Friday, September 16, 2016

Game Of The Year Papi hugs Hanley Ramirez last night)

At least for Red Sox fans.

THC and the THC Son watched this unfold last night.  Red Sox down to the Yankees at Fenway 5-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning.  The Sox offense has been pitiful all night, with Tanaka pitching well for the Yanks. Then, Big Papi hits a 442 foot home run #537 into the centerfield bleachers, passing Mickey Mantle on the career list, and making it 5-2.

In the top of the 9th, Sox reliever Joe Kelly manages to load the bases and then retires the Yankees when he accidentally has his glove in the right position to catch a screaming line drive that looks like a sure single.

On to the bottom of the 9th.  Aaron Hill strikes out.  Chris Young is hit by a pitch and Joe Girardi brings the big gun, Dellin Betances, in to pitch.  Betances walks Pedroia and gets Xander Bogaerts to hit into a fielder's choice.  The Red Sox are down to their last out.  Big Papi strokes a single which plates Pedroia.  At that point, Ortiz has driven in all three Red Sox runs.

Mookie Betts then hits a single past a diving Didi Gregorius, driving in Bogaerts.  Hanley Ramirez, who's been on a tear for the past 20 games, steps to the plate and on a 3-1 count crushes one to the center field bleachers for a walk-off 7-5 Boston win!  Watch in the clip below as Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez flinches when Ramirez connects, something I've not seen before.
Watch the game highlights.