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   1. villageidiom Posted: April 27, 2020 at 07:53 AM (#5944829)
Game 36 - 2007 - Orioles 5 at Sox 6 - Mother’s Day Miracle. Sox score 6 times in the 9th walking off on an error.
Every aspiring first baseman should be shown the final play as an example of what not to do. Millar ranged sooooo far off 1B to field the ball, basically cutting off what would have been a relatively easy play for the 2B. Then he made a bad throw to the pitcher covering first. Had he just played his position and let everyone else play theirs, they would have made the out.
   2. Darren Posted: April 27, 2020 at 10:42 AM (#5944902)
Am I remembering correctly that Millar did that a lot with the Red Sox?

Also reminds me of the slap play in 04. Mienkacdja;lewitz played that one about as poorly as possible.
   3. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 27, 2020 at 12:21 PM (#5944955)
Yeah, that was always a play Miller struggled with. He regularly went too wide for grounders.
   4. villageidiom Posted: May 03, 2020 at 08:47 PM (#5947245)
Game 33 - 1996 - Sox 6 at Blue Jays 5 - John Valentin’s two out homer off Mike Timlin tied it in the ninth and Troy O’Leary made a winner of Heathcliff Slocumb in the 11th.
My personal favorite Game 33 was May 12, 1999. mrsidiom and I were up in Boston for Mother's Day, visiting my mother. While there the TV was on the game, and they announced some tickets were available for some weeknight games at half price. One of the games listed was for that Wednesday against the Mariners. I counted ahead in the rotation and realized Pedro would be pitching that game. Pedro? Half-price admission? We arranged for my mother to babysit, bought tickets, and we drove 100 miles home, only to make the return trip Wednesday to go to the game.

It wasn't Pedro's best effort, not by far. But he struck out 15 Mariners in 8 innings, including 3 by Griffey and 3 by a clearly overmatched Jay Buhner. It was awesome. I hadn't seen Fenway that energized in a long time.
   5. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: May 03, 2020 at 09:28 PM (#5947251)
Those first few years with Pedro were such an event. All the Dominican flags and people waving them and running through the aisles with them. It was awesome.
   6. villageidiom Posted: May 04, 2020 at 09:13 AM (#5947288)
Those first few years with Pedro were such an event. All the Dominican flags and people waving them and running through the aisles with them. It was awesome.
Yeah, 1998 was fantastic, but 1999 just took it up another seven or eight notches.

It's almost like in 1986 when Don Baylor dropped that popup, every fifth day the place came alive in anticipation of something like that happening again. Except bigger than that.
   7. villageidiom Posted: May 04, 2020 at 09:49 AM (#5947292)
Also reminds me of the slap play in 04. Mienkacdja;lewitz played that one about as poorly as possible.
Got to see that one again on NESN late last week. I mean, Mxyzptlk wasn't expecting Arroyo to have the range to field the ball in time. I can see that. But:

1. Once it was clear Arroyo was going to field the ball he needs to get his ass back to 1st. He reacted way too late.

2. Rather than go back to 1st he just kinda backpedaled into the baseline, setting up a great opportunity for an obstruction call.

3. And he blocked the 1st base umpire's view.

4. Bellhorn was nowhere near 1st. He has no role at 2nd on that play; covering 2nd is Cabrera's job on a grounder to the right side. Bellhorn has to get over there faster. Having said all that...

5. Bellhorn's job there is not to cover 1st, but to back up 1st. And he failed at that! Mephistopheles got to the ball in RF before Bellhorn did.

Keep in mind that Millar would surely have done worse on the play. He probably would have blocked Arroyo from making the tag, if not outright tackling Arroyo. Manischewitz was still the best defensive 1B they had. (And yes, I know Youkilis was on the roster; Youk had like half a season of 1B experience at Sarasota by that time.)
   8. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: May 04, 2020 at 10:44 AM (#5947314)
It was a weird play. Without seeing a wide angle before the play I assume Bellhorn was playing A-Rod towards the middle (double play situation, right handed hitter likely to pull the ball). Additionally while he should be backing the play up I can be a bit forgiving that he wasn't really expecting to be needed.

As for Mientkiewicz I don't really mind him not covering the bag, he committed pretty hard to charging the ball. But as you note what he absolutely cannot do there is get into the basepath. That's just fundamental stuff. The 10 year olds I coach know to get their ass out of the baseline.
   9. plink Posted: May 04, 2020 at 11:44 AM (#5947351)
It's almost like in 1986 when Don Baylor dropped that popup, every fifth day the place came alive in anticipation of something like that happening again. Except bigger than that.

You mean when Rick Burleson dropped Baylor's pop-up?
   10. villageidiom Posted: May 04, 2020 at 02:00 PM (#5947462)
You mean when Rick Burleson dropped Baylor's pop-up?
No. It's a callback to a game in 1986 in which Baylor somewhat famously dropped a foul popup. It was a notable occasion. But Burleson doing a favor for his old team was appreciated. But the Burleson dropped popup (in the "balk-off" game) is a great nominee for Game #84.

Additionally while he should be backing the play up I can be a bit forgiving that he wasn't really expecting to be needed.
In an elimination game, while protecting a late lead on the road? No, there's no forgiving for that. We can be forgiving because flags fly forever, and because he wasn't the real problem on that play.
   11. plink Posted: May 04, 2020 at 03:48 PM (#5947518)
No. It's a callback to a game in 1986 in which Baylor somewhat famously dropped a foul popup. It was a notable occasion.

Huh -- I can't remember that game at all; which game do you mean?
   12. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: May 04, 2020 at 06:17 PM (#5947594)
Game 18, 1986.
   13. plink Posted: May 04, 2020 at 08:21 PM (#5947625)
Oh, dear. I fail at both reading comprehension and deductive reasoning. Thanks!
   14. villageidiom Posted: May 04, 2020 at 08:37 PM (#5947627)
It's understandable. Not much else about that game was notable.

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