Anaheim, CA, USA: FILE PHOTO; Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk at bat against the California Angels at Anaheim Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darryl Norenberg-US PRESSWIRE
Games of Note: Carlton Fisk and George Scott hit back-to-back homers on this date in 1977. How does this event qualify in our games of note section? This is the 16th time in 1977 that the Red Sox have hit back-to-back home runs, setting a new record. The 1964 Minnesota Twins owned the previous high, with 15 back-to-back long balls on the year.
A year later, the Yankees score eight runs in the first two innings at Fenway Park, but don't stop there, winning the contest 13-2. Lou Piniella is a single short of the cycle, and the Yankees, who began the series four games back, are now just two games behind with two more to go against the Sox.
Boston is facing the Yankees at Fenway once again in 2000 on September 8, and while the game isn't notable historically, it is the day that Bryce Florie is hit in the face with a line drive off the bat of Ryan Thompson, who had come into the game as a pinch runner earlier. Florie's cheekbone breaks, as does his orbital socket, and it will take surgery to set things right in his face.
If you want to watch a video about Bryce Florie's road to recovery, then you can find it here, but a warning: one minute in, you will see him struck with a line drive. It's not pretty, even with the video's low quality.
Transactions: Javy Lopez, acquired less than a month and week ago by the Red Sox from the Orioles, is released by Boston in 2006. Lopez had a tolerable, but not very good, run with the O's in 2006, and Boston sent a player to be named later (that would turn out to be Adam Stern, Boston's 2004 Rule 5 draft pick) to Baltimore to acquire him on August 4. Lopez would hit just .190/.215/.270 down the stretch, and Boston felt he wasn't worth holding onto even with expanded rosters.
Lopez would not retire after his release, but he would never play in the majors again. He signed as a free agent with the Rockies, but didn't make it through the spring before he was released. Lopez, in a 15-year career, hit .287/.337/.491, good for a 112 OPS+, and great for a backstop. Boston just didn't get a hold of him at the right time.