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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Win, Dance, REPEAT

For the first time in club history the Sox have notched consecutive division titles.  It was not easy but they got it wrapped up in game 161 in style with Craig Kimbrel sealing the deal for Drew Pomeranz and Co.  These are the kinds of years that remind me how tough winning a division title is.  The Sox went into the season as solid favorites; the Jays were going to regress, the Rays weren’t that good, the Orioles didn’t have the pitching and the Yankees were a year away.  The Sox then went out and won 93 (and maybe 94) games including a strong second half but a Yankee team playing ahead of schedule pushed them to the end.

A lot went into this title and here now are ten moments that were crucial for the 2017 AL East Champions;

The Unpopular Trade - July 14, 2016 - This was the day Sox made a trade for southpaw Drew Pomeranz giving up prized prospect Anderson Espinoza.  Injury and ineffectiveness had Pomeranz banished to the bullpen last year and nearly resulted in the trade being undone.  In 2017 he has become the unquestioned #2 pitcher on the staff giving the club regular strong outings.  With David Price’s nearly year long absence from the rotation and Rick Porcello’s struggles Pomeranz has saved the day.

The Popular Trade - December 6, 2016 - There was no controversy on December 6.  While Sox fans were disappointed to give up the number one prospect in the game it was understood to be a necessary cost to bring lefty Chris Sale into the fold.  Expected to be great for five months Sale exceeded all expectations dominating every team that had the misfortune of coming into his path.

Extra Time, Extra Joy - April 5, 2017 - In the second game of the year Sale and Pirate hurler Jameson Taillon started a wonderful pitchers’ duel that went to the twelfth inning.  In what would become a recurring theme for this club the game went into the win column when Sandy Leon slammed a three run homer into the Monster Seats and sent everyone home happy.  Well, except for the Pirates I suppose.

Manny Machado, Meet Chris Sale - May 2, 2017 - To say things were heated in the early going between the Orioles and Sox would be an understatement.  After some disgusting behavior directed at Adam Jones the next night Jones got a deserved standing ovation and Red Sox Nation was roundly applauded for the response.  That applause lasted about 45 seconds until Sale fired one behind Machado.  I understand why people don’t like this sort of thing but I’ve got enough old school in me to love and the sight of Sale barking to his teammates on the bench after the inning was one of those moments that bring a team together.

The Babyfaced Assassin - June 18, 2017 - On a Sunday night in Houston the Sox were holding a late lead when Carlos Beltran dropped a single to left field that seemed destined to tie the game.  Jose Altuve raced around third base and streaked for the plate but he neglected to consider the Hannibal Lecter of Major League Baseball.  Andrew Benintendi’s heart rate never got above 85 even as he tore out Altuve’s heart by gunning him down at the plate.  The Sox win tied the Sox for first place and they would not trail by more than half a game the rest of the year.

Agate Type - June 23, 2017 - The Sox made a move that in the old days when newspapers were our source for all things would have only gotten agate type mention as an afterthought.  Lo and behold that Dave Dombrowski fella knows his stuff and Doug Fister became an absolutely massive part of the rotation in August helping the Sox navigate The Gauntlet❆ that led to this division title.

Reinforcements Arrive - July 26, 2017 - The day after Rafael Devers made his MLB debut he arrived by socking his first MLB hit, a home run to dead center.  That same day the Sox acquired a utility infielder from the Giants in the form of Eduardo Nunez.  Between them they solidified a third base position that had been a going concern for half a decade and Nunez covered for some injuries to Pedroia and Bogaerts.

Wild Night at Fenway - August 1, 2017 - You can attend 25 or so games a year like I do but go a decade without seeing the kind of chaos that August 1 brought.  A Chris Sale start saw the Sox in a 5-0 hole in the second inning.  No problem, the boys got rolling offensively and tied things up only to see the Indians take a 7-5 lead.  Blaine Boyer escaped a bases loaded jam and the Sox rallied for a 9-7 lead.  It wasn’t done though as the Tribe greeted newbie Addison Reed with a homer to make it 9-8.  Francisco Lindor’s leadoff homer tied it off Kimbrel in the ninth then a wild pitch put the Tribe ahead.  The comeback kids shrugged and got off the mat.  Mitch Moreland reached on what should have been a game ending strikeout when the ball got away then Christian Vazquez sent Fenway into delirium with a three run walk off homer.

103 in, 110 out - August 13, 2017 - Trailing 2-1 in the ninth in the Bronx and about to lose their third series of the year to the Yankees Aroldis Chapman whipped a 103 MPH fastball in the direction of catcher Austin Romine.  Unfortunately for Chapman 20 year old Rafael Devers stood between him and Romine and the only person who had a chance to catch it was the Red Sox bullpen catcher.

The Price is Finally Right - September 17, 2017 - In a 3-2 loss in Tampa, the only loss of that pivotal nine game road trip, the Sox brought in David Price for his first regular season relief appearance since 2010.  Price, who has had at best a love/hate relationship with the fanbase, quickly became a weapon for John Farrell and incredibly a crowd favorite.  The crowd reaction to him coming in on Saturday was shocking, it was Papelbon-esque.

Going through this list there were SO many other amazing moments.  All the crazy extra inning games, the comebacks, the Chris Sale dominance, Mookie doing Mookie things…you could probably come up with ten more that I left off.  The 2017 Red Sox have earned a division title and will open the playoffs Thursday in Houston!  Win, Dance, Repeat.

If anyone is interested;

Pictures from the clincher (the lens I rented had a spot on it, I haven’t edited them yet)

Just some general shots from 2017.  Yes, that is Mike Olt and Carlos Quentin!

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 30, 2017 at 06:12 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Morton's Fork Posted: October 01, 2017 at 01:35 AM (#5542305)
On clinch day, the Sox produced a small moment that I particularly enjoyed when they executed what was by my count their sixth intentional double-steal of the season. Yowza.
   2. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: October 01, 2017 at 02:00 PM (#5542374)
Oct. 1:

1903 World Series Game 1: PIT 7, BOX 3. first ever World Series game
1933 Babe Ruth starts vs. BOX, wins 6-5, hits his 34th homer. CG, 5RA, 12H, 3W, gets the win - 18 OF putouts
1949 Joe DiMaggio Day in Yankee Stadium. In big game vs. BOX, NYY fall behind 4-0, come back to win 5-4
1961 #61. NYY-BOX game. NYY win, 1-0
1967 Jim Kaat's arm gives out - Boston wins the pennant: BOX 6, MIN 3
1978 Red Sox catch Yanks: Tiant pitches Shutout & Yanks lose.
1980 BOX fires Don Zimmer
1991 last game: Oil Can Boyd
2003 ALDS: Game 1: A's 5, Red Sox 4 (12). A's tied it in the bottom of the ninth
   3. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 01, 2017 at 09:39 PM (#5542516)
4PM on Thursday
2PM on Friday
   4. Mike Webber Posted: October 01, 2017 at 11:57 PM (#5542549)
are the links to Jose's pictures working for everyone but me?
   5. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: October 02, 2017 at 01:42 AM (#5542559)
They work fine for me (windows 7, chrome).
   6. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 02, 2017 at 08:24 AM (#5542577)
Mike are you at your office? I know I can't see them when I'm connected to my office wi-fi because of the firewalls.
   7. villageidiom Posted: October 02, 2017 at 09:24 AM (#5542602)
Great summary of the season, Jose. The extra-inning thing is a huge takeaway. They had an absurd number of games going at least 12 innings... That was quite a load on the bullpen. But they won so many of these games because the bullpen shut down the opposition, and bounced back without much difficulty in the following games. That, to me, was one of the most impressive things in the 2017 regular season.

And sorry, but this has been all over the airwaves in the past couple of days and it's been bugging me all along.
For the first time in club history the Sox have notched consecutive division titles.
For the first time in divisional play. Boston was repeat AL champions (and World Champions) in 1915-16, back before the AL had divisions.

   8. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 02, 2017 at 09:30 AM (#5542607)
For the first time in divisional play. Boston was repeat AL champions (and World Champions) in 1915-16, back before the AL had divisions.


Yeah I wasn't sure how to write that up. I would argue I was correct in that it is their first back to back "division titles" but as you note they won consecutive pennants 101 years.

I finally got my pictures edited and cleaned up last night. I'm going to try and update both albums when I get home tonight. The season long album won't change much but hopefully I can get some better pictures of clinch day. Because of my seats I was optimistic I could get a good shot or two of the guys pouring out of the dugout and I think I did. Chris Sale and Rajai Davis are the two guys who look crazy happy. Addison Reed too. Drew Pomeranz, man that dude doesn't smile does he?

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