Saturday, October 06, 2007

Manny Walk-Off Home Run Powers Red Sox To Victory Over Angels For 2-0 ALDS Lead


It was the bottom of the ninth inning, two men were on base, at first and third, there were two outs and Manny was striding towards the plate after Big Papi David Ortiz was again (and again) intentionally walked. The score was tied at three, and if ever there was a time for a "MANNY MOMENT," this was it. And then CRACK, BOOM, and Manny hit an absolute bomb OVER EVERYTHING in left. It was a walk-off three run home run, a true "Manny Moment," his first walk off homer since he joined the Sox and his first ever post season one. Needless to say, the team poured out of the dugout and the bullpen to join Manny as he reached home plate, and jubilation was in full force, on the field and everywhere in Red Sox Nation and Red Sox International. Said the man himself.....

"It's been a long time I don't do something special like that," Ramirez said. "I haven't been right all year round. But I guess, when you don't feel good and you still get hits, that's when you know you're a bad man."

You MIGHT be a "bad man," Manny, but you're OUR "bad man," and we love you. In terms of pitching, Daisuke Matsuzaka did not have a good night, going only 4 2/3 innings, throwing 96 pitches and allowing 4 runs on 3 hits and an unnecessary 3 walks. He was not sharp, but the Boston bullpen showed why it's the league's best, going the final 4 1/3 innings without allowing a hit. Kudos go out to Javy Lopez, Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima, who seems like his 10 day rest really helped, and Jonathon Papelbon, who earned the victory. Great job guys!

The club wings to California to join Josh Beckett and game #3 starter Curt Schilling, already there, who will try to make it a three game sweep Sunday afternoon. Oh, I almost forgot, the Indians again beat the visiting Yankees 2-1 in extra innings to forge ahead 2 games to none. The bug invasion must have bothered Yankee reliever Joba Chamberlin, but what he showed to me is this....the man the Yankees and their fans pin their 8th inning hopes on has a lot of growing up to do.

Please click on the title of this post for more on the Manny missle, and enjoy this off day Saturday. Bask with me in the glow, the warm fuzzy memories of last night's walk-off win, which seemed like a dream to me upon first awakening this early weekend morning, but which was all too real, or surreal, depending on how you look at it. Any way you view it, Sox fan or not (?), it's what baseball 2007 Red Sox style is all about! GO SOX! FOREVER. AND EVER. To be continued, for the story is far from over. 2 down, 9 to go for immortality.


At 10/06/2007 7:49 AM, Blogger ian said...

Manny Manny Manny.

An awesome game last night. I think the ball is still in flight right now.

At 10/06/2007 8:48 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

This sounds wacky, but sometimes I am. Well, I went out to my backyard this early AM to get the propane tank on my grill, which needed filling. And lo and behold! There was a baseball, a little scruffed, a little dented, right there! I have to think that was part of the Manny Magic! And I'm going to save it. Maybe I was dreaming, but last night, Ian, was so great! Be well, have a great Saturday as we wait for 3pm tomorrow. Thanks for checking in! I KNOW we were both smiling, laughing, yelling and celebrating last night! Red Sox magic. Ya gotta love it!!!!!!!!

At 10/06/2007 11:10 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Manny, Manny, Manny-luia:
Manny, Manny, Manny-luia;
Manny, Manny, Manny-luia;
Mannyluia, Manny-Luia

At 10/06/2007 11:18 AM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

Breaking open the Manny Being Merlot!

Hopefully tomorrow we'll get to crack the Schilling Chardonnay!

At 10/06/2007 11:24 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

MCW, sounds good to me!!!!!
And Mike, sung to the tune of????????
And thanks! This is truly a joyful morning...Pete

At 10/06/2007 1:00 PM, Blogger laura said...

A game that will not be soon forgotten. I'm so happy Manny got to do it, I bet he was getting really fed up with Ortiz being walked to get to him!

At 10/06/2007 1:08 PM, Blogger Middle Relief said...

It is looking good for the Sox, not so good for the Yanks at this moment.

I am in disbelief of how stifled the offense seems to be right now.

Anytime you have Man Ram or Ortiz up in a game winning situation - I think you have to like the odds that they're going to come through. -

At 10/06/2007 1:35 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

MR, ya know what??? You are my fave Yankee fan...because you know about the ups and the downs in baseball. For that, I THANK YOU!

And Laura, I'll save that misbehaving baseball, the Manny one that ended up in MY backyard, just for you! guys are the best!!!!!

At 10/07/2007 12:27 AM, Blogger KAYLEE said...


I have been fainting alot lately thats why i havent commented in so long!

At 10/07/2007 8:15 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hi Kaylee...fainting? Oh no. I left you a comment on your blog this Sunday morning saying this.....I wish you good health, even more than I wish for a Sunday Sox win.....and you know what? That's a lot! Be well. Blog friend Peter.....


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