October 6, 2007


(Getty Images Photo / Jim Rogash)

Manny of the hour: With a walkoff homer in ninth, Ramírez picks perfect time to power Red Sox past Angels (Gordon Edes, October 6, 2007, Boston Globe)

They were sitting down to asagohan (breakfast) in Tokyo when this one began, and lining up for last call in the Back Bay when it ended.

But from sea (of Japan) to shining sea (Atlantic), the man who will be remembered most for this morning turned into night turned into morning again is Manny Ramírez.

At 12:44 a.m., 34 minutes after the last train was supposed to stop running in Kenmore Square, Ramírez stood transfixed at home plate, his arms raised overhead, watching as his ninth-inning home run, on a night as warm and clear as an Angel's teardrop, disappeared over the Green Monster and into the mists of Red Sox history.

"My train doesn't stop," said Ramírez, who at long last stole Big Papi's signature line - a walkoff home run, his first in a Boston uniform - to give the Sox a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels and a commanding two games to none lead in their best-of-five Division Series.

That was a moment that MLB thought should be on TV at one in the morning, instead of when kids were still watching? Well, at least it was a Friday night....

Red Sox get help from 'anti-Bartman' (AP, 10/06/07)

As fan interference goes, Danny Vinik is more Jeffrey Maier than Steve Bartman.

Vinik reached over the temporary photographers' box in front of the stands and kept Los Angeles Angels catcher Jeff Mathis from catching Manny Ramirez's foul pop on Friday night. He did not reach into the field of play, making it a legal move.

Ramirez stayed at the plate and drew a walk to load the bases before Mike Lowell's sacrifice fly tied it at 3.

"Everybody was giving me high-fives," Vinik told a crowd of about 20 reporters who interviewed him under the stands near the entrance to the Red Sox clubhouse. One of the well-wishers was horror-meister Stephen King, sitting behind him and one seat over.

The 17-year-old fan said he got 15-20 calls on his cell phone, and while he was talking to reporters other fans congratulated him, saying, "That's the kid. Way to go. Nice play."

One man called him "The anti-Bartman" and gave him a high-five.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 6, 2007 7:35 AM

Maybe because they knew the Bug Game was better?

Why was this moment better than Pronk in the 11th or Grady coming home?

Posted by: Bob at October 6, 2007 1:59 PM