BOSTON -- There hasn't been a postseason series at Fenway Park since 2009, and, prior to the beginning of the ALDS, all the newest members of the Red Sox heard was how electric the atmosphere was going to be.
And it was all that and more in the first two games . . . both of which, of course, the Sox won.
"It was awesome," said John Lackey, the winning pitcher in Saturday's 7-4 victory, who'd seen it from the other side as a member of the Angels in the 2004, '07, '08 and '09 Division Series. "The atmosphere out there was unbelievable. The people were going crazy.
"And I guess when I struck [Ben] Zobrist out to get out of that one jam (in the fifth inning, preserving a 5-3 lead), it was a fun place to be, for sure."
Not did it end when Lackey departed in the sixth. Catcher David Ross was amazed at the response to Koji Uehara's one-two-three ninth inning, which nailed it down.
"Man, how loud was that?" Ross said. "I just wanted to look up in the stands and take that all in for a minute."
The one person who wasn't surprised was David Ortiz, who -- of course -- has been a part of seven postseasons in Boston since joining the Red Sox in 2003.
"I'll tell you what," he said. "This is my 11th year here. These fans are the best fans in the postseason . . . You want to give them the best."
For the last two nights, they have.