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Friday, June 23, 2017

Red Sox Retire Rich Garces’ Number

He was a large man, with a larger persona and a nickname to match. When watching him work, one couldn’t help but be amazed at his accomplishments. He wasn’t appreciated enough in his time with the Twins, but after moving to the Red Sox he found his groove and won the enduring love of the Boston faithful. He was legendary.

Tonight, Boston retires his number 34. Thanks for many years of excellence, El Guapo.

BREAKING NEWS: I’ve been informed that number 34 was also worn by David Ortiz. Congrats to him, too.

villageidiom Posted: June 23, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 23, 2017 at 09:07 AM (#5481467)
Outstanding.
   2. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: June 23, 2017 at 09:12 AM (#5481475)
Very cute, vi.
   3. Batman Posted: June 23, 2017 at 09:31 AM (#5481486)
He was always too beautiful for this game.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 23, 2017 at 12:44 PM (#5481653)
Hope the Red Sox are giving out free Ring Dings to commemorate the event.
   5. Man o' Schwar Posted: June 23, 2017 at 12:49 PM (#5481658)
Would you say there will be a plethora of dignitaries there to honor him?
   6. villageidiom Posted: June 23, 2017 at 01:45 PM (#5481729)
Would you say there will be a plethora of dignitaries there to honor him?


I wouldn't, but only because I prefer to use the term "veritable cornucopia".
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 23, 2017 at 01:49 PM (#5481737)
Having a cornucopia is definitely a good way to make sure that El Guapo will show up.
   8. villageidiom Posted: June 23, 2017 at 02:21 PM (#5481776)
Having a cornucopia is definitely a good way to make sure that El Guapo will show up.


Not as good a way as free Ring Dings.
   9. Covfefe Posted: June 23, 2017 at 02:42 PM (#5481800)
Would you say there will be a plethora of dignitaries there to honor him?


I know that I, Jefe, do not have your superior intellect and education, but could it be that once again, you are angry at something else, and are looking to take it out on me?
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 23, 2017 at 02:54 PM (#5481809)
Why not just put the Ring Dings in the cornucopia?
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 23, 2017 at 02:54 PM (#5481810)
Double post.
   12. villageidiom Posted: June 23, 2017 at 02:56 PM (#5481811)
Why not just put the Ring Dings in the cornucopia?

You cannot force open the petals of a flower. When the flower is ready, it opens itself up to you.
   13. Textbook Editor Posted: June 23, 2017 at 03:35 PM (#5481847)
El Guapo may well be my favorite nickname for a Red Sox player ever. TE Jr.--when finally shown a picture of Garces--asked "how could he have been a pitcher?" How, indeed, son. How, indeed...
   14. 2 dudes are better than STIGGLES; i'm both of em Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:15 PM (#5481862)
We can confirm that this deformed lamb is not a progeny of sheep ovum and a human sperm.
   15. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:36 PM (#5481873)
TE Jr.--when finally shown a picture of Garces--asked "how could he have been a pitcher?"

"Because he couldn't cut it in center field."
   16. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: June 26, 2017 at 05:35 PM (#5483150)
In his Red Sox career, spanning 7 seasons and 261 appearances, Garces was allowed to come to the plate two times - both in 2001. He struck out once and grounded into a double play once. That GIDP should does figure to be an interesting box score to track down.
   17. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 28, 2017 at 08:10 AM (#5484196)
Here it is. Here's the inning;

t7 6-5 0 --- 3,(1-1) BOS Manny Ramirez Masato Yoshii 7% 76% Double to LF (Line Drive to Deep LF)
t7 6-5 0 -2- 3,(0-2) O BOS Troy O'Leary Masato Yoshii -5% 71% Popfly: SS
t7 6-5 1 -2- 2,(1-0) RR BOS Chris Stynes Masato Yoshii 17% 88% Home Run (Fly Ball); Ramirez Scores
t7 8-5 1 --- 2,(0-1) BOS Brian Daubach Masato Yoshii 1% 89% Single to CF (Line Drive)
t7 8-5 1 1-- 2,(1-0) BOS Doug Mirabelli Masato Yoshii 1% 90% Single to RF (Line Drive); Daubach to 2B
t7 8-5 1 12- 2,(0-1) OO BOS Rich Garces Masato Yoshii -4% 87% Ground Ball Double Play: Bunt P-SS-2B

As a side note I had gone to the game before at Shea which turned out to be Bobby Valentine's 1000th win. After the game I went back to Stamford, CT where I was living at the time and as I often did went to Bobby V's restaurant for dinner. Sure enough Bobby showed up and bought a round for the bar. That's my good Bobby Valentine memory.
   18. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 31, 2017 at 02:07 PM (#5503453)
BREAKING NEWS: I’ve been informed that number 34 was also worn by David Ortiz. Congrats to him, too.

And don't forget Jim Piersall, who wore #34 the year he was sent to the bughouse.

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