Results tagged ‘ Fred Lynn ’

Hostage in the Red Sox Nation…

I can’t explain it.  Something has taken control of this blog, and I am powerless to stop it… 

 

 

As you know, I was annihilated by Julia of Julia’s Rants on Friday night, and I am continuing to serve my penance.  Only two more blogs until I am free!  Maybe she’ll let me off early for good behavior!

 

Hmmm…

 

 


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Maybe not…

 

Well, let’s begin Part 2 of the 4 part series. 

 

I was fortunate to have selected Julia’s favorite player when she was growing up for my first post-loss blog.  I don’t know if I will be as lucky with the second choice, however, this player was very memorable to me growing up in the 70’s.  I promise to get ‘more current’ in my last two blogs, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the player who had arguably one of the greatest games and seasons ever. 

 

In 1975, Fredric Michael Lynn burst onto the Major League scene and had…

 

A SUMMER TO REMEMBER

 

In perhaps one of the greatest single player accomplishments in major league history, Fred Lynn hit 3 home runs, 10 RBI, and had 16 total bases on June 18, 1975.

 

Boston Globe File Photo

 

The Red Sox were in Detroit facing the Tigers.  It was the third game of a three-game series.  Boston had already taken the first two games thanks to the heroics of Juan Beniquez, who had hit a triple to start the winning rally in the first game and homered to win the second game. 

 

For whatever reason, Fred had trouble sleeping on the morning of the 18th.  Maybe he had an intuition of things to come, as he was about to embark on a legendary day.  He got up early and walked the streets of downtown Detroit.  He headed to Tiger Stadium early for some extra batting practice, but no one could have expected what happened next.

 

 

 

In the first inning, the Red Sox were up 1-0, with Yaz on second when Fred came to bat.  Joe Coleman was on the mound for the Tigers.  Fred subsequently smashed an upper deck home run in right to give the Sox a 3-0 lead.

 

The next inning, with Yaz again on base along with shortstop Rick Burleson, Fred destroyed a Coleman pitch that hit the roof of the upper deck in left center.  The Sox led 7-1.

 

In the third inning, with Lerrin LaGrow pitching, he hit a triple (just missing another home run by three feet).  Two more runs scored to give the Sox an 11-1 lead.

 

In his only failed at-bat, Fred lined out to second base in the fifth.

 

Thanks to his hustle, he beat out an infield single in the sixth inning.

 

Finally, in the ninth inning, facing pitcher Tom Walker, he crushed another upper deck home run in right again to score three runs.

 

By the end of the game, which was won by the Sox, 15-1, Lynn had raised his batting average by 15 points. 

 

June 18, 1975 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan

 

Boston

AB

R

H

RBI

Detroit

AB

R

H

RBI

Beniquez lf

5

1

1

1

LeFlore cf

4

0

2

0

Burleson ss

3

3

2

0

Sutherland 2b

2

1

1

0

Griffin 2b

2

1

1

0

Knox 2b

2

0

0

0

Yastrzemski 1b

3

3

3

2

Meyer lf

4

0

1

1

Cooper 1b

3

1

1

0

Horton dh

4

0

1

0

Lynn cf

6

4

5

10

Oglivie pr,dh

0

0

0

0

Rice dh

4

1

2

0

Roberts rf

4

0

0

0

Evans ph, dh

2

0

0

0

Pierce 1b

4

0

0

0

Carbo rf

3

0

0

0

Rodriguez 3b

4

0

1

0

Miller rf

3

0

1

0

Wockenfuss c

2

0

0

0

Petrocelli 3b

3

1

3

1

Veryzer ss

3

0

0

0

Heise pr, 3b

1

0

0

0

Coleman p

0

0

0

0

Doyle 2b, ss

4

0

0

0

LaGrow p

0

0

0

0

Blackwell c

4

0

1

0

Reynolds p

0

0

0

0

Tiant p

0

0

0

0

Walker p

0

0

0

0

Cleveland p

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

Moret p

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

Segui p

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

TOTALS

46

15

20

14

 

33

1

6

1

 

Boston Red Sox                                   4     3     5        0     0     0        0     0     3     -     15       20       0

Detroit Tigers                                        1      0     0       0      0     0        0     0     0    -       1          6       2

 

Boston

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Tiant W (9-6)

6.0

3

1

1

1

4

Cleveland

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

Moret

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

Segui

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTALS

9.0

6

1

1

1

4

 

Detroit

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Coleman L (3-10)

2.0

9

7

7

0

1

LaGrow

0.2

2

3

3

2

0

Reynolds

4.1

4

2

1

2

3

Walker

2.0

5

3

3

1

1

TOTALS

9.0

20

15

14

5

5

           

E-Veryzer 2 (10).  DP-Detroit 2.  PB-Wockenfuss (2).  2B-Boston Yastrzemski (11,off Coleman); Rice (12,off Coleman).  3B-Boston Burleson (1,off Coleman); Lynn (2,off Reynolds), Detroit Sutherland (3,off Tiant).  HR-Boston Lynn 3 (14,1st inning off Coleman 1 on, 1 out,2nd inning off Coleman 2 on, 2 out,9th inning off Walker 2 on, 1 out).  SB-Rice (3,3rd base off Coleman/Wockenfuss).  WP-Cleveland (6), Coleman (6).  U-HP-Jerry Neudecker, 1B-Art Frantz, 2B-Nick Bremigan, 3B-Jim McKean.  T-2:26.  A-13,029.

For the year, Fred Lynn hit .331 and led the AL in runs and doubles.  The left-handed centerfielder also hit 21 home runs and 105 RBI, with 103 runs scored.  He became the first player to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season.

Fred’s greatest season occurred in 1979.  He hit 39 HR, 122 RBI, with 116 runs scored, 42 doubles, 82 walks, and .333 batting average.

His ‘all-out’ style of play robbed him of a Hall of Fame career.  For all his strengths, his weakness was an inability to know when to hold back.  Nagging injuries robbed him of a Yaz-like career, but he still managed to play 17 seasons.  Other teams included the California Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and San Diego Padres.

For his career, he played 1,969 games; hit 306 HR; 1,111 RBI; and .283 batting average.

He was voted to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002.

Fred Lynn was as talented as any player who has ever played this game…

In a trivia note, he roomed together with the Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann when both were on the USC football team.

 

THE WBC AND OTHER STUFF…

 

It was miserable to watch Team USA play Puerto Rico on Saturday night as they were clobbered 11-1.

 

The game would have continued but they invoked the mercy rule in the 7th inning to put Team USA out of its misery…

 

 

My favorite player, Derek Jeter Kevin Youklis, went 0-for-3.

 

Team USA will play The Netherlands next in a game that could send DJ Youk home.

 

The WBC is also showing its negative impact with the injury suffered by Robinson Cano Dustin Pedroia.  The potential for injury is certainly the primary risk with the WBC, plus the competition forces the players to push it harder than they normally would at this point in spring training.  Hopefully, Cano Pedroia will be okay and back in camp in a few days.

 

In an unrelated note, A.J. Burnett Jon Lester pitched a very impressive four innings in exhibition play on Saturday.   He did not allow any runs, and is looking very solid as the season approaches.  He is certainly pitching like he deserves the contract he got is getting.

 

Also, Alex Rodriguez Mike Lowell seems to be progressing very well from the torn labrum surgery.

 

Julia, perhaps you can invoke the mercy rule on me? 

 


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By the way, the Crow stew was very tasty.  I am looking forward to dessert…

 

 

To be continued… 

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