Dave Henderson throws out first pitch

October, 11, 2009
10/11/09
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"The pitch & To left field, and deep, and Downing goes back. And it's gone! Unbelievable! You're looking at one for the ages here. Astonishing! Anaheim Stadium was one strike away from turning into Fantasyland! And now the Red Sox lead 6-5! The Red Sox get four runs in the ninth on a pair of two-run homers by Don Baylor and Dave Henderson." -- Al Michaels, ABC-TV, Oct. 12, 1986

BOSTON -- One day before the 23rd anniversary of his famous home run off Angels reliever Donnie Moore in Game 5 of the 1986 American League Championship Series, the Red Sox brought Dave Henderson to Fenway Park to throw out Sunday's ceremonial first pitch.

Wearing his No. 40 jersey, Henderson delivered the pitch to a nice ovation before doing a leaping spin move coming off the mound and pointing at the Angels dugout.

Henderson's home run with the Red Sox down to their final strike, helped Boston rally from a two-game deficit to top the Angels in 1986. Clearly the Red Sox saw the symbolism in bringing him here trailing 2-0 to the Angels in this year's ALDS.

Last October, reporters asked Angels manager Mike Scioscia how he felt about the perceived hex the Red Sox had over the Angels ever since Henderson's home run.

"Twenty-two years," Scioscia said at the time. "Some of these guys weren't even born, so I don't think we're going back that far."

No truth to the rumor that Henderson will stay and bat cleanup for Boston, which is in danger of matching the postseason record set by the Chicago White Sox in the 1906 World Series of being held to 4 hits or less in four consecutive postseason games.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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