Lee, a 65-year-old left-hander who won a 119 games in 14 seasons for the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos, threw all nine innings for the San Rafael Pacifics - and became, according to the team, the oldest man to earn a win in a professional baseball game. He broke his own record, having won for an independent Massachusetts team at age 63.
“I just solidified myself as the best old guy on the planet,” said Lee, who attended Terra Linda High School and was mobbed by autograph-seekers after the game.
When Lee got into trouble in the fifth, allowing Maui to take a 3-0 lead, the crowd continued to roar its approval. As manager Mike Marshall, the former Dodger outfielder, came to the mound, Lee stomped, fumed, and stayed in the game. When Lee reached into his uniform, seemingly in search of a foreign substance, someone yelled, “Dig deep, Bill!”
“Taking everything into consideration, that might have been the greatest performance I’ve ever seen on a baseball field,” Marshall said. “I’m stunned. I can’t believe what I just saw.”
...Lee threw his famous Leephus pitch for strikes on occasion, blooping it in nice and slow, and then following up with fastballs. His pitch count for the night: 94, with 69 for strikes, although he struck out no one.
Cracking open a tall can of Budweiser, Lee referred to several long fly balls he allowed, and noted, “I measured that park pretty well today. I was throwing for the big part of the park.”
Lee came out for the price of his plane ticket; the only request was that there be no designated hitter, so he could bat for himself. He did that pretty well, too, singling in a run.
Posted: August 24, 2012 at 09:24 AM | 18 comment(s)
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