Koji Uehara retires from professional baseball

Savin Hillbilly

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Jul 10, 2007
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The wrong side of the bridge....
I just remembered that I actually saw Koji at Fenway long before I had any idea who he was or how much I would come to love him. I went to a Sox-O's game April 20, 2009, and Koji was the starter. It was his third major league appearance. He pitched well that day, going 7 innings and giving up 2 runs on 5 hits with 5 Ks/1 BB, but took the loss. I took some pics (none of him, alas) and on my FB page I posted this caption to a shot of Ortiz in the batters box (note bolded):

"Big Papi preparing to swing. He remained in his slump on this day, unable to catch up to 88-mph fastballs from Orioles starter Koji Uehara. He broke out the next day, though."
 

Yo La Tengo

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Nov 21, 2005
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I loved that he wore number 19 after Josh Beckett wore it for several prior seasons. I don't think there could be two less similar personas on the field.
 
Aug 3, 2014
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Just like Kolten Wong, I will always remember the pickoff in the World Series! I loved seeing Koji walking back to the dugout slapping high fives! Playoffs are when dominant relievers can really shine and we have been very fortunate. Koji was the equal of our other great ones!
Many thanks!
 

Sprowl

mikey lowell of the sandbox
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Jun 27, 2006
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Does anybody still have the 2013 game thread graphic for the periodic table listing of the element Unhittium? The symbol was Ue, and the numbers were somehow arranged so that it was both a heavy metal and a noble gas.