Ok, so it didn't go exactly to plan. Did anyone really think a Red Sox-Yankees postseason series would wrap up nice and tidy bow?
Of course not.
But in the nerve-wracking end, the Boston Red Sox vanquished the New York Yankees and are moving onto their first American League Championship Series since 2013, when they delivered a most unexpected world title.
And after disappointing losses in the ALDS the previous two years, make no mistake: Alex Cora is the reason why the Red Sox advanced to face the Astros following a 4-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday night.