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  1. This game never happened because Selig cancelled the season after teh first three games of that series.

    Comment by gfor — June 22, 2012 @ 8:18 am

  2. This is fascinating stuff, thanks for sharing.

    Comment by EnglishMariners — June 22, 2012 @ 8:19 am

  3. Lowe: I don’t believe in that. I would much rather pitch at full strength. You still need your legs under you, and you still need your arm in the right arm slot. If you get too tired, your ball doesn’t move anymore. I promise you. They should do that on the show Myth Busters, because it’s not true.

    Please send this to every major league manager, minor league manager, little league manager, managers in MLB The Show, grocery store managers, etc etc etc

    Comment by dutch — June 22, 2012 @ 9:36 am

  4. where you have a 7-0 lead, and you pitch to that 7-0 lead. What I mean by that is you may throw more fastballs.

    Oh Really?

    Any chance for some research on this? I agree with him, but ‘pitch to the score’ isn’t a popular concept on this site.

    Comment by Anon — June 22, 2012 @ 9:43 am

  5. Jack Morris would have been proud of Derek that night.

    BTW A-Rod’s homer off Lowe came in Game 4, not Game 5.

    Comment by Douglas — June 22, 2012 @ 9:54 am

  6. All tiger-town was proud of home-boy Lowe that night, especially Mickey Lolich (’68 WS game 7 complete game win on 2 days rest). It must also be remembered that Lowe won the final game of all three playoff series in ’04.

    Comment by feld — June 22, 2012 @ 10:19 am

  7. I dont think he was pitching to the score rather than noting the pressure was off with a big lead.

    Comment by Andrew King — June 22, 2012 @ 11:40 am

  8. I never knew that about the shoes. Wild!

    Comment by Kyle — June 22, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

  9. I also misremember the last four games of this series.

    Comment by Frank — June 22, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

  10. C’mon man. He was nice enough to do this interview. There is no reason to be bashing a minor detail of what he is saying. Next time that you have over 10 years MLB experience you can tell us what really happens with a large lead.

    Comment by A — June 22, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

  11. It would have been an even more historic performance if he had pitched in bare feet.

    Comment by Rich Mahogany — June 22, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  12. Damon’s second HR, the one that put them up 8-0, is the happiest I have ever felt in my life. Sheer elation. I would kill to have that feeling again just for a moment.

    Comment by Jake — June 22, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  13. Scary.

    Comment by Rich Mahogany — June 22, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

  14. He is not part of the site, just an interviewee giving his answers…you research it…not him.

    Comment by lewish — June 22, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

  15. Thank you.

    Comment by Michael — June 22, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  16. I don’t think there’s any doubt that this type of pitching to the score occurs. If you’re up 7-0 in the dog days of summer, why not lay some fastballs in there? If they score a few, then you can bear down.

    Comment by asdfasdf — June 22, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

  17. In case you didn’t read my entire post, I said: I agree with him, but ‘pitch to the score’ isn’t a popular concept on this site.

    I was bashing Fangraphs for rejecting a simple and reasonable concept. The question wasn’t to any specific person; I was hoping that a writer for this site would look into it.

    Comment by Anon — June 22, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

  18. Jake kills just to experience brief moments of sheer elation. Moderators need to keep this sicko off of FanGraphs.

    Comment by Austin Brancheau — June 22, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

  19. These interviews are always good and this one is no exception. Keep them coming!

    Comment by Oscar — June 22, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

  20. That was a bad day for Yanks’ fans but I didn’t have much hope by game 7.

    Worst day ever for me as a Yankee fan was losing to the D’Backs in 2001. I’m generally a laid back sports fan who takes his lumps in stride, but not that day. That one still hurts.

    Sox was just such an epic beat down over four games that there’s not really one moment of suckitude that sticks out. If I was a Sox fan I’d probably cherish this ALCS win over the Yankees more than even the ring. But only because they got the ring too!

    Comment by noseeum — June 23, 2012 @ 5:52 am

  21. I’m surprised the Yankees even won a game in that series. The 04 Sox led the MLB in runs scored and also in least runs allowed as a pitching staff.
    Truly one of the greatest teams of all time.

    Comment by wont let me post without a name — June 24, 2012 @ 11:18 am

  22. I have no doubt “pitching to the score” happens to an extent. I just don’t think it’s responsible for Jack Morris’s ERA, which is where it tends to become contentious.

    Anyway, an excellent interview. Loved the detail about the shoes, and the nod to Varitek.

    Comment by John B — June 24, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

  23. Its not unappreciated by me. D-Lowe will always be my fave red sox player (with Yaz , Trot Nixon and Brian Daubach) and I will always make sure he is appreciated.

    I had a sign for him at his first game back in Boston welcoming home and thanking him and he thanked me twice. I will always remember that he took the time to say thank you.

    Comment by D-LoweFan — July 23, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

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