Strange Caroms Going On

It was asked earlier on this site if a ball had ever hit the ladder on the Green Monster and bounced over the wall, invoking an odd Fenway ground rule. Although that hasn’t ever happened (according to Dick Bresciani, the Sox’ official historian), tonight, with Johnny Damon on first, one out in the bottom of the ninth, Orlando Cabrera hit a liner to the gap that brought on an occurrence I had never seen before. The ball hit off the very top of the scoreboard, at the intersection of board and monster, and bounced up like a helium-filled balloon. The buoyant ball, hanging delicately in the air for just an extra half second or so, allowed Damon to score all the way from first. He beat the throw by just a nose, capping a fine one-run(!) Sox victory.

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