Since Jonathan Papelbon broke Bob Stanley's Red Sox team record for saves today, I thought I would pay homage to Bob Stanley: The Steamaaah. Is there anybody in the history of the Red Sox that his been put in worse positions than Bob Stanley? In the infamous Bucky Dent game, Stanley came in right after Dent hit his three-run home run. He then had to come into a game behind 3-2 with Mickey Rivers, Lou Piniella, Thurman Munson, and Reggie Jackson staring him in the face. Munson hit an RBI double and Jackson hit what proved to be the game winning home run off Stanley. Then the Red Sox proceeded to tease us with 2 runs in the 9th and Yaz representing the tying run. Yaz popped out for those of you who don't remember.
Stanley was also a central part of the WORST moment in Red Sox history. In the 1986 World Series the Mets were down to their final out and final strike against Calvin Schiraldi with no one on base. Somehow Schiraldi managed to give up 3 straight singles and leave the tying run at third. To add to the situation the diamondvision at Shea Stadium said "Congratulations Boston Red Sox 1986 World Champions". Here is where they bring in Bob Stanley. He throws a wild pitch that Rich Gedman arguably could have stopped, and then induces a ground ball(exactly what he needed) that goes thru? Well you know the rest. There is no worse situation in baseball history, and Bob Stanley did that sooo many times for the Red Sox. He wasn't the best, that's for sure, but he certainly took the biggest hit for his team. Today I salute you Bob Stanley.