This nice article is from the Sunday NY Times, written by Red Sox hater Murray Chass. Here's a little bit of it. The entire article can be accessed by clicking on the title of this post. And I'll be back with a word from our sponsers (not).
"Devern Hansack. Remember the name. Remember it because it is the name of a pitcher who pitched a no-hitter that most everyone probably doesn’t know about.
A long rain delay preceded the game Hansack pitched on the last day of last season, and rain shortened it. Hansack, in his second major league start, pitched himself onto Page 369 of the Elias record book, “no-hit games fewer than nine innings,” adding his name for this year’s edition after Pascual Pérez, Montreal vs. Philadelphia, 1988.
Valiant though his performance was, it wasn’t an official no-hitter because Hansack didn’t pitch nine innings, a criterion for being credited with a no-hitter. He didn’t pitch nine innings because the Red Sox’ game against Baltimore was rained out after five innings.
“It kind of got lost even in Boston,” said John Blake, head of the Red Sox’ media relations. “We did our media thing with the manager and general manager after the game. The bigger question was what were we going to do with our coaching staff.”
Devern Hansack. Who is he, and why was he pitching for the Red Sox on the last day of the season?
Lest we forget, the Red Sox were out of the playoff chase. They had been eliminated from the American League East race on Sept. 20 and the wild-card race two days later. Hansack, a lobsterman from Nicaragua, is a 28-year-old right-hander, only the ninth player from his country to play in the major leagues. The last-day start was his second for Boston in the final weeks of the season.
In the Houston system for four years, Hansack was released at the end of spring training in 2004, and he was out of professional baseball for the next two years. Craig Shipley — tipped off by the third-base coach for the Nicaraguan national team, who scouts for the Red Sox — saw Hansack pitch in an international tournament in the Netherlands in 2005.
Shipley liked what he saw. “He was pretty easy to like,” Shipley said. “He was throwing 93, 94 and had a good slider......"
Peter here, trying to shed a little light on the pitching staff for the 2007 Boston Red Sox. A big bunch of ifs, but ifs never sounded so good! It will be interesting to watch the pitchers jell into a cohesive unit, headed by Schill and tailed by.....by....well, we don't know the answer to THAT one yet. but we will! Oh....GO PATS!!!!!!!