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Wakefield Makes a Rookie Appearance, Ortiz Can Finally Hit?

Rasheed Wallace is now a member of the Boston Celtics

Introducing a weekly a column taking a look at the top five sports events this past week that left us all asking the question “Did that just happen?

In no particular order…

Celtics Sign Rasheed Wallace

Surprise! Well, maybe not, but the Celtics have assured the rest of the NBA that they are able and willing to compete with the best-of-the-best to try and secure their 18th championship.  With the Cavaliers signing Shaquille O’Neal and the Lakers getting Ron Artest, the Celtics are right where they need to be to make a big statement. Although a big statement is almost guaranteed, the way Wallace racks up those technical fouls…

Big Papi is Actually Hitting Home Runs

In seasons past, this would seem ridiculous on a “did that just happen” list. But times have changed, and so has David Ortiz’s swing. Although at this point in the season, I think it’s finally safe to say that he’s really back – Ortiz’s three-run homer in Wednesday’s game against Oakland and now Thursday, proves it.

Steve “Air” McNair is Shot and Killed

And if that wasn’t enough to shock us all, the latest reports are saying that it was a murder-suicide.

Red Sox lose to Oakland A’s on Nomar’s return to Fenway…

Did anyone see this coming for Monday night baseball? A 6-0 shutout loss in the opening game of the series against the A’s? At Fenway Park? It certainly took me by surprise. The icing on the cake was Nomar Garciaparra’s first visit back to Fenway since 2004. He even earned a standing ovation. The Red Sox went on to win their next two games against the A’s, so maybe we can just chalk that one game up to bad luck.

…but Tim Wakefield becomes an All-Star rookie at 42.

This makes Wakefield the oldest player selected to play in the All-Star game since 1952. Well done for Wakefield, who has been dominant this season with Wednesday night’s win making it his 11th of the season, the best record in MLB.

Side note: As a team, the Red Sox will be sending six players to the All-Star game. Talk about representation.

What about the rest of you? What would you add to the “did that just happen” list for this week?

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