Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Wil(l)y is my joy; he is my sorrow

Yep. Both these bobbleheads are mine.

Before I started blogging at WEEI.com, I began a segment for the old site called “Five Fun Facts”. I only trotted out three entries before I let the post-season take over and then I kind of forgot about it. I’m hoping to remember long enough to trot it out on Fridays. We’ll see how long that lasts.

In going around the Internet this morning, I found that today is Wily Mo Peña’s 27th birthday so I decided to dedicate today’s Fun Facts to Wily. Given that the Red Sox picked him up in a trade for one of my all-time favorite players, Wily, even now, holds some interest for me. I tried my best not to hold the trade against him. He couldn’t be blamed for what goes on in the front office. So, once he got to town, I decided to support him. Cheer for him when he was struggling and defend him to those who picked on him. (I’ll admit, though, to that all being a little difficult to do many times during his stint in Boston.) I never really “took” to him until close to the end of his time with the Red Sox. Feeling a little guilty about that since I try to make it my goal to support all the guys who don’t usually get support from the fans or media, I try to send him good vibes whenever I see him play and truly do hope he’s successful.

So there’s your background and here are Five Fun Facts about Wily Mo Peña:

* Wily Mo played for the Dominican Republic team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

* On July 31, 2006, he was a double short of hitting for the cycle at Fenway Park against the Cleveland Indians. **

* June 8, 2005 was Wily Mo Peña Bobblehead Night at Great American Ballpark. The Reds beat the Devil Rays 11-9 thanks to Wily Mo’s two home runs that night, including a two-run shot that ended the game.

* In July of 2008, he had shoulder surgery for a partial tear of his rotator cuff and a tear and fraying of his posterior labrum – ending his season and resulting in his only appearing in 64 games in 2008.

* The “Mo” is short for “Modesto”.

**This is also known as the game where Kyle Snyder got the attention of Red Sox fans and the Boston media. Kyle came into the game when David Wells was taken out after being hit by a line drive. Kyle proceeded to pitch the rest of the game, giving up only one hit and striking out six (and getting the win!).
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