Now, that's exactly where they're staying.
With the Boston Red Sox leading the New York Yankees 4-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, there was an odd sight in Boston's bullpen in Game 4 of the American League Division Series: staff ace Chris Sale warming up.
NY mounted a last-ditch rally against wild closer Craig Kimbrel, scoring twice in the ninth inning. Gleyber Torres finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Holt became the first player in postseason history to hit for the cycle.
Hernandez is in his 28th year as a major league umpire.
Being late was the theme for the Yankees in Game 3.
Then, a 2018 season of soaring expectations - now over in bitter disappointment.
Hernandez had three calls at first base overturned during the Red Sox's 16-1 win over the Yankees.
Boston also clinched its third consecutive division crown on enemy ground September 20.
Kimbrel was one of two regular Sox relievers - not a converted starter - to allow an earned run in the series, with three in 2 1/3 innings.
On deck, a long winter of wondering how they've fallen behind in a rivalry they dominated for almost a century. He said, "I found [Benintendi stealing second base] unusual, but you know, you can still keep pushing the envelope".
Boston took Games 6 and 7 at Yankee Stadium on the way to its first World Series championship in 86 years.
The Red Sox could've done with a little less excitement.
After splitting two games at Fenway Park, they quieted the Yankees' boisterous crowd - and their unsafe bats. The last time NY got its doors blown off like this was in the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks where they lost 15-2 in Game 6, according to USA Today. The season matchups included a four-game series in Houston and a three-game series in NY.
A night after three of his calls at first base were reversed on video reviews, Angel Hernandez called balls and strikes.
'It's a good song.
Angel Hernandez's umpiring didn't get any better Tuesday night - at least not as far as one New York Yankees player was concerned.
'We like to hear that song sometimes when we win a big game'. He waited for his chance as the fourth batter of the final inning.
Those who pitched in relief for the Red Sox in the DS allowed seven runs in 17 innings (a 3.71 ERA) with 17 strikeouts and 11 walks.
"Almost like maybe Severino didn't know it was a 7:40 start", Darling said on the air.
"No choice but to flush", manager Aaron Boone said. "We can all sit and second - not even second guess, first guess or second guess - I would do this, and that's one of the great things about our game".
Zach Britton gave up an opposite-field homer to No. 9 batter Christian Vazquez in the fourth, and NY never recovered.