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Top 5 Red Sox Walk Offs

Jarrod Saltalamacchia sent the Fenway faithful home happy last night with a pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th off Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney. The Red Sox have a storied history of walk-off hits. I have compiled a list of what I believe to be their top 5 in history.

5. Manny Ramirez – 2007 ALDS Game 2

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This picture says it all. If there was ever a moment that completely summed up Manny Ramirez, this was it. Manny crushed a 1-0 pitch over the Green Monster onto Lansdowne St. giving the Red Sox a 6-3 victory and a commanding 2 games to none lead in the series against the Angels.

4. Aaron Boone – 2003 ALCS Game 7

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One of the most heartbreaking moments of my life. Aaron Fucking Boone ended the Red Sox 2003 season on Tim Wakefield’s first pitch of the bottom of the 11th inning. This dramatic win gave the Yankees their 6th pennant in 8 seasons. This game is also famous for a walk-off that never happened. Pedro Martinez should have walked off the mound in the 8th inning with a lead.

*Yes, this isn’t a “Red Sox walk off”, but it’s too memorable to exclude.

3. David Ortiz – 2004 ALCS Game 5

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For the second time in as many nights and for the third time that postseason, David Ortiz ended a baseball game with one swing. It wasn’t the hardest hit ball of his career, but his single on the 10th pitch of his at-bat in the 14th inning let the Red Sox live to see another day in their historic comeback against the New York Yankees.

2. Carlton Fisk – 1975 World Series Game 6

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Fisk’s home run in the bottom of the 12th high is famous for not only beating the Cincinnati Reds, it’s famous for Fisk’s reaction. Camera operators missed their cues and the camera stayed on Fisk as he waved his ball fair before it hit high off the foul pole atop the Green Monster.

1. David Ortiz 2004 ALCS Game 4

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Ortiz’s 2-run homer in the 12th inning gave the Red Sox a 6-4 win and kept them alive in the series. This game is remembered for Millar’s walk, Roberts’ steal, and Mueller’s single but all that would have been forgotten in a 4 game sweep if Big Papi didn’t do work in the 12th.

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Is There Anything Scorsese Can’t Do?

Goodfellas, The Departed, Mean Streets, Hugo, Casino, Gangs of New York, manage the Rays. Guys a five tool entertainer.

Seriously though, every time I see Joe Maddon on TV I have a sudden urge to watch Goodfellas.

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Luke Scott Keeps Running His Mouth

Rays DH Luke Scott told MLB.com he thinks Fenway is “a dump” as the Sox are preparing for Fenway Parks 100th year anniversary and the teams 2012 home opener.

“As a baseball player, going there to work, it’s a dump,” said Scott, whose Rays play the Red Sox on Friday in their Fenway opener. “I mean, it’s old. It does have a great feel and nostalgia, but at the end of the day, I’d rather be at a good facility where I can get my work in. A place where I can go hit in the cage, where I have space and it’s a little more comfortable to come to work.

“You’re packed in like sardines there. It’s hard to get your work in. … You have to go to their weight room if you want to lift. From a fan’s perspective, it’s probably pretty cool to go see a game at a historic park. But from a player’s point of view, it’s not a place where you want to go to work.”

There is probably a lot of truth to what Scott has to say. Fenway is notoriously small and I have heard the visiting teams amenities are less than impressive. That being said the thing that irks me about this quote is that it is the second time in a month that Scott has taken a shot at the Red Sox.  During spring training, he said keeping Boston out of the playoffs was even more pleasing because of his disdain for its fans.

“Just their arrogance,” Scott told MLB.com at the time. “The fans come in and they take over the city. They’re ruthless, they’re vulgar, they cause trouble, they talk about your family, swear at you. Who likes that? When people do that, it just gives you more incentive to beat them.

“Then when things like [the last game of last season, a 4-3 walk-off Orioles victory] happen, you celebrate even more. You go to St. Louis — classiest fans in the game. You do well, there’s no vulgarity. You know what? You don’t wish them bad.”

Luke Scott will not be starting today as he is suffering from a hamstring injury. That being said I don’t think he needs to worry about Red Sox fans “wishing him bad”. The reason why no one will wish him badly is because no one knows who he is. Listen Luke Scott, no one in Boston takes a career .265 hitter seriously. Like the great Pedro Martinez would say, “Who is Luke Scott”

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Shoppach to Start Home Opener

I’m at work and have no time to write a word, but I read this article and found it interesting. Beckett seems to like working with a personal catcher and has had poor results with Salty catching him.  The article doesn’t talk about that but it may have something to do with the decision.

NESN- Kelly Shoppach will be starting behind the plate in the Red Sox’ home opener on Friday.

And the move was by design. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Shoppach’s familiarity with the Rays — he played for them the last two seasons — and ability to hit left-handers gave him the nod over starter Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

“His swings have been on but off,” Valentine said of Saltalamacchia. “He’s fouling off pitches down the LF side most of the time. He’s hit three balls real hard that have been caught. He could be hitting .300 if we were caring about his early-season batting average. He’s doing fine. This isn’t about Salty today.”

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Bard and Aceves Blank Rays. Red Sox win 5-0

Daniel Bard is starting to make a believer out of me. My biggest concern going into the spring was that he didn’t have good enough secondary pitches to be an effective starter. Well today he proved me wrong. Bard showcased his live fastball, a sharp slider, along with a change up and cutter. If he can locate these pitches (his walk totals are still to high) he may be a 15-20 game winner in the near future. In the game  he went 3 innings allowing only 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out one. Another pitcher who impressed was Alfredo Aceves. Aceves has matched Bard pitch for pitch all season making his case for the number 5 spot in the rotation. It is no secret that Aceves would love to start. The question is can the bullpen afford to lose both Bard and Aceves. Personally, I think it is too much to lose especially with an unproven Melancon and oft injured Bailey. Today Aceves also allowed only 2 hits and also struck out 2 without walking a batter. Matt Albers, Junichi Tazawa and Clayton Mortensen finished out off the shutout giving up only 3 more hits.

Game Notes

  • Kevin Youkilis had an RBI double
  • Clayton Mortensen’s fast start is definitely turning some heads.

Tomorrow  the Sox travel to Sarasota  to play the Orioles. Jon Lester will get the start. First pitch scheduled for 1:05 pm.

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