Ino at the bat
|02.28.09 at 2:32 pm ET|
Ino Guerrero has made his appearance, with runners on first and third and one out. After taking a ball, he took a fastball and then was fooled on a curve. He took another fastball and curve for balls before … fouling one off! Good job Ino. Not bad for somebody who hadn’t swung a bat since 1987.
Ino would ultimately pop out to first base, carrying the bat halfway down the line. It was probably for the best considering the Red Sox already held a 14-0 lead over Northeastern.
Then, in the sixth, Ino got another chance when Jeff Natale kept the inning alive with a two-out single. First came a fastball he took a check swing at for a strike. Then Ino pulled a ball foul. Then came a fastball on the outside corner for a called third strike. And thus ends the great Ino Guerrero Experiment.
For more on Ino, check out ‘The Age of Inocencio’ on SI.com, which posts this tidbit:
Inocencio Guerrero played his entire career in the Braves organization. He even led the 1985 Greenville Braves in many categories, including triples, as hard as that might be to believe looking at him now. But after his career ended, Ino went right into coaching, staying in the Braves organization with the 1989 Durham Bulls, who were managed by Grady Little. In 2003, Little was the manager of the Boston Red Sox, and Guerrero had spent the previous season as hitting coach for one of the Red Sox single A affiliates. Ino joined the major league staff when Little, with whom he had ended up coaching a few years in the minors, thought he would be a good fit in the role of “friend of Manny.“
Guerrero would be heckled immediately once he got to the dugout by David Ortiz, who was still in his t-shirt while getting ready for the night game. Mission after the game: Find out whose bat Ino used … we must know.
Final would be 14-0 in the favor of the Red Sox over Northeastern, with Clay Buchholz ready to pitch the night-cap at City of Palms Park against Cincy. Angel Chavez hit two homers for the Red Sox, with Josh Bard also going deep (left-handed).
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