Sunday Night Baseball

Season 21 Episode 22

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Aug 29, 2010 on ESPN
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Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Boston Red Sox (74-56) travel to Tropicana Field to face the Tampa Bay Rays (79-50).

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  • We're not dead yet, Karl!

    The Tampa Bay Rays got the win here, and the series victory, but the Boston Red Sox are not out just yet. The Red Sox were the first team to comeback from an 0-3 deficit in baseball, and while that does not seem like much now due to hockey having several of them recently, it is a huge deal. You can never count this team out.

    This was a good game, anytime this teams lock up it is good, but the Sox need to start winning some of them if they want to make a comeback. It is still possible, despite the uphill battle it is sure to be.moreless
  • An Entertaining Game; The Red Sox look done; Bring Back the two-man Booth!

    This was an enjoyable game to watch. The Red Sox, in desperate need of a win to avoid falling 6 1/2 back of both the Rays and Yankees, sent John Lackey to the mound. They won the first game of the series and dropped a tough decision in extra innings in the second.

    My feeling is that the Sox have just too many injuries to overcome and, playing in the same division as the two best teams in baseball, are going to come up short this year. Given the crippling amount of injuries they have had to All-Star players and even their former MVP second baseman, they deserve a tremendous amount of credit for staying this close into September.

    This was the third consecutive week of only Jon and Joe in the booth and I still don't understand why ESPN felt the need to go away from that. I know a lot of people don't like Joe Morgan as an analyst, but I am not one of them. I think he is the best analyst in the game because I learn something every time I watch a game he does.

    For example, he mentioned that the Rays could not play their full shift at one point because the third baseman had to stay in position to keep the batter from bunting. That's a neat insight. Also, he pointed out that when on infielder cannot get the ball out of his glove cleanly, the base runner gains 10 feet. That's a lot!

    There were others also. Perhaps people object to the fact that he is too serious or that he repeats himself, which he does, but I think the point of an analyst is to analyze the game and teach those of us watching something about it and I think Joe does that better than anyone. He is also a clean spoken, caring family man who remembers his friends on the air and that's not the case for all broadcasters.

    His in-depth interview with Carl Crawford was good. We used to have a feature like that every week and I miss those.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Final Score:
      Boston Red Sox 3
      Tampa Bay Rays 5

    • With his sixth inning home run, Carl Crawford became only the eighth player since 1900 to get at least 100 homers, 100 triples and 400 stolen bases in a career. The others are Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Lou Brock, Frankie Frisch, Kenny Lofton, Paul Molitor and Tim Raines.

    • This was Sunday Night Baseball's first visit to Tampa Bay since April 9, 2000, when the Cleveland Indians beat the Devil Rays 17-4.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (on becoming only the eighth player since 1900 to get at least 100 homers, 100 triples and 400 stolen bases in a career)
      Carl Crawford: When you get into elite company like that, it feels real good. You feel real proud about the stuff you've been able to accomplish. ... It just makes you want to see how far you can go.

    • (on remaining optimistic despite trailing both the Rays and New York Yankees by 6 1/2 games with on 31 to play)
      Boston Manager Terry Francona: I hope so. It's the only way we can go.
      John Lackey: We've got a lot more games than that. I'm not a math whiz, but I think it's doable.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Orel Hershiser was absent because he was covering the Little League World Series for ESPN.

    • Starting Lineups
      Boston Red Sox
      Marco Scutaro SS
      J.D. Drew RF
      Victor Martinez C
      David Ortiz DH
      Adrian Beltre 3B
      Mike Lowell 1B
      Daniel Nava LF
      Darnell McDonald CF
      Yamaico Navarro 2B
      John Lackey P
      Tampa Bay Rays
      John Jaso C
      Ben Zobrist 2B
      Carl Crawford LF
      Evan Longoria 3B
      Carlos Pena 1B
      Matthew Joyce RF
      Dan Johnson DH
      B.J. Upton CF
      Jason Bartlett SS
      James Shields P


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