes us feel any better right now."
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.