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Game 113: August 7, 2007
Red Sox 4 L: Tim Wakefield (13-10) 68-45, 2 game losing streak
24-10-4 series record
WinAngels 10 W: Joe Saunders (6-0)
H: Chris Bootcheck (1)
66-46, 3 game winning streak
21-12-4 series record
Highlights: The Red Sox had a medium-sized fifth inning punctuated by a Doug Mirabelli two-run homer. Unfortunately the Angels supersized their half of the same inning.

Truthfully, I fell asleep as Joe “Random Lefty Who Pitches Just Well Enough to Stymie the Red Sox” Saunders took the mound. This morning I watched enough (perhaps too much) of the carnage in condensed game format thanks to MLB.com.

Between this clanker and Barry Bonds surpassing Hank Aaron’s career home run record I’m rather glad I did snooze through the evening.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about until I got home. In my mailbox I had two things only, which is remarkable in itself given all the junk mail that usually clutters it.

The first of the two pieces of mail: the August 13 issue of Sports Illustrated featuring Bonds crushing number 755 in Petco.

Peaking from the periodical was Volume 29, Number 4 of Memories and Dreams, the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s bi-monthly publication. This particular issue doubled as the induction ceremony program for Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn.

Their faces smile from the cover, garbed in the only uniforms they ever wore, redeeming the love I feel for this game, a love that endures despite Bonds.

It is so transcendent that I don’t think it needs protection from or admonition of Bonds. Asterisks, testimony, hearsay all fall away.

For the love of the game.

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