THE CURSE OF
THE BAMBINO, PART 9
"IT AIN'T OVER 'TIL IT'S OVER"...
beat the Twins with a short roster
August 18, 1986
... Spike Owen and Dave Henderson wore Red Sox uniforms,
but were unable to participate in Boston's 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
They watched the game from the privacy of the Red Sox clubhouse.
A late-breaking development in
the American League office temporarily snagged the
Red Sox-Mariners trade that was announced Sunday
night. Boston general manager Lou Gorman pleaded
guilty to a waiver infraction involving pitchers
Mike Brown and Mike Trujillo (sent to Seattle in
the deal), and all parties were advised to stay on
the shelf until the situation is cleared up.
Owen and Henderson spent most of the day in transit and
didn't land in Minneapolis until 5:30 p.m. CDT. An hour later, they were in the
Red Sox locker room trying on their new uniforms. Henderson was assigned No. 40
while Owen was issued No. 12. Owen was slated to play shortstop and bat leadoff,
as manager John McNamara didn't learn of the trade trouble until a half-hour
before the start of the game. McNamara instructed Owen and Henderson to remain
in the clubhouse during the game.
On a night when the Red Sox were forced to go with just 22
players because the trade with the Mariners has been held up, they also lost the
services of third baseman Wade Boggs. He was still in pain last night after
straining his back in the fourth inning of Sunday's game with Detroit. He was
hurt while making a twisting move and spinning throw to first. It is a
recurrence of a disc problem, which in 1983 forced him into traction.
Tony Armas had another three-hit game, and just missed a
home run in the fifth inning. His triple hit high off the left-field wall.
Dwight Evans made a nice catch in the third inning on Kirby Puckett.