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Mirabelli Back to Boston (Wakefield Jumps for Joy)

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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue May 02, 2006 8:49 am

Mirabelli had a great game. He's there to catch Wakefield so any hits he gets is just extra gravy. He made a few really nice plays and kept the ball in front of him. BB51, being a Yankee fan I'm not sure you understand this, but, you don't have to be a superstar to get a standing O. Majority of major leaguers aren't superstars.
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Postby quitesanemax » Tue May 02, 2006 2:16 pm

BronXBombers51 wrote:He got a standing O from Fenway. 8-o

It was a good move, but it's not like he's a superstar or even a former Red Sock hero returned home. He's a backup catcher folks. :-°

He's not just a backup catcher, he is, arguably, the best backup catcher in baseball. He had quite a few clutch hits back in 04. More importantly, he caught for Wakefield. Wakefield was a very important part of that 04 team. Those who are not Red Sox fans, and don't watch them everyday have more difficulty understanding how important Mirabelli is to the team. Never was it made more clear than last year when Mirabelli went onto the DL. I had Wakefield on my fantasy team at the time. All of a sudden, he did horrible. This went on for 4 or 5 starts. When Mirabelli came back, all of a sudden Wakefield started doing great. The difference was like night and day. (Unfortunately, I had already dropped him... lol).

When Mirabelli is behind the plate, Wakefield is reasonably confident that his knuckleball is going to be caught. He is able to throw it with more confidence. Without Mirabelli back there, he doesn't throw the knuckleball with confidence, or worse, he doesn't throw it. Of course, if this happens, he gets shelled.
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