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  • June 18th, 2009

    Red Sox 6, Marlins 1:
    500, 500, and 675…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:09 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Yesterday marked some significant milestones, two for the Boston Red Sox, and one for Boston Red Thoughts…

    It was the 500th consecutive sell out at Fenway Park, which began on May 15th, 2003. This record beat the previous record of 455, held by Cleveland at The Jake from 1995-2001. And is this span of 500 games, the Sox have the best home record in all of baseball: 327-173. Also, in that time, the Sox had 5,047 hits and 578 home runs….AND, they currently also hold the best home record for the 2009 campaign: 23-8. From Tito, who has never managed a game at Fenway that wasn’t a sellout: “It’s pretty neat. I try not to take it for granted, but I think we just get caught up so much in winning and losing. [The streak] creates an opportunity for me to brag about not just our fans, but our ownership. This ownership group has tried so hard to find ways to show great fans that they care about them. They try to make the fans feel very, very important…I don’t think I can remember a day since I’ve been here when I thought, ‘Oh, let’s get this game over with.’ The fans’ emotions don’t let that happen.”

    June 17 also marks the 49th anniversary of Ted Williams hitting his 500th homer. In 1960, at Cleveland Stadium, Teddy Ballgame joined an exclusive club to make it 4 players (Williams, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx and Babe Ruth) to reach the milestone. In the last 49 years, 21 players have joined them…

    And, yesterday’s post on Boston Red Thoughts marks the 675th of its kind–my streak began May 15, 2006…Thank you to all my readers, advertisers, batterymates, and the Boston Red Sox who have made this such a wonderful journey–Looking forward to next 675!

    Bad Penny! (If this keeps up, I may have to change his name…) improved to 6-2 with 5 innings of 100 pitches (66 for strikes) 1 run (albeit unearned), while walking 4 and striking out 3…Not the greatest pitching performance, but it got the job done. And last night’s win marked his 100th career victory…

    And what is getting to be the rule, rather than the exception, the bullpen combined for 4 innings of scoreless, 3-hit baseball, walking 2 and striking out 5…

    And, for the very 1st time, Jacoby Ellsbury made an error–yes, after 232 games of making every play (totally 554 chances) that was sent his way, some seemingly impossible, he made an error in the 1st inning, losing a catch on a liner by Jorge Cantu, leading to the only run the Marlin would score in the contest…But Jacoby got the run back with his solo shot in the 7th inning….His errorless record was the longest of its kind amongst outfielders in Red Sox history…

    When I told my husband about Jacoby he says to me: “Julio Lugo is probably saying ‘See? I’m not the only one who makes errors!’…And no, Lugo did not play in the contest….and hopefully won’t ever again (Not likely, I know…)

    John Smoltz has his reallyREALLY last rehab start at Pawtucket, throwing 61 pitches over 4 innings of work allowing 1 run on 3 hits. His ERA for the 6 starts at the manor league level is 2.63…So now he and a Nation wait A WEEK to see him make his 1st start in a Red Sox uniform

    Coming up: The 3rd game of this series, The Sox go for the sweep, the Marlins try to salvage one game of the series. Jon Lester takes the mound for the Sox, opposed by Ricky Nolasco for the Fish. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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