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Home » April 2009 Game CommentsApril 2009 » Unsaid


Game 7: April 13, 2009
Red Sox2L: Jon Lester (0-2)2-5, 2 game losing streak
WinAthletics8W: Dallas Braden (1-1)3-4, 1 game winning streak
Highlights: The Athletics plated a season-high eight runs last night. This from a much-maligned offense that features at best one elite hitter (Matt Holliday, who must prove that his prowess was based on innate skill and not the atmospherics of his former home park, Coors Field), a pair of reclamation projects (Jason Giambi and Nomar Garciaparra), and a passel of underperformers (Ryan Sweeney, Bobby Crosby, and Rajai Davis).

What was more odd, seeing another rough outing by Jon Lester or seeing Nomar Garciaparra hit against his first team in verdant green?

Not surprisingly it was Garciaparra’s first time facing the Red Sox. He has been kicking around the National League since 2004. When he wasn’t on the disabled list he usually wasn’t starting, so his at bats have been few and far between.

We’ll never know all that Garciaparra thought as he stood in the box against his former team. He always answered in politically correct soundbites and didn’t reveal much more in post-game interviews:

The guys just need to keep swinging. We’ve been swinging the bat well, but balls haven’t been falling. Tonight they did. It was good to see.

I look forward to it, just because of the fans and to see some old friends and everything. I always loved the fans and that city will always have a special place in my heart.

No plumbing the depths of his emotions about finding a job with a team that has but a slight chance to make the playoffs, unlike his previous teams. He had only positive things to say about Boston and its fans but assiduously avoided commenting on the organization and the media.

While Alex Rodriguez observes the “the only bad publicity is no publicity” philosophy, Garciaparra abides by the “if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all” edict.

I’ll follow Garciaparra’s lead and not say anything more about this game.

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