Friday, July 15, 2011

Box score of the week

The 1978 season for the Boston Red Sox didn't finish so well, as they blew a double-digit lead in the division, eventually losing to Bucky Dent and the New York Yankees in a one-game playoff.

This week, I'm highlighting a game from April of that season when the "Sawx" hosted the Texas Rangers.


Texas Rangers pitcher Len Barker was a promising young pitcher with a live arm. But in the seventh inning of this game, Barker uncorked a wild pitch with the bases loaded, extending the Red Sox lead to 8-5. It was any old run-of-the-mill wild pitch mind you. As Barker released the ball, the pitch sailed upward onto the screen above and behind the backstop.

I was unable to locate any video footage of said pitch, but I daresay it was the wildest pitch I've ever seen.


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