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  • April 9th, 2008

    Red Sox 5, Tigers 0:
    Now THAT is the way to kick off a Home Opener!

    Posted by Christine E. at 10:08 am in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy…Buckets!!! BILL BUCKNER??? How on earth did the Sox manage to get Bill Buckner to come back to Fenway??! Since I did not get to watch it live (^#*@^#&@^*#) I already knew that Buckner was throwing out the 1st pitch, but that in no way diminished the impact seeing him walk on the field and receive the welcome he completely deserved. The home offices of BRT got mighty dusty…

    It also made me feel like a crappy human being, for the undeserved anger I had for this man for so many years–and how easily that all slipped away, since the Sox won the World Series in 2004. Back then, Buckner was angry (and rightly so) that people were so willing “to forgive” and I was one of them…and he deserved better from all of us…we were all too quick to forget the Hall of Fame caliber numbers in a 20 year career: a .289 batting average, 1,208 RBIs, 1,077 runs scored, 2,715 hits, 498 doubles, 174 home runs, 450 walks, striking out only 453 times, and a career fielding percentage of .991…

    I am just glad that he was willing to accept our apologies after 22 years…and he almost didn’t: “I really had to forgive, not the fans of Boston, per se, but in my heart, I had to forgive the media for what they put me and my family through…I’ve done that, and I’m over that and I’m just happy. And I just think of the positive and happy things like Dwight Evans and the guys in the front office when I came.”

    Overall, a nice event, although I liked the set-up of the 2004 ring ceremony better, where they started with the newest member of the Sox and went to the Oldest. I did like the choice of Music from the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Superman Theme, Magnificent 7, etc, etc) I thought it was dumb to have 1 song for 1 person (Papelbon and Ortiz) and why on earth do you put the DH last? Its just seems not well thought out…and the offices DID get a bit dusty again when Johnny Pesky raised the World Series Flag–MLB really needs to let him in the dugout during games…and the Sox really need to retire his number…

    And yes, Doug Mirabelli was there (But Kyle Snyder was not) and while I understand he is miffed at the Sox, would it have killed you to put on your jersey and stood with your teammates?? (He was dressed all in black, and then went back into the clubhouse after he got his ring…)

    And yes, it was GREAT to see Leskanic the Mechanic and David McCarty, and even Dauber–couldn’t they have gotten Ellis Burks or POKEY????

    In case you are interested, here is the PR on the ring, from the Sox: Details on the Sox ring, as provided by the club: “Cast in white gold, The top has 28 diamonds channel-set around the bottom of the bezel. On the top, recessed in black letters, are the words “World Champions.” The 2004 ring had a ruby “B.” This one has a pair of red socks, with four custom-fitted rubies. The left side of the ring has “7th World Series Championship” inscribed. Underneath is a depiction of Fenway Park with “4-0 Sweep” at the bottom of the panel. Players who played on both the ’04 and ’07 champions had rings with two Series trophies. In all, there were 42 diamonds with a total weight of 2.33 carats. The rings, as in 2004, were made by Jostens, the Bloomington, Minn.-based company that just this winter closed its plant in Attleboro.”

    And what a way to end a perfect day, with a win–beating the spiraling Tigers (they have not won a game YET this season–with the 2nd highest payroll in baseball…) Daisuke pitched brilliantly for 6 2/3 scoreless innings, throwing 109 pitches (62 for strikes) giving up only 4 hits while striking out 6 and walking 4…

    The multi-hit game for Pedroia, Youkilis, ‘Tek, and, of all people, Lugo (2 for 4, and 2 runs), helped things along as well…And in more weirdness: Manny hit a TRIPLE in the 3rd, but ended up scoring on one of the 2 errors made by the Tigers yesterday.

    Still time to get in on Boston Red Thoughts’ Week #3 Giveaway for MLB08 The Show–find the scoop here

    Coming up: Finally a game I can see! Jon Lester gets his 3rd start of the season, throwing 1st pitch at 7:05pm; he is opposed by Jeremy Bonderman for the Tigers….

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