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Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 71-80

Onto games 71 through 80 of the perfect schedule.  The Sox go to 80-0 but it was close as game 77 was the game where Pokey Reese made a spectacular catch while crashing into the wall at Yankee stadium and former Red Sox John Flaherty had a walk off double but I decided the Mariner victory was better.

Game 71 - 1994 - Sox 10 at Brewers 8 - What started as a pitchers’ duel exploded into life.  The Brewers scored 4 in the 6th to go up 5-2 but the Sox got a run in the 7th and 5 in the 8th with an Andre Dawson 3 run homer the big blow.  The Brewers got a 3 run homer in the bottom of the inning to tie it but Mo Vaughn’s 12th inning homer made a winner of Ken Ryan.
Game 72 - 2011 - Padres 5 at Sox 14 - Starter Andrew Miller gave the Sox 5 2/3 solid innings and left a 3-3 tie.  In the 7th the Sox got a run when Adrian Gonzalez doubled home Jacoby Ellsbury.  With two outs Gonzalez was at second and this happened; IBB-BB-HBP-HBP-1B-1B-BB-1B-2B-K.  When the dust settled the Sox had plated 10 runs and had a 13-3 lead to make a winner of Matt Albers.
Game 73 - 2006 - Phillies 7 at Sox 8 - The Sox blew a 6-0 lead but David Ortiz’ RBI single scored Kevin Youkilis in the 12th after Youk had tied the game by knocking in Mark Loretta.  This was the second straight game the Sox won on an Ortiz walk off and this one gave Craig Hansen his first career victory.
Game 74 - 2010 - Sox 13 at Rockies 11 - Laser Show! Dustin Pedroia channeled his inner Ralph Kiner slugging three homers including the game winner in the 10th.
Game 75 - 1986 - Blue Jays 7 at Sox 9 - I remember Bob Montgomery being amazed to see the starting pitcher get an ovation walking OUT to the bullpen before the game.  But why not when that starting pitcher is trade acquisition and future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver?  He battled through 7 innings and left with a 9-4 lead allowing Steve Crawford and Joe Sambito to finish up in fairly untidy fashion.
Game 76 - 1990 - Rangers 2 at Sox 3 - This game featured just three pitchers; Nolan Ryan and Kenny Rogers for Texas and Mike Boddicker going all the way for Boston.  The star was Kevin Romine who slugged a walk off homer leading off the bottom of the 9th.  Romine hit 5 homers in his career and two of them were walk offs.  I wonder if that’s the highest percentage among players with more than one career walk off?
Game 77 - 2018 - Mariners 10 at Sox 14 - Steven Wright got pounded and the Sox were down 10-5 after 3.  The bats were alive and a pitching matchup that had produced a 2-1 Mariner victory six days previously turned into a wild one.  JD Martinez had 5 RBI and Brian Johnson, Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel combined on 5.2 innings of shutout relief.
Game 78 - 2003 - Marlins 8 at Sox 25 - As I watched at my local gym (Gold’s in Arlington) the Marlins scored a run off starter Byung-Hyun Kim in the top of the first.  As the bottom of the first began I hopped on the treadmill for a final ten minutes as the Sox stepped in against Carl Pavano.  About 45 minutes later I got off the treadmill.  Johnny Damon had three hits…in the first inning, the Marlins used three pitchers and the Sox plated 14 runs.  Ryan Rupe, Rudy Seanez, Hector Almonte and Jason Shiell pitched the final four innings for the Sox and Marlin righty Kevin Olsen suffered a frightening injury when Todd Walker’s line drive hit him in the head.
Game 79 - 1980 - Sox 7 at Brewers 0 - Fred Lynn had his final two homer game for the Sox backing up Steve Renko’s 8 innings of 4 hit shutout ball.  Dwight Evans batted 9th for the carmine hose for the 122nd time in his career.  He would not do so again until 1983 and only six more times total for the Red Sox.
Game 80 - 1984 (thanks Karl!) - A’s 9 at Sox 13 - The Sox got the fireworks going on this Independence Day tilt as Hall of Famer Jim Rice hit his only career walk off grand slam as part of a career best six RBI game.  Joe Morgan entered the game for Oakland in the 7th and went 0 for 2.  It was the final time this superstar ever played against Boston.

Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: June 14, 2020 at 05:33 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. karlmagnus Posted: June 15, 2020 at 01:39 PM (#5957379)
Game 80 must be sometime in the 1980s -- I guess 1983 -- not 2003. Morgan and Rice long retired by 2003. This is a very enjoyable read, BTW.
   2. villageidiom Posted: June 15, 2020 at 01:54 PM (#5957380)
Mike Boddicker... This weekend my son was watching the 1996 home run derby on ESPN, and when Brady Anderson was up they mentioned how he was traded to Baltimore by Boston for Mike Boddicker. I guess in mid-1996 the other part of that trade didn't seem worthy of mention, given he only had managed a 45-45 career record by that point. He went 171-101 after that, with six all-star appearances.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: June 15, 2020 at 02:08 PM (#5957384)
Mike Boddicker... This weekend my son was watching the 1996 home run derby on ESPN, and when Brady Anderson was up they mentioned how he was traded to Baltimore by Boston for Mike Boddicker. I guess in mid-1996 the other part of that trade didn't seem worthy of mention, given he only had managed a 45-45 career record by that point. He went 171-101 after that, with six all-star appearances.
By coincidence, this weekend I was watching a Pedro game on NESN from 2000 against the Orioles and they also mentioned that trade when Anderson came up to bat but by then they noted all of the players involved.
   4. villageidiom Posted: June 15, 2020 at 03:39 PM (#5957396)
I remember seeing a baseball sticker book BITD that had, on a filler page, a list of the best trades (ever) for each team. It actually cited the Boddicker trade as a great one... for Boston.

Just looking back on it using bWAR, and acknowledging the contract status for all involved...

Boddicker: Boston had to give him a 2-year extension to get him to agree to the trade, so let's treat it the same as if he had already signed that extension with Baltimore. Boddicker produced 11.4 bWAR with Boston through the end of that deal.

Anderson: IIRC Anderson's last year under the reserve clause would have been 1994, but he signed a 3-year contract before the 1994 season with a club option for a 4th year. So although he didn't reach free agency until after 1997, what Boston traded was Brady Anderson through 1994. Anderson had 12.3 bWAR through 1994, other than his time with Boston.

Schilling: Likewise, it appears Schilling's first foray into free agency was after 1994, which for him was unfortunate due to injuries and led him to sign a very low contract for 1995. But it ended up being fortunate for him that the lockout and various owner shenanigans associated with it led to a finding of unfair labor practices. His 1995 contract was reinstated to 1994 levels as a result. OK, whatever, 1994 would have been his last year under team control via the reserve clause. Schilling had 9.9 bWAR through 1994, none of it with Boston.

So... Boston gave up 22 WAR to get 11 WAR. Granted, they made the playoffs in 1988 and 1990, with his WAR in both years being greater than their margin of divisional finish. And the bulk of the WAR that Schilling and Anderson provided was in 1992, which if Boston had kept them would have led to being maybe tied for 3rd place, as many as 12 games behind the Blue Jays. So from a what-happened perspective it still looks like a good trade... they gained two division titles in return for finishing last instead of 3rd or 4th. In terms of value, though, it remains an open question whether they could have made a better deal.
   5. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: June 15, 2020 at 07:19 PM (#5957464)
Oh man, 1984 on game #80. I toyed with the 2003 game which was Gabe Kapler’s second game with the club and he had a huge game propelling himself to cult hero status. Since I had used 2003 two games previously I decided not to go with that one and the Rice game was a neat thing.

Thanks for the kind words though Karl. It’s a fun little look back.
   6. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: June 15, 2020 at 07:20 PM (#5957466)
I think I have been remiss in not crediting baseball-reference for my work on this. The Play Index/Stathead is such a remarkable too. I know the price is going up but for me it’s money well spent.
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: June 15, 2020 at 08:12 PM (#5957479)
The star was Kevin Romine who slugged a walk off homer leading off the bottom of the 9th. Romine hit 5 homers in his career and two of them were walk offs. I wonder if that’s the highest percentage among players with more than one career walk off?
Unless you get sick of listing '88 games for the next few editions, his other walk-off game is in the 81-90 group.
   8. villageidiom Posted: June 16, 2020 at 08:19 AM (#5957514)
The Play Index/Stathead is such a remarkable too.
Someone once called me a remarkable too. I'm starting to think it wasn't a compliment.

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