Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sox Limp Out Of '14 With A Loss On Jeter Day

(European Pressphoto Agency)
Who'd have thunk it? The lone post-season survivor out of the once-mighty American League East is the Baltimore Orioles. And so, here it is, our last Red Sox game summary of 2014. Suffice it to say the final 9-5 score was nowhere near what the game felt like. It was more like: Derek Jeter 563-Boston 1. Before the game, Boston tromped out Carl Yastrzemski, Fred Lynn, Bobby Orr, Paul Pierce and Troy Brown—along with the entire 2014 Red Sox team. On the final day of his career, Jeter (of course) got an RBI on a infield hit. The final hit count: 3,465. The sure-fire, first-ballot Hall of Famer was then lifted from the game to an uproarious ovation from the same fans who cursed him for 20 years. It was a fitting goodbye—made even more memorable by the acoustic rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" by Jeter's ex-teammate (and almost Carmine Hoser) Bernie Williams during the seventh-inning stretch. The 2013 World Series Champions put up a fight in the late innings—staged primarily by Mookie Betts and Dan Butler. But this was all JeterPalooza. And rightly so.