Tag: Fenway Park

 Red Sox  raise their World Series banner

After starting the season with 11 consecutive road games – and losing 8 of them – the Red Sox finally hold their home opener. The raise their World Series banner and their players receive their rings, but they lose again, 7 – 5 to the Blue Jays. On the positive side, Dustin Pedroia starts at second base in his first game since last May, and it is the first time ever that both managers hail from Puerto Rico: Alex Cora for Boston and Charlie Montoyo for Toronto.

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Fenway Celebrates its 100th Birthday – Yankees Spoil Party

The Red Sox celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park by inviting 200 former players and coaches, including the likes of team icons Johnny Pesky, Luis Tiant, Carl Yastrzemski, Bill Buckner, and Pedro Martinez joining the celebration, to come on the field for pre-game celebrations. Caroline Kennedy, the great-granddaughter of Boston’s former mayor known as Honey Fitz, who threw out the first pitch on opening day in 1912, tosses one of the three ceremonial first pitches. However, the Yankees spoil the party by hitting five homers, including two by Eric Chavez, on their way to a 6 – 2 win. For Ivan Nova, it is his 15th consecutive victory, dating back to last season. The victory moves the right-hander ahead of Whitey Ford (1961) and Steve Sundra (1938-39), and one shy of the franchise record of 16 consecutive wins, established last season by Roger Clemens.

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The Red Sox stage biggest comeback since 1929 as JD Drew delivers a walkoff single

The Red Sox, behind 7-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning, score eight runs in the three last frames to beat the Rays in Game 5 of the ALCS at Fenway Park, 8-7. Boston’s comeback victory is the biggest postseason rally since the 1929 A’s tallied ten times in the seventh inning to wipe out an eight-run deficit against the Cubs in their 10-8 victory in Game 4 of the World Series.

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Red Sox outlast the Yankees, 5-4, in Game 5 of the league championship in the 14th inning at Fenway Park.

After 5 hours, 49 minutes, and 471 pitches, the Red Sox outlast the Yankees, 5-4, in Game 5 of the league championship. Boston’s DH David Ortiz, who is the first player in baseball history to hit two walk-off home runs during the postseason, ends the longest game in ALCS history at 1:22 a.m. with a two-out single into center scoring Johnny Damon from second in the 14th inning at Fenway Park.

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Kevin Millar as a Los Angeles City College freshman doing an impersonation of Bruce Springsteen

Much to the delight of the 34,844 fans at Fenway Park and the embarrassment of the team’s first baseman, the “Rally Karaoke Guy” makes his debut as a video of Kevin Millar as a Los Angeles City College freshman doing an impersonation of Bruce Springsteen singing “Born in the USA,” is shown on the scoreboard prior to the start of the 6th inning. The video, which was played at a clubhouse meeting in Texas as a prank by a college friend of Millar’s who is now a FBI agent, appears to be Boston’s answer to the Rally Monkey of Anaheim as the Red Sox win their first game in a week, beating the A’s, 14 – 5.

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Boston’s backstop Scott Hatteberg hits into a triple play, but the catcher redeems himself in his next at-bat by hitting a grand slam

Boston’s backstop Scott Hatteberg hits into a triple play, but the catcher redeems himself in his next at-bat by hitting a grand slam, putting the Red Sox ahead in a 10-7 win over the Rangers. The triple killing, the third in Texas history, occurs when Hatteberg lines to shortstop Alex Rodriguez, who flips to second base, doubling up the runner on second, with second baseman Randy Velarde tagging the runner arriving from first.

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At Fenway Park Pedro Martinez strikes out five of the six batters he faces to win MVP honors Ted Williams delays that start as he throws the first pitch

At Fenway Park, hometown favorite Pedro Martinez strikes out five of the six batters he faces to win MVP honors. The two All-Star pitching squads combine for a record 22 strikeoutsas the American League tops the National League in the 70th Mid-Summer Classic, 4 – 1. The game begins 15 minutes late as Hall of Fame OF Ted Williams rides out in a cart for the first-pitch ceremony. Players from both teams surround the former Red Sox star in a spontaneous display of homage.

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Wade Boggs become the first player in major league history to achieve both 200 hits and 100 walks in four consecutive seasons

Boston’s Wade Boggs goes 4 for 5 in a 7 – 4 win over the Yankees to become the first player in major league history to achieve both 200 hits and 100 walks in four consecutive seasons. It is Boggs’s 7th straight 200-hit season overall, extending his own modern major league record. Dwight Evans also puts his name in the record books by belting his 20th homer. He is the only current player with 20 or more homers in each of the last nine years. The Red Sox also announce the team will not exercise its option on Jim Rice next season while Bob Stanley, the club’s all-time save leader with 173, reports he will call it quits.

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Bill Buckner and Tony Armas each hit grand slams in the first two innings off Tigers ace Jack Morris to spark the Red Sox to a 12 – 7 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Detroit takes the second game, 7 – 5, in 11 innings, after scoring a run in the 9th to tie. Lance Parrish’s two-run homer ends it and Aurelio Lopez improves to 9-0.

Bill Buckner and Tony Armas each hit grand slams in the first two innings off Tigers ace Jack Morris to spark the Red Sox to a 12 – 7 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Detroit takes the second game, 7 – 5, in 11 innings, after scoring a run in the 9th to tie. Lance Parrish’s two-run homer ends it and Aurelio Lopez improves to 9-0.

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Carl Yastrzemski retires after 23 seasons

A sellout crowd gathers on a rainy afternoon at Fenway Park to pay tribute to Carl Yastrzemski, who has spent 23 years in a Red Sox uniform, after having the unenviable task in 1961 of replacing Hall of Fame legend Ted Williams. The team and fans honor the Captain, with Yaz Day, giving the 44 year-old, who will finish his career with over 3,000 hits and over 400 home runs, an opportunity to say farewell to his admirers.

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Jim Rice climbs into the Fenway Park stands from the dugout to assist a young boy who had just been hit in the head by a savage line drive foul off the bat of Dave Stapleton. The Red Sox slugger’s quick response of picking up the four year-old boy and running through the dugout to a waiting ambulance is credited with possibly saving the child’s life.

Jim Rice climbs into the Fenway Park stands from the dugout to assist a young boy who had just been hit in the head by a savage line drive foul off the bat of Dave Stapleton. The Red Sox slugger’s quick response of picking up the four year-old boy and running through the dugout to a waiting ambulance is credited with possibly saving the child’s life.

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Going deep off A’s hurler Mike Morgan at Fenway Park, Red Sox first baseman Carl Yastrzemski becomes the 18th major leaguer and seventh in the American League to hit 400 home runs. ‘Captain Carl’ will end his 23-year career with 452 homers.

Going deep off A’s hurler Mike Morgan at Fenway Park, Red Sox first baseman Carl Yastrzemski becomes the 18th major leaguer and seventh in the American League to hit 400 home runs. ‘Captain Carl’ will end his 23-year career with 452 homers.

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George Scott misses homerun on blown call

8/10/1977: In the bottom of the 7th George Scott hit a ball at Fenway Park that struck the center field wall to the right of the vertical yellow line the separates a homer, if it hits to the right of the line, from a ball in play, so it should have been called a home run. Second base umpire Russ Goetz called the ball in play, however. Scott shouted at Goetz as he rounded second and gave the arm twirling motion for a homer. He legged out a triple on the play but might have had an inside the park homer if he had not complained to the umpire. See the top picture on this page to see the line on the wall (although the Green Monster seats were not there in 1977).

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Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk brawl at Fenway Park. With a 2 – 2 score in the top of the 9th, Munson, attempting to score from third on a missed bunt by Gene Michael, crashes into Fisk and they both come up swinging. Boston wins, 3 – 2, in the bottom of the inning.

Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk brawl at Fenway Park. With a 2 – 2 score in the top of the 9th, Munson, attempting to score from third on a missed bunt by Gene Michael, crashes into Fisk and they both come up swinging. Boston wins, 3 – 2, in the bottom of the inning.

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