July 24, 2009

Five Years Ago

Happy Anniversary!






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Me, that evening:
The Game Of The Year. I'm speechless.

Today's game had it all -- a brawl featuring A-Rod and Varitek, 4 Red Sox errors (including 3 on three consecutive plays), New York taking a quick 3-0 lead, Boston coming back 4-3 (with 4 hits on four consecutive pitches in the 4th), Tito getting ejected, blowing the lead and trailing 9-4, cutting the gap to 9-8, falling back 10-8, and then winning the game 11-10 with a 2-run Mueller home run off Rivera in the 9th. ... And two perfect innings from Ramiro Mendoza.

Every batter Rivera faced -- all five -- hit the ball hard. ...

This game could really turn this team around. They played hard Friday, but fell short. Today, they stormed right back after both the fight and the Yankees' 6-run 6th and puts several runs on the board. ... I'm ready for a 20-4 run. I believe! How about you?
(box score)

It took a couple of weeks to get going, but from August 10 to September 3, the Red Sox went 20-3!

14 comments:

Joe Grav said...

I KNEW July 24 had resonance in my brain, I just couldn't figure out why.

I was looking at the calendar thinking, "this date is significant"

9casey said...

When you click on the link marked "me" .its amazing how there were no comments that game. today, would easily generate over 2000....

9casey said...

Is that one picture Kapler and Sturtze?

That team had some personality, an edge, a chip on its shoulder...I am waiting to see what the personality of this team will be.It seems as though over the last couple of years they have become quite "vanilla' in personality and swagger....

L-girl said...

"But he kept his mask on!!!" /obsessed nyy fans

9C, I don't think Allan had turned on comments yet in 2004. I think no one commented because they couldn't. But you're right, can you imagine the gamethread that game would produce?!?!

Ish said...

300-500 comments on the fight alone - easily.

Amy said...

This game is one of the reasons that I love Tek.

redsock said...

Here is a file of newspaper articles from Boston and New York the next day, along with photos and a video. I hope the article file open properly.

At some point, I posted and linked to Youtube video of a semi-scuffle between Dumbo and an opposing batter. Words exchanged at the plate and there was some shoving and whatnot. Dumbo kept mask on the entire time. Stupid me, I did not save the video and it was later unavailable.

Yes, I did not turn on comment until the beginning of the 2005 season. I cannot remember why I did not have them on until then. Seems weird now.

James said...

As if in a fight you're going to have the presence of mind to take your mask off...

By the way, did you see Kapler almost break up the perfecto yesterday? He seems to pop up a lot in replayable MLB footage, like a basebal Zelig.

tim said...

Nice! Love the blatant MFY bias in that 30 second faux clip.

L-girl said...

This game is one of the reasons that I love Tek.

I'm glad to know you don't always disapprove of fighting. :)

Iridescence said...

I think baseball fight are usually kind of dumb but *that* one was undeniably cool!

Suldog said...

The most memorable moment of that regular season, no doubt!

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redsock said...

thanks. good luck with the blog.