Thursday, September 13, 2007

Big Papi Walk Off Wonder

For the first time this year, Big Papi David Ortiz hit a walk off home run to propel the Boston Red Sox to another come from behind victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The final score was 5-4 good guys. It was Papi's 2nd home run of the night. He hit a three run shot in the third inning to pull the Sox within a run at 4-3. Jon Lester had a disastrous outing, giving up 4 first innings runs and only lasting 3 2/3 innings total. In that short span he gave up 8 hits and walked 4 in addition to that crooked first inning number. He's been on and off, good and bad all season, but so have Wakefield and Daisuke. They represent 60% of the team's starting pitching rotation, and that spells trouble for the post season. And with the Yankees winning their 7th straight last night over the Blue Jays, this three game weekend series coming up after today's off day looms large, huge in fact.

Manny Ramirez took BP before the game last night, and if he does not suffer a setback today when he again swings the bat, we'll see him batting third on Friday night. And that's just great to hear. Papi said this.......

"He's still hurting a little bit," Ortiz said. "I talk to him pretty much every day. When he warms up, it starts feeling better. But that injury, the oblique, you have to be careful, because you can go from being OK to getting worse."

Peter here, and Manny, be careful. It would be great to see you in the 3 spot Friday night when the "refuse to lose" New York Yankees come to town. Boston will be dancing with excitement, RSN and RSI will be watching, and the Fenway Faithful will be in for quite the treat. But isn't that what baseball is all about?

Click on the title of this post for Gordon Edes' complete game wrap, and enjoy this off day Thursday as we slide together into the weekend. Oh, and hi Natalie!


At 9/13/2007 7:09 AM, Blogger Middle Relief said...

Of all the player's on the Sox, there isn't one that I fear, and admire more than Ortiz.

The guy is clearly the best clutch hitter in the game.

At 9/13/2007 7:41 AM, Blogger Krystle THE Red Sox Oasis said...

there is no evidence clutch will ever exist right?

lol, papi makes sure that it does.

At 9/13/2007 8:42 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Thanks MR and KtRSO....except for Yaz in August and September of 1967, Papi is the best. And last night? PURE MAGIC! Thank you for your great comments. Now, an off day, while the Yankees lose (??) tonight against Burnett...and then the weekend at the Fens.

At 9/13/2007 8:45 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

P.S. Middle Relief, coming from you, a knowledged Yankee fan, there is no better praise. I thank you!!!! Keep coming back!!!!!!!

At 9/13/2007 9:55 AM, Blogger Suldog said...

Easily... EASILY... the greatest clutch hitter of my lifetime. And I remember Yaz in '67. Still, Papi is it.

At 9/13/2007 12:24 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

NOT compared to those 5 weeks of September '67.....hey Sul.

At 9/13/2007 6:14 PM, Blogger KAYLEE said...


At 9/14/2007 8:29 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Yay Kaylee! Thanks!!!


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