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Here are the Organized Baseball games I attended this year in honor of the 2007 World Champion Boston Red Sox:

  • April 18: Columbus Clippers Columbus Clippers (3) at Durham Bulls (7) Durham Bulls
    Friday night game w/Ken; on-field fireworks
  • May 24: Jacksonville Suns Jacksonville Suns (8) at Carolina Mudcats (9) - 10 innings Carolina Mudcats
    Saturday night game w/Ken; Mark Bellhorn (formerly of the 2004 Red Sox and whom we saw last year playing for Triple AAA Louisville at Durham) played first and third for the Suns
  • May 30: Pawtucket Red Sox Pawtucket Red Sox (6) at Durham Bulls (10) Durham Bulls
    Friday night game; on-field fireworks; rehab start for Clay Buchholz (4 innings, 3 runs, 2 hits, 4 walks, 5 Ks)
  • May 31: Pawtucket Red Sox Pawtucket Red Sox (14) at Durham Bulls (7) Durham Bulls
    Saturday night game with Jim; nine home runs, six by the Pawsox (and three of those by Brandon Moss) - quoting pawsox.com: "For the second time in a week, the PawSox belted 6 home runs in a game. On Saturday night in Durham, the Sox pounded the Bulls, 14-7. Brandon Moss tied a Pawtucket Red Sox record with three home runs in the game. The last time it happened, Izzy Alcantara hit 3 (also versus Durham) on June 23, 2001. Alcantara also turned the trick in 1999. Moss is the sixteenth different Pawtucket player with three in a game."
  • July 13: Rochester Red Wings Rochester Red Wings (3) at Durham Bulls (9) Durham Bulls
    Sunday evening game w/Ken; Wool E. Bull's Birthday, including Wool E.'s only victory of the season in the race around the bases (always losing to the children, this time he defeated another mascot) and a special Hurricanes-sponsored sumo contact in which Wool E. beat Stormy (both wearing Canes sweaters)
  • July 18: Kingsport Mets Kingsport Mets (3) at Burlington Royals (4) - 10 innings Burlington Royals
    Friday night game w/Ken; only one of the most amazing games I have ever attended - here are some of the highlights:
    • Bottom of the second - a ball was hit back to the Royals pitcher, who kicked it with his right foot towards first base; the pitcher then dove for the ball and, while lying sprawled out on his stomach, made a backhanded throw to first, getting the runner
    • Bottom of the ninth - the Royals, having tied the game in the bottom of the eight but stranding runners at second and third, once again in the ninth had runners on second and third with two outs; unbelievably, the batter bunted to the pitcher, who equally unbelievably decided not to get the easy out at first but threw to the plate; the runner was called out on a close play, and the Royals manager was ejected after protesting the call
    • Bottom of the tenth - the Mets took the lead in the top of the tenth, and the Royals were down to their last strike; the batter fouled off the next pitch, the catcher appeared to briefly hold the ball and then drop it; the Mets wanted the call to be a dropped third strike, but the home base umpire askd the first base umpire who called it a foul tip, no game-ending third strike; the Mets manager argued the call but was not ejected; the batter hit a single, and I predicted to Ken that the next batter would hit a home run over the Bud Light sign in right field; I was wrong - the batter hit the first pitch over the Corona sign in left! Walk-off homer! Royals win!
  • August 2: Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds (6) at Washington Nationals (10) Washington Nationals
    Saturday night game w/Tom; first visit to the new Nationals Park; had hoped to see Ken Griffey Jr, but he was traded two days earlier to the White Sox hours before the trade deadline; a battle of last place teams; the Nats rallied from a 6-2 deficit; it rained four times, no delays - 16 runs and the game only took 2:46; Reds starter Josh Fogg (2007 World Series game 3 starter for the Rockies) gave up 3 earned runs in 5 1/3 and his ERA improved from 7.84 to 7.57 (after peaking at 8.15 during the game); a crabcake sandwich and fries - $12.50 ... the Nationals' second straight win (they would sweep the Reds the next day) - priceless
  • August 6: Mobile BayBears Mobile BayBears (4) at Carolina Mudcats (12) Carolina Mudcats
    Wednesday night game w/Fred; great seats - front row in premium field level; second straight 16 run game and this one only took 2:22!
  • August 8: Richmond Braves Richmond Braves (4) at Durham Bulls (5) Durham Bulls
    Friday night game w/Jim; on-field fireworks; likely the last time I will see the R-Braves since they are moving to Gwinnett County next season (and the Atlanta Braves don't have enough attendance problems without moving their own AAA franchise there?); Durham blew a 3 run lead in the top of the seventh only to regain the lead for good in the bottom of that inning
  • August 14: Norfolk Tides Norfolk Tides (0) at Durham Bulls (4) Durham Bulls
    Thursday night game w/Ken, Jim, Bob; $1 hot dogs, french fries and popcorn night - guess what I had for dinner?
  • August 30: Lexington Legends Lexington Legends (5) at Greensboro Grasshoppers (1) Greensboro Grasshoppers
    Saturday night game; fireworks; Grasshoppers starter Bryan Evans had a no-hitter for 5 1/3 innings when an obvious error (obvious to me anyway - a wild throw by the shortstop all the way to the wall behind first base, where it ricocheted back to the first baseman and the runner was out between first and second), was scored a base hit; the next batter had a clean base hit, and shortly after that not only was the no-hitter gone but so were the shutout and the lead
  • September 5: Louisville Bats Louisville Bats (-) at Durham Bulls (-) Durham Bulls
    International League playoffs, Game 3 of semifinal series
    Friday night game w/Ken, Jim, Renee; 7:00 start had been moved up to 6:30 before the game was postponed due to Tropical Storm Hanna
  • September 5: Myrtle Beach Pelicans Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5) at Winston-Salem Warthogs (1) Winston-Salem Warthogs
    Carolina League playoffs, Game 3 of semifinal series
    Friday night game w/Ken; drove from postponed game in Durham, arriving in the middle of the third just as a rain delay was ending; the Pelicans took a 2-1 lead in the series, which they won the next day - so Friday night's game turned out to be the second to last game ever for the Warthogs at historic Ernie Shore Field (team is changing names in 2009 when it moves to a new stadium downtown); never saw Tyler Flowers' homer to left land - it was crushed over a 24-foot, three billboard high wall (Warthogs web site game report)
  • September 6: Louisville Bats Louisville Bats (2) at Durham Bulls (3) Durham Bulls
    International League playoffs, Game 3 of semifinal series
    Saturday night game w/Ken; Bulls starter Jeff Niemann had a no-hitter for 7 innings, in spite of a 20 minute delay in the fifth inning when the lights went out, ending up with eight innings pitched, 1 run, 2 hits and 11 strikeouts; the closer gave up a leadoff home run but held on for the save, giving the Bulls a 2-1 lead in the series; Jonny Gomes drove in all three runs for the Bulls, including a 2-run homer to left in the first inning (MILB.com game recap, News & Observer article)
  • September 11: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (2) at Durham Bulls (3) Durham Bulls
    International League playoffs, Game 3 of championship series
    Thursday night game w/Ken, Trish, Jim; another good outing by Jeff Niemann (1 earned run, eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, pitching even with former major leaguer Kei Igawa); walkoff double to bring cut the Bulls' series deficit to 2-1 (the Yankees won the championship the next night, score 20-2)
More to come, meanwhile I have become a member of the Triangle Red Sox Nation - a list of upcoming meetings appears below:

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