Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Darnell McDonald Wins The Game For The Boston Red Sox 7-6

With Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron on the disabled list, the Boston Red Sox called up an outfielder whose name is Darnell McDonald, and boy, did he have an auspicious debut. He clubbed an eighth inning tater that tied the game at 6 and a wall single in the ninth that won it, breaking Boston's horrid losing streak. The final score was Boston 7 Texas 6. But it wasn't pretty. The Red Sox allowed NINE (!!) stolen bases, most of them off Tim Wakefield, who said he was concentrating on the plate, not the numerous runners on base. Timmy was mediocre but the bullpen held the Rangers scoreless until the heroics of McDonald saved the night and won the game. Here he is with special words for any player who has languished in the minor leagues year after year after...

“To get to this point, I can’t put it into words how much it means,” said McDonald. "Every year you try to get better, try to improve on the year before. When hard work meets opportunity, things like this happen. Also what kept me going was that there are going to be some other guys coming along that are in the same boat, battling, playing in the minor leagues for a long time. Hopefully they can look at me and have the same belief in themselves and know that if you keep pressing and keep working hard, it can happen.”

It happened, Darnell, and SO many of us will never forget your heroics. EVER. Great job, even better than great. Tremendous, terrific, fantastic, superlative. WOW!

Theo Epstein sounded off on his team's terrible start and put it all out there with his words. Here are a few of them...

“We haven’t been worth shit so far,” Epstein said. “Pardon my French. We haven’t played well at all so far. You can’t sugarcoat it or make excuses or hide from it. You’ve got to own it, take responsibility.

It can't get any worse and if last night had turned out differently, well, I don't even want to think about it. But last night was the first time in too long a time that we had something that made us leap in the air and yell with joyous glee. That's priceless.

You can click on this post's title for more on the Red Sox and as always, BE WELL. Oh, I almost forgot. Thank you Darnell. You will never be forgotten. Not after last night.

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