Rallying a Nation for Game 3
Millar asking fans to be vocal when team returns home
For the third consecutive season, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar is providing daily commentary to MLB.com throughout his team's postseason run. Millar breaks down his team's situation as the Sox go back to Fenway Park on the brink of elimination in this Division Series against the White Sox after a crushing 5-4 loss in Game 2 on Wednesday.
The mindset going home is just to win a ballgame. We know that we're a dangerous club, [and] they know we're a dangerous club. We have to believe in ourselves to get the first 'W,' get this thing to Saturday and then win that game and try to get it back here on Sunday.
But our mindset is just to come in with that confidence and swagger, because after that first 'W,' a lot of things can happen. You've seen it happen in the past that way. We're going back to Sox Nation. We love to play in Sox Nation. Tonight was just one of those games where we had one that slipped away. We had opportunities. The main thing is to stay positive and back each other and get that first one Friday night.
We need the Nation behind us 100 percent. We need everybody to be on their feet. We need them to be on them in the bullpen. That's why they give us an advantage, that's why we love playing there and that's why we do well there. They're like the 12th man in football.
Even if we get down early, they need to stay into it and realize how much energy they bring to us as a club. We need them to be behind us the entire game and we'll grind this thing out and try to get this thing back here Sunday.
As for Game 2, I didn't get the sense we were going to knock Mark Buehrle out, but I thought everybody was having good swings and had some great at-bats. As a team, we hit some balls right at people. You know what, that's what makes him so effective, he just keeps coming at you. They beat us. Tadahito Iguchi hit .340, .350 in Japan the last couple of years. He's a hell of a hitter.
Of course, the big storyline will be Tony Graffanino's error. But I've never seen one guy on a baseball team lose a game. Graffanino, he's phenomenal. We're playing baseball. There's going to be physical errors, that's part of baseball. That's why we're Major League players. We play baseball, we're going to make errors.
Graffanino? It's not a lack of effort. He's been huge for us. Never does one guy lose a game, ever. Everyone understands that. We had opportunities to win the game. David Wells had opportunities to get Iguchi out. We had opportunities to get a hit there in the last inning to tie the game.
We're a team here and we're behind Graff 100 percent. Boomer threw a great game for us. It's just one of those things where, hey, we lost the game, we have to come back Friday.
We know how good our record is in potential elimination games (8-1) the last two years. The reason is the confidence we have in each other. You can't get too down. You can't have guys hanging their heads and feeling sorry for themselves.
As a club, we don't feel sorry for ourselves. Nobody else is. We have to come out and understand that we're dangerous. Down, 0-2, you've got to believe that. You've got to believe that nobody should be on the same field as you. You've got to have that swagger and that confidence, especially in our house.
We have to take it to them and let the White Sox know who we are. They've done a good job these first two games, but we'll take it to them these next two and try to get it back to Chicago.
Kevin Millar's diary appears as told to Ian Browne, a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.