Tuesday, July 17, 2007


I was completely ready to name Dustin Pedroia player of last night's game. After all, he hit his fourth homerun and made, without a doubt, the best defensive play of the game. Gabbard threw hitless ball into the 5th but then got into a bit of trouble with the bases loaded. Tony Pena Jr hit a ball that bounced over the head of Gabbard and Pedroia charged it and threw him out at first, leaving the Royals with no runs.

But then rookie replacement for Curt Schilling, Kason Gabbard, pitched a complete game shutout. This was the first time a Sox rookie pitcher had done so in Fenway Park since Clemens in 84 (Paul Quantrill threw one in 93 but in Seattle), and the first time a Sox lefty rookie pitcher had done so at Fenway since Roger Moret in 71. How can you not name this kid player of the game? Since coming in to replace Schill during his days on the DL Gabbard has gone 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA and has 25 Ks!

I think I'm going to have to call it a draw and congratulate our kids (and yes, they are pretty much kids to me Pedroia being born in 1983 and Gabbard being born in 1982) on a game well played!

However, I don't want to forget to mention that both Manny and Papi drove balls out of the park! Woo! That is what I like to see!

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