Red Sox claim enormous come-from-behind win
|07.30.09 at 4:53 pm ET|
There are moments when a season changes. More often than not in recent Red Sox history, they have come around the trading deadline.
On July 24, 2004, the team’s brawl against the Yankees served as a catalyst for rescuing a season and commencing a path to a championship. One week later, the deal that sent Nomar Garciaparra to the Cubs as part of a four-team swap that brought back Orlando Cabrera further laid the groundwork for a World Series.
The following year, rumors swirled as July 31 approached about the possibility of Manny Ramirez getting dealt. He was not. Instead, minutes after the trading deadline, he stepped to the plate as a pinch-hitter and delivered a game-winning single, preventing the Sox from falling apart.
In ’06, the worm turned in the opposite direction. On July 30, Trot Nixon went down with an oblique injury. The next day, hours after the deadline, Jason Varitek suffered a knee injury that forced him to the sidelines until September.
Last year, in the first game following the trade that sent Manny Ramirez to L.A. and brought Jason Bay to Boston, Bay hit a triple in extra innings that set the stage for a Red Sox walkoff victory.
And this year, it was a three-run blast by David Ortiz – on the day that his name surfaced in a New York Times report that he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in 2003 – that propelled the Sox to a come-from-behind, 8-5 victory over Oakland. The Sox had been amidst one of the worst week’s of the year, between the Daisuke Matsuzaka controversy, trade deadline and Ortiz report. A victory such as Thursday’s can play a huge role in moving a team beyond such hassles.
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