BOSTON -- Having a chance to win their first World Series title at Fenway Park since Sept. 11, 1918, the Red Sox first had the opportunity to fulfill a promise made to one of the most notable players in franchise history.
“I was supposed to throw out the first pitch in the sixth game against the Cardinals in ’04, [but] there was no sixth game,” Carlton Fisk said before Wednesday’s Game 6. “I was supposed to throw out the first pitch in the sixth game against the Rockies in ’07 and they won in four games.”
“Now I’m saying, ‘OK, why don’t you lose a couple of games?’ And that’s not a real good thing wishing that would happen.”
Instead, the Red Sox have won their last two games, taking a three-games-to-two advantage over the Cardinals and bringing the series back to Fenway. And Fisk finally got the chance to throw out the first pitch he was promised nine and six years ago.
Elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000 after an illustrious 24-year career, Fisk, of course, is most remembered for his home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, a 12th-inning blast to left field that Fisk tried to wave fair as it curled toward the foul pull. The home run put the Red Sox into a Game 7 against the Cincinnati Reds, which Boston lost 4-3 with Fisk waiting on deck.
“When I hit it, I knew it was high enough, I knew it was long enough, but I didn’t know if it was going to stay fair. And then it did, which was pretty sweet,” Fisk said. “I don’t ever get tired of seeing it.”
Fisk was joined by Luis Tiant, Boston’s Game 6 starter in 1975.