Friday, June 10, 2011

June 10th In Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays History

In 1977, the Toronto Blue Jays broke the Border Barrier in the American League. Just barely younger than I am, those pesky blue birds.

The Red Sox are 274-217 in 491 games with the Jays. We have nearly identical records against them at home (138-108) and away (136-109). At no point have the Jays had more wins against us than we had against them.

We've outscored them 2,457-2,286.

As for June 10th, we've played them twice, both on the road at Exhibition Stadium, in '86 and '88, going 1-1. So every time we've played them on June 10th, we've gone on to win the division.

6/10/1986: The first-place Sox came back from down 3-0 and scored a run in the tenth for a 4-3 win on a rainy Tuesday night. Bob Stanley got Jorge/George Bell to end the ninth with the bases loaded. Then Mike Stenhouse pinch hit for Marty Barrett--at Barrett's unselfish suggestion--with the bases loaded in the 10th and drew a go-ahead walk on a 3-2 count. Stanley set the Jays down in order for the extra-innings win. Boston had earlier tied the game on back-to-back dongs by Rice and Baylor.

6/10/1988: Two years later, on a Friday night at Exhibition Stadium, once again Jeff Sellers started for the Red Sox and Bob Stanley finished it. But this time, Boston lost 3-0, shut out by Dave Stieb, a young David Wells, and Tom Henke. (Toronto manager Jimy Williams was booed when he came out to remove Stieb in the seventh.

Bonus quiz: Find the huge error in the photo caption.

Marc Sullivan didn't wear 51 on the Sox if I recall correctly. He wore 15. The 'great" Rey Quinones wore 51 on the 1986 Red Sox.

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