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Two Yalies, Two Pitches, Two Outs
On August 18, Craig Breslow ’02 and Ryan Lavarnway
’09 of the Boston Red Sox made a little history at Yankee Stadium. When Breslow
came into the game as a relief pitcher in the eighth inning, with catcher
Lavarnway behind the plate, the pair became the first Yalie pitcher-catcher duo
in a major league baseball game since 1883.
The two, who both joined the Red
Sox roster in August, are the only Elis currently playing in the major leagues.
And the Bulldog chemistry worked: the Yankee batter hit into a double play
after only two pitches, ending the inning. The Red Sox won 4–1, and as the
team’s radio announcer Joe Castiglione said after the game, “somewhere, A.
Bartlett Giamatti is smiling.”