Former Red Sox greats and battery mates Luis Tiant and Carlton Fisk will be on hand Wednesday night at Fenway Park, where they'll take part in the ceremonial first pitch before Game 6 of the World Series.
It's an appropriate choice, as Tiant and Fisk played big roles in one of the most memorable contests in Red Sox history, Game 6 of the 1975 World Series at Fenway Park. Trailing the Cincinnati Reds three games to two, the Sox were facing an elimination game. Tiant had started and won Games 1 and 4, and got the nod again in Game 6 on four days' rest after some brutal New England weather postponed the contest for 72 hours.
The Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, courtesy of Fred Lynn's three-run homer that scored Carl Yastrzemski and Fisk, but the Reds battled back, tying the game in the fifth, scoring two more in the seventh, and chasing Tiant on Cesar Geronimo's home run to lead off the eighth.
Trailing 6-3, the Red Sox weren't done, rallying to tie it at 6-6 on pinch hitter Bernie Carbo's three-run homer with two outs in the eighth, his second pinch homer of the '75 Series, setting the stage for some extra-innings drama.
The score remained knotted until the bottom of the 12th, when Fisk's deep fly to left stayed just fair, hitting the foul pole for a walk-off home run and turning the scene at Fenway into one of sheer pandemonium. Of course, the Sox would go on to lose Game 7 as the Reds rallied from another early 3-0 deficit for the 4-3 championship-clinching victory.
Meanwhile, back to the present -- for tonight's Game 6, the Dropkick Murphys are set to perform the national anthem, according to multiple reports. The local band played the anthem before Game 6 of the ALCS, when the Sox beat the Tigers to advance to the World Series.
The band, for its part, is playing it cool, but did drop this hint yesterday via Twitter:
Well if Tyler, Wolf, Taylor ,or Marky Mark and the funky bunch aren't available we'd be happy to do the anthem again ...just sayin! #RedSox
— Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) October 29, 2013