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    Most Important Red Sox Home Run?

    Time for a new baseball thread. The Globe's Chad Finn just ran a column on this topic, calling Johnny Damon's grand slam in Game 7 of the '04 ALCS the most important in modern Red Sox history. His reasoning is that the salami opened up the game to 6-0 and eased the tension for long-tortured Sox fans. I favor Big Papi's clutch 2-run shot in the first inning -- after Damon got gunned out at the plate -- that put Boston up for good, once and for all, and first silenced Yankee Stadium.

    Other worthy candidates include Papi's walk-off in Game 4, Manny's walk-off in the LDS, and of course the '75 Game 6 taters by Fisk and Carbo.

    My pick this century is Moreland's pinch 3-run absolute blast in Game 4 of the '18 World Series. Remember, the Red Sox had just lost the longest extra-inning postseason game ever, were getting shut out, 4-zip, by Rich Hill into the 7th... and were on the verge of seeing a tied Series with Game Five looming in LA. Mitch's HR instantly made it a game, the Sox pounded the pen, and never looked back.

    What's your favorite most important Red Sox home run?

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    My favorite will be different from everybody else's because I'm only going with moments I remember watching, and since I've been alive for a lot less time than some of you, that doesn't include some of the best ones.

    You asked what our favorite is. For me that would be Ortiz in 2013 ALCS game 2. It was also fairly important. No way we were winning that series if we lost that game.

    If we're talking about most important, I would say Mitch as well. I would rank some from 2004 higher but I do not remember watching those games
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    Hitting the ball with his nose was the best contact Pedroia has made in 3 games. Who needs Pedey, we have Brock Holt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    My favorite will be different from everybody else's because I'm only going with moments I remember watching, and since I've been alive for a lot less time than some of you, that doesn't include some of the best ones.

    You asked what our favorite is. For me that would be Ortiz in 2013 ALCS game 2. It was also fairly important. No way we were winning that series if we lost that game.

    If we're talking about most important, I would say Mitch as well. I would rank some from 2004 higher but I do not remember watching those games
    Papi's slam vs. the Tigers is another great choice, especially since the Sox were about to go down 0-2 and then travel to Detroit for three (if necessary). That Tiger staff was the best in the game, but Boston beat Porcello, Sanchez (who no-hit them in the opener), Verlander and Scherzer. The one guy they couldn't solve was Fister...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5GoldGloves:OF,75 View Post
    Papi's slam vs. the Tigers is another great choice, especially since the Sox were about to go down 0-2 and then travel to Detroit for three (if necessary). That Tiger staff was the best in the game, but Boston beat Porcello, Sanchez (who no-hit them in the opener), Verlander and Scherzer. The one guy they couldn't solve was Fister...
    What a rotation that ended up being. 6 combined Cy Youngs, 5 combined no hitters. And countless clutch postseason starts
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    Hitting the ball with his nose was the best contact Pedroia has made in 3 games. Who needs Pedey, we have Brock Holt.

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    Ortiz ALCS grand slam off Joaquin Benoit (and Torii Hunterís glove) in 2013...

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    1978 playoff. 9th inning. Yastrzemski took Gossage deep! I remember that as clearly as I recall the day I was born.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notin View Post
    Ortiz ALCS grand slam off Joaquin Benoit (and Torii Hunter’s glove) in 2013...
    I was up past my bedtime all alone, so I had to be very quiet. It was so hard to do that. I remember my phone wallpaper being Torii Hunter upside down, and the cop celebrating right behind him for most the following winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a700hitter View Post
    Hitting the ball with his nose was the best contact Pedroia has made in 3 games. Who needs Pedey, we have Brock Holt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jad View Post
    1978 playoff. 9th inning. Yastrzemski took Gossage deep! I remember that as clearly as I recall the day I was born.
    So not very well at all then?
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    Hitting the ball with his nose was the best contact Pedroia has made in 3 games. Who needs Pedey, we have Brock Holt.

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    I think your memory is a little faulty...Yaz hit a home run off of Guidry in that game early on...the only left handed hitter to do that all that year off of him but in the ninth inning off Gossage Yaz popped up.

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    I think your memory is a little faulty...Yaz hit a home run off of Guidry in that game early on...the only left handed hitter to do that all that year off of him but in the ninth inning off Gossage Yaz popped up.
    Thanks for the clarification, Kman. That Yaz homer -- pulling a fastball off the pitcher of the year to give Boston the lead in a playoff -- was the biggest Red Sox HR of the 70s... for about an hour. Yaz also had an RBI single of Gossage in the 8th, which no one remembers because of the 9th.

    People also forget the HR that gave the Yankees the final tally in their 5-4 win wasn't Bucky Dent's pop fly, but a demolished meatball from Bob Stanley that Reggie Jackson launched into the bleachers in center. You can find a clip on youtube of NY announcers laughing and Phil Rizzuto exclaiming, "Holy cow, did he hit that!"

    Back to Red Sox four-baggers: a lot of posters in the Globe thread have fond memories of Mark Bellhorn's clanger off the foul pole in Yankee Stadium -- the Bell tolls for thee. To me, that one sealed the deal and shut down the crowd for good (after Pedro teased them serving up some fat ones). My favorite Bellhorn blast was the reversed call three-run shot that won Game Six; this was before MLB replays and the first time a break finally -- and rightfully -- went Boston's way in a modern postseason game. That's a topic for another good thread...

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    I liked Victorino's GS in 2013, not that I would put it on this list as most important
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    Quote Originally Posted by a700hitter View Post
    Hitting the ball with his nose was the best contact Pedroia has made in 3 games. Who needs Pedey, we have Brock Holt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kman View Post
    I think your memory is a little faulty...Yaz hit a home run off of Guidry in that game early on...the only left handed hitter to do that all that year off of him but in the ninth inning off Gossage Yaz popped up.
    Kman-- I think you may need to work on your 'irony-detection' skills.

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    the Ortiz slam vs Detroit is the most clutch HR the sox ever had. the walkoff game 4 ALCS 2004 is a C-hair behind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    I liked Victorino's GS in 2013, not that I would put it on this list as most important
    Yup, a lot of bearded blasts in the '13 post: Papi, Vic, Napoli's that beat Verlander, 1-0, Gomes 3-run shot that won Game 4 to tie up the WS (the Sox trailed, 2 games to 1)... Lobaton's walk-off vs. Koji (did that really happen?).

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    Some great home run moments mentioned by all.

    If we're going with the title of the thread being the "Most Important" home run, I would have to say it has to be one from the 2004 ALCS. I would choose Papi's walk off in Game 4. That was the home run that changed the course of history.

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