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Home » September 2010 Game CommentsSeptember 2010 » Wake Me Up When October Ends

Wake Me Up When October Ends

As my memory rests, but never forgets what I lost
Wake me up, when September ends

Summer has come and passed, the innocent can never last
Wake me up, when September ends
— Green Day, “Wake Me Up When September Ends”

Hearing a journeyman like Felipe Lopez talk about how it’s good to come to a team that isn’t going anywhere rather than being a part of a club that is accomplishing something is rather disheartening. The infielder knows that he is a means to an ends: the Red Sox would receive a compensatory pick in the 2011 draft if he signs as a free agent for another team since he is likely a Type B player. He might feel used, but at least there is some use for the player who is reported to be a poor teammate.

Before Daniel Nava awkwardly dove and missed Dayan Viciedo’s liner the Red Sox were mercifully eliminated by the Rays’ and Yankees’ victories. Boston’s ravaged squad can hold its head high as the team that held on the longest; they just need a neck brace to do so.

Rich Hill notched his first career hold last night, and he didn’t back into the accomplishment. He took the mound after Scott Atchison put runners on first and third and didn’t get an out. Hill induced a pop out to Lopez off the bat of pinch-hitting Andruw Jones but then allowed rookie Brent Morel to shoot a single through the hole. The visitors’ lead slimmed to 4-3 and inexorably, inevitably the White Sox scored in the eighth and ninth to record an inconsequential win. Although the victory was meaningless the Southsiders mobbed Viciedo as if they punched their ticket for October.

It wasn’t the best way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ted Williams’s career-closing circuit clout. Perhaps Mike Lowell will do better in his last handful of games as a major leaguer.

Game 157: September 28, 2010
Red Sox
4H: Rich Hill (1)
BS: Daniel Bard (7)
L: Michael Bowden (0-1)
2B: Adrian Beltre (49), Jed Lowrie (14)
HR: J.D. Drew (21), David Ortiz (32)
WinWhite Sox
5W: Chris Sale (2-1)
2B: Alejandro De Aza (1), Paul Konerko (30)
HR: Carlos Quentin (26)

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