Fenway Park

Aug. 23, 1993

This was exactly 180 degrees removed from the typical Red Sox homestands of the 1960s, 1970s ,,, well, just pick a decade.

Those typically fun but ultimately futile days included lots and lots of baseballs making fresh dents off The Wall, or settling in the net, or sailing over everything in the general direction of the Massachusetts Turnpike. The visitors might join in the fun, fattening their stats before succumbing to the home team’s onslaught.

The Red Sox might be limping back to their old yard, but a 12-game homestand would surely cure whatever ills inflicted on the road and hoist them back into the pennant race.

Butch Hobson played on those teams, but didn’t enjoy Fenway’s rejuvenating qualities as the manager.

A 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians capped a 3-9 homestand that began with the Red Sox one game out of first place in the American League East. It ended with them six games out and reeling.

And just to make their get-away day a little more aggravating, it took 11 innings for the Indians to send them on their way.

The Red Sox were never really relevant the remainder of the season.

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