Tuesday, April 18, 2006

000 000 001 000 000 000 001 000 000 000 001: Twenty-five years ago today, Cal Ripken Jr. and Wade Boggs suited up for the respective sides for a minor league game between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket PawSox. It did not end until thirty-three innings later, making it the longest game in professional baseball history.

Great story, from reliever Luis Aponte trying to explain to his wife why he was coming home at 3am, to Cal Ripken's "It's the only time I ever remember our postgame meal being breakfast" to the fact that RedWings catcher Dave Huppert somehow caught 31 innings that night. The lede in the next day's Rochester Democrat and Chronicle? "Not since the time they had to shoot the drunken camel at the city zoo has there been this much excitement in Pawtucket."

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