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Fisk finally gets to throw out Game 6 first pitch
So, when the team returned to the Fall Classic three years later, again with Game 6 slated for Fenway Park, they again slotted in their former catcher.
But the Sox swept, and the game never happened.
Fisk is around Fenway a fair amount these days, appearing in the Legends Suite at some home games, and follows the team regularly. Being from New Hampshire, and electing to go into baseball’s Hall of Fame wearing a Red Sox cap, he is very well familiar with the history of the franchise.
“It really is. It really stands out in that they’re doing it with different kinds of clubs, too,” he said, acknowledging that after a young team got to the Series in 1975, it expected to be back and came away feeling good about having battled the “Big Red Machine” — but Fisk was in Chicago before they did. “That’s something that is only up to the baseball gods whether you get back or not, and to have the Red Sox win their first in ‘04 after 80 or however many years ... then the Red Sox win again in ‘07. And then they’re going to win again in ‘13. So what a decade for this club.”
One of the more remarkable aspects of this Red Sox season has been that with the organizational reboot required after the collapse of 2011, then the plummet of 2012, this was supposed to be a bridge year. The club hoped to be competitive, but they were building to something beyond 2013. They were in transition.
“When you play in this city, all you have to do is listen to WEEI and read the paper, and you’ll know who is coming back and who isn’t coming back,” the now-retired righty said in a visit to Fenway before Game 2. “In June or July they started talking about Johnny (Damon)’s age, and they started talking about my off-the-field stuff, and (Martinez’s) aching shoulder, and they never said anything about Varitek.”
“There was no better way for me to leave,” said the pitcher, “than with a World Series.”
Dave D’Onofrio covers the Red Sox for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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