The Best

The fans — probably just eight Red Sox rooters clicking on MLB.com’s "Vote Again" button over and over again — voted J.D. Drew’s first-inning grand slam in Game 6 of the ALCS the year’s top Postseason Moment. It’s hard to argue with that logic.

Any other player hitting that grand slam would have been big. It would have been memorable. But for J.D. Drew, much maligned — often unfairly — throughout the season, to come through with the Sox hanging on for dear life in the postseason … well, they don’t write stories that good if they aren’t true.

For my money, it’s the Red Sox’ top moment of ’07. Ten others, in no order, after the jump:

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka’s debut (No. 2 on my list because I was there).
  • Julio Lugo’s infield hit to cap the Mother’s Day Miracle
  • Lugo receiving encouragement from the crowd in the midst of his hitless slump
  • Manny’s walk-off ALDS homer
  • Jon Lester’s return start — and win
  • Clay Buchholz’s no-hitter (duh)
  • Curt Schilling’s near-no-hitter
  • Jacoby Ellsbury scores from second on a wild pitch
  • Papelbon’s Series-ending strikeout
  • Kielty’s home run on the only World Series pitch he’s ever seen

How about you?

20 comments… add one

  • You mean Kielty, not Hinske, right?
    I think you get a bunch of them right, but no way does Julio Lugo deserve to show up twice on a “Top Ten” list for this year’s Sox, no matter the reasoning.
    Oddly, I think one great “moment” this year was an entire game only involving the Sox but not involving success, the masterpiece spun by Felix Hernandez early in the year at Fenway.

    SF December 21, 2007, 4:20 pm
  • Back-to-back-to-back-to-back. I still get chills.

    greenideas December 21, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • I did mean Kielty. Thanks.
    These are really the first 10 that sprang to mind. You could consider the whole Mother’s Day Miracle a moment, if you prefer not to inlude Lugo twice — but of course I know you have a deep hatred for the player. ;-)
    At any rate, yes, the four straight dingers deserves to be up there, probably ahead of the Lugo chants, which I just thought were really cool.

    Paul SF December 21, 2007, 4:30 pm
  • I think you meant Kielty on that last one. And I would add:
    - Coco’s triple off Rivera to come back in the 8th inning of the first Sox-Yanks game of the year (followed by Oki’s first save).
    - The back to back to back to back HRs two days later.
    - JC Romero getting out of a bases-loaded, no outs situation in the 9th against the A’s (in an eventual 11th inning loss…)
    - Consecutive 1-0 games against CLE (one for each team).
    - Wake with a 22 scoreless innings stretch in August.
    There are probably more, but I can’t think of any right now.

    Garmont SF December 21, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • my favorite sox moment was A-Rod’s game winning shot into the wind in the rain off papelbon. The september sweep was nice too. :)

    Sam-YF December 21, 2007, 5:03 pm
  • I was wondering when some smart-ass was gonna come in here and mention that. ;-)

    Paul SF December 21, 2007, 5:07 pm
  • (Generally, if you bring a video camera to a sporting event in hopes of capturing classic moments, it helps to keep the camera aimed at the field. Just sayin’.)
    I’d have liked to find a way to nominate Josh Beckett’s 2007 postseason ERA of 1.20 (including 35 Ks in 30 innings, a complete game and a 0.70 WHIP). There’s no single “moment” in there with the drama of the Drew grand salami, I suppose, but there ought to be…

    Hudson December 21, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • It also helps that you not shriek like a woman.

    Jay-YF December 21, 2007, 5:13 pm
  • Yeah, what’s really sad is that’s the better of the two videos on YouTube. MLB doesn’t make their highlights videos easily embeddable for my rudimentary HTML knowledge, unfortunately.
    The only homemade game vid like that I really like is the one of David Ortiz’s game winning single in 2004 ALCS Game 5. Mostly because there’s no discernable voices in it, and it’s reasonably steady until Damon scores, then it all goes crazy. Just a good capture of what everyone was feeling then…

    Paul SF December 21, 2007, 5:20 pm
  • interestingly, although the clip sucks, the opening words fit nicely into Paul’s theme of Drew’s redemption. Demonstrating his lack of faith in Drew, the fan says something to the effect that 1 run would be enough. His hopes aren’t that high, and I’d guess most in the stadium felt the same way given who was up. Lucky their faith wasn’t rewarded.

    Nick-YF December 21, 2007, 5:26 pm
  • I was at Back-to-back-to-back-to-back, nothing compares to it other than 2004. When I say that, I mean in the sense of ballpark energy. You could have powered half the country for 100 years on that mojo, at that moment.

    LocklandSF December 21, 2007, 5:40 pm
  • I know I was doing the same thing I’d done countless times already that postseason and even the final few weeks of the pennant race:
    “If Drew gets a big hit here, he’ll be completely redeemed.”
    And even though my brain knew Drew hit .342/.454/.618 in September, my heart was thinking, “Please just draw a walk.”

    Paul SF December 21, 2007, 6:25 pm
  • Oh, and I’m surprised no one’s mentioned Hinske’s faceplant catch along the RF line. Definitely worth being considered, as it’s probably the defensive play of the year for the Sox.

    Paul SF December 22, 2007, 12:02 am
  • Paul SF – I wasn’t just thinking it, I was telling my 7 year old son that JD would e my hero if he drew a walk….

    rootbeerfloat December 22, 2007, 11:11 am
  • I have to agree with back to back to back to back as my favorite Sox moment of 2007. Especially because I watched it on my wedding night in a wedding hall full of Yankee fans. Even my YF best man called it “cosmic” and a sign that things were meant to be.

    Pocono Sox December 22, 2007, 12:57 pm
  • For me 2007 was the year of the UNBELIEVABLE. I swear on my life that when I watched the Red Sox this past season, I said that word more times than I can remember. I mean that in both a positive and a negative sense. From the Mother’s Day Miracle to Papi’s game winner that Delmon Young circled around and misplayed into a homer. From the early season miscue by J.D. Drew on a clean single that tipped off his glove and left the ball rolling into the corner in right to EVERY FREAKING ONE OF THE GAMES GAGNE LOST. From Oki’s early dominance to Wake’s resurgence, from Red Sox inability to beat the FRIGGIN Yankees with any consistency to the Red Sox amazing dwindling lead. It was all just UNBELIEVABLE.
    But since we are naming top moments here are the one’s I remeber that haven’t been mentioned.
    Pedroia’s tumbling stab of Tejada’s smash up the middle and rifle throw to first to help preserve the no-no.
    As a group, every single amazing, extra base hit robbing, catch that Coco Crisp made all season.
    Beckett’s ascendance into the role of “THE GUY” going from a great pitcher all year long and morphing into an imperturbable SUPERMAN in the playoffs… EXCEPT on this occasion: Kenny Lofton slings his bat to the ground in the ALSC during game 5 in anticipation of a ball four call…which infuriates Beckett, who then gets Lofton to hit a routine fly ball on the next pitch, and Beckett screams “OUT!!” at Lofton while the ball was still in the air.
    Kielty’s wall slamming catch in right.
    Kenny Lofton’s double-take at his third base coach when in actuality he would have scored from second (on a single with only one out) WITHOUT A THROW, to tie the game 3-3… followed by Casey Blake’s double play ball on the next pitch. PRICELESS
    Dice K drives in two.
    Walking through the Paris Hotel/Casino and catching, with my older brother (in town visiting) the end of the Orioles/Yankees game and hearing the cheers of the casino patrons when Melvin Mora bunted home the winning run in extra innings to give the Red Sox their first division title since the beginning of the Torre Era.

    Brian December 22, 2007, 3:50 pm
  • (putting on my closeted sox cap) Brian generically named my favorite moment.. Coco laying flat out superman-style to rob Wright of a gapper in the Sox/Mets series in June. That may have been the greatest catch I have ever seen. It’s on mlb.com, but can not find it right now.

    attackgerbil December 23, 2007, 2:08 am
  • AG, I’m pretty sure that was in 2006…
    You know what, I’m absolutely sure, since the Sox didn’t play the Mets this year (:

    Garmont SF December 23, 2007, 3:47 am
  • No bluffing on this deal
    Boston Herald -Sox may need to up Ramirez ante
    http://bostonherald.com/sports/baseball/red_sox/view.bg?articleid=1062282#articleFull
    Contract Extension for Manny?

    Dj_@Yf December 23, 2007, 8:35 am
  • Garmont – aiyee. That’s what I get for commenting when on a diet of red wine and pain killers to deal with a back spasm! :) Still, great catch.

    attackgerbil December 23, 2007, 5:07 pm

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