Saturday, June 19th, was a day
that was perfect in every way for Red Sox
Game time temperature was 83
degrees and sunny.
Another sellout at Fenway,
37,454 (101.4% full)
Fenway Park, Circa
and sons and others bonding and enjoying
this great game of ours at America’s
most beloved ballpark. Fans following
every pitch, friendly and competent
staff - - there at the ready with
directions, security, food and drink.
And this father and his
son (a Dodger fan) there, too.
And Manny Ramirez was
back - - wearing a Dodger uniform.
In the game’s early
going it was almost like old times for
Manny who got the Dodgers off and
running in the second inning, singling,
stealing second base and scoring on a
Garret Anderson single to get L.A. on
the board. He smashed a 356- foot shot
Tim Wakefield into the Green
Monster’s second row seats in the sixth
inning, cutting the score to 3-2 Sox.
Fenway exploded with cheers and boos for
Red Sox’s Nation’s one time favorite as
he ran out the circuit clout.
The game see-sawed back and
forth, tied at four all in the bottom of the
ninth. “BEAT L.A. BEAT L.A.” The crowd roared.
The Celtics almost had done it. Now the Sox had
\Bill Hall singled off Dodger
Belisario to start the home team off, but
was snuffed out at second on a poorly executed
sac bunt by
Darnell McDonald fanned for Boston. Marco
\It was now little Dustin
Pedroia at 5 feet and 9 inches versus the 6 feet
5 inch Jonathan Broxton, star Dodger closer. Two
\"When you go out and the
guy's throwing 100 and it looks like he's 9-feet
tall, I was thinking I've got to wake up," the
Red Sox peppery player said. "I check swung
twice. When I check swung, it really wasn't
going that good. I just stepped out, thinking
I've got to put the ball in play."
\“The two breaking balls Broxton threw were
filthy,” said manager Terry Francona. “ I know
how good Broxton is, but any time Pedey has
something to do with the outcome of the game, we
feel good. He kind of wills himself to do
\Pedroia did something real
good. He lined a 98-mile-per hour fast ball for
a two-strike single into right. Nava raced
around the bases.
\“I was trying to make up for
that bunt,’’ Nava said. “I was just saying to
myself, ‘I’ve got to get home.’ I was at least
trying to make it close. I just wanted to get my
hand in there. There was no way I was going to
get punched out at home.’’
Nava’s headfirst slide gave
the Sox a 5-4 dramatic win, their fifth straight
victory. The huge crowd was on its feet
celebrating, high-fiving, some fans were
deliriously happy, thrilled.
Just another miraculous moment
in the 98 year fabled history of Fenway Park –
and even Dodger fans seemed to love it.