June 12, 1978

On May 10, the Red Sox stood in second place in the American League East at 19-10, one-half game behind the Detroit Tigers. They faced a brutal month during which they played 22 road games.

On June 12, they had finished off their journey and stood atop the AL East 39-19, six games ahead of the Yankees.

“Honestly, I can’t remember the last time we played at home,” manager Don Zimmer told Globe scribe Peter Gammons. “I know we have, but I can’t remember it.” 

(For the record, before their eight-game journey to the West Coast, they finished off a seven-game homestand with a 2-1 loss to Toronto.)

This was when Pennent Fever (Truly) Gripped Hub. Jim Rice was hitting .321 with 19 homers and 54 runs batted in. Mike Torrez was 9-2 in 13 starts.

Oops … now that Torrez has been mentioned, let’s just leave it at that.

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