Peter Gammons and the Red Sox

Thursday, June 29th, 2006 @ 10:48 pm | Sports

Wow. The Red Sox just won their 12th straight game — they’ve swept the last 4 NL East opponents and are heading down to Florida with a set against the Marlins. It’s the Sox longest winning streak in just under 11 years.

The Sox are clicking on all cylinders right now (well, duh) and tonight was no exception. David Ortiz gave the Sox an insurance run with an 8th inning homer to center field after “manufacturing” a run earlier in the game by doubling, taking third on a sac fly, then scoring on the next sac fly.

The starting pitching been quite solid and Papelbon‘s been his dominant self during this run. (Over the season, the Sox won both of his blown saves and I believe the Sox are yet to lose a game they’ve led after 8 innings).

The real change from previous years has been the Sox defense. Tonight’s game featured several highlight reel plays, including Coco Crisp‘s insane diving catch in center. Easily the best catch I’ve seen in a long time. With tonight’s game, the Sox tied a Major League record for consecutive errorless games at 16 games.

On a related note, I want to send along best wishes to Peter Gammons as he recovers from brain surgery to repair an aneurysm. I grew up reading Gammons’ Baseball Notes in the Sunday Globe and he’s one of the reasons I’m so in love with the game. Although he’s moved onto the national stage at ESPN, Gammons is very clearly still a Boston guy and it shows when he covers the Olde Towne Team.

Since being stricken on Tuesday, it sounds like Gammons is recovering nicely. He was awake and coherent on Wednesday afternoon, wanting to know the result of Monday’s Red Sox game.

Gammons influence reaches beyond the world of baseball, as he’s active in the charity and music communities — Eddie Vedder dedicated a song to Gammons after hearing his friend’s illness. Those two interests often collide and will again on Independence Day, as Gammons releases his first album, Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old. Proceeds from the album’s sale will go towards the Foundation to Be Named Later, which aids “non-profit agencies serving disadvantaged youth in the Greater Boston area.” I’ve already ordered my copy.

Get well soon, Peter.

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