It's nail-biting time for Red Sox Nation.

Tuesday, October 12th 2004, 1:57 pm
By: News On 6

BOSTON (AP) Most baseball experts seem to agree that if the Red Sox are ever going to beat the Yankees in the post-season, this is the year. Since last year's bitter game seven defeat in the A-L-C-S, the Red Sox have added 21-game winner Curt Schilling and closer Keith Foulke and improved their overall defense.

But for all the optimism about finally ending the 86-year championship drought, long-time Red Sox fans can't help but worry at least a little. There are, after all, those painful memories of Bucky Dent, Bill Buckner and Aaron Boone.

And while the Yankees may not have the same starting pitching as in recent years, they did add A-Rod to an already formidable line-up.

There's also the matter of Pedro Martinez' psyche. After getting pounded in a late-season loss in New York, the three-time Cy Young Award winner made the now infamous comment that the Yankees were his ``daddy.'' Yankees fans are sure to remind Martinez of that statement when he takes the mound in game two tomorrow night.