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June 15, 2007

“Bonds vs. The Sawks in Fenway Pawk”

Filed under: Baseball, NFL — Bill @ 12:50 pm

This weekend the San Francisco Giants are playing in Fenway Park taking on the now struggling Red Sox. You might not want to miss the top of the first inning, it should be quite entertaining.

As Red Sox Nation will remind you in their rather unique and funny sounding accent, “The Sawks swept the Cawdnaalz in the Oh-Fowah Seweez.”

The “Curse of the Bambino” might still be alive today had it not been for what most Red Sox fan’s refer to as “The Stolen Base Heard Round The World” (a bit of irony that a Giants player would be responsible for such an event). A brief history lesson for those who don’t remember: With two outs in the 9th inning and the Red Sox trailing the hated Yankees by a run (and down three games to none), just one out away from extinction, a guy named Dave Roberts stole second base. Bill Mueller followed with a base hit and just that quickly the game was tied. Big Poppy later hit the game winning HR and well, you know the rest of the story.

Tonight Dave Roberts returns to the scene of his historical crime, batting leadoff for the Giants in the top of the 1st inning. The Red Sox fans finally get to give Roberts their official “Thank You.” As he is announced what is expected to follow just might very well be the loudest ovation ever given to a visiting player in the history of Fenway Park.

Just about the time Red Sox fannies and their seats become acquainted a moment will occur that will forever provide baseball with it’s ultimate definition of the word antithesis. As Barry Bonds is announced what is expected to follow is the most hostile welcome ever given to a visiting player in the history of Fenway Park.

According to a local writer “Bonds can expect a reaction far worse than anything ever seen by A-Rod, Jeter, or even Roger Clemens.” A local radio announcer said, “It is the Red Sox fan’s duty to boo Barry Bonds like he has never seen before.”

(The cause of this hatred towards Bonds is a discussion for another day, given that there are undoubtedly several Red Sox players who benefited from “the juice.”)

So be sure to tune in tonight if for nothing else, just to witness this memorable first inning.

More History about the Giants vs. Red Sox at Fenway:

Tonight marks the first time a team wearing the name “Giants” across their chest has played in Fenway since the World Series of 1912.

Just in case you don’t remember that game, or missed the highlights on Sportscenter, a guy named Tris Speaker singled home the winning run off of Christy Mathewson in the 10th inning of game #8 to clinch the Series for the Red Sox. Yes, that is correct, it was game #8. This occurred because game #2 was called due to darkness (there were no lights in those days, there wasn’t ever radio).

I will be watching even though I’m no fan of either team, and I admit to still carrying a grudge towards a certain team from Massachusetts (Tom Brady DID fumble, Patriots fans know it, Raider fans know it, even so-called NFL referee Walt Coleman knows it!). But that too is a story for another day.

Given Barry’s flair for the dramatic he will probably hit one to the moon, then break a hip rounding third.

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3 Comments »

  1. Since what you’re saying in essence is that these teams have no real history against each other [Tris Speaker not withstanding], me thinketh your splendid verbiage would be best attached to an “interleague play sucks” post.

    Comment by Ralph Zig Tyko — June 15, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

  2. Re: “interleague play sucks”

    I used to feel this way until last weekend. I went out and bought myself a green & gold broom, thinking I would sweep the Bay Bridge (it would take about 3 days I figured).

    Rumor has it that prime tickets for the Sawks-Giants are going for as much as $1000, so not everyone feels that interleague play sucks. I feel sorry for the Giants fans actually. Can you imagine paying that much to see a less than .500 team lose on the road, while being verbally lambasted in the process? (meanwhile I will be at the park with my dog, having a nice dinner with my wife & my folks, & still watching the Giants lose albeit on TV)

    Bill

    Comment by billkuhn — June 15, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

  3. Not everybody thinks interleague play sucks. Those of us that thinks it takes away from the World Series and unfairly effects [unbalanced schedules] the pennant races, do. A case can be made for the natural rivalries [Mets/Yankees, Dodgers/Angels, Cubs/White Sox are examples] on a limited basis, but it’s been overdone.

    Comment by Ralph Zig Tyko — June 15, 2007 @ 2:49 pm


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