Wade Boggs wins the game
first major league homer
22, 1982 ... When the Red Sox are trailing by
two and down to their last out in the bottom of the ninth, Dwight
Evans stepped to the plate and crushed a two-run homer to right. And,
after teasing the fans for a couple of extra innings, Wade Boggs
drilled a pitch into the net.
That's what happened at Fenway Park. Evans and Boggs sent
the Tigers reeling to their ninth straight defeat and charged the Fenway legions
with Boston's most exciting victory of what is becoming an increasingly
Boggs' first major league home run came with one out in the
11th. In the ninth, he had pinch hit for Glenn Hoffman and grounded to second
against Milt Wilcox. When he came up against Dave Tobik in the 11th, he worked
the count to 3-2 and drove a fastball into the left-field net.
Tonight's victory over the Tigers will no doubt be
remembered as the night Wade Boggs hit his first major league homer to win it.
Perhaps only a handful of historians will recall that it was Evans' shot in the
ninth which set the stage for Boggs.
Evans' two-run shot was reminiscent of his ninth-inning
homer off Sid Monge which sent a pennant-race game into extra innings last
September. Both times Evans was summoned for a curtain call from the dugout,
then greeted with a standing-O when he trotted to his position for the top of