But, honestly, I think it was the game in which NESN showed the Surviving Grady T-shirt, sported by our good pal and SG regular Tex, no less.
August 14 in Texas was probably the biggest game of the season. Against the team we were fighting for the wild card, the Sox coughed up the lead in the bottom of the sixth, then staged an inexplicable comeback in the top of the ninth, highlighted by a bizarre pinch-running effort by Clay Buchholz gone horribly wrong, and a key, go-ahead-run-plating double from V-Mart moments later. That night, a Red Sox offense that had been giving us fits and false starts finally came through big when we needed it most, not only bludgeoning the Rangers’ morale, but also reminding us of a time when no game was out of reach, no matter the score, no matter the inning.
The Sox went 30-18 the rest of the way. But in the wake of that postseason collapse, this game remains my 2009 highlight.
And it’s not just because of the shirt.