Saturday, October 6, 2007

MANNY MANIA @ Fens as Sox Beat Halos 6-3!

"The swing and the crack of the bat....... A looooong drive deeeep to left field ovah the Monstah Seats for a three run homer. Manny Ramirez smashes the Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the LA Angels at Fenway Park....its OVAH...the Red Sox Win....THAAAAAAA RED SOX WINNNNN!!!"

The Red Sox mob Manny as he crosses the dish after driving a 3 run homer over the Monster to defeat LA 6-3! The Sox BTW have a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. I was at Fenway last night and am still ajar from the game that sent us home on the MBTA at 1:35AM. Who cares! This was one of the best nights I have spent at The Fens in years. Tension, timely hits and solid relief pitching set the stage for the Sox 6-3 victory. The Halos did the right thing and gambled by walking David Ortiz in the bottom of the 9th. Manny Ramirez has been due for a month for a romantic moment with his adoring Fenway Fans.

Manny strutted to the plate and gazed into the crowd for a long time - along the 3rd base side. Everyone was pointing at the Hall of Fame slugger in his pattened fashion. The "Man Child" as I call him just nodded his head to the fans and stepped into the batters box. Manny got adjusted and just smashed one of the longest and hardest homers of his career.

Fenway exploded in a celebration that matched the round tripper. My voice is gone, my nerves are racked and I am exhausted this afternoon. BUT - what a memory. baseball delight! My buddy Manny did his thing and shut all his detractors up -- ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!!!


Dice K was on the hill at the outset, but it was the Best Bull Pen in Boston History that garnered the win. The Wild Thang got the win with an inning and a third of solid relief. Manny Delcarmen shined once again in an inning and a third. Okie Dokie chipped in with a solid stanza. It was "all good" on the bump at Fenway last night.

The Man Child and his team mates watch a Blast of Mammoth Proportion turn a 3-3 tie into a 6-3 Red Sox victory at Fenway Park last night. The Sox take a commanding 2-0 lead to LA.

BOSTON -- It was a battle of the bullpens, but Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez came through with a game-ending three-run homer in Game 2 of the American League Division Series Friday at Fenway Park.

Ramirez homered on a fly ball to left field in the bottom of the ninth for the 6-3 win, as the Sox took a 2-0 lead in the playoff series.

"In that moment, I was trying to see the ball and trust myself. It feels great. It's been a long time since I did something special like that," Ramirez said. "I never look for pitches. I always trust myself. Sometimes you get me, and sometimes I get you, but I got him at the right time."

Daisuke Matsuzaka, who faced off against Kelvim Escobar, threw 31 pitches in the first inning. Angels left-fielder Garret Anderson singled on a line drive to right field -- despite suffering from conjunctivitis in his right eye. Matsuzaka was able to get out of the inning without a run scoring.
In the bottom of the first, Kevin Youkilis walked, and slugger David Ortiz singled on a line drive to left field. Mike Lowell drew the second walk of the inning, loading the bases. Youkilis and Ortiz scored on a J.D. Drew ground ball to center field.

Dustin Pedroia deflected a ground ball from Kendry Morales in the top of the second, bringing trainers onto the field, but the second baseman stayed in the game. The Angels scored three runs in the inning -- two on two-out hits.

Sox manager Terry Francona made a trip to the mound in the fifth inning and replaced Matsuzaka with Javier Lopez. Dice-K allowed three runs and seven hits with three walks. The crowd cheered when a 17-year-old fan reached out and grabbed a foul ball off the bat of Manny Ramirez as it was about to land in Jeff Mathis' glove. With bases loaded and one out, Mike Lowell drove home the tying run, bringing the score to 3-3.

Both starters were out by the end of the fifth. In the eighth, Boston sent Jonathan Papelbon to the mound. Ramirez's game-winning homer was his 21st career postseason home run.
Curt Schilling will face Jered Weaver in Game 3 in California.

"This is not all said and done until that third game is under our belt," Papelbon said.
"I think we'd be silly to ever change our approach about how we play the game. We'll play Sunday and try to win that game. It is the best way we know how to do it," Francona said.
The Sox have dominated the Angels in playoff competition. Boston won seven straight games in postseason against the Angels. They won three in 1986, the Sox swept three games in 2004, and Boston won the first game of this series on Wednesday night.

"Every game is treated like a playoff game -- shoot, even in Fort Myers. I remember the first time we played the Yankees, and we played all our regulars. Everybody went bananas. I think that is the culture we want to have here -- every game means so much. Then when you get to games that do mean so much, it doesn't make you do something you do not want to do or make you react in a negative way," Francona said.

Hours before the game Friday, Sox fans flocked to Fenway anxious to watch No. 18 -- Dice-K.
"Once he adjusts, he is going to be masterful. Tonight is going to be great," fan Eric Hoffman said.

"I have a Dice-K T-shirt. He is pitching tonight, and I hope he does very good," fan Ryan Wentworth said.

There were plenty of Dice-K fans at a local sushi restaurant. Every time Dice-K takes the mound, they serve a special Matsuzaka maki for good luck.

"I hope we win. He is good. We bought him for a lot of money, so I hope he is worth it," fan Amy Paenmuan said.

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