Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Three To Remember

The Dodgers have signed Bill Mueller to a 2-year deal, the Padres have re-inked Dave Roberts (ending the chance that he'll be patrolling Fenway again), and Kevin Millar is headed to, oh, I don't know, the Nippon Ham Fighters. But, the greater significance of these events is that three individuals who were involved in "The Greatest Moment In Red Sox History" are now gone forever. Please don't forget the sequence: Millar works a walk off Mariano Rivera in the 9th inning of Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. Roberts pinch runs and, after nearly being picked off, steals second under the tag of Derek Jeter. Bill Mueller, after showing bunt, singles through Rivera's wickets, and we are miraculously tied. Papi awaits. But these three combined to give us that wispy thread of hope that was later woven into a World Championship banner. Thank you, Kevin, Billy and Dave. We won't forget you.

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