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Manny Delcarmen entered Game 5 of the ALCS with Boston down 5-0 to the upstart Tampa Bay Rays. After walking both men he faced, Delcarmen was pulled for Sox closer, Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon allowed a double to the red-hot B.J. Upton, allowing both inherited runners to score in a game that already seemed over.
Down 7-0 with seven outs to go, you all know the story. The Red Sox stormed back thanks to home runs from David Ortiz and J.D. Drew to score eight times in the final three innings in an “exciting” 8-7 win. The Sox would then win Game 6 and force Game 7, only to lose 3-1 in the clincher. Forcing Game 7 salvaged a seemingly lost series, which saw the Rays slug a record 16 home runs.
“It’s a little disappointing to fall one game short,” said Delcarman. “But, we pretty much left everything on the field.”
Delcarmen began his offseason workouts this week, as he prepares for the 2009 season as a staple in the back of the Red Sox bullpen. He said he probably won’t start a throwing a baseball until December, but that won’t stop him from throwing strikes away from the baseball diamond.
This Saturday, November 15, Delcarmen will host his fourth annual “Bowlin’ Strikes For Schools” event to benefit the Boston Public Schooling System. Despite being an ace setup man in the Red Sox bullpen, Delcarmen chose bowling over baseball for his charitable cause.
“Growing up, it was always baseball and bowling,” said Delcarmen. “You throw strikes in bowling, and you throw strikes in baseball.”
Delcarmen was a graduate of West Roxbury High School, and grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston. When he was drafted in 2000, he was the first player drafted from a Boston public high school in 34 years, which gave him the opportunity to give back.
“Growing up, I looked at celebrities and superstars come in to Boston and not give back,” said Delcarmen. “I was a kid in public school, and it’s nice to raise money for the public kids.”
Boston born and raised, Delcarmen would like nothing more than to give back to the city.
“It’s a great thing for me to do,” said Delcarmen. “Boston has been great to me, and I’d like to give back to the community.”
The event will take place at Kings on 50 Dolton Street in Boston. Space is limited, so people are encouraged to sign up early.