With the BoSox on an off-night, I got to watch the PawSox on NESN. It was fun. Especially because I knew all the players. And Dave McCarty was the color guy for the game…heck, it was almost like watching a big league game!
Old Yankee friend Enrique Wilson hit a grand slam and the PawSox beat Richmond 8-6, but the best news – to me anyway – was that Gabe Kapler played!
Gabe had previously played three games in Portland and went a respectable 4 for 10 with 2 RBI. Last night he had 2 RBI and went 2 for 5. Pretty amazing when you consider the injury he had in Toronto last September. Rupturing his left Achilles tendon, no one was sure he’d be able to do anything baseball-related this season, let alone in June. But Gabe has been saying all along he’d be ready sooner than they thought. When I saw him in December, he was telling folks how good he felt. Everyone wants to believe a player will come back from such an injury, but until you see it, you never know.
While I’m on the subject of Gabe, check out his foundation to help end domestic violence.
One last item from the Boston Globe today:
With his three-run blast Sunday, David Ortiz now has at least one walkoff homer in each of the past five seasons. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time a player has accomplished such a feat since Fred McGriff from 1993-97.
I’ll take Papi any day (and twice on Sunday). Y’all can have your Alex Rodriguez.
Off to my niece’s pre-K graduation! Have a great day, everyone!