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  • September 22nd, 2006

    Red Sox 6, Minnesota 0 It’s all about The Papi

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:36 am in General Comments (2)

    Josh Beckett pitched 8 strong, and Big Papi hit TWO home runs, to bring his total to 52…to beat Minnesota to keep the dream alive–if only for one more day, as the Twin’s magic number for the wild card is 1…

    Some fun Papi facts:
    The 10 player in the history of the American League (105 years) who has hit at least 52 runs in a season.

    The bat to hit the historic homer? The same one he used to hit #50: a 34.5″, 33-ounce bat, carved of white ash and laminated black…

    While Roger Maris’ 1961 home run record of 61 has been surpassed in the NL, (Barry Bonds* holds the record with 73*)it still stands in the AL. There are 9 games left for the Sox, and Big Papi would need 9 more to tie–a long shot? Definitely..But possible? Absolutely…

    David Ortiz gets better every year he is with the Sox…
    In 2003, he hit 31
    In 2004, he hit 41
    In 2005, he hit 47
    In 2006, he hit 52…and counting…

    Before last night’s 1st pitch home run, Big Papi was 0-6 with 3 strikeouts against Johan Santana.

    In stark contrast to the lawsuits and eBay auctions when previous players have broken records, the 2 fans who caught Big Papi’s 51 and 52, did not hesitate to do the right thing: They handed the balls over, without having to be asked… Kudos to Waltham’s Joel McGrath, 29 and Boxford’s Tommy Valeriani, 10, who got to meeting Big Papi and share in his press conference last night…

    If you are interested in a piece of history, go to www.redsox.com, beginning today at 11:00am and ending Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00pm. Big Papi is auctioning home run ball #50, with proceeds to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Plaza de la Salud Hospital de Ninos, in Ortiz’s hometown of Santo Domingo.

    Tradition! Tradition…As it is every year, the rookies are forced to trudge through airports on the last away trip in drag or other embarrassing attire. Custom officials should be amused when they encounter David Murphy(Raggedy Andy),Dustin Pedroia (a jumper and bib), Jonathan Papelbon(wig and gold lame-topped miniskirt)and Manny Delcarmen (shiny maid’s costume). I want pictures!

    Tonight: Julian Tavarez vs Ted Lilly 7:07pm

    2 Responses to “Red Sox 6, Minnesota 0 It’s all about The Papi”

    1. Peter N says:

      What a night! And the last person to hit his 51st at Fenway, on the SAME DATE, Sept. 21, was……….Mickey Mantle. History in front of our eyes. Mirrored by the past. So great.

    2. Christine E says:

      I know, I mentioned it in my live update from last night..:-) Isn’t that the WEIRDEST coincidence?

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