Box Score Bank: Mo goes deep


Box Score Bank: Mo goes deep

The Sox are off until tomorrow, when they'll resume action with a big three game series against the Yankees. Well, I guess it's big. OK, it's the Yankees. Of course it's big. Unfortunately, it's just not as meaningful as we're used to.

To be honest, part of me wouldn't mind seeing the Sox get swept this weekend. It's really too bad that it's come to this, but if that's what it will take for ownership to finally wave the white flag on this season and make some moves that can make Boston better for the long term, then so be it.

Anyway, the point of this post is that the Sox are off today, which allows us a chance to step away from the madness, block ourselves from the stench and maybe even have some fun.

Wait, what's that? How about a Box Score Bank?

OK, sure. Glad you asked.

So, let's set our sights on 15 years ago today: July 26, 1997

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (starring Jeff Goldblum and Carl Everett) was No. 1 at the box office. I'll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy was in the midst of its 12-week run atop the Billboard charts. Bill Clinton was in the first year of his second term as president. Bobby Valentine was in his second year of his only term with the Mets.

And over at Fenway Park, Mo Vaughn was jacking a three-run homer against the Angels in dramatic walk off win:

Final Score: Red Sox 7, Angels 6

It wasn't a great start for Boston and starter Steve Avery, who gave up a two-run first inning double to former Sox legend Dave Hollins. Hollins would later score on a wild pitch.

RBI singles by Moneyball's Scott Hatteberg and Suffolk County Jail's Wil Cordero cut Anaheim's lead to 3-2 in the third but the Angels came back with three more in the fifth.

Seventh inning home runs by Mike Stanley and John Valentin cut Anaheim's lead to 6-4.

And that brings us to the money shot.

Bottom of the ninth inning, and flame-throwing Troy Percival is on the mound . . .

First batter: Single by 24-year-old Nomar Garciaparra (tear)

Second batter: Single by Valentin

Third batter: Vaughn blasts a 2-2 pitch to straight away center field for the dramatic win.

Said Vaughn after the game: "Lap dances are on me tonight, fellas. Everyone to the Foxy Lady!"

No, he didn't. But you could imagine. And you can imagine the excitement in Fenway Park as Vaughn made his way around bases. Sadly, you can also imagine the disappointment when Vaughn finally crossed home plate and everyone realized that the Sox were still in last place.

Hmm, last place.

Sound familiar?

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Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.