FenwayOct102010

Sept. 15, 1982

It was Seat Cushion Night at Fenway Park.  So, naturally enough, the 15,549 who watched John Tudor subdue the Cleveland Indians in a 12-1 Red Sox rout rewarded him by sending their white cushions, a Red Sox logo on one side and that of Busch Beer on the other, flying onto the field.

Home runs by Glenn Hoffman and Carney Lansford also sent cushions sailing onto the field. The win kept the third-place, 80-64 Red Sox 4.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League East.

According to the Boston Globe, Fenway public address announcer Sherm Feller’s attempts to stop the bombardment reached their zenith when he intoned, “Try sitting on the cushions. It’s more comfortable that way.”

The Red Sox hadn’t been giving its pitchers much margin for error. A week earlier, Tudor’s efforts were for naught in a 2-0 loss to the Indians. Tudor had been Boston’s most effective starter as the season entered its final stages, with a 5-2 record and a 3.09 ERA in his nine starts leading up to Seat Cushion Night.

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