ON THIS DATE (August 12, 2008) ... There was still hope in the frayed voices of the Fenway faithful. Too much, perhaps. As Jacoby Ellsbury walked to the plate in the eighth, they cheered. As J.D. Drew lifted a fly ball to right field, they cheered. Hadnít they given up yet? Hadnít they
headed for the exits, the jubilation of a 10-run first inning turned into discouragement and regret, that ocean-deep lead turning to a deficit with frightening quickness?
They hadnít. Thatís why they stood, a catch in their throats, as Dustin Pedroia shot a ball to left field, hitting it high off the Green Monster. Thatís why they roared, as they sensed the tide turning, as Ellsbury rounded third, headed home, slid into
the plate. The score - improbably, impossibly - was tied.
The Red Sox had won this game, and lost this game, and won it again. Because, with the score knotted at 16 in that eighth inning, Kevin Youkilis laced a pitch off the facade of the Sports Authority sign in left field for yet another three-run homer. It
bounced off the sheeting, lifting Youkilis and the Red Sox - and a crowd that had its boos turned to cheers - to a ridiculous 19-17 win over the Rangers
tonight at Fenway Park in front of 38,004 dazed fans. The total of 36 runs tied the American League record, which was set in
1950 by the Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics (22-14 Boston win in Philly).