home-plate ump Ed Montague punched out Jim Edmonds on a called third strike to end the inning and leave the bases loaded. The ball was at least a foot inside, the worst ball/strike call of the entire postseason. Now, I'm not saying that Montague stole us any runs--I mean, who knows what Jed [ Edmonds] would have done in that situation. It's just a shame that it was the biggest moment of the game up to that point, and the star was not Keith Foulke or Jim Edmonds but Ed Montague. Great timing.
BOSTON The Red Sox ranked 11th overall with 2,837,304 but led the majors in percentage of stadium capacity: 100.7% in cozy Fenway Park.
ST. LOUIS Though just the nation's 18th-largest metro area, St. Louis ranked eighth in the majors in attendance (3,048,427).
2004 Local Over-the-Air TV Ratings
BOSTON WSBK/UPN 38 and WBZ-TV 4 10.6 No. 2 in the majors
ST. LOUIS WB-11 12.7 No. 1 in the majors
2004 Local Cable TV Ratings
BOSTON NESN 9.8 No. 1 in the majors
ST. LOUIS Fox Sports Net Midwest 8.9 No. 2 in the majors