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Home » June 2005 Game CommentsJune 2005 » Demolish


Game 52: June 1, 2005
Orioles (32-20), 9
Red Sox (28-24), 3
W: Sidney Ponson (6-3)
H: Todd Williams (4)
L: Tim Wakefield (4-5)

“Wake up, Tim!” Why did I go there? I just alluded to a Bernie and Phyl’s commercial. I’m extraordinarily desperate for material right now. Like how desperate Wakefield is for a win, this loss part of a 4-game schneid. It’s not good when the number of strikeouts you have (3), also equals the number of homers you give up. (What a great word that is, “schneid.” Read about its origins here.)

One of the only good things about this game was Trot Nixon’s outfield assist in the 6th inning where he hosed Chris Gomez at home. It was also good to see Johnny Damon back in the lineup so quickly, stitches and all. He went 2 for 4 but left 2 on base.

I’m not alone when from time to time I wish the Red Sox had Miguel Tejada, am I? I was against him as anyone for his over-reaction to Derek Lowe’s “crotch chop” and his boneheaded baserunning in the 2003 ALDS. It’s difficult to not want someone who is top 5 in average, home runs, and RBIs and whose fielding percentage of .965 is 5th amongst American League shortstops.

Forget this game and go vote. Vote early and often.


Following this team in the past four games has been the literal rollercoaster ride that we have always been told that is part and parcel of being a Red Sox fan.

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