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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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August 11,1973

Posted 11-11-2017 at 02:58 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 09:42 PM by TommyJohn

August 11,1973
vs. Detroit Tigers
at Tiger Stadium

The Sox limp into August at 52-53 and get more bad news. Dick Allen played in two more games but was limping and in pain. An attempt by Allen to take batting practice on the 3rd ended with him hurting. Tanner finally told him to stay off the leg until it was better, no matter how long it took, saying there was no use jeopardizing his career to rush him back. Ken Henderson had his ongoing knee issues as well. The possibility loomed large that both players were done for the season.

Neither was in the lineup for this game, which the Sox would lose, 4-2. Wilbur Wood would take the loss, dropping to 20-17. Woodie's quest for 30 wasn't going so well-this was his third straight loss since winning his 20th against the Twins.

There was one highlight in the game. Brian Downing, who had injured himself slamming into a dugout wall in the first inning of his first major league game, was in the lineup for the second straight game since coming off the DL.

He stepped up in the 4th inning and smacked a Mickey Lolich pitch to right field. The ball hit the wall and bounced away from centerfielder Mickey Stanley as Downing motored around the bases. Stanley got the ball and threw it to the infield as Downing came in flying and slid into home plate head first. The Sox got a scare when Downing came up limping, having bruised his bad knee, but this wasn't nearly as bad as the last time. He was able to walk away from the play. The inside-the-park home run was his first major league hit.

The happy rookie held up the ball after the game. "Just getting a hit here is a thrill. The home run is just a bonus." He said. Sure beats the heck out of slamming into a dugout wall.

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