He had just gotten a tiebreaking, seventh-inning double in Monday night’s 3-1 win over St. Louis, giving Boston a 3-2 World Series lead, and the journeyman catcher thought back to May 11.
A dreary Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park had begun with a 51-minute rain delay, and Toronto’s Adam Lind hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the ninth inning in what would be a 3-2 Red Sox loss. Three pitches later, Colby Rasmus fouled a 93 mph fastball off the upper part of the catcher’s mark, near Ross’ forehead.
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Ross put a hand on his chest, took 30 seconds to compose himself and crouched down for another delivery. Nine pitches later, Emilio Bonifacio deflected a 94 mph heater smack at Ross’ skull, so hard that the mask jarred back. Ross put his right hand on his head and about a minute later was ready for another delivery.
Turns out they were more than just another pair of foul tips "
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ST. LOUIS ? Becoming a World Series star was far from the troubled mind of David Ross last summer. He had just gotten a tiebreaking,Read more